Family Camp 2024: scallywags and buccaneers!

By Chad Hershberger

Why in the world were Joey and Burton carrying a rocking chair from Pine Village to the Evergreen Center on Wednesday morning? Aye, matey, let me tell you a tale of this week at camp.

Riding home in the car on Sunday night, my children shared a revelation with me. I wasn’t surprised but it made me extremely happy. They said Family Camp was their favorite week of the summer.

From Sunday to Wednesday this week, we had eight families with us, solving the mystery of the Swashbuckling Pirate! We were told that someone had stolen a treasure at camp, and we had to figure out who did it, what the treasure was, and where it was hidden. Clues were hidden around camp and as they were found, we narrowed down our suspects. By lunch on Tuesday, we knew it was Burton, a cabin leader, who took a rocking chair from the porch of the Evergreen Center. But where did he hide it?

Pirate activities abounded all week. We had a pirate mystery dinner on Monday night and used clues to figure out where a treasure was buried. On Tuesday morning’s Pirate Olympics, we raced to collect gems from the bottom of the pool, held a cannon ball contest, “walked the plank,” and raced paper boats.

Wednesday morning, we followed David, a cabin leader, and found the stolen rocking chair. It was in the Adirondacks near Pine Village. The mystery had been solved.

The mystery started at campfire, where we also sang “Happy Birthday” to Camp Mount Luther. On June 30, 1963, Camp Mount Luther opened for its first week of campers. A dedication service was held to commemorate the new camping ministry of the Central Pennsylvania Synod of the Lutheran Church in America. We celebrated this milestone and were thankful for the great cloud of witnesses who prayed Camp Mount Luther into being.

Also, this week, we had seven day campers who were with us from 9am-3pm. Most were first-time campers, and it was great to welcome them here! Bishop’s Day also welcomed a dozen rostered leaders to camp to spend time engaging with our campers.

It’s been a busy week at camp. Our staff has a long weekend for the Independence Day holiday and on Sunday we welcome our Water Adventure campers. If you have not signed up for camp yet, there is still time to do it. Go to for more information!