By: Hannah Jackson
The countdown to campers arriving has begun! Counselors arrived this Sunday to participate in staff training for the next two weeks. Close to 200 counselors will go through a series of sessions and activities to ensure each is equipped to serve, lead, and love each camper that arrives at Camp Cho-Yeh.
As a staff, we seek to create an environment where campers are cultivating faith, nurturing community, and forging character. In pursuing each of these three desired outcomes, we actively move step-by-step towards the overall mission statement for Camp Cho-Yeh. This statement is the lens through which our ministry continually seeks further growth.
“Camp Cho-Yeh exists to be the people that make Camp Cho-Yeh a place where Jesus Christ transforms lives through meaningful relationships and outdoor adventures.” -Mission Statement
With this in mind, counselors are anticipating the arrival of campers. Whether returning, or a first-time counselor, all are in the midst of their own community building in these next two weeks so that they can serve alongside each other well.
“I am super excited to make more friends and finding a deeper community,” first-time counselor, Bola Akintunji said. “What I am most looking forward to about being a counselor this summer is sharing Jesus’ love to girls and getting to encourage them.”
Alongside the sessions counselors attend, counselors will have an opportunity to try out the Ropes Courses and will play group games that take them all over camp. This builds their familiarity with the layout of camp in order for them to be comfortable and confident when leading the campers to each event and activity throughout the week.
“I really enjoyed the Zipline,” first time counselor, Kris Wrenn said. “I love that we get to go on it before camp starts because I feel like I cannot ask someone to do something if I am not willing to do it too. This will help put in perspective for campers that I can be trusted because I am doing it right alongside them. It’s all about building relationships.”