Growing Faith Around a CampfireFor anyone who attended summer camp as a child, the memories of days filled with canoeing, campfires and sleeping bags are all that remain. For many Concordia students, however, the experience is sill alive as they remember their work as counselors at Bible camps, spreading the message of God to a new generation.
Two such students are Shiney Anderson ’13, Fisher, Minn., and Laura Gonshorowski ’13, Moorhead, who both have spent summers working as counselors at Pathways Bible Camps in northern Minnesota. As children, both had been campers and looked up to the counselors they encountered, hoping someday to become one themselves.
Working at the Bible camps, both felt the chance to interact with children and spread the word of God was most important.
“The best part about working at camp was the opportunity I got to hang out with kids every day,” Gonshorowski says. “I loved playing games, singing songs, and watching them grow and change throughout the week in their faith.”
The other counselors and staff members Anderson and Gonshorowski worked with also made a big impact on their experiences.
“Camp is made up of people who are positive and excited about life and just want to make a difference in the world,” Anderson says. “My faith is such a major component in my life, and it was great to know that I would be surrounded by people who want to do the same and I can learn from.”
“It’s amazing how in one week or one summer how these people feel like family,” Gonshorowski adds. “It’s a home for everyone, and all are welcome."