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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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!

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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 Two)!

Part two of our Wednesday blog is packed with stories of a very full day!

Today for Free Time, a staff member had the great idea of bringing a 9-Square set down to the shallow end of the waterfront!  It was so fun to see campers playing this popular game in the water today!

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There are plenty of other fun things happening during Free Time – including swimming, zipline, and laser tag!  Cabins get to participate together in these activities with their cabin groups.  It was a warm day, but that just made the trip down the Screamin’ Eagle Zipline more enjoyable because of the nice breeze!

If you didn’t want to hang out in the hot sun for a while, lots of campers headed into the Craft Room for some quiet crafting time.  The craft of the day was decorating a mug!


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The waterfront was busy with campers enjoying the water – lots of fun on the Raft, the Rockit, and the watermats!

After a delicious dinner of chicken enchiladas, rice, salad, and chocolate cake, campers had evening chapel!  Mark Allen talked about what comes after beginning the journey of following Jesus.  Making the decision to follow Him means that we will be changed.

I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

-Ephesians 4:1

Mark talked to campers about how after a big decision to follow Jesus, we often focus on our behaviors and what we need to change about those.  But he said that instead we should focus on  our thoughts.  “Thoughts are as important as actions” to Jesus.

TAKE CAMP HOME:  Talk to your camper about this chapel and have a conversation about things that they took away from it.  Ask them about the story Mark told about the river – ask them what they think is “upstream” that might need to change.

Mark finished the chapel by talking about the 4 questions to ask ourselves:

  1. What am I consuming?
  2. What AREN’T I consuming?
  3. What am I believing about myself?
  4. What am I believing about God?

Campers will discuss this questions throughout the rest of the week!

There is one more full day left of Camp, but first, tonight there is Canteen and then an all Camp game called “Storm the Castle,” a medieval-themed Capture the Flag!

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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!”

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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.

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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).

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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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Taking the Leap of Faith

Today was bittersweet as we celebrated everything God had done this week, campers reunited with their parents, and we sent them on their way home.

At the campfire last night, we had worship, played another round of “Gorilla gets the Man,” we heard from Bobber Bill and Darla, some campers shared their decision of faith, we went on a Lion Hunt, and then we ended with our traditional “Praise God” yell and listened as it echoed around the lake and back.

This morning, campers woke up to clean their cabins and pack up. Then, everyone walked around camp to pick up any garbage and turn in lost and found items laying around. Afterwards, we raise the flag and went in for breakfast.

Then, as parents started showing up, it was time to go into the Main Hall for the last round “Story Time with Tori!” She had another Mad Lib for the campers to fill out and then a few counselors acted out the end of the story and handed out today’s mail.

Once mail was distributed, it was time to watch the photo slideshow and highlight video of the week! After the video, we headed out to the Amphitheater for worship, prizes, our traditional Love Offering, and of course, staff members getting pied in the face!

To close, we thanked God for our really great week full of fun activities, amazing lessons, and super cool people!

Campers were dismissed from the closing rally back to their cabins for their parents to check them out.

This was such a fun week, and we are sad that it has come to an end. We are grateful for each Super Kid that came this week, and we are praying for everyone’s safe return home!

We would like to leave you with a message from our speaker: Darla Benjamin – Director of Impact, Grace Church; Roseville, MN

“This week at camp we talked about faith – using Hebrews 11 as our starting point. Through looking at Abraham & Sarah and Deborah & Barak, we learned that our faith will be tested and faith is sometimes hard. But if we put our faith in the right place – in Jesus – we will experience a victorious and everlasting faith!

“Kids were challenged to spend time in God’s Word and choose a faith buddy. Ask them about both! Many campers prayed to either receive Christ as their Savior or renew a commitment by rededicating their lives to following Jesus. The common phrase was, ‘God is King. I am not. Long Live the King!’ Thank you for building connections with your kids and helping us continue their discipleship.”

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what the most memorable thing was about their week at camp and why.

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Chilling in the Chilly Weather

It was a pretty chilly day here at camp with the cloud coverage and a little wind, but that didn’t prevent us from enjoying the outdoors!

In last night’s chapel, campers were taught the game “Gorilla gets the Man.” It is like full body rock-paper-scissors to a song. Then, we went into worship and the lesson. Darla talked about how having faith takes trust. She told the story of Abraham and Sarah. They had to trust God when they moved to the promise land, and sometimes their faith was tested like when Sarah didn’t believe she could bear a child and when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son. The campers learned that our faith will be tested, but promises from God can always be trusted.

 

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper to teach you “Gorilla gets the Man.” Try playing a few rounds as a family!

This morning started like yesterday with polar dip, flag raising, learning the memory verse of the day, breakfast, and then morning chapel. Today, campers saw a video telling the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (found in Matthew 18:21-35). Then, they went to their cabins to discuss the story.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper to show you the actions to their memory verses of the week (Colossians 3:12-14). Pick a few different verses and try coming up with your own actions!

There was then some free time until it was time for campers to go on their final Cabin Adventure of the week.

 

After Cabin Adventures, it was time for lunch, and then we had another round of “Story Time with Tori!”

 

Then, it was Toes up Time; campers got an extra long Toes up Time today to recharge after a long week of fun. Afterwards, it was free time!

 

Following free time, we lowered the flag before dinner.

 

After dinner, we had chapel. Tonight, Darla talked about the importance of Christian community. She told the story of Deborah and Barak (found in Judges 4) and talked about how Barak had little faith and needed the support of Deborah, who was strong in her faith. The campers learned that as Christians, we are supposed to support and encourage one another, as well as seek out support when we need it.

Take Camp Home: Ask your camper what they remember learning from chapel this week. Do they have some more questions about what we talked about? Use the references from the Bible stories we talked about to discuss what they learned.

Now, campers have free time until we head out to tonight’s campfire! In tomorrow’s blog, I will share the campfire activities, along with a few pictures. When we get back from the campfire, campers will have their cabin devotions and then it will be lights out.

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