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!