Friday, April 27, 2012

Little Deposits at Camp

It is amazing how often my thoughts will return to summer camp experiences as either camper or staff. The facility was Camp Queen Elizabeth operated on Beausoleil Island in Georgian Bay, by the YMCA-YWCA of London, Ontario.

Songs, meals, campfires, special competitions, canoe trips, Northern skills and boating classes; all remembered fondly.

Today a song came to mind. This was often used at conclusion of a campfire program under a twinkling night sky:

Day is done
Gone the sun;
From the hills
From the lakes
From the sky.
All is well,
Safely rest.
God is nigh.

Also the grace sung before meals by a mess hall of some 120 kids plus staff:

Be present at our table, Lord.
Be here and everywhere adored.
These mercies bless, and grant that we
May feast in Paradise with Thee.

These were the days when the "Y" could remember Gospel roots, involving men such as Sir George Williams and D. L. Moody.

Presumably today there would be much fuss about this "imposition" of faith upon our impressionable youth. I am thankful, for one, that I had the exposure.

Note: The Y crest used to be an inverted triangle containing the capital letter Y. The 3 sides of the triangle stood for "Spirit, Mind and Body". An association involved in the development of the whole person.

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