Toilets & Gratitude for Servant Leadership

There is a clause in every Frontier Camp summer staff contract which says a staffer will “contribute in every way possible” to the ministry of Frontier Camp, and we ask our staff to serve and contribute in many different ways. This can, and does, include everything from cleaning toilets, dressing up in silly costumes, working […]

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Learning to Wakeboard

Have you ever seen someone learning to wakeboard and it just didn’t look pretty?  Or fun?  It looked painful.  As I’ve coached campers to ride, I’ve thought many times, “Maybe since they’re only 10 years old they won’t wake up the next morning with a sore back, but the way they’re bent over… that would […]

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Start ’em Young

Spring has sprung! What a great time of year. I’m enjoying all the things of spring that I love – warmer weather, green grass, all the wild flowers covering the fields on the country roads around camp. I’m also learning to enjoy something new for me – baseball and softball season. You see, I didn’t […]

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Created to Enjoy the Outdoors

Lately the weather has been odd, but there have been glimpses of perfection. Springtime brings some of the best weather to Texas. Average temperatures are above 75 but below 85. The trees are all in full bloom. Green is everywhere, with paintings of Texas wildflowers. All of this weather reminds me that Sarah and I […]

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Take Time for Easter

“What is Easter really about?” “Eggs!” “Candy!” “The Easter Bunny!” I asked a group of twenty preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, that question just a few days ago, and those are the responses I received back. Typical answers from young kids, and needless to say, created the perfect opportunity to teach them the true reason […]

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What Are You Aiming For?

Did you know about 30% of junior campers take riflery as one of their activities every summer?  And teen campers get the opportunity to shoot on the rifle range or practice some trap shooting during their time here?  While I’ve never had a chance to participate in any rifle range activities at Frontier Camp, I […]

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On Your Left!

Recently my family enjoyed a trip to the mountains of New Mexico for a family ski trip. During Jr. High and High School, my church’s youth group took annual ski trips where I developed a love for the mountains and for snow sports. It was something my wife and I were excited to share with […]

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Surprised by Grace

We woke up to perfect 70 degree weather in Phoenix, but now we were chilled by 6000 feet elevation and 40 degree temperatures. We had driven for about four hours, up, over, and through the mountainous terrain and through the Kaibab Forest. Finally we had arrived. We were speechless. It didn’t matter how cold it […]

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The Promise of Spring

Though commentators may debate whether it is still the American pastime or not, for myself, baseball will always be king, and it makes this one of my favorite times of year. It’s the time of year is when winter is (hopefully) starting to fade away, summer camp is quickly approaching, and spring training is just […]

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Between Two Dangers

Spring at Frontier Camp always means travel for full-time staff. Visits to campuses to recruit staff and visits to churches to recruit campers dominate the calendar. Shortly after I arrived at FC full-time in 1998, a few of us were making such a visit to Baylor early one spring morning. Former Director Wes Woodard was […]

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Sin, Meet Mercy

Just like a river has new waters every day, so are His mercies new every morning. Have you ever worked on a problem and just felt like you could never solve it?  A math problem, a problem at work, or a person in your life that you continually try to help?  But the problem just […]

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Faith, Fun, Friends, FOOD!!!

Many years ago, Executive Director Matt Raines was putting together a brochure about Frontier Camp. In his efforts to succinctly describe camp, he came up with the slogan “Faith, Fun, and Friends!” A few years later, Summer Camp Director Hans Meinardus put that slogan to use in daily camp life. Whenever a leader needs to […]

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