By: Bethany Williams, Midland Division
Campers from all ages and places gathered at Camp Mihaska’s Discovery Camp and benefitted from stepping out of the box and doing something new.
After hearing about Camp Mihaska’s Discovery camp from friends at The Salvation Army in East St. Louis, Clarisha was excited and somewhat nervous to go to camp since she is rather shy. At the age of 14, Clarisha is a soft spoken young girl, but has found it easy to make friends at Discovery Camp because of a variety of team building activities.
“Don’t be scared about going, just be yourself,” advises Clarisha with a big smile and a giggle.
The main reason for her boost of self-confidence is thanks to the counselors that have encouraged her to break out of her shell.
“I ask my counselors every year how old I have to be to work with them,” says Clarisha. “I love all of the counselors and I want to be one someday too.”
Counselors at the Discovery Camp typically are young adults above the age of 18 that are primarily college students. Besides interacting with other kids, Clarisha has learned how to act and speak appropriately toward adults.
Clarisha’s favorite memories of camp include paintballing and “ga-ga ball” because each activity required team interaction and hard work. From her experience at Discovery Camp, Clarisha believes that she has become a friendlier person and is looking forward to coming back next year.
At the age of 13, Raven Lawrence also is a reserved teenage girl, but has found Discovery Camp as a way to branch out and try new things.
Raven volunteers to play the drums at The Salvation Army in East St. Louis and heard about the summer camps at Camp Mihaska from other volunteers. While this is Raven’s fourth summer at camp, every year she pushes herself to try something new.
This year at Discovery Camp, Raven faced her fear of heights by climbing up the 30-foot rock wall and zip lining across the open fields to a platform below. From this adventure, Raven says she has learned to place trust in her counselors and friends.
From the various bible classes, Raven has found trust in God.
“I know that the Lord has everything I need,” says Raven. “When I leave camp, I am a different person. I listen and I care about others.”
After watching the guest performer David Cain’s juggling act, Raven felt inspired by his faith in the Lord to do such amazing and dangerous acts. Raven looks forward to coming back to Camp Mihaska.
As a high school student, Evander Hargrove at first did not want to come to Discovery Camp because he thought he was too old for summer camps. As a 16 year-old from Euclid, Evander said he would rather spend his time wrestling and playing football in order to prepare for his high school season.
However, his younger cousin, who attended Discovery Camp last year, convinced Evander that he would have a blast and make many new friends. So, Evander decided to give Discovery Camp a chance.
A few days into the camp, Evander made several friends and loves playing “ga-ga ball”. Most importantly, Evander feels that he has been enlightened by the people at camp that introduced him to the Bible. He hopes to continue learning more about God and His teachings.