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Putting together the Spirit of Camp was truly a labor of love that happened over the course of a few decades. Pieces were collected from far and wide to bring the first volume to fruition. Something I know for sure: we all have a story to tell. And some of us have many stories. The stories are often told in song or we share them through meaningful rhymes. Whatever the form, stories give us a way to connect at the heart.

If you would like to contribute to the Spirit of Camp Volume II, we would love to discover what you have to share. Please submit your contributions in the box below. At the moment we do not pay for submissions however, if we accept your own original works, we’ll make a really big deal about it in the “Wonder Blog” and send you a copy of Spirit of Camp Volume II to thank you for your kindness.

Submission Guidelines

Please read these very carefully before submitting your contributions in the box below. It is important that we protect your rights as an author, composer, poet, or artist. It is also important that we protect the rights of other authors, composers, poets and artists.

~ Please note the topic area you’ve chosen for your song, skit, poem, story or activity
~ Stories must not be more than 700 words
~ Skits and poems, no longer than one typed page
~ Songs must fit into a two-column format with chords included; it is also helpful if you post yourself 
   playing the song on youtube.com so you can be heard by others in the event they want to play your 
   original song
~ Activities must be well written and diagrams or original clipart included
~ All original work must include your full name, your chosen copyright date, your address and e-mail; note 
   whether your piece has appeared in other publications
~ If you are submitting a piece written or designed by someone else, include the author’s full name, 
   copyright date, and the name of the publication and the publishing company who carried the work. If 
   possible, include the issue and volume number. If you do not have this information, please note it as 
   “author unknown.”
~ Scripture submissions must include what version of the Bible you used, the copyright date, and the 
   publisher’s information.

Listed below are the most common subject areas used in a camp setting, but feel free to submit a whole new topic area – the more the merrier!
Beatitudes 
Blessings 
Goodness 
Humility
Meekness, 
Mercy
Persecution 
Perseverance 
Purity
Beauty
Cabin Devotions
Celebrate
Change
Communion: Bread of Life
Community
Courage
Creator and Creation
Encouragement
Faith
Friends
Fruit of the Spirit 

Faithfulness 
Gentleness
Goodness 
Honor
Joy 
Kindness 
Love
Patience
Peace 
Self-control
Giving
Gossip
Grace
Gratitude / Thankfulness
Happiness
Healthy Living
Hope
Imagination & Wonder
Integrity, Character and Excellence
Laughter
Leadership
Life’s Lessons

Making a Difference
Manners
Mindfulness
Miracles
Nature
Path of Spiritual Growth
Patriotism
Peace
Prayer
Provision and God’s Providence
Purpose
Relaxation and Restoration
Seeds
Seasons & Senses
Simplicity
Solitude
Teachable moments
Trust, Truth, and Honesty
Uniquely You
Wisdom
Worry and Anxiety

In supporting campers, it’s absolutely necessary to stay positive while at the same time keeping our sharing real; to give kids food for thought but also encouraging them to foster a sense of their own hope, security, and purpose in the world. Please keep that in mind when you send in your submissions.

I can’t wait to see where you, our new camp friends, will take us next. God Bless!

Submit (paste) Your Contribution Here
Heart-Songs
4/21/12

It was trip that took you everywhere and nowhere in particular. A few notes and you were on the dance floor. A few more and you were in your first car picking up friends for a trip to the beach. And at the end of the week, after you dropped ‘school’ at the front door you cranked up a favorite song and headed out for hamburgers and a Friday night cruise on the boulevard. Your ears connected to your hearts-call all in one simple riff. Bet you can relate. Whatever language we speak or slang we use or dialect we choose, music is the same across the board. Music moves us with its own beat and rhythm. It has its own style and expression and no matter the message, music speaks. It connects. It directs. It soothes. We share the deepest parts of our soul when we join together in song. Music is a universal conversation that charges our emotions with notes and harmony and divine sound. This soul-language offers us the mystery and wonder that keeps us talking, singing, and relating to something greater than ourselves. Dust off that guitar, crank up the radio or an old record player, or plug the Ipod into some speakers and get going. Music, like the sea, is calling!


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