“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14
I laughed when I read this passage. My laughter came from a place of knowledge: the knowledge that this is one of the truest and tested Bible verses I know.
This is my second week as a counselor with the First Grade Foxes and this passage has given me needed strength. At first I was a bit uneasy about the many responsibilities that were before me: getting from point A to point B, making sure everyone had their meals, no one was in pain or feeling left out, and most of all helping these kids have the best possible experience. This camp is such a well-oiled machine that I have felt the safety of many counselors.
Camp Hutchison is not only a wonderful enrichment for the kids, but it has been an enrichment experience for me as well. Whether it is the morning devotionals, the smiles of my group when they arrive detailing their evenings, the funny walks through the hallway or the dancing to the Macarena Months song, I consider myself blessed to have been a part of this camp. One thing to which I can attest is I have never felt alone in any activity at camp. I have the company of all the kids, and the teachers and the counselors who love their students to bits and pieces.
It has only been recently that I have truly felt another presence: I know the Holy Spirit is with us. I can’t say exactly how I know this; it’s just something I have felt and witnessed. The one who counsels us is ever present, but I like to think He takes special delight in teaching young minds how to grow.
The wisdom with which this camp has been run and the dedication that all the volunteers have put in to it are an example of what can happen when a multitude of wise counselors work together. Our last lesson in character development this week is of teamwork and working together. I know that all the children who participated in Camp Hutchison have been taught this lesson by example. Not only have the children learned from us, but we as counselors learned from them too. We have learned that sharing your puzzles at lunch is a sign of a true friend, no problem is so big that it can’t be solved with a band-aid or a juice box, and that with the faith of a child we will all receive the kingdom of God.