Bugle Call – Pre-Camp – 2011

The camping season has begun, and the staff could not be more excited. After 9 days of training, orientation, and set-up during pre-camp, the Kohahna team is primed for an amazing summer full of fun, love, leadership, and growth.

After a delicious meal on Friday night, the Kohahna Sky team made their way over to our brand new zip line to try out our newest addition to camp! Everyone went down with success, and it was a great exercise to kick off the summer with. Following the zip line adventures, we headed over to the camp fire ring to roast marshmallows and to talk about our summer theme- Living Love! The theme is derived in part from Henry Drummond’s text, The Greatest Thing in the World, which takes readers on a “walk with love”!

Pre-camp week continued with a slew of preparatory meetings focused on activities, cabin life, metaphysics, teaching Quiet Time and Sunday School, and all of our special events for the kids! We also enjoyed hiking the dunes, singing songs, performing skits, playing Bombardment, going to church (twice) in Glen Arbor, hosting the local community for an ice cream social in the Leelanau Lodge, having a staff cook-out on the bluffs, playing in the ropes course and on the climbing wall, and playing some Dune Football with both staffs!

Our week rounded out nicely with a final metaphysical meeting put together by our practitioners Carla Stillman, CS, and Mark McCurties, CS. Touching on many stories from the Bible and how they apply to situations at camp, the staff really enjoyed absorbing information that will help then share their love of Christian Science with the campers over the summer. We also read excerpts from the We Knew Mary Baker Eddy series, which helped us learn more about our leader, Mary Baker Eddy, and all the leadership qualities she mastered and expressed. The impressive list was helpful for all who attended!

After much staff bonding (with both with the girls exclusively and with our brother-camp Leelanau), the staff was ready for the campers to arrive come Sunday morning. Opening day is always a whirlwind of excitement, and this day was no different! We welcomed 15 new campers to Kohahna with open arms, and greeted all of our treasured returning campers as well. With bright smiling faces on campers and counselors alike, we have already had a successful Council Fire, swim test, and first day of morning, afternoon, and evening activities! Be sure to check out our pictures online, and you will be hearing from the staff soon!