…. I just handed my camera off to other people to get them to take pictures for me! I was swamped with other stuff all day, so I’ve gotta express how much I love living in an atmosphere where I can trust people to just leave my camera sitting on a desk and have Jill go take pics of the quadathlon, or to hand my camera to Thomas so he can take it on the pontoon boat to get pictures of fishing. I love it.
In Underground this morning, Uncle Matt spoke, continuing the theme about overcoming fear. He talked about superheroes, asking the campers who they thought the best was, and what their justification was. One boy said The Hulk, because of his gamma rays… I’ve never heard of gamma rays, but I know The Hulk is pretty intense. Another mentioned Iron Man, and a cabin leader gave props to Batman for his ability to overcome justice, even though he doesn’t technically have a super power, but his mind is very keen. Then the girls jumped in. One said Mr. Incredible was the best, because he can juggle his super hero life with his family life, and then another said “Jesus.” Matt then reminded (for some) and taught for the first time (for others) that our strength doesn’t come from us, but from God, and that we can’t do anything without Him. Matt talked about overcoming disabilities, and how God uses our weaknesses as His strengths. He used the story of Ehud to make clear to the kids listening (and me, as I folded tshirts in the tuck shop) that when we’re ready to listen and do as God instructs, we’ll have the strength and the abilities to complete our tasks. Ehud was from the tribe of Benjamin, also known as the Tribe of the Left Hand… and Matt explained that being left handed was looked upon kind of strangely back then, even as it has been into quite recent history. But, being left handed, Ehud kept his dagger in a different place than a right handed person would, and so was able to sneak his dagger past guards in plain sight, and kill a King as he’d been instructed. It’s a pretty great illustration of what God can do with what we think are inadequacies.
Aunt Lynn informed me earlier in the week that Uncle Daniel encourages kids to kiss the fish they catch when he takes them out in the pontoon boat, and that this meant I should probably go out in the boat with them and get some pictures of it. I couldn’t, but a big thank you to Uncle Oranges (Thomas) for getting some great shots out there! I find these pictures kinda icky, myself, so if you don’t like fish scroll quickly… but here are some of your kids, kissing fish.
Here are a bunch of boys (and Kristen) at cookie baking! The boys were still there pressing the dough into the pan. Unfortunately, as I arrived, the girls had wandered off to wash the dough off of their hands, but I saw an opportunity for a great shot and I took it! (oh, yes, this picture I actually took. It’s one of maybe 5 today)
Here are the art major kids continuing to work on their amazing interpretations of their song.
At Kayak major, the kayakers were tipping their kayaks and pulling them up over the tops of other kayaks, then getting themselves back in. From my perch on the hill watching, it looked quite challenging.
At Junior Lifeguarding, Lifeguard Dave and Uncle Nat had the candidates swimming in a line to the bottom of the lake, coming up, doing a stroke backwards, and starting again. This way, if there were someone at the bottom who needed to be saved, they would find the person together by covering lots of ground quickly. This would be really helpful in a lake like ours where you wouldn’t be able to see anything at the bottom.
And last but last not least, here are the pictures that Jill took of the Quadathlon game tonight! Well, some of them…
It looks like the leaders even got in on the fun!! This first part looks to be a giant slip and slide. I don’t know if it was part of the quadathlon or not….
Above, it looks like Graeme has a helmet cam strapped to his head. Checking THOSE shots out should be good! What an angle!
I dunno what’s going on here… but it’s terrifying…
The second part has a swimmer departing the shallow beach area for the dock, where their counterpart then jumps in (though not from the side of the dock, because the water’s too shallow), and swims back to the shallow end.
When they get back to the shallow area, they tag off a runner. Each runner books it from the beach to the dock, up the stairs, and up the hill to the lodge porch, where they tag off another runner who books it back down to the beach to send off their kayaker.
Obviously, there were excited onlookers among our staff as they got ready to participate as well.
And then they were off…
And on a final note, I bought a new camera today… I will try my very best not to take 5000 pictures tomorrow…. but I make absolutely no promises 🙂