This has to be quick. So at camp today, I was talking to a counselor who just got back from a month-long camp where she was a counselor. She had a disappointing experience for a number of reasons. The primary disappointment was that she thought the staff focused more on numbers for the wrong reason. The focus was off. There was a herd mentality to get all the kids "saved", with no real interest in their lives or discussing how to live for Christ. They seemed to be in it purely for the numbers.
I guess I never considered this kind of thing at children's camps. The camp I am at is amazing - well, it's the people involved. I know these people, know their hearts and have seen them in action. Some have taken a week off work to be here. A few are driving 1-1/2 hours just to be part of the praise and worship team in the evening which lasts maybe 15-20 minutes and then drive 1-1/2 hours back home. That's love.
I'm sad to think of those kids who went to Christian camp and missed out on the full meal deal. And I'm so glad to be a part of something that I'm experiencing here. It has opened my eyes, that's for sure.
So, if you send your kids to camp - be sure to do a little investigative work. Or better yet, go volunteer! :)