CRYSTAL FALLS - Summer is here and the staff of Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp is ready for it. This year's summer staff of 30 young adults was commissioned in a special service held at the camp on June 3, in conjunction with a donor appreciated dinner. Hailing from colleges and universities across the Midwest, Virginia, and Hawaii, the students will serve as cabin leaders and support staff for 10 weeks.
A smaller leadership team began their training with a weekend "Pilgrimage of Trust" program at Depaul University in Chicago. Hosted by the Taize Brothers, an ecumenical Christian community, the event was attended by nearly 500 people from 42 states and many other countries.
Sarah McFadden, a new graduate from the University of Minnesota, is returning for her third summer at Fortune Lake. "The Taize conference provided a taste of what life in the Taize village in France is like, and from that, we were able to bring new ideas back to camp,' McFadden said.
Thirty young adults have been commissioned are prepared for the 2012 camping season at Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp. The first group of campers arrived on?Sunday.
Pastor Tracy Polzin, who is preparing for her first summer as camp director, was also energized by the experience. "The Taize event was an exciting way to expand our horizons and to help us see our mission at FLLC as part of a bigger picture, said Polzin. "Now that the rest of the summer staff has arrived, we can adapt what we learned and experienced to our own situation.
"The 10-day staff training at Fortune Lake includes everything from CPR and water safety instruction to learning how to make pudgie pies and work with puppets," said Polzin. The staff welcomed their first group of campers on Sunday.
For more information about programs offered, visit fortunelake.org or call 875-3697.