Thursday, July 3, 2014
Going to camps has always been a special part of summer for our children.
They’ve varied – from sports to church camps.
I think I carried Emma to her first one – a basketball camp – when she was in first grade. I drove her and one of her friends from Aberdeen to Red Bay, Ala., so they could experience, at a very young age, some basketball teachings from one of the best high school coaches ever, in my book, Donnie Roberts. He and his Lady Tigers have enjoyed tons of success, and at last check, that tradition is continuing. The Red Bay girls finished second in the state in Class 2A last season.
After our move to Laurel, Emma turned more of her attention to soccer, as far as sports go, and it worked out well for her.
In, I guess, the third grade she started going to Camp Tahkodah, a church camp in Floral, Ark., with friends from our church in Laurel. She loved the camp, which is coordinated by Harding University.
I don’t think she missed another one, until she was too old to go to the youth camp, and then she even went back as a counselor.
Pam and I have many great memories of taking her to Camp Tahkodah and then picking her up two weeks later. It’s a beautiful setting in the mountains.
We later made a special trip there during Emma’s senior year for senior pictures.
Andy attended his share of sports camps, and after our move to Holly Springs, his favorite church camp quickly became Sardis Lake Christian Camp near Batesville.
He never missed, and he, too, kept going back to see his camp friends after he became too old to go as a camper.
Erin has followed her older brother.
In fact, we carried her to Sardis Lake Sunday for a week-long stay.
We laughed with Erin Saturday as she packed and Sunday as church camp drew near. She was so anxious to get there. We’d just reached Wall Doxey State Park on the way out of Holly Springs and she asked, “When will we be there?”
Of course, I joked with her, and told her about two hours. She knew better.
Once we arrived at camp, she was gone, very excited and renewing acquaintances with friends from Mississippi and Tennessee.
Pam also kidded her concerning the packing process. She wanted to make sure she had enough “matching” outfits. That, too, she got from her big brother. Emma, on the other hand, just threw some stuff into a suitcase.
Erin’s summer has also included a basketball camp and a cheer camp.
In years past she’s gone to other camps, like an Ecology Camp at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, and other activities, like Vacation Bible Schools.
These are just a few samples of things that keep children busy during the summer months.
For our children, all have been extremely rewarding. They’ve helped them mature, meet new friends, and perhaps most importantly, grow spiritually.
It was indeed a special weekend as we prepared Erin for Sardis Lake Christian Camp. Once again, as we take our “surprise child” through lots of the same activities as her two older siblings, we realize how blessed we are as parents.
From our family to yours, Happy Fourth of July!
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