Another year, another Six Day high school camp week. Once again we (75 teenagers, 20 staff) had a fabulous week in the foothills of the Cascade mountains at Camp Huston in sunny Gold Bar (and yes, it was roasting - rivaling 2000 as the hottest, dryest camp week ever.)
The daily Eucharists were amazing, capped by confirmation on Sunday performed by Bishop Nedi Rivera, and the traveling Eucharist on Monday that was absolutely spine tingling.
Nedi spent the entire week with us, demonstrating just how highly she values youth ministry. So many people in her position say lots of nice things, but few actually do anything about it on a personal level. And she's a real trouper, too. She happily ranges from full bishoply stature to overhead flipper for the songs.
Camp did end on a down note as one of the youth found out on the last day that one of her friends where she used to live had died of a drug overdose. Apparently she had been veering into the drug world and well, that's what happens sometimes. Tough to handle at 15.
It seems weird to say "apart from that it was a great week", but that's about the gist of it.