How Quaker Camp Changed My Life

“I was really, really anxious growing up and the prospect of going to sleep-away camp was not one that I was a fan of,” Eli Phillips recalls. But Opequon Quaker Camp proved a pivotal experience, beginning with a morning meeting for worship around a fire circle.

“The camp director at the time, Elaine, explained how Quakers worship in silence,” Eli says, “and I was like, ‘Oh yeah!’ Like, the way that the wind rustles the leaves, that’s God or the Spirit…the way the light comes through the trees, that’s the Spirit. [It was] putting into words a lot of what I already felt within myself but had never really explored.”

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