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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For full-sized version of this week’s photos, go to our Google Drive Album!

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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Praise the Lord for a GREAT Summer 2017!

What an amazing SUMMER!  God is so good, and Summer 2017 was one of the best ever.  We had over 1700 campers here this summer, and our prayer is that each one left knowing their Creator God a little bit better!

Our theme this summer was GAME ON! We talked about being ready to live life for Christ and to teach others about who He is.  Just like a baseball player who has trained his whole life to play the game of baseball, he is meant to go out and actually play the game, not just sit on the sidelines! Our hope this summer was to help campers learn how to get in the game and to spread the good news of Jesus to everyone they know!

The ministry of summer camp is done in all areas – through fun games, cabin time and devotions, awesome chapel speakers and worship, and learning new skills.  We challenged campers to build relationships with their cabin mates, to learn something new every day (Skills or Clinics & Seminars), and to dive in to God’s Word (TAG Time, Chapels, cabin devos, etc).

Through every cabin cleaned, every dish washed, every mouth fed, every camper hugged, our year-round and summer-long staff has prayed that God’s love would be experienced here and His truth would be proclaimed.  Praise God for an amazing summer of camping ministry! Onward – and GAME ON!

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Cabin Adventures!

There’s nothing quite so fun as spending time with your cabin group every day. We love it so much that we even schedule in special times for cabins to have adventures together!  Going to camp is all about adventure – for some it is their first week away from home, first time at camp, or first time making friends outside of school or church.  These are big adventures in themselves!  But at Camp Lebanon, we want to make sure that campers come away with experiences that will last a lifetime.  Adventures that they can tell their friends and family about long after school has started up again.

Counselors get to plan daily Cabin Adventures, and this gives them the opportunity to build cabin unity and teamwork in their group of campers.  Since counselors get to plan these adventures throughout the week, they can make them special to the particular group of campers that they have.  If they have an energetic group, they might pick a more active adventure, like extra swim time, or a hike out to Bass Point, or a kayaking trip.

Other counselors might want to connect with a quieter cabin, so they might pick a more laid back adventure, like a tea party in the dining hall or chalk drawing on the Hub.  Other fun adventures have included (but are not limited to) costume parties, Wiffleball games, turtle hunting, and some fun circle-up games in the Treehouse.  The last thing you will ever hear a camper say at Camp Lebanon is that they are bored!  Counselors use these adventure times to help campers to get to know one another, learn how to have fun in different ways, and be creative with their time and energy.

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#MEETTHESTAFFMONDAY Round 6

Meet the next group of our 2017 summer staff!

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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 

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Name: Cameron Miller
Age: 18
College: NDSU
Major: Occupational therapy/
Psychology
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,
rollerblading.
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
character?)

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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
jello)

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Name: Becca Deters
Age: 20
College: Augustana College
Major: Biology/ Pre-Vet,
Mathematics
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,
reading
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?

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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
dessert.
Favorite Kind of Cheese: Strong Australian cheese
Chipotle Order: Chicken burrito – shared
Favorite Get-To-Know-You Question: Fold or crumple (TP)?

 

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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
Thursday.”
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
many.
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
object?

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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
California.
Favorite Kind of Cheese: Pepperjack
Chipotle Order: I don’t really ever go to
Chipotle.
Favorite Get-To-Know-You Question: What is your favorite Disney
movie.

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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
family.
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)

#MEETTHESTAFFMONDAY Round Five

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Name:  Marissa Hinrichs
Age: 24
College:  University of North Dakota
Major: Social Work
Position: Lifeguard / Program Staff
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:18
Favorite Quote:  “If you have been brutally broken, but still have the courage to be gentle to others, then you deserve a love deeper than the ocean itself.”
Favorite Hobbies: Crosswords, DIY home decor, playing with puppies, eating popcorn, & spontaneous adventures
Least Favorite Word: Nerd
Introvert or Extrovert: Introvert, with extrovert tendencies
Best Vacation Ever: Mexico with my best friend since diapers, Brianne
Favorite Kind of Cheese: Pepper Jack
Chipotle Order: Chips & Guac
Favorite Get-To-Know-You Question:  You’re stranded on an island… what are the 3 things you’d bring with you?

 

 

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Name: Mitchell Weege
Age: 19
College: University of Northwestern- St. Paul
Major: Social Studies Education
Position: Senior Counselor
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 37:4-5
Favorite Quote: “God calls us to treat others better than they deserve, just as God treats us better than we deserve.”
Favorite Hobbies: Basketball, soccer, hunting, fishing
Least Favorite Word: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Introvert or Extrovert: Extrovert
Best Vacation Ever: Ozark Mountains
Favorite Kind of Cheese: Pepper Jack
Chipotle Order: Double wrapped burrito with barbacao, white rice, pinto beans, mild salsa, corn, cheese, sour cream, and lettuce
Favorite Get-To-Know-You Question: What do you like to do?

 

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Name: Jackson Standafer
Age: 19
College: University of Northwestern St. Paul
Major: Finance
Position: Worship Lead
Favorite Bible Verse: James 1
Favorite Quote: “I find your lack of faith disturbing” -Darth Vader
Favorite Hobbies: Playing Sports of all Kinds, Playing instruments, Playing board games…just about anything
Least Favorite Word: Phlegm
Introvert or Extrovert: Extrovert
Best Vacation Ever: Pelican Rapids, MN
Favorite Kind of Cheese: Provolone or Pepperjack
Chipotle Order: Steak Burrito Bowl, tortilla in the bowl, to go. Cheese, lettuce, mild salsa, corn salsa. YUMM
Favorite Get-To-Know-You Question: If your life was made into a movie, what would be the genre?

 

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Name:  Elias Schomer
Age:  21
College:  Wheaton College (for a few more days, then University of North Dakota in the fall)
Major:  Mathematics
Position: Male Counselor
Favorite Bible Verse: 1 John 1:9
Favorite Quote:  Fairy tale does not deny the existence of sorrow and failure: the possibility of these is necessary to the joy of deliverance. It denies (in the face of much evidence, if you will) universal final defeat…giving a fleeting glimpse of Joy; Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief.
Favorite Hobbies: I play board games, ultimate, and video games and I enjoy reading and knowing things
Least Favorite Word: Frisbee
Introvert or Extrovert:  It depends on the people. Some energize me, some drain me
Best Vacation Ever:  Pine Ridge Resort (Longville, MN)
Favorite Kind of Cheese: Free
Chipotle Order: Double-wrapped steak burrito with plain rice because I can’t do cilantro
Favorite Get-To-Know-You Question: If you could be any kind of animal, what would you eat?

 

 

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Name:  Laura Orpen
Age: 20
College: North Dakota State University
Major: Human Development and Family Science
Position:  Female Lead Counselor
Favorite Bible Verse: Lamentations 3:22-23
Favorite Quote: “What I hear when I’m being yelled at is people caring loudly at me.”  Leslie Knope
Favorite Hobbies:   singing loud, going on walks, hanging out at Target
Least Favorite Word: “tender” blehhhh
Introvert or Extrovert: Extrovert
Best Vacation Ever: In high school I got to go to a language and culture camp in China!
Favorite Kind of Cheese:  Pepper Jack
Chipotle Order:  I don’t know, chicken? (I have only been to chipotle twice sorry world.)
Favorite Get-To-Know-You Question:  If you could have a building named after yourself, what type of building would it be?

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Name: BYRON OOSTRA
Age: 24
College: PINE TECHNICAL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Major: GUNSMITHING
Position: MALE JUNIOR STAFF SUPERVISOR
Favorite Bible Verse: PHILLIPIANS 2
Favorite Hobbies:  WOODWORKING, GUN STUFF, THE OUTDOORS
Introvert or Extrovert: EXTERNAL-INTROVERT
Best Vacation Ever: GLACIER NATIONAL PARK 
Chipotle Order:  BURRITO, EXTRA RICE, EXTRA CHICKEN, HOT SAUCE, CHEESE, LETTUCE, CILANTRO AND LIME

Kasey_Olson

Name:  Kasey Olson
Age: 20 
College:  Crown College
Major:  Youth and Family Ministry
Position:  Counselor
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 5:8
Favorite Quote: In myself, nothing. In Christ, everything. – A.W. Tozer
Favorite Hobbies: Soccer, Running
Least Favorite Word:  Decaf
Introvert or Extrovert:  Introvert
Best Vacation Ever: Montana
Favorite Kind of Cheese: Gouda
Chipotle Order: Chicken Tacos
Favorite Get-To-Know-You Question:  If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

5 Reasons to Consider Summer Camp @ Camp Lebanon!

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There are so many great reasons to make Summer Camp a part of your schedule this summer!  A great blog post from a few weeks ago gives 8 Reasons to Consider Summer Camp.  We love all of these reasons, and we wanted to add some of our own!  We think Camp Lebanon is a great place to consider as your  home away from home this summer, so let us tell you FIVE reasons to spend a week of your summer with us!

 

1) EXPERIENCE CREATION

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Whether you are swimming, hiking, boating, or just looking out over the water in the early morning, there is so much to see and appreciate about God’s Creation at Camp Lebanon. Enjoy cool, clear water, abundant fishing, and a safe waterfront on Cedar Lake, full of opportunities for swimming and boating adventures.  Take out a canoe, kayak, or paddle boat.  Go sailing.  Take a group of friends out to Turtle Bay and see if you can spot some turtles or beavers.  Hike one of our many trails along the shoreline, or through the woods and out to our campfire site, Bass Point.  No matter the weather, God’s glory is clearly visible in nature!

2) DELICIOUS FOOD

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It was no surprise to Camp staff this spring when “Camp Food” won our March Craziness Bracket.  We have a top notch creative team in the kitchen, headed by Chef Jim.  He loves to cook fun, healthy meals for campers year round.  And, BONUS, you don’t have to worry about cleaning any dishes!  Also, you won’t leave Camp without hearing about the always delicious, always heart-healthy, Camp Lebanon OATMEAL!

3) LASTING FRIENDSHIPS

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Camp has always been about building friendships and growing relationships.  Families come to get away from the burdens of technology and a busy world, to reconnect with one another in a peaceful, encouraging environment.  Summer campers spend a week away from home learning how to thrive in their friendships and to develop new ones.

4) RELAXED FUN & TIME TO PLAY

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From the first seven rings of the Camp Bell on opening day to the cries of “Thank You, God, for a Really Great WEEK!” at the closing rally, Camp is packed full of memories that will stay with kids for a lifetime.  Campers spend a week in a cabin with other kids their age, experiencing the joy of being outside, playing games, and laughing together.  Our Summer Staff prepares for weeks in advance to provide every kid with the “Funnest Fun!” There are great options like carpetball, foursquare, octoball, and chalk drawing.  During Free Time, kids can swim, craft in the Craft Room, get a snack at the Canteen, or ride the Zipline.  For older kids, we have archery and paintball options as well.   So many ways to enjoy time together in this special place.  God’s presence can be seen so clearly in the laughter of His children!

5) SPIRITUAL NURTURE

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Every day, campers head into the Chapel to spend time in worship and digging into God’s Word.  Camp Lebanon brings speakers in for each age group who encourage campers to think deeply about scripture and the theme that Camp focuses on each summer.  Counselors and other staff members strive to meet each child where they are in their spiritual walk, and to provide encouragement in being more like Christ.  Through memorizing scripture, daily TAG times (Time Alone with God), inspiring chapels, and nightly cabin devotions, Camp Lebanon hopes to be a meeting place with God for every camper who comes up our driveway!

Want to find out more?

Check out our website for more details on summer camp weeks and availability!  If you have any questions, visit our FAQ, or give us a call!  We would love to help you find the perfect fit for your family or your child to visit us this summer!

So many Junior High campers!

Good morning/afternoon! Our first evening of Junior High 3 was a blast – and we still have four more days! Here’s a little bit about how we started the week…

The summer’s last Junior High session started, of course, with check-in and meeting our counselors. For a few hours, we had had time to settle into our cabins, take our swim tests, and just hang out. Many campers flocked to Octoball, which suddenly seems a lot more crowded when the session is this big!

Just before dinner, we gathered as a group to create cabin cheers and meet the other counselors. Dinner was a delicious picnic of pizza, salad, and brownies! After dinner, we got a camp tour, learned the rules, and had canteen.

At evening chapel, we met our speaker for the week: Josh Keller, a youth pastor from Litchfield. He talked about how our culture is changing – and to illustrate that, we played “Name That Tune” with songs from the past 15 years. It was super fun! He also set up for what he’ll talk about the rest of the week by talking about how what’s around us impacts what we seek after.

The last part of our night was the staff Variety Show, which included skits we’ve seen in the past as well as new material! So fun. Afterwards, we headed off to devos and bed so we could be ready for another great day today.

Please pray that we would all have a fun, safe week, and that we would see God work in amazing ways in the lives of these campers!

1st Half of Summer in 20 Pictures

It’s crazy to think it’s already the middle of July!  Camp is flying.  In two sentences or less, how would one sum up the summer at Camp so far? Well, in the words of Rich Olson, Camp’s Director of Youth Ministries, “Campers have been loved and Staff have been the epitome of flexibility.” It’s been an amazing summer so far and God is at work in the lives of campers and staff alike.  In this post we’re going to attempt to capture the 1st half of summer in 20 pictures.  Enjoy!

(p.s. Be sure to check back to this blog for frequent updates during the 2nd half of summer!)

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1. Weekly Campfire Trek to Bass Point.  

This Camp tradition continues on with every age group, for youth and family camps alike. It’s a highlight of every week, complete with singing some fun songs, sharing God’s blessings popcorn style, Bobber Bill’s “Lion Hunt”, and the “Praise God Yell!”

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2. Fourth Time Is the Charm.

The Camp carnival is a weekly tradition for Super Kids and Adventurers camps. One fun part of that is the “Dunk Tank.” As a camper, this is the perfect opportunity to soak your favorite counselor/staff member with ice cold water. Weston Wold got dunked not once, not twice, not thrice, but four times!

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3. Counselor Hunt!

Super Kids and Adventurers also get to enjoy a “Counselor Hunt.” The rules are simple: be the first to find (& tag) a counselor/staff member before the bell rings and you get to push them in the lake. Pictured below are some fortunate staff who were bested by the campers during this particular week.  (NOTE: Check out Byron Oostra’s perfect line form…now that’s devotion!)

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4. Cabin Time

The weekly scheduled is designed for cabins to bond with one another, strengthening current friendships and making new ones. Pictures below is the cabin of Pakistan from Adventurers.

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5. Oh yes, it’s Pie Day!

Each week campers & staff are given the opportunity to memorize Bible verses. For each verse memorized they get to put one slip of paper in the bucket with their name on it. During closing rally one girl camper, boy camper, female staff, and male staff member are drawn from the bucket. Then they get to choose the staff member of their choice and make a memory.  Hopefully the pie will be properly applied to the face, hair, ears, and up the nose 🙂

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6. “Flexcellence” – The Union of Excellence & Flexibility

Sometimes you need to call an audible due to circumstances that are out of your control. Junior High 1 experienced one of those moments when some big storms came through. Instead of chapel in the main hall, songs were sung in a crowded (windowless) hallway and the rest of chapel took place in the dining hall.  Perfect example of flexcellence!

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7. Gone Fishin’

If I was a fish the first question I’d ask them is whether or not they have a competition to see who can get caught the most. Some of these sunnies must get hooked 100+ times! The kids love it and sometimes largemouth bass, walleyes, northerns, and crappies are caught too. (pictured below: the girl on the right laughs as three boys struggle to keep up with her fishing skills.)

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8. Summer Characters & Staff Skits

There’s a summer long story going on during the Galactic Adventure with beloved characters. What adventures will they find next?

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9. Counselors Turned Heroes!

Do you remember being in 3rd – 6th grade? College and high school ages people were the coolest ever and became heroes and role models. At Camp, our staff loves kids and desires to show them the love of Christ lived out.

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10. Pie Five!

Abbey Minke, radio personality on Mix94.9 and former junior staffer at Camp, visited for a day this summer.  Little did she know there was a surPIEse waiting for her!

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11. The Camp Lebanon Variety Show!

If normal pictures are worth a thousand words, this picture is worth at least two thousand. This is a snapshot of one of many skits the staff puts on for kids each week.

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12. So Colorful!

This is just a great picture overall. Joy. Bright colors. Tie-dye. Friends. Nature. Camp.

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13. Fun at the Amphitheater. 

When the Camp bell rings there is a 75% chance you’re supposed to go to the amphitheater. Mail calls, flag raising, flag lowering, skits, seminars, games, Bible verse memory, closing rally, and more.

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14. The Camp Sign.

One of the first things you see when you come to Camp is the welcome sign…well, besides the driveway and trees and other smart aleck answers 🙂  This picture is also in the running for the Best Picture of the Summer Award.

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15. NEW! Nine Square in the Air.

This summer Camp installed its first Nine Square game and it has caught on quite well. It’s exactly like four square except there are nine squares and you get one hit to keep the ball from touching the ground in your square while hitting to someone else.  Come to Camp and give it a try!

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16. A Legendary Performance

During Family Camp Week all guests were treated with a performance of “Swimming Buddy” by it’s author and Camp legend, Scott Woller. This performance became legendary with the addition of his daughter for a one-of-a-kind rendition.

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17. Pure Joy.

Ever wondered what Joy would look like if it was a person? Look at this picture…this is it. This picture is also in the running for the Best Picture of the Summer Award.

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18. A Bobber Bill Miracle!

Unable to run at full speed, feeling the pain of shin splints, and hindered by bifocals, “Bobber” Bill Abeler scored the game ending goal during Family Camp Week. The girls couldn’t believe it and walk away  while glancing at the celebration.

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19. High Flying Summer. 

This summer has been high energy, high heat, and high flying. Pictured below are a couple of campers from Junior High 1.  We’re still wondering how long they’ll be able to hold this pose.

p.s. This will be another entry in the Best Picture of the Summer Awards contest.

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20. The Weather is an Attitude

A common phrase at Camp is “the weather is an attitude…so how’s the weather?” As you can see in this picture, the weather is great!  A little rain is going to stop the funnest fun from happening!

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Thanks for reading!  We’re excited to see what is in store for the 2nd half of summer. Please keep us in your prayers!  To God be the Glory.