Canaan Years - Bible Camp

I can't talk about Canaan without remembering Bible Camp.
Actually, it was Camp Winniaguamauck
(aka-Cana Family Bible Camp)
on Walker's Pond in Brooksville, Maine.

The Harrimans invited our family to go with them to Bible Camp the first summer. That was the first of many, many life-changing memories for me.
(This may be a continued post...)

Bible Camp consisted of about ten cabins (2 rooms, 2 bunks/each room), rec hall, youth hall (for classes), restrooms, nurse's station, dining hall, dorm (rooms for single people or couples), motel (rooms with private bathrooms - usually used for guests and families with young children), and the chapel. Of course, there was a baseball field, volleyball court, horse shoe pits, and swimming area. It never changed. It's still the same.

From the ringing of the bell at 7 AM until Light's Out at 11 PM, our days were filled with classes, meals (preparing, eating, cleaning up), ball games, singing, swimming, teasing, giggling, etc. It was so much fun to have about 100 people living together as one big family. I spent most of my time with the other teens and only saw my own family at meal time and bedtime. Even bedtimes were varied. The kids under 12 were in their cabins by 9 o'clock. There was a teen time until 10 o'clock, and the adults shut down the dining room at 11.

There was usually a campfire sometime and a skit night and a big baseball game. The meetings always spoke to my heart, and gave me a renewed commitment to live for Lord. By the end of the week, I was exhausted, but I loved it.

It was that first summer at Bible Camp that I met Randy. He had just graduated from high school and I was only entering my freshman year. He was MUCH too old for me. It's amazing what four more years makes. Bible Camp was such a part of our "courting" time, that we made a point to be back from our honeymoon in time.

Yes, Bible Camp holds many memories for me.
(maybe I'll write more next time)


Joanne Sher said...

You'd BETTER write more next time! ;) I wanna hear about those times - and Randy in particular :)

Marijo (Mary Jo) Phelps said...

I, too, have memories of various Bible Camps - back then I didn't know the Lord as my savior - not till my late 20s. SO glad he didn't give up on me!

Gloria Harriman said...

Wonderful Memories at Bible Camp! Brooksville, not Brooks..{smile}

LauraLee Shaw said...

Wow, some of my best teenage memories were at church camp. Thanks, Vonnie. How neat that you and Randy met there!


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