As I sat in a hot crowded back room of the Udder Culture for Echo Ranch Night I was reminded of how much Echo Ranch is about people. Tie that in with the last article about Echo Ranch alumni reconnecting via the Internet, and my thoughts are reaffirmed.
Spring approaches and the staff of Echo Ranch along with youth around Southeast look forward to the first day of camp. Feb. 22 marked the first gathering at the Udder Culture, but it also marked the opening of online registration through our Web site.
The main point of Echo Ranch Night was to provide a gathering place to watch video highlights of camp, give away some prizes and answer any questions. It's fun to look back on the activities such as horse rides and water slides into the ocean.
But as kids watch, they're scanning the screen for themselves and their friends. It's the people that matter. A few parents gathered during our time to ask questions about camp, but it was the kids who asked what counselors are returning and who on the staff will be back.
Something new this year is Echo Ranch promoting a T-shirt design contest. Youth from Southeast are encouraged to visit our Web site and see what designs have been posted and create something of their own. The winner will be given a copy of their shirt, plus 10 for their friends. The winning shirt will also be available at our camp store.
Designs are due by March 19 and can be mailed or e-mailed to Echo Ranch. Details of the T-shirt design contest are at www.echoranch.org.
There will be another Echo Ranch Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 22 at the Udder Culture with the same kind of format. Wander in, watch some videos and enter to win some prizes. If you happened to miss the first meeting, we'll give it another try in a few weeks.
If you've never been to Echo Ranch, I encourage you to stop by the event, see what camp is like and ask questions. You can also contact us through www.echoranch.org.
Jon-Michael Gwinnell is a staff member at Echo Ranch Bible Camp. He can be reached at email@example.com.