Junior High 1 – Last Day of Camp!

An incredible week of Junior High 1 is coming to an end, and we are already missing all of these amazing students as they head home!  We did so much this week, and it always seems to fly by so quickly.  Hopefully these campers have some really fun memories to share with their friends and family, and some excitement to dive even deeper into their faith for the rest of the year!

Today, parents arrived at 10am for the Closing Rally, which kicked off with the Photo & Video shows in the Main Hall.  Then everyone met out on the Steps of Faith for the rest of the program, including prizes, Love Offering, and a final word from our speaker, Mark Allen.  And, let’s not forget, the much anticipated pie-ing of the summer staff!

Mark reminded campers of the main points from the week and encouraged them again to bring the reconciliation they have experienced with Christ into the world.  Here’s a note from Mark for the campers and parents:

“This week we focused on our AWESOME CREATORWe dug into Genesis 1-3 to see who God is and to learn about His purpose for us! We started by looking at how our Creator makes good things and that He made us, His crown jewel of creation, to be good. We then talked about how sin crept into the world and how it damages everything God created. Once we established the problem of sin, we discussed how God reconciled the entire world, including us, to Himself through Jesus’ death and resurrection. The story then went to how we become agents of His reconciliation in this world, that God is making His appeal through us. We ended our week looking at how God Himself is a community (Holy Trinity) and that the first thing God called “not good” was Adam all alone without community. I ended the week by encouraging students to look for a great church or youth group where they can be part of God’s plan of reconciliation in the world.

It was a great week getting to teach campers, there were so many great stories of change and movement. Camp Lebanon is a special place and it was a joy to be with these kids. I’ll be praying the changes take root and that God does more and more in this world through these amazing students!”

We also took a Love Offering for the two camps in Ukraine that Camp Lebanon supports!  Thank you to everyone who gave so generously, and who continues to pray for our sister camps overseas.

Then it was time for pies!  Campers who said verses to their counselors all week got to put their names in the bucket for a drawing on the last day.  They then got to choose a staff member to pie in the face!

Thank you, Junior Highers, for an incredible week!  Thank you, parents, for sending your kids to Camp with us this summer!  And thank you, God, for a really, REALLY great Junior High 1!

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Junior High 1 – Rainy Days are the Funnest Fun!

In Chapel last night, we learned that God reconciles all things through Jesus.  Mark taught in part from Colossians 1:15-21, which talks about Jesus as “the firstborn of all Creation,” and how “all things were created through him and for him.”  This includes us, the crown jewel of Creation!  But verse 21 also includes us – we were separated from God when we disobeyed, but we can be reconciled to God through Christ’s death on the cross.  Now, we are called to help others reconcile with Him!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask your camper to tell you the story that Mark told about someone being reconciled with God.  Read 2 Corinthians 5:17 with your camper.  In what ways do they see themselves being a new creation?  Talk about what it means to be an ambassador for Christ.  How can we take God’s reconciliation to others?

Good morning from the last full day of Junior High 1!  The day started off a bit cloudy and breezy, but campers still showed up for Polar Dip.  Then on to breakfast, TAG Time, Morning Chapel, and Morning Free Time!  After a delicious lunch of hamburgers, french fries, salad & chocolate malts, campers had Mail Call and Clinics & Seminars.  In today’s last round of seminars, campers had the choice to attend several different options, including “Environmentalism,” “Stewardship,” “Identity,” “Missions,” and a Q&A with the speaker, Mark (plus many more!)

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask your camper what seminars they attended during their week at Camp.  What were their favorite topics?  Did they learn anything that they had never known before?  Is there anything that they want to pursue further?

Then it was Free Time!  It was a rainy day today, but since there was no thunder or lightning, campers could still enjoy the zipline and waterfront.  And they did!  It was a pleasant, warm rain, which actually seemed to add a bit of fun to lots of the activities of the day.  The Craft Room was very busy during Free Time as well, with a few free crafts that our Craft Coordinator had prepared.

The 4 o’clock Option was a game of Pass-It Pictionary in the chapel, where it was nice and dry.  Campers could also add to the finger-painting on the backdrop of the Chapel!  Other campers that wanted to stay out of the rain played carpetball, pool, and ping pong in the game rooms or under the awning of the Chalet, while others had some time in their cabins.  Then it was dinner time.  The last night is Pizza Night!  Campers had the choice between meat & cheese pizzas, some yummy salad, and cheesecake for dessert!

Then it was time for Chapel.  Mark talked about what it looks like to go home from an experience like these campers have had at Camp Lebanon.  When they are here, they are surrounded by other believers who can encourage them in their faith.  That isn’t always true when they are away from Camp.  Mark wanted to encourage these campers to do two things: 1) Choose their friends wisely (Prov. 13:20), and 2) Get involved in a great community.  He challenged campers to find good friends who can walk with them in their faith.  And, because we are made to be in community (Gen. 2:15-18), he also encouraged them to find a community to invest in, whether at their church or youth group or a mission field.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask your camper to tell you more about their experience at Camp.  In what ways was it a “mountaintop experience?”  How can they practically take steps to continue to grow in their faith this year?  Ask them how you can help.  Then read 1 Corinthians 12 (specifically verses 7, 12, & 26-27).  Talk about what it means to be a part of the Church, and what gifts your camper might have to bring to their community!

Then the grand finale of the week of summer camp – the Campfire Trek!  Since it has been raining all day, the ground is too wet for a real Campfire at Bass Point.  But that doesn’t stop us from having the traditional campfire!  The staff set up the chapel like a campfire, with a giant “campfire” projected on the screen and the same fun staples like crazy camp songs, the Lion Hunt, and a word from our speaker.  It’s always a fun time, no matter the weather.

Tomorrow is the last day – parents are arriving so soon to pick campers up and bring them home.  It’s been an amazing week, and we can’t wait to share all of the memories with you through a video of the week and the photo album.  And more than anything, we’ve learned so much this week about our Awesome Creator and His love for us.  We pray that these campers would take the things they’ve learned back to their homes, and continue living for Jesus in their own communities!

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Junior High 1 – The Rockit is Back, Plus a Big Night Game!

In last night’s chapel, our speaker, Mark Allen, gave the Gospel presentation.   Going through Genesis 2, he talked about the first sin, in the Garden of Eden, when God set a very clear standard (“you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”), and humanity disobeyed Him (Gen. 2:15-17).  The enemy tempted them to disobey by claiming that they would be more like God, but they were already image bearers of the Creator!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Read Gen. 3:8-12 with your camper.  When confronted with their sin, how did Adam and Eve respond?  How do we sometimes respond when confronted with our own sin?  Then read Gen. 3:13-14; 21.  What does God do with that sin?  How does God’s grace come into play in this story?

Then Mark went to the book of Matthew and challenged the campers to make their faith their own (Matthew 7:13-14; 21-23).

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Campers were encouraged to share in their cabins about any decisions that they made this week.  Ask your camper about the illustration that Mark used to share the Gospel.  How has your camper seen God’s grace in their own lives?

On to Wednesday!  Campers woke up to another beautiful summer day – we are so grateful for the glorious weather and the reminders of God’s faithfulness through His beautiful Creation each day.  It’s been a busy morning already, with breakfast, TAG Time, Morning Chapel, and morning Free Time/Cabin Time.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask your camper about the rest of the Morning Chapel times during their week – what were some of the topics that were talked about?  Did they have any fun discussions as a cabin?  Are there any topics that they have more questions about?

Then it was on to lunch (ham & cheese sandwiches, tater tots, salad, and fruit for dessert) and Mail Call.  Then the next hour of Clinics & Seminars!  Today’s Seminars included “Christians in Sports,” “Spiritual Gifts,” “Biblical Crash Course,” and “ASL (American Sign Language)” – if campers missed any of these on Monday, they had the chance to attend today!

Free Time has been a blast so far – the Rockit inflatable water toy was put in last night, so campers finally got to break it in today!  And several groups headed up for their Zipline and Laser Tag slots.  The afternoon option today was a throwback to last summer – a field game called Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge!

Dinner tonight was BBQ chicken, veggies, mashed potatoes, and dinner rolls, with cake for dessert.  Campers will head right in to Chapel in a little while to hear from Mark (we’ll recap Chapel in tomorrow’s blog post), before evening Free Time/Canteen and the Big Night Game!  The game tonight is called Bible Smuggler.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask your camper about the night game.  What was the goal of the game?  How did the game work, and how successful were they and their cabin?

It’s been another great day of Junior High Camp – it just keeps getting better!  Tomorrow is Sleep-In Day, so campers get an extra hour to snooze in the morning.  Tomorrow is also the grand finale, with the last chance to go to Zipline or Laser Tag, and the epic Campfire Trek to finish off the night!  We can’t wait to spend more time with these amazing Junior Highers!

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Junior High 1 – Tuesday Tacos and Tie-Dye!

It’s Day Three of Junior High 1, and we have so much to look forward to today!  Zipline opens for the first time, campers who signed up for Tie-Dye shirts get to make them today, and tonight it is the epic Volleyball Tournament!  Every cabin today is preparing for the big game, whether by practicing their volleyball skills, or creating their “team uniform” together.

First, let’s recap last night.  After a fun round of the big game, Clue, campers had some chill Canteen time leading up to a Chapel session with our speaker, Mark Allen.  The focus last night was on Creation and Identity.  Mark talked about the Creation story in Genesis 1.  He wanted campers to take away two points:  1) God makes good things, and 2) God made you.  Campers were encouraged to see themselves the way that God sees them, as precious – as the “crown jewel” of His Awesome Creation!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Read through Genesis 1, and Psalm 139 with your camper.  Take note of all the times that God says that His creation is “good.”  Ask your camper about what they learned about who God says they are and what their identity is.

It’s a beautiful day at Camp today, and campers were full of energy and ready to go this morning.  There was another solid turn-out at the morning Polar Dip, and campers had a delicious breakfast!  Then it was time for TAG Time (“Time Alone with God”), a chance for campers to do a devotional on their own, sitting somewhere outside at Camp.  It’s a great way to enjoy God’s Creation, get the day started off in Scripture, and to learn to have a daily quiet time.  The hope is that this quiet time would continue on throughout the year!

 

 

Then it was time for Morning Chapel, followed by Morning Free Time and Cabin Time.  Lunch today was Tacos in a Boat (hurray, Taco Tuesday!).  Then campers had another visit from our summer-long characters at Mail Call, seeing more of the story before getting today’s mail.

 

 

Clinics & Seminars was next, with a different set of topics and classes to go to today!  Ultimately, specific seminars and clinics are led twice a week, which gives campers opportunities to go to all of the ones that they are most interested in.

 

 

Then, it was Free Time!  Today, in addition to the usual fun of swimming, crafting, and generally hanging out and having a good time, Zipline was open!  Campers are signed up in cabin slots, so they get to go as a cabin group down the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline.

 

 

It was also a great day for Tie-Dye!  We can’t wait to see the beautiful creations that campers made this year.

 

 

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Did your camper make a Tie-Dye shirt during their week at Camp?  Share a photo of the shirt on social media and tag us!  We would love to see how it turned out!  Use the hashtag #CLTieDye to help us find your photo.

Then it was time for a delicious dinner of brats, veggies, chips, and potato salad before the trek up to the North 40 Field for the Volleyball Tournament!  Campers and their counselors got to use face paint and whatever else they would like to create a team uniform.  Then it was time to face off against other cabins!  The Volleyball Tournament is always an incredible night for cabin bonding and unity, and usually sets the tone for the rest of the week!  It gives campers the chance to work together with their cabin group and connect with their counselor.

 

 

TAKE CAMP HOME:  What was the Volleyball Tournament like for your camper?  How far did they make it in the tournament?  Did their cabin do anything special for their team uniform and cheer?

Tuesdays are a big day at Junior High summer camp!  These campers have had a busy day, but there are so many more days to come.  The only thing left tonight is Chapel, and then bed time.  Stay tuned for a recap of chapel in tomorrow’s blog post!  Until then, goodnight from Junior High 1!

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Junior High 1 – Leaping into the Lake!

Hello from the first full day of Junior High camp!  Monday started off bright and early with a wake-up bell and Polar Dip, followed by flag raising and the delicious morning meal!  Then we all gathered on the Steps of Faith for the big group photo!  Check out the goofy one we did below:

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Then it was time for Morning Chapel.  These chapel sessions will be split between guys and girls.  Today, the guys talked about Trusting in God, studying specifically the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17).  They learned about how David took an active step of faith by going onto the battlefield with nothing but stones and a sling, leaving aside armor and any other weapons.  He completely trusted God as he confronted Goliath.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  For guy campers, read through the story of David and Goliath found in 1 Samuel, and talk about David’s act of faith in God.  What does it mean to be active in your faith?  Ask your camper about what ways they want to take an more active step of faith in the future, and pray about that together!

 

 

The girls talked about how we are made in God’s image, and that when we believe in Christ, we are washed and sanctified.  God sees us as washed and clean, even though there is no way that we could do it on our own.  Our Creator defines who we are!  The girl campers were encouraged to look at a list of who God says they are and to pick one to dwell on.  It takes a lot of courage to believe what God says about us.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  For girl campers, revisit some of the verses from today’s morning chapel (Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:9-10; Romans 6:3-7).  Ask your camper to tell you what they remember from this morning chapel.  What does it mean to be washed?  What are some things that God says about who we are?  Ask your camper to tell you about the abstract painting and the artist metaphor (Hint: What did the abstract painting look like to them – and what would the artist say about it?  How does it apply to what our Creator says about us?)

Morning Chapel was followed by some Free Time and Cabin Time, where campers got to hang out as cabin groups and do some fun activities.  Then it was on to lunch and Mail Call – campers got to meet the summer-long characters for the second time and find out more about the story of the week.

 

This was followed by Clinics & Seminars!  Campers get to choose from a variety of options for an hour of digging deeper into a particular topic, led by different staff members.

 

And then it was Free Time!  Today, the beach, craft room, and canteen opened, and campers could head up to the Laser Tag field.  The swimming area was packed today, with tons of kids out on the Raft and on the Watermat, not to mention the people taking out paddleboats, canoes, and kayaks.  Some campers even took out the Corcls (small, colorful saucer water toys)!  There were lots of impressive leaps off of the diving raft today, some of which are shared below!

 

The craft of the day was a mason jar mug with a really cool lid, which campers got to design themselves.  It was a popular craft today, along with friendship bracelets and nail & string art!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Did your camper do any art during the week at camp?  Have them show you what they made.  Could it be a craft you could do together?

 

Every day at 4pm, there is a different Free Time option.  Today it was a game of Ultimate down on the Lower Field, running around in the soft grass and sunshine!

 

Tonight after dinner is the first Big Game of the week – Clue!  This game is very similar to the classic board game, with cabin groups working as a team to solve a mystery created by the staff.  Several staff members get to dress up as characters who all know different pieces of information about the mystery (some helpful, some not so much).  The first cabin to figure out the mystery is the winner!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Who won the game of Clue?  What was the mystery, and what was the solution?

 

The game tonight was so much fun!  Campers get a little break for Canteen before Chapel tonight.  The recap of the Chapel topic will go up in tomorrow’s blog post!  We’ve had such a great day with these campers already – we love all the energy and enthusiasm Junior Highers bring to summer camp!  Let’s have some more fun tomorrow!

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Junior High 1 – Swim Tests, Fishing, and Singing!

Camp Lebanon loves Junior Highers!  It’s going to be a great week of summer camp for these 7-9th graders, and it got off to a wonderful start with absolutely beautiful Check-In Day weather!  The sun was shining, the water was warm(ish), and the fish were biting!

While Jr. Highers and their parents arrived, swim tests were open, the Octoball court was packed, and campers were meeting their counselors and cabin mates for the week!


Before dinner, campers got to meet the rest of the Summer Staff team at the Steps of Faith before heading down for a fun picnic meal.  After dinner, campers went in to the Main Hall for some singing and some rules for the week, before going on a tour of Camp with their counselor.

At Chapel tonight, campers sang some fun songs and worshipped so loudly!  It was incredible to hear their voices lifting to fill the chapel and praise the Creator! Then they met the speaker for the week, Mark Allen, who told them the story of how he came to faith in Christ.  This week, we’ll be diving deep into learning more about our Awesome Creator God, and Mark’s goal is to help campers meet Jesus like he did when he was in middle school.  He had a challenge for the campers out of Ephesians 5:15-16:

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”

In a world and a culture that sometimes seems to be getting darker and darker, Mark pointed out that these campers get to be in a place that is different, that is lighter, and that gives them the opportunity to move forward in a significant way!  He challenged these Junior Highers to make the most of every moment – to continue singing at the top of their lungs to the God who loves them and made them, to ask questions that have been on their minds for a long time, and to go below the surface and dig deep into God’s Word.

The first night of Camp, campers get treated to a hilarious Staff Variety Show, where the Summer Staff perform skits that they have prepared specifically for this summer!  It’s a great time, and a perfect opportunity for campers to bond with one another through laughter.

Today wasn’t very long, but it was full of activity, fun, and meeting new people!  Tonight, the campers need to sleep well and prepare for a busy day tomorrow.  First thing on the agenda in the morning (for campers who are brave enough) – Polar Dip in Cedar Lake!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Revisit Ephesians 5:15-16 with your camper and ask them to tell you about their week at Camp!  In what ways do they feel like they took every opportunity and made the most of each moment?  Did they learn or discover anything about God that they want to share with you?  How can they continue to make the most of every moment throughout the year?

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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