Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father oflights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1-17

When I think about the VLM Camps, Hiawatha and Vermilion, I think about generosity – “the quality of being kind and generous”. When I think of the camps, I think of the people - the counselors, the campers, the leaders, and the donors.

When my 10 year-old son was at Hiawatha, he was extremely homesick. It was his first time away from home. It was a kind and generous counselor who noticed him, showed him he cared, and guided him through the week. This meant the world to our son.

It only takes one week at camp to create life-long friendships between campers. My (now 12 year-old) son’s bonds continue to grow with the boys he met at camp during his first week away from home. (the homesick week). 

Those counselor and camper moments, and the bonds that form in cabin groups are nurtured through the time that is devoted to ensuring solid programs and year-round ministry. VLM is blessed to have a strong leadership team built with kind and generous people who tirelessly work to create life-changing experiences for generations of kids.                

None of this happens without the support of our donors and volunteers. From joining the work day crews to exploring financial strategies to create camp legacies, the partnership of our kind and generous donors is vital. Educational, legacy lunches/dinners are starting to bring new ideas to the table as VLM continues to plan for now and the future. Watch for More of these events being planned for 2019.

VLM is blessed to have summer staff who give their time and show compassion to our kids; to have campers who how kindness and friendship with each other; to have year-round leadership who give of their time to this ministry; to have donors who give so much more than financial support. All of this keeps camp strong and ensures that this ministry will be here to touch the lives of future generations.

How can you show kindness and generosity this week?

Jeff Hakala

VLM volunteer, donor, and camper parent