August 22, 2018

Our annual Orientation Camp is always a time of students coming together as we work to set the culture of the school year. While we know not everything goes perfectly, it is a chance for students to get to know new people, learn a little more about themselves and most importantly grow in their faith.

One of the highlights every year for the students is the lip-sync contest. Each student is part of a family group and each family group performs a lip-sync for the entire school. The students have a lot of fun and do a great job of supporting each other. It can be a little nerve-racking to get up in front of 200 people you don’t know well to dance and lip-sync. There are two parts that I absolutely love about the whole process. The first is the way the groups cheer for each other. The other is the process the family groups go through to prepare. There is a tremendous amount of team building that goes into all of this that I don’t think the students even realize. There is a trust that builds up between the group members that is very noticeable.

While that may be a highlight for the students, for me the highlights are the chapel, Bible study and campfire worship times. This was accentuated this year as our students poured their hearts into the worship. As always, Pastor Jamie, Mr. Kempf and Mr. Richter delivered amazing messages highlighting the love God has for us. He has called us to this place and never leaves us alone. He also forgives us and calls us to forgive others. As I said at the beginning, not everything will go perfectly at camp. There are times when students say something insensitive to another person, pick on them or do something that generally irritates those around them. It is during these times that we can put into practice the forgiveness God has first given to us. He forgives because of a love that is greater than we could ever comprehend. Ephesians 3:17-18 says, “… And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” God loves each of us more than we can even understand. He calls us to love others this same way.

Mr. Robert Koehne
Executive Principal