Kids really do say the darnedest things, but a summer spent working at SpringHill will have you uttering some oddities as well. While SpringHill trains its staff effectively on how to share the gospel, how to talk to parents, and what exactly to say when communicating cabin rules, there are some conversations that no amount of training can cover. So, to try and prepare you for the unpredictable, here are ten statements you might be surprised to find yourself saying this summer.
1. “You want me…to pray for…your dog?”
There’s a good chance you’ll have a kid at one point or another who seems deeply affected by the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ. And as you tiptoe near them, murmuring a silent prayer, and preparing yourself for promotional status in paradise, you might even notice them crying, and your heart will go out to them. You might put your hand on their shoulder so gently they’ll think it’s an angel wing, and you’ll ask, “How ya doin’, buddy?” in the sweetest tone you can muster. Then, like a pot boiling over, they’ll burst into tears and blubber out the question that’s been steaming on their heart, “Will my dog/cat/hamster go to heaven? Can you pray for them?
2. “Seriously, how many churros have you eaten?”
Listen, we all love a good taco dinner. But, we have to accept the fact that there is more to a meal than delicious sticks of deep-fried dough covered in cinnamon sugar. You have to eat dinner. Kids pile churros on their plates like they’re building Hollywood mansions out of Lincoln Logs.
3. “No, I’m not 40.”
Kids think any person taller than them, and with the faintest odor of adulthood, must be some version of ancient. Be prepared for some wild guesses of your age, but don’t be offended if one kid guesses 55 and another guesses 14.
There must be some kind of built-in spring in a child’s legs that employs anytime something remotely exciting happens. The thrill of a Day Camp Large Group, for example, has kids popping up and down more than die-hard Beliebers at a Justin Bieber concert. Of course, we love encouraging enthusiasm at SpringHill, but if one shoots up, they all do, and before you know it, no one can see through the thick jungle of ecstatic kids and no one’s paying attention.
5. “Let me see that chainsaw!”
You’ll be doing the moves in your sleep and rapping the song in the shower.
6. “I really do love these kids.”
Of all the abnormal statements you might catch yourself saying this summer, the one that might surprise you the most could be something along the lines of, “I really do love these kids.” Children, with all their quirks, funny sayings, and unpredictable moments help make a summer at SpringHill memorable, and you’ll find yourself loving your campers with an affection so pure and profound that it must be from above.
The God who, through Jesus, said, “Let the little children come to me,” loves each of these kids with an eternal affection that surpasses the capability of any summer staff. Know that Jesus will be smiling down on all of your goofy campers this summer, and we can only imagine he’ll be chuckling too. And, we, by his grace, get to smile with him “For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
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