Friday, January 21, 2011


The purpose of this Blog Post is to prove that our Servant Leadership Team (composed of Corey, Angela, Kathleen, Kristen and Nicole) is good. This will first be done in explanatory, paragraph format, and secondly in the form of a syllogism*.

*Syllogism: [sil-uh-jiz-uh m]
1. Logic . an argument the conclusion of which is supported by two premises, of which one (major premise) contains the term (major term) that is the predicate of the conclusion, and the other (minor premise) contains the term (minor term) that is the subject of the conclusion; common to both premises is a term (middle term) that is excluded from the conclusion. A typical form is “All A is C; all B is A; therefore all B is C.”
2. deductive reasoning.
3. an extremely subtle, sophisticated, or deceptive argument.


Salt. Everybody likes it. (I feel pretty confident in saying this). Some people use it wisely. Some people (ahem, Chris Aderhold) use way too much of it. Regardless of the amoung used, people generally like the way salt makes their food taste. (Side note: My dad used to put salt on his watermelon.) I guess what I'm trying to say is: salt makes things better.

At Camp Gray, we use normal amounts of salt, perhaps more if you consider all the snow/ice we get. But we also have a special kind of salt. This salt is spelled a little differently (SLT) but we pronounce it the same. And just like the salt you put on your food, this SLT makes everything better.

SLT stands for Servant Leadership Team. Our SLT missionaries are young people who have already graduated college. They come live and work at Camp Gray for a year. Many of you may be familiar with the oft repeated Bible verse from summer camp, "Rather, let the greatest among you be as the youngest, the leader as the servant" (Luke 22:26). Our SLT missionaries truly strive to live out this verse in their daily lives here at camp.

Here is a list of the top ten ways in which they make Camp Gray better (in no particular order):
1) They are the face of Camp Gray (which is good for emotional and aesthetical reasons). They make sure that people are feeling comfortable and having a great time, something that the rest of us could not do very well from the office.
2) They are the ones who lead all of our retreats! Without them, we would only be able to handle a few groups throughout the school year, with them we handle approximately, at least, 130 groups. (Wow!)
3) They make everything more fun, because they are such fun people.
4) The SLT pray together a lot, which is fruitful for them, and all of Camp Gray!
5) The SLT help prepare meals that are tasty and delicious (and salty).
6) SLT members are true missionaries, who only get paid a small stipend, which is good for camp's budget.
7) SLT missionaries double as skilled baby sitters for the families on camp.
8) They provide extra team members for sports such as basketball, football and randomly made up games.
9) It snows a lot here, and SLT missionaries shovel a lot, keeping our walking paths clear all winter!
10) SLT missionaries are willing to do anything that needs to be done, in order to serve camp's mission.

In summary:
If A makes B better, A is a good thing.

A = Salt
B = Food
Salt makes food taste better. (A makes B taste better).
Therefore, salt is a good thing. (Therefore A is a good thing).

A = SLT Missionaries
B = Camp Gray
SLT missionaries make camp better. (A makes B better).
Therefore, SLT missionaries are good people. (Therefore, A is a good thing)

If B is pronounced the same as A, but spelled differently, and A is a good thing, then B is also a good thing.

A = Salt
SLT is pronounce the same as salt. (B is pronounce the same as A).
Salt is a good thing. (A is a good thing).
Therefore, SLT is a good thing. (Therefore, B is a good thing).

We have therefore shown the two proofs for the goodness of our Servant Leadership Team Missionaries. If you know someone who is graduating college this spring, and they desire to be like salt, please encourage them to apply to be a SLT missionary at Camp Gray!

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