We continued to experience the abundance of the Foundation by being introduced to Laity Lodge Family Camp and Laity Lodge Youth Camp through friends at the Lodge. Attending family camp yearly has become a new tradition and was our kids’ first introduction to this Canyon being their own place, too. The staff works tirelessly to create a mix of activities, programming, and relaxed family time, which is no small feat. We carry the memories of building flotation devices out of cardboard boxes, endless fishing with my youngest, Ty, in the afternoon heat, eating slushes multiple times a day (because you can!), the hysterical and surprisingly moving camp talent show performances, and the privilege of watching our children grow up together. My daughter worked at Family Camp on program crew this summer, and now our place is her place in a unique and special way. What a gift.
Though I’ve never attended youth camp, all three of my kids have been participants and my oldest has served on program crew and then as a counselor at Foxhole this past summer. It’s hard to summarize the lifelong friendships he is making, the deepening of his faith, and the character-building experience of serving and loving others that is modeled there. The kids’ youth camp community carries on all year long, and I couldn’t be more grateful.