Bugle Call – Week 3 – 2009

Monday started with a bang! We had fresh morning activities taking place, including our Jr. Sailing program for Waukeenas and a five day hiking trip at Pictured Rocks in the Upper Peninsula for eight young ladies from Clifftop and Windward. Back at camp we had a Sands victory in Capture the Flag. On Tuesday we offered older girls the opportunity to attend a womanhood talk with some of our counselors. The girls discussed ideas pertaining to self-image, relationships, and communication. At night groups of campers from Leelanau and Kohahna took a trip to Interlochen Arts Camp to watch their collage of performing arts campers. Meanwhile, the numbers on camp were a little small with all the trips out, so we enjoyed a co-ed game of three-legged kickball with our Leelanau brothers. The game was followed by the delicious treat of root beer floats. The girls went to sleep with full and happy tummies.

Wednesday was a gorgeous day for an on-camp cabin day! Shorewood took a bike ride. Juniper and Evergreen did photo scavenger hunts. Falling Star and Windward did the high ropes course. Camp was filled with smiling girls running (or swimming) around in the warm weather with their friends. After dinner, of course, we had our traditional church service in the Great House and an inspiring hymn sing. We hope all the three-weekers remember how uplifting Wednesday nights can be throughout the rest of their year.

Thursday was our last regular day of camp for the first half, and it was a good one! Nature class finalized structures they had built in the woods, we had girls pass levels out on the ski boat, and there was enthusiasm for everything–be it a brand new ring or remembering an old skill in Camp Crafts. In the afternoon girls waterskied, played basketball, worked on finalizing levels in kayaking or ceramics, or hiked to Pyramid Point. Half of camp, however, was rehearsing for he evening activity: The Annual Sand Show!

This year’s Sand Show theme was Music Across the Country. We enjoyed acts like the Waukeena Dance to a country song and the Jr. Kickline to fast-paced punk song. Everything was planned and orchestrated by our Sand CTs. They did a phenomenal job. All of Kohahna celebrated by dancing the night away on stage together.

Our last day of first half is always bittersweet. We had a regular morning of activities and the girls spent the afternoon packing. At night we held our usual final banquet. Girls were awarded for passing levels, longevity of coming to camp, and being perfect dippers. After a delicious meal, several awards, and a lovely slideshow we all made our way to the Pine Forest for the touching Pine Bow Gratitude Ceremony. We sat around a fire and each expressed what we were grateful for while symbolically dropping a pine bow into the fire. Girls gave gratitude for friends, counselors, Christian Science, but most of all, girls were just glad they had the opportunity to be at Kohahna.

Our three-weekers have been dear to us. We are sad to see them go, but we know everything they have learned from camp will greet us again next summer!  The healings we have seen and the lessons of growing up and growing closer to God are incredible to witness summer after summer. We sent the girls off with hugs and promises to keep in touch from their cabinmates. It is hard to believe that one half of camp is already over, but that just means we have another whole half to do it all over again!