EmJ in the Lake!

EmJ in the Lake!

It was a great final day with Trinity! After brunch we awarded the campers and staff who passed Jedi training and became official Jedi Knights. Then we had the closing Olympic ceremonies. The winning team got to vote Survivor style which staff member had to jump in the lake. There was a five-way tie so they played Choose Thine Option to narrow it down to one person, and EmJ, who is from Trinity, ended up going in!

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4th Place - Slippery Lil' Snakey Snakes

4th Place – Slippery Lil’ Snakey Snakes

3rd Place - Hawt Spice

3rd Place – Hawt Spice

2nd Place - Flameraptordactyls

2nd Place – Flameraptordactyls

1st Place - Jumping Red Crocs

1st Place – Jumping Red Crocs

Staff playing Choose Thine Option to see who has to go in the lake

Staff playing Choose Thine Option to see who has to go in the lake

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EmJ in the lake!

EmJ in the lake!

We also had a great closing chapel where cabins had one last opportunity to pray with each other before the campers headed home.

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Friday Schedule:

Check-Out

Brunch

Devotionals

Closing Olympic Ceremonies

Chapel

Thanks for an awesome week, Trinity! We can’t wait to see you next summer!

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday

It was an awesome last full day of camp with Trinity! We once again had perfect weather to enjoy. A bonus for today was sleeping in and counselors serving their campers breakfast in bed. Also, we had two campers perform a song at chapel this morning!

The final day of Jedi Training included an obstacle course, and many campers passed the test! Other free time activities included Star Wars dodgeball (yes, we do love Star Wars here), swimming and art shop crafts.

Joseph and Jake performing at chapel!

Joseph and Jake performing at chapel!

Jedi obstacle course

Jedi obstacle course

Making bracelets and drawing pictures in the art shop!

Making bracelets and drawing pictures in the art shop!

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For the Support Staff game we played Battleship, where you must run from one end of the territory to the other and avoid being hit by battleships throwing dodge balls.

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The final Olympic event was Noodle Hockey and it was an impressive comeback for the Jumping Red Crocs, who scored three goals and pulled into first place.

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We also played another game of Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge tonight after dinner. For evening worship we replicated parts of a church service by including a Gospel reading and Prayers of the People.

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Thursday Schedule:

Breakfast in bed

Cabin Cleanup

Bible Study

Team Building

1x1s

Chapel

Lunch

Simmer

Free Time

Support Staff Game

Olympics

Dinner

Rendezvous

Field Game

Canteen

Worship

Devotionals

Goodnight!

Time-Travelling Dodgeball

Time-Travelling Dodgeball

We played a lot of dodgeball games today! First there was Gladiator dodgeball, then Medic, followed by Revolutionary War dodgeball and Battlebots. Jedi Knight training also occurred during free time.

Dave the lion in Gladiator dodgeball

Dave the lion in Gladiator dodgeball

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Time-travelling to the Revolution

Time-travelling to the Revolution

Revolutionary War dodgeball

Revolutionary War dodgeball

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Battlebots

Battlebots

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Battlebot winners!

Battlebot winners!

Jedi training

Jedi training

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We played kickball during the Support Staff game, and the third day of Olympics was a mystery game, where nations had to get clues from hidden staff members to figure out who popped the GaGa ball, what they used, and where it happened.

After dinner, instead of a field game, we had bonus olympic games! Each game was dodgeball-themed. First we played Quad Medic, then Gladiator, followed by Battleship and finally Revolutionary War Dodgeball. It was very intense and every team scored points!

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We were lucky to have another amazing sunset over the lake tonight right before worship. Tonight’s worship was special because counselors pray with their campers individually.

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Wednesday Schedule:

First Word/Morning Mover

Breakfast

Cabin Cleanup

Chapel

Pack-out Lunch

Bible Study

Team Building

1x1s

Picnic Lunch

Simmer

Free Time

Support Staff Game

Olympics

Dinner

Rendezvous

Olympics Round 2

Canteen

Worship

Devotionals

Goodnight!

Jedi Tuesday

Jedi Tuesday

Despite some rain early on in the day, we ended up having a gorgeous day to be outside and enjoy some more fun activities! Campers had the opportunity to tie-dye during free time, and we also had the second stage of Jedi Knight Training.

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We played a long game of Thunder Basketball during the Support Staff game. To win, you must get everyone out by making a free throw before the person in front of you.

The second day of Olympics was very exciting! We played Zuba, which is a combination of basketball and soccer and is played with volleyballs. Nations joined together and had to score by either throwing or kicking the volleyballs into the giant nets.

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After a delicious sloppy joe dinner we played Hula Launchers. In this game, teams must retrieve Hula balls from the opposite side of the field and launch them into nets using large slingshots. At the same time, a regular game of dodgeball is played, so if you get hit with a dodgeball you must go to jail on the other end.

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After the game, campers played volleyball, carpet ball and street square during canteen time!

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Tuesday Schedule:

First Word/Morning Mover

Breakfast

Cabin Cleanup

Bible Study

Chapel

1x1s and Team Building

Lunch

Simmer

Free Time

Support Staff Game

Olympics

Dinner

Rendezvous

Field Game

Canteen

Worship

Boys’ & Girls’ Devotionals

Goodnight!

Marvelous Monday

It was very hot today, but we still had fun being outside and enjoying the summer sun!

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The Support Staff game was Eliminator dodgeball, where it is every one for him/herself. To win, you must successfully get everyone else out.

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After the game, we did the opening ceremonies for the Olympics! The camp is divided into four teams competing against one another in various challenges every day. Today’s game was Speed Pictionary. Teams get bonus points for sculpting, blindfolded drawing and blindfolded sculpting.

The Olympic torch

The Olympic torch

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After dinner we played Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge! This is a camp favorite. It is a large game of capture the flag with volleyballs, frisbees and pool noodles.

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After the game we opened canteen so campers could refuel with a drink and snack before worship.

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Monday Schedule:

First Word/Morning Mover

Breakfast

Cabin Cleanup

Bible Study

Chapel

1×1’s/Team Building

Lunch

Simmer

Swim Tests/Free Time

Support Staff Game

Olympics

Dinner

Rendezvous

Field Game

Canteen

Worship

Devotionals

Goodnight!

Welcome, Trinity!

Welcome, Trinity!

Campers from Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater arrived today, and we are looking forward to yet another awesome week! Campers got settled in and had their first Bible study after a delicious spaghetti dinner. Then we played Medic Dodgeball, opened canteen and had worship by the campfire.

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One of the games played during canteen was “Gauntlet.” In this game, counselors had to run through the gauntlet to retrieve Hula balls and bring them back to the starting line while campers threw dodge balls at the counselors. After one round, the roles switched so campers ran through the gauntlet.

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Sunday Schedule:

Dinner

Bible Study

Medic

Canteen

Campfire Worship

Devotionals

Goodnight!

Closing Ceremonies

Closing Ceremonies

We wrapped up the week with Closing Olympic Ceremonies, final devotionals, Jedi Academy awards and a closing chapel. It was a great morning! Thanks to all the churches for sending your kids here, we loved having them and can’t wait for next summer already!

4th place - Sassy Purple Dragephants

4th place – Sassy Purple Dragephants

3rd place - Glittery Dolphin Riders

3rd place – Glittery Dolphin Riders

2nd place - Mighty Minions

2nd place – Mighty Minions

1st place - Wicked Waddling Walruses

1st place – Wicked Waddling Walruses

Certified Jedi Knight

Certified Jedi Knight

Certified Jedi Knight

Certified Jedi Knight

Beth in the lake!

Beth in the lake!

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Roots campers

Roots campers

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Friday Schedule:

Checkout

Brunch

Devotionals

Closing Olympic Ceremonies

Chapel

See you next summer!

Quidditch Thursday

Quidditch Thursday

Today was our last full day at camp, and it was full of fun! It was hot but beautiful and we enjoyed doing many different and new activities outside.

Team building

Team building

Spike ball

Spike ball

Chapel was special because the Roots planned the whole thing. They came up with the song list and skit, and did the prayers and message.

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During the first half of free time, campers played Spike Ball, GaGa, and did Jedi Academy training.

Using the golf cart to bring water to campers!

Using the golf cart to bring water to campers!

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Jedi training

Jedi training

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We also organized a game of Quidditch during free time!

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One of the Support Staff games today was Chicken, Cowboy, Conqueror. Campers got in pairs and had to do certain actions when they heard the commands of chicken, cowboy, or conqueror.

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On Thursdays the Roots also do a service project around camp. Today, they helped scrub and chop potatoes for brunch tomorrow, and the girls helped cut ribbon for next week’s girls’ devotional!

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The final Olympic event today was Noodle Hockey. The second place team rallied and won by scoring three goals.

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We played Mighty Mighty again for the field game. Evening worship paralleled a church service, with a Gospel reading, Communion and Prayers of the People. It was a great day!

Thursday Schedule:

Breakfast in Bed

Bible Study/Team Building/1x1s

Roots Chapel

Lunch

Simmer

Free Time

Support Staff Game

Olympics

Dinner

Rendezvous

Field Game

Canteen

Church Time

Worship

Devotionals

Goodnight!

Water Balloon Wednesday

Water Balloon Wednesday

We had yet another great day at camp! The Roots got to go into Longville and help with their weekly turtle races, and three other cabins went on a canoe trip. Meanwhile, those remaining at camp played various water balloon games, including Revolutionary War Dodgeball!

Picnic lunch

Picnic lunch

Team building

Team building

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For the Support Staff game we played Battleship Dodgeball. This game is like ships across the ocean but instead of people tagging, you have people armed with dodge balls to throw at people as they run across the field.

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Instead of a field game tonight, we had a coffeehouse night! Campers got to show off their talents while we enjoyed juice and popcorn treats.

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Tonight we had emotional worship, which included a light skit and time for counselors to pray with their campers individually.

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Wednesday Schedule:

First Word/Morning Mover

Breakfast

Cabin Cleanup

Chapel

Roots pack out and go to Longville

Bible Study/One-on-One’s/Team Building

Picnic Lunch

Free Time

Support Staff Game

Olympics

Dinner

Rendezvous

Canteen

Coffeehouse

Church Time

Worship

Devotionals

Goodnight!

Tremendous Tuesday

Tremendous Tuesday

We had another full day of awesome games and wonderful weather!

Prayer request wall in the outdoor chapel

Prayer request wall in the outdoor chapel

Team building

Team building

Spike ball

Spike ball

The second day of Olympics was exciting. We played four games of Zuba, which is a combination of basketball and soccer. Teams must get volleyballs into large nets by throwing or kicking them.

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Our field game tonight was Hula Launchers. Teams must use water balloon slingshots to launch Hula Balls into the nets on the other end of the field. Simultaneously, a game of dodgeball is played.

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Once again, we were able to enjoy an amazing sunset tonight before a fun energetic worship.

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Tuesday Schedule:

First Word/Morning Mover

Breakfast

Cabin Cleanup

Bible Study

Chapel

Team Building/One-on-Ones

Lunch

Simmer

Free Time

Support Staff Game

Olympics

Dinner

Rendezvous

Field Game

Canteen

Church Time

Worship

Boys’/Girls’ Devotionals

Goodnight!

Midcalf Monday

Midcalf Monday

We had an awesome first full day here at camp! The weather was beautiful so we got to play a lot of fun games outside.

GaGa at free time

GaGa at free time

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A popular free time game this summers is a version of dodge ball called “Star Wars.” There are two teams, the Rebels and the Empire. The Rebels must get the Death Star plan (Hula Balls) from one point to another while the Empire shoots lasers (dodge balls) at them.

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The Support Staff game today was Eliminator dodgeball.

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After the Support Staff game, we had the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics! The first event was Speed Pictionary. Teams could get bonus points by drawing or sculpting blindfolded!

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Finally, after dinner we played Mighty Mighty Scoop Noodle Challenge.

Sisters!

Sisters!

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Midcalf Monday

Midcalf Monday

Monday Schedule:

First Word/Morning Mover

Breakfast

Clean Cabin

Bible Study

Chapel

One-on-One’s/Team Building

Lunch

Simmer

Free Time

Support Staff Game

Olympics

Dinner

Rendezvous

Field Game

Canteen

Church Time

Evening Worship

Devotionals

Goodnight!

Dodgeball Day

Dodgeball Day

Today we welcomed Transfiguration Lutheran Church, Hosanna Forest Lake, Bethesda Inver Grove Heights and Arlington Hills! We are excited for the week with such a wonderful group!

After campers got settled in, we ate dinner and cabins had their first Bible study. Then we played a game of Medic dodgeball. It was a beautiful night to be outside.

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During canteen time, some of the campers and staff played another dodgeball game called “Gauntlet.” In this game, the staff had to run down the gauntlet to reach a pile of smaller dodge balls and bring them back to the starting line while campers threw regular dodge balls at the staff from either side. After the staff went through the gauntlet a few times, staff and campers switched.

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Other games during canteen included Street Square and Gaga. Then we had a wonderful worship at the campfire in front of a gorgeous sunset.

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Street Square

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We can’t wait to see what this week has in store!

Sunday Schedule:

Dinner

Bible Study

Staff Intros

Medic

Canteen

Campfire

Devotionals

Goodnight!