The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable […] If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:21-22, 26-27)
Although Paul is describing the church in 1 Corinthians 12, the metaphor also applies to the summer staff team: many roles with different functions all work together as one body. For a while this spring, it appeared as though that body would be injured! Where were the solid Christian male counselors?
As spring moved towards summer, it was clear that we did not have the staffing to accommodate all our male campers. Dean Williams, Summer Camp Director, made two things clear: “We will not over book,” and, “We do not believe in desperation hires.” As a result, wait list after wait list began to form for male campers. The Highland staff appealed to God through prayer and reached out to pastors and friends concerning the need. Our prayer was always that the idea of counseling at Highland would be laid on the hearts of the right young men.
About three weeks before counselor orientation, there were rumors of solid young men expressing interest. Shortly thereafter, applications arrived. Interviews and reference forms began to fly in, and just days before orientation began, three additional male counselors were hired. There were no compromises, just a lot of rejoicing and praising God for answered prayers. We found our solid Christian male counselors!
Almost every wait listed child was able to come to camp this summer. Two of the counselors sacrificed family vacations without anyone asking them to do so, in the hope that more kids could come to camp. These young men, like every staff member, were indispensable parts of the Highland staff body, and we rejoice together that every part served faithfully and well this summer.