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.

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.


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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A Staff Hunt and a Carnival

Today was a nice cloudy day to cool off after how hot it was yesterday!

In last night’s chapel, Don talked about the power and importance of prayer. He shared a story of when he was working in the Philippines and two children went missing, and after sharing the incident on his Facebook page asking people to pray, they were eventually able to find them. We then looked at the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den (found in Daniel 6) and talked about how we should pray regularly like Daniel in all circumstances.

This morning began with Polar Dip, flag raising, today’s memory verse (Colossians 3:13), breakfast, and then morning chapel. Today in morning chapel, campers heard the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (found in Matthew 18:21-35).

Then, campers had free time until Cabin Adventures.

After Cabin Adventures, it was lunch time, and then we had “Story Time with Tori.” The campers got to fill out another Mad Lib story following the journey of the two characters from yesterday’s story.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what the Mad Lib stories were about!

Then, it was Toes up Time, and following Toes up Time, campers learned about today’s game, the staff hunt! Staff members hid all around camp, and campers were released to go find them. If they found a staff member, they got to push them in the lake!

Once the game was over, it was free time!

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what their favorite free time activity was and why. Maybe it’s something you can do at home as a family!

After free time, we gathered for flag raising before dinner. Then, we had the “Ye Olde Renaissance Faire!” We had a variety of activities for campers to play to win or spend tickets. The tickets they kept go towards their cabin points for the week, but campers love to spend their tickets to spray their counselor with the hose!

Now, campers have some free time before evening chapel. After chapel, they will have cabin devo time and then go to bed.

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Super Kids Scoop Noodle Challenge

We had a successful first full day with these Super Kids! It was very hot and humid today, which made it a perfect day to enjoy the lake!

We started off our day with the Polar Dip. Campers have the option to jump in the lake each morning this week. After Polar Dip, we gathered at the Amphitheater for flag raising and learning the actions to today’s memory verse (Colossians 3:12). Then, it was time for breakfast.

It was then time to take the whole camp picture! A printed off copy of the picture will be sent home with every camper. For now, check out the goofy picture we took!


Take Camp Home: Can you spot your camper’s silly face?

Then, we went inside for morning chapel. Today, the campers learned the Parable of the Lost Sheep (found in Luke 15:3-7). After chapel, there was a short period of free time while the counselors set up Cabin Adventures! During Cabin Adventures, counselors lead their cabin in an activity, and sometimes cabins join together for their adventure.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what they got to do during their Cabin Adventures this week!

Following Cabin Adventure time, we had lunch, and then it was time for “Story Time with Tori!” One of our staff members led the campers in filling out a Mad Libs story and then had a few counselors act out the story.

Then, it was Toes up Time. During this time, campers go back to their cabins for some quiet time so those who need to nap can do so. After Toes up Time, we played a game called “Camp Lebanon Auction.” In this game, each cabin fills a pillow case with as many items as they can and they get points for having certain items. To finish the game, campers take the items they gathered and use them to dress up their counselor.

After the game, campers were dismissed to free time!

When free time was over, we lowered the flag and then went to dinner.

After dinner, it was time to play “Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge!” This game is new to camp this summer, and it is so much fun to play with the campers. It is a little bit like capture the flag but with more items and a few different rules. With over 200 people playing, it is a crazy game to be involved in, but the craziness is part of the fun.

Now, campers have a bit of free time before they have to head in to tonight’s chapel, which I will talk about in tomorrow’s blog. After chapel, campers will go back to their cabins for devotions and then it will be time for bed.

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Super Kid Sunday!

We are so happy that we got to welcome our Super Kids 4 campers today!

Campers checked into their cabins this afternoon and met their counselors. During the rest of check in time, campers had the option to take their swim test while we waited for the rest of the campers to arrive.

Then, we all gathered at the Amphitheater for campers to meet the non-counseling staff and learn who their cabin friend for the week is. Cabin friends are non-counseling staff members who hang out with a cabin for the week to help the counselor and get to know the campers. After introductions, a few staff members demonstrated how to properly lower our country’s flag. Campers were then dismissed for dinner. Tonight, cabins chose somewhere outside to eat dinner as a picnic!

Following dinner, we went inside and learned the camp rules.

After rules, counselors took their cabins on a tour of camp before chapel. In tonight’s chapel, campers were introduced to our speaker for the week, Don Mackay. He shared stories of his missions work and talked about how “in battle” we need our sword and that our sword is the Bible.

Then, campers had free time while staff members set up the Variety Show. Campers got to enjoy a handful of goofy skits put on by staff members to bring our first night to a fun close.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what their favorite skit was!

Now, campers are going back to their cabins to get ready for bed and have night time devotions before lights out.

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Wonderful Wednesday! (Part One)

Last night, after dinner, campers participated in our traditional Junior High Volleyball Tournament!  Practicing teamwork, creating cheers, and demonstrating good sportsmanship, cabins banded together to have an amazing night of friendly competition.



Evening chapel, our speaker Mark Allen shared the salvation message with the campers.  He talked through Romans 8, and several other passages, and then asked campers to talk to their counselors if they had any questions about following Jesus!

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask your camper about chapel times – what was their favorite chapel topic?  Ask them to share their favorite story from the speaker this week!


This morning, campers woke up and some of them jumped into the lake!  Polar Dip is still going strong, and lots of campers were showing up to take a chilly dip this morning before breakfast!


Morning continued with flag raising, memory verse practice, breakfast, and TAG time.



Now campers are heading in to lunch time (grilled cheese & tomato soup!), and then they will have Mail Call and Clinics & Seminars.  Today is just getting started!  We’ll share more from today in a second blog post this evening – until then, enjoy pictures and social media updates!

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Tournaments & Tie-Dye Tuesday!

Tuesday has been full of fishing, corcling, swimming, ziplining, and playing!  This morning, campers woke up to Polar Dip, breakfast, and TAG time (Time Alone with God), followed by morning chapel.

TAKE CAMP HOME: What did your camper learn most from their daily TAG time?  Ask them what passages they studied, where their favorite spot to sit was, and see if you can come up with a plan to help them maintain a daily TAG time while they are home!

After chapel, campers did what they seem to love best – spending time with each other out on the Hub.  We even moved the 9-square court so that we could open up a second 4-square court by the Canteen – these campers just love to hang out and enjoy the sunshine!

Fishing was popular this morning – and it was beautifully still out on the lake, so campers spent time with the Fishing Grandparents and their counselors out on the fishing docks.

After morning free time, there was a more structured time called “Cabin Time,” where counselors planned an activity for their cabin to participate in together.  Some cabins teamed up to play games like dodgeball and volleyball, while others went corcling or played a game of extreme spoons!

TAKE CAMP HOME: Find out what your camper’s favorite “cabin time” was this week – what were some of the activities they did as a cabin team together?

We enjoyed a lunch of hotdogs, mac & cheese, and salad for lunch, and headed right in to Clinics & Seminars time.  Campers got to pick from a whole new set of subjects taught by staff members.

Then, it was time for Free Time!  Including what our Craft Coordinator calls a “Tie-Dye Party!”  Campers get to dye their shirts today and then, by the end of the week, they will be able to take home a fully ready tie-dye shirt!


There’s never a dull moment during afternoon Free Time…

Tonight is the big Volleyball Tournament!  But first, we will have a cookout dinner up on the North 40 Field at the Eagle’s Nest, where the tournament will happen.  Tonight is a great night for cabin bonding.  Counselors usually try to help their team unify as a team by using face paint or similar outfits to help them build a team.  After flag raising, we’ll hike up to our tournament!  To Victory!

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Mondays are Mighty!

Today began with a beautiful, still Cedar Lake and Polar Dip – campers woke up and got to jump in the lake for a chilly morning wake-up call.  Campers who choose to jump in the lake every morning of the week get a prize on the last day!

Mondays at Camp are packed full of new things – new memory verses to learn, Morning Chapels (split for guys and girls), Clinics & Seminars, and a brand new game called “Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge!”


Morning Chapels will focus on a different topic for guys and girls each day.  Today, guys talked about Purity – what does it mean to be pure and how to stay pure in today’s world?  Girls talked about Sisterhood – how to be a good friend and what it means to treat others women with kindness.  Campers get the opportunity to delve deeper into these topics with their counselors.  In the girl’s chapel, there was even a question and answer time at the end where staff women answered questions from campers.

Before lunch, there was plenty of free time for these Junior Highers to just enjoy hanging out with each other.  Most choose to spend that time on the Hub, playing volleyball, foursquare, 9-square, or Octoball.

Clinics & Seminars happens after lunch.  Campers get to choose from a variety of subjects, taught by different members of staff.  Seminars are more of a “classroom” setting, whereas Clinics tend to be a more active learning experience.  The Clinics & Seminars from today will repeat again on Wednesday, so campers won’t miss out!

As always, campers enjoyed Free Time after lunch.


Mondays at Camp Lebanon are known as “Mighty Mighty Mondays,” because we always play a giant field game called “Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge.”

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Ask your camper to describe the game of Mighty Mighty, and see if you can find your child in any of the pictures from the game (here or on Facebook).



After Mighty Mighty, campers headed back to main Camp to clean up and get ready for Chapel with our speaker Mark Allen.

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Junior High 3 Begins!

Over 200 Junior Highers have arrived at Camp Lebanon and we can’t wait to spend a full week with them, investigating God’s Word, playing crazy games, and bonding with cabin teams!  There’s a lot to look forward to this week, but even the first day of Camp has some great adventures!

Campers arrived this afternoon to a medieval-themed Camp, including a bell tower “castle,” staff members dressed up as knights, and watermelon dragons at dinner.  It’s hard to miss the theme for the summer – “Knights of the Lord’s Table.”  Don’t forget to cheer “To Victory!” 

After a delicious dinner of sloppy joes, “dragon scale” chips, veggies, and cookies, Campers spent some time getting to know their cabin mates for the week.  Counselors take the opportunity of the first meal together to ask “get to know you” questions and help campers meet their cabin mates.

Campers sang some crazy actions songs, learned some of the guidelines for having a great week, and got a quick tour of Camp from their counselors!  Then it was time for chapel with our speaker for the week, Mark Allen.

Mark started off the week by talking about how we all come to Camp with things that we need to let go of, things we need to talk about, and things that God already knows about.  He talked through the passage of Matthew 16:13-19.

TAKE CAMP HOME: Talk to your camper about this passage of Scripture.  Campers were asked how they would answer Jesus’ question – ask your camper what they think about who Jesus is after a week at Camp!

After chapel, campers will head outside to enjoy some evening free time (including Canteen) before the big variety show!  Staff put on “Ye Olde Staff Theater” on the first night of camp – skits and shenanigans galore!  Laughter is a great way to close out a wonderful first day.

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