"Time is relative or whatever."
Now that phrase, "best week of your life" gets thrown around a lot in Young Life circles. It is the bold claim we make to sell camp to our high school amigos, to drum up enthusiasm in kids who have no idea what to expect from the whole thing. They've never been! They don't know how awesome it is!
So, as a Young Life leader, that has been my task for the last few months, to try and infect my high school friends (poor choice of words?) with my own obnoxious enthusiasm for this camp, which has made such an impact in my life. I had to make them want it, without their really knowing what was so want-able about it.
Which was tough. Like, really tough. For a couple weeks there I actually went without sleep, working extra shifts, trying to raise funds to get these friends to camp because they hadn't raised the funds for themselves BECAUSE THEY HAD NO IDEA HOW AMAZING IT WAS GOING TO BE.
So I did it. We all did it, all the leaders on our team working tirelessly to get everybody to camp. And it was hard. But also so, so worth it.
Don't believe me? Let's see if I can capture just a little glimpse of what was so magical about this week, for me and for my friends.
Hmmmm. Words don't seem to do the whole thing justice. Let's try some pictures!
Young Life camp is a place where:
The Old West comes back to life
Prison cells are made of bunk beds and painter's tape
You face your fears with both feet forward, and with friends on either side
You don't need a license to drive like a maniac
You meet giant, pre-historic beetles
Square dancing is cool
You learn faith by trusting a little yellow harness to keep you from falling to your certain death
Your camera gets stolen for selfies
Hot sauce packets come to life
Christmas comes in July
Those you share meals with become your family
Unity is spelled M-A-R-I-O
All we do it blob, blob, blob no matter what
Guys are NOT afraid to wear short shorts
(and Diego's magic shorts sparkle just 'cause)
Spontaneous pillow fights with Vikings are NOT out of place
America fanny packs go with EVERYTHING
New friends become best friends
We don't give up on each other
And heaven really is a place on earth.
"Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well."
1 Thessalonians 2:8