As announced in an earlier post, next year we will begin serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It will be a service mission at a Church camp at Camp Peine near Sandpoint, ID. We will be camp hosts for the summer camp season. We arrive in late April, depending on how early the snow melts each year, to open the camp and organize clearing any downed trees from the winter.
The camp is situated on ten acres right on the Pend Oreille River, just short of Lake Pend Oreille, so there is no discernible current. There are lots of trees, a beach, and pier. The camp sites are really nice, and there is a central covered area for meals.
Our parking site is among the trees and full service is available. There was a burn ban this year, so there is a lot of firewood still at the camp for next year.
We will leave Quartzsite in April and make our way to the camp, visiting family and friends along the way. We close the camp the last week in August, then have time to visit friends and family before heading back to Quartzsite in November. Our mission is for two years, but we can serve longer if we wish.
What do we do as service missionaries? Physically, we perform normal camp host duties: security; oversee facilities; handle firewood (with volunteers doing a lot of the labor); mowing the grass; and checking camp groups in and out. Spiritually, we will serve as needed by ward and stake leaders. We will see a lot of youth, so it will be a joy to serve them.