On Sunday when the staff arrived for training, we found out 42 campers were coming on Monday. On Monday the number went to 36. How do you do “camp” with so few campers when we are used to 80 or 90? Well, as soon as the 24 girls and 12 boys arrived— IT JUST FELT LIKE CAMP! Having the kids here immediately made the dining hall noisy with staff and campers getting to know each other while eating lunch.
Our theme this whole summer is “WORTHY” from Rev. 4:11. Monday night our teacher Ranger Ron talked about athletes who are considered GOATS - people who are considered to be “The Greatest of All Time.” He then presented JESUS as THE GREATEST. He also did lessons on creation, people who did/do mighty things, Jesus SAVES and Jesus can do mighty things through ME. On Friday during cabin chapel times the chapel staff opened it up for questions. It was a sweet and safe time of fellowship.
The schedule was significantly different this year. The campers pretty much dropped and unpacked their bags and were off to their first rotation of activities. The activities included a rec activity, a chapel activity, crafts, pool and free time. The schedule kept the kids moving and also kept the cabins separated because of COVID. We wore masks when inside buildings and even when singing songs at chapel. That did not stop joyful noise from being lifted up!
We were still able to have optional activities after dinner which were chosen by cabin. Many of the campers were new to camp. They were tentative at first and it was fun to observe them gain confidence as the week went on. They tried and learned to make a fire for s’mores, camping out, archery and the climbing wall. Most would get part way up the wall and come right back down. Then on the next try they went a little higher. A few made it all the way to the top!
The boys and girls had separate afternoon time to do all the lake activities. The trampoline and the battle barge were by far the most popular activities. Learning to do the perfect ‘blob’ took some practice and maintaining balance to become the king of the barge was awesome to see.
The carnival is always the ending highlight of camp and it was again this year. However, there was an additional surprise after shower time. Fireworks! It was a surprise to most of the staff and to all of the campers. What a way to end camp!