Wednesday, Dec. 8, is National Wear Your Summer Camp T-shirt Day, which means it’s a great time to start cleaning out your drawers to find your favorite camp T-shirt so that you can join with hundreds of other people around the country showing their summer camp pride on Wednesday.
I’m particularly excited about this event because our next Blog Madness event in March is going to be a battle of the camp T-shirts.
Sing it with me now, “Camp Anawanna, we hold you in our heart….”
Salute Your Shorts was a ’90s Nickelodeon show set at the fictional Camp Anawanna. I can’t remember if I watched the show when it was originally aired or when it was in re-runs but either way it was on Nickelodeon while I was a camper at Delanco Camp and always did an excellent job of keeping me in the camp spirit throughout the school year.
The show, which lasted only two seasons, was based on the 1986 book of the same name. It focused on a group of teenage campers, their annoying counselor and the various issues that arise during their time at Anawanna. Among the show’s characters was one of the more unforgettable nicknames in the history of television – Donkeylips.
The show’s name comes from a popular prank where boy campers steal a pair of boxer shorts from another camper and run them up the flag pole, replacing the American flag for the morning flag salute. I’ve not heard tell of this particular prank happening at camp, but there was something other than a flag flying on our flag pole at one point during Teen 2 this summer.
Have you seen the show? What do you remember most about it?
Be sure to thank a Veteran for their service and say a prayer today for our men and women in the military all around the globe.
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Here’s a cool video that tells the story of Strength For Service
“Fundamentally, the gospel is the revelation of who God is, who we are, and how we can be reconciled to him,” Platt writes. “Yet in the American dream, where self reigns as king (or queen), we have a dangerous tendency to misunderstand, minimize, and even manipulate the gospel in order to accommodate our assumptions and our desires.”
That’s the key question Platt wrestles with throughout the book as he encourages the reader much the way he does the 4,000-some odd people who attend his church in Birmingham, Alabama, to live the kind of life that turns the American dream upside down.
The title more or less says it all because Platt is advocating a radical way of living for Christ that is about surrendering everything we have to the will of Christ, whatever that might take and whatever corner of the world God might call us to. For David and his family it has meant traveling to places where church services have to be held in secret, where hunger and poverty is almost unbearable and where people have yet to hear the Gospel.
So I went to Delanco Camp this weekend and as usual it was perfection wrapped in a pretzal roll…or what not. I woke up in the morning, walked outside with my sweats, then said hi to all the lovely people in the kitchen and whoever would walk by. I poured a cup of joe, put a crazy amount of sugar in it (might explain my goofiness) then walked out to the flag-less pole and a whole bunch of us just sang worship songs. It was amazing! So here are just a few things from the weekend that totally just blew my mind.
1. Being told I couldn’t be anymore beautiful by a coworker/roomate/friend/phellow phillies phan.
2. Scott and Meg Rambo visiting with Tim, who is so adorable (if that even explains it) and their new baby Benjamin!
3. Countless hugs.
4. Learning new things about people, meaning the deep things of their heart, like what fruit they like to eat hahaha.
5. Baked Ziti made by a fabulous volunteer kitchen staff.
6. Campers doing an incredible job sweeping the Tabernacle and their dorms!
7. Campers raising their hands in worship to “God With us” by Tenth Avenue North.
8. Hearing that the Phillies came back by countless people, and seeing the excitement in the campers who were Phillies fans!
9. Letting a two year old help me ring the bell for service ;)!
10. Taking photos with people I love on the last day!
11. Late night kitchen raid and conversation that could go any which way.
12. Being told I was loved just because I brought a power strip to someone who originally asked for an extension cord…was not thinking at that moment I guess.
13. A few friends that I know of raising their hand in worship while they were consoling someone. Perfect imagry of Jesus feeling people’s pain and worshipping his father at the same time!
14. Hot coffee with a lot of sugar.
15. Teaching someone a path to the Chapel in the pines!
16. Jesus’s boat stores, and being reminded that Peter also walked on water by faith, he was only human! Look what we can do with enough faith.
17. Secret missions…I can’t tell you…it’s a secret.
18. Trash run with the Drid in the truck with the loudest engine ever!
19. A million people there that had my name…got confusing sometimes!
20. Campers who wanted to chat with me about stuff, and just doing stuff for them was fun!
21. Playing guitar and watching people play guitar.
22. Early morning worship, “I got a river of life flowing out of me!”
23. Smiley fries!
24. Testimonies around a fire.
25. The new song “Our God” by Chris Tomlin.
26. Being asked “Em Taylor, why have you not hugged me in the last hour?”
27. Eating with different people for every meal.
28. Fudge bar!
29. Seeing people at camp that I didn’t think were going to be there.
30. Just becoming a better person every minute there!
31. Wearing sweats practically the whole time.
32. Reenacting Titanic (not the sad parts) “I’m flying Jack! I’m flying!”
…might be more to come!