In Mother Russia, if you don’t douse the flames, the flames douse you…

So there’s a small chance that I took 222 pictures today…. small chance.  Of course, you won’t see them all.  That’s crazy talk.  But I assure you, you’ll see many.  I managed to get it down to 100 of the best… sorry there’s so many, there were a LOT of things going on, today!

Today was an excellent, excellent day.  It was cold outside, and I dare say after last week’s stifling heat, we probably shouldn’t complain, but it started off quite chilly.  It was fitting, though, as today’s theme was “Russian.”  I’ve never played Call of Duty, so I have zero idea what Russian anything has to do with it, if anything at all, but I digress.  It was fun.

In Underground this morning, Pastor Paul taught on the story of Esther and how she didn’t let her fear win, and how God used her in her willingness to do what she knew needed to be done.  It was pretty powerful stuff, and Paul really hit it home.  It was an excellent lead in to Rick’s message from tonight about fear as experienced by Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego (I’m sorry if I butchered those spellings…).

I’m not really sure where I want to put this first picture, because I don’t know who the artist was, and I don’t know when it’s from, but I saw it hanging on the Chapel doors, and it’s gorgeous, so I want to share.

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At Sports this morning, it was very full, and so Uncle Matt Reist started an epic game of Dodgeball going with 3 different balls.  Rather unfortunately, however, most of the kids stood at the sidelines while I was taking pictures, because they were hesitant to be taken out.  As I was leaving, they started to get into the game, but their caution was duly noted.

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At the beach, because as I mentioned above, it was pretty chilly this morning, there was no one in the water.  It was kind of a bizarre sight, actually.  Normally, when there’s opportunity to swim, kids take it.  But the wind was cool and had some strength to it, so they played volleyball on the beach instead.  By the afternoon it had warmed up and the water got used, but no one seemed to want to this morning, and I can’t say that I blame them 🙂

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During second activity period, there were kids in the water…

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Here are some water sports shots, again, taken from the dock.  With so many activities this week, it’s been really hard to take an entire hour to go out in the boat because I so badly want to catch everyone.  Check out the full backwards riding going on from the knee boarder, though!  I wish I knew who it was!

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Today’s lunch theme was “Russian.”  There were some incredibly creative ideas out there today!  Several cabins interpreted this as “rushin” to lunch, so some were jogging quickly, some were still brushing their teeth.  It was clever.  Others were challenging Canadian hockey with their smack talk about how Russia would clearly beat Canada, every time.  A girls’ cabin was all named Helga, and they all had unibrows…. it was an interesting interpretation for sure, and not usually what I think of when I think of Russia, but it was creative nevertheless.  My personal favourite, and the one that took first place in the lunch dress up challenge we have every day, was Uncle Bailey’s cabin, who lined up in order from tallest to shortest, wearing their sleeping bags zipped showing only their faces.  They showed up as Russian Nesting Dolls…. you know, those dolls that all hide one inside of another.  It was very clever.

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One of our Crew members, Alice, is actually Russian.  So she gave us some greetings from Mother Russia in Russian.  It was pretty sweet, actually.

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Aunt Liz sang us a Russian Opera song about death.  Check out Uncle Ryan, looking like he’s really feeling the music.  Afterward, the entire dining hall erupted into chants of “MOTHER RUSSIA!   MOTHER RUSSIA!!”

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And one representative from each cabin was sent to dance-off to Rasputin.  I’m not sure why Harrison doesn’t have a shirt on, but his dance took the prize for sure.  Points were added to his team’s total for his ridiculousness.

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The Art Major interpretations are coming along very nicely.  There are some incredibly talented kids up here this week!

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A bunch of boys signed up for nail painting, and painted their nails in the most ridiculous colours they could find.  I heard one exclaim “is this that crackle stuff my sister uses!?  I don’t understand it!!”  They appeared to be having GREAT fun!

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At Crafts, the kids were using Mod Podge to stick pieces of paper onto various shaped boxes.  Once the mod podge dries, it stays transparent, and so you’ve essentially fused your paper choices onto the wooden box.  Also, check out Aunt Shelley rocking the bandana she made on Monday while tie-dyeing, as well as a couple that are still hanging on the Chapel porch, finished and ready to go, but still unclaimed.

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At Archery, the usual shenanigans occurred.  Bows were readied, arrows were fired, and then they were collected from targets.  Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves up here, today.  It was cooler, so it wasn’t unbearable to be out in the mid day, AND I think the bugs are finally starting to leave us alone a little bit, so that’s very good news!!

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At Low Ropes, kids had to make a funny noise to get Aunt Natalie and Aunt Heather to give them back their rope so that they could Tarzan Swing off the platform, back to the designated area on the ground.

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At the Rock Wall, Suzanne begged me to take her picture so her Mom could see her climbing the wall.  It always strikes me funny when the campers recognize me as the blogger.  At any rate, Hi Maria!  Mack and Bradley also did an excellent job climbing the wall.  Mack and Suzanne both climbed with backpacks of rocks on their backs, and Bradley didn’t have the time to try that today, but is determined to do it tomorrow!IMG_5591 IMG_5595 IMG_5596 IMG_5597 IMG_5602

I didn’t go out in the boat to go tubing today, either.  I have found that I like to be able to stand on the docks and catch many things, all at once.  Here are the members of one tubing group, waiting to be picked up by the boat for their tube rides.

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Here are some tubers…

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… and here is the other group of kids waiting at the ski dock.

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Check out Matt and Graeme as guardians of the ski dock.  They were there to help make sure life jackets fit properly and that kids were ready to go when it was their turn.  This made it much more efficient, and it allows our lifeguards to be able to pay full attention to the water.

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I hopped into the boat for the last two tube rides, because I figured that the pictures of Uncle Matt and Uncle Graeme tubing would not be regretted.  I wasn’t wrong.  The pictures of Uncle Graeme and Aunt Cait were pretty great, too.  Maybe they can use these as their engagement photos?  Don’t worry, your kids don’t ride this rough.  I suspect Graeme and Matt were leaning very much on purpose.

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I also managed to catch Jarred and Nat fishing off of the dock.  Jarred even caught a fish!!  Later, Nat tried to go hand fishing by swimming around close to the dock and catching fish with his hands.  I don’t think he was successful, though.

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The game tonight was called Douse the Flames.  In two teams, 6 cabins per team, they were given twenty minutes to build a fire, then half of each team went on offence with water balloons to try to “douse the flames” at the other team’s fire, while the other half remained on defence to try to deflect water balloons from hitting their fire, thereby putting it out.  I took SO MANY pictures of this, and I’d LOVE to share them all with you.  It’s my hope that once Family Camp starts next week, the blogging responsibilities will ease up a bit, and I will have a chance to add all of the pictures from Kids’ Camp (the thousands of pictures….) into a Picasa Album online so that you could see all of the shots, not just the best ones.  But for tonight, you’ll have to settle for my interpretation of my best shots.  I’m rambling, though, so back on track… this whole activity was being prepared for all day.  Many times throughout the day, I saw various crew kids and staff kids helping fill water balloons for this epic battle… and epic it was.

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