Day Camp Week 2 Recap

Now that you’ve heard about Day Camp week 1, let’s recap week 2! We ran two weeks of day camp at Wainfleet BIC Church in Wainfleet, ON. Read on to hear all about our second week of day camp with our 11-15 year olds!

The theme of our second week was Survivor. I don’t know about you, but Survivor is one of my favourite shows, and it was so cool to see it come to life! Campers got to compete in Survivor themed challenges all week lead by our program directors Aunt Katie and Aunt Ella, and there was even some twists. They were in 4 colour teams (red, blue, green and yellow), and even got the classic Survivor buff headbands. Each day teams got to vote out one other team at the council meeting. The “out” teams could still participate and earn points for another team but they could no longer win. And it wouldn’t be survivor without hidden immunity tokens, which either protected your team from elimination or earned your team points. Who won? Keep reading to find out!

On Monday, campers got to claim their team. One person from each cabin reached in a box with different coloured buffs and the colour they pulled was their team for the week. All campers got a coloured buff to wear with pride for the week to show support to their team! The morning game was getting to know more about your cabin. The afternoon game was a survivor themed challenge course, complete with a survivor puzzle.

In chapel Monday, our speaker for the week, Uncle Wes, shared his “survivor story” on his life before he met Jesus and how Jesus searches for us.

On Tuesday, the campers were challenged to dress to represent their team. The campers rose to the challenge and came dressed fully in their team colours and it was so much fun! Our campers showed off their physical and mental strength today! The morning game was a strength based obstacle course. The afternoon game was capture the flag, which is a camper favourite. They ran and tried to grab the other team’s flag from the opposite side of the field without being caught!

In our chapel today, Uncle Wes shared about how joining a youth group when he was younger was impactful to his faith and the importance of surrounding yourself with people that will support you and pour into your life.

Wednesday was Wet and Wild day again this week! I’m not sure if the younger kids or the older kids enjoyed water day more… but there was many smiles again this week, and not a dry camper left! Alongside our water activities, like the bouncy castle, slip n slide soccer, water balloon slingshots, and the dunk tank, all of our games were water games today!

The morning game was a water balloon merry go round game, where one camper from each team would run around all the campers in a large circle and once they got back to where they started, they would army crawl into the centre and try to smash a water balloon. The first camper to smash the balloon got points for their team. The afternoon game was another survival themed multi step challenge; but this time all water challenges!

In chapel Wednesday, we learned about community and how the whole church community is there to support the youth, even when they feel separated from everyone else.

And just when the teams were starting to dwindle, our program directors, Aunt Katie and Aunt Ella, threw a twist at everyone! In a typical survivor fashion, there was going to be a merge! The two eliminated teams joined the two existing teams, and now there was just the red team and the blue team. Campers and staff alike were fired up again and all ready to compete for the win!

On Thursday, the morning game tested the team’s intelligence. Cabins were given a list of survival related items and had to rank the list from most to least important. Cabins got points for each correct answer in the right spot on the list.

In chapel Thursday, Wes spoke about commitment and his baptism story. He talked about making a commitment to God and inviting him to be a part of your lives.

In the afternoon we had the unique opportunity to learn how to do fencing from a pair of skilled instructors from Brock University. Campers got a full introduction to fencing and its history (did you know fencing was one of the original olympic sports?), and then got a lesson on how to use the foil. After they got a lesson, they got to suit up in full fencing gear and practice combat! It was so fun learning a new skill and the art of fencing! We loved seeing campers learn and try fencing and watch the combat!

On Friday (our last day!), campers started their day with a game of bucket ball. Bucket ball is similar to basketball, except the hoop is a person with their arms in their circle. It looked like tons of fun! In our final chapel session, Wes spoke about how we can speak to others about God once we leave camp, and sharing our experiences. He also took time on Friday to answer all the great questions that were submitted in the Q&A box throughout the week.

To end off our week together, the campers and staff had a very special treat. We played Archery tag! If you’ve never heard of Archery tag, you play as a team and try to shoot the players on the other side with a squishy ended arrow that you shoot out of a bow. We even had huge inflatable barriers to hide behind. It was an amazing way to end our week. The campers even got to watch our staff versus the jr staff and crew play some rounds. And just so you know, the staff won 3 for 3! It was all in good fun and the campers all had a great time.

And at the end of our survivor week, the RED team was our winners! Our programming was awesome this week and all of the campers loved the survivor challenges, all lead and created by Aunt Katie and Ella.

We LOVED all of our time in Wainfleet! Both weeks were filled with non-stop fun, spiritual growth and memory making. It was amazing to see all the campers, new and old in a new way this summer.

A few thank yous:

To WAINFLEET BIC for the use of their building and space and all of their cooperation with our day camp

To PORT COLBORNE BIC for feeding our staff every night

To THE JERICHO HOUSE for housing our staff for two weeks

To our ARCHERY TAG and FENCING instructors

To OUR CREW for making our day camp clean, and giving us tuck and helping where needed

To OUR JR STAFF for taking on cabin leading with so much energy and leadership

To OUR KAHQUAH STAFF for all their hard work to make this day camp happen

And Thank you to YOU for all your support to Camp Kahquah and its ministry and for helping make this day camp happen!

And don’t worry, stay tuned here for FAMILY CAMP BLOGS coming soon!

Thanks for reading!

– Emily

Week 2 Day Camp Cabin Photos

Day Camp Week 1 Recap

Welcome back to the Camp Kahquah Blog! In case you hadn’t heard, this year Camp Kahquah did something we’ve never done before… a day camp! With the current COVID-19 restrictions, our usual overnight camp was not feasible, so we decided to bring camp to you! We ran two weeks of day camp at Wainfleet BIC Church in Wainfleet, ON. Read on to hear all about our first week of day camp with our 6-11 year olds!

Our day camp was a jam packed week! Normally campers pick majors and activities for their week at camp, but this year all campers went to activities with their cabin groups and got to try a wide variety of activities, even some brand new ones! And don’t worry, we still had chapel, camp wide games, campfires, staff challenges and more of your favourite kids camp traditions!

The theme of our first week was Dragon Training Camp. Our program director (and dragon trainer master), Aunt Katie planned some amazing games for our campers this week. Campers got to hatch a dragon from an egg and train it throughout the week! They were sorted into either Stoker (fire dragons) or Tidal (water dragons), and competed against the other team all week.

On Monday, cabin groups were given a giant egg to protect for the day. They had to take the eggs with them to all their activities that day, and keep it safe. Today’s morning game was octopus, which is a camp classic! Campers had to run across the field and try not to get tagged by the octopus, and one person had to run with the egg. In the afternoon, campers did an obstacle course with their egg, and at the end they got to break it open and find out what dragon type (and team!) they had. Campers were super excited to join their teams and start earning points.

In chapel on Monday, our speakers for the week, Aunt Christiane and Uncle Andrew, taught us about being ourselves. They reminded us all to be who God created us to be and not what the world wants us to be.

On Tuesday the stoker team had the advantages! They got more time for timed challenges and easier tasks in games. Tuesday was also a dress up day! Campers were challenged to dress up as Vikings and boy did they deliver! They game with helmets, shields, and even arm protectors and swords! The morning game was giant rock paper scissors, were campers decided on either rock, paper or scissors as a team and faced off against the other team. The afternoon game was a series of minute to win it challenge stations. The campers really rose to the occasion and tried to beat the clock!

In chapel on Tuesday, we talked about searching for the truth and not believing all the things we hear, especially when it comes to who we know Jesus is.

Wednesday was wet and wild day! And it lived up to it’s name! There was lots of water and lots of fun. And water day brought unique activities like a bouncy castle, water balloon toss, a dunk tank and slip n slide hockey! There was not a single dry person at the end of the day, and there was smiles all around! And today, the Tidal team got the advantages! The morning game was a water balloon merry go round game and in the afternoon we played one of our camp favourites, douse the leader! Campers tried to throw water balloons at the other teams leader and whoever was the most dry was the winner!

In Wednesday’s chapel, we learned about showing compassion to others and how sometimes enemies can become friends if you show them compassion.

Thursday’s morning game was decode the message. Campers had to find signs around the camp to decode the message on their sheet and resolve it. The afternoon game was a life-size version of the board game clue; another camp classic!

In Thursday’s chapel we talked about caring for our earth and God’s creation. God calls us to care for his planet and we learned ways to help!

Friday was our last day together! Today we had a dress up: dress up as your dragon class! The camp was flooded with fire dragons and water dragons! We loved seeing all the spirit this week. Our morning game was dragon, trainer, master: which is a game where you make different poses with a partner. The last team to complete this was eliminated until we had one partnership left! Our final afternoon game was capture the flag! I think everyone loves this one. Campers tried to grab the flag from the other teams side without being tagged (with a pool noodle).

At our final chapel, Aunt Christiane and Uncle Andrew taught us about being courageous! They challenged our campers and staff to not let anyone look down on them because they are young. We loved the chapel sessions with Aunt Christiane and Uncle Andrew this week and all the knowledge they shared with us (and of course all the fun chapel challenges and prizes!)

And to end off our week, Aunt Katie tallied all the points the campers gathered throughout the week, and it was a tight race but the Stoker team ended up on top! The tidal team was super encouraging on the other team’s win though, which was awesome to see! The stoker team won jumbo freezies which was a perfect way to end off a hot, but fun week!

We LOVED our first week of day camp in Wainfleet! The campers and staff can agree that it was an amazing week of fun, community and spiritual growth. After a year away from camp, this week was all everyone needed. It was amazing to see the way God was working through the hearts of our campers and staff. Thank you for all your support to Camp Kahquah and its ministry and for helping make this day camp happen!

Thanks for reading!

– Emily

Week 1 Day Camp Cabin Photos

Camp @ Home – Week 4

Our Camp Kahquah family thank you for following along with us for the past month, listening and engaging with our Camp@Home video series. We are so happy to have a team of people working to get these videos up and running to give children a little piece of camp during the summer even when we are apart. It has been a different time for all of us and we are very hopeful to see your beautiful smiles come next summer! We hope you enjoyed our video series and were able to connect with God and the people around you during this time. Please enjoy our final Camp@Home video as we close off our Kids Camp season and get excited for Family Camp.

Final Episode:

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In this episode, Kenny will teach you how to juggle! We would love to see you learn how to juggle or learn a new skill! Post a video of yourself learning a new skill and hashtag it #kahquah20. Can’t wait to see you!

Aussie Mantha meets with her friends, Katie and Hope, to teach you how to do cool jumps off the dock! If you’re at a pool or lake, now would be a great time to practice for when you come to camp next summer. But if Ahmic Lake (the lake on which Camp Kahquah resides) is your only access to deep diving/jumping water, then no worries, there is plenty of time during Kids Camp next summer to spend in the water!

As we finish in the book of Acts, we reflect on what our next steps are for the rest of the summer and our lives in this moment. What is our purpose in following Jesus? What can we do during this time to share God’s love? Take a listen to Nolan as he explains how we are called by Jesus.

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We just want to say a huge thank you for being with us even though we are apart! This season of our life is hard and we want you to know that we are with you and praying for you. We are preparing for your return next summer and hope to see you soon. Have a great rest of your summer!!!!!

Your Kahquah Family

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Camp @ Home – Week 3

Welcome back to our third week of Camp@Home! Thanks so much for tracking along with us and engaging with our weekly videos! Times are hard right now and we wish you were at camp singing lunch-time songs, spending time outdoors, and having fun with friends. We hope you are all staying connected and remembering God during this time as we are apart! Hold on, we are here for you!

Take a look at this week’s video:

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This week we teach you how to make camp cookies from our beloved cookie baking activity – an activity that is offered every day for kids (and attracts a few of our staff members as well)! Today is the perfect day to make your favourite camp meal or dessert and share it with your friends and family! Can’t wait to see what it is!

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What do we do when we face hard times? What could we be praying for during this time? Listen to Nolan as we hear about how God is still among us during hard times, as shown in the book of Acts.

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We are very excited to share with you our new trails across the road! Our Facilities Manager(or Superhero Extraordinaire) has been working hard to rehabilitate the old trails to make them usable for campers to explore – and not get lost! We hope you’ll be able to get up here soon when it is safe top do so, and adventure into God’s creation. Stay tuned with us for one more week as we approach the end of what would have been our final week of Kids Camp. We miss you!

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Camp @ Home – Week 2

Hey Friends! Thanks for joining us for our second week of Camp@Home! We are so happy you are taking time to watch our video series and remember camp. Things look different but we are still running camp with rentals in July and August following Ontario Health guidelines. We miss all of you and hope you’re excited for next summer when we get to see you again!


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In this episode we are exploring Acts chapter 2. If we have the Holy Spirit living within us, what does that mean for us during this time? Listen in to the episode as Nolan talks us through this chapter.

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Our activity for this week is Lunch Dress Up, just like you would at camp!! This week we are challenging you to make a costume with items you can find at home with the theme, ANIMALS! Dress Up as any animal you want, real or imaginary. Then take a picture of you in your animal costume and SEND IT TO BY FRIDAY JULY 17TH. We’ll post everybody’s creative costume on our Facebook and Instagram and remember the fun of camp together! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

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Also, good news for Kids campers and Family campers alike! With money given by a generous donor, we were able to build a cement pad for underneath the tent, so no more dusty mess when we jump around during worship! We can’t wait until we get to worship together again! Tune in next week for more content, and thanks for continuing on this journey with us!

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Camp @ Home – Week 1

Summer looks very different for everyone this year, so we are very excited to still offer a version of the camp experience to our Kids Campers. We have created a video series for all to watch and remember both camp and how God can work in our lives right now. A blog post with a video link to our new series will be posted every Tuesday for the month of July.

With the help of Nolan Beni and Samantha van der Bent, Camp Kahquah is producing a video series featuring a story with practical teachings from Nolan, interactive activities campers can do at home, and a fun segment exploring elements of camp. We hope you enjoy our series and stay connected with God and one another!

Please subscribe to our blog and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube to stay involved and engaged. We hope you get something out of our videos and would love to hear what you think! 

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A Lesson From Aussie Mantha:
Watch as Aussie Mantha and Aunt Emily walk across the road to the ropes course to teach us how to tie our climbing knots. We’ll learn how to tie a double figure 8 knot and a stop knot. Join us every week to learn something new!

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Teaching with Nolan:
Follow along as Nolan teaches through the book of Acts.
What are we supposed to do during uncertain times? How is God with us during this time?

At Home Activity:
This week you are tasked to create a camp logo of your own desire. Please scan or email a digital copy of your beautiful logo to or Submit your design as a PDF file with 8.5×11 inches, making sure the design is clear and visible, by FRIDAY JULY 10TH. We will use your logo for a very special purpose!!! So have fun and be creative!

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We are saddened to not have Kids campers here at camp but we are excited with what God can do in our lives and at camp during this season. We are praying for you and hope to see all your smiling faces soon! Don’t forget to subscribe to our Blog and Youtube channel, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

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Summit Day 5


What a last day of camp we’ve had for Summit.

Last night the campers were surprised with a late night game of find the counsellor. Counsellors were hidden throughout the camp with glowing infinity stones. After completing the games, campers headed to their cabins for the night and were excited  to sleep in.

After filling their bellies with breakfast cake, campers did one last cabin clean up and were sure to leave some bribes for the judges- it’s all about getting points for your team.

Following the session worship, Nolan shared chapter 9 of the HIStory series. He shared about the value we have in Christ and the session artifact was Roman coins Some lucky campers were gifted with some to bring home.

Lunch was a camp favourite- mac n’cheese with hot dogs. Dress up for lunch today was Battle Aftermath. We had mourners for Iron Man, piles of dust and of course lots of “injured” campers.

Campers had fun with the last day of their activities and majors. Campers wrapped up the last of their activities with free swim, which was most welcomed on this warm day.

After the formal dinner, campers and counsellors gathered for pictures. Once they changed into active clothes, campers competed in the last camp wide game to earn points for their team. Campers were tasked with finding all the infinity stones and the gauntlet that were hidden all around camp. Once they put together their gauntlet, they had to find, chase and tag Thanos in order to win.

Nolan wrapped up the last of this week’s series by talking about how we get to go home and share all that we have learned about God and his love with our families and friends. We were encouraged to be bold and ended the session with an amazing time of worship.

To end the time of worship, Greg and Caleb played some fast music and our campers sang and danced their hearts out. There were glow sticks and lots of jumping and even a call for “one more song”.

Campers then headed down to final campfire to receive their major certificates and to find out the winners for the week. Black Panther who started out in the bottom of the standings managed to pull ahead for the win! They enjoyed sundaes complete with all the toppings and even a brownie.


As we wrap up the blog for kids camp, we can hear the campers out on their porches singing songs, trying to enjoy every last minute of camp that they can. Camp is truly a special place that has left an immense impact on all the campers that have visited in the last four weeks. The staff at Kahquah have done such a fabulous job pouring everything they have into making the kids experience one to remember. We can’t wait for you to hear all about your camper’s experience when they come home 🙂

Please check out our end of the week video for more of a glimpse in your child’s week at camp: SUMMIT 2019


To celebrate the end of their two weeks, crew had a surprise party with tons of goodies and lots of dancing. L.I.T. Also wrapped up their time at camp with their graduation ceremony. Thank you to CREW and L.I.T. For spending so much of your time serving at camp- YOU ROCK!

Summit Day 4

Campers were moving a little slower today as the fun of the past three days has caught up. Everyone was delighted to be greeted by yogurt parfaits for breakfast and despite being tired, campers brought the energy to this morning’s big top session.

Greg and Caleb led an acoustic set and Nolan started sharing from the New Testament. His message was called ‘Kingdoms and Empires’. For this morning’s artifacts, Nolan shared a Greek arrow head and a replica of Greek armour modelled by Caleb.


Today’s lunch theme was Guardians of the Galaxy. We had committed cabins who painted themselves as the various characters, and another who showed up ready to garden- ‘Gardeners of the Galaxy’ they called themselves.

For today’s activities we visited beach volleyball, craft, water sports and photography who took a break to play some games. We also got to watch campers tackle the ‘pamper pole’ at the high ropes course and practice their balance at low ropes.

At dinner, campers ‘monkeyed around’ in order to receive their letters from home. After our rice, meatballs, veggies and salad dinner, the Outdoor X crew prepared and left for their camp out.

For tonight’s camp wide game, campers were scattered around camp looking for infinity stones and had to safely return them to their teams bucket without being caught. Thanks to their sneaky campers, team Spider Man retrieved the most stones.


We wish you all could have joined us for tonight’s session. Hearing the campers sing their loudest was a memory for the books. Nolan shared with the campers the epic story of Jesus on the cross and how it was the ultimate “Endgame”. The message was impactful and many students joined Nolan in praying.

Quickly after session, the students headed down for campfire before a special surprise night game…. (to be continued)

Some of the many faces of Summit…

Summit Day 3

We’ve officially hit the halfway point of Summit! With all the fun that’s been had, the time seems to be flying.

The kitchen Crew team was busy this morning making sure everything was ready to feed the masses of Kahquah campers, while the rest of the camp was working on waking up and participating in morning activities. After fuelling up on croissants, fruit, oatmeal and cereal, campers made their cabins spotless and attended morning big top session.

Campers played a game of clap, clap, boom to get the wiggles out before Nolan continued with chapter 5 of the HIStory series- the Exile. Nolan overviewed a large portion of the Old Testament and summarized the harsh reality of what happens when we turn from God through the stories of the exile of Israel.


Today for lunch the theme was super powers. Our creative campers and leaders didn’t disappoint. We saw powers of invisibility, teleportation, flying, parting the Red Sea, Samson’s strength, the fruits of the spirit and the armour of God. Lunch isn’t just about dressing up and eating though.

Lunch is a time when you can hear song after song calling out other cabins or leaders to do entertaining things. There were calls for love songs, gun shows, sand from the beach in less than 30 seconds (not an easy challenge), and lots of running around the lodge. Crew camper Ella and Uncle Hayden were called out for elbows on the table and had to sing songs in front of everyone. Thankfully, the whole camp backed them up and sang along. Lunch is also a time for announcements, including who won for cabin clean up and best lunch dress up.

For this morning’s activities we visited the beach, canoeing, kayaking, makerspace and visual arts where campers were working on water colour paintings and clay sculptures.

This afternoon we got to enjoy the warm and gooey cookies baked by the baking group and watched as they competed in a pudding and jello eating contest. Our campers and program staff, Natalie, cleared two whole trays in a matter of minutes and thankfully they managed not to get sick. Camper Wyatt was the only one to tackle the pudding and took the approach of no spoon. It was certainly entertaining!

Following activities, campers took the chance to cool down. You could find campers taking the plunge of the main dock, paddle boarding and soaking up the sun.

Today was Outdoor X’s canoe trip to the waterfall. The group had a great time and got to see a snapping turtle having lunch, caught some crayfish and of course enjoy a swim at the water fall. They are certainly ready for their camp out tomorrow night.


For dinner campers enjoyed chicken burgers and fries to fuel up for tonight’s camp wide challenge- capture the flag. Crew worked quick and hard to clean up after dinner to join in on the game where cabins were combined into team Captain America and Iron Man. The competition was fierce.

For evening session, Greg and Caleb got the campers jumping and the leaders introduced some actions to the songs. Nolan then talked about the time before the Old and New testaments and how God still works in the silence. Nolan shared some of his personal story of how he waited for God in the midst of some difficult times in his life.

Following session, Crew took on leading campfire and certainly brought the fun and volume!

Summit Day 2

Before filling up on breakfast wraps, you could find the Summit campers participating in morning activities including aerobics. After making sure their cabins were spotless for the cabin clean-up checks, campers made their way to big top session.

Greg and Caleb were joined this morning by a special musical guest- Summit camper Andy! Andy joined in on the keys sharing his musical gift with the group and did an awesome job. Following a quick round of rock, paper, scissors, Nolan continued taking us through the Bible and shared about Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and how God called Abraham and promised to make his family into a great nation. We learned how this nation ended up in Egypt for 400 years before God rescued them from slavery.

The artifact for morning session was mummy beads from an actual Egyptian mummy. Nolan had fashioned the beads into a necklace and bracelet which Ely modelled for the group- she even got to keep the bracelet!

During cabin small groups, the inquisitive minds of Retreat Lodge sat with Nolan and asked questions from a list they had prepared.

Campers then got ready for their morning activities. We were able to capture some archery pros and the ropes team conquering the rock wall this morning.

For lunch we were joined by a variety of villains including members of Hydra and Cruella de Vil and her Dalmatian puppies.

After lunch some campers took to the water for tubing, while others mastered their balance on the paddle boards. They made a far trip out to the island before returning for beach time with the rest of the camp.

After eating dinner outside, campers competed with their cabins in the camp wide challenge. Teams had to compete in high ropes, low ropes, archery, physical and messy challenges and even some embarrassment for the cabin leaders who were dressed by their campers.

Big top session worship time included some creative actions to Lion and the Lamb and Nolan continued the HIStory session by overviewing the kings of the Old Testament including their triumphs and failures. We learned that Jesus is our only King and it’s in our mistakes that we see our need for him. Our artifact for tonight was ancient pottery and the special helper Eric was given a piece to bring home.


Crew has been working hard to serve on the various teams here at camp. Today the groups started their final rotations and continue to bring joy to the work they do. After dinner, Crew took a pontoon boat ride into town for some ice cream and after returning back to camp made some personalized pizza. After their game of mafia they will be heading off to bed with the rest of camp.