Give Thanks

This is kind of a bizarre feeling for me… to sit and write a Camp blog post from the comfort of my own rec room.

But I digress.  This weekend, approximately 90 people converged on Camp to help prepare for winter, as they do faithfully every year.  We’re so thankful for everyone who came up, as well as for everyone who graciously released your loved ones with understanding that Camp is an important ministry to them and they felt they needed to be here.  That being said, it’s so nice to see so many people who come up as a big family group to not only help out around Camp, but to celebrate Thanksgiving with us.

Lost and Found was separated…..

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Windows were cleaned….

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Cleaning products were taken all over and cleaned with…

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Jobs were checked off of the duty list….

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Stairs were repaired on the Chalets…

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Wyldewood, Porcupine Ridge, and Deer Run were cleaned and stained…

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The tent platforms were taken down…

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Check out the piles of gravel/earth/dirt given to us by Ryerson Township as they were repairing the road!  They would have had to pay to get rid of it, so they asked us — do we want it??  Of course we do!  Check it!

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The fall colours were BEAUTIFUL!!

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Trees were chopped down before most of our volunteers arrived, and they were then chopped and stacked into firewood for the summer to keep the Camp nice and toasty.  Lifeguards Sarah and Trinda look like they were working hard!!

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The docks were taken out of the water and hauled up onto the beach.  The boats were pulled out of the water and stored.  The water looks weird to me with no docks and no buoy lines.

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A highlight for my family was my little brother Mike asking his girlfriend Belle to marry him on the Hiawatha Trail.  She said yes, and they’re very happy to begin planning for a Camp wedding next fall 😀  He let me creep behind a giant rock and take some pictures, so here you have it!

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Sunday morning, we had a church service in the lounge area of the lodge.  Frank and Nancy led worship, then Frank preached a sermon on an analogy between the HGTV show Income Property and the way Jesus works in our lives.  If you replace “Scott” with “Jesus,”  “Home-owners” with “we,” and “house/space” with “spirit/soul” in the slide I have here, it’s easy to see the ties.  Frank is a great preacher, and it’s always nice to have him teach us!

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And… I learned something this weekend, though had I given it much thought prior, I could have figured it out… the sun sets in a different spot in October than it does in August!!  In the summer, the sun sets behind the island.  On Sunday evening, the sun set behind the trees across from where the swimming dock is.  You stand at the top of the stairs going down to the water front for pictures instead of on top of the hill in front of the walkout rooms… It was a glorious weekend with lovely temperatures on Saturday and on Monday.  Sunday was chilly and it rained for part of the day, but the sun made way just in time.

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Sunday evening, just before dinner, we had three young people baptized in the lake.  It’s so lovely to know that Camp means so much to some of our attendees that they feel connected enough to solidify a commitment of that size at Camp.  It was wonderful to be able to have the people there with them who were close to them to witness this wonderful moment as well!

On a more business-related note, before I sign this off, I have created a tuck interest survey that I’d love if you’d give five minutes of your attention to.  It’s hard to know what to buy when we don’t have feedback from our customers 🙂  Please note that filling out this survey doesn’t mean that the answers you choose will wind up in the tuck shop, but we are certainly looking for your input to inform our overall decision making process.  Thanks for your time in advance!!

Click below to share your thoughts!!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F8YQD9H

 

Tuesday!

Hey there readers!  I have no idea what to call this post, I’m starting to run out of clever ideas.  Tuesday!  it is….

Moving on.

So today was my day off as I mentioned yesterday, and I fled the Camp property for the solace of shopping and lunch in Huntsville with my Mommy.

Here are some pictures that I saved from yesterday because I took roughly 250 pictures yesterday, so there were plenty to spare.

Here is yesterday’s “beach” activity time.  These pictures wouldn’t have turned out quite so great today anyway, as it tried to rain off and on all day and was overcast.  I’m sure the kids still had a lot of fun today though, and I heard zero complaints when I got back on site.  In fact, I heard cheers, because as the candy lady (tuck shop manager), when I come back at dinner with an announcement that says we now have gummi mice and rain forest frogs, kids love me.  Let me tell you, if you want to be loved by everyone, come be the candy lady for a summer.
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Bracelet Making was fun as always… I was really tempted to sit down and make myself one, but I already have three that were gifts from students at the end of the year that, no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to part with, so I think I’ll have to refrain.

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Fitness with Uncle Evan — The kids were running for the lake and back.  Evan made sure he taught some proper stretching techniques before they set out, so that no one injured themselves unnecessarily.

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During our Jr. Lifeguard major, our candidates swam from the dock to the shallow swimming area and back, accompanied by Lifeguard Dave the whole time.  They all champed it!
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Remember back a couple weeks ago when I told you that Reaman Cober was here helping take down the old Pole Barn so that it could be relocated to the other side of the road, out of the way of the campground and the Family Camp area?  Well, it’s gone, and a new, smaller shed has been built in its place to cover the fridge/freezers and the wood for fires.  It looks lovely down there, and I’m not sure what we’re going to do with all of the extra space, but it sure LOOKS nicer from across the path.  The view from the campsites across the path has improved greatly.  Thanks for all your hard work, maintenance staff and volunteers!

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At Sports, there was some volleyball going on.  It looked AND sounded like everyone was having a great time.  Thankfully, this week hasn’t been nearly as hot as last week was, and so these activities are much more enjoyable.  Check out Josh’s expertly delivered overhand serve while the other kids look on and wait for it to arrive to them.

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Well, I’ll be back out tomorrow to take proper pictures of what actually happens on the same day, but thanks for humouring my day-old pictures from yesterday so that I could enjoy my day off today 🙂

 

Oh, as a side note:  I made a mistake in yesterday’s blog.  Aunt Brittany is not teaching an Art Major.  The kids who were doing Rule of Thirds in their notebooks were learning that as it applies to Photography.  This makes sense to me, given that Brittany is a talented photographer, so I don’t know why it didn’t click yesterday, but everyone makes mistakes 🙂

The God of Angel Armies is Always By My Side

I know Who goes before me

I know Who stands behind

The God of angel armies

Is always by my side

The One who reigns forever

He is a Friend of mine

The God of angel armies Is always by my side

While I was catching up in the tuck shop tonight after getting back from two days away, I was listening to the beginning of Underground.  I listened to the kids BELTING this song out.  They weren’t just singing.  They were shouting.  Proclaiming.  They were owning that truth.  It’s really neat to hear the Worship Leaders drop out and just let the kids sing.  Their voices together are very powerful, giving Praise to The God of Angel Armies….
That same God of Angel Armies that they sang about in Underground tonight was out in full force today, protecting your kids and our staff (many of whom are likely also your kids) from some absolutely insane weather.  My day started out in Welland this morning.  It was hot, sticky, and windy.  We’d heard rumours of some good thunderstorm action that could show up throughout our drive today… there was even mention of squall lines, and the weather geek in me got quite excited.
Before I unfold today for you, I have to tell you some great news.  Earlier, I posted that Camp was looking for a new pickup truck.  Well, we have been hooked up.  Thanks to Rudy Wiebe Motors in Wainfleet, we now have a lovely gently used Chevy Silverado, and the Camp Truck is now black.  Check out some pics of Frank, our director, ironing out details with Rudy, and then of Nancy and Frank accepting the keys from Rudy, ready to drive it up here.  We’re very pleased with it!

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We headed for Barrie to stock up the tuck shop…. and it probably still won’t be enough candy :p

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…. and after leaving to do so, the sky started to get dark, and eerie looking.
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It was a very stark contrast to yesterday’s wandering around Niagara Falls, which looked like this (and it was 37 degrees…).
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Mom (Nancy) and I drove through some pretty intense rain and wind, all the while I was snapping pictures.  We were hoping everyone at Camp was inside, dry, and safe, because as I’m sure many of you saw, there were severe thunderstorm and tornado watches and warnings all over the Southern and Eastern part of the Province.  It was an active day.
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When we got back to Camp around dinner time, we found that thanks to smart phones, our staff was aware of the tornado warning situation, and to keep everyone as safe as possible, we discovered that a good portion of the afternoon was spent in the basement, enjoying an impromptu talent show, thrown together and hosted by our awesome lifeguards.  Of course, once the threat had passed and there was no more thunder and lightning, the kids were allowed to head back to the beach.  The evening finished off here nice and sunny.  Nothing came of the warnings here, though we know that it did elsewhere, and so we are very thankful tonight for the God of Angel Armies who was watching over our facilities and most importantly, our kids and staff.  As I’ve seen pictures rolling in over Facebook from all over today of damage left by these storms, I’m reminded that stuff is replaceable, people are not… but I’m also very thankful that we had zero damage.
Even though I was in the car, bracing against driving rain and raging winds, pictures were still taken!  Thanks to Shelly who happily handed over her memory card when I walked back into the building.
Talent Show
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Between acts, MCs Conor and Dave had people doing all kinds of things!  Here, it appears that the male counsellors are doing pushups.IMG_5662

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This may have been the “how to climb the rock wall” demonstration that I heard about at dinner.

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The infamous cup song….
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Again, thanks to Aunt Shelly for the pictures!  Here is the short but sweet free swim time the kids were able to have once the weather cleared up a bit.  Some of them are of her son’s cabin, but those pictures turned out awesome, so please enjoy!
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Tetherball — The official sport of Camp Kahquah
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Mr. Legge and Randy observe from a distance

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Dinner tonight was “Banquet Night” so check out some of the pics Shelly got of everyone all snazzied up.

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Ringing the Dinner Bell

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And, don’t think I’ve forgotten… I know I promised that I’d show the hilarious pictures from Medieval Times night on Tuesday, and I remembered!  From my Grandmother’s house yesterday in Welland, I sure did try, but apparently they’ve decided they no longer need to be connected to the Internet, and so I couldn’t post last night.Check out the pictures from Tuesday’s Campfire!  This is a rare treat, as I don’t usually make it to Campfire.  I find that that’s actually the best time to write the blog, because no one else is using the internet…. that, or 12:30 am…. which it is quickly approaching here.Somewhere, not being used, someone (and I’m legitimately not sure who) found a set of Gallows…. why do we have gallows you ask?  I really have no idea.  But they were used with pleasure at the Campfire.  Here, we find Joe, one of our trusted maintenance guys, chilling.
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Here are Uncle Waffles and Aunt Karley doing the “Smartest Man Alive” skit.  I’m not sure how he does it, but every time Waffles left, he was able to guess which person was chosen in the line.

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The Time Warp Dance

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The crowd yelling “PUNISHMENT!! PUNISHMENT!!!” in true Medieval fashion, when some of the male counsellors cheated at their game.

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The outcome of the game resulted in a dance-off between Noah and Luke.

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Noah was declared the winner.

And I’m not sure what made the decision to therefore put Josiah in the gallows, but his brother Jacob looks pretty content standing beside his baby brother, in the gallows, with tomatoes and tomato juice on his face.  Josiah’s a great sport, and hey, I’ve heard some of the stuff that goes on at Campfire.  I’d take tomatoes in the face over many, many other things 🙂

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And finally, to wrap up this, the last blog of Blaze, these pictures were also from Tuesday.

Also in Medieval fashion, our counsellors and LITs were gathered together on the Dusty Knoll, and they had to fight each other to remove each others’ socks.  I believe they named it Sock Wars…. Thanks to Sherri for these pictures, and I’m glad I wasn’t out there.  I would not have wanted to have gotten roped into that one!  For good reason, we let the guys and girls go separately on this one, and didn’t involve the kids.

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