If you haven’t made your New Year’s Resolutions yet, put this one at the top of your list. Resolved: this year we will take the family to family camp. Moms, imagine a vacation where you drive to one place, park the car, and don’t get back in until it’s time to go home. Imagine the fun of the whole family falling asleep in close quarters as you giggle and talk over the adventures of the day. Imagine 3 meals a day prepared by and cleaned up after by other people and all you have to do is show up. Imagine enough activities at your disposal to keep the whole family so busy that by the time it’s bed-time everyone actually WANTS to go to sleep. Imagine spending meaningful time worshipping and being encouraged through the Word all together. Imagine, just imagine, a few days without cell-phones, lap-tops, video-games, and T.V. Imagine nothing to distract you from the beauty of God’s creation, the bounty of His Word, and the blessing of fellowship with other believers. That’s family camp and it’s the best gift you could give them all year.
If you are blessed enough to live in California there are probably any number of Christian Conference Centers offering family camps within a few hours drive. My husband grew up going to Mt. Hermon and Hume Lake and I grew up going to several smaller camps. But our favorite by far was Hartland Christian Camp near Sequoia National Park. Years ago we were thrilled when some good friends of ours (Hi Eric and Amber!) went on full-time staff there and not long after Tom joined the summer staff team. Our family has now spent 8 summers living the camp-life and loving every minute of it. If you are a homeschooling family, you may be interested to know that Hartland offers two Homeschool Family Camps, one in May and the other in September (the perfect way to end or kick-off the school year). Dads, if you have an overworked homeschooling wife on your hands, this is probably the most relaxing and rewarding family vacation you could give. It’s an investment, but it’s worth every penny and it will absolutely be the highlight of 2015. Happy New Year to all you friends, family members and long-suffering blog followers!