Author Archives: Will O'Brien

Camp by the Numbers

This summer I have: – been to 7 camps in 6 different states. – traveled to 13 different states. (counting airports and one 5 minute detour through Washington) – been graciously hosted by 8 different families. – counseled 367 campers. And, I have collected: – 4 pieces of closing circle yarn -8 friendship bracelets (from […]

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Stuck in the Middle

This past week I had an opportunity that most Peace Interns do not get, I got to work with a Chi Rho camp at Suttle Lake United Methodist Camp in Sisters, Oregon. Chi Rho camp is specifically for Middle School campers. If I’m fully honest I was both terrified and excited to work with younger […]

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Some Assembly Required

This past week I traded in camp food and bunk beds for continental breakfast and a hotel suite in the ever-lovely Columbus, Ohio. In addition to the array of new opportunities I have had within the Disciples of Christ at camps this summer I got the chance to attend my first General Assembly. Well, the […]

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Almost Heaven…

Disclaimer: I had every intent to write this blog post all about the hills of West Virginia and a small town steeped in Disciples history. So much so that I took a plethora of pictures (some of which I am still sharing with you here) of Bethany, West Virginia in hopes to show you a […]

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Peace by Piece

There is no rainy day activity quite like sitting in a circle around a table staring at puzzle pieces. Apparently those among us with normal color vision do something with the pieces, I however am often relegated to staring and witty banter. The weather at The Disciples Center at Tawakoni this past week allowed for […]

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A Letter to Me

I just passed the halfway point of my intern Summer with the wonderful community at Tall Oaks Conference Center in Linwood, Kansas. over the past few weeks, and hopefully moving forward, I have become increasingly comfortable with my role and adapting to how different camps operate. This comfort has allowed me to step beyond being […]

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Small But Mighty

After spending two weeks at camps with over 90 campers each, I got the chance to slow down a little at Barbee Christian Camp (pronounced Bar-Bee) in Northern Indiana. CYF at Camp Barbee had 12 campers. Due to the uniquely small size of the community, community building became the central focus of nearly each and […]

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Beneath the Elms…

I spent the past week at the beautiful, all be it soggy, Camp Christian in Marysville, Ohio. My fellow counselors, the camp staff, and the campers welcomed me with open arms. The highlight of my week was having the opportunity to lead a daily workshop – Peace & Justice. For an hour each day I […]

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My New Kentucky Home

I spent my first week of camp at Camp WaKon’Da-Ho in the beautiful hills of Yosemite, Kentucky. After leaving Indianapolis last weekend I spent Saturday night in Louisville with a young high school teacher who is also a P.K. and a youth group sponsor. We spent Saturday afternoon watching the Belmont Stakes and cheering for […]

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#PeaceInterns2015

Hi everyone, my name is Will O’Brien and I am one of this year’s Disciples Peace Fellowship Peace Interns. My fellow interns and I have spent the past week in Indianapolis, Indiana learning about the different missions and ministries of the general church. We arrived last Saturday and settled into our lodgings for the week at Allisonville Christian […]

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