I want to preface this blog by letting you know that we always go up to work, but that's not what the campers go for.
C.A. is there to help teenagers, men, women and groups get away from the hustle and distractions of life. The point is to leave behind all the technological devices and demanding schedules that take your attention and instead focus all of your attention on Christ.
Going remote forces a removal of all distractions. The temptation to chat on the phone, text, have your ear buds in 24/7, watch t.v., surf the net or anything else is all you'll have because doing any of those things at C.A. is an impossibility.
You can't even jump in the car and drive away because like I stated in my last post, you have to take a boat to get to the camp.
If you are really desperate and an excellent swimmer and feel like hiking a gravel road for a few miles and then hitchhiking, you can probably get back into cell phone range.
If I were you, I'd just stick it out and see what God has to say to you during your time in the wilderness.
Because instead of all your everyday distractions, you will be surrounded by some pretty amazing examples of God's creation.
You'll be so busy hiking up to the tops of water falls and connecting with God and the people who came with you in your group, you will find yourself not even missing your cell phone or i-pod.
And, you will realize that at the end of the week, you survived without face book, gasp! Although the first chance you get you will update your status telling everyone all about your trip.
Of course I don't know this from personal experience, stop asking!
But, our group being a work group functions a little bit differently. We're there to get some things done.
What things you ask?
Well, dishes of course.
And of course I didn't take any pictures of me doing dishes because it is not recommended to take pictures with your arms elbow deep in sudsy water. It may be a bit damaging to your photo equipment. And of course I am the only person who takes pictures of myself, so henceforth there will be no pictures of me washing dishes forthcoming. But I did wash dishes. I did!
About 5,000 of them.
I'm not even kidding.
I had a lot of help though. My two boys are dish champs and a friend of ours whom I will call Wild-man Nate also helped.
Even the hard working men pitched in and of course there was the C.A. staff because let's face it, when you have 5,000 dishes to wash after every meal then you need some help. Or you'll be washing dishes until the next meal is ready and straight on till twilight.
But the guys, they worked hard at lots of things.
There was the roofing job which took a couple days. If you look closely you can see Nathans hat peeking over the roof. And that's my man standing there looking hunky. And Ben was too hard at work to turn around so that's the view you get of him. Sorry.
Here Seth is overseeing the preparation of the next meal.
I know it looks like they are just standing around talking about the trailer, but it was really a discussion of the work that needed to be done on the trailer.
There is always a lot of discussion before the projects begin.
And close examinations.
And more close examinations.
Here is Megan, she worked at camp all summer. She would prepare the campers meals and supplies for going up river. That's right. They take you from your remote location and ship you to an even more remote location. No hiking back to civilization possible from there.
Dylan served for the summer as the camp cook. There was no going hungry for anyone while Dylan was manning the ovens. So at least you don't have to worry about being deprived of food when they deprive you of your precious distractions.
Of course H.H. served as the official coffee taste tester.
It's a very necessary job.
There are 3 other people who served on staff at C.A.
Wesley, he went with the groups on all of their adventures and played volleyball with them when they needed another player.
Steve and Kris Tice are the camp managers. They will clean and shuttle and lead and cook and do just about anything to help you have a great time in the Canadian wilderness.
There was more work done by the guys but it would be boring to list it all. Just rest assured that they earned their keep every day.
But no worries! It wasn't all work! We got to have fun too!
More on that next time.
Thanks for stopping by,