We had the opportunity to serve alongside the leadership team in another summer of Camp Bluesky!
Camp Bluesky is incredibly special to us, beyond simply being the place where we met in 2010. Something about Camp traditions, the atmosphere, the energy… it nearly becomes part of your identity and holds an irreplaceable space in your heart.
Quite a few things have changed since our first summers at Camp Bluesky, and I’ll be the first to admit change is hard, especially when it involves something like summer camp. The traditions of camp somehow burrow roots inside the hearts of campers and counselors alike…so when changes happen, the mournful sting of uprooting is felt.
However, change is also a good thing. Camp Bluesky has grown tremendously over the years – with 2018 being the largest summer ever with over 800 campers! This growth, along with new ideas, new staff and new generations of campers has spurred on healthy adjustments, all while maintaining the same original vision of Camp Bluesky – to bring the Gospel to the youth of Nairobi.
There was a special change this year that Nate and I both got to a part of bringing to camp:
The “Set the Pace” Award
The “Set The Pace” award was created in memory of Bluesky’s founder, Kim Pace…a.k.a. “Mama,” who passed away in January. It is awarded to a camper, junior counselor or counselor who embodies three core attributes of Kim’s character: leadership, boldness, and passion. We all know Kim was the epitome of these things…especially when it came to Camp!
…and a really cool thing happened during Session 2: Nate was awarded the “Set The Pace” award! What an unexpected honor, as well as a special privilege to remember Kim at camp. We look forward to recognizing future campers, JCs and counselors who exemplify these traits. We also look forward to the idea that Kim will be remembered for years to come at Camp Bluesky.
Along with other changes made this summer, so much of Camp Bluesky has remained the same, even still.
We still sing “You Can’t Ride in my Little Red Wagon.”
We still cheer “BOBO” at the closing ceremony.
We still find gold rocks all over the place.
We still (somehow) have corn on the pizza. Haha.
We still get REALLY COMPETITIVE while playing sock war.
We still march in silence to Summit Fire on Friday nights.
We still get crazy pumped when a camper makes Lion’s Pride.
We still get the privilege to introduce campers to a growing relationship with Jesus!