Category: Nature

Chasing Bears

by Harrison Birkett Over the course of my first summer I saw seven bears. I remember, because I counted. Most of those times I didn’t see anything more than the big, furry shadow of the beast as it sprinted through…

Acts of God

by Sarah Glady My camp burned down the year I moved back to Arizona. I hadn’t been there since I was eighteen, but it burned anyway, ignorant of my intentions to return. I went to Montlure for ten years, and…

Purify My Heart, Among Other Things

by Ana Quiring During the summer, we would sit on the diving board and have restrained but fraught conversations about which was better: Calvin Crest Christian Camps or Sugar Pine Christian Camps. Actual differences between them were mostly lost to…

These Bodies, This Table

by Jonathan Hiskes I heard Edward speak only two times. The first time he wailed like a ghost. To be honest, he looked the part too: Pale eyes, moonlight skin, receding silver hair. He cinched his belt up near his…

Goddess Great

by Harmony Button My one and only experience with church camp was on a sleep-away youth group retreat. The camp was in the Adirondacks, at the edge of a lake. I was new to youth group, having aced my way…

Camp Elohim

by Julie Riddle When I was seven, my family moved to northwest Montana, near the town of Troy, where my parents had bought property and began building a log house. A few years later, I accepted Christ as my savior…