Thank You, God, for a Really Great Jr. High 1!

Our first Junior High camp for the summer is over, with over 170 campers heading home to tell their families all about their week.  We are sad to see everyone go, but so joyful to know that they met God at Camp and had some of The Funnest Fun they will have all year!

While today is a Closing Rally for campers and parents, our traditional last night Campfire was definitely a closing rally of its own for these campers.

 

We sang all the classic action songs, played our final round of Gorilla Gets the Man, and even went on a Lion Hunt with Bobber Bill!  The Campfire was also a time to reflect on the week.  Bobber Bill called up ten campers to share how God had worked in their lives over the course of week – it was incredible to hear their stories and to see their bravery in sharing before the entire Camp!  We finished off the Campfire with a mighty Praise God! yell, which could be heard echoing across Cedar Lake!

This morning, it was time to pack up and welcome parents back to Camp for our Closing Rally day!  Campers were recognized for their many achievements throughout the week (Polar Dip, cabin points, biggest fish, to name a few!) and got to demonstrate their memorized verses for all the parents (Colossians 3:12-14).

 

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We also heard from our speaker, Rocky Hovda, one last time.  He commissioned the campers once again to live like Knights of the Lord’s Table.  Here’s a message from Rocky:

“What an amazing week of transformation in the lives of your young Knights in training! So, what does it mean to be a KNIGHT of the LORD’s TABLE? I gave students a tour of my own Heroes of Faith that molded me. As I shared stories of growth and challenge, such as learning obedience, not complaining, and waiting on the Lord, I would share a person who modeled that from my own life and a ‘forever verse’ that reminds me of this hero in my own life.

After many kids made a decision for Christ (PRAISE GOD!), we took a journey inward. I used the short story, ‘My Heart, Christ’s Home,’ to take them thru the rooms of their heart, challenging them with next steps. (Read it, it is powerful!) I wrapped up the week with 12 qualities of a Knight! Thanks for letting me speak into the lives of your students. What a blessing!”

  1. Knights do what is right, even when they are alone! (Genesis 6:58; 7:1; Daniel 6)
  2. Knights embrace the unknown.  (Genesis 12)
  3. Knights endure in spite of circumstances. (Genesis 37; Romans 12:12; Col. 1:11-12; Gal. 6:9; Rev. 3:10; James 1:12; 2 Thes. 3:13; Prov. 3:5-6; Luke 21:19; 1 Cor. 9:24-27)
  4. Knights stand beside their own. (Exodus 3)
  5. Knights lead by example.  (Joshua 24; 1 Tim. 4:12; 1 Peter 5:3; Hebrews 13:7; 1 Cor. 11:1; Phil. 4:9; James 3:1-18)
  6. Knights do not fear dragons, ogres…or giants!  (1 Samuel 17)
  7. Knights rise to the occasion. (Isaiah 6:1-8)
  8. Knights challenge the foolish. (John 3)
  9. Knights are servants. (John 13:6-17)
  10. Knights are passionate. (Acts 9)
  11. Knights own their failures.  (Luke 22:54-62, then Acts 2)
  12. Knights have ONE KING!  (1 Timothy 2:5; Isaiah 43:11; Matt. 6:24; 1 Cor. 8:6; Rev. 1:8 and about 80 more!)

Take Camp Home: Take one of these bullet points every day and read through the verse(s) with your camper!  Talk about what it looks like to be a Knight of the Lord’s Table in practical ways.  Ask your camper what they learned about living for Christ while at Camp this summer.

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As we always say, at the end of every Closing Rally, pies will fly!

 

And it wouldn’t be a Closing Rally without thanking the One who made the whole week at Camp possible.  Linking hands with everyone, the whole Camp shouted “Thank You, God, for a really great WEEK!”

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It really was a truly wonderful week.  We are so thankful for the amazing staff and volunteers who invested into the lives of these 170+ campers, to the parents who chose to send their campers here, and to the campers themselves for genuinely making this place #TheFunnestFun!  To Victory – and see you next summer!

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Storming the Castle & Learning to be a Knight!

Sleeping in on the last day of Junior High camp is one of the best traditions – campers got to have a whole extra hour of sleep this morning!  They certainly appreciated it, after the exciting night game called Storm the Castle!

Take Camp Home:  Storm the Castle is like Capture the Flag, only more complicated.  See if your camper can teach you how the game works!  This would also be a great opportunity to do a little history

Thursday of Junior High is always a little bittersweet, since we know that we only have one more full day at Camp.  Campers went through the usual morning routine, only an hour late.  Morning chapels were split guys and girls.  The guys talked about discipleship today, focusing on how to bring home the things that they have learned this week and to share them with others.  The girls talked about finding their identity in Christ, and not in what the world says about them.

For lunch today, campers enjoyed some tasty salad, chicken sandwiches, and fries.  We love the food here at Camp!  After lunch, campers went to get their mail at Mail Call, followed up by Clinics & Seminars.

Take Camp Home:  1) Your camper got to see at least 3 Mail Call skits throughout the week of Camp – which was their favorite?  2)  Your camper also got to go to at least 4 different Clinics or Seminars – which of those was their favorite, and why?

Then came the very last afternoon Free Time, and these campers sure took advantage of a beautiful day!  The sun was blazing, but that sent a lot of campers to the beach.  We saw so many great dives off of the diving raft today, along with some hilarious Corcl Boat action!

All afternoon, campers and their counselors zipped down the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline, played laser tag, crafted in the Craft Room, and played games on the Hub.

After dinner, campers headed right into our last chapel session with Rocky Hovda, our speaker.  He talked about the different ways that we can be a Knight of the Lord’s table.  Using many scripture references, Rocky walked through the Bible and taught about what it means to be a knight.

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Take Camp Home:  Rocky used TONS of scripture references in tonight’s chapel – ask your camper if they remember any of them!  (A few that you can read together:  Luke 21:19; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 1 Samuel 17).

The last night of Camp wouldn’t be complete without the Campfire!  But first, campers have to stock up on some sugar for the hike and play a little more 9-Square.

Can’t wait for the Campfire, in only a few minutes!  We’ll trek out to Bass Point, sing some songs, hear another message from Rocky, and trek back for our last night of Junior High 1.  Parents arrive tomorrow for our Closing Rally (at 10am)!

See you then!

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A Sunny Day for us to Play!

It was a beautiful day outside today; perfect weather for enjoying the outdoors here at camp!

Last night at chapel, we worshiped, and then we got to play another round of Medieval Apples to Apples.

Then, Rocky told us about more role models in his life and the traits they taught him to have as a “Knight of the Lord’s Table.” His final role model was Jesus, and he talked about how Jesus displayed all of the traits in His life. He then invited anyone who wanted to accept Christ as their savior or rededicate their life to following God to meet with their counselor outside and pray with them. While the others were gone, we began to praise God for the relationship we can have with Him.

This morning, we had the polar dip, followed by flag raising and breakfast, campers had their TAG time, and then we went into morning chapel. The girls heard from one of our wonderful staff members Marissa. She shared about her life before she chose to follow God, and how He forgives our sins and desires us in our brokenness. The boys learned about Christian fellowship from our awesome staff member Elias, and what it looks like to live in brotherhood with one another as men of God through love and forgiveness.

After chapel, campers enjoyed some free time until clinics and seminars. Today, there were the same options for seminars as Monday so that they could go to another one they were interested in.

Then came lunch and afterwards was the mail call skit.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper to tell you the punchline of this story.

Once the mail was handed out, campers were let loose for free time!

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what their favorite free time activity was.

After free time, campers went to flag lowering before heading into dinner.

Evening chapel came right after dinner today, and we enjoyed an extended period of worship.

Then, Rocky came up and we played another round of Medieval Apples to Apples.

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Afterwards, he told us a story. He used an analogy of showing God around his house (in this case, his mind and heart) and being ashamed of what God was seeing. Using this, he talked about asking God to help us live the way He calls us to live and use our gifts for the work of the kingdom. God knows that we can’t do it alone, and he is waiting for us to ask him for help.

Campers then went back to their cabins to talk with one another about the message.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper if they had any interesting discussions about their relationship with God over the week. See if they have any further questions they want to ask.

Now, the campers have a short amount of free time before we play “Storm the Castle.” In tomorrow’s blog, I’ll share a few pictures from tonight’s game.

After the game, there will be cabin devotional time and then lights out!

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Volleyball Tournament Tuesday

Today was an awesome day, and I hope your campers all had as much fun as I did!

To catch up, last night in chapel we played a game called “The Gorilla Gets the Man” before worship. It’s like whole body rock paper scissors and we play until one person is left standing and it’s great.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper to teach you “Gorilla Gets the Man” and play as a family.

After worship, we got to hear from our speaker Rocky again. He told us about a few more role models in his life and what they taught him about being a “Knight of the Lord’s Table.” We also read Hebrews 11 and talked about acting by faith for God’s glory.

This morning started off similar to yesterday with the polar dip, flag raising, breakfast, and then splitting up for boys and girls chapel. Today in girl’s chapel, the campers learned about healthy relationships with a boy, both friendships and romantic relationships. Then, they got the opportunity to ask some of the female staff members questions, and we had a great discussion. The boys talked about purity as a man of God and what that looks like.

Campers then had a short section of free time while staff set up their clinics and seminars. I was leading a seminar on creative writing today, so I was not around to get pictures of the other groups today. It was an amazing experience to share my writing knowledge with younger writers and hear their incredibly creative ideas.

After seminars and clinics came lunch and then mail call. It was my group’s turn to do the mail call skit today, so I also did not get pictures of that, but it was a very punny skit. The skit follows a misunderstanding that we thought we were supposed to be setting up a kale mall instead of a mail call, and it is full of vegetable puns. In the end, we are told that is not what we were supposed to do and walk off disappointed.

Once campers got their mail, free time began!

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper if they had a favorite craft this week. Is it something you could do at home together? Try coming up with your own craft!

Following free time was flag lowering followed by supper out on the North 40 Field.

Then came the Volleyball Tournament!

Tonight, campers will be heading into evening chapel, and then they have cabin devotionals until lights out!

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Mighty Mighty Monday!

It’s Junior High 1’s first full day of camp today, and it’s going to be a fun one!

This morning, campers got to participate in the first polar dip, which they can do every day this week for cabin points. After polar dip came flag raising and learning today’s memory verse: Colossians 3:12 with actions.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper to walk you through the actions of this week’s memory verses (Colossians 3:12-14). See if you can come up with your own actions to a different verse as a family!

Following today’s memory verse, the campers had breakfast and were then dismissed for their TAG time (Time Alone with God).

We then gathered to take the whole camp photo before heading into morning chapel. Each camper will be sent home with the printed out camp photo, but we took a goofy one to share with you here!

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Take Camp Home: Look at the printed out camp photo with your camper, and play a game of Where’s Waldo? *Bonus if you can find him in this picture*

For morning chapel this week, we will be splitting up into a boy’s chapel and a girl’s chapel. Today, the girls learned about finding sisterhood in women of God and how we can use our tongues to life one another up. In the boy’s chapel, they talked about being imitators of Christ and that the reason we should imitate Christ is because our ultimate goal is to bring glory to God.

Campers then got to enjoy a little free time before going to clinics and seminars. Campers can choose from a list of options which clinic or seminar they want to go to, which is led by a couple staff members. Clinics are typically an activity, and a seminar is more of a lecture/discussion.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what they learned in their seminars or clinics this week. What was their favorite? Maybe it is something they want to explore outside of camp!

After clinics and seminars, campers headed to lunch. Then came today’s mail call skit in the Amphitheater before mail was distributed. The skit today was a game show theme; they chose a random camper from the audience to answer some questions to win the camper’s mail.

Then came free time for crafts, laser tag, zipline, and swim tests!

We then had flag lowering before heading into supper.

After supper, campers got to enjoy a little more free time while the staff set up for “Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge!” This is a game similar to capture the flag, except much more chaotic, and so much fun! It’s my favorite game to watch, and the kids love it.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper to teach you the “Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge” chant. If you have an upcoming event with a large group of people, maybe give the game a try! #mightymightymonday

Up next, campers are heading to evening chapel before cabin devotionals and lights out. What a crazy fun day it has been!

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Junior High 1 Kickoff!

It’s great to be back for another week of camp, and we couldn’t be more excited for our first group of Junior High campers! It’s a short day today to get settled in and adjusted, but that doesn’t stop us from squeezing in plenty of fun before lights out!

Campers showed up today during some on and off rain and were greeted by their counselors in some pretty cool costumes.

 

After getting checked in and moved in, they had some time to play some games before opening events got rolling.

 

To start off, everyone gathered at the Amphitheater to introduce the campers to the staff who will be their cabin friends for the week. Then, they learned the “D-O-W-N” chant that we will be doing every day.

Take Camp Home: Ask your child about the “D-O-W-N” chant. To have some fun, do it as a family!

Then came flag lowering, which we will do every afternoon before supper. A few staff members acted as the “Color Guard” to demonstrate how to properly fold the flag.

Campers were then dismissed for supper. Tonight, we had a picnic dinner, so the counselors chose somewhere around camp for their cabin to eat as a group and get to know one another.

They then headed to the chapel to learn about the camp rules, and then got some free time with their cabins before chapel.

In chapel we sang some songs and got to know our speaker for the week, Rocky. He had the campers play some guessing games to learn about his interests and gave out delicious prizes for right answers. We also played a game called “Medieval Apples to Apples” that we will be playing throughout the week that involves putting a medieval picture on the screen, reading off some possible descriptions, and the campers guessing which is right.

Rocky talked about some heroes in his life growing up, how they were role models to him, and what they did that impacted his relationship with God.

After chapel, the campers got a short amount of free time while the staff set up for the variety show! The variety show is a fun compilation of random skits put on by the staff on the first night of every week. Lots of laughter filled the chapel tonight!

Take Camp Home: Ask your child what their favorite skit was from the variety show. See if they want to act it out!

Following the variety show, campers went back to their cabins for a night time devotional and got ready for bed!

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The First Round of Goodbyes

I’m sad to say that our first group of youth summer camp is packed up and heading home. We had a great week, and we are going to miss everyone!

Last night, we had our traditional campfire to close the final night of camp. There was worship, a story from this week’s speaker, a game of “The Gorilla gets the Man” (it’s like full body rock-paper-scissors), and other cool stuff we got to enjoy last night.

The game “Gorilla gets the Man” was won by one of our counselors, Weston, who was then showered with a bucket full of cold water.

Take Camp Home: Ask your child what the best part of the campfire was. How far did they get in “Gorilla gets the Man”?  Have them explain the game, and teach you the song – then play together!

This morning, campers woke up to start packing and cleaning their cabins. Then it was time for flag raising, and they went through the memory verses of the week one last time before heading in for breakfast.

Fun Fact: All the things at the edge of the Amphitheater stage are the lost and found items from the week!

After breakfast, it was time for the Closing Rally!  First, the kids were sent inside for a skit by our staff members following the story of Reginald and his friends.

Take Camp Home: Ask your child to tell you Reginald’s story!

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After the skit, campers got their last batch of mail, and then they got to see the photo slideshow and video of the week’s activities!

Following the slide show and video, the campers, along with some of their parents, headed to the amphitheater. There was worship, prizes were handed out for various competitions that went on this week, our speaker gave one last message, and some staff members got pied!

Then came the goodbyes. Campers checked out of their cabins when their parents came to pick them up, and they headed home.  We had an amazing week with these super Super Kids, learning more about God and how we can all be knights of the Lord’s table!  To Victory!

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You can take the fun of Camp home with you!  Our photo slideshow, video of the week, and all of the photos from the week are located in their high quality versions HERE.

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Super Kids 1 Last Full Day of Fun

It’s hard to believe that the first week of the summer has come and gone just like that! The Super Kids 1 group will be heading home tomorrow!

To catch you up on last night’s chapel, the campers learned about the shield of faith and how it can protect us.

We had a brisk morning for our polar dip today! After getting dried off, the campers gathered for flag raising once again. They learned their memory verse of the day, put them all together with the actions, and headed into breakfast.

Take Camp Home: Ask your child if they remember all of the memory verses and their actions (Colossians 3:12, 13, and 14).

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After cleaning up breakfast and their cabins, campers headed into morning chapel where they learned about The Parable of the Good Samaritan (found in Luke 10:25-37).

They then got to head outside for their last TAC time! The different stations included learning about slings, participating in a tournament, going on a nature walk, learning to use projectiles, team building, and learning good sportsmanship.

Take Camp Home: Ask your child what their favorite TAC time activity was.

Bonus picture: One of our counselors found a little (harmless) snake!

After TAC time came lunch, and then toes up time. That way, the campers got to nap on a full stomach in order to be rested up for our exciting game called “Storm the Castle!” Similar to capture the flag, there are two teams that have their own side that they keep their flags on to protect. However, in this game, there is also a castle on each side, and if someone from one team makes it to the other team’s castle, they make a tally with chalk to show that they made it. The significance of the tallies is that there is a time limit, and if no one gets the flags before the time is up, the tallies act as a tie breaker.

The campers moved right along from the game into free time. It was a beautiful day on the lake!

They also got some more zipline and craft time!

After free time came the last flag lowering and dinner time of the week! Then, the counselors took their cabins on their final cabin adventure.

Following cabin adventure time came the conclusion of evening chapels, and the kids learned about the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit. The speaker told the story of Jesus’ temptation in the desert.

Take Camp Home: Ask your child to tell you all of the parts of the armor of God.

Now, the campers are enjoying their evening free time. Afterwards, we will be heading out to the Campfire for worship, stories, and games which I will talk about in the final blog tomorrow along with some pictures.

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From Gray Skies to Sunshine!

Before we jump into today, I’m going to fill you in on our evening chapel last night! The campers learned about the breastplate of righteousness and the shoes of peace, and then few volunteers were chosen to help act out the story of Esther.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what they yelled during the skit when they heard “King,” “Esther,” “Mordecai,” or “Haman.”

This morning started off with gray clouds covering the sky, which made for an extra chilly polar dip! After the polar dip, we had flag raising outside where a cabin acted as the “Color Guard” to raise our county’s flag and the whole camp said the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

They then learned their memory verse for the day and the actions to go with it.

 

Afterwards, we went inside for a yummy breakfast! Cabin clean up followed breakfast, and then everyone met at the amphitheater for the whole camp photo for this week! Each child will be sent home with the nice picture, but we took a goofy one just for fun!

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Then it was off to morning chapel where the campers learned about The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (found in Matthew 18:21-35). Following morning chapel, the kids went off to T.A.C. time. TAC stands for Theme, Adventure, and Cooperation. They were split into groups and each group will rotate through the different sessions of each category over the rest of the week.

Take Camp Home: Ask your child what they got to do during TAC time!

 

Next came lunch time! We enjoyed taco in a bag along with bananas. After lunch, the campers went back to their cabins for toes up time. It’s a quiet time for them to relax and take a nap if they need to. Once the campers were up and ready to go, they learned about the exciting game we had planned for them.

Luckily, the sun peaked out from the clouds just in time for the Staff Hunt! Staff members got to hide all around camp, and once they were hid, the campers had to scour all over to find them!

 

If they found a staff member, they got points for their cabin, and they also got the honor of pushing that staff member in the lake!

 

Once everyone had been pushed in the lake, we took a group picture.

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Then, the kids got to enjoy their free time in the sun for the first time this week!

 

After free time, the campers gathered for flag lowering before heading to dinner.

 

Following dinner clean-up, the campers got to enjoy another cabin adventure set up by their counselor!

 

Moving on from cabin adventures, the campers went out to the North 40 field for the Ye Olde Renaissance Festival. There were lots of Renaissance-themed games set up for the campers to win tickets.

 

Along with coloring, facepaint, and cotton candy!

 

I think the camper-favorite attraction was Sad Counselor. If the campers won 10 tickets, they could turn them in at this station and spray their counselor with the hose.

 

Take Camp Home: Ask your child what their favorite activity was and what they had to do. Ask if they got to soak their counselor!

The campers are now enjoying some evening free time to wind down after the craziness of the Renaissance Festival before chapel time. After chapel, they will head back to their cabins for devotionals and then lights out after another jam-packed day of fun!

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Rainy Days and Mondays Are So Much FUN!

The first full day of Super Kids 1 was cloudy, rainy, blustery, and SO MUCH FUN!  Camp Lebanon loves rainy weather – we have a great time splashing in puddles, snuggling up inside for some fun indoor games, or getting a little messy outside during some rainy, muddy field games!

First things first, campers went to flag raising (indoors), had a delicious breakfast, and cleaned their cabins!  They learned the first memory verse and its actions (Colossians 3:12) today – memory verses earn them cabin points AND a name in the bucket to pie a staff member of their choosing!

Then, it was Morning Chapel time – we learned about the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7).  Campers headed back to their cabins with their counselors to talk about the morning lesson and to tell stories of times when they have gotten lost before.

Take Camp Home:  Ask your child to show you the actions for the memory verses, starting with Colossians 3:12.  Have them teach you the actions, and then pick another verse you can make up actions to together!

After chapel, it was still pretty rainy outside, so we had some great fun playing games in the chapel.  One of these games involved dressing up counselors in a “suit of armor.”

Take Camp Home:  What are some other fun things you could make a suit of armor out of?  Play the game with your child, and challenge them to be creative in making you a truly kingly outfit!

Next, it was time for lunch!

And then, more game time!

Take Camp Home:  Ask your child about how the “maze game” worked!

During free time, some kids embraced the rain and played octoball, four square, and wiffleball outside.

While others stayed inside for crafts and rainy day games!

Since it was still wet outside, flag lowering was moved inside, and then we were sent to supper. After dinner, it was dry enough for Cabin Adventures to be outside. The different cabins did a variety of things that their counselors had planned.

Cabin adventures were followed by the game “Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge.” We had learned this game as a staff during training week, so we were very excited to teach it to the kids. It was a little chaotic with so many people playing, but it was a blast!

Take Camp Home: Ask your child how to do the “Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge” chant.

The campers are now enjoying their afternoon free time!

And after free time, we will have evening chapel, cabin devo time, and then off to bed for tonight!

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