Junior High 2 – Day Six

It was the last day of Junior High 2 today!  Campers welcomed their parents to Camp for the Closing Rally.  We started off with the Photo and Video Shows in the Main Hall, followed by a big rally out on the Steps of Faith.  We sang some fun songs, heard another message from Joe, and gave a Love Offering to a camp in Senegal.

Campers got prizes for the Polar Dip (if they did it every day), for the biggest fish, and for winning Gorilla Gets the Man!  We also introduced parents to the Hippo song.  We also got to meet the summer-long characters for the last time, and resolved their story.   

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask your campers about the summer characters – what were they up to all week?

Then it was time for pies to fly!  Campers to said verses all week were entered into the drawing to pie a staff member of their choice.

It was a great week of summer camp!  We loved having all of these incredible campers here this week – can’t wait for next year!  Thank you, God, for a really great Junior High 2!

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TAKE CAMP HOME:  We’ve created a document that can help you have conversations with your camper about their week at Camp!  Check it out here.

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Junior High 2 – Day Five

Last night in chapel, Joe sent campers to go look at nature as a cabin for a while, and then gave them some time for reflective silence as they considered how they saw God in Creation and what nature had to teach them about God.  Campers had the chance to share some of the things they learned.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Read the passages Romans 1:20 and Psalm 19-1-4.  God is not nature, but nature reminds us of who God is and displays His attributes.  Take a walk with your camper, or just sit outside with them, and take turns thinking of things in Creation that remind you of truths about the Creator.  This is a great time to just enjoy God and to dwell on those truths together.

Joe went on to explain that God wants to reveal Himself to us, in good and bad times.  He is not hiding from us, but He does want us to pursue Him and pay attention.  There are lots of things in the world that can distract us and keep us from seeing God.  These things aren’t necessarily bad, but they become bad if they get in the way of God revealing Himself to us.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Joe talked about James 1:17 – “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  God gives us good things that reflect His goodness.  Joe asked campers to reflect on the following:  What is one good and perfect gift in your life that is evidence of God’s goodness to you? What ultimately directs your attention to God because He put that good thing in your life? How does James 1:17 apply to your life?  “God wants to reveal Himself to me.” He’s not hiding, but He’s also not out in the wide open. We have to pay attention – His fingerprints are everywhere.  What is it that you have to start doing or stop doing in order to see and hear from Him?  Take some time to talk to your camper about their answers to these questions.

Today was SLEEP-IN DAY!  Campers and staff got an extra hour of sleep this morning, and it was wonderful.  It is the last full day of Camp, and these campers have been playing hard and learning a lot – it was good to get some extra rest before another great day at Camp.

The day started off like every morning at Camp – Wake-Up Bell, Polar Dip, Flag Raising, and Breakfast!  Campers hurried back to their cabins to do some cleaning.  Then it was time for TAG Time – campers get some time every morning to dig into God’s Word, pray, and just be quiet outside (TAG Time stands for Time Alone with God).

Then it was time for our last Morning Chapel sessions (split guys and girls), followed by some late morning Free Time before lunch.  Today’s lunch was hamburgers (with all the fixings), fries, apples, and chocolate malts.  Then another Mail Call skit.

Clinics and Seminars was next, followed by FREE TIME!  Today was really sunny and very hot, so the waterfront was super busy.  Lots of campers out on the Raft, the deep and shallow watermats, and the Rock-It!  And we had quite a few Corcl-ers today too!  Corcls are a cool little water toy/boat that campers can use in a designated spot close to the swimming area.  These are the only watercraft that campers can jump in and out of, but the real trick is figuring out how to stand up in one!

Today was the last chance to ride the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline or play Laser Tag.  There were also lots of campers in the Craft Room today, working on the Craft of the Day (decorating clipboards with paint or washi tape) or on other crafts from throughout the week.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Did your camper make a craft during their week at Camp?  Have them teach you how it was done.  If your camper made a Tie-Dye shirt or another Tie-Dye item, take a pic and share it with us!  You can use the hashtag #CLtiedye, and tag us so that we can see it.

When Free Time was over, it was time for PIZZA NIGHT!  The last night of Camp is usually a big pizza party, with meat and cheese pizza options, salad, and cheesecake dessert.  After dinner, campers had the last Chapel of the week – we will recap that chapel in our final blog post tomorrow!

Our last night of Camp always ends with the Campfire Trek out to Bass Point.  We’ll hear another word from Joe, sing some crazy Camp songs, play a final round of Gorilla Gets the Man, and maybe even go on a Lion Hunt!  We will share more from tonight in tomorrow’s blog.  Parents arrive tomorrow for the Closing Rally – we can’t wait to share all of the memories with you!

To continue following the story throughout the year, 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 inbox tomorrow for an email that will include a link to the High Quality photos from the week.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  We’ve created a document that can help you have conversations with your camper about their week at Camp!  Check it out here.

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Junior High 2 – Day Four

Last night, the cabins Ireland (a boy’s cabin) and New Zealand (a girl’s cabin) won the Volleyball Tournament!  The whole night up on the North 40 Field was so much fun – it was such an incredible bonding time for cabins, and it was a great opportunity for cabins to get their group pictures all dressed up in their uniforms and facepaint.

After the Volleyball Tournament last night, campers went in to chapel to hear from our speaker, Joe.  To start, Joe had campers share with their neighbor what the most difficult thing has been for them since 6th grade.  He shared his own story of the difficulties he had switching between 5th and 6th grade, including struggles with anxiety and friendships.  He then went to Genesis and the story of the Fall (Gen 2:14-7; 3:6-8; 3:22-23).  Things went wrong, but there’s good news!  Joe shared from Ephesians 2:4-10:

4 “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Grace is a gift that we don’t deserve, and through it we are made new!  Jesus was dead, but he came back and was resurrected!  That’s why Jesus can resurrect us from our sin and death.  Joe said that believing this truth is the BEST THING EVER, and when you believe, you are a new creation!  Campers were given the chance to make that choice to believe, and to talk to their counselors about that decision if they wanted to.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Read the passages listed above.  Talk to your camper about some of the hard things they might be experiencing in their lives now – with school, friendships, and other challenges.  How do they think that God’s grace in their lives can affect those things?  In what ways is God making them a new creation right now?

This morning, campers did the Polar Dip, had breakfast, cleaned their cabins, and had their morning TAG Time.  Then it was time for Morning Chapel, with guys and girls splitting up.  Morning Free Time and Cabin Time were followed by a yummy lunch of ham and cheese sandwiches, tater tots, salad, and fruit.

On to Clinics and Seminars!  Today, campers got to choose from the same options they had on Monday, just in case they missed one they were very interested in.  The Improv Clinic was popular today – the speaker, Joe, joined in with the fun.  They spent a big part of the session playing an improv game called “Freeze,” where a few campers start a scene and then anyone in the audience can shout “Freeze!” to interrupt and take someone’s place.  When the take someone’s place, they have to change what is happening in the scene.  It took everyone a little while to warm up, but by the end, the campers were having a blast making each other laugh.

Clinics & Seminars ended and campers headed in to Free Time!  All the usual fun began, including swimming, fishing, boating, and zipline & laser tag.  The Craft of the Day was to make a clock.  Campers could paint, color, or otherwise decorate the face of a white clock.  They could also do any of the crafts from the previous few days, including hair scrunchies (which a bunch of campers did today)!

It was a funny day weather-wise.  It stayed relatively warm, but the weather would change very suddenly from bright and sunny to windy and rainy.  Sometimes it even rained in the sunshine!  The zipline is particularly fun in the rain – as our Worship Leader, Matt, says, “It’s the only time you can go swimming AND ziplining at the same time!”

It’s been a great day!  After dinner tonight, Campers will go to chapel.  Then it will be time for Cabin Time, which is some special time for campers and their counselors to hang out doing an activity together.  Then we will have some evening Free Time (which will probably include Canteen!) before a Night Game called Bible Smuggler!

We will fill you in on the rest of tonight’s events in tomorrow’s blog! To continue following the story 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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Junior High 2 – Day Three

Chapel last night was all about who we are in Christ – Jesus created everything, including us!  Joe had everyone draw an animal or a creature.  How cool would it be to be able to speak what was drawn on paper into being?  That’s exactly what Jesus did (Gen 1:1-2; John 1:1).  Joe talked about how we are created with a purpose, and then he had campers turn to their neighbor and tell them something that they like about how God created them.  We might wish some things about us were different, and we might not like some things, but we are not a mistake!  We are carefully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-16).  Children of God, created on purpose.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Joe gave each camper something to bring home with them, to remind them about their identity.  Ask your camper about that item.  What is important for them to remember about their identity?  Who gets to define who they are?

This morning, campers went polar-dipping, ate a yummy breakfast of scrambled eggs, doughnuts, pineapple & grapes, and strawberry yoghurt.  As always, there was the option of the always delicious, always heart-healthy, Camp Lebanon oatmea!  Then campers had TAG time (Time Alone with God), and Morning Chapel.

Then it was time for morning Free Time & Cabin Time!  For the first part of the morning, campers got to just hang out and mingle around Camp, playing on the Hub or in the Game Room, and some even got to start on their Tie-Dye shirts or bandanas!  Then it was Cabin Time, where cabin groups came together to do an activity with their counselor.  Some cabins played mafia in the Octoball court, some played 4-square and 9-square, and some played Volleyball (gearing up for the big game tonight!).

Then it was on to lunch – it was Taco Tuesday, so we had Tacos in a Boat!  It started to get a little rainy outside, but that didn’t stop campers from enjoying the Mail Call skit and then dispersing to their various Seminars and Clinics.  Today’s options included “Trusting God,” “Environmentalism,” “Biblical Crash Course,” “Missions,” & a Q&A Time with the speaker, Joe.

Then it was on to Free Time!  It was wet and drizzly, but with no thunder or lightning, the beach and zipline could both be open!  It was perfect weather for a dip in the lake or a ride down the zipline.  There were also many campers that spent the afternoon in the Craft Room!

Tonight was the big game – the Volleyball Tournament.  Each cabin plays as a team, usually coming up with a fun team cheer and a team uniform (sometimes involving face paint).  This is a great chance to build cabin unity, to encourage team work, and to reinforce this very real Camp truth: “The team that has the most fun wins!”

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask for a story from the Volleyball Tournament.  Did your camper’s team have a cheer or some kind of uniform?  How many games did they play?  What were some other activities up on the North 40 Field during the tournament?

After Volleyball there will be another Chapel session with Joe.  We will recap that in tomorrow’s blog post!  We’ve had a great day at Camp!  Can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store for us.

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Junior High 2 – Day Two

In our chapel session last night, we got to meet our speaker for the week, Joe Budish.  Joe started the night off by telling campers some reasons why God want them to be at Camp this week.  It’s an opportunity for them to take a break from technology and other pressures of real life, a chance to seek advice, and a chance to hear from God.  He challenged campers to remember “God wants me here this week” (Job 42:2; Eph 1:11; Isaiah 46:9-10), and to pray “God, please work in my life at Camp this week.”

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask your camper to tell you about their week at Camp.  Read the Scriptures above.  In what ways could they tell that God wanted them to be there this week?

This morning, campers started the day off with a delicious breakfast, some morning TAG time (Time Alone with God), and the big group picture!  Here’s one of the goofy shots of these 205 Junior High campers:


Then it was time for Morning Chapel.  Guys and girls are split during these morning session.  After chapel, we had some morning Free Time and Cabin Time, where campers got to hang out playing games on the Hub, or just enjoying some time with their fellow campers and their counselor before lunch!

At lunch line-up, campers enjoyed a skit, followed by an “Amphitheatric” where some counselors had to complete a messy challenge (finding pieces of bubble gum on a plate of whipped cream and trying to blow a bubble, all without using their hands).  Lunch today was chicken strips, mac & cheese, and salad, with fruit for dessert.

Then it was time for Mail Call – we met the characters from the week and watched a funny skit before the mail was passed out to campers.  Then it was time to be dismissed for Clinics & Seminars.  Every day, campers will have the chance to choose a different Seminar or Clinic where they can learn something new.  These sessions repeat throughout the week, so they will have several opportunities to pick one that they enjoy!  Some of today’s options were “Christians in Sports,” “Spiritual Gifts,” “Fear and Doubt,” “ASL,” & “Improv,” to name a few!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask your camper about Clinics & Seminars time.  What were the 4 different sessions they chose to attend?  What was their favorite one, and why?  Can they teach you anything that they learned?  Are there any topics that they need to dig into more – what steps can they take to learn more, and can you learn more together?

Then it was time for Free Time!  The Canteen and Craft Room opened up, campers who had signed up for Zipline and Laser Tag hiked up the hill, and pretty much everyone else went to jump into the lake!  It was a very warm, sunny day and campers had a blast on the Rock-It, the watermats, and the Raft!

Dinner was spaghetti, meatballs, salad, and cheesecake cups!  After dinner, campers went in for “chapel,” but were surprised by a game called Clue.  The game is very similar to the board game, with summer staff dressing up as different characters scattered around Camp.  Cabin groups have to try to solve the mystery first by asking the right questions.

Then it was time for some Free Time & Canteen before the real Chapel time.  It’s been a really full, really fun day so far and we can’t wait for all that is in store tomorrow!

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Junior High 2 – Day One

It’s the first day of our second Junior High week!  Campers started arriving for 4 o’clock check-in and immediately headed down to the waterfront to take their Swimming Test, or went to enjoy some of the warm, sunny weather out on the Hub.  Campers played Octoball, 9-square, or just hung out together in the shade up until the first bell for Dinner Line-Up!


Campers go to meet the staff that will be hanging out with them this week before heading down to the Dining Hall to pick up their picnic dinner of sub sandwiches, chips, veggies, and a brownie.  Campers spread out all around camp with their cabin groups to spend some time eating together and getting to know each other.

After dinner, campers headed in to find out some of the rules of the week and to go on a tour of camp with their counselor and cabin groups.  This is a chance for counselors to answer questions about Camp, show campers some of the important places around Camp, and to explain things like how the Canteen and Swimming Buddy System work!


Then it was time for CHAPEL!  Our speaker this week is Joe Budish, a youth pastor from Iowa.  Joe used to be a summer staff member at Camp Lebanon, and it is so great to have him back in a speaking role.  We’ll recap tonight’s chapel in tomorrow’s blog post!


After chapel tonight, campers are going to play a Big Camp Game!  We can’t wait to play this game with campers, and to encourage them to immediately work together as a team.  It’s going to be a fun night, and tomorrow is on its way with a schedule packed full of the Funnest Junior High Fun!

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A Fabulous Friday!

Fridays at Camp Lebanon are sad; they’re full of goodbyes and tired eyes. But even though we’re sad to say goodbye to all of the junior-highers that were here this week, we are so glad that they came!

We had a great last morning. We celebrated the week with our closing rally where we watched the video show of the week, worshipped, took a love offering for our sister camp in Ukraine, heard a final message from our speaker Nate Temp, and we threw pies into the faces of some of our favorite staff members to celebrate memorizing Bible verses. DDE_0038DDE_0016DDE_0053

We are thankful for all of the laughter and learning that happened this week at Camp. We will miss this group of campers, and we’re excited to see them again next year!

Here is a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Junior High 2


A Thankful Thursday

Our last full day of Camp for the week started with every junior higher’s favorite activity– sleeping in! We are thankful for the extra hour of sleep. After Polar Dip, we had a wonderful breakfast and more time alone with God. Then, in morning chapel, the girls talked about Standing Up for Your Sisters and the guys talked about Work. We have learned a lot in morning chapels this week and they have sparked some good discussions.

After lunch and mail call, we had clinics and seminars once more. The seminars that were taught this week also acted as a catalyst for good conversations and important questions. We are thankful for learning today!


We are also thankful for Free Time today. Today we swam, made crafts, rode the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline, and played a round of Continental Clash (soccer played with a football)! Tonight for dinner, we had another Camp favorite: calzones! We are thankful for these delightful giant pizza pockets.

Tonight in chapel, Nate Temp is finishing his time with the campers by talking about practical ways to live out faith once they go home. We are thankful for Nate this week and the things he has taught us.

We are finishing our last full day with being thankful for good weather as we get ready for our campfire at Bass Point; we’re looking forward to a great night!

Here is a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Junior High 2


A Wonderful Wednesday

Our wonderful Wednesday morning here at Camp was fun and relaxing. It started once again with a refreshing Polar Dip to wake up. Then, after a tasty breakfast of waffles, we had more time to spend alone with God to pray and read our Bibles. Quiet time was once again followed by clinics and seminars, then morning chapel. Today, the girls talked about Sin, Shame, and Forgiveness, and the guys talked about Communication.

After lunch and mail call, it was Free Time once again! Today, Free Time featured paintball, swimming, crafts, and a game of dodgeball.

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After a fun dinner of spaghetti and meatballs (and cheesecake!), we headed up to Camp’s North 40 field for our traditional volleyball tournament. There was fun competition, good sportsmanship, loud music to dance to, and a ton of games happening. Everyone had a lot of fun!

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In evening chapel tonight, Nate Temp talked about what it looks like to play on “God’s team.” He talked about 2 Corinthians chapter 12 and humility. We are looking forward to a lot of good conversations about it in our cabins tonight.

Tomorrow morning is sleep-in-day before the last full day of this week. We are excited for the extra hour of sleep before another day of crazy fun!

Here is a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Junior High 2

A Terrific Tuesday

Tuesday at Camp was filled with JOY! This morning started with a dip in the refreshing lake to wake up, as always. Then after a delicious breakfast of eggs, ham, and Camp’s famous oatmeal, the campers had more time to spend alone with God to read the Bible and work on the memory verses for the week. As campers memorize verses and say them to their counselors, they get their names put in a drawing to throw a pie into a staff member’s face at the end of the week!

Time alone with God was followed by clinics and seminars, then morning chapel. Today, the girls talked about Loving Your Neighbor and the guys talked about Responsibility and Integrity. Morning chapel is always followed by time to discuss the chapel topic as a cabin, and today’s discussions were full of good questions and thoughtful ideas.

After lunch and a funny mail call skit, it was Free Time! Today, there was swimming, boating, slack-lining, the Craft-of-the-Day was tie-dye, and several kids rode the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline!

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After dinner, we are having evening chapel once again with our speaker Nate Temp. Tonight he is talking about what the “uniform” looks like when we’re on God’s team.

After chapel, we are going to play game of Capture-the-Flag (with a twist)!!! We are thankful for the beautiful weather that we had today and we are all excited for more learning and laughter tomorrow.

Here is a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Junior High 2