Saturday, August 28, 2010

Holy SMOEkes

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.” - 1 John 1:7
Every Summer, since the summer after 6th grade, I've been a member of Camp Emmanuel. For those of you who don't know, Camp Emmanuel is the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver's summer camp. It's open to kids from the age from middle school to the Summer after senior year of high-school.  CE is not just some activity filled week; it's a week of intense spiritual reflection and dedication. The thing that keeps me coming back every year is something that is hard to obtain in your day-to-day life. There is a profound sense of fellowship, which, in turn, fortifies your relationship with God.  It's not often that you get a whole week to devote to your own spiritual health, and when you grow in Christ, it becomes easier for those around you to do the same.

The past three Summers I have been attending CE as an advisor. It's basically one of the best weeks of the year. This past June, I had the distinct honor of being placed in THE BEST CABIN EVER! Our cabin was named after St. Mary of Egypt, (SMOE for short) and we basically had the time of our lives. My two fellow counselors are dear friends of mine, and we like to consider ourselves the "Big-Three" of camp.

This actually took me a long time, okay...
Between some awesome sessions with our hilarious and devoted clergy, and really fun activities, we had plenty of time for many an inside joke to be created. From arranges, bunk takeovers, to "I think there is a seed in your hair," to beeeeeeescuits, to mess day, we've created a bond that's inseparable. Peace, love, and SMOE forever.

Mess Day - I'm in there somewhere!

Here's to all the Camp Emmanuel sessions of the past, and to many more in the future!


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