Summer Celebration Tour!

Our Summer Celebration Tour is fast approaching.  Join us as we reflect on this past year and hear stories of those impacted by the ministry of Camp Kahquah.

Summer Celebration 2018 BlogThis will be an evening of fun & fellowship and fundraising with one Kahquah’s cooks, Tobi Droppert, serving special desserts, coffee and of course her famous sticky buns.

Go to www.campkahquah.com to register.

See you there!

 

Ryan & Amy Terpstra
Executive Directors

Second Verse, Same as the First

We thank you for your prayers… we were able to get our swim tests done…. They were done in the pouring rain, but… they’re done.  All the kids were super accommodating to our need to be flexible and rearrange the schedule a couple times as we dealt with yet another day of completely out of nowhere soaker systems, and then random thunder claps in the midst of beautiful sunny skies.

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Today’s lunch theme was “Tacky Tourist” and some of the cabins pulled it off really nicely!  I didn’t see them, unfortunately, but my dear Mommy was gracious and thoughtful enough to grab my camera while I dealt with the change of plan in the tuck shop.

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Like I mentioned above, we had another complete deluge of rain this afternoon… that lasted for a solid 8 minutes… then the sun came back out.  It poured, but once again, no one seemed to really be all that bothered by it.  I even heard a few kids mention that playing in the rain meant they didn’t need showers!  Don’t worry though, we disagree.  Aunt Laura and baby Landon got a good dance in the rain in as well, and Landon didn’t seem phased!

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Because it stopped raining so quickly, the water evaporated rather quickly and left us with a beautiful afternoon.  Kids were even able to play outside!

steam off the roofs as it went right back to hot and sticky after the rain.

steam off the roofs as it went right back to hot and sticky after the rain.

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I had to make a trip into Parry Sound this afternoon, but when I got back the kids were just assembling for Underground!  It’s been so nice to hear energetic worship bounding through the floors, and I had a chance to pop in this evening and see it in action.  This morning, through the walls of the tuck shop, I heard a rousing competition of that old “hallelu hallelu hallelu hallelujah!” song brought back to life.  I hadn’t heard it in years, and it’s lovely to hear the kids praising Jesus so excitedly.  The pictures you’re going to see are blurry, but that’s because there’s an action for almost every word of My Redeemer Lives.  The kids and the leaders were dancing…. and Noah and Chloe were photo bombing!

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While I was in my parents’ backyard watching yet another glorious sunset (doesn’t it just remind you that God works all things together for good after a stormy day like this?), I could hear the kids screaming at the Campfire.  Did they ever sound like they were having fun!  I know sound travels well over water, but I bet that was loud at Camp, because we’re off site and down the road a little bit.  That’s alright, though.  Campfire is supposed to be loud!

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Kahquah 2014 ~ Are You In?

Hey future and potential Campers!  It’s almost February 1st.  Can you handle that?  I know I can!  I’m done with winter and the ridiculous ‘polar vortex.’  Bring on summer!!
Camp registration opens this Saturday — February 1st, and we are excited to begin accepting applications from campers, CREW, and LIT for Summer 2014. Whether your child is a first time camper or an “old veteran” of camp, we’re certain that they’ll enjoy everything we have planned for them!

In keeping with our recent pattern of making your child’s camp experience fresh, year after year, we are pleased to announce our first ever Wilderness Adventure Week! This camp takes place from July 13-19 and welcomes campers between the ages of 11 and 14. Kahquah has more than 300 acres of undeveloped forest interlaced with walking trails, and the outdoors has been part of our camp since its beginning (when, frankly every part of camp felt like wilderness). We have been offering wilderness activities for decades, but for the first time this year we’re stoked to offer a full-week camp focusing on wilderness skills… things like fire and shelter building, nature discovery, and learning about edible plants and berries. Campers will arrive on buses with the BLAZE campers and spend two days on our main site learning wilderness skills. Then it’s off on an adventure ~ cooking over an open fire, living in shelters they built themselves, and discovering God through nature.

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If your son or daughter wants a little taste of wilderness, but is not ready to commit to a whole week, we want you to know that all of our kids’ camps will have Wilderness Activities that they can try out. In addition, they will have an opportunity to try out the two new activities introduced last summer ~ stand-on paddle boards, and the low ropes/initiatives course.  Last year, campers loved the challenge of transferring all their team mates from one platform to another using one rope and a LOT of teamwork.

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If you registered for camp last summer, you may have already heard that we have changed our method of rewarding you when you refer a friend to camp. Returning (or new) registrants receive an automatic $20 discount when they bring a friend to camp that didn’t attend last year. Studies show that people choose a camp because a friend, family member, or co-worker recommended it. We encourage you to be the person that recommends us, and we would be thrilled to reward you for it!
If you want to see a full listing of our programs, dates, age ranges, and/or prices (or to register for camp), please check out our website. We hope to see your kids this summer!

Oh, and if you know someone that you think might be interested in sending a child to Camp, but you’re pretty sure they’re not subscribed to this blog, would you send this blog post to them and direct them to www.campkahquah.com?  Thanks!!

It’s time to think about Camp!

Are you tired of all of this cold weather?  I sure am.  Are you tired of the snow?  I definitely am.  To free yourself of the winter blahs (if you indeed have them), it’s time to think about Camp!!  Registration for kids’ Camp opens in a mere 19 days!!  The brochure with the information about all the programs we offer is available now on our website.

I’m here to start pumping you up.  Are you excited?  I’m excited!!

Before I start our first highlight for kids’ camp though, I’d like to announce that staff applications are now available online, and are now being accepted.  Come on, you know you want to come work with us this summer!  Join us.  Please note that the process is different this year.  I don’t believe you were able to apply to be staff online last year, so for most of you that will be the easiest option.  Sure beats having to go fill out an application when you get to Camp (like I had to…), doesn’t it?  Please make sure you fill out both the staff app and the medical form.  They’re equally important.

Today I’d like to highlight Nova and Kubbies.  Both run concurrently from June 29 – July 5.  Kubbies is a parent and child camp that runs alongside Nova for children aged 6-7.  Younger campers are introduced to all the fun of a week of summer camp while maintaining the sense of security from having a parent stay them at night.  Each cabin has a leader assigned to help guide the campers through their first experience at Camp.  Last year, we had two young boys with very different levels of Camp experience.  One of the boys has been around Camp since he was a baby, and he probably doesn’t remember a time when Camp wasn’t a part of his life.  His brother comes to Camp, all his cousins come to Camp, and his entire family sets up shop for three weeks during Family Camp.  He came with his Mom and loved every minute of it.  The other had never been to camp, neither had his Mom.  By the end of the week, he’d made friends, so had his Mom, and they’re looking forward to finding a way that they can come back again!  What a fantastic story!  Here are the boys with their counselor, Brittany.  She stayed with the boys and their mothers and led them through all their activities for the week.

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Nova is a camp for younger or first time campers that accommodates for your child’s unique needs for supervision, rest, and patient instruction while also meeting their desire for new experiences and adventure.  It’s for kids aged 8-11, and runs alongside the Kubbies program.

Well — I’m stoked.  I can’t wait to see all of you throughout the summer.  Get excited, because there are going to be amazing things happening at Kahquah this summer.

Happy 2014!

Good afternoon, Camp Enthusiasts, and Happy 2014!

I have a whole bunch of information to impart to you today, so please read all the way to the bottom of this post.  I’ll try to be succinct 🙂

Most of the following news items are time sensitive, so please take note of them if they’re important to you!

1.  Kids’ Camp Registration opens February 1st, 2014.  More info on each individual camp option will be coming soon.  I’ll be blasting info out on the blog, and please keep an eye on the Facebook page as well.  You can find a link to it over there on our side-bar.

2.  We’ve changed the way we do Friend Bonuses this year.  Previously, if you or your child brought a friend to Camp who’d never come before, you received a $5.00 credit toward the tuck shop.  Instead of that, we are now offering a $20.00 Camp Fee discount if you’re bringing a new friend, which will be taken off of the price as you register.  There will no longer be a tuck shop bonus for bringing a friend.

2.  Crew and LIT applications are being done a bit differently this year.  They’ll be available online in the same spot as kids’ camp applications have always been.  They are ONLY available from February 1st to March 15th, though, so make sure if you’re interested in applying to those programs (or your kids are!), you get your application submitted by the deadline.

3.  We have a new Camp option for those of you who enjoy Wilderness-type adventures.  The new camp is called Wilderness Adventure!  I don’t know much about it yet, but more information will be arriving soon.  Stay tuned!

4.  Staff applications will also be available online this year, but if you have any questions about staffing, please contact Chris Oldham at ckprogramleader@gmail.com.

5.  Our Annual Mens’ Retreat is happening again this year from February 28-March 2.  It’s called Leaving a Legacy this year.  More information is available on the homepage of our website.

6.  Thanks to everyone who filled out the Tuck Shop Interest Survey I’ve been putting out since Thanksgiving.  It’s now closed.  I’ll be analyzing the results shortly and we’ll be making decisions about the things we’ll be putting into the Tuck Shop.  That said, we’d love some ideas for a new design for our shirts, as we haven’t done that in a while.  If you have an artistic flair, please feel free to draw us up something (on a computer or by hand) that you’d love to see represent Camp Kahquah on a shirt.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

  • The more colours and different prints all over the shirt, the more money it’ll cost to make, therefore the more it’ll cost to buy.  If it’s too over the top, we’re not going to choose it because it’ll simply be too expensive.  Please keep your design to two or three colours maximum.
  • Designs must be emailed as an image to me (Laura) at kahquahsocialmedia@gmail.com.  We’ll then choose any options that we like, and may put them out to a vote on here and the Facebook page.  Please keep in mind that as we’re simply looking for ideas, there is no guarantee that your design idea would be used on the shirt, but we’d love to see what you come up with!  All clothing options for the Tuck Shop are ultimately the decision of the Camp Kahquah management team.

7.  Lastly, while I’m here, please check out the new links on the sidebar.  Follow us on Instagram and on Pinterest so that you’re ready for the things we post over the spring and summer months.  Social Media has become my number one job for Camp, and I plan to do it to the hilt this year 🙂  Check us out!

Refresh

This past Saturday, the staff from this summer had the opportunity to gather at the Wainfleet Brethren In Christ Church for a one-day retreat called Refresh which allowed for a whole bunch of stuff that I rather unfortunately didn’t get to take part in.  I was home sick.  But being the crafty blogger that I am, I’d like to introduce our very first guest blogger, Alyssa Cober.  Here’s her account of what went down on Saturday.

I have to admit, I feel completely honoured to have been asked by Laura to guest blog on the Camp blog. Like many of you, I have thoroughly enjoyed keeping up with what went on at camp this past summer through Laura’s posts. I do not have the literary flair or attention to details that Laura has, but I do have a passion for Kahquah that I hope to share with you through this blog.

As honoured as I am to be writing here, I am even more honoured to have attended Refresh this weekend. Refresh was a one day retreat for members of Crew, LIT, and Staff from this past summer to reconnect with one another and be blessed by a day of worship, study, and fellowship. I was in the unique position of only having been a member of staff for Zenith (the grand-finale to summer programming), so I did not have the same close-knit relationships that all the staff who spent many weeks of the summer together would have with each other. However, I did know many of these incredible people from previous summers when I served alongside them, or as they were campers growing up, and I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day getting to know them more.

I knew the day was going to be a special one as soon as I walked down the stairs to the basement of Wainfleet BIC Church and could not get into the hallway because of a mob of young people meeting us with the hugs and squeals that usually occur when teenagers who love each other and haven’t seen each other in months reconnect. The morning started off with worship from Pete Bergen from Harvest Bible Chapel in London, and key note speaker Rick Zuidersman (youth pastor at Faith Tabernacle in Welland). Rick started the day off by challenging us to find our identity and our rest in our relationship with Christ (there was more good stuff, but for the sake of my word count I’ll leave it at that – if you want to know more find someone who was there and ask them).

After our morning session we had a special time of prayer. We split into small groups and shared the highlights of our time since camp, as well as a need we have. The sharing was awesome, but after the sharing we took the time to pray specifically for each individual and what they had shared. The opportunity to pray directly into each others’ lives is always going to be a special moment, but the courage that was shown through everyone’s willingness to share at such a genuine and vulnerable level showed how much these youth value their relationships with one another, and the incredible support that they get out of those relationships.

In the afternoon, we again split up for a small group session. This time we did boys and girls. The girls got the benefit of hearing Liz Bonisteel and Laura Droppert share their personal journeys of struggling to surrender the dreams they held closest to their heart in order to allow God’s will to unfold in their lives. Some of their desires were fulfilled, while others remained unfulfilled. It was clear that despite their life circumstances, the only way to experience genuine satisfaction is through the act of surrender, and that the main desire of our heart should always be to seek after God’s heart and love Him with all our heart.

The boys session, labelled ‘Every Man’s Battle,’ will have to remain somewhat of a mystery, as all I know are some undecipherable inside jokes being shared between the boys in my vehicle on the way home. I have learned when my brother and his friends have inside jokes, it is better if I don’t ask about it. However, since Frank led the session, I’m sure it impacted these young mens’ lives in ways beyond just inside jokes.

The official activities of the days ended with another powerful session of worship and an encouraging message from Rick clarifying the differences between conviction and condemnation, and how we should let each of them impact our lives. It all came together to end on the beautiful note of reminding us of how Christianity is not a set of rules to abide by, but a God to live for – which in my opinion is the perfect refocus for a refreshing day!

When we left, it was obvious by the smiles on everyone’s faces and the lingering around in order to try and avoid the inevitable goodbyes that everyone had thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I’m sure many people enjoyed the opportunity to worship freely with those they know share their beliefs and their love for God. I’m sure others appreciated the opportunity to be encouraged by their leaders to continue on the path marked before them. I am confident that everyone loved the chance to spend a full day together again. What I enjoyed the most from this day though is something quite different. Having come to the realization that my time of spending my entire summers at camp has come to an end, it was so encouraging to see that those serving and leading at camp now have such an incredible passion to serve God, an unbelievable love for one another and an admirable dedication to the ministry of Camp Kahquah. I wish I had the words to describe all the little moments of passionate worship, genuine prayer, constant laughter, or just pure love that occurred throughout this day.

If I can leave you with one thing, well two to be honest, it would be these.

First — Camp Kahquah is in great hands. From the adult leadership of Frank, Nancy, Chris, and Sherri who guide our staff, to the wonderful staff themselves who are willing to spend many weeks of their summer to allow these life changing programs at camp to occur – these individuals genuinely love God and love camp and will serve in many ways that we will never know, and because of that we are blessed!

The second thing I want to leave you with is a challenge to return that blessing to these same people. Find them, get to know them, and see their awesomeness for yourself. Your blessings might come through the act of mentoring, or they could come through prayers that they’ll never know you said, or maybe even financial support through the Staff Support program. Let them know how special they are and how thankful we are for all they do for our kids, for our families, for our camp! Whatever way you can find to bless these staff, do it.  These blessings will only continue to multiply, creating an impact that will extend so much further than we will ever know.

If any of you staff are reading this, know that I love you, and thank you for letting me spend the day being blessed by you. Keep up the great work, and let your identity in Christ lead you to do even more wonderful things!

And I have babbled on long enough, so I will hand this blog back to Laura now. Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas season!

Back to Laura:  Thanks so much to Alyssa for her contribution in my inability to write about something I didn’t experience.

 

Oh, and a big thanks to Sherri Oldham for snapping pics and letting me snag some from Facebook 😀

 

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