Matthew 19:13-15

                     The little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. 

                     This week, Wilderness’s first campers of the summer arrived from Project Success, an organization that works with students from the Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools. Along with Project Success comes boundless energy, wide eyes and a seemingly endless number of questions – while watching fourteen trips leave canoe beach earlier this week, I found myself thinking a lot about what it is that makes these kids so incredible. I remember last year, after leading a swim and swamp orientation for a group of 7th graders, one camper confided in me that she hadn’t ever swum in a lake before that afternoon: this unbridled attitude of “I’ve never done this before, but here we go,” is something that is so present in these campers. After my fifth summer at camp, I sometimes forget to stop and look around – watching the kids from Project Success see this place for the first time has helped me to re-open my eyes, and remember how truly incredible Seagull Lake is. I am so lucky to be here!

             Your friend in the woods, Kate

Knowing God, Help us remember what it is to be childlike – to be tiny and
mighty, to be alive and awake. Help us to see your living creation through the
eyes of 100 project success campers, brave enough to spend this week in a big place, in wool and wet shoes and sunscreen. Fill the gaps in our fingers with pine needles and a spirit of exploration. Help us, with patience and openness, to serve and to grow through and with all who we welcome in to this place. Amen!