If you are familiar with the Towers, then you are most certainly familiar with “Buffalo Hunt” that the campers participate in during their week at camp. Well, the Ranch has made the Buffalo Hunt mud pit their own for it’s Rooted campers.

Each Rooted session has the opportunity to take a trip over to the Towers camp and get a little muddy and messy with their fellow peers. The campers are taken here to endure one of the best highlights of their Rooted experience… Mudder. It is here the campers are given the chance to run free amidst the pit to toss mud with and at their cabin mates and counselors – and a place for all to embrace their youth.

As I stood along the borders of the pit, I captured these precious moments and stood in awe. As I watched the campers and counselors run through the mud and mess, their faces were glowing. They were glowing with joy and expressed nothing short of pure happiness. Chasing and tackling one another with piles of mud only to be followed by the sounds of laughter. As I gazed over the uproar of laughter and chaos I was overcome by jubilance.

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These kids come from various backgrounds, all with different personalities and different perspectives. Some may have known each other prior to camp but the majority not. It was beautiful to see these kids come together, put their differences aside, let go and just go crazy for the sake of camp. It was awesome to be in the presence of authentic community! Kids who we typically see as ones for us to teach, but can so simply reciprocate lessons to us – without us even being aware of it. The picture that was painted for me that night reminds me of the scripture that speaks of the body of Christ we are called to be a part of:

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Ephesians 4:15,16

Though we may have differences, our purpose as a whole is to follow after and glorify the Father. These campers, without maybe even knowing it, have begun to unite as the body of Christ. Watching them grow in their relationships with God and one another is a simple truth, and a sweet reminder to us… and it is only the first week! There is so much more ahead for these campers and we are so excited for it.

With joy,

The Ranch Media Team