Jim Polk had this idea of doing a summer football camp, but the field was not ideal – it was a rolling area filled with rocks. We decided to have an all base work day where EVERYONE was involved and came to work on it, which was around 30 staff and 30 kids. We had no heavy equipment to work with – just picks, shovels, rakes, and wheelbarrows. It took the entire day – we were able to smooth it down, get it weeded, and then seeded. About a month later, we had our first football camp!
I watched my friends wander by the lake, sitting with their backs to the trees, lying on the grass, looking up at the sky. Most had serene,