The final week of NEFC has come to a close, with about 45 people on camp. We had about 5 Stockaders, 15 Battalion campers, and no Frontiersmen. Several staff have also left, so there were some unique challenges to the week, especially in terms of the kitchen clean up after each meal.
We made every effort, however, to have an exciting week for the kids. For example, on Wednesday in addition to the Battalion doing their normal overnight, the Stockade also went out to Jockey Cap, a nearby scenic spot in Bridgton. On Thursday night I told the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal, which included the lighting of the campfire by a “ball of fire from heaven”. In order to pull this off, we had a cable rigged that went from the campfire to a tree nearby. A staff member attached a bundle of rags soaked in kerosene to a pulley, and at the appropriate time lit the bundle of rags and released it to slide down the cable. Just prior to this, at the point in the story when Elijah poured 12 pitchers of water over the sacrifice, I had poured a bucket over the campfire. My bucket, however, did not have water but had white gas, which they use in cooking out on the trail. When the fire ball hit the fire, it created a spectacular fire.
We did this story last week, and unbeknownst to me the camp director wanted a bigger fire. Where last week they used about 3/4 of a gallon of white gas, this week he told them to use about 1/2 gallon more than the previous week. If you go to the NEFC Facebook Page you can see the week 6 video for camp – the last few seconds show the lighting of the fire.
Separate from camp, this week was also the preparation for my brother Doug’s wedding. Monday, Matthias and I went over to Oxford to help them move a bunch of tables and chairs in preparation for the reception. On Friday, we went over in the morning to help set up the tent and get things ready. And then on Saturday we had the wedding in the morning and the reception afterwards. We stayed around to help take down the tent. It was 9:15 by the time we got back to camp, but it was a wonderful wedding and reception.
This weekend has seen the Day Camp staff arrive. Today (Sunday) families from the area are coming in to register their children for Day Camp, which will run Monday – Friday. Most of the Twitchells, however, are heading home on Monday after breakfast. We are packing things up this afternoon and will load the vehicles this evening, in the hopes of leaving after breakfast in the morning. I am concerned about getting home, however. The last time I drove the suburban, it seemed to be giving some problems. We think it may be the computer module that controls the shifting and transmission, but we are not sure. In any event, I am hoping it will get us home so we can then figure out what needs to happen.
Next weekend we will back here at NEFC to pick up Matthias and to get the rest of our stuff that is down here. Sunday the 21st we will go back home, via Bryant Pond for the Jackson Family Reunion. Then, just one week later, school starts. It’s hard to believe that the summer is practically over, but it’s been a good summer, and I like to think that we have been able to be helpful to the ministry here at camp..