My name is Creighton and I am the new(ish) director here at Camp Ahistadi. I want to share with you the story of how this came to be. It all started a little while ago when all I could do was stay in my house because of a virus that was sweeping the world. Like many of you I was getting tired of being in the house and needed a place to go to clear my head and let God's creation calm my fears. I found Camp Ahistadi to be that place that I could go to get away from everything (even my cellphone). Covid-19 has affected so many areas of our lives and has left no stone unturned but at camp there was this peace that would melt everything away. Ever since April of 2020, Camp Ahistadi has been that place for me to go to get away. Unbeknownst to me while I was hiking on the trails, fishing in Laurel Creek and watching the mountains change with the seasons, God was moving me in a new direction. I thought to myself while walking around camp one day, "I wonder what it would be like to be the camp director here?" While that thought was fleeting, God was already in motion. A week later my district superintendent called me with the offer to be the camp director at Camp Ahistadi. I was in a state of disbelief but also excited. She shared with me that my proximity, experience with camping ministry and love of the outdoors made me a perfect fit for Camp Ahistadi. On January 1, I hit the ground running trying to catch up on what maintenance, finances, health codes, forestry codes, and many other things have to do with the running of a camp. I have learned so much about the administrative side of being a camp director but what excites me the most is hearing all the stories of how Camp Ahistadi has played a role in people's faith and their lives over the years. What has been even more amazing is how many people have donated their time, experience, resources, money, sweat, and tears to keep Camp Ahistadi alive. I am honored to be apart of that legacy and story and I look forward to all the amazing things that will happen this year at camp. I don't know what tomorrow will bring, but what I do know is that there is this place stuck back in a laurel covered gorge where the cares of the world melt away. A place in the mountains filled with sunshine, stories, laughter, joy and peace. This place is called Camp Ahistadi and it is "the very best of all!" Come join us in the mountains!