Prayer in the Pines

Prayer in the Pines

Let’s talk about prayer and camp. Every night at Camp Chickagami, after a day spent running and swimming and singing and playing, campers and staff wind down with Compline, a contemplative nighttime service out of the Book of Common Prayer. After singing and swaying along to a few calming songs like “Sanctuary” or “Jen’s Song”, they pray my favorite prayer in the entire prayer book, “Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.” Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace. Before heading off to brush teeth and climb into sleeping bags, someone starts a popcorn prayer, asking everyone to…
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An Open Letter to Supporters of Camp Chickagami

An Open Letter to Supporters of Camp Chickagami

Dear Supporters of Camp Chickagami, 
As spring peeked its fickle eyes up out of the snow last Monday, a fellow teacher asked me, “Brian, what is your favorite memory of your camp?” Rather than bore my co-worker with countless stories ranging from pranks with canoes to night hikes, I turned the question around:
“Oh, I don’t know; what’s your favorite memory from camp?”
“I never went to camp,” came the reply. My mind made that screechy sound that cartoons make when a car brakes really hard. Never went to camp? Really? Never went to camp? Really? I quickly started a mental assessment of how much memory is occupied solely by camp recollections. What would it be like to have more open space in my brain? Could I be more productive? A better…
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