As many of you have heard, due to an illness and a recommendation from a doctor, our fearless canoe trip leader Graeme has been decommissioned this week, and was unable to run our Algonquin Adventure. As a result, kids who would normally have been gone most of the week and not on-site are now fully integrated into our Summit program, which started today. We are literally busting at the seams, with 99 campers spread out over 12 cabins. You’ll be happy to know that we have maintained our ratio of staff to Campers, but it’s going to be NOISY at lunch!
Today, my blog is going to go backwards, because there were some fun shenanigans yesterday that I want to mention so it only makes sense. Starting with most recent, here is the news for tonight.
Ryan and Laura are back as the dynamic duo of program directors. Their theme this week is Call of Duty. Our dining hall is set up in camo and the kids have adorned bandanas while General Ryan and General Laura wear camo pants and salute for attention. I am certain that this theme has great ties into the Word of God, and that the one and only Pastor Paul and Rick will deliver those ties well to your kids.
We started the night off right with a trip to Headquarters (the Chapel), where our teams were divided out and the cabins had to create charges and team names. Some of the charges were very well done, and I got pictures of everyone presenting them.
After the kids arrived and ate dinner, it was time for medication drop off, head checks, tuck deposits, and swim tests. As I’m sure you can imagine, with 12 quite full cabins, this took a while. In the mean time, while cabins waited for their turns at various stations, I have some pictures of some goofing around, some football throwing, and some playing of Kahquah’s official sport — tetherball.
When the buses arrived, in expert fashion, we got those buses unloaded and got the multitude of children in to eat their dinners. Our bus drivers always enjoy coming in, grabbing some dinner, and dining on the Muskoka Chairs facing the lake. Who wouldn’t? We appreciate our service from Niagara Air Bus very much, and we’re glad they feel comfortable grabbing a meal before they head back out.
Yesterday, it was staff day off after the kids left. It was our last Saturday to be all off at once, all together until the end of Bravo, so we enjoyed every second. There was swimming (although the water was quite choppy, and you may have heard that the humidity has broken) but not many went in the lake, and unfortunately we weren’t able to offer tubing and water sports until this afternoon due to how choppy the water was from yesterday’s winds. But the staff got their fun in nonetheless.
Saturday evenings, starting last Saturday and continuing through the next three Saturdays, there is square dancing offered at the community centre in town. Some of the staff, LIT, and all of the Crew went in to partake, and Brooklyn was kind enough to throw 95 of her best shots onto my jump drive so that I can share them with you. Don’t worry, I won’t put 95 pictures on here, I’ll have to pick and choose, but I do like having the option ;). So here they are! Apparently this was super fun, and I’m told that I won’t forgive myself if I don’t go next week. According to Natalie, it’s her new passion, so… I may have to check it out. But for now, please enjoy Brooklyn’s pictures.
Oh, and one last mention before I go get some sleep — I know down South there have been some completely crazy weather patterns this weekend. I just want to assure you all that while you may have heard about damage around us, we were not affected by more than a tornado warning and then an impromptu talent show in the basement on Friday afternoon. I don’t mean to diminish a tornado warning, we did take it seriously, but the threat passed and has not returned. We had a windy and considerably chillier day on Saturday, but it was beautiful, and today was gorgeous. We are aware that we are blessed by God in His provision for us in keeping us untouched by Friday’s (and the rest of the weekend’s) crazy weather, and I know I speak for at least myself, if not more of us, when I personally wish everyone who WAS affected a speedy recovery from whatever they were left with.