“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” — Matthew 5:14-16 (The Message)
Here at camp, we’ve thought a lot this past year about fire. The awesome and destructive power of fire was on full display this past fall. Unfortunately, we have a number of sister camps that were impacted by the fires. But while this power isn’t always destructive – it powers many of our cars and has even taken humankind to the moon – it is most assuredly always magnificent in power. Humanity has always been fascinated by this power, and perhaps the most amazing quality of this power is that it always starts with just one spark.
And here we have arrived at this year’s theme – “It only takes a spark”. A spark is a meager thing. Fire, in its infancy, is so very fragile. If you have ever attempted to start a fire without a match, you know this. It takes hard work to nurse a fire to health; and even then, there are many perils and dangers along the way – if the wood is too wet, or there is rain, or it’s too windy – your flame is liable to go out. But from this humble beginning – just a spark, proceeds all the strength which fire can muster.
There is one special quality that Jesus choose to focus in on regarding fire here in this passage – light. The original hearers of the “Sermon on the Mount” knew only one source of light – fire, specifically, oil-lamps. Their sole source of casting out the darkness was a small flame, as is has been for most generations throughout history. And yet, when that one flame is combined with the light of another, and then another, and so forth, we can provide light for the entire world to see. We become as a city on a hill – “a million lights to see”.
This year, we aim for all campers to walk away carrying their lights just a little bit higher – for all their friends and families to see. And when their light is combined with that of their home churches, how brilliantly will they shine in their communities? In their schools? Our goal is to send forth children and youth back into the world with the confidence and tools to shine a little bit more brightly; to experience the power of God that much more in their lives; to reflect the ultimate flame that lights our lives – the Son.
Will you join us this year? Will you help us in igniting a spark here in the Bay Area? We invite you to join us in this journey…Below are some links to help you identify how to get involved.
Whether you are the first-time parent of a camper, or a pro, you will find lots of useful information here.
Want to be a counselor with us? Here you will find all the information you need to put together your application.
Looking for a youth program to attend this summer? Check out these options.
Looking for a fall/winter retreat? Check out our options for adults.