We Are Ready for Summer!

The past week and a half at Camp Lebanon has been full of the learning, bonding, and preparing that comes with Summer Staff Training!  Our team is ready for the challenge set before them this summer, to love over 1800 campers and to teach them about Jesus.  With the first week of summer youth camp only a day away, the staff is feeling excited to finally dive into their roles.  And more than anything, they can’t wait to explore the Big “T” Truth of God as the Awesome Creator with campers by investigating this beautiful world that He has created!

A big part of preparing for summer camps is prayer and praise!  Summer Staff took time to walk through Camp and pray at all the different areas, committing this summer, the staff, and the campers to the Lord.  And Camp wouldn’t be Camp without some great music during chapels!  A whole session of Staff Training was dedicated to teaching the staff every single action song that they might get to do this summer.  It was a super fun (and super tiring) afternoon of jumping around and singing at the top of their lungs, but now the staff feel more ready than ever to teach these fun worship songs to the campers!

Every Staff Training, the team get to work on Ownership Projects that help the maintenance staff get ready for summer camp.  This year, different groups got to work on spreading dirt and planting some new grass, raking and mowing, cleaning the beach, and painting the Steps of Faith (plus a lot more!).

Our Summer Staff have also been planning and practicing their skits for the weekly Staff Variety Show (which is usually on the first night of a camp week).  They can’t wait to show these hilarious skits to the campers and to get some of the biggest laughs of the week!

Another fun tradition of Staff Training is the day when our summer staff team and the summer staff from Lake Beauty Bible Camp meet up and spend the day together!  This year, the Camp Lebanon team went to Lake Beauty and enjoyed some great fellowship with another summer staff team, played some games, and had a chapel session together.  It is so fun to partner with other camps, who are doing the same work this summer!  A great chance for the staff to meet some new friends and commit to praying for others in ministry!

It’s the day before campers arrive!  On Sunday afternoon, our first youth camp (Super Kids 1) will begin, with over 190 campers arriving to fill Camp with energy and life.  Our staff are ready for this summer, and they could use your prayers!  Pray that this summer team will stay unified in their mission and purpose, pray for health and safety, pray for wisdom, patience, and courage, and pray that, through everything that they do this summer, our Summer Staff will give glory to our truly Awesome Creator!

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Meet the Summer Staff – Female Counselors

We are introducing you to the team of young people that will be serving on our Summer Staff in 2019!  Today, we would like to introduce you to the Female Counseling Team!


Summer Blog - Staff Bios (Female Counselors)




Summer Blog - Staff Bios (Female Counselors)







Summer Blog - Staff Bios (Female Counselors)


Keep watching this blog for more updates on our summer preparations!  And get ready for daily updates about summer camp starting June 9th!  To continue following the story on social media, follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Meet the Summer Staff – Leadership Team

For the next few days, you’ll get the chance to meet the team of young people that will be serving on our Summer Staff in 2019!  To begin, we would like to introduce you to the Leadership Team!







Keep watching this blog for more updates on our summer preparations!  And get ready for daily updates about summer camp starting June 9th!  To continue following the story on social media, follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

An Amazing Summer Awaits!

Staff Training has begun, and that means summer is only a week or so away!  Our staff of 40+ young people have gathered together at Camp Lebanon to undergo an intense couple weeks of training, where they will learn the ins and outs of summer and plan all the fun campers will experience for the next 3 months.

Days during Staff Training are all a little bit different, with various sessions that give the staff tools to love on campers and show them who Jesus is.  Staff also get to connect with their supervisors during Team Times, play games that grow team unity and cooperation, and have worship and chapel times at the Eagle’s Nest.

One highlight from Staff Training so far was our visit to the home of our Executive Director, Bill Abeler and his wife Lisa (Women’s Ministries Director).  The staff got to enjoy yard games, board games, and absolutely delicious crepes!  After some worship in the living room, the Abelers led a get-to-know-you activity that involved trying to draw an animal on a paper plate on top of your head, which ended up with very amusing results.  Then Bill and Lisa shared their vision for the summer with the staff, challenging them to learn more about God as our Awesome Creator this summer!

One final highlight of the last few days was the male and female counselors receiving their cabin assignments for the summer.  Their supervisors handed out the flags that represented the country name of the cabins that they will be in for most of the summer!  These summer staffers are SO excited to meet their campers!


Keep watching this blog for more updates on our summer preparations!  And get ready for daily updates about summer camp starting June 9th!  To continue following the story on social media, follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Meet the 2018 Summer Staff

Summer camps officially start at Camp Lebanon in only 7 days.  Our summer team is in the midst of Staff Training, preparing to welcome over 1500 kids to camp!  Here is your chance to get to know a little about each of them, so that you can keep them and the ministry of Camp Lebanon in your prayers!  #TheFunnestFun #ToVictory!

Fore more from Camp Lebanon this summer, be sure to subscribe to this blog!  Each week, our Photoblogger will be posting daily blog posts and photo updates!  You can see a full album of each camp week, updated daily, on our Facebook page.  Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for other fun updates, and tag us in your Camp Lebanon posts (you can use the hashtag #TheFunnestFun)!  See you this summer!

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Summer Staff Training

Hello! My name is Bekah, and this summer, I will be capturing the story of summer camp through pictures and writing. I am new to Camp Lebanon, and I am very excited to see the work that God does here and share it with all of you.

We are kicking off the summer here at camp with staff training May 28th-June 8th. It is a great way to get the staff together, new and old, to form a unified team as they learn more about camp, their position, and the group of people they get to work with over the coming months. The week started off with a getting-to-know-you session with the new staff followed by free time filled with a very competitive game of Apples to Apples and lots of giggles before heading to the cabins for the night.

Tuesday morning held a delicious breakfast and a Q and A session after going over some policies and guidelines. We were given more free time in which most people enjoyed the lake in kayaks, paddle boats, and the swimming area. The new staff was joined by the returning staff in the afternoon, and after an orientation, we were led on a tour of camp learning old stories and future plans along the way.

We were then divided into our “staff families.” These are groups that spend extra time together to support one another and make deeper connections. The groups spent time to get to know the family members and come up with a silly family name. Afterwards, we reunited as a whole to announce their names and worship followed by lights out.

Wednesday morning, we began adjusting to the camp schedule by getting up at 7:00 AM for time alone with God and raising the flag before breakfast. Following breakfast, there was time set aside for some of the staff members to give their testimonies. This will be going on throughout staff training so that every member will share with the group.


The rest of the morning was spent learning about procedures and talking about what the summer will look like as a whole and in certain positions. That night, we gathered for worship and chapel time, and afterwards, we all played a night game called “Live Action Mafia.”

Thursday morning began the same as Wednesday, and in the afternoon, we filled out paperwork, learned about Camp Lebanon history, and played a few games.

We were used as guinea pigs to test out new games to play with the campers this year, and it was a lot of fun! The games were also used as an example of how to properly lead an activity and clean up afterwards.

We then got to listen to our Marketing Director talk a little bit about what the marketing team will be doing this summer and how everyone can assist in the effort.

After dinner, we were graciously hosted by our Camp Director and his wife at their home. It was our time to relax after a long day of learning where we played all sorts of games.

There were board games, cards games, dice games, yard games, ping pong, basketball, catch, and some people decided to just talk and relax!

This morning, we again had our time with God, raised the flag, had breakfast, and listened to more testimonies.

Right now, people are working in groups according to their position to practice for the summer. We have lunch coming up soon, and I am looking forward to after lunch when we will run through all of our action songs that we will sing with the kids this summer.

I am so excited to be in this position and have the opportunity to share these things. The summer is going to be an awesome ride, and I hope you all check in on what God is doing here.

Thank you for reading, God bless!


Our Awesome Summer Staff!


There’s just one way to God, and it’s Jesus! Yee-HAW!

Pharaoh, Pharaoh – Oh, BABY, let my people go FREE! Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah…

Father Abraham had many sons…many sons had Father Abraham…

Na na nanananana Na na nanananana!

For all the 2017 Camp Lebanon Summer Staff, these songs are some of the most memorable sounds of the summer.  Through countless Na Nas and Pharaoh Pharaohs, this amazing team of young men and women strove to further the mission of Camp Lebanon by providing campers with a Meeting Place with God, week in and week out.

Our summer staff are absolutely vital to the function of Camp Lebanon during the summer (and beyond!).  We had over 40 summer-long staff who hopped on board and said “Game On!” this summer, plus so many volunteer nurses, fishing grandparents, and more who joined in on a weekly basis to serve campers.  To top it all off, we saw many teenagers joining our summer staff ranks through our D3 & Jr. Staff Program!  There are countless ways to impact campers during a summer at Camp Lebanon, whether you dedicate an entire summer or come up for a few days at a time.  We cannot say enough about the wonderful people who donated their time to support our summer-long staff and Core Staff during our busiest months of the year – Thank You!!

The 2017 Summer Staff was defined by their spirit of love and community towards one another throughout the summer.  It can be a long and sometimes tiring road to travel for three months (or more), but this team came together quickly during Staff Training and bonded in a way that shone through all summer.  Through the good and the hard times, these young people supported and cared for one another as they all worked towards a single purpose: to show God’s love to the 1700+ campers who came into their lives week after week.  Our year-round staff are so encouraged by their example of godly leadership and servanthood!

As we head into the fall and winter seasons, we are reminded of how God provides for us in mighty ways!  For many of these summer staffers, their time at Camp did not end with the last week of summer camp.  Some will be returning throughout these upcoming months to help out with weekend retreats like Father-Daughter, Men’s & Women’s Retreats, and winter camps like Mega Fun and Arctic Blast in January and February!

There are so many opportunities to delve into the ministry that is happening at Camp Lebanon year-round.  If you have a desire to plug in to what’s happening at Camp, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and find out the opportunities we have for you!  We love bringing more people into our staff family!

For more info on volunteering or working at Camp Lebanon, contact us: info@camplebanon.org or  800.816.1502


Meet the next group of our 2017 summer staff!


Name: Kenn McLeod
Age: 20
College: University of NW – St. Paul
Major: Business Administration & Entrepeneurship
Position: Audio-Visual Services/Tech Support
Favorite Bible Verse: Phil 2:5
Favorite Quote: Sic Parvis Magna – “Greatness from small beginnings.”
Favorite Hobbies: Legos, Frisbee, Video Games, and Swing Dance
Least Favorite Word: Loofa
Introvert or Extrovert: Ambivert
Best Vacation Ever: Yellowstone National Park
Favorite Kind of Cheese:  Meunster
Chipotle Order:  All of the chips & guac
Favorite Get-To-Know-You Question:  Name your top 3 hobbies/pastimes 


Name: Cameron Miller
Age: 18
College: NDSU
Major: Occupational therapy/
Position: Counselor
Favorite Bible Verse:  Philippians 2:3
Favorite Quote: “Look around. We’re one and
the same, same heart same
blood”. -Fives, Star Wars
the Clone Wars
Favorite Hobbies: Ultimate Frisbee, drawing,
photography, video games,
Least Favorite Word:  UP!!!
Introvert or Extrovert: Extrovert
Best Vacation Ever: Ecuador
Favorite Kind of Cheese: Sharp
Chipotle Order: Burrito bowl, Steak, white
rice, black beans, sour
cream, cheese, fajita
veggies, chips.
Favorite Get-To-Know-You Question: Cuál es tu personaje
favorito de Star Wars? (Who
is your favorite Star Wars


Name: Mariah Simonson
Age: 25
College: Azusa Pacific University
Major: M.S. College Counseling and
Student Development
Position: Waterfront Supervisor
Favorite Bible Verse: Luke 15
Favorite Quote: You can’t stop the waves,
but you can learn to surf. –
Jon Kabat-Zinn
Favorite Hobbies: Running, volleyball, piano,
ukulele, knitting
Least Favorite Word:  Spike (when referring to
hitting a volleyball)
Introvert or Extrovert: Extrovert!
Best Vacation Ever: Hawaii when I was 15!
Favorite Kind of Cheese: Gouda
Chipotle Order: Chicken burrito bowl with
white rice, black beans,
lettuce, cheese, mild salsa,
and light sour cream
Favorite Get-To-Know-You Question: If you could swim in a pool
filled with anything what
would it be? (I choose


Name: Becca Deters
Age: 20
College: Augustana College
Major: Biology/ Pre-Vet,
Position: Lifeguard
Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Peter 1:8
Favorite Quote: “Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery, today
is a gift of God, which is
why we call it the present.”
-Bil Keane
Favorite Hobbies: Volunteering at animal
shelters, rollerblading,
Least Favorite Word: It depends on the day
Introvert or Extrovert: Introvert
Best Vacation Ever: Texas, summer of 2012
Favorite Kind of Cheese: Colby Jack
Chipotle Order: Burrito bowl with white rice
(extra), chicken, 2(large)
scoops of mild salsa, 1
scoop of hot, lettuce,
cheese, and chips and
guacamole on the side
Favorite Get-To-Know-You Question: If you could have any
useless superpower, what
would it be?


Name: Katie Ross
Position: Counselor
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 46:11
Favorite Quote: Courage does not always
roar. Sometimes courage is
the quiet voice at the end
of the day saying “I will
try again tomorrow”.
Favorite Hobbies: Kayaking, being outside,
photography, going for
walks, puddle jumping, and
anything else outside.
Least Favorite Word:  Yep
Introvert or Extrovert: Introvert
Best Vacation Ever: Too many to
choose….whenever I found a
great place for espresso or
Favorite Kind of Cheese: Strong Australian cheese
Chipotle Order: Chicken burrito – shared
Favorite Get-To-Know-You Question: Fold or crumple (TP)?



Name: Cara Francisco
Age: 25
College: Grand Canyon University
Major: Secondary Education
Position: LIT Supervisor
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 34:18
Favorite Quote: My most recent favorite
quote is from one of the 9th
graders from my youth group.
“We are vegans every other
Thursday. I read once that
you have to take being a
vegan one day at a time, so
we chose every other
Favorite Hobbies: I don’t have a lot of
hobbies, but I really want
to be one of those people
with a really cool random
hobby like glass blowing or
whittling or something. In
reality though I watch
educational YouTube videos
and put glitter on things
that have no business having
sparkles, like a stapler. I
also decided to make mug
collecting into a hobby, but
mostly to justify buying so
Least Favorite Word: Bae
Introvert or Extrovert: Introvert
Best Vacation Ever: Virginia
Favorite Kind of Cheese: Pepper Jack
Chipotle Order: A burrito bowl with white
rice, no beans, chicken,
corn salsa and a tiny tiny
bit of hot salsa, sour
cream, cheese and lettuce.
Favorite Get-To-Know-You Question: What is your favorite sharp


Name: Mitch Young
Age: 20
College: I am in transition from
coming back from the Army,
and I am looking at being a
diesel mechanic.
Position: Lifeguard
Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 40:31
Favorite Quote: “There’s always a bigger
fish.” Qui-Gon Jin
Favorite Hobbies: Warhammer 40K
Least Favorite Word: Drop.
Introvert or Extrovert: Yes
Best Vacation Ever: Visiting the Red-woods in
Favorite Kind of Cheese: Pepperjack
Chipotle Order: I don’t really ever go to
Favorite Get-To-Know-You Question: What is your favorite Disney


Name: Emma Ramaley
Age: 22
College: Bethel University
Major: English Education
Position: Housekeeping Supervisor
Favorite Bible Verse: 1 John 3:1
Favorite Quote: Tell me, what is it you plan
to do with your one wild and
precious life? -Mary Oliver
Favorite Hobbies: I enjoy reading, exploring
new places, and playing
games with my friends and
Least Favorite Word: Crusty
Introvert or Extrovert: Extroverted
Best Vacation Ever: Barcelona, Spain
Favorite Kind of Cheese: Colby Jack
Chipotle Order: Chicken Burrito Bowl with
black beans, brown rice,
corn salsa, mild salsa,
guacamole, sour cream,
cheese, and lettuce.
Favorite Get-To-Know-You Question: What is the story of the
shoes you are wearing right
now? (Where did you get
them? How long have you had
them? Where is the most
exciting place you have worn
them? etc)