Willy's backwoods wisdom


There's a fresh coolness in the air, a sign of coming change. The wind rustles the leaves in the trees, causing them to flutter and sometimes fall. I hear a new sound when walking the grounds, the crunch of leaves under my feet. It's Autumn at Camp Fern! The air, once filled with loud noises, the hustle and bustle of camp in the summer, is now still, quiet, and calm. Camp is at rest, rejuvenating itself for another summer of memorable adventures.


The animals are out in full force, lounging at the flagpole, the Rec Hall, and along the cabin lines. They stir and look at me as my movements, though subtle, interrupt their peace and quiet. The crunching of leaves and snapping of sticks sends noise through the still grounds. Their questioning glances cause me to smile and wonder what they're thinking. They don't always react, as my presence is often unnoticed. When they do, however, they show their wild spirit. The squirrels chatter, the deer snort and scamper, the fish jump, and the birds fly. A Bald Eagle streaks across the sky; what a sight!

This time of year brings out a different beauty at Fern. It's more reserved, something you might have to seek out to find. I pause to smell the air and let the sweet smell of leaves and dirt fill my nose. I look up to see a bright blue, cloudless sky and rest my thoughts in its quiet beauty.


It's always special to see Fern Lake in the fall, as no season is the same year to year. We love sharing its beauty in any way, especially with our Camp Fern Family! We look forward to keeping you posted as the year progresses and will do our best to let you know when we're in your area. We also want to challenge you to seek the beauty in God's Creation wherever you are, as He blesses us beyond measure each and every day. We all need to take a break from our busy days and find rest in His love. From our home to yours, we wish you the best!