Now may the Lord of peace himself
give you peace at all times
and in every way.
The Lord be with all of you.
- 2 Thesselonians 3:16
What are afraid of? From the time we are young fears trickle, or flood, us...the dark, the closet, that thing we are sure is under the bed...
And then we grow up and our fears change to...what do they think of me? Will they like me if I am different? Will I make the team?
And then even more...what college should I go to? Where should I live? Who should I marry? Will I be happy if I do this for the rest of my life?
And then...will my children be healthy? Happy? Safe? Will they know Jesus?
The list of fears seems endless.
Peace of mind is something that we all want. We all want to be able to rest, to not have to worry, to feel free to enjoy life, family, friends, work, church, hobbies, entertainment, etc. We want to be able to enjoy ourselves and not be burdened down with worries that rob us of vigor, life, and purpose.
Is that the peace Paul refers to? Or Jesus, when he says, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
A world without worry and fear...pain and sorrow...where do we find this True Peace?
Did you know that there is only one reference in the Greek to peace of the future? When Jesus talks about peace...it is not about the future (because tomorrow has it's own fears...and it's own peace!)...
it is a peace for today...
Paul refers to peace in nearly every letter he writes...FROM PRISON! Grace and peace to you. When I imagine someone sharing peace with me...remind me about peace...I don't picture that person in prison. When Jesus tells his disciples about the peace he is leaving them it precedes his arrest, trial, torture, and death...and then, the Resurrection - peace, grace, love, joy pouring forth as Jesus concurred sin and death, fear and pain.
How do we find that peace, then? Is it possible to have it today, in the midst of our stumbling and fumbling in a world filled with pain and fear...but a world through which we walk with the knowledge of the Resurrection?
In Philippians 4:6-7, Paul writes, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Did you catch it? the answer? IT'S A MYSTERY that TRANSCENDS all UNDERSTANDING! Not a relief for you? Not a fan of the mystery? Then focus on the PROMISE...present your requests to God and the peace of God will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus..our Resurrected King, Savior, Friend, and Peacemaker.
The summer of 2014, we'll be steeping in the peace of the Lord. Campers will share in that peace as a community... I know, peace and tranquility don't spring to mind as something very common at camp. This is a peace that transcends the climbing tower and archery and the innumberable choruses of Radical God!
May the peace that transcends all understanding overwhelm you TODAY and then TODAY and again TODAY.
**Thanks to Tamia Wardle from Logan, UT, for the 2014 Summer Logo!
- Consider arranging for a first-time camper to attend with a close friend. One method to combat potential homesickness is to come to camp with a buddy. If the buddy is close in age and signed up for the same program, they can room together in the same cabin. We have a great "Bring a Friend to Camp" offer for you as well!
- It is FINE, and sometimes more fun, to have a "fresh start" by coming on your own. If your child is coming alone, assure them that the camp counselors will make every effort to help them adjust and make new friends! The first activities the counselors lead are get-acquainted activities. Through these activities, the counselors and campers get to know each other.
- Don't buy a brand-new wardrobe. While one or two new items are fine, camp life can be a bit rough on clothing. Children, especially first-timers, will also find "old favorites" reassuring when away from home. Consider writing the name of your child in important clothes, especially for young campers. Review the Summer Camp Info with the packing list and what to bring.
- Spend time talking to your child about what camp will be like and listen to any fears and concerns. Remind your child that apprehension and homesickness are perfectly normal feelings. Scroll through our Virtual Tour on Facebook. Watch the videos of Camp Perkins on YouTube to help them see some of the videos on our YouTube Channel... - Camp Perkins: an Epic Adventure is a good one. Or Camp Perkins Summer Adventure.
You and your friend will each receive a $20 discount off your camp price when you both register for summer camp. This is in addition to any discount you receive for early registration!
And - you receive the $20 off for each new friend you bring!
To receive the discount:
1. One camper must be a returning camper, and friend must be new to Camp Perkins - never attended Camp Perkins before.*
2. Both returning camper and new camper must be registered for camp.
3. After both campers are registered, email us the following information at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org:
-Mention the Bring a Friend promotion
*Not valid for siblings or members of the same household.
*If you bring more than one new friend, you will receive a $20 discount for each!
The best at-home prevention strategies include:
- working together as a family to select a camp, plan, and pack
- spending practice time away from home, such as a long weekend at a friend's house
- experimenting with the best coping strategies during this practice separation
- preparing pre-stamped, pre-addressed envelopes to bring to camp
What do we commit to do for your camper while they are at Camp Perkins?
- We will stay busy! Boredom is the enemy of camp!
- We will be available for them to talk with with! Assure them we are there to help.
- Help them know that they're not at camp for their whole life-just a week.
- Provide time for them to write home.
The most common mistake parents make is the Pick-Up Deal. It's normal for children to ask, "What if I feel homesick?" Tell your child that some feelings of homesickness are normal and help him practice coping before camp starts. But never ever say, "If you feel homesick, I'll come and get you." This conveys a message of doubt and pity that undermines children's confidence and independence. Pick-Up Deals become mental crutches and self-fulfilling prophecies for children as soon as they arrive at camp. If, after spending practice time away from home, a child is still very anxious about overnight camp, consider waiting a until next summer.
The Good News
When children arrive at camp with a repertoire of coping strategies and some practice time away from home under their belts, they are ready for those normal feelings of homesickness. Sure, they'll miss home, but they'll know exactly what to think and do when it bothers them. Best of all, the staff at Camp Perkins will be here to help. Nothing boosts children's self-esteem quite like overcoming a bout of homesickness and learning how good they are at controlling the amount of fun they have. Camp truly is a classroom for life lessons.
If you are like us, you are missing the summer staff! Here is a special invitation to summer camp by some of the staff! Click this link to hear the message from our staff!
Fall 2013 Perkins Press Newsletter is now available online. Look for your copy in the mail or pick one up at your member church!
Our Gratitude Report 2012 is here! Look for a copy at your church if you attend a member congregation. Thank you to all our supporters!