It’s our last day of camp for the summer! Today, our mini campers, day campers, and bikers have one final day of fun and learning about God’s love. Tonight, they will leave and our staff will have one final night together, participating in their annual Hershee Awards. Tomorrow, our staff will eat brunch, have closing worship and depart from our terrific summer together. Read about our final days in the last Camel Tracks for the summer: https://www.campmountluther.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-Week-8-Camel-Tracks.pdf
After lunch campers went to the pool, played in the sand, went swimming and our biking campers biked all the way to Amy’s for ice cream! They got back around 4 and had an awesome time. We had some delicious beef and noodles for dinner followed by whoopie pie cake for dessert! We all played sardines after dinner in the field and it was humid and buggy but everyone still had fun! Afterward, campers continued to play games and some played in the sand. Some staff and pastors played disc golf before snack. It’s hard to believe it’s the last night of the week/summer! Tomorrow its going to be a wonderful yet sad day as we wrap up the summer.
Tomorrow the Tour de Creme campers will bike to another place for ice cream and everyone else is going to have a fun day here at camp!
This week is a new experiment in our camp schedule, as we are closing out our summer camping season with a half week of Mini-Pioneers, Mini-Juniors, and our Tour de Crème bicycling adventure. Plus, we have two days of “Pick-A-Day” Day Camp. We are excited to welcome nearly 30 kids to camp this week!
We gathered on Sunday, and after supper and our group photo, we had a “mini” All-Camp Activity for dinner devotions where campers went around finding staff members, who had clues to fill in the story of Noah’s Ark. We learned that God’s awesome love is a promise. We continued to hear about Noah at campfire/worship, when we sang a song “Hey Hey Mon” which mentioned Noah. One of our chaplains, Rue, talked about God’s awesome love through the story of the Transfiguration. It was also a “messy campfire,” with staff having to eat and wear whipped cream during staff introductions, Noah and Zack having to wear eggs, and a mighty midgets skit that was, well, messy! Campers were also recognized for how many years they have attended camp.
On Monday morning, most groups went to crafts, the Tour de Crème bikers went swimming, and the Pick-A-Days were seen playing volleyball. Some staff put new wood chips on our path to Pine Village, too, which was quite muddy after the recent rains.
We’ll hopefully have another report later today and a wrap-up of our mini-week tomorrow!
On Thursday our SURE campers went on an adventure to Wesley Forest where they were able to participate in a creek hike! They all really seemed to enjoy the experience and have been thoroughly enjoying their experience surviving and learning about the outdoors.
We all learned about Nicodemus and his midnight search for Jesus. For our all camp we played a version of capture the flag where they found bible verses in the night and escaped the Pharisees and Sadducees that Nicodemus was hiding from in the night.
During campfire, each cabin group developed some wonderful skits that we all enjoyed. The Staff put on some skits, we heard the story of the Wide Mouthed Frog and sang some songs.
Today the campers go home but we have so many great memories to take with us. You can read more about our week at camp in our Camel Tracks newsletter for the week, available here: https://www.campmountluther.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-Week-7-Camel-Tracks.pdf
Tuesday morning, we all got up and ready for a fun day with a twist at the end! Anyways, campers played games, did some crafts, went to the ropes course, and swam at the pool all morning/afternoon. The twist was because of the weather forecast did not look well, we were all going to stay at Christ United right down the street since the pastor there was here to support us this week! We drove down and ate pizza muffins for dinner! We got to play games, make smores, worship and even build a fire! Before we knew it, it was time for bed.
Wednesday morning we woke up and drove back to camp. Campers had pop-tarts and oranges to hold them off until breakfast. After brunch, Pastor Justin led an all-camp grow time with everyone and it was super fun! Afterward, campers had their choices of some super cool electives such as pool, crafts, archery, camel news, sidewalk chalk, sand volleyball, crazy dodgeball and many more! Dinner followed shortly after. After dinner, the S.U.R.E campers went to the pond to canoe while the night owls played games and went to go watch a movie. They continued to watch the movie during snack and then it was time for bed.
Tomorrow the S.U.R.E camper will go to Wesley Forest for a nature activity led by them and we have some cool night time activities planned for tomorrow as well. We’re excited and hope the rain holds off!
On our first full day of camp, we feel like Noah as it rained and rained for forty dazies dazies. However, we managed to fight through the rain today and still have a “boatload” of fun!
The Intermediates played games all morning from down-n-out to Nuke’em ball (a version of volleyball). The Juniors participated in team building games and grew as a team this morning. Our SURE campers built a shelter that they are going to try and sleep in this week. (weather permitting).
During crafts today the groups got to make turtle Gods-eyes weavings. Noah had to of had lots of turtles on the ark. Plus we have a lot of turtles here at camp!
Tomorrow our campers will embark on journeys to their overnight locations. We look forward to blue skies and rainbows tomorrow!
It’s great to be back at camp after a week of sharing God’s word at offsite day camps. This week we get to share our camp with Setebaid, (diabetes backwards) and they are a Type 1 diabetes camp who make it possible for kids with diabetes to experience camp just like we do! Today our Junior and Intermediate Night Owl campers arrived as well as Intermediate S.U.R.E (Surviving Using Resources of the Earth) campers and interns. We all gathered for dinner and afterward went to campfire/worship at Turkey Feeder. Sunday Sundae’s followed worship. Yum! Campers then got ready for bed since we have a fun-filled day planned for tomorrow.
Tomorrow, campers get to spend the day swimming, playing games, doing crafts, and our S.U.R.E campers will be working on building a shelter in which they get to sleep in all week (weather permitting). It’s looking to be a fun day!