Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye

As the buses pull out every week, we stand on the shuffle board courts and we sing a song as they drive up the driveway.

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye….

We repeat it until they’ve left.  Then the dust settles, and we realize what’s ahead as we prepare for our next week.

Well, that’s happened again today, except that today is the busiest day of the season, as we prepare for Family Camp Week 1, which starts in just a few hours.  Our staff are moving out of wherever they were staying, cleaning their accommodation, and moving into their new one.  The kitchen is being mopped, scrubbed, and cleaned, while the dining hall chairs are switched out for new ones.

Kids camp is over.

Summit was great!  I heard lots of kids telling each other to add them on Facebook, and sharing numbers and email addresses so they can stay in touch with the friends they’ve made here.  There were many hugs as everyone prepared to say goodbye to those they wouldn’t see again for a while.

Now as we scramble to get ready for our first of four weeks of family camp, I’m sitting in the tuck shop writing to you, ready to share yesterday’s pictures and the last memories from kids camp for this season.  We’ll be back to kids camp at the end of August for Bravo, Aspire, and Zenith of course!

But here are yesterday’s highlights!  Apparently I should have gone in the boat for water sports as Emma was able to drop a ski and slalom for quite some time, but since I spent most of the day Thursday in the boat (and have a tan line from my glasses to show for it 😛 ) I decided to stay firmly planted on land.

Here are your cabin photos for Summit 2015!

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On the last day of the canoeing major, the participants played a game where they have to try to splash water into the other canoe, and each is trying to finish the game with less water in their canoe than the other.

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At the beach, I saw people relaxing, kids having fun building castles, and many splashing around in the water throwing a ball around.

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At Crafts, Shelley brought up a bunch of old pictures of camp and let the kids look through them and choose some to make scrapbook pages out of.

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At Beauty Inside and Out, I caught up with the girls as they were doing their nails, getting ready for banquet night, where those who want to get dressed up for dinner.

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At the kayaking major, the participants had gotten to a point where they were ready to practice tipping their own kayaks so that they knew what it felt like and what to do should it ever happen accidentally.  Here they are, tipping over!

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Throughout this week, Hope, Noah, and Jordan led a Triathlon boot camp activity, where 6 kids practiced swimming, bike riding, and running leading up to a triathlon yesterday.  We have extensive coverage of it since I sent Hope across the road with my phone while I stayed on the main campus here.  It’s my understanding that this was a big week for Chris, who learned not only how to water ski, but also how to ride a bike!  Way to champ it!  Donny ended up winning the triathlon, but all six of them did an incredible job persevering.  I know I wouldn’t have been able to do it for sure!

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Here are the Outdoor Pursuits kids heading out on paddle boards, canoes, and kayaks.  I’m not sure if they were just heading out for a paddle, or working on skills.  I didn’t get a chance to talk to them.  From where I was perched watching the Triathlon, it looked like they were working on water skills because I looked at one moment, and when I looked up the next, a canoe was tipped and there was no one in it!

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Check out our awesome kitchen staff!  Heather’s back as our cook, Shanon’s back as our assistant cook, and Emma is spending another year as kitchen assistant this summer.  A special thanks to Annette, who came up for the week as a volunteer to help out in the kitchen as well.

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Here is a Crew group photo!

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And here is an LIT Group photo!

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And lastly, to finish off our last week’s blog, here are a couple great sunset shots from the other night.

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By Grace I’m Free, You’ve Rescued Me, Now All I Am is Yours

I’d never heard this song before.  It’s called “I’ve Found a Love.”  But what a beautiful set of lyrics that Laura led us in this morning.  She asked the kids in the middle of her set if anyone knew why we tend to do the same songs over and over again sometimes ~ and then told them it’s so that we can let the words sink deep into our hearts.  It’s like when we tell ourselves over and over again something that we hope can make it true.

By grace I’m free
You’ve rescued me
All I am is Yours

CHORUS:
I’ve found a love greater than life itself
I’ve found a hope stronger and nothing compares
I once was lost; now I’m alive in You

That was unrelated, but I had to share.

Matt started out this morning by asking if anyone had seen the movies San Andreas or Twister.  Matt explained that he’s always been in awe of natural disasters because they’re so much bigger than him.

We looked at the story starting in Acts 16:19 of Paul and Silas casting a demon out of a slave woman who could tell the future.  The demon within her giving her such abilities made it so that she could make her owners a lot of money, and so when Paul and Silas cast out the demon, her owners were very angry at the loss.  Paul and Silas were taken to the market place to make a big scandal out of them.  When the masses can get worked up, the slave owners knew that it would be a lot easier to try Roman citizens unfairly and have them thrown in jail.  “These men are Jews, and are throwing our town into an uproar!”

Paul and Silas were stripped and beaten, then thrown into prison.  A jailer was told to guard them carefully, so they were locked in stocks.  They were probably wondering where God was in all of this, but instead of turning their backs on God, they prayed that God would show mercy to those who treated them poorly, and they sang praises to God.

Suddenly, a violent Earthquake shook the foundations of the building.  All the doors swung open, and every prisoner’s chains came loose.  When the jailer woke up and saw all the doors swung open, he drew his sword ready to kill himself out of fear of the consequences for the prisoners escaping, but Paul called out for him not to harm himself because they had all stayed!

The jailer fell trembling before Paul and Silas and asked what he must do to be saved.  His whole life was changed, likely in the course of 2-5 minutes.  The jailer washes Paul and Silas’ wounds, has his entire family baptized, and was filled with joy at his new belief in God.

The next day, seeing how much trouble had come after Paul and Silas were given an unfair trial and jailed unfairly, the Magistrate calls for their release.  They too could sense that they were messing with the power of God and they didn’t want to deal with it.

Matt asked us to think of the name of a person who we know really needs that deep and wild encounter with the power of God that turns them around.  Maybe our steadfastness in our own lives can show them that God is someone they need.  The kids spent some time in prayer for people they know need Jesus.

Matt left them with the thought:  write out a time where we felt God very present in our lives.  If there are any who want to, there will be a time for them to share those moments on Friday during the evening Underground.

What could God be using in our lives to get the attention of others?

 

Here are your pictures from yesterday.

The Outdoor Pursuit kids had a chance yesterday to do an orienteering game where they had to go on the Hiawatha Trail and try to find Uncle Randy, dressed completely in camouflage.  It’s my understanding that they didn’t find him, though they did come close.

Right after lunch, they headed into the bush across the road to build their own shelters and camp out overnight.  I sent Randy with a camera so that he could capture a few moments from the overnight.  You will see some of them in their shelters, around their fire, and eating the food they cooked in foil packs.  I think they made bannock bread, prepared ahead of time by Heather using an old recipe of Uncle Ernie’s.  They also found a salamander!

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At Sports, the older kids seem to have a much better handle on the concept of 9 Square in the Air, and the game seemed to be moving pretty well.  The goal is to be the server in the middle, and you serve into the air, kind of like a combination of volleyball and Four Square.  It looks like a lot of fun!  There was also some tetherball happening while the Outdoor Pursuits kids waited for their orienteering activity (while Randy hid!)

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At the Beach, the water was pretty choppy, and the wind was cool, so the water wasn’t a very popular place.  There was an epic sandcastle built on the beach, and they worked very hard as a team to build it.  Thanks to Uncle Nate for sending me a picture of the finished product!

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At Archery, Uncle Frank happened to be teaching.  I stuck around just long enough to get a turn myself, and I even hit the target!  Once….   Most of my arrows hit the ground.  A couple of the kids were close to or had beaten Frank’s high score, so in one of the pictures you can see Frank trying to be a distraction so that his score would remain untouched.  Of course this was staged, and that would never happen while the kids were shooting.

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At Low Ropes and Wall Climbing, kids appear to be having a good time all around!

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I haven’t made it into the boat for water sports pictures yet because the water’s been too choppy to take pictures.  Yesterday, because the water in our part of the lake was fairly choppy still, our tubers and water sports participants were taken on the pontoon boat out into the bay by Crown Island, where the water was MUCH calmer, and they still got to have safe rides.

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At Crafts, the girls were modge podging old hymnal pages onto a box, with the top painted in chalkboard paint.  Aunt Shelley finds the coolest ideas to bring to the kids each week!  I want one, but there weren’t enough, and I showed up in the middle and wouldn’t have had time anyway.  I’ll have to make my own, I guess!

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Right before dinner, we paused to honour our very first picnic table plaque dedication.  Jim and Kim Wideman bought 40 picnic tables in the off season in January for a dramatically reduced price, and throughout this week they’ve been stained and prepared to have plaques added to them.  For 100.00 per table, plaques could be engraved and fastened to the table.  The revenue from picnic table dedications not only completely covered the cost of the tables, but also made it so that our wash house, very popular during family camp, now houses four washing machines and three dryers!  So awesome!  The first dedication was made to Uncle Ivan, who has spent 41 years cabin leading at Camp, and countless hours working on building projects, up to and including the most recent one where we’re finishing up two brand new chalets!

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Here are a few pictures of our Crew working hard.  Today, they’re off on their solos where they had to find a spot all to themselves and spend some really focused time with God, listening to what He has to say to them.  I outfitted them with bottles of water this morning so that they’d stay hydrated, and sent them on their way.  We’ll miss their presence around the camp through the day today for sure, because they work VERY hard, but from what I understand this is usually a very rewarding experience for them.

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And lastly, enjoy some of our kids monkeying around in order to get their mail for the night 🙂

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Our Guide Book

Monday was a great day!  I’m writing this to you Monday evening (even though you won’t read it until Tuesday morning…. crafty technology, eh?  Lets me schedule things for later!  haha.)

During Underground, the LITs have been loving helping out.  There’s a skit ongoing and running through all of the sessions that will wrap up at the end of the week.  This morning’s were awesome!  They started off with a skit about a Guide Book, drawing back on their Canoe trip from last week.  They talked about how the Guide Book (in this case, a trail map) is important for them to get to their destination without getting lost, and how it shows dangers that they should avoid — just like the Bible does in their lives.  The Guide Book shows us where to go.  Psalm 32:8 says “I will instruct you and and teach you in the way you should go.”

We talked about Parables being stories that Jesus made up to illustrate a point, and about how He told one about planting seeds.  In one instance the seeds were swooped away by birds — that’s like when we share about our faith after we get back from Camp and no one listens to us.  The seeds can be planted in the gravel, and we can have a good faith for a while, but then our emotions wear off and we forget about it because our roots aren’t deep enough.  The seeds can be over-run by the weeds — that happens when we get stressed out and our faith gets choked by the World.  OR the seeds can take root in good soil, producing good crops that we can then share with everyone around us.  That happens in our lives when we let the Word sink in and set deep roots.

Tuesday they’ll be learning about the Compass and how that relates to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Check out the pictures from Monday!  I made it to a lot of places.  I plan to get across the road on Wednesday and out in the boat Thursday and Friday.

Here are several from the LIT skits this morning.  The pictures don’t do them justice.  The skits were very well done, and I didn’t hear kids chatting through them, which in my experience teaching generally means they’re engaged.  They were great!

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At Crafts, kids were being creative with all kinds of ideas!  They were able to use sticks and maple keys to make snake or dragonfly magnets, or plants in a planter!  They were very cute, and I loved some of the ideas the kids came up with!

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At kayaking and canoeing, today was spent mostly learning strokes and proper techniques in order to keep our kids safe on the water.  Even Landon Droppert really wanted to get in on the kayaking action!

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The beach looked like a TON of fun today!  There were kids there building sand creations as well as playing in the water every time I walked past.

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At the Ropes major, kids today also spent time learning proper techniques for how to tie their knots and how to make sure they stay safe at the rock wall!  I love watching our leaders work with the kids, because they know precisely how important safety is out there and they want to keep everyone safe while they have fun.

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The Crew girls (Crew-tons!) got into a rousing game of 9 Square In The Air!  Well, most of them… a few of them preferred to sit and cheer on their crew-mates.

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The kids in the Water Sports majors also had to learn their skills on land today.  It’s just easier to teach some of those skills when you’re not in the water, so they spent the first day on the docks, working closely with some of our staff who are very good at what they do!  I wouldn’t know the first thing about how to explain how to water ski or knee board!

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The Gaga Ball pit has been a great success!  Kids seem to love it!  I think it looks like a lot of fun, too.  I haven’t been in it yet, though.  It feels like it’d be dangerous with a camera hanging around my neck 😉

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At Beauty from the Inside Out, participants are having fun not only playing with makeup and nail polish (and trying out their skills on their leaders!), but they’re talking about what makes them beautiful on the inside as well.

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Finally, cookie baking was a huge hit.  I got there just in time to watch kids eat their delicious creations!  They even shared one with Uncle Frank, who loved every bite.  Well done, bakers!

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A New Quest

Welcome back to Kahquah Base Camp ~ Our theme for the whole summer.  This week’s programming theme is “The Andes,” and I’ve got to say that Brooklyn and Cameron have done a spectacular job decorating the dining hall.  It looks great!  Brook and Cameron are our program directors for the week, and I’m excited to see what they have planned for our kids.

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The beginning of a new week always brings introductions.  Conor introduced the waterfront team (minus Lynn as it was her day off).  I’m always proud of our lifeguards and waterfront staff and the hard work they do.  They’re always doing their best to keep your kids safe.

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The bus arrived EARLY yesterday, which was fantastic!  We were able to take care of tuck money and medications before dinner, which meant that we were able to take cabin photos on a beautiful day yesterday.

Retreat Lodge

Retreat Lodge

Wyldewood

Wyldewood

Retreat Up

Retreat Up

Porcupine Ridge

Porcupine Ridge

Cedar Rest

Cedar Rest

Retreat Woods

Retreat Woods

Check out some of our CREW girls (they’re ALL girls this session!  I think they’ve started calling themselves Crew-tons, haha).  They’re working hard wiping down tables and cleaning up the dishes after dinner.

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Swim tests went off without a hitch yesterday.  We operate on a coloured band system so that all staff can tell who should be able to participate in which activities.  You can see a picture here of Uncle Conor explaining the beach procedures to a cabin before he lets them onto the beach, making sure they’re all listening and understanding before he lets them go.

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I’m sitting right now in my office listening to worship led by Laura Osburne, our worship leader for the week.  One of our co-speakers for the week, Laura Droppert, is about to start her message for the morning.  She’s teaching in the mornings while our executive director, Frank Littel, is speaking in the evening Underground sessions.  Laura is one of our LIT leaders, along with her husband Tim, and Graeme and Caitlin Hogg.  The LITs are very excited to be a part of the teaching this week, and I hear there are great skits coming to reinforce the messages.  LITs are shadowing in cabins this week, helping lead Undergrounds and small groups, and learning how to be leaders from our more experienced cabin leaders.  Look forward to some pictures and a deeper explanation of today’s Underground in tomorrow’s blog post 🙂

New Beginnings

Happy Canada Day, friends of Kahquah!  And happy first official (full) day of our Camp Season as well!

I’m sitting in my office this morning, listening to more than 50 people singing to God “Shine your light and let the whole world see, we’re singing for the glory of the Risen King”… just their voices. It’s wonderful. I’m in my office with the door propped open so I can hear the worship and the message while I write to you.

Nova and Kubbies have started! Praise the Lord, everyone is here! Can I tell you what a great day we had weather-wise yesterday, too? I was a little concerned – if you followed the blog last year, you may remember that almost every week of kids’ camp we unloaded in the rain. We shuttled every piece of luggage in a mad dash to the Chapel porch and then had to deal with it and sort it out later. My day yesterday started at my home in Brantford because I had to run home quickly on Monday night. As I drove back North I battled through various strengths of mostly just bothersome rain. It was annoying, and it gave me cause for concern. But as I continued North, the sky got lighter and lighter, and the rain stopped, making way for beautiful skies with just white puffy clouds.  The temperature rose a dramatic 11 degrees between Barrie and Magnetawan, which was a welcomed jump, since Barrie was sitting at only 15 degrees as I drove through.  Not a great temperature for June 30th!

Joe Flagg and Ellen Crane are the directors of Kahquah Base Camp this week, our theme for Nova and Kubbies.  Ashley Cunningham is the director for Kubbies, with both of her kids now graduates of Kubbies and settled nicely into Nova!  We welcome Dave Hamill as our Camp Pastor for the week, and I look forward to hearing what he has to say in the next couple of days!

This morning in underground, he was teaching our kids about the Bible, and how he knows that what’s in it is true.  He made a great point.  If you were going to make something up and try to convince people that it was true, wouldn’t you choose stories that were a little more believable?  Wouldn’t you pick stories that people wouldn’t immediately dismiss as crazy, or believe them as truth because they couldn’t possibly be anything else?  Take Noah’s Ark for example — wouldn’t it be more believable that Noah’s family had a boat already, and they survived a particularly wet summer?  Or… without believing in God, would you believe that walking around the city of Jericho could really bring down the walls?  I wouldn’t be able to, I don’t think….

Today’s memory verse is Psalm 119:105 ~ Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.  The Bible is a guide that is a light in the darkness that helps us get from one place to another without falling into traps.  How much easier would our path be when it was fully illuminated?

 

Well… I have to go and gather stories and pictures from today so I can report to you tomorrow!  Enjoy your Canada Day, and enjoy some pictures from yesterday!  More to come 🙂

 

Laura

 

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Julia avoiding the ball at our new Gaga Ball Court. I don’t really know how to play, but I’m pretty sure I’ll learn!

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Look at that volleyball form!

Look at that volleyball form!

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It wouldn't be an Underground without Nat dancing!  Love it!

It wouldn’t be an Underground without Nat dancing! Love it!

99 Camp Kahquah Campers in Cabins….

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.

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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.

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Birchmere Woods and Retreat Up -- The Cool Runnings

Birchmere Woods and Retreat Up — The Cool Runnings

Porcupine Ridge and Birchmere Lodge -- The Boogs

Porcupine Ridge and Birchmere Lodge — The Boogs

Cedar Rest and Retreat Lodge again -- The Eyes of the Tiger.

Cedar Rest and Retreat Lodge again — The Eyes of the Tiger.

Cedar Rest and Retreat Lodge

Cedar Rest and Retreat Lodge

Maplecroft and Wyldewood -- KCCO

Maplecroft and Wyldewood — KCCO

Retreat Woods and Deer Run -- The Blue Team, even though their bandanas were brown.

Retreat Woods and Deer Run — The Blue Team, even though their bandanas were brown.

Beechwood and Bunker Down -- G.U.E.S.S. (I can't remember what it stands for, but it was clever!)

Beechwood and Bunker Down — G.U.E.S.S. (I can’t remember what it stands for, but it was clever!)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Kahquah’s Got Talent!

Before I was awake and out of bed this morning, much of Camp was bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to go for their last day together.  The Crew went for an island swim in the fog this morning before I was even out of bed!  Kim took pictures and graciously offered to let me take them.  I gladly accepted, because while I may be a good photographer, I’m not quite good enough to take pictures while I sleep….. yet.  The kids were taken to the island on the pontoon boat, dropped off, and, accompanied by lifeguards on kayaks and canoes, they swam back to the dock.

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Before lunch, the wilderness kids must have been REALLY hungry!  I promise, the kitchen feeds them well!  They don’t HAVE to resort to eating grasshoppers!  But while I sat in the office, this is the conversation I overheard (and creeped on with my camera… I may not be able to get pictures in my sleep, but I can get them through the office window super stealthily).

Jared:  Who wants another grasshopper?
Several kids:  Me!  I do!  I do!!!

They take a grasshopper to Kristen, one of our crew leaders, and the whole group of them stands in front of her, Jared’s palm outstretched with a grasshopper on it, and they chant “EAT IT!  EAT IT!!  EAT IT!!!”  Of course, Kristen shrieks, says no emphatically, and refuses with everything in her.  My kind of girl.

They see me spying and snapping pictures from the office window, and decide I should eat it.  I of course reply, “Absolutely not!!!”

A camper proceeds to give in to the peer pressure himself, and says “FINE!  I’ll eat it!”  He takes it from Jared’s hand, and in his mouth it went.  Folks, I watched him chew it and swallow it.

Kristen:  I can’t believe I just experienced this!!

Group of boys:  Why?
– What’s wrong?!
– We roasted them last night!
– Yeah!  They taste like chicken!!

…… I don’t have words.  I’m really glad I took notes during this conversation, because I can’t believe I experienced it, either.

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The LITs have been gone since Tuesday on a canoe trip in Algonquin Park.  They returned just before lunch, dirty and bug bitten.  Brooklyn refused to have her face shown in the picture as they devoured some mac and cheese and pizza.  Rumour has it, Brooklyn showered three times this afternoon.  I’d say it was deserved though, as they were troopers to go on a trip like that!  It’s not for me, that’s for sure.  My camera would probably get wet, and then what would I do with myself!?

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The theme during lunch today was to come dressed as your favourite video game character.  I managed to get a few shots of some kids (I think they’re all girls, sorry boys) before the birthday festivities distracted me.

Check out a character from a Cars game….

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a whole group of Venelope impersonators….

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Pac Man (side note… this young lady is the granddaughter of my Grade 8 teacher!  Boy, do I feel weird!)

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Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach….

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Just Dance characters….

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and even more characters from Wreck It Ralph…

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Next, there were two brothers celebrating a birthday today (not Wednesday!  We had a false alarm earlier in the week where cupcakes with candles were brought out at breakfast and the boys informed us that their birthday was actually Friday).  Here’s Aunt Liz delivering cupcakes with sparklers while we all sang.

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And then during the sing-song part of lunch, Benjamin was asked for a gun show, and boy did he deliver!!!

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I managed to get one shot of water skiing from the dock… and sorry, I don’t know who this was…

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Here’s the Crew doing a 5-legged race, which required some great teamwork!  There was a lot of “LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT!” yelling going on from each group.  They had to proceed back to the Crew campfire area and stick their faces in a disgusting concoction of foods that shouldn’t go together (all fit for eating, don’t worry), and find the Smarties.  Gross!!  Glad it was them and not me!
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The game today looked super involved.  I didn’t get to see any of it, because I was in the tuck shop at the time.  They moved camp-wide game to accommodate the talent show (which there are pics of further down), so thanks to Lindsay for snagging pictures for me!  I’ll do my best to explain them without having been there.

It looks like one of the stations involved eating mini donuts suspended from the clothesline….

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One involved talking to Aunt Liz about something (sorry, that’s a lame explanation, haha)….

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One involved moving from hula hoop to hula hoop on the shuffle board courts….

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One involved moving stealthily through mini inner tubes.  This looks like a relay of sorts…

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When finished, beach balls needed to be maneuvered stealthily in and out of pylons… using a pool noodle!  Yikes!

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This activity had one partner blindfolded while the other verbally guided him or her through a minefield of water balloons!  Tricky!

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Also tricky, try making a paper airplane under pressure and then getting it to fly through a hula hoop!!

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We had to talk to Aunt Hope along the Hiawatha Trail… and it looks like they may have had to do the “ee ee, oo oo” monkey dance for her!

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Lastly, there was a talent show before their last Underground tonight where we saw some VERY talented Kahquah kiddos!

Porcupine (Porky) Ridge did a skit… I don’t remember the words.  It was pretty gross, though.

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There was some gymnastics….

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Owen and Aunt Sarah did a kayaking skit about the importance of wearing life jackets while kayaking…

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Savannah sang beautifully!!

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So did Bethany, accompanied by Aunt Liz

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Annika played the piano…

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These young ladies did a skit about going to the movies…

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Some more gymnastics… and on a concrete floor, even!

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Rebekah played us a lovely song on her violin.  Mom is proudly filming in the background.

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Owen sang for us

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There was some dancing…

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Some tumbling…

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Lilith sang a song accompanied by Aunt Natalie… and she had the whole room clapping along with her.

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Jocelyn danced without music.  She’s got some stellar moves!  I wonder what song was playing in her head.

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Lilah sang We are never getting back together, accompanied by Aunt Natalie as well… and it’s been in my head all night.  Thanks, Lilah!  I guess it’s a good thing I like Taylor Swift!!

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Well, tomorrow morning we send these kids off.  Back to you they’ll bound, hopefully full of stories about how great a time they had and how much fun it was!  They’ll have made new friends, and maybe tried things they never knew they were capable of.  Hopefully they learned a lot more about Jesus, how much He loves them, and how they can be saved by Him if they aren’t already saved.  If they ARE saved, YAY!  We’re so happy, and hopefully they were able to strengthen a relationship with Jesus that was already there, and maybe even be an example to their cabin mates!  After all, this IS the point of Camp!  We love that they have fun, but we strive to tell them how loved, precious, and perfect they are in the eyes of Christ.

Have a good weekend!

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