Super Kids 4 – Day Five

Today was the last day of summer youth camps!  We said goodbye to over 200 Super Kids after a really fun Closing Rally, which celebrated not only an amazing week of summer camp, but an amazing summer of ministry!

Campers and parents started off the Closing Rally by watching the slideshow and video show in the Main Hall.  Then, we headed out to the Steps of the Faith.  Campers showed off some of our favorite songs from the week (The Hippo Song, and the Butterfly Song).  Then it was time to hand out prizes for Polar Dip, Gorilla Gets the Man, and the fishing competition!

After prizes, we heard a little bit from our speaker, Darla, who encouraged campers to remember that they were made by God, with His own hands.  She wanted them to remember that God made them to be special, not because of anything that they can do, but because of who He says they are.

Then it was time to hear from Bobber Bill!  We took a Love Offering for two summer camps in Ukraine that Camp Lebanon has been supporting for years.  We also got to see the summer-long characters one last time, and see their story resolve.

Then it was time for every camper’s favorite part of the Closing Rally – PIES!  Every camper gets the chance to memorize verses all week, and if they say the verses to their counselor, they get their name in the bucket to possibly get to pie a staff member of their choice!  Staff say verses too, and also get to pie someone.

It was a grand finale to a grand summer!  It’s hard to believe that summer 2019 is already over.  Thank you, God, for a really great Super Kids 4…and a really great SUMMER!

To continue following the story of Camp all year long, 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 email inbox soon for an email with links to high quality photos from the week, the video of the week, and a PDF document with some discussion questions for talking to your camper about their week at Camp!

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Super Kids 4 – Day Four

In last night’s chapel, Bobber Bill visited to tell us more about The Creator’s Book!  We learned about the Bible (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth!), like how many books it has, how chapters and verses work, and how it is a Love Letter from God to us: a rescue plan to save His lost people!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Read 2 Timothy 3:16.  Practice finding some verses with your camper – start with John 3:16 (or any of the other verses campers memorized this week)!  Ask your camper what the message of the Bible is – what is God’s rescue plan?  How is the Bible a love letter to His Creation?

The last full day of Super Kids 4 began with beautiful, cool weather and partly-cloudy skies.  Campers woke up, cleaned their cabins, went to Polar Dip (brrr!) and headed down for Flag Raising and breakfast.  We had French Toast sticks, sausage, and fruit for breakfast today!

Then it was time for Morning Chapel.  This morning, Rich Olson, Camp Lebanon’s Director of Youth & Family, gave campers a mission – to go out into nature and find cool things with their cabin!  It was a time for campers and their counselors to go exploring and see what kinds of fun things they could discover in God’s Creation!

After Chapel, it was time for morning Options & Cabin Adventure.  For Options, campers could pick from different activities throughout Camp to do.  Then, for Cabin Adventure, counselors were in charge of leading their cabin in a fun group activity.

Then it was time for lunch line-up and lunch!  Today’s meal was ham & cheese sandwiches, tater tots, salad, and tapioca pudding and fruit for dessert.  When lunch was over, it was time for another skit!  Then campers went to their cabins to get their mail and have some rest time (Toes-Up Time).

After Toes-Up, Free Time began!  The sun peeked out from behind the clouds and gave us a beautiful sunny afternoon for swimming, ziplining, laser tagging, and crafting!  Not to mention canteen treating, carpetballing, octoballing, and 4-squaring!  Our summer staff has seen these campers just having the most joyful laughter all week, going all out and having the most fun they can.  It’s been a great finale to the summer, and we are sad to see summer youth camps coming to a close.

After Free Time, we lined up for Flag Lowering and dinner.  The last night is always PIZZA night, so we all had a pizza party in the Dining Hall.  Then it was time for our last Chapel with Darla.  Tonight, Darla talked about how our Creator is still creating!  He is continuing to hold the universe together, creating new life and making new Christians!  Not only that, but He is getting heaven ready for us.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Darla told campers that we can have 3 things because of Jesus – can your camper remember what they are?  (Peace, Help, and Hope).  God is preparing a place for us!  Take some time to imagine with your camper about what heaven might be like.  What are some things that make us say “wow” that might be even more awesome when we get to heaven?

After Chapel, we had some extended Free Time/Canteen Time to fit in some extra zipline and laser tag sessions.  Then it was time to get ready for the Campfire Trek!  Campers and counselors will head out to Bass Point for our end-of-week Campfire, where we’ll sing some silly campfire songs, play Gorilla Gets the Man, and maybe even go on a Lion Hunt.

Tomorrow, parents arrive to pick up campers.  It’s hard to believe that our youth camp season is coming to and end – we’ve had an incredible summer!  Tomorrow, we’ll show a video recap of the week, give out prizes, and send these wonderful Super Kids off!

To continue following the story of Camp all year long, 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 email inbox soon for an email with links to high quality photos from the week, the video of the week, and a PDF document with some discussion questions for talking to your camper about their week at Camp!

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Super Kids 4 – Day Three

In last night’s chapel, Darla talked about our Creator and how He came to our rescue.  When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, that meant that all of Creation needed a savior.  We were separated from God because of Sin, but our Creator (whose name is JESUS) became human and died to save us.  God loves us and invites us to say YES! to Jesus.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Read Genesis 3; John 1:1-18; 3:16-18.  Ask your camper if they can give some examples of how sin separates us from God and why Creation needed a rescue plan.  What does it mean to say “yes” to Jesus?

On to day three of Super Kids 4!  Campers woke up today to Polar Dip, clean their cabins, and gather for Flag Raising and breakfast.  Then it was time for Morning Chapel with Darla.  This morning, Darla talked about how we are Alive in the Creator.

After Morning Chapel, campers had some Free Time & Cabin Adventure before lunch time.  Today’s lunch was nachos in a boat, where campers could choose their own nacho toppings.  After lunch, we saw another skit from the summer-long characters, who were up to  more hilarious antics.  Then campers went back to their cabins to get today’s mail and have some Toes-Up Time before the big game.

Today’s game is Clue, which is basically a live-action version of the classic board game.  Staff play different characters, scattered all over camp.  Cabins work together as a team to travel between the different characters and solve the mystery based on the answers each staff member has to their questions.  It’s a really fun way to kick-off Free Time!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask your camper about the game of Clue.  What were some of the characters they interacted with during the game?  What was the mystery, and did they find out what happened?

Free Time usually opens up swimming, zipline, and laser tag, but today we had a bit of a rain storm as the afternoon began.  Campers broke out their umbrellas and rain jackets, and some just enjoyed puddle jumping and playing in the rain.  After we hadn’t heard thunder for a while, the beach and zipline opened up again.  Campers who missed their laser tag slot will be able to reschedule for later during evening Free Time.

After Free Time, we gathered for Flag Lowering and dinner line-up!  Tonight we had burgers, fries, and chocolate malts!  Right after dinner, it was time for the Carnival!  The Camp Lebanon Carnival is a really fun event for campers to play games run by staff, eat cotton candy, listen to fun music, and earn tickets to pay for dunking their counselor in the dunk tank!

When the Carnival is over, campers will get a little evening Free Time & Canteen before evening Chapel with Darla!  We’ll fill you in on tonight’s chapel in tomorrow’s blog post.  Until then, continue to follow the story throughout the week – follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.  And download the Camp App for notifications and easy access to Summer Camp info!

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Super Kids 4 – Day Two

We’ve had a great first full day of Super Kids 4!  Campers woke up early this morning, and some went down to the Waterfront to participate in the Polar Dip.  If they wanted to, campers could get into their swimsuits and take a quick dip in the chilly morning water.  If they do it every morning this week, they will get a prize on the last day!

Then it was time for Flag Raising and breakfast!  Campers get to sign up with their cabin to help raise and lower the flag each day, before the morning and evening meals.  After breakfast, campers went back to the cabin with their counselors to clean the cabin and get ready for the Camp Picture!  We took a big group photo on the Steps of Faith.  Here’s the goofy one we took at the end:

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Then it was time for Morning Chapel.  Darla talked to campers about the Awesome Creation, speaking out of the Genesis 1.  We learned all about how God Created everything in 6 days, out of NOTHING!  He made us in His image, which makes us all special.  Because of our Awesome Creator, we can know that God is powerful and life has purpose!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Read Genesis 1:1, 31.  Talk to your camper about what it might mean to be made in God’s image.  How does it feel to know that God looked at all of His Creation (including us!) and called it VERY good?  Take some time to talk about some of your favorite parts of God’s Awesome Creation – name some things that make you say “Wow!”

Morning Chapel was followed by some Free Time and Cabin Adventure!  For Free Time, campers could enjoy some of the fun things around Camp (except for swimming).  Lots of campers went fishing, several went down to play a game of Wiffleball, and others played 4-square or Octoball.

For Cabin Adventures, counselors plan a fun activity to do just as a cabin.  Some campers made posters with their cabin, two boy cabins teamed up to play Wiffleball, and much more!  Campers will have cabin adventures every day, so they’ll get to do lots of fun things with their cabin mates.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  What are some of the cabin adventures that your camper went on with their cabin?  Did they do any other fun activities just with their cabin group during their week at Camp?  What was their favorite cabin activity?

Then it was time for lunch!  We had yummy chicken strips, mac ‘n’ cheese, salad, and fruit for dessert.  After lunch, campers went to the Steps of Faith to watch a skit, with characters that we met yesterday during our intro.  These characters will be visiting us all week!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Can your camper tell you more about the summer-long characters?  What were all of their names?  What were they trying to do, and what plan did they have?  Did they succeed?

After the skit, campers went back to their cabins to get their Monday mail and to have a little bit of Toes-Up Time before Free Time!  But to kick off our Free Time, we hiked up to the North 40 Field for some Field Games.  Most of them were relays, and even with a little bit of a drizzly rain, we had a great time running around in the grass!

Then, of course, it was time for the usual fun of Free Time – swimming, zipline, crafts, and laser tag!

After Free Time, it was time for dinner!  We had pasta, red sauce, meatballs, and salad, with cheesecake in a cup for dessert.  Then it was time for a fun game of Capture the Flag (with a twist), played all over main Camp!  After Capture the Flag, campers will have some Canteen Time/Free Time before evening Chapel, where we will hear another talk from our speaker, Darla!

We’ll update you on tonight’s chapel in tomorrow’s blog.  Until then, continue to follow the story throughout the week – follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.  And download the Camp App for notifications and easy access to Summer Camp info!

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Super Kids 4 – Day One

Our last week of summer youth camp has begun!  We are so excited for these Super Kids to be here.  Campers arrived and met their counselors, some took their swim tests, others hung out on the Hub or in their cabins, getting to know their fellow campers.  After everyone had arrived, we all gathered on the Steps of Faith to greet the campers officially and introduce them to the Summer Staff members that will be hanging out with them all week.

Then it was time for Flag Lowering and dinner time!  Campers had a yummy meal of sub sandwiches, chips, veggies, juice boxes, and a brownie.  Then it was time for everyone to head to the chapel to hear the rules of the week before being dismissed by cabin to take a tour of Camp.  The tour gives campers the chance to ask questions about the week, find important locations at Camp, and generally get ready for a week of the Funnest Fun!

Campers grabbed their Bibles and headed in to the first Chapel of the week, with our speaker, Darla Benjamin!  Darla introduced herself to campers and then played “Seeing God” Bingo with them.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask your camper about “Seeing God” Bingo – how did the game work?  What are some of the things in Creation that make your camper say “Awesome!”  If you would like an activity to do together, make up your own bingo game about Creation and have fun!

After Chapel, it was time for some Canteen Time and Free Time before the Staff Variety Show!  Campers had some snacks and played 4-square, 9-square, and Octoball on the Hub before crowding in to the Chapel again for a fun show put on by the summer staff.  Our staff have created some really fun skits to perform for the campers – a great way to begin Super Kids 4, with laughter!

Campers are heading to bed soon, and will be well-rested for their first full day of summer camp tomorrow morning!  Don’t forget to follow the story throughout the week – follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.  And download the Camp App for notifications and easy access to Summer Camp info!

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Thank You God for a Really Great Summer!

Our final day of Camp for summer 2017 is over. We are so thankful for all of the fun and learning that happened this summer, and we are grateful for all of the opportunities to grow close to God that this summer presented.

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Our closing rally today featured prizes for the Polar Dip and fishing, as well as a video show of the week, a final message from our speaker Nate Miller, and a love offering for Source of Life Camp in Ukraine. We had the biggest offering of the summer today, and we are already amazed at all of the ways that God is going to use those gifts to grow his Kingdom.

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It has been an amazing summer, and we are so excited for what God is going to do at Camp Lebanon this fall and next summer. THANK YOU GOD FOR A REALLY GREAT SUMMER!

Here’s a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Super Kids 4

 

 

The Last Day Diary

Our last full day of Camp for summer 2017 started the same as any other day; with the Polar Dip! A rainy morning made the polar dip extra chilly today, so it certainly woke us up. After a delicious breakfast of French toast sticks, we had our first Skills classes for the day.

In morning chapel, Mitch Geiken taught us about the importance of prayer and how to incorporate prayer into our everyday lives in practical ways. Then, we had lunch and our last Skills classes of the summer. We have have a blast teaching and learning in Skills this year!

Next, we had some Toes-up Time before our afternoon game. Today, the game was the Mascot challenge! Campers dressed up their counselors as a cabin mascot using only the things that they had in their cabins already. There were a lot of fun characters made and a lot of laughter was had!

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After the game it was FREE TIME! Today during Free Time, the weather was rainy, but it didn’t stop us from having a blast. We swam, did crafts, slid in the mud, ran through puddles, rode the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline, and played a fun round of Mafia. It was a great last Free Time of the summer.

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After a wonderful dinner of pizza, we had our final even chapel with our speaker Nate Miller. We have learned a lot from Nate this week and we are thankful for all the truths that he has brought us this week. Now, we are having our last Canteen time before our last campfire of the summer! It is still raining, so we’re going to have our campfire inside. We are still going to have a blast though!

We are sad to be done with our last full day of Camp for the summer, but we are also so thankful for how wonderful this week was. Tune in tomorrow for the final closing rally!

Here’s a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Super Kids 4

The Tuesday Chronicles

Tuesday at Camp was filled with more new and exciting ways to get to know each other and to learn. Once again, our day started with the Polar Dip! A thick blanket of fog over the lake this morning added an extra layer of excitement to jumping in. Then, everyone dried off and put on some layers for the chilly morning! We had a delicious breakfast, then we had our first Skills classes for the day.

Next, we had morning chapel where Laura Orpen as “The Rocket” taught us about the importance of teamwork and how to live out good teamwork in our daily lives. We learned a lot from her this morning! Then, we had a tasty lunch of walking tacos, and our next Skills classes.

After Skills, we had a bit of rest time before our big game for the day. Today, the game was everyone’s favorite: the Staff Hunt! Our staff hid all over Camp, and if a camper found them, they got to push that staff member in the lake! As the Staff Hunt ended and our soggy staff left the lake, it was time for Free Time.

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Today, Free Time featured swimming, tie-dye, chalk drawing, boating, and the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline. We had a great day enjoying the beautiful weather! After Free Time, we had a picnic dinner of burgers, salad, and cookies before everyone’s next favorite event: the carnival!

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The carnival featured a lot of fun games, face paint, popcorn and cotton candy, and even a slip & slide! The carnival is a highlight of the week for many campers, and it’s a great chance to win cabin points by playing games. Now, the campers are in evening chapel with our speaker Nate Miller. Tonight, Nate is talking about discipleship and what it looks like to encourage each other to follow Christ! Tune in for more fun tomorrow!

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Here’s a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Super Kids 4

A Merry Monday Tale

The last Monday of summer Camp started off as another other Monday would; with a chilly dip in Cedar Lake to wake up! After a delicious breakfast of pancakes and sausage, we went into our first Skills classes of the week! Skills are a time that campers learn how to do specific things at Camp, like canoeing, fishing, archery, and games. AAB_0011 copy.jpg

After Skills, we had morning chapel with Bill Abeler. Today, Bill talked about the Bible, the importance of using it well, and about how to find specific Bible verses in it. We learned a lot! After Chapel, we had our second Skills classes for the day. Next, we had some Toes-up Time to rest before our afternoon games!

We played a bunch of games on Camp’s lower ball field this afternoon. Each cabin started at one game and rotated throughout all of them. Now we know how to play a bunch of fun games to fill up time in between events at Camp, or to play during Free Time!

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Free Time followed our afternoon games. Today, campers took the swim test, ate Canteen treats, played a round of Run & Jump, enjoyed the new wiffleball stadium, made crafts, and rode the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline! We had a blast this afternoon.

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After dinner, we played a crazy game of Capture the Flag 2.0. There was a lot of running and laughter and strategizing! Capture the Flag has been a favorite game this summer for campers and staff.

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When the game was over, we enjoyed some Canteen time and even a little bit of evening swim time as the day cooled off. Now, the campers are in chapel listening to our speaker Nate Miller talk about how the steps to following God are similar to playing baseball; you’ve got to get to first base! We are tired after a fun day, but we are so excited to start a new day tomorrow.

Here’s a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Super Kids 4

The Sunday Story: Super Duper Kids 4!

The last week of the summer is already off to a great start. This group of campers is full of energy and ready to have fun! Even though our week is starting off with rain, we are embracing the weather and having a great time.

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We started the week with a “picnic” inside; we had hotdogs, veggies, and brownies for dinner. Next, we talked about Camp’s rules so we can make sure everyone has a safe week. The rain is coming down steadily now as we head back into the Chalet for evening chapel. Our speaker this week is Nate Miller; we had a great time with Nate during Senior High camp earlier this summer, and we are thrilled to have him back to speak to the younger campers this week.

Later tonight, we will have our final Staff Variety Show of the summer. It will be a great show! We’re anticipating a lot of laughter before we send these kids off to bed tonight. Tune in tomorrow for the first full day of Super Kids 4!

Here’s a link to the Facebook album with more pictures from the week: Super Kids 4