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

Cool Breezes, Competition, and a Crazy Medley!

Wednesday at Camp was filled with laughter and friendly competition, but the day began  with a chilly dip in the lake, as always. The weather was cool all day, so we had a true Polar Dip this morning. After a wonderful breakfast of French Toast, we had more time to spend alone with God, followed by Clinics and Seminars. Clinics offered our first dose of friendly competition today as campers played volleyball and wiffleball.

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Next, we had morning chapel. Today, the girls talked about Sin, Shame, and Forgiveness, and the guys talked about Communication. We have learned a lot in morning chapel so far this week, and the conversations that are coming from this time have been rich. After chapel, we had lunch and another fun mail-call. Then it was Free Time!

Today, Free Time featured a lot of games, so it was our next dose of friendly competition. Because the weather was chilly, most people spent this time in the hub playing Octoball, Nine Square, and Four Square. Others did crafts, played card games, and played Swat (a fun ball game we play inside). The competition was strong today on the paintball course too!

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As Free Time ended, we enjoyed a delicious dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, then we headed into evening chapel. Tonight, Kirsten talked about what discipline looks like in Scripture. She also talked about what it looks like for us to accept discipline and the ways that she has experienced discipline in her own life. Her stories are captivating and saturated with truth.

Our evening has also offered us more chances for fun competition; we just had our final volleyball game of the last volleyball tournament for the summer, and now we are getting ready to play a game called the Crazy Medley, which is a bunch of Camp games combined into one choice, fun mess. It will be a blast! Tune in tomorrow for everyone’s favorite junior high tradition: SLEEP IN DAY!

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

 

Tie-Dye, Zipline, and Teamwork!

Tuesday was a beautiful day at Camp. The day started, once again, with the Polar Dip to wake us up and get us ready for the day. After breakfast and more time spent alone with God in prayer, we had our second session of Clinics and Seminars. Different classes were offered today than what was offered yesterday, so there was a ton of new ideas for us to learn.

After a brief Canteen break, we had morning chapel. Today, the girls talked about Loving Your Neighbor, and the guys talked about Responsibility and Integrity. Morning chapels are always a great opportunity for hard questions and good discussions.

Next, we had lunch, another funny mail-call skit, and FREE TIME! Today during Free Time, we made tie-dye shirts, swam, went boating, played a round of Two Rooms and a Boom (a fun strategy game), and we rode the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline. The zipline is a highlight of the week for many campers.

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As Free Time ended, we made our way up to the North 40 field for a tasty picnic dinner of hamburgers, potato salad, and cookies. Then, it was time for our volleyball tournament! The junior high volleyball tournaments are a great time to bond as a cabin, and also to learn good sportsmanship and teamwork. We had a blast tonight!

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Now, the campers are enjoying some Canteen time before evening chapel. We are ready to worship together and to hear another great message from Kirsten King to bring an end to this wonderful Tuesday.

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