A while back, I attended a camp on the Central Coast of California with my Anthem high school crew. I must admit, this is why I do student ministry! I love camps. I love retreats. I love all-nighters. Quite simply, I love any event that gives me more than an hour with a kid. It's the bread and butter of why I do what I do.
During camp weeks, especially as I have become a more seasoned veteran in the camping world, I enjoy allowing a few hours during my week to get out of the way of my students and let them be kids. This space frees them to meet others without a hovering leader, and it provides space for me to relax, read, and invest in the other camp staff.