Out Of This World : Banquet Night 2014

From the Hubble telescope  10007198366_19ef81a8dc_z  from the Hubble telescope

Images from the Hubble telescope

“To infinity and beyond!” The summer of 2014 brings endless possibilities. Just as Buzz Lightyear says, this summer we are also going beyond this world. As you begin to think about camp, keep in mind the space related banquet theme. This year the theme is “Out of This World”. Get your wheels turning and start thinking of your greatest cosmic and stellar themed costume! With an intergalactic theme, the options are endless. From space suits to aliens to rocket ships and the solar system, you can create a costume that is unlike anything of this world.

With a fun space theme and a creative banquet costume, be ready to shoot for the stars this summer. This summer Sonlight is all about going out of this world!

- Chelsea

Assistant  Program Leader


Shine His Light In This World

shineGod has gifted each of us with wonderfully unique and remarkable talents. Whether it is in teaching, sports, arts, or anything in between, there are so many opportunities to do something absolutely beautiful with any of these talents. We can use these gifts from God to do so much good in this world. God allows us to go beyond this world, not only in what we do and say, but also in our own personal relationship with him. God loves each and every one of us so much and we have the opportunity to shine that same light of love onto others!

Faith in God is so important to camp because not only do we have the opportunity to have a personal relationship with God, but faith also centers our community at camp on God’s love. We then have the awesome chance to share his same love with kids! So, think about the special gifts God has given you and in his love, go ahead and shine his light in this world.


“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven” Matthew 5:16

- Chelsea

Assistant Program Leader


What is Love?

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-13


A Look Back

banner   ski_fourteen_group  Matt & Dan


  • Sonlight launched our first website
  • Mt. Sneffles: Karamie and a group of young ‘uns
  • Matt and Dan. Not sure what to say about this one.


The Ordinary



“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”

Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese monk

It’s All In A Day’s Work

chipper  chipper2  new office

A busy week at camp- tree cutting, and getting the new chipper fired up to begin work on fire mitigation. Thanks to the Winchester family for all their hard work. Over the weekend we hosted a group at camp,  Joel B. and friends were at Sonlight from Phoenix area Lutheran churches. (Joel brough a youth ski trip for 20 years, in the 1980′s-1990′s, he is a long time Sonlight friend.)  Joel is our favorite GrandCamp speaker- he’ll be at camp in July.

Winston is finishing up the new office- the deck gets fresh oil today, doors and windows go on this week. Cloudy weather returned – it’s been a beautiful week, snow is predicted by mid-week.

The Plan. The Work. The Fun.

march walkway     board meeting     campfire around a lantern

It’s March – and the planning, the work and the anticipation of summer are all strong. Here at 8,000 feet we’re watching the snow melt, and the sounds of spring are in the air. Great spring skiing up on the pass, and we look forward to one more ski group coming up from Phoenix next week. The Sonlight Board of Directors meets at camp this weekend. We have a full agenda as we look to the future and how Sonlight will continue to stay relevant and make a positive impact in our world.

Camp registrations are strong, and camps are filling. Wait lists at this point are low, but don’t delay if you want a spot for 2014. 2014 will be the year of restructuring for the backpack program- we’d love input if you’d like to contribute to the conversation on how we provide significant wilderness experience to young people. For this summer we do have a Womens Backpack trip, and a Father/Son backpack trip on the books.    … read more …..

Staff have been spending some time keeping certifications current- Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, and Huy completed his Archery certification this past weekend.

And from the Devo book this morning: “My God is huge and my God is able. If I don’t get what I ask Him for, I know I’ll get something bigger.”   (Nehemiah 9:6. Psalm 24:1. Psalm 95:3.5. Job 12:10)

Our Job

friends“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

Blue Skies and Spring Weather

spring flowerBlue skies at camp, and spring weather in the air. Some spring changes are subtle, but they are there!

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”

- Dr. Seuss




Spring News From Sonlight

p_chickadeeNuthatch’s on the feeders, and spring in the air.

If you missed the recent Sonlight emailed newsletter you can catch it here:

View From The Meadow: News From Sonlight In March MI-Monthly-Newsletter

                                                      (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.