Saturday, June 5, 2010

Mission: Orientation

I heard this conversation between two guys at the lunch table at camp the other day:

Guy #1: Is all those cupcakes gone?
Guy #2: "Are" all those cupcakes gone.
Guy #1: What?
Guy #2: It's "are," not "is." You said "Is all those cupcakes gone."
Guy #1: No, I said "Was all those cupcakes gone."
Guy #2: Um, either way, you're using the wrong tense.

The bad news is that everyone who works at camp is in college. I guess the good news is that half of them have successfully comprehended eighth grade English. I feel really good about spending my summer in Arkansas.

Seriously, I do really feel good about spending my summer in Arkansas. The kids will finally get to camp tomorrow! I spent the past eight days living a week of camp as a camper. It totally exhausted me. I'm hoping that living camp as an adult isn't quite as exhausting.

I've already made a ton of new friends. Everyone here is amazing. And I really love the mission of the camp. I truly believe that it is a God-driven ministry that makes a huge impact on the youth of Northwest Arkansas. If I was a kid, I would be so excited to get to spend a week here, doing all of these cool things. Even as a 22 year old, it's so fun and exciting. I mean, this week I got to go on a Blob! I went fishing in the fishing pond and, with four casts of a line, caught three fish. I was inducted into one of two tribes (Go Caddo!) and spent a week playing games on a team and running a crazy obstacle course on the last day.

Another thing that we did is called Mission: Impossible. It's basically just what it sounds like. In the middle of an evening event, the theme song from Mission: Impossible came on, and everyone scattered to their cabins and changed into dark camouflage shirts and long pants. Then we were handed our mission, and we all ran around in the dark finding our assignments. There were people going around, searching for us, so we'd have to drop to the ground frequently to avoid the flashlights. The maximum time allotted was 20 minutes. My cabin finished in FIRST place, completing the whole mission in 7 minutes and 38 seconds! We totally rocked it up. And that is just one of the nightly events at camp.

My hope is that I'll be able to post some more interesting stories here in the future. I probably won't have any posts for the next two to three months that don't have to deal with camp, so if you have no interest in that, you might check out for a while. But I really hope that you are interested enough in my life that, even though my posts become repetitive, you'll keep reading, because you love me.

And now, a shout out to my good friend Connor Farris, who drove down to Rogers on my day off to visit me! A big group of us got to go out to dinner, and Connor, being such the awesome friend that he is, bought my dinner. I think he really just wanted to be able to say that we went on a date. I guess that's okay. So, thanks again, Con-o!


  1. I think blobs are fun, but terrifying. I've never entered the water correctly. And it's painful.

    And I've paid for your bowling before. Where's my date shoutout?

  2. You didn't have to drive an hour and a half to get there. And you're welcome Cailtyn!

  3. Forget the shoutouts, where's my DATE?

  4. Casey, come to Oregon and I'll take you out.

  5. Sometimes Dave pays for my bowling.
    There, happy?