Faith Rooted Here

By Faith Brown, Summer Camp Intern

“We all have one thing in our life that defines who we are today and when we think about what makes us who we are it’s followed with a memory. Camp David has been huge impact on who I am today as a college freshman. Camp David is one of those places where you can’t help but grow spiritually and emotionally. I have been a staff member at Camp David since 2013. During these past 4 years/summers I have had the positions of photographer, counselor, lifeguard, games leader, and intern. Being all those positions over the past years I have learned so many new things and have grown in multiple ways. When I first started at Camp David I was a freshman in high school and I had just been placed into foster care a few months before. Coming from biological parents who have both served/are serving time in prison I had no idea that camp would be such a huge impact on me just as a staff and not a camper. I was hard headed going into my first week of camp. I knew God, my foster family had done the introducing of God to me, but camp is where I actually got to know him. During my first week of camp I went from my hard headed self to being completely humbled by the campers. Although I had been through a lot by the age of 14, it seemed like nothing in comparison to what the campers have gone through. I learned that not everything is about me, as a Christian it’s our duty to put others before ourselves. (Philippians 2:3  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves) Realizing all of that I fell in love with camp, what it was for, and the environment. Over the years I have gone from having a low patience with kids, to absolutely adoring being around them. I learned that my calling is in the field of social work due to camp, which is the whole reason I’m going to college and majoring in social work. On top of all of that, I have learned how to lead, manage, organize, and communicate with others with humility. I went from not knowing how to read the Bible, to reading it on my own as well as being a small group leader during the summer. When I think of camp, I can’t help but smile. My Faith is basically rooted there. It’s my happy place, my second home, it’s one of those places where you get abs from laughing so much, a leg workout from swinging so high, and overall it’s a “ya have to be there” to know exactly what I’m talking about type of place.”