Many summer staff will tell you they dreamed of working at Camp Lebanon even as Super Kids.  It is no wonder so many campers continue on to work at Camp after they hang out with awesome camp counselors for a week and watch as the summer staff have fun while serving.

Young people can begin their journey on our summer team as early as 14 years old, by applying to be a part of our D3 Program! D3 stands for “Disciples Discipling Disciples,” and the vision of the program is to start a circle of influence that continues to grow and flourish as we follow God’s call to share the Gospel with the world!

There are three parts of the program: SWEAT Team, Service Crew, and Leaders in Training.  SWEAT Team and Service Crew see the behind the scenes parts of Camp, from washing dishes to mopping floors to scrubbing toilets.  These roles are so important to blessing our campers and guests with clean and well-cared-for facilities, and Camp strives to train up our D3 teams in an attitude of service and humility.  These are the backbone values to understanding leadership!

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Once a young person has graduated from both SWEAT Team and Service Crew, they are eligible to apply for our Leaders in Training (LIT) program (applicants must be 16+).  This is three weeks of intense classroom and hands-on training in how to be a leader, at Camp Lebanon and in the world in general.  Every Leader in Training will get the chance to spend a week in cabins as a Jr. Counselor, experiencing one of the most challenging and rewarding positions at Camp!  Upon graduating, LITs are welcome to apply to our Jr. Staff team, where they can return week after week to work as Jr. Counselors or in other positions behind the scenes (and get paid!).

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Our D3 Program is growing each year, and we are so excited every summer to see the number of servant-hearted teenagers who desire to further God’s Kingdom and see Him work in the hearts of campers!

For daily updates on the summer camp fun, check out our Camp Lebanon Summer Blog!

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The End of a Great Week

We ended our first Junior High week of the summer with a lot of laughter and hard goodbyes. We had a tasty breakfast of cinnamon rolls and cereal, we enjoyed the video slideshow that our videographer Noah made for us, and we heard our speaker Phil Campbell encourage us one last time.

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During the closing rally, we took a love offering for our sister camp in Ukraine, we danced to our favorite Camp songs, and we celebrated keeping God’s Word in our hearts by throwing pies! Today, Nick, Noelle, and Wesley were the victims of the pie, and these campers will keep the memory verses in their minds forever.

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We are thankful for all of the fun, safety, good conversations, and important lessons that we had this week. See you next year!

Here is a link to the Facebook album with more photos from this week: Junior High 1

Feather Pillows and Pizza Pillows: A Story of Thursday

Last night, God refreshed Camp with a cool rain storm that nourished the grass, flowers, and trees. Campers and staff spent some extra quality time with their pillows this morning as we all enjoyed the extra hour of rest that Sleep-in-day brought us, and we started our last full day of Camp feeling energized.

After the campers rolled out of bed and did the Polar Dip one last time, we had breakfast and morning chapel. Today, the guys talked about the importance of Work and the girls talked about Sisterhood.

After lunch and our last hilarious mail call skit, we had Clinics and Seminars in the afternoon. Campers played basketball, learned how to knit, participated in an improv acting class, or went to various seminars about how to live out a Christian faith. Then, it was free time!

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Today during free time, campers rode the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline, went swimming, made crafts, played Mafia, and went boating. Free time was followed by a Camp favorite for dinner: calzones! Big pillows of pizza left everyone feeling full and happy.

In chapel tonight, Phil Campbell wrapped up the series that he has been taking us through all week. We finished talking through Hebrews 12, and Phil gave us encouragement for how to continue to grow in Christ after we leave Camp.

Now, we are getting ready to enjoy our traditional campfire to celebrate the end of the week. We’re looking forward to fun music and praising God together one more time before the campers all leave tomorrow.

Here is a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Junior High 1

Waffle Wednesday!

Wednesday morning of Junior High 1 started with the Polar Dip and a delicious breakfast of waffles! After breakfast, the campers once again had time to spend alone with God to read their Bibles, memorize verses, and pray.

After our morning clinics and seminars, we split up for chapel. Today, the guys talked about Communication and the girls talked about Sin, Shame, and Forgiveness.

After lunch and a fun mail call, we had free time! Today, free time featured swimming, boating, crafts, paintball, a round of Two Rooms and a Boom (a fun strategy game), and even some campers sleeping on the playground (good thing tomorrow is sleep-in day)!

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In chapel tonight, our speaker Phil Campbell is talking about using the gifts that God gave us to honor Him, as well as the discipline it takes to perfect a God-given talent. He is focusing on Hebrews chapter 12.

After chapel, we will have our championship volleyball game between the winners of yesterday’s tournament. Good luck Germany and Denmark!!! Later tonight, we are playing a new game; the campers will be running all around Camp collecting tickets to win points for their team.

We are looking forward to a fun evening and we are excited for all of the questions, conversations, and fun that tomorrow will bring with our last full day of Camp.

Here is a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Junior High 1

The Tuesday Story

Tuesday of Junior High 1 here at Camp was packed with crazy fun activities and meaningful conversations. This morning, after Polar Dip and a delicious breakfast, campers once again had time to spend alone with God. Then, clinics and seminars today featured knitting, improv acting, basketball, a class on science and creation, and several others. We also learned a new memory verse this morning; today we learned Colossians 3:12.DSC_0037

In chapel this morning, the girls talked about Loving Your Neighbor and the guys talked about Responsibility and Integrity. Then after another delicious lunch and another funny mail call skit, it was time for FREE TIME!!!

Today, free time featured tie-dye, slack-lining, boating, swimming, and the chance to ride the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline!

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This evening, we picnicked on the grass outside of Camp’s new Eagle’s Nest building on the North 40 field. We had some tasty burgers, potato salad, and s’mores cookies! Then our traditional Junior High volleyball tournament commenced! There was a lot of laughter, goofy games, good sportsmanship, and cabin bonding. The first volleyball tournament of the summer was a success!

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Now, the campers are relaxing with some Canteen time before evening chapel. We are excited to hear what our speaker Phil Campbell brings us tonight! Tune in tomorrow for more fun!

Here is a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Junior High 1

Happy Monday from Junior High 1!

The first full day of Junior High camp for the summer was packed with the funnest fun. Monday brought us beautiful weather, a relaxing breeze, and a lot of excitement about the week to come. We also started the day with a memory verse; today we learned Romans 10:9.

This morning started with some campers jumping in the lake for the Polar Dip! It was cold and refreshing. After a wonderful breakfast of pancakes and Camp’s famous oatmeal, the campers had time to spend alone with God to read the Bible and pray. Then, after our first session of Clinics and Seminars (short classes on aspects of Christianity or on specific activities) for the summer, we had Canteen time and morning chapel! In morning chapel, the guys covered Purity and the girls talked about Shalom and Personal Wholeness. 

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After a tasty lunch of tacos and a funny mail call skit, we had free time! Some highlights of free time today were swimming, crafts, wiffleball, and the first game of paintball for the summer!

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Tonight in evening chapel, our speaker Phil Campbell helped us to better understand some specific parts of the Bible. He covered Matthew 19:24 and what it could have meant in the context of the time and place that it was written. He also talked about the first five books of the Bible and how they work together as a story that Jesus has a part in.

After chapel tonight, we are going to play an intense game of Capture-the-Flagthen we’ll enjoy nighttime devotionals with our cabins and look forward to more fun tomorrow!

Here is a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Junior High 1

Fishing Grandparents

One of the best things about Camp Lebanon is that people can continue to come back again and again to be a part of the ministry.  Young and old enjoy camp as campers, or as volunteers helping others meet with God and experience the wonder of His creation!

During the summer, our volunteers and staff are vital to the work of Camp Lebanon.  Whether you are a full-time summer staff member, a volunteer in our D3 Program, or a volunteer nurse or fishing grandparent, there is a place for you to come and love on campers every summer (and beyond!).  One of the areas where we need help during Adventurers and Super Kids weeks is out at the fishing docks!  So many kids at that age LOVE to fish.  Either that or are really excited to experience it for the first time.  They need to be taught how to bait a hook, how to practice patience, and then how to take a fish off of their line!  Fishing “grandparents” are such a blessing to us here at Camp, serving as extra hands and experience down on the fishing docks and freeing up counselors and cabin friends to spend time with their campers.

Fishing is just one of the skills that we love to bring into campers’ lives – there’s nothing quite like the reward of waiting and waiting for a bite, and then catching your first sunny off of the dock!  Most of the time campers fish with drop lines by the dock using kitchen scraps as bait.  Sometimes, fishing grandparents take them out on a pontoon to get a little experience with deep water fishing.  It is so fun to see the looks of joy on the faces of campers trying to tame a floppy fish or to catch a glimpse of the Northern that lives under the dock!

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering as a “Fishing Grandparent” up at Camp Lebanon, please contact Rich Olson, our Director of Youth Ministries.  You can email him at rich@camplebanon.org or give the Camp office a call and let us know your interest ( 800.816.1502 )!  More info about volunteering at Camp is available online.

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Welcome Junior High 1!

The first night of Junior High camp for the summer is off to a great start; the campers are already having a wonderful time!

As campers arrived today, they were greeted by their counselors, got to know each other, and some took the swimming test. Then, after being introduced to the staff, we all enjoyed a delicious dinner of hotdogs, chips, veggies, and cookies. DSC_0079

We went to chapel with full bellies to hear our speaker for the week Phil Campbell. Tonight, Phil introduced himself and his family to the campers with fun stories and pictures. Then, he gave us a visual representation of the Trinity by showing us a shape that is a circle, a square, and a triangle at the same time. We are looking forward to hearing more from Phil tomorrow night.

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Now, the campers are enjoying some delicious Canteen treats, and we are getting ready to watch the Staff Variety Show!

Tune in tomorrow for the first full day of Junior High 1!

Here is a link to the Facebook album with more pictures: Junior High 1 Album

Thank you God for a really great SuperKids 1!

The first week of Camp for the summer went by quickly! After a morning filled with cinnamon rolls, laughter, fun, and goodbyes, all of the campers have left. We miss them already!DSC_0044

Our closing rally featured a fun video with highlights from the week, favorite worship songs, a love offering for Source of Life Camp in Ukraine, and a final message from our speaker Brian Schrader.DSC_0042

Also, the pies flew for our traditional celebration of the end of the week (and a fun incentive for keeping God’s word in our hearts). Campers memorized Bible verses throughout the week to be put in a drawing to pie a staff member in the face. Byron, Ben, and Weston will smell like whipped cream for days, and these campers will have God’s word in their hearts for life.DSC_0085

Thank you God for a really great first week of the summer! We will see you next year!

Here is a link to the Facebook album with more photos: Super Kids Album

Look! The sun!

After a heavy rainfall last night, the last full day of SuperKids 1 at Camp Lebanon started once again with the polar dip as kids and counselors plunged into the refreshing lake before breakfast. After breakfast, we enjoyed the sunshine and light breeze as we continued with our skills classes, and more campers learned about outdoor survival, canoeing, archery and BB guns.DSC_0026 copyDSC_0060 copy

After our beloved summer-long character The Rocket spoke to us in morning chapel about being on God’s team, we had a delicious lunch of corndogs and French fries. After lunch, the most exciting part of the day took off as campers ran all over Camp searching for hidden staff members to push into the lake. DSC_0043 copy

Then, it was free time! Once again, campers enjoyed the wonderful weather by swimming, doing crafts, munching on canteen treats, and going down the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline.DSC_0111 copy

After free time and a hearty dinner of pizza and cheesecake, we returned to chapel for our last session from our speaker Brian Schrader. He talked about discipleship and the importance of sharing our faith (“third base”), as well as how cool it is that we have already made it to “home plate” once we choose to follow Christ!

The night wound down with a fun campfire at Bass Point featuring songs, a lion hunt, and the famous “PRAISE GOD!” yell that echoed all around the lake. The first week of Camp has truly been a blast!

DSC_0093 copyHere is a link to the album with more pictures from this week: Super Kids Album