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OshKosh or Bust!

By Jean Boonstra

In season 10 of Discovery Mountain the Pathfinders are getting ready for their trip to Oshkosh for the Camporee. 

Natasha carried the large cooking pot into Trekkers to return to Mr. Simon. 

“Oh, you don’t need it for the Camporee?” Mr. Simon asked, taking the pot from her. 

“No,” Natasha answered with a yawn, “it isn’t big enough.” 

Mr. Simon noticed her tired took. “Natasha,
sit down and talk to your grandad for a minute.” 

Natasha slumped happily into the chair. Packing for the Camporee was exhausting work! 

“You’ve been a great Pathfinder codirector these past few months,” Mr. Simon began. 

Natasha yawned. “Really? It’s so much work. I’m exhausted, and we haven’t even left for Oshkosh yet!” 

“It is a lot of work,” Mr. Simon agreed. “Why do you help with Pathfinders?”

Natasha paused—she hadn’t really thought about it before. “It’s because I love the kids. I want to get to know Jesus better through our club.” 

“It shows that you love them,” Mr. Simon said with a knowing smile. “I want you to think about something during your trip to the Camporee.” 

“Sure. What is it?” Natasha asked with a quizzical look on her face. 

“It’s time for a new director for the Discovery Mountain Pathfinder Club,” Mr. Simon said quietly. 

“Really?” Natasha asked, surprised. “Who could ever replace Mr. Gary?” 

“Dennis Gary is a good director,” Mr. Simon agreed. “I recommended him as director myself. I have reason to believe,” Mr. Simon continued, “that his time as director is nearly over.” 

“Who could ever replace him?” Natasha pondered.

“That’s what I want you to think and pray about, Natasha,” Mr. Simon said, his wise eyes crinkling into a smile. “I believe that you should be the next director.” 

Natasha was so surprised she nearly fell backwards in her chair! “Me?” she squeaked. “I’m a newbie codirector. The kids don’t think of me as a director. Mr. Gary is so tall and has that deep voice. He looks like he’s in charge.” 

“You remember the theme of the Camporee, right?” Mr. Simon asked slowly. 

“Yes, Chosen, the story of David,” Natasha answered instantly. Her eyes widened as she realized what her grandad meant. “Oh!” 

“Yes, God chose David to be king, and he didn’t look like a king at that time.” 

“I’ll pray about it, Grandad,” Natasha answered standing up slowly. 

“Get some rest. You have a long trip to Oshkosh ahead of you,” Mr. Simon smiled. 

“Oshkosh or Bust!” Natasha said. She left Trekkers with a new idea—and new prayer—in her heart. 


Are you going to be at the Camporee too? Visit our Discovery Mountain booth. And directors, we have a special resource just for you! Visit DiscoveryMountain.com/camporee to learn more!