“As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has–or ever will have–something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.”
- Mr. Rogers
If you missed the recent Sonlight emailed newsletter you can catch it here:
(Sonlight’s email newsletter)
The staff at camp look forward to a youth ski trip from Grace Church, Ovilla, TX arriving on Saturday for their spring break ski trip. With a base of 111″, to include a fresh 1″ snow last night, the skiing at Wolf Creek will be great. The ground at camp is white, but the spring mud is definitely beginning to come out.
Lent is the season before Easter, lasting 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. In the 4th Century, Lent was started as a period of fasting and repentance in preparation for Easter. During this time, people often give up a particular food or habit, and set aside time to focus on the sacrifice Jesus made for us. His death and resurrection. I once heard a pastor talk about Easter, and how as Western Christians we skip through Lent, celebrate Palm Sunday, and then slide into Easter. Somehow we fail to ponder the darkness of this season, and the death of Jesus.
“Lent is upon us, inviting us to dwell in the valley of the shadow of death, yet without fear, for the good shepherd is with us. If we remain open and receptive in the darkness of Lent, if we remember that growth most often occurs in darkness and in secret, if we let God teach us in that darkness, and if we surrender the darkness when it is time to embrace new life, we can more deeply experience Easter joy. We can rejoice, as always, that Christ has defeated death’s finality. And we can also rejoice that we have been brought from the valley of death’s shadow into the marvelous light of our resurrected Lord.”
(Kimberlee Ireton. Relevant Magazine)
“Hat’s off to all staff and leaders at Sonlight, another excellent summer. Thank you for reaching our children through the majesty of the San Juan’s, fun of youthful playfulness, and the expression of Christ like love!”
- camp parent, 2013
We believe God connects to us, and reveals His love in unique ways each day, and in different ways to each of us. At Sonlight we want to “Be with kids, and show them God”. Our actions, words, work and play all point to the God who loves us. Our routines are intentional, knowing that God is faithful, and He will reveal Himself to us in different ways each day.
Each week, the speaker bring to life God’s love, and how He cares for each of us. We value who He created us to be, and how He desires that we live. Teamwork and communication come alive when we do our low ropes course. Mountains, stars, sunrises, sunsets and views of the peaks surround us with the world He created.
Camp is unique in our world, where we can set aside time and place to play, work and be in His creation.
“Most importantly, my daughter was able to tell me what she learned about amplifying her faith. She really liked the speaker and felt he was great with kids and fun to listen to. She was able to share what verses they studied and could tell me how the Bible applies to her daily life. Yeah Sonlight!”
Thanks everybody for a great weekend.
Greetings from Orlando! The weather has been cold and rainy, but hasn’t stopped us from having a great time.
Today’s keynote focused on the importance of play – an integral aspect of childhood development. Play is essential for the cognitive and emotional growth of youth and is our brain’s favorite (and most effective) way of learning. Play teaches children how to problem solve, build relationships, and understand the world around them. We know this at camp. What better place is there for children to explore, imagine, and create than at summer camp? It is integrated into nearly everything we do.
“Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education.” – Luther Burbank
Heather, Chelsea, Huy and Carrie are at the ACA National Conference in Orlando Florida this week- just learning all they can about c*a*m*p! Seminars focus on youth development, character building, programming, health and safety, legal issues involving camp …. it’s a busy week. We look forward to photos and- and reports of all they have learned!