A few years ago, when I was a children’s pastor, I used to hire a number of high school youth as counselors for the summer day camp that I ran. Although many young people would come and go, a few committed counselors came year after year. Now, years later, I am still in regular contact with one such counselor–let’s call him Steve. Steve and I became friends at camp and through my friendship with him, I’ve had the joy of seeing him go through high school, apprentice with a mechanic, and wonder about what is to come after school. It reminds me that day camps are not just about the campers. Often, it’s the leaders who get a lot out of these programs. They gain a sense of self-worth, a sense that they are making a difference, and confidence to be a leader in and out of the church. Thanks, Steve, for showing me the importance of ministering to children and leaders!