A “Dress To Impress” Wednesday

Today was full of sunshine, new friends, singing and dancing, camp-outs, macaroni and lots of fun. It started off well with some great morning activities, followed by flag raising led by Aspire campers. Cabin by cabin, campers raced to line up for breakfast to consume some egg and cheese wraps, cereal, yogurt and an assortment of fruit.

This morning’s worship was grand. Before worship began a few cabin leaders were appointed “DJ” and created an atmosphere where jumping and shouting were encouraged. After four songs had been sung the crowd began chanting, “One more song” over and over again until our incredible Worship Leader agreed to play one more.

Each slot for first activity was at full capacity and the campers were having a great time! The theme for today is, “Men in Black.” Cabins were encouraged to, “dress to impress” for lunch, and enjoyed a fancy lunch of homemade macaroni and cheese, hot dogs and veggies for lunch. As per usual the lunch time songs were extravagant. Creative leaders and campers were singing the songs with their own twist. Leaders were being called to do handstands in the middle of the lodge, instructed to count to 100, and to go run and grab a handful of sand from the beach in 30 seconds.

Shout out to our nurse for the week, Trinda Crawford! Trinda has been our Waterfront Director for the last two years. She has now finished school and is a nurse! Trinda was here for Nova and is back for Summit! We so appreciate her.

37866213_1789338651147206_1897863279787638784_nSecond and third activity were jam-packed as well. The sun came out and a sun shower occurred! Campers conquered high ropes, archery and learned lots in wilderness thanks to Uncle Henney’s expertise.

Everyone was splashing around during free swim today with a few Marco Polo games going on and some Jackpot rounds as well. Chicken burgers, french fries and salad were served for dinner with scrumptious chocolate chip brownies for dessert.

The Camp wide game tonight was a rather new one, but a favourite to be sure. It’s called “Diamond Smugglers”, and includes robbers, smugglers, and cops. The teams of the week are split into these three different categories and are each trying to accomplish a specific task. The base of each category is then assigned a location on Camp and the individuals from that category are to report there with their findings throughout the game. Please refer to the images below to view some “smuggling” happening here at Kahquah.

To update you on Outdoor X, here are some photos from their day trip yesterday to the waterfall. Today they left for Crown Island to enjoy a camp out there for the night and are returning tomorrow morning. Here’s a short and sweet guest post that I received from Amanda Reist while they are on the island… “Tonight’s adventure consisted of a pontoon ride over to Crown Island for an over night stay. After setting up the tents, we enjoyed a sunset swim off the island and changed into warmer clothes before casting their lines into the water and even caught a few fish. They are extremely excited to sleep under the stars and enjoy God’s creation!”

 

During the evening session, Nolan unpacked the concept of “I am.” He discussed that God reveals who He is: that He is a compassionate, loving God who desires to be close to us.

Our incredible Crew lead campfire tonight and they did an amazing job, they lead us in “Buff Squirrel” (a spin-off of Brown Squirrel), “JC Penny,” and a few other camp classics. But, just when we thought it was time for bed, a surprise night game was announced! Tonight’s night game included a car that was parked up on the hill, between the lodge and the road. The objective of the game was to honk the cars horn, however, staff members were placed around the car with flashlights attempting to shine the light on campers. If you were seen, you had to go back to the campfire and restart your attempt to honk the horn. Heading to bed, we are ready for a new day at CK!

Blessings,

Your Camp Kahquah Family (Hope Brownlee)

Tuesdays with ET

Day 3 of Summit was one for the books. The overall theme for today is ET. Everyone started off their day with morning activities. I hear Uncle Nicoletta lead yoga on the beach this morning and over half the Camp was there, thanks Nicoletta! Aspire then lead us in Flag Raising, and a delicious breakfast of yogurt parfaits, cereal, and watermelon was served.

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Grace, Nicole, Ben & Isaiah leading Flag Raising.

During morning session we learned about how, “Our God Saves” and how God desires to have a relationship with us. He explained that Moses’ name means to “put out or to draw from” and he connected that to what God wants from us. God wants to be all in with us. Nolan then encouraged the campers to go to their cabin leaders with questions and that he is available whenever as well. Laura Osburn lead us in some great worship as well. This morning we sang, “I Am Not Forgotten,” “Good Good Father,” “No One Else,” and “Alive.”

The sun came out for 1st activity and there was lots going on. Campers were enjoying crafts, water sports, pontoon fishing, kayaking, beach activity and a few brave souls even signed up for boot camp major, lead by two of our fearless leaders – Uncle Daniel and Uncle Butter!

Just like that it was lunch time and with today’s theme of “ET” each cabin was on a mission. They had to somehow sneak into the lodge and be sitting at their tables by 12:30 p.m. Some cabins took the creative attempt and dressed up as kitchen staff and snuck in that way, others attempted to bolt into the lodge, weaving around staff members as they patrolled around the lodge. Within 20 minutes all cabins had successfully made it to their tables and were ready to eat some sandwiches.

The rain held off for second and third activity and everyone got to enjoy being outdoors. Unfortunately, due to the pouring rain and thunder free swim was cancelled and the campers watched, “Sing.”

Matt and Amanda Reist, our canoe trip experts, took Brayden, Carter, Jordan, Jenna and Catherine out on there day trip. They paddled to a gorgeous waterfall right on Ahmic Lake and enjoyed lunch on a rock nearby. Jared Long (there lifeguard and nature guru) caught several crayfish and eventually a large bass. He then brought it back to Camp and fried it up for all the campers to taste. Thankfully, they made it back safe and sound just before the rain started.

Jenn prepared some delicious meatballs, rice, vegetables and salad for dinner with freshly made cookies for dessert. Our evening game was “Octopus” with a twist. Each individual had to successful cross one part of Camp to get to the other side without getting tagged and becoming “seaweed.” BUT there was also an, “ET” and each team got one (the ET was a large stuffed animal), if the person carrying the ET successfully made it to the other side they would earn extra points for there team.

After two full days of earning points for their team – INTA has taken the lead with CSA in a close second. Tune in tomorrow to read more about what’s going on here at Kahquah and find out if INTA is still in first.

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INTA in 1st!

Blessings,

Your Camp Kahquah Family

 

Monday Blast-off

Our first day of Summit was a “blast!” The day started off with a few rain clouds in the sky, but by 10 a.m the sun was out and everyone was enjoying there day.

During session in the Big Top Nolan uncovered some great truth. Today he dove into Exodus – he mentioned how it’s easy to think Exodus is about the Israelities leaving after first reading it, but really it’s about family and how God was present through that. Nolan shared some of his story and what “family” has looked like for him. He addressed how it’s easy to look for who we are in a worldly way but God tells us to come, and seek Him for that direction. Nolan concluded by encouraging us – he said that we all have a story and that we are all so incredibly unique.

First activity was wild and began shortly after some small group discussion. We had beach activity, canoeing, kayaking, water sports, gaga ball, boot camp, bracelet making, archery and ropes; and each activity was full.

Crew got to experience the water mat today after some Monday morning responsibilities. Some wrestling matches occurred and at the end Anna Droppert was crowned the female winner, with Owen VanVoorst taking 1st place for the boys. Yay Crew!

After first activity everyone raced to their cabins to prepare for todays lunch time dress-up of Space. Many air cadets came from far and wide dressed in there finest space ware. Taco salad was served, with fruit to follow and many lunch time songs were sung.

After tuck and bunk 2nd activity was well underway. Cookie baking was a big hit – the campers even made extra to share with some of the staff. Three different types of fish were caught out on the Pontoon Boat and beach activity had some great games of Jackpot happening. Aunt Kayla is leading ukulele major for the week and we had some pros who already knew each and every chord. During free swim there was a large line at the dock – it was very hot and muggy here throughout the day, as it only rained for about 2 minutes in-between activities.

Chicken, potato wedges, beans and salad were served for dinner, with a Camp favourite; chocolate pudding for dessert. After dinner everyone prepared for Capture The Flag across the road. Tonight they combined the four teams into two separate teams for the game and it was a success!

During session #2 tonight we had about 175 people in the Big Top – it was really amazing to see such a huge group in one confined space praising Jesus and learning more about Him. Everybody raced to the campfire after session where the cabin leaders lead us through, “The Little Green Frog,” “The Wee Skit” and a few other favourites. Our first full day in space was super!

Welcome Summit Campers

We welcomed over 100 very wild Summit campers here today at Kahquah’s Space Agency! The two buses rolled in at 5 p.m and our fantastic Program Directors for the week, Noah Martin and Chloe Murphy, greeted them off the bus in their finest space attire. Once tuck money had been given, medications had been sorted and heads had been checked, we all enjoyed some delicious spaghetti and caesar salad, followed by pink jello. We also celebrated a birthday tonight here at Kahquah’s Space Agency and sung “Happy Birthday” to our beloved Chloe!

Thankfully there was only a little bit of rain and everyone was able to conquer their swim tests! Then, all campers met underneath the Big Top and split up into their teams for the week – NASA, INTA, CSA and ASI (famous space agencies from around the world). Each team was then instructed to build a rocket ship with the materials they were given. Throughout the week this rocket ship is going to be included in Camp wide games and a little something called meteor showers. Teams will be able to win extra points during the meteor shower challenges in which they will be given additional supplies to improve their rocket ships.

We’re very excited to welcome Nolan Beni, our Camp Pastor for the week, as well as our Worship Leader, Laura Osburn! Tonight Nolan gave us a teaser into what he will be speaking about this week: the book of Exodus and how God used Moses.

Camp fire tonight was lead by the cabin leaders and shortly after all were sound asleep.

To say the least Summit is really “taking off”!

Blessings,

Your Camp Kahquah Family

Lost Cities and Last Days – Blaze Day 6

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Our final day here at Blaze was another amazing one! With not a cloud in the sky, campers rolled out of bed to complete their last round of morning activities, followed by some scrumptious muffins and watermelon for breakfast. After carefully choosing their activities and cleaning their bunks, everyone headed back under the Big Top for some teachings and wise words that concluded their time with Pastor Emily.

Once everyone dried themselves off from the lake and pried themselves off the high ropes course, lunch was served! Today’s lunch dress-up was “The Lost City of Heracleion” (an entire city where the Nile meets the Mediterranean Sea that was flooded by the sea over time). Our amazing kitchen staff provided taco salad and fruit to all our creative campers, which helped give them the energy to experience an afternoon full of fun in the sun!


When all the activities came to a close, everyone from all over Camp gathered at the beach for a bit of free swim time and to enjoy their last day of cooling off in the lake. Once everyone slipped into their regular camp clothes and out of their swimwear, campers were able to enjoy a lunch consisting of Caesar salad, pasta fettuccini, and ice cream. Aunt Samantha then explained the premise of tonight’s final camp-wide game, “The Quadralthon”! Essentially, each team had to quickly complete tasks at archery, the rockwall, an obstacle course in the lower camp ground, and the beach; it was certainly a lot of running! Our tired campers then dragged their weary feet down to the campfire to enjoy one last night of skits and songs before retiring to bed, with images of this weeks’ Egyptian madness running through their heads.

Here’s a note from Aunt Shelley to the campers for when they get home!

“Hey Blaze Campers, Aunt Shelley here! I really had fun worshipping God with you through singing – You sang with all your hearts! Here is a list of the songs we sang in case you want to look them up on Youtube or download them on iTunes”:
– My Redeemer Lives (Rueben Morgan or Hillsong)
– My Lighthouse (Rend Collective)
– This is Amazing Grace (Chris Tomlin)
– From the Day (I Am They)
– Alive (Hillsong Young & Free)
– No Longer Slaves (Jonathan David Helser)
– Good Good Father (Chris Tomlin)
– Your Love Never Fails (Chris McClarney, Anthony Skinner)
– Reckless Love (Cory Asbury)
– O Happy Day (Tim Hughes)
– Who You Say I Am (Hillsong)
– The Answer (Jeremy Camp)
– Days of Elijah (Robin Mark)

We’ve been very blessed to have another fantastic week here at Camp Kahquah. We’d like to thank all of our campers who made this week such a fun one and we wish everyone the best for the rest of the summer.

Blessings,

Your Camp Kahquah Family

Mummies Take Over Egypt – Day 5

Day 5 in Ancient Egypt has come and gone. Today there were lots of highlights and many things happening all over Camp – thanks to last nights surprise game we’re back en route!

Crew had a jam packed day here! They conquered their morning responsibilities with smiles on their faces and headed down to the ski-dock to enjoy some tubing. Yesterday, the Crew took on a mini service project and were scattered throughout the grounds collecting garbage. We are so grateful for the service our Crew gives!

 

During our morning session, after worship, our speaker Emily discussed finding strength in God and what that looks like. She gave a short message and then allowed the cabins to go off and pray for strength and wisdom for each other.

The bell rang and first activity was well underway. Many campers enjoyed water sports, swimming at the beach, canoeing, kayaking and crafts. It’s great to have Uncle Bridgely and Uncle Justin as co-cabin leaders tag teaming everything – they work great together and the campers are loving this dynamic duo! The lunch dress-up theme today was “Mummies,” and cabins approached the lodge wrapped tightly in toilet paper and paper towel. A yummy chicken wrap lunch was served with a variety of toppings, chips, and veggies, with popsicles for dessert.

 

 

This afternoon was quite warm – but despite the hot temperatures, everyone was having a blast! Each camper conquered their fear across the road at our high ropes course; they even managed to get four campers through on the Pamper Poll within 10 minutes, so everyone had a chance to go twice!

 

Free swim was a busy place as well this afternoon – there was a line up on the dock with several games of Marco Polo happening. For dinner, the choice of sweet n’ sour or butter chicken was presented, along with rice, cooked vegetables and salad. Jenn’s famous brownies were for desert – always a Camp special!

Tonight’s game was “Douse the Crew,” and this game is a classic. Everyone knows of it and everyone loves it. Prior to the game, this weeks four teams got put on two main teams. Each team was then assigned half of Camp (similar to Capture The Flag), and were given some supplies with which they had to build a structure. A Crew member had to fit inside comfortably. Once the game began, each team received buckets of water balloons. With those, they ran to the opposing team’s structure with the intention to soak the Crew member inside. At the end, the team with the less wet Crew member was anointed the winner.

 

Afterwards, since so many people were already wet, our great waterfront team allowed for a few counselors to battle it out on our new water mat. We had some sibling rivalries and a few cousin battles as well. Then, everyone raced to our evening session under the Big Top where songs were sang and Pastor Emily shared some insight about how much God loves us. She used the story about The Plagues of Egypt (The 10 Plagues) to demonstrate God’s power and then used an analogy of water being poured over a rock to represent God’ this is what our life is like without Him and how it brushes off of us. Then, she used a sponge to illustrate what it looks like when God comes into our life and when we absorb Him, and are therefore able to go and share His good news.

 

The night finished off with our daily camp fire that our Support Staff put on. “The Travelers Skit” and “Boom Chick-A-Boom” were camper favourites for sure.

Clearly another great day here at Kahquah!

Blessings,

Your Camp Kahquah Family

Hump Day in Ancient Egypt

It was a beautiful Wednesday, 23°C and just the right amount of sunshine. Unfortunately, here in Ancient Egypt, we’re not doing so great – it seems as though the students got lost in the tombs. It happened so quickly while hunting for the lost treasure that now they have run into pharaohs, tomb raters and the authorities. How will the students get back on the right path? Will they find the lost treasure?

On the hunt they go, kicking things off with an eggcellent breakfast – a variety of cereals, breakfast cake, yogurt, fruit, and hard boiled eggs were enjoyed by all. Each cabin raced to the underground following breakfast to pick some great activities for later on. The cabin clean-up fairies were generous this morning leaving a few cabins with high scores.

We then moved into the Big Top for our morning session. Songs like “Amazing Grace” and “O Happy Day” had all campers and staff singing their hearts out. After our session last night, 25 campers committed to following Jesus and accepting Him. Today, our fearless speaker, Emily, discussed the importance of worship. She talked about how there are many different forms of worship and how God sees your heart through it all.

Just like that, first activity was off with a boom. Many enjoyed water sports (knee boarding is always a big hit), ropes, canoeing, kayaking, crafts, gaga ball, sports, maker space, archery and cookie baking. At 12:30 p.m. the lunch bell rang and camels from all across the Kahquah valleys cantered up to the lodge. Happy hump day to all!

Everyone here had a jam packed afternoon – activities were full, free swim was enjoyed, crew was busy preparing to lead campfire tonight and cakes were baked as we celebrated Uncle Butter’s birthday!

Following a delicious dinner of chicken, potato wedges, beans, salad and fresh, homemade cookies our camp wide game commenced. “Diamond Smugglers” is a game all about strategy. The campers were divided into three separate groups of cops, robbers and residents. Each group had a “diamond” they were in charge of getting back to their team. It was a complex but well enjoyed game to say the least.

Campfire tonight was a hit! Our very own Crew did an amazing job – they brought out the ‘Banana Song’, ‘There Ain’t No Flies On Us’ and ‘The Martian.’ They included some wild skits consisting of ‘Soap and Water’ and ‘The Toothbrush Skit,’ definitely some Camp favourites, that’s for sure.

BUT – just when everyone thought our great day here in Ancient Egypt had come to an end, Aunt Samantha and Aunt Hannah surprised us with a night game! The purpose of this game was to find all the glowing eggs hidden throughout the Kahquah valleys in order to find their way back to the right path.

Will the students find there way back to the path? Tune in tomorrow and Friday to find out!

Blessings,

Your Camp Kahquah Family