See Ya Next Year Super Kids!

Today, we had a super fun closing rally to say goodbye to our last group of Super Kids this summer.

Last night at the campfire, we sang worship songs, played a final round of “Gorilla Gets the Man,” heard from Bobber Bill and Don Mackay, and went on a Lion Hunt! To close the night, we did our traditional “Praise God” yell and listened for the echo circling around the lake.

Campers started the day with cabin clean up and packing their things. After clean up, we had flag raising and then breakfast.

Then, campers had some free time as parents started coming for the closing rally. When most of the parents had arrived, we gathered the campers inside for the end of the Mad Lib story.

It was then time to watch the slideshow and video of the fun we had this week!

After the video, we went outside for worship, prizes, offering, and of course, pies!

To close our closing rally, we thanked God for a really great final week of Super Kids.

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Campers were then checked out and are now on their way home. We had such an awesome week with these campers, and we are so thankful to have gotten such a sweet group of kids. Thanks to parents for sending your kids here; we hope they had a fun week, and we look forward to seeing them back next year!

We would like to leave you with a message from our speaker, Don Mackay:

“This week has been an incredible experience! Our theme of ‘Knights of the Lord’s Table’ has permeated the music and teaching in our Chapels this week, through both fun action songs and more focused worship. I focused our messages this week on Victorious Faith. In each message, I was able to intertwine a challenging story from my 20 years serving in the Philippines and other mission trips around the world. Each day we have had a Victory Value. Sunday I spoke about Proper Prep using our 1 John 5:4-5 passage on how to be victorious overcomers. Monday we spoke of Daniel and Powerful Prayer. Tuesday we focused on the Cool Courage of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Wednesday on the Faithful Friends of the paralyzed man in Mark 2. Also Tuesday night we shared the gospel using the colors of the wordless book via bracelets, and several kids made first time commitments to following Christ. We had a Wonderful Week!!!”

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what they will remember most about the week!

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Campfire Celebration Night!

Today was such a beautiful day to enjoy our last full day of activities with Super Kids!

In chapel last night, Don told the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (found in Daniel 3). The night’s lesson was about having courage and keeping calm in tough situations, and these three men showed this by not backing down when they were asked to do things against their beliefs.

Don also shared a story of when he was on mission in Nepal, and some people he knew were arrested for sharing about God. He later had an opportunity to share God’s word with people, and he had to put his trust in God to have the courage to do so while putting himself at risk. The people he talked to decided to accept Jesus as their savior that day.

He then handed out Gospel bracelets for everyone and sand them a song to remember what they mean. Afterwards, campers who wanted to accept Jesus as their savior were able to pray with Don.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper about what their Gospel bracelet means and if they remember the song that goes with it.

This morning started with Polar Dip, flag raising, learning today’s memory verse (Colossians 3:14), and then breakfast.

After breakfast, it was time for morning chapel. Today in morning chapel, campers learned the game “Gorilla gets the Man,” which is like a whole body game of rock, paper, scissors. Campers then heard the Parable of the Good Samaritan (found in Luke 10:25-37).

Then, campers had free time until Cabin Adventures.

When Cabin Adventures were finished, it was time for lunch. After lunch, we had “Story Time with Tori” and filled out another Mad Lib story.

Then, it was Toes up Time, and instead of playing a game before free time, there was an hour long Toes up Time. That way, campers could be well rested for the rest of the fun we had in store for today.

After getting up from Toes up Time, campers got to go to free time!

At the end of free time, we had flag lowering before dinner time. After dinner, we had chapel. Tonight in chapel, Don talked about being faithful and doing good works that God calls us to. He told the story of the men who carried their paralyzed friend to Jesus and cut a hole in the roof to get him close to Jesus (found in Luke 5:18-25).

He also shared a story of a friend of his who lives in the Philippines. When a devastating hurricane hit, it destroyed his home and took the lives of many people. After hearing about the hurricane, Don felt called to return to the Philippines on mission, so he took a team to help as many people as they could.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what they learned during chapel this week. What did they take away from the lessons? Maybe they have more questions that you could talk about with them!

Now, campers have a period of free time while we set up for tonight’s campfire! There will be worship, sharing, we will hear from our speaker, and maybe even go on a Lion Hunt! In tomorrow’s blog, I will talk about the campfire activities and post a few pictures.

After the campfire, campers will go back to their cabins for devotions and then go to bed.

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A Staff Hunt and a Carnival

Today was a nice cloudy day to cool off after how hot it was yesterday!

In last night’s chapel, Don talked about the power and importance of prayer. He shared a story of when he was working in the Philippines and two children went missing, and after sharing the incident on his Facebook page asking people to pray, they were eventually able to find them. We then looked at the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den (found in Daniel 6) and talked about how we should pray regularly like Daniel in all circumstances.

This morning began with Polar Dip, flag raising, today’s memory verse (Colossians 3:13), breakfast, and then morning chapel. Today in morning chapel, campers heard the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (found in Matthew 18:21-35).

Then, campers had free time until Cabin Adventures.

After Cabin Adventures, it was lunch time, and then we had “Story Time with Tori.” The campers got to fill out another Mad Lib story following the journey of the two characters from yesterday’s story.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what the Mad Lib stories were about!

Then, it was Toes up Time, and following Toes up Time, campers learned about today’s game, the staff hunt! Staff members hid all around camp, and campers were released to go find them. If they found a staff member, they got to push them in the lake!

Once the game was over, it was free time!

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what their favorite free time activity was and why. Maybe it’s something you can do at home as a family!

After free time, we gathered for flag raising before dinner. Then, we had the “Ye Olde Renaissance Faire!” We had a variety of activities for campers to play to win or spend tickets. The tickets they kept go towards their cabin points for the week, but campers love to spend their tickets to spray their counselor with the hose!

Now, campers have some free time before evening chapel. After chapel, they will have cabin devo time and then go to bed.

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Super Kids Scoop Noodle Challenge

We had a successful first full day with these Super Kids! It was very hot and humid today, which made it a perfect day to enjoy the lake!

We started off our day with the Polar Dip. Campers have the option to jump in the lake each morning this week. After Polar Dip, we gathered at the Amphitheater for flag raising and learning the actions to today’s memory verse (Colossians 3:12). Then, it was time for breakfast.

It was then time to take the whole camp picture! A printed off copy of the picture will be sent home with every camper. For now, check out the goofy picture we took!

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Take Camp Home: Can you spot your camper’s silly face?

Then, we went inside for morning chapel. Today, the campers learned the Parable of the Lost Sheep (found in Luke 15:3-7). After chapel, there was a short period of free time while the counselors set up Cabin Adventures! During Cabin Adventures, counselors lead their cabin in an activity, and sometimes cabins join together for their adventure.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what they got to do during their Cabin Adventures this week!

Following Cabin Adventure time, we had lunch, and then it was time for “Story Time with Tori!” One of our staff members led the campers in filling out a Mad Libs story and then had a few counselors act out the story.

Then, it was Toes up Time. During this time, campers go back to their cabins for some quiet time so those who need to nap can do so. After Toes up Time, we played a game called “Camp Lebanon Auction.” In this game, each cabin fills a pillow case with as many items as they can and they get points for having certain items. To finish the game, campers take the items they gathered and use them to dress up their counselor.

After the game, campers were dismissed to free time!

When free time was over, we lowered the flag and then went to dinner.

After dinner, it was time to play “Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge!” This game is new to camp this summer, and it is so much fun to play with the campers. It is a little bit like capture the flag but with more items and a few different rules. With over 200 people playing, it is a crazy game to be involved in, but the craziness is part of the fun.

Now, campers have a bit of free time before they have to head in to tonight’s chapel, which I will talk about in tomorrow’s blog. After chapel, campers will go back to their cabins for devotions and then it will be time for bed.

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Super Kid Sunday!

We are so happy that we got to welcome our Super Kids 4 campers today!

Campers checked into their cabins this afternoon and met their counselors. During the rest of check in time, campers had the option to take their swim test while we waited for the rest of the campers to arrive.

Then, we all gathered at the Amphitheater for campers to meet the non-counseling staff and learn who their cabin friend for the week is. Cabin friends are non-counseling staff members who hang out with a cabin for the week to help the counselor and get to know the campers. After introductions, a few staff members demonstrated how to properly lower our country’s flag. Campers were then dismissed for dinner. Tonight, cabins chose somewhere outside to eat dinner as a picnic!

Following dinner, we went inside and learned the camp rules.

After rules, counselors took their cabins on a tour of camp before chapel. In tonight’s chapel, campers were introduced to our speaker for the week, Don Mackay. He shared stories of his missions work and talked about how “in battle” we need our sword and that our sword is the Bible.

Then, campers had free time while staff members set up the Variety Show. Campers got to enjoy a handful of goofy skits put on by staff members to bring our first night to a fun close.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what their favorite skit was!

Now, campers are going back to their cabins to get ready for bed and have night time devotions before lights out.

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Taking the Leap of Faith

Today was bittersweet as we celebrated everything God had done this week, campers reunited with their parents, and we sent them on their way home.

At the campfire last night, we had worship, played another round of “Gorilla gets the Man,” we heard from Bobber Bill and Darla, some campers shared their decision of faith, we went on a Lion Hunt, and then we ended with our traditional “Praise God” yell and listened as it echoed around the lake and back.

This morning, campers woke up to clean their cabins and pack up. Then, everyone walked around camp to pick up any garbage and turn in lost and found items laying around. Afterwards, we raise the flag and went in for breakfast.

Then, as parents started showing up, it was time to go into the Main Hall for the last round “Story Time with Tori!” She had another Mad Lib for the campers to fill out and then a few counselors acted out the end of the story and handed out today’s mail.

Once mail was distributed, it was time to watch the photo slideshow and highlight video of the week! After the video, we headed out to the Amphitheater for worship, prizes, our traditional Love Offering, and of course, staff members getting pied in the face!

To close, we thanked God for our really great week full of fun activities, amazing lessons, and super cool people!

Campers were dismissed from the closing rally back to their cabins for their parents to check them out.

This was such a fun week, and we are sad that it has come to an end. We are grateful for each Super Kid that came this week, and we are praying for everyone’s safe return home!

We would like to leave you with a message from our speaker: Darla Benjamin – Director of Impact, Grace Church; Roseville, MN

“This week at camp we talked about faith – using Hebrews 11 as our starting point. Through looking at Abraham & Sarah and Deborah & Barak, we learned that our faith will be tested and faith is sometimes hard. But if we put our faith in the right place – in Jesus – we will experience a victorious and everlasting faith!

“Kids were challenged to spend time in God’s Word and choose a faith buddy. Ask them about both! Many campers prayed to either receive Christ as their Savior or renew a commitment by rededicating their lives to following Jesus. The common phrase was, ‘God is King. I am not. Long Live the King!’ Thank you for building connections with your kids and helping us continue their discipleship.”

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what the most memorable thing was about their week at camp and why.

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Chilling in the Chilly Weather

It was a pretty chilly day here at camp with the cloud coverage and a little wind, but that didn’t prevent us from enjoying the outdoors!

In last night’s chapel, campers were taught the game “Gorilla gets the Man.” It is like full body rock-paper-scissors to a song. Then, we went into worship and the lesson. Darla talked about how having faith takes trust. She told the story of Abraham and Sarah. They had to trust God when they moved to the promise land, and sometimes their faith was tested like when Sarah didn’t believe she could bear a child and when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son. The campers learned that our faith will be tested, but promises from God can always be trusted.

 

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper to teach you “Gorilla gets the Man.” Try playing a few rounds as a family!

This morning started like yesterday with polar dip, flag raising, learning the memory verse of the day, breakfast, and then morning chapel. Today, campers saw a video telling the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (found in Matthew 18:21-35). Then, they went to their cabins to discuss the story.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper to show you the actions to their memory verses of the week (Colossians 3:12-14). Pick a few different verses and try coming up with your own actions!

There was then some free time until it was time for campers to go on their final Cabin Adventure of the week.

 

After Cabin Adventures, it was time for lunch, and then we had another round of “Story Time with Tori!”

 

Then, it was Toes up Time; campers got an extra long Toes up Time today to recharge after a long week of fun. Afterwards, it was free time!

 

Following free time, we lowered the flag before dinner.

 

After dinner, we had chapel. Tonight, Darla talked about the importance of Christian community. She told the story of Deborah and Barak (found in Judges 4) and talked about how Barak had little faith and needed the support of Deborah, who was strong in her faith. The campers learned that as Christians, we are supposed to support and encourage one another, as well as seek out support when we need it.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what they remember learning from chapel this week. Do they have some more questions about what we talked about? Use the references from the Bible stories we talked about to discuss what they learned.

Now, campers have free time until we head out to tonight’s campfire! In tomorrow’s blog, I will share the campfire activities, along with a few pictures. When we get back from the campfire, campers will have their cabin devotions and then it will be lights out.

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Going on a Staff Hunt!

Today was another great day here at camp to play lots of games and learn about God!

In last night’s chapel, Darla continued her message about faith. She told the campers that faith is personal and requires a decision, and she shared the message of salvation. She talked about how we were made to have a relationship with God, but sin separated us from Him, so He had to send Jesus to pay the price for our sins in order to restore the relationship. At the end of chapel, campers had the opportunity to pray to accept Jesus as their savior.

This morning, campers had polar dip, flag raising, breakfast, and then morning chapel. In today’s morning chapel, campers heard a telling of the Parable of the Good Samaritan (found in Luke 10:25-37). Then, they went back to their cabins to discuss the story as a group.

Then, campers had some free time before going on their Cabin Adventures!

After Cabin Adventure, it was time for lunch, and then it was “Story Time with Tori!” Tori had another Mad Libs story for the campers to fill out following the journey of the characters we met yesterday.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what the Mad Libs stories were about!

Then, it was Toes up Time to give campers some much needed rest. Once all the campers were up, they learned about the Staff Hunt! Staff members hid around camp, and the campers were released to go find them. If they found a staff member, they got points for their cabin, and they got to push that staff member in the lake!

After all the staff members had been pushed in the lake, it was free time for campers to go swimming, ziplining, play laser tag, do crafts, or other games around camp!

Following free time, we lowered the flag before dinner. After dinner was cleaned up, campers go to go to the “Ye Olde Renaissance Faire!” There were games set up for campers to win tickets. They could save their tickets for cabin points, or they could use some of their tickets to spray their counselor, or another staff member, with the hose!

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what games they played at the Faire. What one was their favorite?

Now, campers have some free time before evening chapel starts. After chapel, there is cabin devotions and then lights out.

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Super Kids Storm the Castle

What a beautiful day to get outside and play some games around camp today!

This morning started with the polar dip. Each morning, campers will have the option to jump in the cold lake to wake themselves up. After polar dip, campers gathered for flag raising, and then they learned today’s memory verse along with the actions (Colossians 3:12) before heading into breakfast.

We then gathered to take the whole camp photo that each camper will go home with. For now, enjoy the goofy one we took!

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Take Camp Home: Search for your camper’s goofy face!

We then went into morning chapel for worship and a short video teaching the Parable of the Lost Sheep. After the video, campers went back to their cabins and talked about the story as a cabin.

Then, campers had some free time before Cabin Adventure. Counselors come up with an activity to do during this time as a cabin, and sometimes join with other cabins, to get closer as a cabin and have some fun!

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what they got to do for their Cabin Adventures this week!

After Cabin Adventures, it was time for lunch, and then we had “Story Time with Tori!” Our worship leader, Tori, had a Mad Lib story and had the campers fill in the blanks. Then, staff members acted out the story and campers were given their mail. Once mail was passed out, it was Toes Up Time. During Toes Up Time, campers have to be quiet and in their cabins so that those who want a nap can fall asleep.

After Toes Up Time, the campers were taught the game “Storm the Castle,” which is like a medieval themed capture the flag.

Then, it was free time with the waterfront, crafts, laser tag, and zipline open.

At the end of free time, we gathered for flag lowering before supper. After supper, we played “Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge!” This game is also a spin on capture the flag, but with some different rules, and with over 200 campers playing, it gets crazy, but it is incredibly fun.

Now, campers have some evening free time until tonight’s chapel, which I will touch on in tomorrow’s blog. After chapel, campers will have cabin devotions and then they will go to bed.

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Welcome, Super Kids 3!

Today was a lovely day out to welcome the Super Kids 3 campers! They checked in this afternoon and had some time to settle in and take their swim test.

Later, everyone gathered at the Amphitheater for introductions of the non-counseling staff members. After introductions, campers learned who their cabin friend for the week is. A cabin friend is a non-counseling staff member who helps out when needed and hangs out with the campers when they have time. Then, staff members volunteered to lower our country’s flag to show the campers how to properly lower and fold the flag, as we will raise and lower the flag every day.

After flag lowering, campers went to dinner, and with their cabins, chose a spot to eat outside and have a picnic meal! Then, we went inside to learn the camp rules.

Following rules, campers went on a tour of camp led by their counselors. Then, it was time for chapel. After worship, campers met our speaker for the week, Darla Benjamin. Tonight, she spoke about faith, and she used her experience skydiving as an analogy of having enough trust to take a leap of faith.

Campers then had some free time while staff set up for the Variety Show. After getting the giggles out, the campers are now going back to their cabins for devotionals and then it will be lights out tonight.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what their favorite skit from the Variety Show was!

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