2010 Summer Camp Fruitage

Our son had a wonderful time at Leelanau and already wants to go back for the full 7-week session next summer…When we picked him up we were so impressed by the sincere outpouring of love, not just from his cabin mates but from campers, CTs and counselors of all ages. We are so grateful that he was befriended and mentored by other Christian Scientists, all striving to excel in everything from cleaning their cabins to learning how to sail…He gained a greater sense of confidence and self-assurance at camp.

Parent of a Leelanau camper


This year, both of our kids talked a lot about the intangibles on the way home.  Yes, they loved learning water skiing, soccer, silversmithing and the speed and agility training.  But even when our son talked about speed and agility, he would relate it to life lessons.  He learned about and explored the idea of leadership a lot more this year. He also overcame a fear of heights. For us, it all comes down to excellence.  Everything done at camp is done with excellence.  From the counselors to the activities to the schedule/structure, excellence is built into every day with the foundation of “high ideals” and “fire burning brightly”.

Parent of a Kohahna and Leelanau camper


I had a summer full of growth, connection and meaning; one that I will never forget!..I was able to listen and learn from younger campers, fellow CTs, as well as older counselors.  By helping a younger camper with a situation, I was able to have the inspiration I needed for a personal healing…This summer holds memories, growth and friendships that I will never forget, and will always hold dear!

Kohahna camper


My favorite activities were climbing and waterskiing.  I got to go on the porcupine Mountain trip…I loved it and really appreciated the chance to be outdoors and in such a beautiful spot…I enjoyed the counselors and thought they were great role models.  All of them work very hard at being a good Christian Scientist and have had many cool demonstrations. They were always very positive and supportive.

Leelanau camper


Earlier this year, our family had a conversation about role models … Well, all of a sudden out of the blue yesterday my daughter says, “You know how I said I wasn’t sure who my role model would be? I think my counselor is a great role model; I mean she expresses ALL the K qualities, ALL the time.  She is totally into Christian Science, she is ALWAYS joyful (even when we were being difficult in the cabin), she is ALWAYS a Kohahna woman.”  Well, if being a Kohahna woman is my daughter’s ideal for a role model, then I think camp is doing everything it should be doing.

Kohahna parent


Camp is such a special opportunity…I firmly believe that there is no better way for a child to grow in their love and understanding of Christian Science than to live it at camp. The staff do a phenomenal job of modeling Christian character for the children…I do not doubt that the example that is set at camp will stick with our kids long after the summer ends.

Parent of a Leelanau and a Kohahna camper


I had so much fun at camp. I met so many great people. I learned a lot of new things, like how to make a fire, how to sail, and even how to do the butterfly.  The food was great.  One time at lunch we wrote notes on napkins to Kohahna and at dinner we got notes back! I seemed like every time I was around my new friend, I just couldn’t stop laughing!

Leelanau camper


This year I took ceramics, camp crafts, swimming and horseback riding.  I actually had a healing in horseback riding.  I was just learning the posting trot. I found that when I tried to post, I would almost fall off.  It was really scary.  In quiet time the following day we read “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.” (I John 4:18) I thought, “Well, there’s no fear in love, and I love horseback riding!” That day, when I tried posting again, I was able to do it.  The things I love about camp are endless, but a few of them are the sisterhood, the atmosphere and the fun.

Kohahna camper


We wanted to express our gratitude to everyone at camp for making our children’s experience there such an enjoyable one.  They each had a wonderful time and we are sure it is something they will always remember.  The stories they have recounted to us since they returned, as well as the testimonies they have given in church, have shown us that they not only had a fun time, but also they grew a great deal spiritually.

Parent of a Leelanau and a Kohahna camper


I liked making good friends with other campers…I got to do archery, sailing, horseback riding, border camp and kayaking.  My favorite was border camp.  I learned how to make a fire and different knots.  It was really cool!

Leelanau camper


My daughter loves the sisterhood and the traditions.  She talked about the atmosphere of camp with such fondness as she loved being among Christian Science thinkers. She told me about spiritual insights that will stick with her forever!  I know she appreciates the independence and leadership training that camp offers. She also loves the location of camp, the food, and the variety of activities offered.

Kohahna parent


I loved camp this year because I tried some new activities.  This year I did waterskiing, silversmithing and I went on a trip. I’ve never done any of those before so it was a good experience.  I loved waterskiing!  It was new but exciting. Silversmithing was fun and I made some cool jewelry.  Going on the Grand Island trip was fantastic!  The views were amazing!  This year I also made a lot of new friends.  At the beginning of the summer they were “acquaintances”; now they’re sisters for life!

Kohahna camper


At camp, my son is surrounded by wonderful young men and women, who love unconditionally, who are examples that I want him to aspire to.  They are cool, fun, vibrant and live CS! To be surrounded by such wonderful people in such a beautiful place is what I value most.

Leelanau Parent


Living out in the woods for four days isn’t an easy task, but when you have others around you that no matter what the circumstances, keep pushing you to do your best and surround with love, it really makes you enjoy every moment…I knew God was with us and would always be with us, guiding us on our journey, whether it be on the challenge in the woods, at school, or in a sport; God will always surround us with His love.

Kohahna camper

 

…Being at camp, seeing such great examples from the counselors on staff, and spending time in activities and in the cabin with other Christian Science youth has given her a sense of how to express joy and happiness more freely.  What a great thing it was to listen to her carrying on about an activity, a friend she made, or a fund time she had with a huge smile on her face.  It seems like every day there are more stories to tell.

Kohahna parent


His face lights up each time he thinks of one of his camp friends or tells us about one of his adventures or favorite experiences.  We appreciate the supportive counselors…The Christian Science atmosphere is unparalleled and strengthens this important aspect in his life that he can use when he returns home.

Parent of a Leelanau camper


My favorite time of Sunday was council fire. I also liked cookouts! It was just so fun, especially when we all played elbow tag. It was fun to make new friends…My favorite thing about camp though was beach period.  I LOVE SWIMMING! I also liked dipping too.

Kohahna camper


I like silversmithing because it is a really cool way to be creative.  It’s not everywhere that I can work with metals and make them into an entirely personal creation that reflects me. I like archery a lot also, because first of all, I’m good at it and second, it’s just plain fun…

Leelanau camper


I do enjoy everything that goes on at camp…I love being able to express myself and qualities that other people appreciate…It shows me a new look on the world, without forcing me to look at it negatively.  I truly have been healed by camp.

Kohahna camper


I had a great time at camp.  My favorite activity was waterskiing/knee boarding.  I loved Sunday School.  I healed a bump on my foot.  I want to go to camp next year.

Leelanau camper


Camp is awesome because I love seeing old friends and making new friends and because I love the really great activities I get to do.  I also love Wednesday night church and hearing the testimonies; they inspire me so much.  And, as always, the food was magnificent!

Kohahna camper


What is it like in our home now that our son is home from Camp Leelanau? It’s filled with the sound of camp songs and stories.  What does our son look like after camp? He looks joyful, more mature, taller, tanner, happy and content.  What have our daily routines been like after camp? More orderly, the chores are effortless.  When I ask my son to make his bed he doesn’t need my help and I only ask once. How about the morning Bible lesson?  Now he has lots of memories of reading the Lesson with his brothers from camp.  What a peaceful, happy feeling I have about the wonderful experience my son had at camp.

Parent of a Leelanau camper


She had a terrific time. Made a lot of friends. Grew up a lot in so many ways – confidence, independence, working with others and a better understanding of, and dedication to Christian Science.  Her spiritual growth was not so much knowledge, but what she felt in her heart….The morning dips, the comradeship, the food, the crab soccer, horseback riding (a dream and first time for her), nature studies (she doesn’t fear bugs as much as before), archery and the fun times – she will never forget.

Kohahna parent


I did a lot of fun things while at camp.  Some of my favorite activities were silversmithing, riflery and horseback riding.  But the thing I liked most was the feeling of love that surrounded me and that I could be a part of that love…I also enjoyed the good food, especially the pizza and milkshakes!

Leelanau camper