Reaching for the Summit

Blaze and Algonquin Adventure have just left.  I’m sitting in the tuck shop and over my head I can hear the shuffle of feet and banging of chairs that mean the dining hall is being scrubbed clean.  Furniture is being dragged out of the way and put back where it belongs.  We’re in reset mode.  After lunch, the waterfront will be opened for staff and we’ll take a breather.

We hope your kids had a wonderful time here.  We hope if your kids are on their way for Summit or Outdoor Pursuits, that they’re very excited.  We’re looking forward to it!  We’ve navigated through three different base camps together on our way to the Summit, and we’re finally reaching it.  I’m really excited about what God has in store for this week.  He’s been moving here already, so I imagine He’ll continue to do just that.

Yesterday was quite drab and rainy here, but as you’ve seen before, that doesn’t stop our kids from having a whole lot of fun!  It does mean the pictures aren’t that great and that there aren’t that many of them though, so I’m sorry about that.  But I assure you laughter was still heard through the entire camp.

Activity 1 went on as planned, with sports still happening, water sports still taking place, and some die-hard kids still out on the pontoon boat fishing.  I want to offer up a great big thanks to all of our staff who are dedicated enough to your kids that even though it was raining, they were still willing to happily drive a boat or play volleyball in the rain.

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As the rain picked up through the afternoon, it became both miserable and unsafe to run activities as normal, so we had a movie in the Underground in the afternoon.  There are  no pictures of that.  Last year, we had a movie in the afternoon because it was raining once and I thought I’d grab a picture to put in the blog…. but the kids watching the movie really didn’t like the flash, and they didn’t hesitate to tell me haha, so I left them alone.

Instead of a Camp-Wide game in the evening, they had a talent show.

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Our Algonquin Adventure kids arrived back safely yesterday morning.  They were tired, but they arrived!  The rest of the Camp didn’t hesitate to call them out looking for a “Gun Show” (showing off their muscles from canoeing) during the singing portion of lunch-time.

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After dinner, whoever received mail or email that day is called up to receive it and has to do something silly before it’s given to them.  There were LOTS last night, so we made them shake their hair.  If you have Summit or Outdoor Pursuits kids coming up this week, you may want to send them some mail so it gets them to be silly 😉

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I don’t know what to say about this picture, but Faith has quite a flair for the dramatic.  I asked her in the tuck shop if I could take her picture for the blog wearing all her new Kahquah gear, but she insisted she needed her wig for the talent show on first.

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Finally, here are your cabin photos from Blaze/Algonquin 2015!

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Until Monday!

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Cupcake Decorating, Photography, and SO MUCH MORE!

Good morning, friends!  Today’s my day off, so I wrote this last night before I went to bed and have run off to find an internet connection this morning where the only work I will do all day is upload the pictures and hit publish.  Because I’m off, I’m not sitting in my office listening to Underground while I write, so unfortunately I can’t tell you what your kids are learning.

I do, however, have plenty of awesome pictures for you, so please enjoy those and you’ll be back to your regularly scheduled programming on Wednesday 🙂

Before I show you yesterday’s pictures, I wanted to show you briefly this one picture I snagged at our staff party on Saturday.  Frank and Natalie combined efforts to plan something for the staff that was truly special.  I know I felt appreciated, and I’m positive that the rest of us did, too.  We had homemade, barbecued hamburgers, and popsicles!  We got to eat outside at picnic tables, and the grassy knoll area was decorated with balloons and streamers.  Then, after dinner, some picnic games had been organized… which led to this awesome shot of a relay trying to fill up the jar on someone’s forehead using a sponge!

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At Lunch yesterday, Erin and Judd were called out to run around the tables.  It was great!  I always love it when siblings get to have fun like that!

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Aunt Shelley is doing crafts this week and next, and decided that to switch things up from previous years, she’d offer cupcake decorating for today and today only!  It was a hit, and boy did those creations look delicious!  I love how happy Annika looks in these pictures, complete with icing all over her face…

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I caught sight of the Algonquin Park Canoe Trip kids getting ready to leave on their trip (they’re likely gone as you’re reading this, because there’s no way I woke up early enough to post this before they left… I can predict that much of the future for sure!)  They’ve been preparing and training since they arrived on Sunday and I hope they have a great time!

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I caught our own canoers as well!

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And our Kayakers!

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Monday is always a day for skills training in some of our major activities.  The rock climbing wall is no exception.  Kids needed to learn how to tie their knots and properly secure their harnesses before they could be sent to the wall.  Here they are, learning to tie their figure-8 knots.

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The Beach was a very popular place yesterday!

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I caught the photography kids, and while these pictures may be a little posed, I still think it’s great to have the photographers taking pictures of the camp photographer.

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At water sports, the first day is also always spent learning on dry land (mostly), and kids need to learn the proper technique for fastening helmets, holding onto ropes, pulling themselves up, and fastening knee board straps before there’s any point in getting behind the boat.  They also need to know all the proper signals so that they can ride safely.

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At Beauty from the Inside Out, I found our girls doing hair and talking about nails, but they had just finished doing a devotion as well.

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The Paddle Boarders looked like they enjoyed a nice calm, warm, sunny day!  I know I would have enjoyed being on a board out there yesterday!  It was gorgeous!

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The Drama kids, led by Aunt Erin who is a great choice for a Drama activity, were nothing but giggles as they learned a couple of skits.  I’m sorry the pictures are mostly blurry, but the kids just wouldn’t hold still!  I was working on things in my office and could hear them practicing in the Underground.  All I heard was laughter through their lines, so I’m sure they had great fun!

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And lastly, I finally made it to a campfire!  I’m sorry these pictures are so dark… they were taken with my iPhone, not my camera, and, well… it’s just not the same.  The pictures you see are of counsellors trying to knock over plastic cups wearing panty hose on their heads with… I’m pretty sure… a tennis ball in the end.  It looked like it would have taken coordination that I just do not have.  Better them than me, I guess!

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Well, until Wednesday!