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Tales of Tuscarora

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A Day in the Life of a Teen Week Director

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Evan Langlois

Teen Week Director

Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship
Bethany Lutheran Brethren Church
East Hartland, CT

I’ve been tasked to give you all a glimpse of Teen Week from the perspective of the Director.  Since I’m older and a little out of touch, I first had to educate in the ways of “the selfie,” much to my own chagrin.  But I’m a servant, so… here is attempt #1.

I’ve been tasked to give you all a glimpse of Teen Week from the perspective of the Director.  Since I’m older and a little out of touch, I first had to educate in the ways of “the selfie,” much to my own chagrin.  But I’m a servant, so… here is attempt #1.

Attempt #2.

Attempt #2.

I often have to tell my kids to ask for help.

I often have to tell my kids to ask for help.

Out on my own with the students!  It’s great to hear the campers having some fun during our free time activities.  This is a shot of our Slip and Slide kickball game!  Don’t let my awkward grin distract you from the fun they’re having!

Out on my own with the students!  It’s great to hear the campers having some fun during our free time activities.  This is a shot of our Slip and Slide kickball game! 

Don’t let my awkward grin distract you from the fun they’re having!

I’m very grateful for the staff that give up their time to help plan and serve with this ministry!  Here’s our head counselors, associate director and MC for the week helping me hone the craft of selfie taking.  Not a bad looking group, eh?

I’m very grateful for the staff that give up their time to help plan and serve with this ministry!  Here’s our head counselors, associate director and MC for the week helping me hone the craft of selfie taking. 

Not a bad looking group, eh?

“What does camp look like from the director’s perspective?” you might ask.  Well, it’s a lot of problem solving, or as I like to call it, “hiding.”

“What does camp look like from the director’s perspective?” you might ask. 

Well, it’s a lot of problem solving, or as I like to call it, “hiding.”

When they are persistent?  More hiding.

When they are persistent?  More hiding.

I also get to do a lot of problem solving.  Like this one at lunch…

I also get to do a lot of problem solving.  Like this one at lunch…

...or in the snack shop…

...or in the snack shop…

…and even sometimes with the band.  it’s a good thing I like problem solving.

…and even sometimes with the band. 

it’s a good thing I like problem solving.

And hiding.

And hiding.

Despite my facial expression, this is what gets me excited about camp!  I’m grateful that this is ultimately how we solve problems.  Praise God that He always hears us when we call!!

Despite my facial expression, this is what gets me excited about camp! 

I’m grateful that this is ultimately how we solve problems.  Praise God that He always hears us when we call!!

Later, I killed this bug and saved swimmers from a sting.  It was heroic, but nothing like this: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is your victory?  O death, where is your sting?  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:54-55. 

Later, I killed this bug and saved swimmers from a sting. 

It was heroic, but nothing like this: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is your victory?  O death, where is your sting?  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:54-55. 

“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”  Truth!  But this guy feeds us pretty well…

“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” 

Truth!  But this guy feeds us pretty well…

Here is the real bread!  Jay Trainer leading our camp in the Word!

Here is the real bread!  Jay Trainer leading our camp in the Word!

One of the best things is hearing an auditorium full of students singing God’s praises in response to the Gospel!  That we get to sing these words, “Jesus paid it all,” what better way to end a day!  His grace is amazing and undeserved!  It still always amazes me what He does at camp every year…

One of the best things is hearing an auditorium full of students singing God’s praises in response to the Gospel! 

That we get to sing these words, “Jesus paid it all,” what better way to end a day! 

His grace is amazing and undeserved!  It still always amazes me what He does at camp every year…

…even in spite of me!

…even in spite of me!

“Now to him who is able to far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20