Following the original concept envisioned by John Ed and Mazelle Thomas, the Labor Day Weekend Family Camp (formerly Labor Day Weekend Family Conference) has evolved to a camp for people of all ages, where all families are welcome to come together for fun and fellowship.
The word family has many meanings; although we may or may not share common ancestors, we are all a part of the human family. It does not matter whether you live in the same household year-round, are married, are related by marriage, were adopted or are the adopter. It does not matter if you have children, if you parent alone or with another. It does not matter your skin tone, the languages that you speak, your ethnicity, where you come from. It does not matter whether you can label your spiritual path and understanding using terms like Christian, Muslim, Agnostic, Buddhist, Jewish, or others. It does not matter if you are religiously-centered, spiritually seeking, community-based, or all of the above. It does not matter whether your body can move effortlessly, where you fall on each of the varying spectra, who you love. It does not matter how young or old you feel, how large or small your immediate family. It simply does not matter.
None of it matters in the context of our time spent together because we are a family-of-choice, appreciating and embracing our differences and recognizing our common humanity as we come together in fellowship for one weekend a year. Each of us has unique stories, backgrounds, and gifts to bring; we are all children of God (however you understand and label it). You and your family, however defined, is welcome. This is a community with room and love for all.
The focus of the weekend is being together in community. It is an opportunity for friends and families to spend time together in a relaxing, natural setting, away from the fast-paced, busyness of daily life. We come together yearly along the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire at Geneva Point Center (GPC), which is a throw-back to a simpler time, equipped with rustic accommodations, extensive woodlands and beautiful beaches along the lake. Enjoy the leisure of coming together at the table to enjoy meals prepared by GPC three times a day. Participate in planned camp offerings or embrace unstructured time canoeing on the lake, hiking on nearby trails, or reading a book sitting in a rocker on the Inn's porch. Create memories reconnecting with family and friends, making new friends, and re-charging for the change in season.
Please consider joining us this summer for a slow, inclusive and welcoming, fun, family fellowship weekend!