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.


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.


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

The Volleyball Tournament

Junior High and Senior High weeks at Camp Lebanon are different from the rest of the weeks during the summer for many reasons.  ONE of those reasons is the epic Volleyball Tournament that we have half-way through the week!  Cabins compete against each other in a fun-filled evening of volleyball.  This tournament serves as a fun activity, but more importantly, it is an incredible tool for counselors and staff to encourage cabin unity.

Playing a game together builds teamwork and bonds cabins together.  Many times, while a cabin as a group might be experiencing some awkwardness or nervousness about building new relationships with their cabin mates at the beginning of the week, the Volleyball Tournament CAN be the moment when that turns around!  Counselors often point to the tournament as the first thing that really brought their cabin together.  Whether it is laughing over creating a team cheer, to collaborating on their team “uniform,” or cheering each other on as they compete, cabins develop connections with each other that last far beyond the final game of the tournament.

There are other staples of the Volleyball Tournament, including a trek up to the Eagle’s Nest for a picnic dinner beforehand, cotton candy or popcorn, 9-Square-in-the-Air, and sometimes even a slip-n-slide!  Campers play hard and, in between games, practice their volleyball skills, develop team cheers, or do team-building exercises with their counselor.

Competition is fun, and there is always a team that comes out on top in the end.  But even in the Volleyball Tournament, the team that has the most fun WINS!  And the team that grows closer because of the tournament wins lasting friendships and memories to carry with them forever!

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