Do you have a place that you lable with your “favorite place in the world?” Is it the beach? Or the mountains? Or your grandma’s house? Well my favorite place is a little different. It’s a camp. And you might say “Elizabeth, a camp?” Well hear me out.
If you have ever heard or had the privilege of going to Victory Junction Gang Camp, you know what I am talking about. It is a camp for chronically ill children where they can have the camp experience like anyone else. "Victory Junction enriches the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camp experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering; all in a medically-safe environment at no cost to the camper or their family. - See more at: http://victoryjunction.org/about/#sthash.W3HHAWzf.dpuf"
It has a personal effect on my family. You see, my sister has always been a pretty “sick” kid. With a lot of different factors that make her that way. She is was able to go to this camp as a kid multiple times. And my personal favorite moment, was the first time we picked her up from camp. I had never really seen my little sister run, and she was so excited to show us that she could run up a hill. I cant tell you how much that warmed my heart and still makes me tear up today. The camp used to have a week dedicated to “siblings.” It was a whole week dedicated to the brothers and sisters of the kids. And luckily enough, I was able to attend camp as a sibling for 3 SUMMERS! (A week out of each summer.) And I cant tell you the lessons I learned about myself, about other people, about life from my time at VJGC. I always dreamed of being a counselor and changing lives for kids like my counselors did.
Well this summer I am finally old enough to be a counselor. I finally have the chance to do something I have dreamed about doing for years. I cant say how excited (and emotional) I am about the situation. I got my email yesterday telling me what exact “color” unit I am with. I am getting the privilege of working with the oldest campers! I was so excited to write this post about how excited and blessed I feel to be able to do this, but I honestly cant even put it into words anymore. So I am going to leave it to that.
Please just pray for me that I am able to effect the campers at camp the way, everyone of my counselors have always had on me.