Thank You God for an INCREDIBLE Week!

Our closing day of Senior High Camp for 2017 was sweet. It is always hard to say goodbye to new and old friends, but we are incredibly grateful for this week and the ways that God worked through every part of it.DDD_0023 copyDDD_0032 copy

Today, we enjoyed a closing rally that featured an incredible video slideshow, prizes, a short graduation ceremony for all the campers that graduated high school this year, a final word from our speaker Nate Miller, and of course, pies flying. Emily, Mitchell, and Asher will smell like whipped cream for weeks, but it’s all for the sake of celebrating Scripture.

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We had an incredible Senior High week this year, and we saw God move in so many different, unexpected, and exciting ways. See you all next year!

Here’s a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Senior High

A Day of Significance

What a great last day of Camp! Today was significant for many reasons, and we all soaked up our last day together as much as we could. The day started with an extra hour of sleep, followed by breakfast in bed! Then, we had more time to spend alone with God to read the Bible and pray. After that, we had our final session of clinics and seminars. It was a fairly relaxed morning.

Next, we had our last morning chapel. Today, the women talked about Sin, Shame, and Forgiveness and the men talked about Work. We are thankful for everything that we’ve learned in morning chapel this week and for the sweet worship and discussions that were had during that time this week.

After lunch and Mail Call, it was our last Free Time! Today, Free Time featured paintball, swimming, crafts, and towards the end, everyone spent time getting ready for dinner. Dinner tonight was formal themed; everyone dressed their best and we ate the fanciest, most delicious meal of the week. It’s fun to see everyone dressed up, and formal night is always a great time of fellowship and fun!

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Immediately following dinner, we headed to the chapel to watch our final team video projects together. All of the videos turned out so good, and we were laughing the whole time! We are thankful for the teams we were with this week and the ways that this project brought us all together.

Then, we had a significant event here at Camp. Three people decided to be baptized tonight in Cedar Lake, witnessed by their friends and family. It was a beautiful and sacred time for Molly, Josh, and Weston. It was incredible to be able to rejoice with them in this occasion tonight!

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We wrapped up our last day of Senior High Camp with our final chapel with Nate Miller. He really taught us a lot this week about “living a life that matters.” Now, we are enjoying an epic end-of-the-week campfire at Bass Point, and we are enjoying our last few hours together.

Here’s a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Senior High

 

Slipping and Sliding into a Great Day

Wednesday of Senior High Week started with a relaxed morning. We enjoyed the Polar Dip and eating a delicious breakfast at the appropriate time of day. After breakfast, we had time to spend alone with God, then we had morning chapel. The men and women split up for chapel once again; today the women talked about Loving Your Neighbor and the men talked about Purity. Morning chapels are always followed by a time of great discussion.

After chapel, it was time for the traditional Senior High Volleyball Tournament! Unlike any other week, the Senior High tournament is filled with crazy music and dance parties, a slip & slide, yard games, and a picnic lunch. Everyone had a blast at the volleyball tournament this year, and a lot of us have the sunburn to prove it!

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The Volleyball Tournament was followed by Mail Call, and then Free Time. Today, Free Time featured swimming, boating, rides down the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline, a game of Ultimate Frisbee, and crafts. The surprise craft-of-the-day today was making handmade soap and bath bombs!

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Dinner tonight was Minnesota themed; we dressed in our best flannels and overalls, and we ate hot dish, jello salad, chicken wild rice casserole, biscuits, and cupcakes decorated to look like little camp fires. Everything was delicious! After dinner we had evening chapel with our speaker Nate Miller. He brought us more ideas to think about how we can live out being a part of God’s team and “living a life that matters.”

After chapel, we played another night game! For tonight’s game, cabins are running all around Camp to complete tasks and unlock video clues to find out where our friend Samuel was taken; he was kidnapped and we have to find him! After the game, we’re off to bed. We’re ready to enjoy the best part of the week tomorrow morning–it’s SLEEP IN DAY! Tune in tomorrow for the last full day of Senior High Camp!

Here’s a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Senior High

Day Backwards Happy!

Happy Backwards Day from Camp Lebanon! The second full day of Senior High Camp was entirely backwards. We embraced the theme of the day with everything from our clothing, to the schedule, to the meals. Some of us even spent the day walking backwards and speaking backwards!

So, for dinner this morning we had salad, pot roast, roasted potatoes, corn, and pumpkin pie. Then, as our morning continued in a backwards fashion, we had chapel. For chapel this morning, the men and women split up to cover different topics; the women talked about Shalom and the men talked about Responsibility and Integrity. Chapel was followed  by a time of great discussion and asking important questions.

 

After that, we had our evening free time in the morning, followed by Team Time to work on our videos. Today was a great day to finalize plans and do some filming! After that, it was time for lunch. Lunch was served backwards today; we traveled backwards through the dining hall to get our food (the line started at the dish return).

In the spirit of backwards day, lunch was followed by Call Mail and Time Free. Today, Time Free featured paintball, boating, karaoke in the chapel, and tie-dye. It was a relaxing day with great weather!

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After Time Free, we had our breakfast. We enjoyed our meal in our pajamas, and for breakfast this evening we had waffles, ham, fruit, and Camp’s famous oatmeal. Breakfast was followed by Clinics and Seminars.

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Tonight, we enjoyed Coffee House. The Coffee House is a Senior High tradition; we hang out, play music, drink coffee, and enjoy good conversations and fellowship with each other. This year we held the Coffee House in our new Eagle’s Nest building and enjoyed yard games on the North 40 field.

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An unexpected rain shower acted as our backwards Polar Dip tonight as campers made their way back to the Chalet. Chapel with our speaker Nate Miller is marking the end of our backwards day, and we are excited to hear what truths he has to share with us tonight. We’re looking forward to a great morning tonight!

Here’s a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Senior High

Butterfly Bonanza!

What a wonderful first full day of Senior High Week! Today began with the Polar Dip, as always; campers and staff took a refreshing dip in a foggy Cedar Lake to begin their day. Then, we enjoyed a pancake breakfast and got ready for the rest of the day.

Our day was made special by a beautiful butterfly who decided to hang out with us and join all of our Camp adventures. Greg the butterfly went to the zipline, the waterfront, and he hung out at all the games today. He had a great day and made a lot of friends.

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After campers had time to spend alone with God to read their Bibles and pray, we had our Clinics and Seminars. Senior High week is a great opportunity for the staff to go more in depth with what is taught during these classes, and we love that the campers are not afraid to ask hard questions.

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Once our morning free time and optional morning game were done, we had morning chapel together. Today, we heard from a missions team called Royal Servants about some opportunities that are available to high schoolers who feel called to missions and want to travel the world. It was cool to hear about it from Devon Harris, a full-time missionary!

Chapel was followed by lunch, mail call, and FREE TIME! During Senior High Camp, free time is relaxed and a chance to spend time with friends and build relationships. Today, Free Time featured swimming, crafts, a round of Two Rooms and a Boom (a fun strategy game), and rides down the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline!

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After Free Time, we had dinner. Dinner was luau themed tonight; we had crab and mango salad, Hawaiian meatballs, key lime rice, fruit, Jerk chicken, and key lime cheesecake. Everything was incredible, and we enjoyed fun music and costumes as well!

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Dinner was followed by Team Time, where the cabin teams had a chance to hang out and plan their video projects that they’re working on. Then we had Canteen time and got ready for evening chapel. Tonight in chapel, Nate Miller talked about how even when we feel like we’re not worth being on God’s team, we are still wanted. He focused on the story of the prodigal son in Luke.

 

We are wrapping up our day with a game called “Escape the Night Security,” where campers are running all around Camp for a scavenger hunt in the dark. This game is intense!

We are thankful for a great day of Senior High Camp, and we are so excited for more fun tomorrow.

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

 

Let the Games Begin!

The opening day of Senior High Camp has already been filled with a lot of fun and laughter. This group of Senior High campers is energetic, fun-loving, and ready to make new friends and build relationships this week.

We started our fun this week with learning Camp’s rules in a creative way; the campers went all around Camp to learn where things are and to catch the staff members that were breaking the rules. Then, we had a sports-themed dinner of hotdogs, chips, malt cups and root beer. Dinner was served stadium style at the Steps of Faith!

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Next, the cabins were split up into teams. Throughout the week, the teams will work together to conquer our week long competition. This year, our competition is video skits! By the end of the week, each team will have made a fun video, and we will watch them all together to decide which team made the best video. Game on! However, tonight is about getting to know each other; the teams spent the evening comping up with a name, a design for their team flag, and a skit to introduce themselves.

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After we perform the skits for each other, we will have our first chapel of the week with our speaker Nate Miller. We are excited to hear all of the truths that Nate is going to share with us this week! Tune in tomorrow for all of the fun that the first full day of Senior High Camp will bring!

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

Senior High Day 3: Open Mic and Western Night

We had another sunshine-y, beautiful day for Tuesday of Senior High week! Here’s a few highlights from the schedule…

The Camp Picture / Staff Pictures

Every week, we take an ll-Camp picture – but this week was a bit of a squeeze! The motto of the moment was “get uncomfortably close to your neighbor,” and… well, we did that. Even through the bright, suddenly too-hot direct sunlight was suddenly way too hot for our liking, we squished together to fit in the frame and collectively praised Jesus when a cloud passed over.

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Hello from Senior High week!

After the Camp picture, it was also time for the summer staff picture that will hang on the wall with all the past years’ staff photos in the hallway to the Chapel! Any camper who has been / will be on junior staff or D3 this summer got to join in as well!

New Options and the Craft of the Day

A few new things happened yesterday in terms of free time options. First, our maintenance crew brought up a new-this-summer game from the North 40 called Nine Square in the Air – basically a combination of volleyball and four square – and campers loved it! We also got to do tie-dye shirts for the craft of the day, play Ultimate for the 4:30 option, and zip-line for the first time this week!

Theme Dinner: Wild West

Last night’s dinner was Western-themed in honor of the 2002 “Circle C Ranch” summer theme. The menu included brisket mini sandwiches with barbecue sauce, chili, corn bread and apple pie – so delicious!

Special Event: Coffeehouse

One of the Senior High-specific activities we scheduled for this week was the annual Coffeehouse – basically, an open mic night for campers to hang out in a cozy setting to share music and other acts with each other. We set the chapel up with couches, Christmas lights, and plenty of snacks to get comfortable as we cheered on our friends! Acts this year included music (piano, guitar, singing, keytar), magic tricks, and a little “slam poetry.”

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“Slam Poetry” with Peter was… not what we expected.

Chapel Things

Let’s talk about what went on in chapel time yesterday.

In the morning, we split campers up for guys and girls chapel. We do this because sometimes, campers really want to address topics that might not be something usually talked about or comfortable to discuss in a mixed group.Yesterday, the guys talked about purity as men; girls talked about leadership, working together and how to respond to Beyoncé-type feminism.

In the evening, Gretchen talked about how shame about our sins can make us feel like we can’t go to God – but God knows what we’ve done and still seeks us out. She reminded us that when we belong to Christ, Satan has no power over us, and prayed that God would grant courage to campers who feel like there’s something that’s keeping them from drawing close to Him.

Please pray for the same – and also that we would keep having fun (even though it’s supposed to rain today) and stay safe. See you later!

Senior High Day 2: Peace, Love and the Underground Church

Good morning! Let’s talk about the highlights from yesterday, our first full day of Senior High week!

Unique Meals

Two things separated our meals yesterday from your average Junior High or Super Kids meal. First, we had a leisurely continental breakfast, giving the campers time to head down the dining hall right away or at the last minute before flag raising.

Second was our dinner theme: hippie night (in honor of the 2006 “Real Life” summer theme). Fresh flowers from the North 40 brightened the tables (which were lowered, so we were sitting on carpet squares on the floor), staff went all out on costumes, and we had some groovy Jesus music playing over the speakers. Also? The entire menu was vegetarian!

The Adventures of Xenon and M4

In the next installment of the saga that started on Sunday, we followed Xenon to the planets Ah-hecknah and M.A.L.K. on the desperate search for her missing father, the leader of Dark, Inc. (Throwback, anyone?)

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Xenon angrily questioned the peaceful people of planet M.A.L.K. about the whereabouts of her father.

The robot M4R14-H tried to stop her rampage, but in vain – Xenon left both planets in a state of absolute chaos and destruction. What will happen next… and how will this angry villain become our beloved Captain Kyper?

Spiritual Nourishment

We have lots of opportunities to learn more about God and grow in our faith here at Camp! A few places we could experience that yesterday were during our morning TAG time (quiet time where we read the Bible), clinics and seminars time (which covered various topics including prayer and identity in Christ), and chapel!

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It’s fun to let loose and go crazy during throwback songs!

In morning chapel, we had a visitor named Devon from Reign Ministries. Devon talked about his experiences on the mission field and told us more about the mission trips and discipleship program available to students through Reign. He also talked about the importance of missions and how it can change the world!

Last night, Gretchen talked about how if we want to find something, we have to know what we’re looking for – if we want to seek God, we have to know what He’s like. She told us that our God is a relational God, that he wants to seek us out and wants us to know Him. “My prayer,” Gretchen said, “is that you would understand that God loves you to the point of dying for you.” Wow!

Underground

If you would have looked at the schedule last night, it would have seemed like we had a nice, early bed time… until we got back to our cabins and found a secret message! It directed all of us to dress in dark clothes and head back to the chapel for a surprise night game called Underground. Illustrating the spread of the Gospel in hostile countries, campers had to sneak around Camp to find the Underground Church. To find the Church, they had to learn a secret handshake (call and response) to determine whether it was safe to communicate with the non-counseling staff members scattered around Camp. If the staff member knew the response to the handshake, they were a member of the Church and could give them hints about the location of the Church; if they didn’t know, they were “Deceivers” and could send the campers to jail!

It was a good day! Please pray that we’ll keep having fun, staying safe, and growing closer to God!

It’s time for Senior High!

We’ve been counting down the days to the biggest, craziest week of the summer, and it’s finally here – Senior High week has begun!

We go all-out to give our senior high students the best experience for their last few years of being campers, which means we’re shaking up a few things for this week (and this week only). Here’s what we’re changing…

  1. Cabin Names. We all know and love the international cabin names, but this week, campers got the chance to rename their cabin for the week! A few notable names: Denmark renamed itself “Bobber Bill” in tribute to our awesome camp director, China adopted a tech theme when it renamed itself “404 Error: Cabin Name Not Found,” and Haiti and Pakistan coordinated names to represent their bro-sis bond. Haiti (a boy cabin) named itself “Sis Cabin” and Pakistan named itself “Bro Cabin.”
  2. Bro-Sis-Sis Teams. This week, groups of guy and girl cabins will join forces for a variety of activities that will earn them cabin points. The biggest event? The Competition.
  3. The Competition. In the past, teams have created short films, human music videos, and camp-wide game ideas as part of the week-long competition. This year, teams will compete to make the best parody video for a randomly selected song. Songs drawn from the hat included “Just Can’t Wait to be King” from The Lion King, “Good Morning” by Mandisa, and “Jesus Freak” by dc Talk. Lyrics are due Tuesday and filming starts on Wednesday!
  4. Dinner Themes. Each night, the dining hall will be transformed to fit a different theme, complete with staff in costumes, special menus, and fun decorations! Last night’s dinner theme was “Jimbo’s Roadkill Cafe,” a picnic based on the 2009 Road Trip summer theme.
  5. Special Events. We’re going to shake up the schedule with some Senior High exclusive events scattered throughout the week. It’s a secret for now!

Anyway, most of what we did yesterday related to one or more of those things! We met our teams, started on our parodies, and just got to hang out with other campers. Last night, we also got to meet our (super funny) speaker for the week, Gretchen Luedtke. She talked about what she’ll cover this week, introduced herself, got to know us better, and prayed that we would go deep in our exploration of faith this week.

We’re going to have a great time! Please pray that we’d stay safe and (as Gretchen said) that we’d be able to connect with God on a deeper level this week!