“MY LIFE IS A SONGFEST!” is a phrase that originated with the staff ten years ago. At camp, someone would mention how much they love eating donuts, and instantly everyone would break out into song. My life is a songfest.
As a camper, I remember thinking that songfests were better than television. It was a great way for us to get the to know the staff better. I always loved watching my counselor act. My friends and I would reminisce about our favorite songfests years afterwards. In fact, we still talk about songfests we saw as campers.
Songfests are a special part of the Camp Cedarbrook experience. Each songfest has a simple layout: staff members act out a skit with camp songs sprinkled throughout. They are often ridiculous, filled with laughter and sometimes tears (happy ones, of course). A staff member ties in a well-known camp song with a few keywords, which allows the campers to sing along and join in on the songfest. From there, the songfest smoothly transitions to a spiritual message.
Over the years, there have been a number of songfests that have taught me spiritual truths that I will never forget, but I think my biggest takeaway has been the realization that my life IS a songfest. My life is a mix of highs and lows, filled with laughter and sorrow, and it brings me places I never expected to go. And sometimes (okay, maybe all the time), I even break into random song. But more than that, just as in a songfest, I can see God’s hand in my life. I see how God has used the circumstances to teach me about Himself and His will for my life.
Camp songfests have taught me how to see God is in every moment. He is with me and teaching me when I feel lost and when things happen I don’t expect, and He is in the good times too. Just as in a songfest, I can see how God has used these events in my life to teach me about His love and reveal his plan of love for the world.
It is my hope that every camper will see evidence of God in all things – in his creation, in others, in the events of our lives, in a songfest.
“Adelle” has served on Cedarbrook staff since 2008 and started as a Pathfinder camper in 1997. When she’s not at camp, she teaches art at Hawthorne Christian Academy in northern New Jersey.