We asked “What has been a lasting impact of your experience at CCA?” Here is the answer we received from one of our alumna:
“The most significant impact camp has had on my life is the importance of daily devotions. Camp was the first place to teach me that it was important for me to read the Bible on my own and not rely on teachers to feed me the information. Camp also equipped me to be able to read the Bible and get over the initial anxiety of “How am I supposed to do this?” I also learned how to sit and be still for a period of time. That is still a skill I struggle with but camp showed me I can still be focused on Him in the presence of others. That is so important now that my days are filled with my children. I rarely get more than 10 minutes at a time to myself.
Going through CILT I was able to get over a fear of being in front of people and teaching scripture. I never felt like I had the qualifications needed to be a Bible teacher. I learned that anyone with a heart for the Lord and a willingness to put your own personal time into Scripture could facilitate discussion and lead people toward a better understanding of God and our relationship with him. I enjoy leading a small group Bible study with my husband and other couples from our church.
One of the most memorable things I learned is how to love nature the way God intended it and the skills I needed to live in nature. We just took our three children tent camping for the first time this summer with another former staff member and her family. It was a blast! We swam, we hiked, we cooked dinner over the fire and ate s’mores. We know how to clean all the dishes in a little pot, how to build and start a fire, and just use the nature skills we were taught. I never would have attempted camping with a 5, 4, and 1 year old if it weren’t for the confidence I had been given by camp. Being in the woods still holds a special place in my heart and an even deeper connection to God when I get those opportunities.
I hope to return one day and continue the tradition with my children.”