Imagine Families Paying to Work a Week...
I've been gone a week at Camp Pioneer in Angola New York. It is a beautiful setting on Lake Erie... little white cottages with green trim, the sound of the lake a constant companion, beautiful sunsets. Believe it or not, children beg their parents to come back year after year and some amazing adult and child relationships have formed.
Every year families gather their to paint, build, roof, plant flower beds, clean, and whatever else comes up. I've seen a 2 year old help her dad paint an adirondack chair; a 7 year old learn how to use a screw gun on a deck board; moms become proficient at using a nail gun as they built closet shelves, and a handicapped grandmother sit in her wheel chair while she helped guide wood through a circular saw. This week I prepared dirt for planting and learned from the gardening expert next to me that we should "prepare a $5 hole for a 5 cent plant." Her 2 year old twin grandaughters were playing around us and it wasn't long before the worms we were finding became a lesson in dicovery for them. Fun!
Camp Pioneer serves mentally handicapped Agape campers, youth and children's groups, and this week was preparing to serve the children of servicemen who are away at war as part of Camp Purple. We serve the camp so they can serve others. Working just 5 hours a day (2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon) there is still plent of time to enjoy the rest of the camps facilities. (Lot's of Love and Logic and opportunities to watch the best parents around us and learn from them.)