"When I started Forge at first I didn't want to do it. It was just the only way I could stay at camp longer. However I really changed my first year. I learned how to meet people where they’re at rather than being frustrated for people not being where I thought they needed to be. I missed a lot of opportunities and was really judgmental but, as I changed, I had stronger relationships with people in Forge that at first I did not get along with. I realized that everyone has a different relationship with God and a different spot that they’re at in life.
I grew up a lot and a lot of things were put into perspective. One example I can think of is that I always viewed being around family as a lack of independence. Forge taught me that family is necessary and adds to independence rather than takes it away. This was made clear when I went to Australia expecting to come back with a new appreciation of the country but, instead, I came back with a new appreciation of where I had come from.
There were a lot of growing pains and obstacles to overcome but being at Camp and the way Camp’s community is set up allowed me to rely on people. There was always somebody to talk to. I had really good mentors chosen for me during Forge. I remember one time I had just finished having a big blow up with my family and my mentor took me out for coffee and told me exactly what I needed to hear. He pointed out things that I had been idolizing in my life and where I was going wrong that no one else was telling me. It really helped with a lot of relationships in my life.
My second year is when Brynn took over the supervision of the Forge program. First year was a lot of growth and the second year was a lot of maturing and I was molded into the person God wanted me to be. I was heated up in the fire and molded during my first year. My second year I was polished and shaped into a tool to be used in Gods kingdom. "