Praise the Lord for a GREAT Summer 2017!

What an amazing SUMMER!  God is so good, and Summer 2017 was one of the best ever.  We had over 1700 campers here this summer, and our prayer is that each one left knowing their Creator God a little bit better!

Our theme this summer was GAME ON! We talked about being ready to live life for Christ and to teach others about who He is.  Just like a baseball player who has trained his whole life to play the game of baseball, he is meant to go out and actually play the game, not just sit on the sidelines! Our hope this summer was to help campers learn how to get in the game and to spread the good news of Jesus to everyone they know!

The ministry of summer camp is done in all areas – through fun games, cabin time and devotions, awesome chapel speakers and worship, and learning new skills.  We challenged campers to build relationships with their cabin mates, to learn something new every day (Skills or Clinics & Seminars), and to dive in to God’s Word (TAG Time, Chapels, cabin devos, etc).

Through every cabin cleaned, every dish washed, every mouth fed, every camper hugged, our year-round and summer-long staff has prayed that God’s love would be experienced here and His truth would be proclaimed.  Praise God for an amazing summer of camping ministry! Onward – and GAME ON!

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Our Awesome Summer Staff!

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There’s just one way to God, and it’s Jesus! Yee-HAW!

Pharaoh, Pharaoh – Oh, BABY, let my people go FREE! Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah…

Father Abraham had many sons…many sons had Father Abraham…

Na na nanananana Na na nanananana!

For all the 2017 Camp Lebanon Summer Staff, these songs are some of the most memorable sounds of the summer.  Through countless Na Nas and Pharaoh Pharaohs, this amazing team of young men and women strove to further the mission of Camp Lebanon by providing campers with a Meeting Place with God, week in and week out.

Have a pie-tastic rest of your summer! #thankyouGodforareallygreatweek!

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Our summer staff are absolutely vital to the function of Camp Lebanon during the summer (and beyond!).  We had over 40 summer-long staff who hopped on board and said “Game On!” this summer, plus so many volunteer nurses, fishing grandparents, and more who joined in on a weekly basis to serve campers.  To top it all off, we saw many teenagers joining our summer staff ranks through our D3 & Jr. Staff Program!  There are countless ways to impact campers during a summer at Camp Lebanon, whether you dedicate an entire summer or come up for a few days at a time.  We cannot say enough about the wonderful people who donated their time to support our summer-long staff and Core Staff during our busiest months of the year – Thank You!!

The 2017 Summer Staff was defined by their spirit of love and community towards one another throughout the summer.  It can be a long and sometimes tiring road to travel for three months (or more), but this team came together quickly during Staff Training and bonded in a way that shone through all summer.  Through the good and the hard times, these young people supported and cared for one another as they all worked towards a single purpose: to show God’s love to the 1700+ campers who came into their lives week after week.  Our year-round staff are so encouraged by their example of godly leadership and servanthood!

As we head into the fall and winter seasons, we are reminded of how God provides for us in mighty ways!  For many of these summer staffers, their time at Camp did not end with the last week of summer camp.  Some will be returning throughout these upcoming months to help out with weekend retreats like Father-Daughter, Men’s & Women’s Retreats, and winter camps like Mega Fun and Arctic Blast in January and February!

There are so many opportunities to delve into the ministry that is happening at Camp Lebanon year-round.  If you have a desire to plug in to what’s happening at Camp, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and find out the opportunities we have for you!  We love bringing more people into our staff family!

For more info on volunteering or working at Camp Lebanon, contact us: info@camplebanon.org or  800.816.1502

Thank You God for a Really Great Summer!

Our final day of Camp for summer 2017 is over. We are so thankful for all of the fun and learning that happened this summer, and we are grateful for all of the opportunities to grow close to God that this summer presented.

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Our closing rally today featured prizes for the Polar Dip and fishing, as well as a video show of the week, a final message from our speaker Nate Miller, and a love offering for Source of Life Camp in Ukraine. We had the biggest offering of the summer today, and we are already amazed at all of the ways that God is going to use those gifts to grow his Kingdom.

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It has been an amazing summer, and we are so excited for what God is going to do at Camp Lebanon this fall and next summer. THANK YOU GOD FOR A REALLY GREAT SUMMER!

Here’s a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Super Kids 4

 

 

The Last Day Diary

Our last full day of Camp for summer 2017 started the same as any other day; with the Polar Dip! A rainy morning made the polar dip extra chilly today, so it certainly woke us up. After a delicious breakfast of French toast sticks, we had our first Skills classes for the day.

In morning chapel, Mitch Geiken taught us about the importance of prayer and how to incorporate prayer into our everyday lives in practical ways. Then, we had lunch and our last Skills classes of the summer. We have have a blast teaching and learning in Skills this year!

Next, we had some Toes-up Time before our afternoon game. Today, the game was the Mascot challenge! Campers dressed up their counselors as a cabin mascot using only the things that they had in their cabins already. There were a lot of fun characters made and a lot of laughter was had!

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After the game it was FREE TIME! Today during Free Time, the weather was rainy, but it didn’t stop us from having a blast. We swam, did crafts, slid in the mud, ran through puddles, rode the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline, and played a fun round of Mafia. It was a great last Free Time of the summer.

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After a wonderful dinner of pizza, we had our final even chapel with our speaker Nate Miller. We have learned a lot from Nate this week and we are thankful for all the truths that he has brought us this week. Now, we are having our last Canteen time before our last campfire of the summer! It is still raining, so we’re going to have our campfire inside. We are still going to have a blast though!

We are sad to be done with our last full day of Camp for the summer, but we are also so thankful for how wonderful this week was. Tune in tomorrow for the final closing rally!

Here’s a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Super Kids 4

The Tuesday Chronicles

Tuesday at Camp was filled with more new and exciting ways to get to know each other and to learn. Once again, our day started with the Polar Dip! A thick blanket of fog over the lake this morning added an extra layer of excitement to jumping in. Then, everyone dried off and put on some layers for the chilly morning! We had a delicious breakfast, then we had our first Skills classes for the day.

Next, we had morning chapel where Laura Orpen as “The Rocket” taught us about the importance of teamwork and how to live out good teamwork in our daily lives. We learned a lot from her this morning! Then, we had a tasty lunch of walking tacos, and our next Skills classes.

After Skills, we had a bit of rest time before our big game for the day. Today, the game was everyone’s favorite: the Staff Hunt! Our staff hid all over Camp, and if a camper found them, they got to push that staff member in the lake! As the Staff Hunt ended and our soggy staff left the lake, it was time for Free Time.

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Today, Free Time featured swimming, tie-dye, chalk drawing, boating, and the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline. We had a great day enjoying the beautiful weather! After Free Time, we had a picnic dinner of burgers, salad, and cookies before everyone’s next favorite event: the carnival!

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The carnival featured a lot of fun games, face paint, popcorn and cotton candy, and even a slip & slide! The carnival is a highlight of the week for many campers, and it’s a great chance to win cabin points by playing games. Now, the campers are in evening chapel with our speaker Nate Miller. Tonight, Nate is talking about discipleship and what it looks like to encourage each other to follow Christ! Tune in for more fun tomorrow!

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Here’s a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Super Kids 4

A Merry Monday Tale

The last Monday of summer Camp started off as another other Monday would; with a chilly dip in Cedar Lake to wake up! After a delicious breakfast of pancakes and sausage, we went into our first Skills classes of the week! Skills are a time that campers learn how to do specific things at Camp, like canoeing, fishing, archery, and games. AAB_0011 copy.jpg

After Skills, we had morning chapel with Bill Abeler. Today, Bill talked about the Bible, the importance of using it well, and about how to find specific Bible verses in it. We learned a lot! After Chapel, we had our second Skills classes for the day. Next, we had some Toes-up Time to rest before our afternoon games!

We played a bunch of games on Camp’s lower ball field this afternoon. Each cabin started at one game and rotated throughout all of them. Now we know how to play a bunch of fun games to fill up time in between events at Camp, or to play during Free Time!

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Free Time followed our afternoon games. Today, campers took the swim test, ate Canteen treats, played a round of Run & Jump, enjoyed the new wiffleball stadium, made crafts, and rode the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline! We had a blast this afternoon.

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After dinner, we played a crazy game of Capture the Flag 2.0. There was a lot of running and laughter and strategizing! Capture the Flag has been a favorite game this summer for campers and staff.

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When the game was over, we enjoyed some Canteen time and even a little bit of evening swim time as the day cooled off. Now, the campers are in chapel listening to our speaker Nate Miller talk about how the steps to following God are similar to playing baseball; you’ve got to get to first base! We are tired after a fun day, but we are so excited to start a new day tomorrow.

Here’s a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Super Kids 4

The Sunday Story: Super Duper Kids 4!

The last week of the summer is already off to a great start. This group of campers is full of energy and ready to have fun! Even though our week is starting off with rain, we are embracing the weather and having a great time.

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We started the week with a “picnic” inside; we had hotdogs, veggies, and brownies for dinner. Next, we talked about Camp’s rules so we can make sure everyone has a safe week. The rain is coming down steadily now as we head back into the Chalet for evening chapel. Our speaker this week is Nate Miller; we had a great time with Nate during Senior High camp earlier this summer, and we are thrilled to have him back to speak to the younger campers this week.

Later tonight, we will have our final Staff Variety Show of the summer. It will be a great show! We’re anticipating a lot of laughter before we send these kids off to bed tonight. Tune in tomorrow for the first full day of Super Kids 4!

Here’s a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Super Kids 4

Campfire!

Of all the traditions at Camp Lebanon, perhaps the most loved of the summer camp traditions is the end of the week campfire out at Bass Point.  The campfire is a great send-off to the week – an opportunity for campers and staff to reflect on all that they have learned and all the fun they have had.

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The night starts with everyone meeting at the Steps of Faith, clothed in long sleeves and long pants, ready for a hike through the woods.  Don’t forget the bug spray!  With flashlights and glowsticks in hand, campers and counselors make the trek out to Bass Point in one long line.  The hike takes them half-way down Camp’s dirt road, then off into the woods and towards the hidden gem that is Bass Point.  This open field is home to a beautiful old tree and a campfire ring and stage.

Junior High 1 is wrapping up with our traditional campfire. PRAISE GOD!!!

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Campers gather around and enjoy yet another round of Gorilla Gets the Man and a few other crazy camp songs.  The speaker for the week usually gets up to say a few words and to close out the week with the campers.  Looking up at the stars and out at Cedar Lake, campers and staff sing worship to the Creator and have the opportunity to share about ways they have seen God in their week at Camp. And to finish off the night, the campfire just wouldn’t be the same without the staple Lion Hunt with Bobber Bill, or the Praise God Yell across Cedar Lake.

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After the sun has set and the fire is dying out, campers start the hike back to main Camp, usually still buzzing with energy from an amazing week of summer camp.  The campfire is a tradition that campers look forward to every summer. Rain or shine, we find a way to gather the campers together – whether at Bass Point or in the chapel on a rainy evening.  It is important to have time to reflect and remember all that God has done in our lives, and the Camp Lebanon campfire is one way that we do that every week during the summer!

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Pies and Goodbyes

What a wonderful week! We are sad to say goodbye to all of the junior highers that were here this week. This week was full of laughter, learning, and new friendships, and we are thankful for all of the campers that came.

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We ended our week with a delicious breakfast of cinnamon rolls and cereal, and then we enjoyed our last mail-call before the closing rally. Our closing rally featured a video slideshow of the week, our favorite worship songs, a love offering for Source of Life Camp in Ukraine, prizes, and of course, throwing pies into the faces of our favorite staff members. Today, Maddy, Nolan, and Lizzy are full of whipped cream to celebrate memorizing Scripture.

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As we say goodbye, we are praying that these campers remember everything that they learned this week. Thank you God for a really great Junior High 3!!!

Here’s a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Junior High 3

Hop-Scotch, Calzones, and Campfires!

Our last full day of Junior High Camp for the summer started with a wonderful extra hour of sleep. After the Polar Dip and enjoying some tasty breakfast sandwiches, we headed into our final split chapel for the summer. Today, the girls talked about Standing up for Your Sister, and the guys talked about Work. We are so thankful for the conversations and revelations that have come out of morning chapels this summer.

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After chapel, we had a little bit of Canteen time, and then lunch. After lunch and a last fun mail-call skit, we had our final session of Clinics and Seminars. Clinics and Seminars have also taught us a lot this summer; we are sad that they’re over, but we’re thankful for all that was taught and learned through them this year.

Next, it was Free Time! Today, Free Time featured swimming, crafts, a game of Mafia, the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline, and a ton of other games. Some campers even made a Hop-Scotch course going all the way from New Zealand cabin to the bell tower! It was a great time to be goofy and have fun with all the friends that we made this week.

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We had dinner after Free Time, and tonight was everyone’s favorite meal: calzones! We love these delightful giant pizza pockets. After dinner was our final evening chapel with our speaker Kirsten King. Tonight she wrapped up her message from the week, using more fun stories that were saturated with truth. We loved having Kirsten here this week.

Now, the campers are having some final discussion time about chapel. Then, we’ll have some Canteen time and get ready for our final Junior High campfire of the year. Even though it rained earlier, the weather turned our perfect for a fire tonight. We are going to enjoy our last night together!

Here’s a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Junior High 3