This past weekend (December 28th-30th) Sky Ranch had our annual staff reunion at camp.  These reunions give staff from summers past the opportunity to come together once again to celebrate the joy of community a few months removed from camp, catch up on each others lives and of course have some fun in the snow covered mountains.  Many laughs were had, card games were played and bruised knees were acquired.

The weekend started out at Trinity Lutheran Church where hugs and smiles were all around.  Staff came in from California, South Dakota, Minnesota, Texas and of course Colorado.  From there we headed on up the snow packed road and arrived at camp ready to spend the evening in fellowship.  Saturday morning included a walk around camp that shortly turned into a walk down the frozen creek (with a few of us who fell through) and a sliding strip across the beaver ponds near hole 6 of the Frisbee golf course.  It was concluded that afternoon that the ice needed to be swept off and a game of ice soccer needed to be played.

While sweeping off the snow from the ice, we soon realized that soccer may result in a few minor injuries and instead chose to play broom ball.  This may have been equally sketchy however the amount of fun and laughter was worth it.  After 4 hours of playing broom ball, a breathtaking sunset, and a variety of bumps and bruises we called it quits and headed back for dinner and evening worship.

It was the perfect way to end the year.  It was a time to reminisce on the summer and look towards another.  It was a time to be reminded of God’s amazing Grace and the incredible community he has given us that will be there for all of time.  While it is fun to remember the past, even with all the adventures it brought, it is now time to look towards the future and how optimistic and exciting that future looks!  While many of the staff at this particular reunion were from the summer of 2012, this upcoming summer will be filled with staff reunions from summers reaching all the way back to the 60’s.

It was the beginning of many staff reunions to come- reunions where the story of Sky Ranch will be shared along with the different ways Sky Ranch has impacted each person who visits.  There is much to look forward to this summer but I find myself most looking forward to hearing the Sky Ranch story from past and present; how this place has continued to impact people’s faith and facilitate an Encounter with Christ on the Mountaintop and how it will continue to do so for the next 50 years.