During the summer after my first year of seminary, I volunteered to go to summer camp as a counselor. I had never been to a summer camp; let alone, church camp. I had no idea what to expect and felt completely unqualified. Luckily, I was paired with veteran counselors all week to show me the ropes. I had to learn the rules of the games. I had to learn the songs and dances. I had to learn how long it was okay to stay up in our cabins and tell stories under the light of our flashlights.
Toward the end of the week, a group of youth were preparing for the dance at the end of the week. The dance wasn’t as fancy as the dinner and dance at Ohio CYF camp. This was a church camp dance. The youth had chosen the theme of Walking with Christ. They wanted to make banners to share the theme and put footprints on the banners to represent their walk with Christ.
We got the banner paper, paint, buckets of water and towels. The youth painted their feet and began walking on the banner paper careful to stay on the paper and off the cement floor of the pavilions. When they were finished with one color, they’d rinse and dry their feet; then, they’d paint their feet another color and make a new path. After each pass with a different paint color, I’d help the youth rinse the paint off and dry their feet so they could go again. Continue reading