Next Stop, Québec – Bonjour Summit Day 3!

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Today, campers stopped in Québec on their cross Canada road trip! Thankfully the weather had completely cleared up today, and the sun shined while all the activities were able to start up and get running. This morning’s meal was breakfast cake (oatmeal with raspberries or blueberries inside), and once that was finished, campers chose their activities for the day on the activity board. A quick cabin clean-up was done, followed by an Underground session. Pastor Nolan and our worship team have been doing an amazing job this week – we are very blessed to have them here providing a very important service to everyone here at Camp Kahquah!

Hungry campers showed up to the dining hall for lunch after a busy morning. Today’s theme for lunch dress-up was anything French/Québécois, and we definitely had a variety of costumes and ideas! Some cabins did a hockey theme, one cabin did a “Beauty and the Beast” theme, and we even had the Québec military show up! Chicken wraps were for lunch, which were devoured quickly and had the campers looking forward to tuck & bunk for some sweet treats for dessert!

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Today’s two Aboveground sessions were called “The Test” and “Lessons from the Storm”. For the first session, Pastor Nolan read from Matthew 7:24-27, which says:

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Nolan then asked the campers a couple of questions, such as, “What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever built? Was it easy or hard to build? Did you need instructions? When was the last time you spent quiet time with God?” He also encouraged the campers to take some quiet time and be alone with God, and ask Him to reveal to them how their faith-foundation is doing. The second session was focused around Matthew 8:14-27, when Jesus calms the storm. Nolan had also created little booklets for small group time after session, inspiring them to take a moment and write down what they felt God was saying in that quiet time with Him. The prayer for today was, “God, help me to see where my faith is weak. Help me to trust in You alone.”

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The good weather produced pleased moods from all campers and staff, which resulted in activities flying by in a flash! Once supper was finished, consisting of meatballs & rice, campers got on their running shoes for a camp-wide game! Tonight’s game was finding the puzzle pieces to the missing map for the road trip. Campers had to run to different stations with their cabins to solve riddles, make chants, or play a small game before receiving a part of the map. The campers then had their second Aboveground session, before proceeding to campfire. After such a sun & fun-filled day, the campers were surely tuckered out and ready for a good night’s rest! Au revoir Quebec, tomorrow we head to Ontario!

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Blog & Pictures By: Karley Sider

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A Rainy & Fishy Nova Scotia Monday – Summit Day 2

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In true Nova Scotia fashion, it was a very rainy first day here at Summit! Campers got out of bed to eat a breakfast full of muffins and cereal to get their day started. Once the dishes were put away, everyone filed into a line to choose their activities for the day. Unfortunately, because of the weather, campers were only able to complete their morning activity until the rain became too heavy to complete their afternoon activities. Luckily, we had a copy of “The Incredibles” available later in the day for a bit of entertainment until the weather cleared up. Once cabin clean-up was finished, campers headed to our new chapel, which is in a big tent outside instead of in the Underground, as we have so many campers this week! This new Underground will now be dubbed the “Aboveground”

For the camper’s first lunch dress-up this week, the theme was “Fishermen Folk Music”. You would have thought we had real Nova Scotia citizens at our Camp! We had Uncle Luke playing the spoons and lots of fishermen/fish show up to the dining hall. Lunch consisted of chicken noodle soup, scones, and vegetables – a warm food for a cold day.

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The two titles for today’s Aboveground sessions were “Who Are You?” and “Follow Me”. For the first Aboveground gathering, Pastor Nolan read from Matthew 4:18-20, which says, “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once they left their nets and followed him.” Nolan then had the campers brainstorm some questions, such as, “What skills or talents do you have? Why do think God gave you those talents? When was the last time you used your talents for Him?” Then he had the campers pause and apply those answers, by getting them to think of someone that’s using their talents for God and making it a goal to encourage them. The prayer for this session went along like this, “God, help me to see who you created me to be and that you have a purpose for me.”
The second Aboveground session about following Jesus continued off of Matthew 4:18-22, where Nolan discussed why God called upon Peter the Fisherman. He then asked the campers if they thought that God was calling them, and if they remembered the first time they encountered Jesus. The prayer to finish off the say was, “Lord, help me to hear your voice. Help me to see that you’ve called me to follow you.”

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Thankfully the rain stopped in time for free swim! Campers were able to let loose some energy and hang out with each other on the beach. They then had supper, which for tonight was chicken drumsticks, potato wedges, and salad. The camp-wide game was next on the agenda to do. Campers played a game called “Pump It”, where they had to transfer as much “gas” (water) from the “gas station” (a bucket full of water) into their own “pumps” (buckets). It looked like a lot of fun, thanks to Uncle Noah and Uncle Luke! Once the last Aboveground session of the day was finished, campers headed to campfire before heading to their cabins. With a quick snack and small devotional time, it was time for bed! Hopefully the weather clears up for tomorrow!

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Blog & Pictures By: Karley Sider

Cross Canada Roadie – Summit Day 1

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All of our Summit campers arrived safe & sound this afternoon, along with being right on time! Things rolled quickly as soon as both buses arrived, with campers unpacking in their rooms and then heading to the dining hall for supper. Once again our amazing Crew team stepped up and helped unload everyone’s bags off the bus, not only with efficiency but with style as well! Tonight, for dinner, we had a delicious meal of spaghetti and fresh bread, with jello for dessert. Our programming leaders, Luke & Noah, introduced themselves to the campers, and explained a little bit of what the theme is going to look like this week. With full stomachs after a long journey up to camp, campers changed into their swimsuits for a refreshing swim in the lake for swim tests. It was pleasing to see everyone so excited to experience a little bit of camp-life and what’s to come this week – there will be plenty of time for fun in the water.

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Our Underground preacher for this week is Pastor Nolan, but we had the honor of having a special guest speaker to start off the first session. Curtis Carmichael is from Toronto, and has committed to a “Ride for Promise” this summer. On July 10 he began cycling from Vancouver to Halifax – which is about 3,300 km in 30 legs over 5 weeks – to tell his story. Along the way, he’s stopping to talk with Canadians about the reality and impacts of growing up in government housing, and the importance of long-term relational investment in the lives of children and youth. He’s planning on raising around $150,000 so other children growing up in Toronto Community Housing can benefit in the same way. All the proceeds will be used to provide relational programs that address the needs of children growing up in some of Toronto’s most under-resourced communities so they can develop their full potential, beginning with after school programs and seasonal day camps (http://www.urbanpromise.com/ride/).

After Underground was finished, campers put on some bug spray for their first campfire of the week. With a good introduction to the next 5 days, the campers then went back to their cabins for a little snack and then light’s out! We’re excited to see what’s in store for this week!

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The Name’s Bond…James Bond – Blaze Day 6

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Today was a beautiful last day to wrap up our time here at Blaze! With another sunny and hot day for outdoor activities, campers woke up to breakfast burritos to get their day started. After an Underground session, campers headed to their last majors for the day. With confidence in their new abilities and skills, the campers demonstrated their talents, while their leaders looked on proudly.

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For Underground today, Pastor Aaron got the campers to ask him something either Bible-wise, life-wise or Jesus-wise that were burning question in their hearts they wanted answered. He was going to answer them in the next session! These were some of the questions, some a little funny, some genuinely good questions:

– How many brothers did Jesus have?
– How did Adam and Eve start talking a real language?
– How do you know when you’ll make it into Heaven for sure?
– Did Jesus have sisters?
– Does Jesus still walk the Earth?
– How big was Jesus’ family?
– What about the “Big Bang”?
– What would happen if Jesus never came?
– Where did God come from?
– What is purgatory?
– What came first, Adam and Eve or the dinosaurs?

Then Aaron talked about how the Bible and prayer are two vital things to understand, and that in theory they seem relatively simple, but in reality we still have a hard time with them. Aaron explained how he didn’t grow up in a Christian home, so praying and reading Bible wasn’t huge priority in his family. Then he went to Bible College to help understand how to read the Bible, instead of reading it like a regular book. Aaron read from Hebrews 4:12, which says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Aaron learned what it meant for the Bible to be a “Holy Book”; it is, ultimately, an older book, but it is alive. He advised that the best way to read your bible is to put yourself into the story and become one of the characters. This way you can see where you stand in the lesson Jesus is teaching. Prayer is also something that is vitally important in our relationship with Jesus, but it makes us uncomfortable for some reason. Aaron determined that this is because we are part of a generation that’s easily distracted, especially with everything around us (Netflix, Instagram, Facebook, Video Games), so it’s harder than ever to connect with God. This is the reality for our generation – so how do we recover from this? Prayer isn’t something we should just check off on our list for the day, it should be part of our active relationship with God, like an ongoing conversation. God may not be with us physically, but He is with us, and prayer should come out of that joy that we know God.

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After a busy morning, campers headed to lunch in their best banquet get-ups, as it was a James Bond theme for lunch dress-up! We had only the finest looking young people show up to our dining hall for a very distinguished meal of taco salad. Once lunch was finished, campers headed out for the rest of their activities/majors and free swim. It was a great day to be tubing and to be out on the beach! Camper Hannah Thomas had this to say about activities:

“I like how there’s a lot of activities you can try. I really love tubing because it’s so fun!”

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Once campers were tuckered out from all the fun in the sun, they headed to dinner for some chicken, pasta, caesar salad, and veggies to re-energize for the camp-wide game. Tonight’s game was “Minute to Win it”, with a bunch of small tasks for each team to complete. Our amazing Crew kids have been helping this week with everything from kitchen, to tuck, to camp-wide games, and we are so thankful to have them here. Today marks the halfway point of their time here with us! With a lot of teamwork and laughter, the game passed by quickly. With one last Underground session and campfire, we couldn’t have asked for a better final day. We wish the best for all the campers as they head home tomorrow morning and into the rest of their summer!

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Blog & Pictures By: Karley Sider

 

 

Nerding Out At Blaze – Day 5

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Blaze was on fire today as campers got up for another fine morning at Camp Kahquah. With yogurt parfait for breakfast after morning activities, everyone headed down to Underground for another message with Pastor Aaron. With activities already chosen, campers then trekked to their first activity of the day. The good weather has continued this week, with a hot sun and clear skies overlooking the campers as they went about their day!

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Today in Underground, Pastor Aaron talked about the “good news” and what it means. The Bible doesn’t really give a definition of what the good news is, and Aaron told a story about how he used to think that it was Jesus’ death, which is part of the answer but not fully. He explained how the gospel literally means “the good news”. Therefore, the good news cannot be limited to one thing that Jesus did, because Jesus is the good news! We have to include everything about Jesus, His life, His death, and His resurrection. Jesus dying isn’t the only thing about the good news, the reason and results of why he died is. We can’t forget that Jesus died on the cross, but we can’t stay in the mindset that he is dead; we don’t follow a dead God. So if we sing that Jesus is alive, we have to believe that!

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The theme for today was “Behind the Scenes” in spy work. So, for lunch dress-up, campers dressed as all the stereotypes of what nerds look like! It was quite a hilarious sight. Lunch consisted of chicken noodle soup and veggies, which was followed by some rest time in tuck & buck. The rest of the afternoon was filled with more activities, and a very full free swim on the beach before supper!
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Supper tonight was meatballs & rice, with ice-cream for dessert! Afterwards, the campers participated in tonight’s camp-wide game, “Pac-Man”, where campers competed to solve riddles created by Aunt Jordanne and Aunt Abbey, and add to their team’s points! Camper Maia Drysdale had this to say about the camp-wide games and Underground this week:

“The camp-wide games have been my favourite part of camp so far. Just because I’ve had the most fun doing it and you get to see everybody having fun. I was also worried Underground would be super long and I wouldn’t enjoy it, but it’s actually been really awesome!”

After one more Underground session, campers headed to the campfire to finally relax! Once songs were sung and skits were acted out, campers tiredly headed back to their cabins to get enough rest for their last full day of Blaze tomorrow!

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Blog & Pictures By: Karley Sider

A Stellar Stealthy Wednesday – Blaze Day 4

Our campers were in super stealth mode this morning for our fourth day of Blaze! To gear up for the day, campers had some breakfast of bacon, sausage, and pancakes – shout out to our amazing cook, Jenn, who has made some amazing meals the past couple weeks! Campers filed into line afterwards to choose their activities for the day, and were off to cabin clean-up with their counselors. Underground and Activity 1 were next on the to do list! I interviewed a couple campers to see how their experiences have been going so far this week. This is what Camper Kayla Akam had to say:

“I love the stories and singing [from Underground], especially the stories about Aaron’s life. His life is funny! I like the whole camp idea, especially the theme and that no one’s on their electronics. And I like that there’s so many new people you can meet and make new friends with. I like how you have your own schedule and you get to pick the activities you want to do. I sometimes get bored at home because there’s nothing to do, but at camp there’s always something to do!”

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In Underground today, Pastor Aaron talked about fear, and how we build up fear about talking to our friends and family about Jesus.Fear can be so paralyzing that it can prevent us from doing something awesome or worth doing, but we get so afraid that we don’t do it. Aaron asked the campers: “Why do we have such a hard time talking about Jesus in the outside world?” He said that we can’t be afraid that we don’t know the right words to say, that we’d get laughed at, that the person we’re sharing with will reject or hurt us, or that we wouldn’t know how to answer their questions. Everyone in the Bible struggled with fear; the Apostle Paul, Moses, and Peter are some of the most influential people in the Bible, and have been faced with fears many times. Fortunately, they were able to overcome it! Fear, ultimately, is a liar. We fear things that don’t exist or hasn’t happened yet, and yet God places the best things of life on the other side of fear. When we’re dealing with fears, God is there in the middle and He is not scared. We have to take that awkward first step towards Jesus like Peter did when he walked on water, knowing that when we take that step, Jesus is on the other side. Aaron gave the campers some tips about talking to friends or others about Jesus. One of those tips included asking our friends what they believe – we have two ears and one mouth for a reason, so we should do twice as much listening as we do talking. We also need to not only talk about Jesus, but live it out in our lives by loving others as ourselves. And at some point we need to stop worrying about how people will react because we need to trust that God will take care of it!

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For lunch dress-up, campers had the challenge of sneaking into the dining hall without getting caught by any of the programming leaders or Crew kids! There were some very interesting methods used, such as using a recycling bin to smuggle in campers or blinding Uncle Noah with flashlights in order to gain passage by him. Lunch was hot dogs, macaroni & cheese, and veggies – a classic combination! After lunch was second and third activity, followed by free swim! It’s continued to be gorgeous this week, allowing for some awesome experiences for our swimmers, watersports majors, canoers, and kayakers!

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Supper consisted of a Canadian favourite, poutine! With side choices of pulled pork and bacon bits, campers eagerly ate this appetizing meal. Once the last meal was over for the day, campers headed to Underground to have the rules to the camp-wide game explained to them. Today’s game was “Diamond Smugglers”. It was one of the quietest camp-wide games I’ve ever seen! There were 3 groups of campers – the cops, the sellers, and the buyers. The sellers and the buyers had to try and sell/buy diamonds with each other without interacting with undercover cops, who would steal their treasures. Suspicions were high and voices were low as the game went on! With Underground and campfire afterwards, campers were worn out and ready for bed!
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Blog & Pictures By: Karley Sider

An In-spy-ring Day of Mission Impossible – Blaze Day 3

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“Mission Impossible” was the theme for the third day of Blaze! With the morning bell as a wake-up call, campers headed to morning activities to get their blood pumping and minds going for the rest of the day. Once flag raising and a small devotional was finished, campers gathered in the dining hall for some oatmeal “cake” (a delicious combination of oatmeal and different flavors of berries) and then back to their cabins for cabin clean-up! Once that was finished, Underground and first activity were next on the agenda. We had another hot day here at Camp Kahquah, allowing for another exemplary day outside!
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Lunch dress-up today coincided with the theme, and there was a lot of Mission Impossible theme music being played throughout the meal! The costumes and all-black attire made for another fun dress-up. Lunch was chicken wraps with watermelon for dessert!

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Today in Underground, once again led by Pastor Aaron, we learned about how we’re all on a mission for God and what that mission involves. One mistake that we need to steer clear from is ignoring our purpose in what God is calling us to do. Aaron said that the Bible and God’s purpose for us can be summed up in one sentence: “Love the Lord with all your heart and love people”. Loving people has to come out of our love for God. If we are able to keep God close, then that joy overflows from us and into those around us. This is the best way to show others that we follow Jesus, by loving one another. Aaron read from John 15: 9-12, which says, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you”. Aaron asked the campers what it looks like to love someone the way Jesus loves someone. He talked about how Jesus calls us to a different way of loving, and how it’s not easy to love people you don’t like or who have done something wrong. Jesus gravitated to certain kind of people, such as criminals, sick people, outcasts, or any people who didn’t know God.  Jesus hung around his followers in order to teach and show them the way to love, and then he sent them out and told them to do the same – we are Jesus’ followers, so we have this mission of being like Jesus and going out and treating others the way He has treated us. We’re not perfect, we will make mistakes, but we need to understand that God didn’t bring us here to do nothing; we were called to do something, and our gifts & abilities should be used to go out and connect with people.

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Once afternoon activities were done for the day, campers marched to the dining hall for supper. With some scalped potatoes, ham, beans, and brownies for dessert, campers were re-energized for the camp-wide game! Today was a camp favourite, “Douse the Crew Kid”. Essentially, our lovely Crew kids volunteered to be hidden in shelters made by two separate teams, and had to avoid being hit by water balloons or wet sponges from the other team. Whoever’s Crew kids were most dry by the end of the game were the winners! Once the game was completed and the last Underground session was done, campers headed down to the campfire pit. Although they were still invigorated by the day’s events, they were able to settle down to watch tonight’s performances and participate in campfire songs! After such a long day, campers and their counselors looked forward to collapsing into their beds; we’ve been blessed with such an amazing week so far!

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Blog & Pictures By: Karley Sider