"He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’" Mark 6:31
Each summer, our family has gone away to "rest a while" at Family Camp, Camp Koinonia. Our summer vacations are not filled with travel and exciting rides and nonstop entertainment. Instead, we spend our days talking, playing and laughing with other Catholic families who, like us, want to become the best families they can be. I was first sold on Family Camp when I was told that meals would be prepared for us and that I would not have to wash any dishes. It was only after I had experienced Family Camp that I came to understand the many gifts it would offer our family.
The location of Camp Koinonia is a beautiful valley way out in the country. It is the perfect antidote to our busy city life. At Family Camp, we have all the room we need to walk and run and enjoy nature. We also have all the time we need to shed our hard outer shells and allow our family members to know what is really happening inside our hearts.
Somehow, during our week of Family Camp, time stretches out slowly before us and allows us to really relax, slow down and rest. The simplicity of Camp Koinonia is a blessing. Rustic cabins meet our need for shelter, but take only a few minutes to clean. T-shirts and shorts are standard camp clothing and no one worries about appearances. We are nourished by delicious, healthy food, good conversation, and daily Mass offered with the most genuine and sincere hearts full of worship.
Many things about our lives have changed as our children have grown. One constant is that each summer we return to Family Camp to "rest a while" and spend some good, quality time together.