A list of things I should bring to Church Camp with me on Monday?

Question by : A list of things I should bring to Church Camp with me on Monday?
I am going to church camp on monday in pigeon forge about 2 hours away from my home. I am worried that I will forget something I have already made a check list but will someone help me by making a list for me so I know for sure..and yes i am a teen just real mature.

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Answer by Savannah R
I’m going to a church camp soon too! Idk exactly what kind of camp yours is, but here’s what I bring:
Bible, of course
Whatever clothing is appropriate for the weather
Sleeping bag
Pjs appropriate for the weather (I bring leggings to wear under sweatpants cuz it gets really cold at night where I go)
Bug spray
Hair ties (A LOT)
Bobby pins
Water bottle
Flip flops and tennis shoes
Swim suit
Water shoes
Razor and other shower essentials (towel!)
A bag to carry things to the bathroom in
Another towel for after swimming
iPod and headphones for the drive there and back
Makeup (tinted moisturizer and waterproof mascara)
Snacks (if you’re like me and my church girls, you’ll need chocolate) 🙂
Lots of socks
Face wash
Extra money (I bring $ 30 with me)
An open mind and heart so the Lord can work in you. God is great! 😀

I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting things, but this is what I came up with! 🙂
Hope it helped, have an awesome time at camp! 😀

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Notes on Spirit Rock: Visit to Monday evening Buddhism class with Jack Kornfield

Notes on Spirit Rock: Visit to Monday evening Buddhism class with Jack Kornfield

 by Peter Menkin

Spirit Rock is not a New Age Center, per se. Located in San Francisco’s Bay Area (Marin County’s Woodacre), Spirit Rock is home to Buddhists. They are not Zen Buddhists, as they emphasized. They are Theravada, as is one of their founding members, the teacher and popular writer Jack Kornfield.

Many find Spirit Rock a refreshing and spiritual place to visit and take for a retreat. Marin County, and in specific Southern Marin, is not a place for Christian worship. Practicing and church attending Christians are few. So says an older study on religious practice in Marin. ( Tobin, Gary A. and Patricia Lin. Religious & Spiritual Change in America: The Experience of Marin County, California. San Francisco: Institute for Jewish & Community Research, 2002.) The following anecdotal piece of evidence indicates religious interest in San Francisco’s Bay Area Marin County. One librarian at the Tiburon library says most spiritual and religious books in their library are New Age. Christian reading isn’t of interest. Jack Kornfield, the Buddhist teacher, is a popular writer and many read his books here in San Francisco Bay Area and the United States.

 Jack Kornfield writes books that are Buddhist teaching. 

 Random House, the book’s publisher of “…After the Laundry” says: “’Enlightenment does exist’’ internationally renowned author and meditation master Jack Kornfield assures us. “Unbounded freedom and joy, oneness with the divine … these experiences are more common than you know, and not far away.

“‘But even after achieving such realization — after the ecstasy — we are faced with the day-to-day task of translating that freedom into our imperfect lives. We are faced with the laundry.

“Drawing on the experiences and insights of leaders and practitioners within the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Sufi traditions, this book offers a uniquely intimate and honest understanding of how the modern spiritual journey unfolds — and how we can prepare our hearts for awakening.”

 An excerpt of the book is found as Addendum at the end of this article, used with permission from the publisher).

According to a “Marin Independent Journal” article, “His books have been translated into 20 languages and sold more than a million copies. They include, A Path with Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; Teachings of the Buddha; Seeking the Heart of Wisdom; Living Dharma; A Still Forest Pool; Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart; Buddha’s Little Instruction Book; The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness and Peace and his most recent book, A Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology.”

A brief excerpt from “The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology.”(“The Wise Hart”, which Bantam published in hardcover in April 2008, and has just released in trade paperback May of this year.) 

“When we learn to rest in awareness, there’s both caring and a silence. There is listening for what’s the next thing to do and awareness of all that’s happening, a big space and a connected feeling of love. When there is enough space, our whole being can both apprehend the situation and be at ease. We see the dance of life, we dance beautifully, yet we’re not caught in it. In any situation, we can open up, relax, and return to the sky-like nature of consciousness.”

So Jack Kornfield, the author, promises in his new book.


My Church friend Letty says Jack Kornfield is not the only writer who is a Spirit Rock teacher. The work by Sylvia Boorstein, titled “It’s Easier than You Think” is about this Spirit Rock teacher’s “…experience as a Buddhist.” The point is that though as a writer Jack Kornfield is popular and known, there are other Spirit Rock Buddhist teachers who write books on the subject.

As someone who is not familiar with Spirit Rock, this visitor came with the idea the place is New Age. What I found was a meditative place, Buddhist, whose staff and ethos is welcoming and friendly. There are few “members” of Spirit Rock, as one does not sign a book for “official” membership, or is one required to enjoy the same Christian rite of inclusion. In other words, all are welcome and people come and go as they like. Mostly, they come and visit and even stay around for years calling themselves Buddhist. It works, and it is enjoyed by many and practiced by the many who visit.

Spirit Rock answers are not necessarily forthcoming in the conventional sense; this journalist was unable to get all his questions answered. These were posed among others, and add to the flavor of their worldview:

The question comes to mind, and will you confirm the fact, too, if true? Has Spirit Rock a relationship with the Dominicans, and if so, what is it; how long has it been going on, and what is the nature and a few specifics about this relationship?

Their answer was “We are Buddhists in the Thai Forest or Theravada tradition, with no association whatsoever to the Dominicans.”

In another email question set, these were asked.

What is the official name of the room? Is Jack associated with a monastery or other organization, or is Spirit Rock his official Buddhist home? Is he of a certain Buddhist order or teaching? Does the money earned at the talk go to him (in part?)? Does money from his books go entirely to Jack? What is Jack’s “title,” or in other words does one address him as “Brother” or “Teacher?” Is this the formal way? I do realize everyone there calls him by his first name, Jack. Has he a press picture of himself with wife, or family?

 The email response by one of their kind press officers went this way…

“Here’s what I can tell you. Jack is a co-founder of both Insight Meditation Society  (IMS) in Barre, MA and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. He was a Thai Forest monk under Ajahn Chah at Wat Pah Pong Monastery in Thailand, which is part of the Theravada tradition of Buddhism. Here’s a link to info about Jack’s main teacher:


We call the room where the event was held last night officially the “upper Retreat Hall” with the “upper” in lower case. Usually Monday Night Class is held down the hill in our Community Meditation Hall, so that was a little unique last night. I don’t have an answer for you on the numbers, but it was filled to capacity. Jack often draws pretty large crowds, so that was about what we were expecting last night. Jack doesn’t have a title, other than Ph.D. (although nobody tends to refer to him as Dr., sometimes they do print his name with the PhD after it). He is officially a “dharma teacher” but that wouldn’t be used in caps. He has a wife and one daughter, but we don’t have photos of them all together for release. His family tends to keep a low profile.”

Fair enough reply in its way: it is noted here for his email is so interesting and shows how Spirit Rock responds and how they view the world, which is in character with other religions as they too have a world view which is seen through their lens.  

Significantly, many teachers at Spirit Rock emphasize the feminine as does Debra Chamberlin Taylor who writes in their August 2009 “Spirit Rock News,”, I don’t know if there is any other Buddhist center that has a statue of Prajna Paramita sitting as an equal beside the Buddha on their main altar. The Image of the ‘Mother of All Buddhas’ clearly communicates Spirit Rock’s intention to honor the feminine. Some people might ask, ‘What’s the point? It doesn’t matter because enlightenment has no gender.’ This is true, but for many people, especially women, seeing the image is significant both consciously and unconsciously. It’s a reminder that females, as well as males, can fully awaken.

In that same “Spirit Rock News,” the article, “The Sacred Feminine: Restoring Balance in Challenging Times (Interviews by Walt Opie, Communications Coordinator),” a yoga instructor who is a novelist (“Enlightenment for Idiots,”) writes: 

Again, it is not an issue of men versus women because I’ve experienced many male teachers who also emphasize these dimensions of practice. But when I’m sitting yoga on a retreat that’s oriented towards the Sacred Feminine, I’m aware of an explicit intention to value the interpersonal aspect of practice; the intimate aspect of practice; the qualities of unwinding and opening rather than dominating and controlling. It’s an approach that emphasizes allowing and being, rather than doing and becoming.

Her name is Debra Chamberlin-Taylor. 

The opportunity arose to speak to Jack Kornfield after his talk, for he was in the area of the main upper Retreat Meditation Hall when I was leaving. A more slight looking man than imagined, this writer did not speak to him; it is easy to see he had a piercing and aware look when getting ready to speak at this gathering of what were more than 300. The room was standing room only, with people in the hallway. A greater proportion of those in attendance were young or youngish. Almost half the room was on the floor with flat pillows for the meditation section; the pillows were of good quality, those in attendance educated people, by and large. No hardship here or ascetic undertaking. Jack Kornfield does have a presence, so though he looked like most others who were in attendance, the familiarity of having just seen him and heard his talk came into play. In his way, he has fame.  

Something of the evening

1st Annual American High School Internet Mathematics Competition Begins Monday, September 13

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) August 10, 2004

The inaugural American High School Internet Mathematics Competition (“AHSIMC”), the first competitive high school academic event to rely on the use of the internet, will take place the week of September 13-17, 2004.

The event, free to all participating students and schools, will feature thousands of the nation’s top high school math students.

The AHSIMC was founded by Bradley Metrock, a current Vanderbilt University business school student who participated in competitive mathematic events while in high school.

“The American High School Internet Mathematics Competition is an example of how technology will help level the playing field between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ of our educational system,” Metrock said. “Because the AHSIMC is completely free to students, teachers, and their schools, all of our nation’s children can access the elite world of competitive mathematics through the internet.”

The start-up competition has been embraced by both students and educators alike, including Cindy O’Brien, a math teacher at Haltom High School in Fort Worth, Texas. “For us, the AHSIMC represents a chance to benchmark our high school against the rest of the United States, while giving us a powerful tool to strengthen our mathematics curriculum,” O’Brien remarked.

Teams of up to five students will receive the test, via email, at noon (CST) on Monday, September 13. Teams, after working both at school and at home on the contest throughout the week, must email back their completed exams by noon (CST) on Friday, September 17 to be graded.

Ben Cortopassi, AHSIMC Vice-President and Director of Testing, believes the competition will appeal to established math team programs, as well as newcomers to the competitive math world. Cortopassi explains, “The AHSIMC provides an introduction to competitive mathematics, while simultaneously challenging the brightest math students in the United States.”

A follow-up national press release will announce the winners of the 2004 AHSIMC Exam on Monday, November 1, at 8 AM (CST). The winning team’s members will each receive a video game system, while both the winning team’s members and runner-up team’s members will receive commemorative plaques. Certificates are given to the remainder of the top 5% of participating teams, and additional awards will be presented to the winning team’s faculty sponsor and school.

[For additional information or interview requests, contact Bradley Metrock by phone at (205) 531 3247 from 9 AM to 7 PM Central Standard Time, or email him directly at Bradley@AHSIMC.com. The AHSIMC will make every effort to accommodate members of the media seeking information regarding a story or feature about the upcoming 2004 Exam.]

2004 AHSIMC Participating Schools

(as of 8/9/04 – deadline to register is 9/8/04)

State:        School (City)


Bob Jones High School (Madison)

Fort Payne High School (Fort Payne)

Holly Pond High School (Holly Pond)

McAdory High School (McCalla)

Minor High School (Adamsville)

Vestavia Hills High School (Birmingham)


Canyon del Oro High School (Tucson)


Albany High School (Albany)

California High School (San Ramon)

Grant High School (Valley Glen)

Gunn High School (Palo Alto)

Mira Costa High School (Manhattan Beach)


American Heritage School (Plantation)

Bayside High School (Palm Bay)

Cedar Key School (Cedar Key)

Deerfield Beach High School (Deerfield Beach)

George Jenkins High School (Lakeland)

JP Taravella High School (Coral Springs)

Miami Beach Senior High School (Miami Beach)

Milton High School (Milton)

Naples High School (Naples)

Sebring High School (Sebring)

Spruce Creek High School (Port Orange)

Tampa Preparatory School (Tampa)

The Bolles School (Jacksonville)

Vero Beach High School (Vero Beach)

Western High School (Fort Lauderdale)


Augusta Preparatory Day School (Martinez)

Chamblee Charter High School (Chamblee)

Collins Hill High School (Suwanee)

The Westminster School (Atlanta)


Dwight D. Eisenhower High School (Blue Island)

Oak Park River Forest High School (Oak Park)

Willowbrook High School (Villa Park)

York Community High School (Elmhurst)


Beth Christopher (homeschooler)


Apollo High School (Owensboro)


Andrew Jackson High School (Chalmette)


Acton-Boxborough Regional High School (Acton)

Boston University Academy (Boston)

Milton Academy (Milton)


Troy High School (Troy)


Bloomington Jefferson High School (Bloomington)


Pearl High School (Pearl)

Warren Central High School (Vicksburg)

North Carolina:    

Carolina Day School (Asheville)

North Carolina School of Math and Science (Durham)

Northwest Guilford High School (Greensboro)

Tuscola High School (Waynesville)

North Dakota:    

Bismarck High School (Bismarck)

Shanley High School (Fargo)

New Jersey:    

Newark Academy (Livingston)

West Windsor Plainsboro High School (Plainsboro)


Durango High School (Las Vegas)

New York:    

Arlington High School (Lagrangeville)

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School (Burnt Hills)

Clarkstown North High School (New City)

Edward R. Murrow High School (Brooklyn)

Guilderland High School (Guilderland Center)

North Shore High School (Glen Head)

Smithtown High School (Smithtown)


Centerville High School (Centersville)

Notre Dame High School (Portsmouth)

Walnut Hills High School (Cincinnati)


George Washington High School (Philadelphia)

Rhode Island:    

Bishop Hendricken High School (Warwick)

South Carolina:    

Christ Church Episcopal School (Greenville)

Denmark-Olar High School (Denmark)

Pickens High School (Pickens)


Riverdale High School (Murfreesboro)

St. Mary’s School (Memphis)

White Station High School (Memphis)


Haltom High School (Fort Worth)

Huntsville High School (Huntsville)

Incarnate Word Academy (Houston)

Science Academy of South Texas (Mercedes)

St. John’s School (Houston)

The Kinkaid School (Houston)

Tom C. Clark High School (San Antonio)

Westfield High School (Houston)


Skyline High School (Salt Lake City)


Lloyd C. Bird High School (Chesterfield)

Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology (Alexandria)


Mercer Island High School (Mercer Island)

Thomas Jefferson High School (Auburn)


St. Mary’s Springs High School (Fond Du Lac)

West Virginia:    

East Fairmont High School (Fairmont)

North Marion High School (Farmington)

University High School (Morgantown)


Natrona County High School (Casper)

Contact Information:

Bradley Metrock

(205) 531 3247



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