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Staff training is underway! Yesterday we officially launched our college staff training. It’s fun to watch the energy level rise here at camp as staff begins to arrive. You can feel it in the air, and everything we do becomes a little more magnetic.

I led off our first session yesterday titled “The DNA of Huawni”. Most of my talked centered around the question “What’s The Greatest Act of Love Done To You?” We talked about how those moments all require time. I referenced a surprise mentor dinner that my brothe Austin organized for me just before Mandi and I got married. He spent a lot of time coordinating that dinner, getting about 15 of my best friends and mentors to Fort Worth on a week night. I shared how, ultimately, campers want our undivided time and attention, and the way we will love campers above and beyond this summer is with our time.

The staff huddled for a picture after running to save the pool for Family Camp (they covered it with a tarp, as we’re waiting for the final plaster).

We did more hands on training in the afternoon, and then it began to rain just before dinner. In fact, Camp is sure green right now, which we love. Last night my brother Austin gave a talked on “The Secret of Huawni.” Austin shared about how special the camp experience is, and how the love we experience at Camp is an expression of God’s love for us. He shared his personal story; it was very heartfelt and refreshing.

Staff was up early this morning at 6:45am to eat a quick breakfast and head to water-safety training. Water safety at camp is one of the most important trainings we do, and this year we’re getting our entire college staff water-safety certified. This is one of the big things we do to keep your kids safe in the water this summer.

Counselors tread water for 2 minutes straight as part of their water-safety certification.

Tonight we’ll do more training, and barring rain, we’ll have our first staff sing song by the pool.

The other big thing we’re preparing for this week is Family Camp! We have nearly 30 families coming to Huawni for a fun-filled weekend. We are excited to see each of you and we’re already making plans to make this the best family camp yet.