See You Soon, Adventurers!

Today, we said goodbye to our last youth campers – over 50 wonderful Adventurers who hung out with our summer staff for a few days at Camp.  We love spending time with this littles ones, and our Closing Rally time was a way to celebrate the fun we have had this week!

During the Closing Rally, we sing our favorite songs from the week, hand out prizes, say our memory verses, and hear a message from our speaker for the last time!

Sir William of Bobber had a final word for the campers this morning.  He recapped the week, and reminded campers to be expectant and excited for our heavenly home while serving the King as a Knight while we are here on our earthly home.  And true knights look like JESUS!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  A Message from Sir William of Bobber –

“God is King…and I am NOT!  Long live the King!!” That powerful statement became our rallying cry all week as we studied about the King. On Sunday, we met the King:  All Powerful, All Knowing, All Present, All Loving, and All Holy. Monday morning, we focused on the King’s Word, which contains both his edicts to follow and His love story to embrace. Monday evening featured ‘The Wall Story,’ an original allegory grounded on Romans 6:23 and John 3:16, both of which declare God’s rescue plan through His son. Tuesday morning was all about the King’s Knights and what they look like. For one, they look (and act) like Jesus (Colossians 3:12), and secondly, they obey the King (Two Great Commandments, Mark 12:30-31).  Tuesday evening saw us explore the King’s Castle (Heaven!) in John 14 and Revelation 21.  No more tears. No more death. No more pain. No more sin. Best of all – God is there and Jesus is preparing a place for us! Woo hoo! As Camp ended, we encouraged the kids to say both ‘YES!’ to the King and ‘NO!’ to wearing the crown that belongs only to him. Thanks for encouraging these kids in their journey of faith!” 

We ended off the rally with a viewing of our slideshow and video of the week!  It was a great way to see the highlights of this week of Camp.  Campers will receive their All Camp photo in the mail, along with a flashdrive containing the highlight video.  High quality photos can be downloaded HERE.

Thank you, God, for a really great ADVENTURERS 2!!  And for a great summer!  We are so blessed to have spent time with these campers this week.  Praise the Lord for the work He has done this summer – and we look forward to seeing you next year!

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A Mini Finale to a Mini Week!

Our last full day of summer youth camps was a blast!  So much happened, and these Adventurers knew just how to make the most of their time at Camp Lebanon.  Last night, they sat in on another chapel with Sir William of Bobber, who told them the amazing “Wall Story” and shared the story of salvation.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Have your camper tell you The Wall Story, then read Romans 6:23 and John 3:16.  Talk to your camper about the story and how God’s love story for His people is found in it.

Campers woke up this morning to the usual – Polar Dip, Breakfast, and Morning Chapel.  In todays morning chapel, Sir William talked about what it means to be a Knight of the King!

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TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask your camper about the King’s Two Great Commands.  What are the commands, and what are some ways that you and your camper can live them out?  (The commands are found in Mark 12:30-31).

After chapel, it was time for Mini Mini Mighty Mighty, a field game that has been played all summer up on the big field.  Because of the small size of our group (and the smaller legs of our campers), we had the game down on our lower field instead.

After the big game, we headed in for lunch (taco-in-a-bag), and then to Toes-Up Time.  Campers get to look at their mail and relax in their cabin for an hour.  The rest is certainly needed after the busy days they have been having!  And the down-time was helpful before the big game of dodgeball that came next!

Then came Free Time!

Today there were lots of campers on the waterfront and in the craft room.  Our craft of the day was making swords out of pool noodles!  It was a little chilly today, but the sun came out just in time to shine on our Waterfront.  Campers who passed their swim tests played on the watermat and the Rockit, while the rest of the campers did cannonballs and belly-flops off of the dock, or went down the shallow slide.  Goggles were particularly popular with the campers today – they loved going under water and seeing what they could see!

China cabin lowered the flag before dinner.  Their cabin did a great job of folding the flag, while the campers stood at attention.  Tonight’s dinner was the crowd favorite (and a great finale) – PIZZA!

After dinner was our final chapel of the week, and Sir William had something very exciting to share with campers at this session!  He told them all about “The King’s Castle” – Heaven!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask your camper if they can remember any of the 6 Cool Things about Heaven!  Grab your Bibles and read Revelation 21:1-8 & John 14:1-6!

The big event on the last night of Camp is always the Campfire Trek!  Tonight, Bobber Bill blew his trumpet to start the hike out to Bass Point.

We had our last Gorilla Gets the Man round, and we celebrated our winner for the week!

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Before the Lion Hunt, Bobber Bill told the story of Tommy and his boat.  The campers listened with great attention as he told the story.

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TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask your camper to retell the story of Tommy and his boat.  What did he name is boat?  What happened to the boat after he built it?  What did it mean when Tommy said that the boat was “twice mine?”  What does it mean that we are “twice mine” to God?

Tomorrow is the final day!  We will celebrate an amazing week, give out prizes, sing some songs, and thank God for a really wonderful week!  Until then, sleep well!

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Pancakes, Polar Dip, and Popcorn!

Happy Monday!  Our Adventurers were ready to go this morning for a chilly Polar Dip and a yummy pancake breakfast.  After eating, campers went back to their cabins to help their counselors with tidying the cabin.  Our nurses this week walk around in the morning to do cabin inspections, and everyone wanted to try to get 5 stars!

Then it was time for the All Camp Picture!  We picked a new spot this week – in front of the Chalet building.  Campers will go home with a copy of the photo, but we will share the goofy picture with you here!

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We had some cabin time during the morning to play and enjoy the rain ending.  Then campers headed in for morning chapel with Sir William of Bobber!  Today, Sir William talked about The King’s Word – The Bible!  We learned lots of important facts about the Bible, including that it is God’s Love Story – a rescue plan to save His lost people.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask your camper what they learned about the Bible?  See if they can remember how many books there are in the Bible.  Do they remember how many human authors wrote the Bible?  Or how many errors it has (here’s a clue: there are zero!)? Take some time to look through some of the books of the Bible – maybe share your favorite Bible story with your camper!

After Chapel, campers played a game called “Staff Hunt.”  Staff went to hide all over Camp, and if a camper found them, they got to push them in the lake!

Then it was time for lunch (mini corn dogs, smile fries, salad, and fruit for dessert), Story Time with Tori, and Toes Up Time!  Campers took a little mid-day rest in their cabins before another game called Camp Lebanon Auction.  Campers went back to their cabins with their cabin friends to fill up a suitcase with random items from their cabin.  They get points for every object they bring that is on the list!

Then it was time for Free Time!  The Canteen, Craft Room, Trading Post, and Waterfront all opened up for campers!

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Particularly popular today were the fishing docks!  There were lots of campers out their using some leftover breakfast foods as bait.  Our fishing grandparents spent time measuring fish, helping campers take fish off of hooks, and generally keeping everyone safe on the fishing docks.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  What was your camper’s favorite Free Time activity this week?

Free Time went all too quickly, and then we headed in for our delicious dinner (BBQ chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, salad, and corn bread or apple pie for dessert)!

Then came the BIG event – the Ye Olde Renaissance Festival (formerly known as the Carnival).  Staff organize a bunch of fun carnival games and activities and give campers tickets for completing them!  Plus, there is always really delicious popcorn!

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It’s been a great day!  We still have a great chapel session to look forward to tonight before we all head to bed.  Monday was our first full day, and we can only guess at all the fun we are going to have tomorrow!  Until then…To Victory!

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Adventurers #2 – Mini Everything!

The 2018 Summer Staff is so excited to welcome a second round of Adventurers to Camp Lebanon this summer!  This is the smallest camp of our summer season, but these little campers are full of energy.  The staff loves spending lots of quality time playing, singing, swimming, bible reading, and laughing with these kiddos!

We welcomed campers on the Steps of Faith and introduced them to the staff members they will be hanging out with this week.  Then it was time to learn about lowering the flag, pray for our meal, and head down for a yummy dinner of BBQ sloppy joes, chips, veggies, and rice krispy treats!

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After dinner, it was time for our introductory chapel and rules!  Campers heard all about the best ways they can have fun at Camp this week.  We heard from the life guards about waterfront safety, and from Bobber Bill and the fishing grandparents about how fishing works!

Then it was time for some crazy Camp songs and a message from our speaker for the week, Sir William of Bobber!

Sir William taught us a cheer for the week:  “God is King, I am not!  Long live the King!”  He talked to campers about how sometimes we want to take the crown for ourselves, but that God is the only true King.  Tonight, he spoke out of the beginning of the Bible – Genesis 1 – and described how God created everything!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Talk to your camper about God as the King of our lives.  Sometimes, we decide that we want to put the crown on our own heads – what does that look like?  Ask your camper about a time when they decided that they wanted to wear the crown, and talk about why only God is the King!

After chapel, campers got to eat some snacks from the Canteen and play for a little bit on the Hub.  Then the staff are going to put on some fun skits before sending the campers off to bed!  We had a great first day of Adventurers 2!  We can’t wait to spend more time with these great campers tomorrow!

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Cabin Adventures!

There’s nothing quite so fun as spending time with your cabin group every day. We love it so much that we even schedule in special times for cabins to have adventures together!  Going to camp is all about adventure – for some it is their first week away from home, first time at camp, or first time making friends outside of school or church.  These are big adventures in themselves!  But at Camp Lebanon, we want to make sure that campers come away with experiences that will last a lifetime.  Adventures that they can tell their friends and family about long after school has started up again.

Counselors get to plan daily Cabin Adventures, and this gives them the opportunity to build cabin unity and teamwork in their group of campers.  Since counselors get to plan these adventures throughout the week, they can make them special to the particular group of campers that they have.  If they have an energetic group, they might pick a more active adventure, like extra swim time, or a hike out to Bass Point, or a kayaking trip.

Other counselors might want to connect with a quieter cabin, so they might pick a more laid back adventure, like a tea party in the dining hall or chalk drawing on the Hub.  Other fun adventures have included (but are not limited to) costume parties, Wiffleball games, turtle hunting, and some fun circle-up games in the Treehouse.  The last thing you will ever hear a camper say at Camp Lebanon is that they are bored!  Counselors use these adventure times to help campers to get to know one another, learn how to have fun in different ways, and be creative with their time and energy.

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The End of an Adventure

We are sad to see all the Adventurers leave this afternoon! After another great Polar Dip and delicious breakfast, the campers had one final cabin adventure together before the Closing Rally.

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We watched a fun video with highlights from the week, prizes were handed out, Bobber Bill gave us a summary of what he talked about all week, and we celebrated the end of the week once again with pies flying into the faces of our beloved staff (our victims today were Erin, Ben, and Jackson – they will smell like whipped cream for days!). We also celebrated the graduation of our first group of LITs (Leaders in Training) for the summer. They did a great job and they have learned a lot over the past three weeks.

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We are thankful for all of the kids that came to Camp this week, and we are hoping to see all of them again next year.

Thank you God for a really great adventure!

Here is a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Adventurers

 

The Terrific Tuesday Adventure

Tuesday of Adventurers Week was full of just as much fun, laughter, and learning as the first day was. Once again, we started the day with the Polar Dip and a delicious breakfast of eggs, sausage, donuts, and Camp’s famous oatmeal.

After breakfast this morning, we played a new game! Cabins went around Camp searching for staff members dressed in ridiculous costumes. They captured the staff members and brought them back to the Steps of Faith to earn points for their cabin.

Then, we had morning chapel with Bobber Bill where we continued to talk about what it looks like to follow Jesus. After chapel, we had our morning cabin adventures! Today, a bunch of the girls had a costume dance party in the chapel. There was a lot of laughter!

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After lunch (wonderful walking-tacos), we had Toes Up Time. Today, Lisa Abeler read a story to everyone as we relaxed on the floor of the chapel. After that, we had a fashion show! The campers dressed up their counselors as funny characters using only things that they had in their cabins. There were so many creative costumes!

After that, it was free time. Today, free time featured swimming, boating, crafts, and an intense game of dodgeball on our sand volleyball court.AAA_0136 copyAAA_0121 copyAAC_0023 copy

After a delicious dinner of pasta, meatballs, and snickerdoodle cookies, we had our last chapel with Bobber Bill. Tonight he talked about reaching “home plate” and what Heaven will look like. Then, Bill gave an alter call and several kids asked Jesus into their hearts for the first time. Praise God!

Now, the campers are enjoying some Canteen time and getting ready for the traditional end-of-the-week campfire at Bass Point. We aren’t ready for this week to end, but we’re excited for all of the laughter and learning that are yet to happen tonight and tomorrow morning.

Here is a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Adventurers

The Monday Adventure

Adventurers Week is off to a great start today! Monday was filled with a ton of exciting activities and a lot of learning. The day started with a bunch of campers jumping in the chilly lake for the polar dip. Then we had a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and fruit (some kids even saved pieces of their sausage to use as fishing bait – the fish love to share our breakfast)!

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After breakfast, we played a game where the campers went around Camp to find different activity stations and get stamps in their “passport.” There was a lot of running and laughter. After that, we had morning chapel with Bobber Bill; he talked about Luke chapter 5 and Mark 1:15.

Following lunch and a relaxing Toes-Up Time, it was time for the campers’ favorite game! The Camp staff and counselors all hid around Camp, and the kids were sent out to find them. If a camper found a staff member, they got to push them in the lake!

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Then, it was time for free time. Free time today featured fishing, swimming, boating, crafts, and a game of wiffleball on Camp’s new Legends’ Field.

Tonight after dinner and an evening cabin adventure, we had our carnival on the ball field! There were games, cotton candy, popcorn, face-paint, a dunk tank, and a dance party. Kids collected tickets to win cabin points, and everyone had a blast! We were all sad when it was over.

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Now, the campers are in evening chapel hearing from Bobber Bill once more before bedtime. We are excited to keep learning more from Bill tomorrow  as he talks about what it looks like to be a part of God’s team.

Tune in tomorrow for more of the Adventurers’ adventure at Camp!

Here is a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from this week: Adventurers

The Start of an Adventure!

Adventurer’s Week is already off to a great start! The kids are excited to be here at Camp, and there has already been a lot of laughter and fun.

We started off with a delicious picnic featuring veggies, pizza, cookies, and juice. Then we had a tour of Camp and got to know each other!

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In our first chapel for the week, our speaker Bobber Bill introduced himself to the campers, and we talked about Ephesians 5:1-2 and John 3:16. We are all excited to hear more from Bill tomorrow morning!

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Right now, the campers are enjoying Canteen treats and they’re playing games, fishing, and hanging out before the Staff Variety Show! Then it’s off to bed to rest before all of the fun we have planned for tomorrow. Game on!!!

Here is a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Adventurers

Bring on the water games!

What a beautiful day! We had sunny skies and warm weather for the day of the week that the counselors just can never stay dry for (thanks to all the fun water games)!

The first water-related event of the day was the Polar Dip right away in the morning. For those who don’t know, the Polar Dip is when campers go out to the waterfront right after the wake-up bell and jump in Cedar Lake! It’s usually pretty chilly, but they have to prove to the lifeguards that they went completely underwater to get their name checked off. At the end of the week, campers (and counselors) who went every morning get a prize!

After breakfast, our morning rolled on with cabin clean-up, the huge all-camp picture on the Steps of Faith, and the first Big Game! Today’s game was Galactic Adventure – a game where the group of campers is divided up into four quadrants on a big field and each tries to bring as many balls into their quadrant as possible without getting tagged. It was super fun!

In morning chapel, Bobber Bill talked about how to use our Bibles and how the Bible is like a letter from God to us! Afterwards, we had option time! Campers had a handful of activities to choose from – chalk drawing, fishing, and tag were just a few.

By lunch line-up, the cabin inspection results were in. All of the girl cabins did a wonderful job, but some of the boy cabins had to go back and finish cleaning up before lunch time. Oh no!

We caught up with Captain Kyper again after lunch – this time, we followed her to the planet Ah-hecknah, which was overrun by giant space spiders! The captain and her robot pal Beep Beep Boop BOP helped one of the planet’s citizens (Nova) be brave and defend her home from the spiders, then invited her to join their crew! At the end of the update, we got our mail and headed off to Toes Up time (nap time).

After Toes Up time was the game we’d all been waiting for – the Staff Hunt! All but a few staff members scattered across the Hub area and hid, but we found them all. Campers who caught staff got to push them in the lake! After that, it was free time until flag lowering.

We had two more big things last night – the carnival up on the North 40 and evening chapel! We had tons of fun earning tickets at the carnival by playing fun games, but the best part was dunking our counselors with water at the “Sad Counselor” station! In evening chapel, we learned some cool things about space while Bobber Bill told us about how God reveals Himself to us through his creation.

And that was it for our first full day of Adventurers! Only one more day left, so please pray that it’s a good (and safe) one!