Terrific Thursday!

Terrific Thursday!

Today was another really great day! We all got to sleep in and eat breakfast in bed! Then we got to flip around the schedule a bit so that chapel was right before lunch!

This allows us to let the Roots campers run chapel for the morning! So they chose the songs, play instruments, and lead worship!IMG_4642

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After Lunch, it was time for Free Time! Thanks to the weather finally cooperating, we were able to take the swim test and have the beach open for a couple hours!

After free time was done, it was time for the final Olympic Event: Noodle Hockey!

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The campers then got to vote on whichever game they would like to play tonight. They overwhelmingly voted for Mighty Mighty, so we got to play that again!

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We then had some time at canteen where some staff decided to lead a couple games, Gauntlet and Neature Walk

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Finally we got to end the evening with another night of worship! What a fantastic week it was!

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Wacky Wednesday!

Wacky Wednesday!

Wednesdays are great because the Roots go into Longville to help with the Turtle Races, so the younger campers are left behind to play whatever they want at camp without the older kids dominating.

This included Tie-Dye

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Soccer Wars

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Basketball and Fooseball

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And even Street Square and crafts in the Art Shop

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After the roots returned, we got to play both Scrambled Eggs and Zuba for he Olympics!

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After dinner, the teams returned to the field for the third Olympic Event of the day: Time Traveler Dodgeball

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After canteen, it was time for our Emotional Worship, where we sing a bunch of very meaningful songs, while the counselors pray individually with the campers

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It was an absolutely beautiful night!

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Terrific Tuesday!

Terrific Tuesday!

Today was an interesting day, because we decided to listen to the weatherman who said there wasn’t any chance of storms for the week.

Well…about 3 minutes before free time started, it began to downpour with thunder and lightning, so we couldn’t have the swim test as planned.

Instead we got to do a lot of indoor games instead, including Mafia, 9 Square, and crafts in the Art Shop!

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After Free time, we decided to have Minute to Win it games for Olympics (before the Opening Ceremony even began!)

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We then had our opening Olympic Ceremony followed by creating their nation flag and speed pictionary.

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We capped off the night by playing Hula Launchers (and even got in a game of staff vs. campers!)

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Finally, we closed the evening with Super Happy Fun Times Worship and Guys and Girls Devo!

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It was another awesome day!

Magnificent Monday!

Due to our 82 hour power outage, we were not able to have camp start on Sunday like normal. However, that made Monday even more special, because we got to start camp on Monday afternoon with the awesomeness that is Mighty Mighty on Monday night!

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After finishing our awesome game of Mighty Mighty, we were able to have some time at Canteen eating snacks, playing games, and enjoying the beautiful sunset!

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We finished off the night with a worship around the campfire and devotionals before bed. All in all, it was a pretty great day!

Fantastic Friday!

Due to the lack of fresh, clean, water, for health concerns, St. Michael’s decided to cancel their weekend family camp. Even though we still didn’t have power or water, we were still able to have a normal Friday morning.

After breakfast and check outs, it was time to have our Closing Olympic Ceremonies.

In second place, we had the Bacon Bolts with a total of 175.3 points

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And in 1st place, we had the Stairs with a record setting 200.1 points!

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As per tradition, the Stairs go to vote one Luther Dell staff member into the lake, Survivor style

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In a surprising twist of events, the Stairs decided to vote one of their teammates, Wes, into the lake

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We then got to close with our final chapel

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After chapel ended, we got to say a few last goodbyes before our campers left

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Thank’s for such a great week St. Michael’s

Stormy Thursday

Stormy Thursday

For those of you who weren’t here, we had an interesting night Wednesday night. At about 2:00, we lost power due to the huge storms. Since we had some families camping in tents and no way to find out how severe the storm was after we lost power, we evacuated all of the campers and adults into Lower Sunwall.

As is expected, Sam and I (Wes) slept through the entire storm, so we were not involved in any of the running around. Instead, by the time we made it down to Sunwall, the families had already broken out the cards and were playing Cribbage and P&A.

When we got up the next morning, I was in awe seeing all of the destruction our trees faced. IMG_3657

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(Yes, that chair had been blown from all the way down by the beach. There was a wooden Adirondack chair that was also blown from the beach all the way to the road as well)

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(We had to rope this area off because one of the trees that fell landed on our powerlines)

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(The Catamaran that we were trying to sell was lifted off of the ground and smashed back into it, totalling the boat)

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As tough as it was to watch all the destruction around camp, it was awesome seeing how everyone came together and helped work to get camp up and running again.

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Since we were without power, but still wanted to run worship, we had to write out a lot of lyrics out by hand!

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Since our wells are pumped electronically, we had to get water from the middle of the lake to boil in order to have clean water to do dishes with.

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After a morning of cleaning up camp, it was time to get back on schedule.

We started off with chapel that morning, led by the roots

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Thursday was also the hottest day of the summer so far, so we spent a lot of time in the water. We started out having the beach open for all of free time and gave away free ice cream before it all melted, since our power was still out.

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After free time, we did water Olympics instead of noodle hockey.

First, we played swamp your counselor, where each Olympic leader sits in the middle of the canoe and they must sink the canoe via splashing

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We then set up a game of water polo using the noodle hockey nets

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We also had a large game of sharks and minnows, a belly flop contest, and a sand castle building contest

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After supper, we still got a chance to play Mighty Mighty as a camp

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We got to end our evening Thursday with Holden’s Evening Prayer (after creatively finding a power inverter that could be plugged into a car to power the keyboard)

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It was an absolutely insane day, but it was so much fun!

St. Michael’s: Wacky Wednesday!!

St. Michael’s: Wacky Wednesday!!

On Wednesdays, the high school campers go into Longville to help out with the turtle races. So while they’re gone, the rest of us back at camp get to have a picnic with our lunches!

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After lunch, it’s time for free time! Today, we got to play some street square, do some crafts in the art shop, and play some games in the lake to cool off!

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After free time, we got to play Scrambled Eggs for Olympics where the campers unscramble a message that tells them how to win.

After dinner, we got to play Mighty Mighty, a camp favorite that resembles a game of capture the flag, but with some more unique items like a volleyball, Frisbee, and a fun noodle.

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After the game, everyone was so hot, that we opened up the beach to cool off for a bit

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After our cool off, we got to end our night with worship

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It was a great last normal night at camp for the week!

Monday Funday!

Today our new campers arrived from St. Michael’s Lutheran! Unlike our regular weeks, St. Michael’s came up on Monday rather than Sunday, so we got to merge a few of our days together, but it sure set Monday up for a ton of fun!

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The first thing we did, was to start the Olympics! We split up the campers into two teams, and they got to work making their team names and chants!

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Each team then got started drawing or sculpting their objects sometimes with a blindfold, and sometimes without (how you get your teammate to guess the item changes the number of points you receive).

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We then played medic after dinner, and for the first time this summer, we even got to do a staff vs. camper game of medic!

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We also got a chance to get a few items from canteen to fill our empty stomachs after the game!

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Finally, we got to cap off the night with a worship around a campfire before the heat wave predicted for the rest of the week would hit!

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What a great start to the week!

Fantastic Friday!

Fantastic Friday!

One of the last events of the week was the closing Olympic ceremonies. Each nation got one last group picture with their flag, before the winning team got to vote one staff member to be thrown into the lake!

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So naturally, after voting, the campers chose to throw Sam into the lake

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After Sam was thrown into the lake, we had one last closing Chapel

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After chapel,  the campers prepared to go home and we prepared to say goodbye

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It was a great week overall, we’re so glad to have had these campers here this week!

Thunderin Thursday

One of the best parts of our high school Roots program is we help equip the high school ages campers to be leaders for the younger campers. One of the ways we do this is by having them plan and lead chapel on Thursday mornings.

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It was another cold rainy day, so we unfortunately could not open the beach in the afternoon for freetime. Fortunately, the campers all found other great activities to fill their freetime with.

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After freetime, we got to play noodle hockey, the second to last olympic event

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After dinner, we played the final olympic event, Time Traveler Dodgeball

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We finished up the evening with Holden Evening Prayer, a great worship service traditionally used by churches during Lent

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Overall, it was a great last full day here at camp!

Rainy Wednesday

Rainy Wednesday

Continuing with the trend, today was another rainy day! It started out relatively dry, there wasn’t much rain, so our morning chapel was fairly sunny!

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Every Wednesday, the roots go into Longville to help the town run their turtle races, so to accommodate that, we always have pack-out lunches or sandwiches, chips, and a homemade cookie! While the roots were in town, we got to have a picnic lunch back at camp.

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Throughout the afternoon, we had a light drizzle here at camp, so we could have some fun in the art shop or even outside during free time, but apparently it poured in town so the roots were all pretty cold by the time they returned.

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We then got to play Scrambled Eggs for the Olympics, but about 2 minutes into the game, the rain came pouring down, so we had to quickly pack up and finish in Upper Sunwall.

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It looked sort of like this all week

Thanks to the rain, we couldn’t play time traveler dodgeball. However, later in the evening we had our emotional worship, so we showed the campers Inside Out as a way of showing how all emotions are necessary and healthy . So the campers all got to bring their blankets, sleeping bags, and pillows to Upper Sunwall for the movie before worship.

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Finally, it was time for the emotional worship. The campers got to sing some favorite songs, enjoy an emotionally powerful skit, and then got to pray one on one with their counselors and as their cabin!

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Wednesdays are usually the campers’ favorite days, even if it is raining! Today was no exception!

Tie-Dye Tuesday

Today was potentially the only normal day at camp this week. We didn’t have any rain, everything seemed to go according to plan…it was a great day! Like every day, we started our day off with some time in Chapel.

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After lunch, we got to have the first swim tests of the summer, and I got to perform the first water rescue of the summer to recover a pair of glasses that the wind blew into the lake from my dock (and a second rescue as the wind blew my goggles in the water too).

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After the swim test, some of the campers went to tie-dye their clothes while others spent their freetime playing basketball or gaga.

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We then got to play one of my all time favorite games, Zuba, a combination of handball, soccer, and basketball.

Since today was potentially the only day this week without rain, we decided it would be a good idea to sneak in the camp favorite…Mighty Mighty.

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We got to cap off the day with an evening worship, called super happy fun times worship due to the abundance of energetic songs

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Overall, it was a really great day!