Junior High 3 – Day One

Today is the first day of our last Junior High summer camp for 2019!  We are so excited to start this week with these amazing campers – they are so full of energy, and we can’t wait to share our week of adventures with you on the blog each day!

Campers arrived and were introduced to their cabin counselors before having the chance to take their swimming tests.  There will be a chance for campers who didn’t take the test today to take it tomorrow at the beginning of Free Time.  Then campers went to the Steps of Faith to meet the staff and lower the flag before dinner.  Tonight, we had a picnic meal of sub sandwiches, chips, veggies, juice, and a gooey brownie for dessert!  Campers went with their counselors to sit somewhere outside and to spend some time getting to know their cabin group.

Then it was time for rules in the Chapel!  Campers heard all about Rich’s Top Ten Rules for the Funnest Fun, Swim Time rules, and how to participate in the week-long fishing contest!  Campers went on a tour with their counselor to find out exactly where some big Camp landmarks are and to ask any questions they might have about the week.

Next up, Chapel!  This week, our speaker is Nate Miller.  Nate’s topic for tonight was “God Created.”  He talked about the intentionality of the universe – how our planet exists because of a series of precise factors that had to be perfect in order for life to exist.  It had to be perfect, and mathematically it is impossible…but here we are!  This week, Nate and the campers will be looking at Creation and digging in to God’s Word to try to understand our Awesome Creator through the things He has made and the things He has said!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Read Romans 1:19-20 with your camper.  Talk about some of the things in Creation that show God’s character and attributes.  What are some things that we know about God from the things that He has made?  Take some time to make a list of the things in Creation that help you to see the Awesome Creator.  In what ways is our Creator God beautiful?  In what ways is our Creator God precise?  In what ways is or Creator God creative?  See if your camper remembers any of the examples that Nate gave – or come up with your own examples!

After chapel, campers had some Free Time and Canteen before a big Night Game, then bed time.  Tomorrow we’ll wake up bright and early for Flag Raising at 8:20 (some campers might even jump in the lake for Polar Dip at 7:40), and start our first full day of summer camp!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask your camper about their first day of Junior High 3.  What do they remember doing on the first night.  Can they tell you more about the Night Game – how did the game work, and what did they like most about it?

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Super Kids 3 – Day Five

Today was the last day of Super Kids 3!  Parents arrived for the Closing Rally to celebrate the great week these campers had by watching the recap video and slideshow, cheer for those who won prizes for Polar Dip, the fishing contest, and Gorilla Gets the Man.

We sang some fun camp songs at the Steps of Faith, took a Love Offering for two camps in Ukraine that Camp Lebanon has been supporting for years, and we heard another message from our speaker, Jackson, who reminded us of what he had talked about all week!

Then it was time for pies to fly!  Campers who said memory verses all week got to put their names in a bucket for the chance to pie a staff member of their choice.  After pies, we thanked God for a really great Super Kids 3 and said goodbye to these amazing campers!

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Super Kids 3 – Day Four

Last night, campers had tons of fun at our epic Super Kids Carnival!  We had carnival games, popcorn, loud music, and even a dunk tank!  Campers got to play games to win tickets, which they could then use to bring their counselor (or another staff member) to the dunk tank, for a chance to throw a ball and dunk the counselor in a large tank of chilly water.  Aside from the games, there was also a slip ‘n’ slide on the field for campers to enjoy over and over again!

In Tuesday night’s chapel, Jackson told campers about the Creator’s plan.  First, campers were introduced to the problem – God’s Creation, US, needed a Savior!  Jesus became a human and showed that He had power over Creation (because He was the Creator!), and then He died to save us on the Cross.  Jackson shared his own testimony of coming to follow Jesus.  The good news of Jesus is called “The Gospel,” and campers were reminded that God loves them and is inviting them to say “YES!” to Jesus!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Talk to your camper about Jesus, our Creator.  Can they tell you the story of what happened after God created Adam and Eve and put them in the Garden of Eden.  Read the story together (Genesis 1-3).  Then talk about why we needed a rescue plan.  Ask your camper how God showed us that He loved us – what was His plan?

This morning, campers woke up and some went to Polar Dip, before Flag Raising and Breakfast.  Today, we had french toast sticks, sausage, fruit, and oatmeal for breakfast.  Campers went back to their cabins to clean-up before heading in to Morning Chapel, where they sang more camp songs.  Then it was time for the morning Free Time and Cabin Adventure time.  For the first part of the morning, campers get to enjoy some Free Time, with crafts, BB guns, and all of the Hub games like carpetball, 9-square, 4-square, and Octoball.  Then they group up into cabins for Cabin Adventure, where their counselor comes up with a fun activity to do as a cabin.

Then it was time for lunch.  We had ham & cheese sandwiches, tater tots, salad, and fruit.  Campers then headed inside for a special video skit, which continues the story of the summer-long characters.  Then it was time to go back to cabins to open mail and have some Toes-Up Time before Free Time!

For Free Time today, campers swam, ziplined, laser tagged, and crafted!  For the 4-o’clock Option, some campers played Dodgeball on the sand volleyball court.  Then it was time for dinner – PIZZA NIGHT!  After dinner, we had our last Chapel with Jackson.  Tonight, he talked about how the Creator is still creating!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask your camper to tell you about all the ways that God is still creating.  What are some of the things in Creation that make your camper excited?  Talk about the hope we have because of Jesus – because of Him we have Peace (God is in control), Help (God has the power), and Hope (God knows the future)!

After chapel, campers had a chance to run back to their cabins, put on some long pants and sweatshirts, get some bug spray, and get ready for the hike out to Bass Point for our Campfire!  First, they got some candy at the Canteen and played games on the Hub.  Then they all trekked out together.

We sang some fun camp songs (including the final round of Gorilla Gets the Man), heard another story from Jackson, and went on a Lion Hunt with Bobber Bill.  Tonight is the last night of summer camp for these campers, and they are sure going to have lots of fun together as they get ready for bed and have their last Cabin Devotions.  Parents arrive tomorrow for the Closing Rally!

To continue following the story of Camp all year long, follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.  Don’t forget to download the Camp App for notifications and easy access to Summer Camp info!  Check your email inbox soon for an email with links to high quality photos from the week, the video of the week, and a PDF document with some discussion questions for talking to your camper about their week at Camp!

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Super Kids 3 – Day Three

Last night after Chapel, campers played a few rounds of Capture the Flag, with some fun Camp Lebanon twists!  Camp Staff dressed up in costumes and sprayed campers with water.  It was a really fun game to end off our first full day of Camp!

This morning, campers had a delicious breakfast and headed in to morning chapel, before having some Free Time and Cabin Adventure time!  Today is Tie-Dye day, so there were lots of campers tying their shirts & bandanas and making some really colorful creations.

Then it was time for lunch (nachos!) before another Skit time, Mail Call, and Toes-Up Time.  Campers took a little rest/nap break after lunch before coming down to the chapel for a game of Pillowcase Scavenger Hunt.  Before coming back from Toes-Up, each cabin had to fill one pillowcase full of random items from their cabin.  If they had an item that was on the list the staff had made, their cabin got a point!

On to Free Time!  Today was a very busy day on the waterfront and at zipline!  Campers had a great time trying to go upside down on the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline, or jumping off of the high dive on the Raft.

After dinner tonight, campers will go to the Carnival!  The summer staff put together a big event down on the Lower Field and Wiffleball Stadium, with games and prizes and even a dunk tank!  We’ll post pictures and more about the Carnival tomorrow in the next blog post, where we’ll also recap tonight’s chapel for you!  Until then, continue following the story of Camp this week.  Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.  Don’t forget to download the Camp App for notifications and easy access to Summer Camp info!

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Super Kids 3 – Day Two

Today has been a blast!  We started the day with a wake-up bell at 7:40am, for campers who wanted to jump in the lake for our Polar Dip.  Then we raised the flag at the Steps of Faith before having a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast (don’t forget the Camp Lebanon oatmeal)!

Then it was time for the Big Camp Picture!  Here’s a goofy shot:

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After the picture, campers headed in to Morning Chapel with Bobber Bill.  Then it was time for some morning Free Time, followed by Cabin Adventures with their cabin groups and their counselor.  Campers did a variety of fun activities together, from playing some games on the Lower Field to coloring bandanas, to going Corcling, to playing 9-square!

Then it was time for Lunch Line-Up.  Lunch today was chicken fingers, mac ‘n’ cheese, salad, and fruit.  Then campers had a fun Skit on the Steps of Faith, where they got to meet our summer-long characters for the first time before heading up for a half-hour of Toes-Up Time in their cabins (where they would also collect their mail for the day).

Then it was time for a Big Game to kick off Free Time!  Everyone trekked up to the North 40 Field for some super fun relay games, involving hula hoops, dodgeballs, and hockey sticks.  These games are always a fun time, and a great chance for cabins to cheer on their teams and get to know one another better.

Free Time was lots of fun, especially at the waterfront.  After all the rain yesterday, it was really cool to see the campers hanging out in the sunshine, splashing each other and sometimes tackling each other on the watermats.

Then we had a delicious dinner of pasta & meatballs, salad, and cheesecake for dessert!  After dinner, it was time for chapel with our speaker, Jackson Standafer.  Tonight Jackson introduced campers to the Awesome Creation!  We learned that God is eternal, and that He created everything (Gen 1:1) out of nothing!  He created in 6 days (and rested on the 7th), and His highest creation is us!  We are made in the image of God (Gen 1:26-27).  Not only that, but God made everything good!

Campers were challenged to thinking about what it means for them that God is the Awesome Creator.  They can remember that God is powerful, that life has a purpose, and that they are each special!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Read the Creation story with your camper (Gen 1).  Ask them to talk about their favorite day of Creation – what are some things in God’s Creation that make them say “wow!” or “awesome!”  Ask your camper what it means to be made in God’s image.  How do they feel to know that God made them, and that everything He made was VERY good?

After Chapel tonight, campers will have some evening Free Time while the Canteen is open, followed by a fun all-camp game of Capture the Flag (with a few Camp Lebanon twists)!  We’ll share pictures from Capture the Flag tomorrow!  Until then, continue following the story of Camp this week.  Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.  Don’t forget to download the Camp App for notifications and easy access to Summer Camp info!

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Super Kids 3 – Day One

Super Kids 3 has begun!  We welcomed over 200 3-6 graders to Camp Lebanon this afternoon, and we’ve already had a great time hanging out with them.  The campers and staff can’t wait for the week to get started.  Campers got settled into their cabins and met their cabin mates and counselors before heading down to meet the rest of the staff in Main Hall (it was a bit of a rainy Check-In Day).  Then we had dinner (yummy sub sandwiches, veggies, chips, and brownies).

Next, we sang some songs on the Chapel before hearing some of the rules of the week and going on a tour of Camp.  Campers got to learn all about the Canteen, Swimming Buddy Board, and other important Camp landmarks on their tour with their counselor and cabin.

Then it was time for chapel!  In chapel, campers sang some fun Camp songs with lots and lots of actions, and then met our speaker for the week, Jackson Standafer.  Jackson introduced himself to campers by telling them 5 things that make him say “Awesome!”  Then Jackson gave campers an assignment for the week – to look for God’s fingerprint at Camp!

After chapel, campers will have some Canteen time before the Staff Variety Show, where our summer staff put on a bunch of hilarious skits for the campers.  Laughter is a great way to finish off the first night of their summer camp week!

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Senior High – Day Six

Closing Rally Day!  Parents arrived to see the video and slideshow of the week, and then headed out to the Steps of Faith for the rest of the rally.  We sang some throwback Camp songs, heard another message from our speaker Rocky, and handed out prizes for fishing, Polar Dip, and Gorilla Gets the Man!

Bobber Bill took the stage to tell campers about the two camps that we support in Ukraine, for which the Love Offering today would go towards.  Thanks to the incredible generosity of our campers and their parents, we beat our goal and are going to send over $1600 to those two camps!

We also honored our graduating seniors, who were youth campers for the last time this week!  In particular, Bobber Bill celebrated those who had been attending Camp since they were Adventurers, by passing out one of our Camp CDs from 2003.

Then it was time for pies to fly!  Campers (& staff) say verses all week for a chance to pie a staff member of their choice.

It was an amazing week of Senior High Camp – we love these campers, and can’t wait to see them back at Camp, whether for another youth camp, Young Adult Retreats, or on our summer staff in the future!  Thank you, God, for a really great Senior High Week!

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Senior High – Day Five

Last night’s chapel service was about when troubles come calling.  Rocky talked about how the Bible tells us that we will encounter troubles in this life (1 Peter 4:12), troubles that can stand in the way of our faith in Christ if we let them.  God is not surprised by our troubles, and has a purpose behind the things that happen to us.  Rocky talked about how significant and profound experiences with God will often be in our darkest days – so why let trials hold us captive?

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Read Psalm 34:18, John 9:3, and 2 Corinthians 4:17.  Then read the story from Matthew about Jesus and his cousin, John the Baptist (Matthew 14:1-21).  Talk to your camper about this passage – ask them about Jesus’ response to John’s death.  Talk about how we can make sure problems don’t get in the way of what we are called to do.  Pray together that God would use troubles to draw you closer to Him.

Today was Sleep In Day!  Campers got an extra hour to sleep in this morning before having breakfast in bed, delivered by Camp staff!  Then the morning continued in the usual way – Polar Dip, TAG Time, and Morning Chapel, followed by a brief Canteen time before Clinics & Seminars.    Then it was time to line-up for lunch, before watching the next video from our Mail Call series.

Then it was Free Time!  Today was very very windy, so there weren’t too many campers who went out in boats.  We still had some swimmers, but lots of campers went to the Craft Room to work on the Craft of the Day – painting tiny little clay pots for succulent plants!

Tonight’s themed meal was the traditional Formal Night!  Campers and Staff got all dressed up and went to the Dining Hall, which was decked out with candles, paper lanterns, white table cloths, and place settings.  Campers mingled at their tables while Staff served them plated meals!  Tonight, we had tropical chicken with a fruity salsa, wild rice pilaf, a vegetable medley, dinner rolls, and a wonderful dessert – Coconut Creme Crumble!  After campers ate, the went out to the windy waterfront to take photos with each other and hang out before the Competition Finale!

Now it’s time for campers to head up for the last chapel of the week at the tent.  After Chapel, we’ll come back to main Camp to get into our long pants, sweatshirts, and put on bug spray before the Campfire Trek!  We’ll head out to Bass Point for the biggest campfire of the summer, where we’ll hear more from Rocky, sing some fun campfire songs, and look at the stars.  We can’t wait!

Tomorrow is the last day – Closing Rally, when parents get to see the highlight video and slideshow, and campers can tell them all about the week they have had.  To continue following the story of Camp all year long, follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.  Don’t forget to download the Camp App for notifications and easy access to Summer Camp info!  Check your email inbox tomorrow after the Closing Rally for an email with links to high quality photos from the week, the video of the week, and a PDF document with some discussion questions for talking to your camper about their week at Camp!

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Senior High – Day Four

Our chapel session last night was all about making a choice.  Rocky talked about how throughout our lives, we are asked to make choices and decisions to continue to grow as a human being.  We need to want to grow, decide to make an effort, and then persist.  Rocky applied this to our faith walk as well.  He asked campers to think about the things that they commit to daily – school?  sports?  the future?  a job?  friends?  family?  church?  And where is God on that list?  Campers had the opportunity to consider where they stand with God, and to take some time to connect with their counselor after Rocky’s talk, if they wished to.  Lots of campers made a point to talk to their counselors, whether it was to ask more about following Jesus for the first time, or to pray about how they feel their faith walk is going so far.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Read Philippians 1:21, Galatians 2:20, and 1 Corinthians 11:1 and talk through some of these questions that Rocky asked the campers.  What does “to live is Christ” mean?  We might know this verse by heart, but how can we put it into practice?  Ask your camper about the things in life that make them feel most alive, on fire, and excited.  Jesus came that we might have abundant life!  Does your camper feel that their life is abundant and full?  In what ways can they be more filled with passion and joy?  How are they being transformed?  And finally, discuss with your camper how they can live a life that others can follow to Jesus.

Today was the fourth day of Senior High week!  The morning looked pretty normal through Morning Chapel times (where guys and girls split up to hear more from male and female staff on specific topics).  After chapel, it was time for an extended Team Time to prepare for the final competition.  Campers are working together in their teams (2-3 cabin groups combined) to create a parody of different Youtube video genres.  Teams drew a random genre of Youtube video at the beginning of the week and have been spending Team Times brainstorming ideas, creating the plan for their video, and practicing.  Today they will do a lot of the filming, so that our staff can edit the videos together for them before the Competition Finale tomorrow night!

Then it was time for lunch, followed by the next installment in our Mail Call video series.  Campers have loved getting to see the “second season” of videos from the ongoing story that started last summer.

Then we went on to Free Time!  It was another gorgeous day at Camp.  As usual, we had lots of campers in boats and swimming on the Waterfront.  We also had lots of campers enjoying laser tag and zipline – including several campers who liked going upside down down the Screaming Eagle Zipline.

This evening’s themed meal was Alice and Wonderland!  The staff went all out with their costumes, and it was a really fun night to decorate.  The kitchen staff made a delicious pot roast dinner, fresh fruit (watermelons made into teapots!), and a red velvet cheesecake dessert!  YUM!

After dinner, campers went to Clinics & Seminars before the Coffeehouse!  Tonight we are opening up the Turtle Bay Coffee Company to serve iced and hot coffee drinks (for free!) while campers play games and relax in the Main Hall.  It’s an “open mic” feel, with special music from Katy Dahl!

After the Coffeehouse, campers will have a little evening Free Time and Canteen before heading up to the tent for Chapel!  We’ll tell you more about that in tomorrow’s blog.  And, to add to our excitement about tomorrow – tomorrow is SLEEP IN DAY!  Campers get an extra hour of sleep tomorrow morning, which is much needed after such a busy week.

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Senior High – Day Three

Last night, campers played a night game called Bible Translator, and then went to our second Chapel session with Rocky Hovda.  Rocky talked about God’s Word as the absolute truth.  God speaks through His Creation, God’s Word is alive, and God’s Word changes things.  The Big “T” Truth of God’s Word nourishes us.  Rocky challenged campers to read the Bible and spend time in the Word every day.  This week, campers are given a specific time in the mornings to take Time Alone with God (called “TAG” Time).

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Read John 8:31-32 and 2 Timothy 3:16.  Ask your camper about their daily TAG times during their Camp week.  What scriptures did they spend the most time studying?  Did they do anything else during their time alone with God?  Talk about the Scriptures referenced above – in what ways has God’s Word spoken to your camper in the last week or so?  How have they heard God’s voice in His Creation?  How has God’s Word changed them and nourished them?

This morning was like most mornings at Camp, with Polar Dip, Breakfast, Cabin Clean-Up, TAG Time, and Morning Chapel.  And then it was time for a Senior High tradition – an epic Volleyball Tournament up on the North 40 Field, starting at 11am and going until the beginning of Free Time.  Campers played as a team with their cabin, with the tournament results contributing to the week-long competition between Teams!  It was so cool to see campers rooting each other on in the tournament.  We also had a picnic lunch up on the field, with hamburgers, baked beans, potato salad, and ice cream!

After the Volleyball Tournament, campers saw the second video in our Mail Call series and went into Free Time.  It was the perfect time to jump in the lake, after getting hot and sweaty up on the field.  Other campers participated in the Craft of the Day – Tie Dye!  There were also sessions for zipline and laser tag this afternoon.

Then it was time for Flag Lowering and the second themed meal of the week!  Dinner tonight was “Pun” themed, with every staff member dressing up as a favorite pun.  The Dining Hall was filled with puns as campers enjoyed a meal of “impastably” delicious lasagna, penne, and chicken or meatballs w/ red or white sauce.

After dinner, it was time for another fun all camp game!  This giant strategy game involved teams finding resources, earning gold, and building “strongholds” on a map of “Camptan.”  This game was created by one of our staff members, and is basically a giant strategy board game.  The campers had a great time trading with each other, developing a team strategy, and earning points for their team!

Later tonight, campers will spend more time with their Teams before heading up to another Chapel session at the tent.  It’s been a great Tuesday – we’ll tell you more about Chapel and the rest of the day in tomorrow’s blog post!

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