My personal camping journey

It seems most people can speak of the significance of a camp, or camping in their lives.  Mine is no exception. 

With Dad, at Shalom, Zimbabwe.

I came to faith as a youngster at a Scripture Union Camp at Shalom Camp in the rugged Matopos Hills, Matabeleland, Africa.  It was a campsite I would return to often (as war allowed) with my parents in their role with Youth for Christ and also with Scripture Union school camps as I grew older.

As a child the highlight of the year was when YFC Bulawayo packed a bus full of 100 teenagers and motored 1000km down the highway to Johannesburg, South Africa for the annual YFC “Youth Week” of more than 1000 campers from all over Southern Africa.

Australian camping experiences have been many and varied.  The epic Family Camps with Townsville Baptist Church on the May Long Weekend, inevitably sheltered in tents at Jourama Falls in pelting rain and the Easter youth camps at Magnetic Island. 

The best and funnest way to get to camp.

There were regular camps at the old Camp Cal site at Dickey Beach (where I was baptized).  Swimming the freezing waters of the Tumut River at Easter Camps.  Sleeping under the stars on Alma Bay, bunked under Victoria’s Grampian mountains, Survival Camp near Townsville’s Rattlesnake Island, hiking the Blue Mountains and bedding down at Burrendong Dam, to mention but a few.

And recently I realized the wheel is coming full circle when I packed my eldest son off for his first solo camping experience with Scripture Union at Coolum Beach!

It’s a fair cache of memory and experience, and it leaves me convinced that camping retains a great relevance to modern life, and that our role is to provide an enjoyable break from the everyday, and empower people to return to their “normal” life better equipped to cope with it.

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2 Responses to My personal camping journey

  1. Siddharth Ranjan says:

    It’s a fair cache of memory and experience, and it leaves me convinced that camping retains a great relevance to modern life, and that our role is to provide an enjoyable break from the everyday, and empower people to return to their “normal” life better equipped to cope with it.

    fully agree with you.

    Alas, I’ve never had any such experience yet do look forward to enable the reach of such experiences to more and more people. I am associated with some High Schools here in Bhubaneswar. Some of those, which have well heeded people as their constituents, would likely to be interested in such exploits and then …we can work out things to even accommodate a few poor but otherwise deserving kids, wouldn’t we?

  2. Pingback: Shalom: My first camp « Co-mission

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