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Weeks before our first campers arrive, the summer staff move into their bunks and begin a time of intensive training. Before the lifeguard certification, before the boundaries training, before learning silly songs, Bible study, or games, they talk about why they're here.

We have future pastors, here to learn how to share their faith. We have future teachers, practicing their skills at working with children. We have future leaders in all areas, mastering the skills of communication, teamwork, creativity, and persistence.

This year, the staff started out by writing their own creed. Armed with a stack of sticky notes, each person wrote several statements about camp, beginning with "I believe..." After all the notes were read and assembled, this statement emerged:

 I believe in camp. I believe that camp is a community where everyone experiences love and belonging. I believe that people can change, and camp is a place where change can happen. I believe in dirty hands. I believe in the constant glory of God in whatever we do and wherever we are. I believe every week is “week 1.” I believe that you are not done learning just because you can teach. I believe in asking for help. I believe you can. I believe hydration can fix almost everything. I believe laughter is the best medicine, and sometimes that means laughing at yourself. I believe in the opportunity to selflessly serve Christ. I believe there’s more than one way to toast a marshmallow. I believe in showing forgiveness. I believe that coworkers become family. I believe in creating new games, songs, and holidays. I believe that every week of camp is the best week ever. I believe in sunscreen and bug spray. I believe it’s easier to teach children than to fix adults. I believe that your inner mindset rules over your outer well-being. I believe in carrying a water bottle everywhere I go. I believe everyone should be able to entertain a cabin with a box and a tennis ball. I believe leadership can be a push from the back, a pull from the front, or a guiding hand from the sides. I believe in the knowledge that children have to share. I believe in the healing powers of a scotcharoo. I believe God wants us all here. I believe in us.

I believe in camp. I believe that camp is a community where everyone experiences love and belonging. I believe that people can change, and camp is a place where change can happen. I believe in dirty hands. I believe in the constant glory of God in whatever we do and wherever we are. I believe every week is “week 1.” I believe that you are not done learning just because you can teach. I believe in asking for help. I believe you can. I believe hydration can fix almost everything. I believe laughter is the best medicine, and sometimes that means laughing at yourself. I believe in the opportunity to selflessly serve Christ. I believe there’s more than one way to toast a marshmallow. I believe in showing forgiveness. I believe that coworkers become family. I believe in creating new games, songs, and holidays. I believe that every week of camp is the best week ever. I believe in sunscreen and bug spray. I believe it’s easier to teach children than to fix adults. I believe that your inner mindset rules over your outer well-being. I believe in carrying a water bottle everywhere I go. I believe everyone should be able to entertain a cabin with a box and a tennis ball. I believe leadership can be a push from the back, a pull from the front, or a guiding hand from the sides. I believe in the knowledge that children have to share. I believe in the healing powers of a scotcharoo. I believe God wants us all here. I believe in us.