Summer Camp #1: Awesome!

I wondered, "How is Camp Tzadi going to change my life?" I was nervous about the unknown.

Action at Camp Tzadi, 2017

Evan Johnson

Camp Tzadi

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Going to Camp Tzadi was a very new experience for me in a lot of ways. This was my first summer camp and the first time I’ve ever been apart from both of my parents.

Some of the questions that I had before camp were, “What am I going to learn?” “Am I going to get hurt?” “What activities are we going to do?” “What is it going to be like sleeping in a cabin with a bunch of my friends?” and, “How is Camp Tzadi going to change my life?” I guess I was nervous about the unknown.

However, camp was a physically, emotionally, and spiritually transforming and challenging experience for me. It challenged me physically because I got to play tons of fun and awesome outdoor games and sports. It was great to work as a team to accomplish goals. It was an emotionally changing experience because before camp I was too scared to be my true self. I was nervous about getting laughed at, but camp changed that and gave me the safe space and confidence I needed. My counselor became like a brother to me, and I felt as though I could talk to him about anything. The ten days I spent at camp was enough time to help me to learn that I’m not as weird as I thought. I bonded with my counselors and built a deeper trust level with my friends. I’ve never had difficulty understanding what I believe. As I learn and grow in my faith, it makes sense to me. The teachings we had at camp really hit home and gave me a lot of things to think about and work through. However, it was the whole camp experience as a community that inspired and motivated me to pray and study on my own now that I’m home.

The songs and melodies I learned are in my heart and playing through my mind. I feel as if I’m more connected and more comfortable when I talk to God now. That feeling alone is enough to make me want to come back to camp every year.

About the Author

Evan is thirteen years old and lives in Hudson, WI attending Beth Immanuel Sabbath Fellowship.

Camp Tzadi

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Action at Camp Tzadi, 2017

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