All I Really Need to Know, I Learned at Camp

Click here to find out how to be a FUGE staffer and have a seriously life-changing experience this summer. Or pass that link along to a college student/young adult that you know. Interviews are going on now. I could list hundreds of things that I learned over the years. Here are just a few:

1. People want to be known and heard. They will tell their story to a complete stranger if they know you are listening.

2. Despite popular belief, it is better to ask permission, than forgiveness. Permission is God-honoring and asking forgiveness can be downright awkward.

3. Emergency rooms at 2 a.m. are a mixture of sickness, sadness and a good deal of humor, which is magnified when you go to the emergency room dressed as a pirate.

4. On that note, costumes make almost any social situation more fun.

5. When conflict is handled well, the relationship is always stronger.

6. Some objects, despite their size and difficulty in transporting, do not sink.

7. Others have come before you and others will come after you. Honor the ones who went before and leave a legacy for those who will come after.

8. You cannot safely “bob” for anything in a pan full of flour.

9. Life-change happens best in the context of relationships. (Credit to FUGE Camps)

10. Somewhere, somehow, there’s always a kid with a guitar.

11. It never hurts to ask.

12. Sabbath day rest is holy and wonderful.

13. Once you’ve dropped the rental van keys in the toilet of a gas station bathroom, you are officially the designated driver for the rest of the trip.

14. Wendy’s is not capable of producing 40 frosty’s at one time.

15. People will probably never see 90% of the work that you do. It still has to be done.

16. Someone equals you. In other words, if “someone” needs to take out the trash…

17. There is such a thing as a stupid question.

18. Tired is relative.

19. Good is not the same as great. Excellence takes hard work.

20. God uses imperfect people to accomplish His perfect plan.

What would you add to the list?

Packing Up the Dreams God Planted

Most of you that I have been doing life with over the last 2 months are aware of a major change taking place in my life right now! But since I have been engulfed in camp life since the middle of May, contact with the “outside world” has been minimal. So here is my life update.

After 14 years of involvement in camp ministry, I am officially stepping out of the event planning world and venturing into the world of publishing. You know, there are those times when there is just a perfect storm of God speaking to you through loved ones, events, circumstances and His word. The past 6 months have been that perfect storm. The result is that this summer was my last summer with camps and this fall marks the beginning of a new role as Acquisitions Editor working with B&H Women. Don’t ask me what all that means, because I’m still not entirely sure yet! What I do know is that God has been preparing me in ways I never could have imagined. I think over my years with FUGE Camps and think about parts of my “job box” that I took on over the years where I was stretched and did things I didn’t expect to be doing. And now I sit in a new chair and I can see how all those things have prepared me for this specific role.

Being a Coordinator for FUGE was an absolute dream job. Camp (not always FUGE, but camp in general) was life-changing for me as a camper, as a staffer and as a full-time Coordinator. From the time that I was 17, I felt called to camp ministry. The summers of 1998 and 1999 (FRESH out of high school) were spent with Student Life – basically unpaid and doing lots of dirty work! But man, those summers were amazing. I was whisked away from small town East Texas and was thrown into relationships with godly, creative, passionate, fun, young adults that loved me like a little sister (since I was only 17 at the time) and taught me about life, faith and of course how to run awesome camp. Then a few summers later I joined the ranks of FUGE staffers – a family I am so proud to be a part of. I had no idea what I was getting into that summer. No idea the life-change that God had in store that summer or the 7 other summers to come.


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When Jeff Pratt called me in November of 2009 to officially offer me the Coordinator position, it was literally a dream come true. It was all I ever wanted to be and all I could imagine myself doing. This was it. The dream job. Now 4 years later, I’ve packed up those dreams and moved my random, but profoundly sentimental, memorabilia over to a new office (things like duct tape picture frames, “The Stinky Cheese Man” book and a little stuffed turtle). My personal timeline for “when to get off the camp train” did NOT include a stop in 2013. But as we know, God’s timeline and our timeline do not always line up. And the funny thing is, God started preparing my heart long before this new job opportunity was ever an option on the table. I didn’t know why but God had taken me on a journey from “I love what I do and I can’t imagine doing anything else” to “I love what I do, but I can at least imagine doing something else” to “I love what I do, but maybe I could even be excited about something else.” I didn’t know why God was doing that at the time, but now I do. So that when the time came to make the decision about the offer on the table, I could say “yes” and have peace. And I do. I feel very blessed to be moving into my second full-time position at LifeWay and to still be excited about what I do. I am thankful for the people that have spoken wise words into my life in the past 6 months through this process and for the Lord’s guidance throughout. And more than I could ever put into words, I am thankful for 14 summers of camp, 300+ teammates, 350+ staffers I’ve coordinated, thousands of students, 80+ Mega Relays, an office staff that was more like family and the list goes on and on and on…

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