The kids attending Philadelphia Church of God's summer campy got a special treat recently. Because PCG is soooooooooooooooooooo generous and magnanimous in offer summer camps, they feel that the kids need to "pay back" for being blessed to attend such a mind boggling site.
Where else could a kid kneel at the moss covered rock of Herbert Armstrong that was carted all the way from Oregon! Where could they marvel at the baccarat crystal that HWA bought from Harrods in London because he anted to impress people .
Being surrounded by all of these awesome HWA idols is so amazing that PCG wants their kids to pay for it. So, why not make them clean up God's headquarters in the hot sticky days of summer.
God’s way of life is a way of give and at pyc, campers get many chances to practice that way. One of the most visible ways the campers can exercise the giving way is through the activity called campus improvement, or “CI” for short.
In CI, campers beautify God’s 170-acre campus by assisting the landscaping department, thus giving back to the Church which makes pyc possible.
This is one aspect counselor Ariel Buckler of 5G focused her dorm on before their class. “I told the campers to look at campus improvement as a way to make God’s campus more beautiful,” she said.
The extra manpower comes at the right time for landscaping department manager Carl Hilliker.
“Since I lose all my regular workers during camp, and have fewer workers available, we tend to fall behind in many areas, especially weeding,” said Mr. Hilliker. “So the dorms help us catch up a little bit
What better opportunity to use kids that have been told they must do everything their church leaders tell them. Being personal slaves is part of the package.
The boys are particularly used for a lot of work. One thing they did was clean up the area behind Stevie Jr's home. We all know that Stevie is toooooooooooooooooooo important and soooooooooooooo busy that he can't clean his own backyard. I mean, why would he leave his luxurious air conditioned home to do such a lowly thing!
PCG's brain dead members could not agree more. Here is what some had to say:
What a precious time for these young people. Really, this is a privilege especially at this age and in this troubled world. Great!
... it’s wonderful to see everyone pitching in with the work of taking care of God’s land. Good job, campers!
... Pruning, trimming and purging the dead stuff is required in nature, so new grasses, flowers and trees can take root and grow. Likewise, we need to prune, trim and purge the “dead stuff” spiritually to grow and prosper.