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Camp wraps up for summer

MIFFLINBURG — Camp Mount Luther recently ended its summer camping season.

Around 242 participants took part in programs during the seven-week session, the first held in two years due to the pandemic.

Before campers arrived, the staff participated in two weeks of intense training. Upper Susquehanna Synod Bishop Barbara J. Collins installed staff the last day of training and a video of that service was played at this year’s digital Upper Susquehanna Synod Assembly.

This summer, 171 campers enjoyed on-site programs including adventure, mini, day, traditional, and family camps.

Campers got to do crafts, go swimming, play games, camp out, hike, and sing during their time at Mount Luther.

This year’s theme was “From Generation to Generation.” Campers explored the stories of familiar Bible characters and their responses to God’s call and promised faithfulness in their lives.

They saw how the enduring love instilled in the promise to Abraham and Sarah continues through Old Testament characters, to Jesus, to the early church, and on to them! Through the camp’s method of studying the Bible, called “GROW Time,” staff helped campers Gather and Reflect On the Word throughout their day.

Some highlights from the summer included: the return of CLAWS (Craft, Lego and Wild Sport) Camp; Night Owls (where campers stayed up later each night to do nighttime activities); Water Adventure; X-Teen; and Pedal, Pack, and Paddle. A family camp was also held for participants of all ages.

The adult Bible studies were led by the Revs. Gary and Stina Schaeffer of Selinsgrove.

New programs this year included Retro Day Camp where young campers engaged in activities that were done “back in the day;” Outdoor Quest, a new adventure camp sampler with biking, hiking, low ropes course, nature study, and canoeing; Traditional and New Things (TNT), a new week with traditional camp activities as well as fun new stuff like a campfire breakfast and morning water Olympics; and SALT (Service and Leadership Training) for senior high-aged campers.

The summer ended with “Pick an Adventure” where kids and families came for a day to do an adventure of their choosing.

Again, this summer, there were several off-site camps at local churches, led by Mount Luther staff. This year, 71 campers were able to experience camp through these off-site opportunities.

Off-site day camps were held at Zion Lutheran, Turbotville; Trinity Lutheran and Lost Creek Presbyterian, McAlisterville; and Christ’s Lutheran, Lewisburg.

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