As August moves on, kids and teachers are getting ready to head back to school this week and next. And so, the official residential camping season comes to a close for the summer of 2015. I wonder what kinds of transformative experiences people have had over the last 8 weeks. I wonder about the spiritual formation, the life-long friendships that have been established, and the impact of creating close communities in these settings of beauty. I have spent two weeks this summer talking with denominational leaders from around the United States about their camp and retreat facilities. Many denominational regions and conferences are struggling with keeping their facilities financially sustainable given the drop of usage by their own camp and retreat programs. Less youth in church means less kids in camp. Regardless of the number of days being utilized by owner groups, these church folks are passionate about their camp properties. They are loyal to the facility. Why? Because lives are transformed in these sacred grounds. I would love to hear from you how your life was transformed at a camp or retreat. I would love to hear how you attach your positive life-changing experiences to a place. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post your reflections.