LESSONS LEARNED AT SUMMER CAMP
"I don't see what the big deal is," groaned Keri as the group of high school girls
filed into the camp cabin.
"Weren't you listening?" asked Ana as she bounced into the room, auburn
ponytail swinging behind her.
"I don't believe anything I do now will have anything to do with when I grow up. It
won't 'haunt' me," Keri groaned.
"You have no conscious," Ana rolled her eyes. Keri and Ana had debates like
this daily. Ana was the upbeat, positive, slightly hyperactive girl while Keri mostly
"Keri is right," added Jen, "People always say that what happens to you when
you are a baby or growing up makes you who you are as a grown-up. I think
that's a crock. It's just an excuse to blame your parents for your problems and
get sympathy for stupid choices." Jen was an ordinary girl, fair skinned, blue
eyes, light brown hair. Not pretty, but not homely either. She was quiet for the
most part, didn't participate in group discussions.
"The past is the past," added Keri.
"All those statistics the preacher guy quoted can't possibly be true!" stated Joey
quietly from the corner of the room. Her real name was Josephine but she dared
anyone to call her that. Joey was a self-proclaimed tough-guy and hated every
second of summer camp.
"The Bible," continued Keri as she applied more black eyeliner, "doesn't say
anywhere that you can't have sex before marriage." Keri had thick black hair
with long thick bangs and dark brown eyes. The combination gave her a very
"Didn't you hear what the preacher said?" asked Ana, as her friend and
bunkmate nodded in agreement from the top bunk. Ana continued to flit across
the room from bunk to bunk.
"Yeah, sure, but he didn't quote any scripture, so he made it up. Besides, as
long as you don't get pregnant, what's the big deal?" Keri groaned.
"Did you see that fine guy sitting across from us?" asked Sabrina, trying to
change the subject.
"Ohh, yeah, he's hot,' agreed Eva, the only black girl in the room. Eva was an
aspiring model, dressed more for summer camp in the Hampton's than in the
woods of central Florida.
Angel listened to this banter for a few more minutes, wondering if they had just
been in the same room for the last hour, listening to the same devotional on
purity. Then it hit her. "You know girls, I was wondering all week why God put
me with this particular group of girls. I always pray about the group of girls I