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By Ben Herr |

Summer Camp Countdown: 2006 (with Bethany Foley)

In the year 2006, an adventurous young lass traveled all the way from Canada to Quarryville, PA to work as a counselor at Black Rock Retreat. Years later, she would marry the current Summer Camp Director, Josh Foley. Today, we have an interview with Bethany (Hochstedler) Foley about her first summer at Black Rock Retreat. The theme for 2006 was "HYDRATION," With the following Bible verse associated: "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink." - John 7:37 (NASB) In the following interview, I ask Bethany to give us some practical advice on how to stay hydrated -- or,… Read More

By Ben Herr |

Summer Camp Countdown: 2005 (with Sherry Lewis)

It was a big year for Black Rock Retreat in 2005. There was a "changing of the guard" with the hiring of Dave Bouffard as Summer Camp Coordinator (a position he held until the end of 2009, when he and his family headed to Uganda to work with Musana Camps). On a personal note, it was my first summer not at BRR, after four years on staff (and four years as a camper prior to that). I always wondered what that summer was like. Now's a good chance to look into the past and see how it went! The theme that year? "Love God, Love People!" Based on Jesus' words in Matthew 22:36-40, which are… Read More

By Ben Herr |

Summer Camp Countdown: 2004 (with Mike Almquist)

Summer 2004. "The Quest." The theme verse, commonly referred to as "The Great Commission," was Matthew 28:18-20. From the NIV: Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." This year was my fourth and final year serving on summer staff. It was also the final year that my childhood best friend,… Read More

By Ben Herr |

Summer Camp Countdown: 2003 (with Steve Reed)

Alright folks, the fun begins now!! Between now and sometime in January (when the summer 2014 theme is revealed), we are going to be revisiting each summer camp theme and going in-depth with that theme with the help of other summer staffers who worked that summer. We'll talk anything and everything: the theme title, the associated Bible verse, the logo, the skits from that summer, ways that theme impacted campers (and staff!), and much more! We're starting at 2003. That year, the theme was "Lights, Camera, Action!" (stylized "lightscameraction"). The associated theme verse was Matthew… Read More

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