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Its Ok, I Get Homesick Too

Written by Hayley ‘Juice’ Galla: Lazy F Camp Summer 2019

Dear Future Camper,

G’day, all the way from Sydney, Australia! I’m so glad you found us and are currently reading this blog post. After a few long flights, I have finally arrived at this gorgeous place they call “Lazy F Camp”. This is my third summer as a camp counselor in the USA. I have worked at camps all over the country in areas like Upstate New York and Wisconsin. I have to say “Lazy F” is BY FAR the best camp I have been to with it’s beautiful and native surroundings. Every morning I wake up and hear the birds chirping, the flowing creek, the crackling of the campfire at night, and children laughing all day.

A little bit about myself, I have been a counselor for two summers and this summer, at Lazy F, I am the “activities coordinator”. This includes planning and running evening games for the children. I enjoy sports, performing arts, and the adventure of the outdoors. Back home in Australia I run a children’s playcentre and spend my spare time exploring new adventures. Every summer I look forward to exploring my wonderful faith through God’s love which reminds me that I can accomplish anything.

As an international counselor, it’s hard being away from friends, family and the relationships I have back home. YES! I get homesick too! However, I could not feel more at HOME here at Lazy F. The friends I have made here I will keep in contact with for the rest of my life. Children’s lives are changed here forever. It is truly a magical place. In Australia, summer camps are not common, and I struggle to find a way to describe what camp is truly like because you won’t know unless you have been. There’s just something about camp that brings me back every summer.

A thought to end on,

The tan lines may fade, but the memories will last forever.

Blessings and Love,

Juice

Activities Coordinator

A Special Place

Written by Emily ‘Nalgene’ Toycen: Lazy F Camp Summer 2019

Dear Future Camper,

Whether you have signed up for camp for this summer, already signed up for next summer, haven’t signed up for camp yet, been coming to Lazy F for years, have never been, this letter is for you! Personally, I have been coming to Lazy F my entire life and it has made a huge impact on me. Camp is a special place for many reasons, and I believe that it has something incredible to offer for anyone who comes.

I am a big believer in the power of worship, community, and God’s presence in nature, and Lazy F provides the opportunity to experience all of those things. When you come to camp, you get the chance to experience worship through song and the Word every morning at chapel, which can be such a powerful experience! You also get to become a part of one of the most important communities you will have in your life through spending quality time, Bible encounter, and doing fun and silly activities with your small group. And one of my favorite parts about camp, you get to do it all outside! I know it can be hard to leave the comfort and familiarity of your home, but when you come to camp, you get to spend time outside in God’s creation, and get to do so many fun activities while doing it!

If you’re nervous about coming to camp, then I totally understand! I love coming to camp, but even I get nervous before I come just because there’s so many unknowns which can be really scary. Even though I always get nervous before coming to camp, I also end up having way more fun than I thought was possible! You will make new friends, do fun and crazy activities, experience God in so many ways, and have the best stories to tell to your friends and family when you get home.

I am so excited for you to come to camp and to get to have so much fun with you!

Nalgene

Camp Counselor

Where You Belong

Written by Zach ‘Seal’ McGuckin: Lazy F Camp Summer 2019

Dear Future Camper,

If there is one thing I want you to know about camp, it’s that this is a place where you belong. I’ve been coming to Lazy F since I was a primary camper and at every stage of my life I was welcomed with open arms. Camp has always been a place where I felt at home, where I’ve been challenged to grow but accepted where I’m at. Now that I’m staff, there is one thing I’m excited about and that’s you.

I’m excited to provide this same opportunity, this same sense of belonging and acceptance to you. I’m excited to meet you, know you and learn from you. I’m excited to see you grow, to make new friends, to stand up for what you believe in, to eat way too much in the dining hall, to find a camp game you really like or a camp song for you to scream at the top of your lungs. I’m excited for you to be here in your entirety, not leaving out the things that make you goofy, weird or out there. I can’t wait to hear you laugh or hear your funniest joke.

Camp can be busy, activity after activity thrown at us. It’s amazing and really fun, but also very tiring. By the end of the week, you’ll probably be exhausted and ready to sleep in your own bed. I’d ask that once you get home and back to life, remember camp. If someone is mean to you at school, remember camp. Remember that in this place you are loved for who you are and that you belong. No matter what happens you will always belong in this place.

Sincerely,
Seal

Camp Counselor

Tips and Hints

Written by Jessica ‘Crescendo’ Lewis: Lazy F Camp Summer 2019

Dear Future Camper,

We are so excited for you to come to camp this summer! I have been at camp for the last couple weeks working to make camp the best summer camp you will ever experience! While you prepare for camp here are a couple of tips/hints to know before you come.
1. The food here is amazing! You don’t need to bring your own. Camp has an amazing Taco Bar, sweet cinnamon rolls and hot, tasty pizza. Also Salad Bar! You will not go hungry at camp.
2. You need to bring your water bottle! It gets super, super, duper warm at camp and the sun shines brightly all day. And you need to stay hydrated in order to have fun all day! Camp has the water, you bring the water bottle.
3. Bringing your swimsuit is a must! Camp has a creek that flows directly through camp and we tube down it! We provide the tubes and fun while you provide the swimsuit and sandals with a heel strap. (Don’t worry if you forget your sandals we have some extras on camp).
4. Bring your sunscreen! The sun is out all the time and sun burns are not fun. Bring your sunscreen to avoid sunburns.
5. Bring a coat. It may be hot temperatures all day, but at night it gets cold. So bring a coat to stay warm at night.
6. Bring a letter, all stamped and addressed to send your parents a letter home! Write a letter in the middle week, give it to your counselor and they will put it in the mail for you!
7. Bring your singing voice, whatever kind of singing voice it may be, ready to sing the silliest camp songs you will ever sing! Come prepared to sing ridiculous lyrics, with ridiculous movements.
8. Bring your positive attitudes to camp! Camp is only as fun as your attitude allows it to be. So come positive and camp will be one of the best experiences of your summer!
9. Come to camp ready to make friends! You will be placed in a group of other campers that you will be hanging out with all week so come ready to make some awesome friends!
10. Bring yourself, ready to have fun! Camp is a place to relax, be yourself and have fun! So come to camp ready to have fun!

We are excited to see you at camp!

Jessica/Crescendo

Assistant Camp Coordinator

Trying Something New

Written by Nathaniel ‘Flash’ Lackey, Media Manager: Lazy F Camp Summer 2019

Hello! I can’t wait for you to get here! This last week at camp has been a ton of fun, especially these last few days. I got to go on some awesome hikes and see huge crosses that were bigger than me! What was cool though is that I got to do it with some awesome people; Crescendo, Happy Feet, Juice, and Duck. I know, weird names, right? But that’s not really what I wanted to talk about.

Since getting to camp I have been able to do all of these new things. My new friends and I made tamales for the first time ever. We also went rafting as a group on the Yakima River. And guess what?! Crescendo AND Happy Feet fell in! You know what’s even more wild? Duck had a little boat that he was in and he jumped onto a raft out of the water! A boat on a boat! How crazy is that?! Wow, I really wish you could be here to experience this with me.

I don’t know if you will see me as soon as you get here but maybe you will meet my friends first. Before you get here though here is something to keep in mind. There is a lot to do here at camp and tons of new people that you are going to meet. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone a little bit to try something new. Camp is one of the best and safest places to do that. Maybe just try a new craft or art project you haven’t done before. You could try being a  part of a skit at campfire and really show off your amazing acting skills OR you could even try a new food in the dining hall! There is so much for you to do here and I hope you at least learn something and have fun while doing it. I can’t wait to see what you do.

Yours truly,

Flash

Media Manager

Welcome To Our Camp Family

Written by Brianna Smith, Summer Program Coordinator: Lazy F Camp Summer 2019

Camp Family,

Welcome to Lazy F Camp and our Church family. My name is Brianna and I am the Summer Camp Coordinator for the second year and a previous camper at Lazy F. As a previous camper at Lazy F I wanted to share my camp story!

Coming to Lazy F changed my life spiritually and emotionally. I grew up in the United Methodist Church to two Methodist pastors, so it was in my blood to grow up going to church and I liked it. Going to camp was different, I almost always got nervous on the drive to camp and at check-in I would feel so nervous about not knowing anyone and I was scared that I would not make friends. The nervous feeling never lasted, ever. Some years at camp I didn’t know anyone, but usually neither did anyone else, we were all new together. Camp has given me courage to do things that gave me anxiety because I know that those feelings will not last. Camp also gave me a church family, a group of people who helped me grow in my faith and as a person, these people are some of the most important people in my life today. Some were my counselors who guided and taught me about myself, some were younger campers who showed me that I could be a leader, and most are some of my best friends.

My friends that I have made at camp year after year inspire me to be the best that I can be. I watch them in the world following their dreams, being good neighbors, showing grace, and spreading God’s love and I am honored to know them. My camp friends have helped me through times of grief and pure joy (They knew me in Middle and High School and still talk to me so I have to admit I’m a pretty lucky person). My camp friends are my chosen family and without them I would never have been able to come back to camp and work. Lazy F has given me so much that I want to give back to every camper that walks, hikes, runs, zip-lines, climbs, and slip-n-slides through our camp.

So if you are still thinking of sending a loved one to us, know that we will watch over them with great care. If you have already signed up know that we will watch over you with great care. And finally for all, know that we cannot wait to welcome you into our camp family. We will all grow in our faith and we will walk side by side through the good and the difficult.

Welcome Home,

Brianna Smith

Summer Program Coordinator