One of the greatest parts of SpringHill Day Camps is the opportunity for travel. After training (if you’re on a day camp team), you’ll stay in a new place every week, which can be very exciting, but also a little nerve-racking. You’ll start to hear the term “host home” and think to yourself, “How do I act? What do I do? I have to stay in a stranger’s house? What is this place? Who am I? What’s happening?” Okay, that may be a tad dramatic, but honestly, this is one aspect of SpringHill that you DO NOT need to freak out about.
PSA - HOST HOMES. ARE. AWESOME.
But don’t take my word for it - Here are a couple of things our very own SpringHill staff say about their host home experience:
“I loved trying new family food favorites, what family customs were like in their home, hearing their ‘coming to Christ’ stories, and the surprise of where we would stay next!”
“Welcoming. Refreshing. Supportive. Interested in our lives.”
“I enjoyed being able to talk about our day with the host families and sharing our faith stories with them. It was so nice to have a safe place to open up and be vulnerable.”
“I really enjoyed trying new things, taking adventures with the host home family – like, I got to drive a boat on a lake last summer!”
Having personally experienced host homes with a myriad of my staff throughout the years, I can personally attest to its unique and wonderful experience. For those unfamiliar, let’s start with the basics.
Our church partner(s) get the word out that we (the SpringHill team) are coming, and families respond by opening up their homes for us to stay in! It’s like AirBnB but at no charge to you!
Here are a few of the perks in no particular order:
1. COMFORTABLE BEDS & SPACES - Good sleep is a must
2. HOT showers
3. HOME-COOKED MEALS. Let me say it again, home-cooked meals. This will mean something to you after 10 weeks on the road!
4. Big BACKYARDS to play frisbee and Spike Ball in
5. POOLS + Saunas. - This is often typical
6. Explorations of your new town on weekends/evenings
7. Real coffee. Like, really good coffee - You’re going to need it!
There’s a lot more to say about host homes, but just know that you can put any uneasy feelings you may have to rest! Just sit back, relax and get ready for the best summer ever!
Contributed by Alisha Garza, Heartland Day Camp Director
We'd love to hear how your experience at SpringHill has impacted your life. Whether it was an experience from this past summer or you're reflecting back on years ago we always encourage sharing of how God is working through SpringHill.