Hello Camp Family!
We have missed you! What a year we have all been through on many levels. It has been a year of loss to some extent for everyone: loss of life, loss of ceremonies and celebrations, loss of gatherings and overall sense of community. Our hearts ached to walk on our grounds in June 2020 and not hear the sound of children’s voices and laughter. It was a time of quiet and introspection. We asked the Lord what we could learn in the stillness.
We learned to a greater depth that Jesus is the Anchor of our souls, that any other thing or person or idea will eventually tumble. We’ve seen kingdoms and economies and routines disrupted and many of us have found that it was necessary to create new routines to tether ourselves to Jesus lest we be dismayed. One new routine that I found to be particularly grounding was to sit in the East window of my house and prayerfully watch the sunrise daily. It has become a comfort to recognize that as the world seems to grow more and more unpredictable that our hope is anchored in the One who placed the earth on its axis and by whose power the sun rises and sets every single day, and that He is willing and waiting to meet with us if we will show up… “Behold I stand at the door and knock.”
In October, our hearts were strengthened as we were able to host an outdoor event, Vision 2020, in which we celebrated the legacy of King’s Camp and its future with a 5K and 10-Mile run, fishing tournament, and reunion. It was good and life-giving to remember where God has met us and continues to meet us, to remember the faithfulness of our Father and of His people before us, to remember a God whose mercies are new every morning and to remember the people who were faithful to show up. (See pictures and video from the event on our site at the Vision 2020 tab https://www.kingscamp.net/blank-page).
And now as we prepare for camp in June 2021, we are reminded of the words of Isaiah that mourning may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning. As we open our grounds to children again this summer, we realize that in this year we have all changed on some level. We have all grieved some sort of loss, but as we fix our eyes on the One who holds the world in His hands, who sees us and calls us His beloved, by whose power the sun rises and sets daily, and who has defeated death itself, our mourning is turned to dancing. We can trust His steadfast love. He is the one who wipes our tears, who neither slumbers nor sleeps. A bruised reed He will not break. He is Faithful and True! In His words recorded by the apostle John, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love…these things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:9-11) Our hope for this summer is that the joy that surpasses understanding, the joy that Jesus promises, will fill the hearts of children and young adults as we meet together again on our beautiful grounds in June to play, laugh, sing, learn new skills, meet new friends, renew old friendships, and drink in the goodness of God’s love and beauty of His creation.
Our registration for King’s Camp is now open through our website. www.kingscamp.net
We will be following all protocols mandated by our state for camps and retreat centers. Right now that means that our capacity level will be smaller and more intimate and that our counselors will have a greater ability to give your campers more attention.
Come join us for a summer filled with Joy!
We look forward to seeing you!
The King's Camp Staff
P.O. Box 335
Mer Rouge, LA 71261
Session 1: May 31-June 5; Going into 3rd & 4th Grades
Session 2: June 6-12; Going into 5th & 6th Grades
Session 3: June 13-19; Going into 7th & 8th Grades
Session 4: June 20-26; Going into 9th-12th Grades