Bugle Call – Week 1 – 2013

What a wonderful first week we’ve had at Kohahna! On Sunday we opened our gate to eager carloads full of returning and new campers. Chilly morning temperatures and fog made their way to glorious blue skies by lunchtime, providing a wonderful backdrop for lunchtime on the deck, beach period in the afternoon, and Sunday night cookout. At Council Fire, we introduced our Kohahna Summer Theme for 2013: “There is Enough”. God’s abundant love and provision for us ensures that we have enough ability, love, purpose, time, supply, beauty, and confidence. Each week we’ll be talking and sharing inspiration about these ideas.

Our Monday morning began with the swim test for our new campers and a hike to Pyramid Point for returning campers. Campers spent time in small groups Monday evening doing a counselor hunt and performing short skits, allowing them to reacquaint themselves with each other and with our camp grounds.

Tuesday evening we had our first team competition with a rousing game of Bombardment after our new campers were initiated into their new teams.

On Wednesday we enjoyed our first on-camp cabin day. Campers enjoyed going to the clay pits, climbing the rock wall, fairy making, biking, zip lining, and making banana boats in the woods. We had our first church service in the Great House with readings done by two of our CTs, followed by the traditional Hymn Sing with Leelanau campers joining us.

Thursday night, 3 of our middle school cabins took an overnight trip to our back property to use their camping skills and participate in the Kohahna Games. Those who stayed on camp had a great time playing various lawn games such as Oh Captain, Red Light Green Light, Pterodactyl, Mafia, and Dragon Tails.

On Friday we enjoyed our first pizza and milkshake night, then all piled in the big blue bus and headed off camp for some fun at Glen Lake and Sleeping Bear Dunes. The Wildwood campers played Water Polo at the Shallows on Little Glen, while the Waukeena campers climbed, jumped, rolled, and ran at the front side of the dune climb.

On Saturday campers enjoyed a favorite activity of Lip Syncs on the stage following a thorough cleaning and inspection in the morning. Campers enjoyed a variety of activities in the afternoon throughout the week, including climbing the rock wall, bike rides and runs down Port Oneida Road, Initiatives in the pine forest, painting flower pots, horsey hair salon in the barn, and a dip-a-thon at local swimming spots.

We can’t wait to see all that the second week of Kohahna will bring! We know that it will be a wonderful week full of growth, laughter, new experiences, and love!