While we do leave many things behind in order to draw closer to God, I encourage all those coming to Camp to not consider themselves leaving things behind. When someone says that they leave something behind, it sends a message that that item will be missed or that they wont be able to fully function without it. It also relays the message that the person will be returning to the item once they return to their "normal" life. Instead of thinking about all of the things you will be leaving behind, consider what you will be coming to. At Camp Nazareth, you will be coming closer to God and to other Orthodox Christians who are trying to draw closer to God. You will be entering the environment you are supposed to be in. An environment engulfed in prayer, love, happiness, and ultimately a place where there is no shame in what you believe.
Considering what you are coming towards will make you realize how insignificant the things you're leaving behind are. This will also help you continue to live as faithful Orthodox Christians when you return home because you will not be drawn back to the technology and lifestyle you left, but rather continue to draw closer to God. May God grant safe travels to those coming to Camp, and closer to God,a and may you always strive to grow stronger in your faith.