For the third summer in a row, my family embarked on our annual campout at Lake Geneva Christian Center. Or Lake Geneva Bible Camp, as it's better known in my mind.
As a Minnesota Assembly of God girl, thankyouverymuch, I went to camp there every year, Kids Camp through Senior Teen, and even counseled a few summer during my college years. I am so thankful my parents did NOT come up and get me the first year I went to Kids Camp and called home the first night from the nurse's office, crying and homesick, begging to be picked up.
They said I needed to stick it out another day or two and see if things improved.
Improve they did, and I have loved it ever since. I would have missed out on a lot of great memories had my parents let me talk them into my sob story. Another post for another day, that one...
We haven't been as avid Family Campers at LGCC as busy, working adults, but since 2012 we've managed to utilize their fabulous "Clergy Cottages," these two beautifully decorated and fully stocked cabins that Minnesota AG ministers can use for one weekend a year, free of charge. Mr. Hilden retains his AG ordination credentials, as does my dad, so it's been a fun family time of hanging out with my parents, enjoying the beautiful lake and grounds, and enjoying the "caf" once again. (Seriously! If a group is there using the camp, you get to eat in the caf for free, too. A meal I don't have to plan or cook is a meal I heartily enjoy, my friends.)
We've supported recent building projects there, and the progress has been amazing and beautiful to watch.
Perhaps the biggest joy has been introducing my kids to the camp these last three summers. Park already can't wait to come to Kids Camp when he's older, and I'm sure Presley will follow suit. From my great-grandparents, to my grandparents and parents, to Anthony and myself as kids/teens... and now my own kids... Here's to a future Hilden/Zimmerman generation of LGCC Bible camper!
We packed a lot into these three days... What a delightful resource we are blessed to be able to enjoy.