Closing Words from Carter

~ carter | Aug 6, 12 | 3 comments |

It is hard to believe that tomorrow will close our Summer 2012 camping season!  Our family is going to really miss all of your precious boys when you pick them up tomorrow morning.  Thank you for sharing them with us this summer!

Our camp minister, Richard Vise, shared the following quote from The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. “You must know that there is nothing higher and stronger and more wholesome and good for life in the future than some good sacred memory, especially a memory of childhood, of home.  People talk to you a great deal about your education, but some good sacred memory, preserved from childhood, is perhaps the best education.  If a man carries many such memories with him into life, he is safe to the end of his days.  And if one has only one good memory left in one’s heart, even that may sometime be the means of saving him.”  Our hope at camp is that Alpine is one of the good, sacred memories that your son will have from childhood that he will carry with him for the rest of his life.  Saturday, a former camper came with his wife, son and daughter for a tour of camp.  As he walked through camp, all of his memories of Alpine flooded back to him.  He said that  all of the smells were the same as when he was a camper.  He could not stop smiling the whole time he was here.  It was as if he was turning the pages through a photo album of his youth and reliving days of his past.  I hope that as you drive out of camp tomorrow, your boys will start to tell you their story of Alpine.  Each one is different but each plays an important role in this summer’s chapter of camp.

Glenn and I will be in front of the dining hall tomorrow and would love to see you once you pick up your campers!  Thanks again!





  1. ~ Emily G. Kolbinsky | 6 Aug 12 ~

    You & Glenn always do such a wonderful job! Thank you! When mimosa trees start to bloom in the summer I always think of camp! And I have bored Kate & Jones with that memory since they were born! Thank you for all your time, planning & caring! Hope to see you in the Fall – Emily

  2. ~ Burchie Ellinger | 6 Aug 12 ~

    What a blessing Alpine Camp continues to be for our boys! Thank you so much for pouring into Crosby and Emery this summer. We are so very thankful for Alpine Camp and the nourishment it has provided for our sons at so many different stages of life. Thank you Glenn, Carter and Mr. and Mrs. O. You are very special to the Ellinger family.

  3. ~ Elizabeth Schwartz | 6 Aug 12 ~

    Just from scanning the pictures from camp, it is very apparent that you have all taken such good care of these boys – the smiles and laughter could almost be heard. The pictures, newsletters, and blogs help us parents feel a little more in touch while they’re away since the usual letter home doesn’t give much details. My son Jack has looked forward to turning 7 so he could come to Alpine after hearing stories from a family friend upon his return from his first Junior camp. And I am full of anticipation to pick Jack up and hear his own stories. Thank you for what you do and what you give these boys, and for helping to teach them how to be a servant of God in this world He has created. See you tomorrow!

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