What’s a campism? Here at camp, we use all sorts of unique phrases, which we call “campisms”. Some have been phrases for as long as camp has been around. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are a few that are commonly used:
“LOC” — Leaders of Camp — At Base Camp, we call the oldest campers, LOC’s. As the oldest campers, there is opportunity to lead the younger campers around camp. The LOC’s have the chance at the end of the week to travel to Camp Travis and experience what’s to come next.
“SEC” — Seniors Exemplifying Christ — Similar to LOC’s, Camp Travis calls the oldest campers “SEC’s.” Much like at Base Camp, SEC’s have a unique opportunity to model to other campers what it looks like to live out your faith and serve humbly. SEC’s have the chance to step in with our coaches and leadership, to help set-up the Monday night theme night. In addition, SEC’s have set aside time to meet together and discuss our worldview as a follower of Christ.
“Don’t Waste Fun!” — We don’t like to waste fun around camp. Camp schedules are packed full and planned down to the minute. We love to implement fun in any way we can, from the games we play, meals we eat, and activities we participate in.
Farkle — Everyone knows rock, paper, scissors…we made up our own version, called Farkling. To add to the fun, there is often an outcome at the other end, such as jumping in the pool with your clothes on or getting an extra dessert to make things a little interesting.
“FUAGNEM!” — “Fired Up And Going Nuts Every Minute”
“Think Twice.” — After finishing an activity period, coaches will ask campers to think about how the activity they’ve just completed relates back to their walk with Christ or a passage in scripture. Often campers say they find themselves subconsciously thinking twice about things, long after they have gone back home.
“God is good, all the time.” Often someone will call out “God is good”, and a common response from the crowd will be “all the time.” And then the reverse is called out, “all this time, God is good.”