Welcome to Family Camp. Last night, in a super secretive, super surprise endeavour, we celebrated Liz’s 16 or 17 (or something like that) years of service to us here at Kahquah. She started with us as a Camper quite young, and once she became old enough to be Staff, she started in various roles, building her skills as a leader. Liz was very humble though, admitting that it was all things she’s been able to do for God’s Glory, and that she’s been incredibly grateful for this opportunity to serve and impact the lives of kids. Many of her closest friends and some of the members of the board, as well as several staff that have gone from being campers chilling with Liz, to staff working with Liz paid tribute with speeches and songs. As a small token of our thanks, Liz was presented with a Camp Kahquah blanket, along with an original water-colour painting of loons in front of the Jesus Saves rock, painted by Amanda Peel, former director Ken’s daughter and local artist from the Niagara Region.
Check out some pictures from last night’s party.
In completely unrelated news, it POURED yesterday evening, so for those who are coming in the next couple weeks and are concerned about repeat performances of last year’s nearly all-summer-long fire-ban, we’d like to assure you that so far, you’ve got nothing to fear.
This morning was our first Chapel Service of week 1 Family Camp. Liz and Chris led us in worship, and then Pastor Melissa Richer gave her first message today on the Fruits of the Spirit. She told a very moving story about a little girl named Eileen who was abused as a kid, and taken away from her parents. The little girl and her brother both ended up being adopted, by different people, but the family that adopted Eileen was a Minister and his wife who had prayed for a long time before the day they went to the orphanage to choose who they’d adopt, that they’d find just the right girl that God wanted in their family. Well, they found her. The Minister went right to Eileen and said “this is our daughter.” Melissa then talked about love as one of the fruits of the Spirit, and how the actions of that Minister left a legacy of love. Without the actions of that Minister who trusted God wholeheartedly, a Jesus-trusting family would never have been born. Eventually, through that legacy, Melissa was able to have a conversation with her great grandmother, Eileen.
In more completely unrelated news, Jillian, Karen, and Reagan (I think with some help earlier from Brittany) tackled the programming closet today. Check out the before, with everything from in the closet spread throughout the hall, and the after, as the ladies started to put everything back in in an organized and tidy fashion. It looks lovely, now we can only hope that it stays that way. Jillian has 3 buckets of foamies in there, and she looks THRILLED to see them. Doesn’t she!? Oh, and we found Gangnam Style socks…. WHY!? I don’t know. I really really don’t.
Last night, we had a campfire followed by a very busy Sundae and Float night. This is the first Campfire we’ve run camp-wide at Family Camp, or at least, not in as long as I can remember. Sherri planned and ran it, and did an excellent job. There were skits, there were games, there were songs… there was feeding of butter tarts by couples without using their hands. There were kids getting each other ready for the day to start, with their eyes covered, using each other as hands….. water was poured, teeth were brushed, pudding was eaten. Thanks to all who came out!!
I don’t think I can say much more with a picture like that at the end…. I think the words to this part of the song went “eek! a bug!” as Frank has decided if he weren’t Camp Staff, he’d be an exterminator….. until tomorrow!!