This past Sunday I returned from a weekend at Carolina Point, a YoungLife camp in Brevard, NC. I went with several of my peers to serve at Family Camp Weekend and it was so much fun! I worked in the camp store and as a server. I had an awesome experience and today I’ll be sharing five things that the experience taught me. Some of these are life lessons I won’t forget for a long time, while others are just pieces of knowledge I learned about YoungLife camps in general. I have also included some pictures from my weekend working at Carolina Point, so if you make it to the end of the post you’ll see them! I know this is a little different than most of my blog content, but I hope you enjoy this post!
- So much work goes into every meal at YoungLife camps. – I’ve been to Windy Gap twice and as a camper I’ve never noticed that in each meal every napkin is facing the same way, every chair is right across from another, and every other piece of each table setting is perfectly and precisely arranged from table to table. We as servers set all of the tables before each meal and there are so many little things you don’t even realize go into the preparation for the campers. YoungLife work crews work super hard to guarantee that the campers won’t think about anything going wrong and can put all of their focus on the message being shared with them. Everything down to the butter packets in each dish is organized oh so carefully and participating in the set up for each meal this weekend will make me appreciate all of it so much more on my next YoungLife camp trips.
- Mark 10:45; No one is “too good” to serve others. – My group memorized this verse and I’m working on applying it to my every day life. The verse says “For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Out of this verse I have gathered that if Jesus wasn’t above serving others (and actually served us all in the most extreme way possible) I certainly shouldn’t act like I am either.
- Hard work isn’t so hard to get through when you’re with your friends. – I went to work crew with my school’s YoungLife group, so I got to serve alongside a few of my closest friends. Having them around not only made the preparation and cleaning process quicker, but it became so fun. We sang songs together, shared lots of laughter, and made up handshakes as we worked, it was great.
- Thank you’s are great, but seeing someone smile is better. – As I mentioned in the introduction, we served during Family Camp Weekend. There were a ton of families with kids in a wide range of ages present, and serving these children was so fun! While it was obviously great to be thanked when I brought out the food or refilled a pitcher, seeing the big smiles on a few little girls’ faces as we brought out the food filled my heart with the purest joy.
- The work is worth it. – On Saturday alone, we were awake and working from 7:30AM to 9:00PM. In this time we (we meaning the servers, this doesn’t even cover what our school’s cooks, pits, and outdoor crew did) set the tables, poured drinks into carafes, put out condiments and other presets, brought out the food, served families, bused tables, and cleaned like we never have before, three times. In our very little downtime, we got to enjoy a little of Carolina Point and share some Scripture. We bought a couple tee shirts in the camp store, drank Cheerwine slushies, played a little ping pong, and utilized the go-karts. At the end of the weekend, all the hard work was worth it and there was no denying that we all had a ton of fun.
As usual, I took my camera with me everywhere all weekend. Here are some pictures we took!
If you ever get the opportunity to serve as part of the work crew at a YoungLife camp, take it! Don’t go into it expecting it to be all fun and games, but know that you will be impacted in ways you didn’t even imagine. Thanks for reading!