Shopping For Summer Camp

The youngster desperately wanted to go to the Pocono Mountains for a week of camping, but her mother flatly said, “No.” Wondering what the problem might be, Lisa (our Children’s Program Director) made a house call in an especially poverty-stricken section of our neighborhood. Gently probing, she soon discovered that the child did not own a bathing suit. “If we were able to find her a bathing suit, could she go then?” Lisa inquired. “Oh yes, of course” replied the mother with obvious relief. And so, Lisa and the youngster headed off to Wal-Mart.

In the store, Lisa discovered that not only did the child lack a bathing suit—she did not have shorts or tops or flip-flops or any of the items that a child would normally pack for a week at camp. Digging into her own pocket, Lisa purchased an appropriate wardrobe for the young girl, adding a blanket from the supplies at Fellowship House to keep her warm during the cold mountain nights.

If you had been there, wouldn’t you have done the same? Standing in Wal-Mart with a child who desperately needs a respite from the mean streets of Camden, and all that stands between her and a week at Christian camp in the mountains is a few basic necessities. Jesus’ words in Matthew chapter 25 come to mind: “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” In the face of such need, any of us would do all we could to help.

This summer, we are hoping to provide a week at Camp Streamside for 25 of our 3rd and 4th grade children. We hope that you will generously support Fellowship House’s 2012 Summer Camp Program. Your gift will enrich the lives of these precious children with new experiences, fun activities and the formation of Christian values. Thank you!

Doug WagnerComment