The Power to excite

There is no doubt that for many people camping has been an important part of their personal and spiritual development. 

Think of the times you have been able to get away with like-minded people, to enjoy scenery, hospitality and unhurried time out with good company.

Team building, 'n that.

One thing that has fascinated and challenged me recently is that the deep and continued goodwill towards camping from people across generations is somewhat dampened by a sense that life has crowded in and made camping less achievable. 

Christian Camping International President Bob Kobielush wrote in 2003 that camping “provides an isolated environment that can remove influences and interruptions which often crowd out considerations that lead to change”. 

Elsewhere he noted that camping “breaks the cycles of habit-establishing routine and daily duties, freeing people to examine them and then set new habits that may be more appropriate.”

And finally, camping “establishes an environment for out-of-the-ordinary experiences, which tend to be remembered more than experiences in ordinary settings”.

Every time a bus rolls into the Mapleton Centre (and there are several each week) a sense of anticipation crackles in the air.  There is no doubt that camping retains a special power to excite. 

The pace of change in modern society is escalating and is being particularly driven by rapid changes in technology.  I’m firmly of the believe that my challenge (and that of my staff) is to ensure that the excitement and anticipation camping engenders remains relevant to modern expectations and requirements. 

I’m confident 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. 

In an increasingly fragmented world where internet and technology means niche communities are increasingly prevalent it means we have to be flexible and innovative in the ways we cater, serve and minister to our guests. 

And in this day and age of myriad commitments and time-challenged people, our role is to make camping accessible to ensure the potential of the camping ministry is unleashed in the lives of people, creating new decades of special memories.


2 Responses to The Power to excite

  1. kath says:

    i liked this post. never really thought about camping in that way – always think of drop toilets, mozzies and dirt. mapleton sounds MUCH better 🙂

  2. mzilikazi says:

    Hey Kath. Those days are long gone. Mapleton just got air-conditioned!

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