Thanks for a wonderful week!

Today we said goodbye to our campers from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church – Amery, Grace – Andover, and Youthway Ministries.  It was another great week!

Today we had our Olympic Closing Ceremony and took a picture of each team with the flag they created at the beginning of the week.

Hungarian Horntails

Hungarian Horntails

Russian Ninja Unicornatopia

Russian Ninja Unicornatopia

Russian Ninja Unicorns

Russian Ninja Unicorns

Procrastination

Procrastination

Procrastination was awarded the 1st place gold medals and got to cast their vote for a staff member to be thrown into the lake!  It was pretty clear that Team Procrastination had decided who they wanted: Devin!  Devin was canoed out to the raft and then we did the countdown for him!

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After Devin went in the lake, we had one more opportunity to worship together during Chapel.  We had some crazy sideways rain coming into the front of the screened in chapel during the last song, but that didn’t stop us!

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Thanks for a wonderful week!  Have a great rest of the summer and we’ll see you next year!

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Our Friday Schedule

Pack up and clean up

Brunch

Bible Study

Olympic Closing Ceremony

Chapel

Pictures

Noodle Hockey and a Sun Shower

Here’s our Thursday Update!  It was another great day at Luther Dell!
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We had our final Olympic competition today: Noodle Hockey.  The object of the game is to get the ball into the opposing team’s net using your noodle.  If the ball hits your legs or feet, you must stop and count to five with your noodle in the air, before resuming play.

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Our Final Olympic Scoreboard

Our final Olympic scoreboard

Procrastination scored two goals to claim the victory in this week’s Luther Dell Olympics!  They will get to vote tomorrow for a staff member to be thrown into the lake.

For game time today we played Snoodles!

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We took a vote today to see which game we would play tonight: Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge or Hula Launchers.  Mighty Mighty won!  We had a weird storm that came through this evening that postponed our game a bit.  It had been sunny all day until the clouds rolled in after dinner and the rain came.  The storm only lasted about half an hour and then it was sunny again!  Perfect for us to start our game of Mighty Mighty!

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Our Thursday Schedule

First Word

Breakfast

Cabin Cleanup

Chapel

Bible Study/ One on Ones/ Cabin Time

Team Building

Lunch

Simmer/ Nap time

Free Time/Beach open

Free Time/Canteen open

Olympics – Noodle Hockey

Game Time

Dinner

Rendezvous/ Time with God

Camp Game – Mighty Mighty

Canteen

Worship

Church meeting

Devos

Minute to Win It Wednesday!

Wednesday was another busy day, full of fun and we have lots of pictures and videos to share with you!
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Art Shop fun during free time!

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We also had some canoe-ers during free time!

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Our wonderful lifeguards for the afternoon

Our wonderful lifeguards for the afternoon

For the Olympics today we competed in Minute to Win It Challenges and Choose Thine Option!  Each team sent up a representative to compete in each Minute to Win It challenge.  The winner of each challenge was awarded 5 points for their team.

Pencil Flip

Pencil Flip

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Pedometer Foot

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Pedometer Hands

Pedometer Hands

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Partner Knot Tying

Partner Knot Tying

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Kite Hat Run

Kite Hat Run

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Coin Spin

Coin Spin

3 Balloons Up

3 Balloons Up

And the final event: The Olympic Triathalon – pencil flip, coin spin, knot tying

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The second part of the Olympics today was Choose Thine Option!  In this game you have 3 options: buoy, karate, or dancing.  When the leader turns around, everyone chooses to do one of the three options.  The leader then turns around and does one of the options.  If you match the leader, you are out.  We only had time for one round and it was worth 25 points!

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Here is our updated Olympic Scoreboard:

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For our game time today, we had lots of fun and there was lots of laughter!  We played a game called Ship to Shore.

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Seagull

Seagull

Captain is Coming

Captain is Coming

Captain's Daughter

Captain’s Daughter

Captain's Son

Captain’s Son

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

Three Men in a Tub

Three Men in a Tub

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Mermaid

Mermaid

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Our camp game last night was Hula Launchers!

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Wednesday night we had Light Worship.  Part of the worship is a silent skit set to music, using light and shadows to tell a story. It goes along with Wednesday’s Bible Study theme of Grief and Unanswered Prayers.

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Part of the worship involved a time for the counselors to pray with each of the campers and then time to pray as a cabin.

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Our Wednesday Schedule

Breakfast in Bed

Cabin Cleanup

Bible Study

Chapel

One on Ones/ Cabin Time

Lunch

Simmer/ Nap time

Free Time/Beach open

Free Time/Canteen open

Olympics – Minute to Win It, Choose Thine Option

Game Time

Dinner

Rendezvous/ Time with God

Camp Game – Hula Launchers

Canteen

Light Worship

Church meeting

Devos

Sunshine, Zuba, and Water Balloons!

It was another great day at Luther Dell!  It was sunny and warm, getting up to 85 degrees this afternoon.

Chapel Skit to go along with the day's Bible Study theme: Overwhelming Circumstances

Chapel Skit to go along with the day’s Bible Study theme: Overwhelming Circumstances

Team Building: Battle Bots!

Team Building: Battle Bots!

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The Adonai girls

The Adonai girls

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Our Olympic event today was a game called Zuba!  It was created right here at Luther Dell and combines soccer and basketball skills.

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After getting all sweaty and hot playing Zuba, we found the perfect way to cool down: water games!

Water Balloon Volleyball!

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Extreme Drip, Drip, Drop!

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Tonight we had Servant Fair!  We will post some pictures from that tomorrow.

Our Tuesday Schedule

First Word

Breakfast

Cabin Cleanup

Chapel

Bible Study/ One on Ones/ Cabin Time

Team Building

Lunch

Simmer/ Nap time

Free Time/Beach open

Free Time/Canteen open

Olympics – Zuba

Game Time

Dinner

Rendezvous/ Time with God

Servant Fair

Canteen

Super Happy Fun Times Tuesday Worship

Church meeting

Boys Devo/Girls Devo

Night Game

Monday Update!

It was a great first full day with the kids from OSLC, Grace, and Youthway!  It was a beautiful day and perfect weather for the swim test this afternoon.

This group of kids LOVES to play GaGa!  There is almost always a crowd down at the GaGa pit.

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We had the Opening Ceremony of the Luther Dell Olympics today!  The campers and staff were divided into four teams.  They will compete in these teams in a different event each day this week.  The team with the most points at the end of the week gets to vote for one staff member to be thrown into the lake!

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Our Olympics Team Leaders: Dave, Anna, Emily, and Becca

Our Olympic Team Leaders: Dave, Anna, Emily, and Becca

The first task for these Olympics teams was to come up with a team name and create a team flag.

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The team names they came up with are:  Hungarian Horntails, Procrasti-nation, Russian Ninja Unicorns, and Russian Ninja Unicornatopia.  As you can see, somehow two of the teams came up with very similar names!  We will be trying very hard this week not to get them mixed up!

After making their flags, the Olympic teams competed in their first event: Speed Pictionary!

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Tonight we played Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge!  Each team starts with three objects on their side: a ball, a frisbee, and a noodle.  To win the game one team must get all six objects onto their side.

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Monday

First Word

Breakfast

Cabin Cleanup

Chapel

Bible Study/ One on Ones/ Cabin Time

Team Building

Lunch

Simmer/ Nap time

Swim Tests

Free Time/Canteen open

Olympics – Flags and Speed Pictionary

Game Time

Dinner

Rendezvous/ Time with God

Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge

Canteen

Worship

Church meeting

Boys Devotional/Girls Devotional

Welcome Week 3!

Week 3 campers have arrived!  This week we have 32 kids from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Amery, WI, Grace Lutheran Church in Andover, MN and Youthway Ministries in Blaine, MN.

We had a good Sunday evening!  Here are some pictures from Medic.

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It was a beautiful night for worship out at the campfire!

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We are looking forward to a great week!

Our Sunday Schedule

Settle In/Check In

Dinner

Bible Study

Medic

Canteen

Campfire

Devos

Thanks for a great week, SOTV!

Our campers from Shepherd of the Valley left today.  We had a great week with them!

There was a lot of lightning and loud, rumbling thunder last night, but thankfully it wasn’t severe and we all stayed safe.

We had our Olympic Closing Ceremony this morning.  We took pictures of each team with their flag and awarded the winning team with their gold medals and trophy.

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Narwhal People

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The Ninjas

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The Fierce Cuddlefish

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Democratic Republic of Brandon (DROB)

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Hungry Hungry Hippos

And our 1st place winners!

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Manatee Attack Force (MAF)

The members of MAF each got to vote for a staff member to be thrown into the lake.  It was a close one, between Nora and Sam.

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We had one last time to worship together in chapel.

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Roots

We took our staff picture today!

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What a great group!  Thanks for an awesome week SOTV!  We look forward to seeing you next summer!

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Our Friday Schedule

Pack up and clean up

Brunch

Bible Study

Olympics Closing Ceremony

Chapel

Pictures

A little rain and a lot of fun!

It was a rainy start and end to the day at Luther Dell, but that didn’t stop us from having fun!

The Roots campers helped lead chapel this morning.  They did an awesome job!

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Our final olympic competition of the week was Noodle Hockey.  The object of the game is to get the ball into the opposing team’s net.  Each player has a noodle to use as their stick.  If the ball touches you below the waist you must freeze, hold your noodle up and count to five before resuming play.  We played two minute games and kept rotating through the teams.  Goals were worth 12 points each.

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Manatee Attack Force (MAF) scored two goals and held on to first place!

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Here is our final Olympic scoreboard for the week!  MAF will get to vote tomorrow at the Olympic Closing Ceremony to choose a staff member to throw into the lake.

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It was also a close competition for clean cabin this week.  We had to have a tie breaker to determine 3rd place.

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This week during free time we had a four on four basketball tournament!  The winners of the tournament played the Luther Dell staff in a championship game tonight during canteen time.

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The Luther Dell staff came out on top against this team, but did not fare so well against the extremely tall and athletic Roots guys!

We had rain off and on today, with a good amount of time in the afternoon/evening with no rain.  The rain is back and we will be keeping a close eye on the weather tonight as some thunderstorms roll in.

Our Thursday Schedule

First Word

Breakfast

Cabin Cleanup

Chapel

Bible Study/ One on Ones/ Cabin Time

Team Building

Lunch

Simmer/ Nap time

Free Time/Canteen open

Game Time

Olympics – Noodle Hockey

Dinner

Rendezvous/ Time with God

Camp Game – Hula Launchers

Canteen

Church Meeting

Worship

Devos

A Beautiful Wednesday

It was another beautiful and busy day at Luther Dell!

The Roots campers went into Longville this afternoon to volunteer at the Turtle Races.  They helped run some of the game booths and also got to dance, eat ice cream, and enjoy a beautiful day in Longville.  Thanks to Brandon for the pictures from Longville!

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SOTV Roots 2013

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playing Rat-a-tat-tat

Our Olympic events today were Minute to Win It and Choose Thine Option.  Each team sent up a representative or two from their team to compete in each challenge.

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Kite Hat

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Pencil Flip

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Partner Knot Tying

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Pop Can Swap

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5 Balloons Up

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Partner Coin Spin

After Minute to Win It games, we played one game of Choose Thine Option.  In this game you have three actions to choose from: buoy, karate, and dancing.  When the leader turns around, everyone chooses their action to do.  The leader then turns back around and does one of the three options.  If you match the leader you are out.

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We awarded 25 points to the last team standing, which this week was the Democratic Republic of Brandon (DROB).  Here is the updated Olympic Scoreboard from today!

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Tonight we played Hula Launchers!  The goal of the game is to get hula balls into large nets by launching them using big sling shots.  Meanwhile there is a dodgeball game going on in the middle of the field.

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Tonight we had Light Worship.  Part of the worship is a silent skit set to music, using light and shadows to tell a story. It goes along with Wednesday’s Bible Study theme of Grief and Unanswered Prayers.

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Our Wednesday Schedule

Breakfast in Bed

Bible Study/ One on Ones/ Cabin Time

Chapel

Lunch

Simmer/ Nap time

Free Time/Canteen open

Game Time – Rat-a-tat-tat

Olympics – Minute to Win It/Choose Thine Option

Dinner

Rendezvous/ Time with God

Hula Launchers

Canteen

Worship

Church meeting

Devos

It was a Terrific Tuesday!

When we first woke up this morning it was pretty cool but it warmed up quickly!  It was another beautiful day today!

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Roots Team Building: The Human Knot

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It was another beautiful day to have Bible Study outside!

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This afternoon we played some water games to cool down.  One of the games we played is called Extreme Drip Drip Drop, which is a variation of Duck Duck Gray Duck, using water.

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Our Olympic competition today was a game called Zuba.  It was invented here at Luther Dell and involves a combination of soccer and basketball skills, using 5 volleyballs.  We played three games of Zuba, awarding 10 points per win.

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Here’s our updated Olympic scoreboard from today.

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Tonight we had Servant Fair!  During this time the staff serves the kids in fun and crazy ways.  Here are pictures of some of the stations.

Hand Massages and Nail Painting

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Hair Braiding

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Big Game Hunter (with Water Balloons!)

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Hands-free Juice

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Words of Wisdom

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Launching Hula balls at Wes

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Greek Name Translations

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Brandon – our wonderful church staff from SOTV!  We love church staff!

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Our Tuesday Schedule

First Word

Breakfast

Cabin Cleanup

Chapel

Bible Study/ One on Ones/ Cabin Time

Team Building

Lunch

Simmer/ Nap time

Free Time/Beach open

Free Time/Canteen open

Game Time

Olympics – Zuba

Dinner

Rendezvous/ Time with God

Servant Fair

Canteen

Super Happy Fun Times Tuesday Worship

Church meeting

Girls Devo/Boys Devo

Night Game

Mighty Mighty Monday!

We had a great first full day with the SOTV campers!

It was a beautiful day for some afternoon game time fun!

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We had the Opening Ceremony of the Luther Dell Olympics today!  The campers were divided into 6 teams that will compete in an Olympic event each day throughout the week.  The team with the most points at the end of the week gets to vote for one staff member to be thrown into the lake.

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Our team leaders: Nate, Dave, Emily, Katie, Becca, and Anna

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The Olympic Torch

The first task of the Olympic teams was to come up with a team name and to create a team flag.

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Narwhal People


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The Ninjas

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The Cuddlefish

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Hungry Hungry Hippos

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Manatee Attack Force (MAF)

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The Democratic Republic of Brandon (DROB)

Next, the Olympics teams competed in Speed Pictionary.

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Our all camp game tonight was Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge!

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Our Monday Schedule

First Word

Breakfast

Cabin Cleanup

Chapel

Bible Study/ One on Ones/ Cabin Time

Team Building

Lunch

Simmer/ Nap time

Swim Tests

Free Time/Canteen open

Game Time

Olympics – Team flags and Speed Pictionary

Dinner

Rendezvous/ Time with God

Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge

Canteen

Worship

Church meeting

Devotionals