TLC Work Week Update

TLC Work Week Update

We are on our fifth day of work and have made a lot of progress on the projects! In addition to TLC and the China Team helping out, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church from Stillwater is here for family camp and has been a great help as well. We are so grateful for all the talented and willing people here to improve our campsite!

 First thing’s first: Here is a photo of the snazzy new golf cart TLC gave to us. It has been very useful already!

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The beach is complete! After hours and hours of shoveling sand, we have a full functioning beach for everyone at camp to enjoy.

Original beachfront area

Original beachfront area

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Completed beachfront area

Another project during the week was to remove the old logs from the campfire area and replace them with benches, which look great!

Original campfire area

Original campfire area

Campfire area with new benches

Campfire area with new benches

The cabins that needed new paint and  bathrooms are reaching completion.

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Building the sink area for a new cabin bathroom

Building the sink area for a new cabin bathroom

Finally, the deck of Upper Sunwall and the path in front of it have been redone so they are more safe. Not to mention, they will look much nicer!

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Pavers to replace the rocks for a path and retaining wall

Pavers to replace the rocks for a path and retaining wall

Members of the China Team helping dig out room for the retaining wall

Members of the China Team helping prepare for the retaining wall

It has been a busy, tiring week, but spirits are high and we are looking forward to wrapping up the remaining projects in the next few days!

TLC Work Week

TLC Work Week

Transfiguration Lutheran Church is here! They are so gracious and amazing to work with. A group of people willing to get their hands a little dirty and make camp more beautiful…what more could we ask for?

Throughout the week, TLC will work alongside the staff on a variety of projects, including:

Redoing the deck of Upper Sunwall

Expanding the beach

Painting cabins/finishing bathrooms

Also, we cannot thank TLC enough for the new energy-powered golf cart! Photos of the cart will be on the next blog post.

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The original “beach”

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Half-way through the process of removing all the torn up dirt and grass

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Our former maintenance man, Jacob, helping us out this week!

Our former maintenance man, Jacob, helping us out this week!

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Sand for the beach

Once again, we are thrilled to have TLC here and cannot wait to see how camp has improved with their help! Keep up with the blog to see how our work projects go this week!

Closing Ceremonies

Closing Ceremonies

We had a full morning before the campers left this afternoon. The closing Olympic ceremonies were very exciting! Below are photos of all the teams.

The Beached Turtles

The Beached Turtles

Champions! The Super Zombie AmeriCanadians

Champions! The Super Zombie AmeriCanadians

Blue House Squad

Blue House Squad

The Black Mambas

The Black Mambas

The Brock Bears

The Brock Bears

The Mighty Mighty Mosquitos

The Mighty Mighty Mosquitos

The Super Zombie AmeriCanadians voted for Tony to go in the lake!

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After Olympics we had our final chapel. At the end, cabins had time to pray together before saying goodbye.

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All the Roots campers

All the Roots campers

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We loved all the energy Shepherd of the Valley brought here! Hope to see you next summer!

Roots Thursday

Today was our last full day of camp. It was a beautiful day and we got to do many fun things outside! Thursdays are also special because the Roots campers plan and lead our morning chapel, and they did a great job!

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Lunch time fun!

Lunch time fun!

Another exciting thing happened today…we got paddle boards! The campers had fun even if they had never done it before.

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For the final day of Olympics we played Noodle Hockey!

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We also played our third game of Mighty Mighty for the week, leaving a legacy here at Luther Dell.

Thursday Schedule:

Breakfast in Bed

Cabin Cleanup

Bible Study

One-on-Ones

Team Building

Roots Chapel

Lunch

Simmer

Free Time

Support Staff Game

Olympics

Dinner

Rendezvous

Field Game

Canteen

Church worship

Devos

Goodnight!

Wonder Wednesday

Wonder Wednesday

Wednesdays are very eventful! The Roots campers go into Longville for turtle races while the rest of camp enjoys a picnic lunch and the regular free time. Katelynne continued to capture some great shots for us!

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Hula hoop competition in Longville

Hula hoop competition in Longville

Dancing in Longville

Dancing in Longville

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Every meal a different cabin is assigned to KP (Kitchen Patrol). They help clean Lower Sunwall so it’s ready for the next meal!

KP (Kitchen Patrol)

KP (Kitchen Patrol)

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The campers voted for which game to play tonight and “Mighty Mighty” won! To top it all off, we had  a gorgeous sunset before worship.

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Wednesday Schedule:

First Word/Morning Mover

Breakfast

Cabin Cleanup

Chapel

ROOTS pack out lunch and go to Longville for Bible Study and turtle races

Team Building/One-on-Ones/Picnic lunch

Free Time

Support Staff Game

Olympics

Dinner

Rendezvous

Field Game

Canteen

Worship

Devos

Goodnight!

Forty Tie-Dye

Forty Tie-Dye

We had another full day at camp, from team building and tie-dye to Zuba and basketball. The campers participated in several fun activities. These photos are from free time in the afternoon. Katelynne got some more amazing photos today!

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One of the free-time activities today included a basketball tournament. Campers signed up and were put into five different teams. The winning team will play the staff later in the week!

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Some team-building activities include “Pipeline” and “Lava Boards.”

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The Olympic game today was Zuba – a combination of basketball and soccer, played with volleyballs. Teams must move the ball down the field and shoot it into a large net to score points.

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The large group game tonight was “Hula Launchers.” This game also involves large nets as teams must launch the Hulas into the net to score points, while a game of dodgeball is going on.

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The staff getting ready to go against all 74 campers plus church staff in Hula Launchers

The staff getting ready to go against all 74 campers plus church staff in Hula Launchers

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Tuesday Schedule:

First Word/Morning Mover

Breakfast

Cabin Cleanup

Bible Study

Chapel

One-on-One’s and Team Building

Lunch

Simmer

Free Time

Support Staff Game

Olympics

Dinner

Rendezvous

Field Game

Canteen

Worship

Boys’/Girls’ Devos

Goodnight!

Magnificent Monday

We had a great first full day of camp with Shepherd of the Valley! This week, Roots camper Katelynne Fulford is taking photos for us! She has a passion for photography and she definitely got some good photos today!

Morning Mover

Morning Mover

Clean Cabin awards

Clean Cabin awards

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Morning Chapel

Morning Chapel

The campers got to play two different dodgeball games – “Ratatat-tat” and “Eliminator.”

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We also had opening Olympic Ceremonies today, including a dramatization of the history of Luther Dell. In the history, a brave Luther Dellian defeated the Cracken.

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The game tonight was Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge, a camp favorite!

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We ended the day with canteen and a beautiful sunset before worship!

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Monday Schedule:

First Word/Morning Mover

Breakfast

Clean Cabin

Bible Study

Chapel

Team Building/One-on-Ones

Lunch

Free Time

Support Staff Game

Olympics

Dinner

Rendezvous

Field Game

Canteen

Evening Worship

Devos

Goodnight!

Welcome Shepherd of the Valley!

Welcome Shepherd of the Valley!

We are so excited to welcome Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church from Apple Valley! We have 74 campers this week and are loving the energy they bring to camp. Luckily the rain passed through quickly so we got to play Medic after a delicious spaghetti dinner.

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Upper Sunwall was a full house tonight for worship!

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Sunday Schedule:

Campers arrive!

Dinner

Bible Study

Staff Intros

Medic

Canteen

Worship

Farewell Friday

Farewell Friday

The last part of camp was very eventful. We had brunch (what a concept!), final devos, closing Olympic ceremonies and the farewell chapel. The winning Olympic team got to vote on a staff member to go in the lake.

The final Olympic scores

The final Olympic scores

9 Katz

9 Katz

Dragonfly Wing Mastores

Dragonfly Wing Mastores

Fuzz Dusters

Fuzz Dusters

Sesame Muppets

Sesame Muppets

Sending Caitlin out to the raft!

Sending Caitlin out to the raft!

Our lovely kitchen staff

Our lovely kitchen staff

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Praying with campers before they leave

Praying with campers before they leave

Brunch

Devotionals

Closing Olympic Ceremony

Farewell Chapel

Thank you Lands Lutheran and Youthway for an amazing week! We hope to see you next summer!

Roots & Noodles

Roots & Noodles

Today was the last full day of camp, the week really flew by! On Thursdays, the Roots campers help lead morning chapel. They played guitar, sang, performed a skit and one camper gave a message.

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Luther Dell also got a Slush Puppy slushy machine today! Our mascot, Herbert the Porcupine, definitely enjoyed the slushies (as did the campers).

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Overall, we played a lot of games with pool noodles today. The support staff game was “Snoodles,” where you have to try and capture all three noodles for your team without getting your personal flag stolen.

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The final Olympic event was Noodle Hockey, a very intense version of field hockey, but played with noodles and a gator ball.

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Two of the staff doing "Twin Thursday"

Two of the staff doing “Twin Thursday”

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We finished out the day with another game of Mighty Mighty and an evening church worship. What an awesome final day!

Wonderful Wednesday

Wonderful Wednesday

Today was so awesome! Many exciting things happened. The Roots campers got to go into Longville and volunteer with the turtle races (not to mention doing the Chicken Dance). We also had a blast playing support staff games such as “Ship to Shore,” “Numbers” and “Chicken Cowboy Conqueror.”

Ship to Shore

Ship to Shore

three men in a tub

three men in a tub

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seagull

seagull

mermaid

mermaid

jellyfish

jellyfish

hit the deck

hit the deck

captain's coming!

captain’s coming!

crow's nest

crow’s nest

four men eating

four men eating

Roots campers leading the Chicken Dance in Longville!

Roots campers leading the Chicken Dance in Longville!

hula hoop contest

hula hoop contest

Chicken Cowboy Conqueror

Chicken Cowboy Conqueror

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Choose Thine Option

Choose Thine Option

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Terrific Tuesday

Terrific Tuesday

Morning view

Morning view

We had another beautiful day for our second full day of camp! Today was very similar to Monday, except for a few different games. It was hot, so we worked up a sweat playing games! Today’s Olympic game was Zuba, a game where you throw, kick and shoot volleyballs into large nets.

Painting faces for Zuba

Painting faces for Zuba

Olympic scoreboard after the first two events

Olympic scoreboard after the first two events

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 The evening game was Hula Launchers, also involving large nets. This game involves playing dodgeball while launching the “hula” balls into large nets at either end of the field.

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We can’t wait for tomorrow! Can’t believe the week is already almost halfway over!