Camping has given me memories to last a lifetime. I recall campers returning from many a Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness trip, bounding along trails with newfound confidence, joy in the voice and sparkle in the eye. Somehow the experience of camping, sharing a profound experience with friends, old and new, invigorates the spirit, challenges the mind, and rewards with abundant insight and learning. Campers are invited to be open to a new lifestyle, fun experiences along with learning about nature, relating kindly to others and how to live simply in a wild environment. Camping nurtures the soul and develops the body and mind. Helping individuals become well rounded humans. It’s all great stuff!
I have been a professional in the camping world for more than 40 years. But who’s counting? I have worked as a Girl Scout Camp Ranger, United Methodist Church Camp Director, Appalachia Service Project Director, Presbyterian Camp/Retreat Facility Director, and Executive Director/CEO of four YMCA Camps in Minnesota and California. Wow, what a long strange trip it’s been. So fulfilling, illuminating, challenging, and filled with joy. But the coolest thing is to see how, every year, campers and staff grow more fully in body, mind and spirit.
As I look forward to another good summer at camp, I am thrilled and excited to experience YMCA Camp Jordan. Its going to be one heck of a fun, jubilant and safe summer. Happy Trails and Lets have a Rowdy Good Time! See you soon!