I had a great summer serving at Camp Barakel. I’ve been back home for a couple of weeks now, but wanted to share a little more with you about my time at camp.
My main job, as I shared in another post, was a lifeguard. I was the “buddy checker” and kept track of who entered and exited the waterfront. My brother-in-law was the head lifeguard and we had fun working together and with all of the other lifeguards. I also loved talking with the kids as they came in and out of the swimming area.
Another job I had was “mail lady.” My sister and I did this job together. Four days a week, we picked up the camper and staff mail that was going out of camp, took it into the post office in town, and came back with all of the mail and packages that were coming to the campers and staff. It was fun to see all of the packages and letters arriving. Some days, we had several totes of mail that we had to take back to camp. By the end of the summer we had become good friends with Carole, the lady who worked at the Fairview Post Office! My sister and I also did other work in the camp office when we had time. One of these jobs was getting packets of materials ready for the counselors each week. We also helped prepare for the arrival of the Hisability campers, a fun week of camp designed especially for people with special needs.
On Mondays, when the campers went home, everyone spent the morning cleaning to get ready for the next group of campers. It is a big camp, so there is always a lot of cleaning to do.
It is always a privilege to be a part of the work at Camp Barakel. I am thankful that so many kids are able to come and have the Good News about Jesus shared with them. It was a great summer!