2009 Summer Camp Fruitage

I love having such a beautiful outdoor setting where my child can spend quality time outside, being active…trying new things. I’m especially grateful for opportunities for spiritual growth – that staff and campers are relying on God to meet their daily needs.

Leelanau parent


Friendships I’ve made at camp are special.  I believe the friends I have at camp are friends I will have forever.

Kohahna camper        


I had an amazing time!  Camp is the first time for many things.  Most of all I really appreciate the loving counselors, they are such humorous men who are so nice and giving to the campers.  I am use to being the only Christian Scientist at my school, and I sometimes feel lonely because of it, but after going back to camp, I now realize I am not alone.

Leelanau camper


Our camper returned home with a heightened sense of responsibility.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “Mom, what can I do to help?” over the past three weeks.  She’s always been positive, but now it’s as if she is showing ownership and the ability to see that family is about caring for one another.         

Kohahna parent


What I love most about camp is that while you are having an enormous amount of fun, you are being loved and cared for by the people around you.

Kohahna camper


I love the atmosphere of camp. I love the way everyone worked together to support and help each other.

Leelanau camper


I value the opportunity for my children to try new activities with spiritually minded peers and having fun doing it.

Leelanau and Kohahna parent


Kohahna is one of my favorite places on earth…There are many, many things I love about camp, one of them being the friendships…I love the opportunities I get and how I grow spiritual in every activity that I do.

Kohahna camper


I really enjoyed the protection I experienced at camp, because the atmosphere is at a high spiritual level.  I could see I was protected by God when there was any suggestion of pain or fatigue or any other suggestion of effort, and I was able to press forward and continue having fun because of the atmosphere that surrounded me at camp.

Leelanau camper



Yesterday, instead of reacting to a potential misunderstanding with a friend, my daughter was very quiet.  She told me she had decided to pray about the situation instead of react. “Mom, I really want to be a good Christian Scientist,” she said.  What a wonderful lesson she learned, directly related to her experience at camp!

Parent of a Leelanau and Kohahna camper


I’ve learned to see the good in other people, to put God before me in every situation, to be patient, I also learned how to be a good role model.  Camp has changed my life!

Kohahna camper


My son gained a sense of peace around others, enjoying others’ unique qualities.  He also learned a lot about sailing.

Leelanau parent


I enjoyed the beautiful sunsets, council fire, “football on the dunes” and all of the other evening activities!  At camp I discovered that ‘God meets all our needs’ and I also had a wonderful healing.

Kohahna camper


Those four weeks at camp during the summer are the best four weeks of my life, and this year was no exception!  From having the greatest healings of my life, to making friendships that will last thru the ages, camp is a place that will always be in my heart….A wonderful aspect of Camp Leelanau is the abundance of brotherhood that exists. Your brothers are always there to give you a helping hand, whether it be on the ropes course, or on a square corner in cabin cleanup.

Leelanau camper


My wife was a camper at Kohahna for seven years…Based on her experience, we felt our son would really enjoy going to Camp Leelanau. After picking him up last week, he told us all about his adventures and awards. His counselors said he was a joy to have and never complained.  He wants to return next year as well.  I expected he would have a great time at camp and those expectations were exceeded…He has grown so much as a person, it is impossible not to notice.

Leelanau parent


It is interesting how much more mature and confident they are after their camp experiences. They are both more outgoing with everyone they meet, and their mannerisms convey a confidence in right activity.

Parent of a Leelanau and a Kohahna camper


I enjoyed the beautiful sunsets, council fire, “football on the dunes” and all of the other evening activities!  At camp I discovered that ‘God meets all our needs’ and I also had a wonderful healing.

Kohahna camper


I really felt that this summer experience gave me the perfect push I needed to get going in the right direction.  It taught me leadership and determination that I can bring with me to hockey or school.  I also learned how important it is to start your day off with the lesson, getting those golden nuggets that can help you in times of need during your day.  I feel that camp has recharged my so I’m ready for the year and prepared for the challenges ahead.    

Leelanau camper


We see from the moment our daughter leaves camp, she talks about returning to camp.  We hear about camp year-round from her.  She has always loved camp for the opportunity to step outside her comfort zone and try new things.  We knew she would gain much from attending, but she gained in more ways than we expected.

Our son made the most of his experience…We saw him take a more productive approach to relationships.  Instigating and avoiding confrontation gave way to fostering appreciation for fellow campers.  We saw him move beyond mere academic study of Christian Science to living it moment by moment…Camp is demonstration, plain and simple.

Parent of both Leelanau and Kohahna campers


This summer I feel like I really gained a better understanding of myself, Christian Science, and the K-Qualities.  I also had a lot of fun doing activities, making new friendships, keeping old ones, and spending time with my cabin…I really liked doing pinecone pals because it gives you the chance to both give and receive extra love all week long, and it really taught me about the power of giving. My activities, and the whole summer in general, taught me a lot of lessons and I feel like I really grew a lot.

Kohahna camper


From our young son we see the enthusiasm and love of camp developing, an eagerness to try new things and to follow the example of counselors and the older campers.  With our older son we see the evidence of the many years of camp taking form in a desire to now BE the leader that he has loved in so many of the young men that have gone before him.  This year’s camp experience was so transforming that he will carry it with him for the rest of his life.  He cam home not as a boy but as a man. He shows a determination to be a leader, in school, church and on the ice.

Parent of two Leelanau campers


I loved playing card games with my counselors and cabin mates and sitting around the council fire. I hope to be a counselor when I get bigger.  Now that I’m home I’ve been making my bed and keeping my room clean.  Before I go to bed at night I also think about what I’m grateful for and something nice that I’ve done for someone else that day.

Leelanau camper


…I went on the high ropes course for my cabin day.  At first I was excited.  But when I got up there I got scared.  I told myself God was Love.  Since He created everything, nothing could harm me (like the ropes course).  As I got closer to the end, I got less scared.  Afterwards, I realized it was actually fun and a good experience…I worked hard at earning the K-qualities again because they are good qualities to express every day.  I loved camp and I’m so glad I got to go!

Kohahna camper


I value the growth in character my son achieves each year. So important!! And of course learning to rely on God for all needs.  The counselors were “the best”! Food terrific! My son loves camp with all his heart.  Every year he learns more about the real man he is becoming – strong, courageous, thoughtful, unselfish – every mother’s dream!  All qualities the world needs!!

Parent of a Leelanau camper


I have learned a lot from being at camp and I want to continue being a Leelanau man when I am at home.

Leelanau camper


I value most the strong support given to my son while he is at camp.  He grows so much with all the love and encouragement given at Camp Leelanau.  I asked him if there was anything he would change about camp.  He said no – but maybe it should be longer!

Leelanau parent


I fell off a horse, but I got right back on with NO fear whatsoever!…I love riding at camp because when you are at peace with yourself a horse will follow your commands.  And then you become at one with your horse.

Kohahna camper


I am so excited that our sons have someone else guiding them along the same issues that we are during the year. The constructive help and guidance is probably better received from the counselors than us.  The camper reports reassure us of all the character building, mentally, emotionally and spiritually going on at camp! Our sons could not be at a better place during the summer with great counselors and mentors!

Parent of two Leelanau campers


Camp is always so much fun, and I had great healings.  I enjoyed the trips and all the exciting activities.  My favorite was drama and silversmithing.  I was in the talent show with my friends.  

Kohahna camper