Bugle Call – Week 3 – 2013

We’ve had a wonderful week to wrap up our first session at Kohahna! Our campers were overflowing with highlights at our Sunday evening Council Fire. Many of the highlights mentioned our Kohahna Talent Show that was held on Sunday afternoon, featuring many of our campers reciting poetry, performing skits and monologues, singing, and dancing.

Our morning activities this week have been in full swing, with many campers working hard to finish projects and pass levels. Bowls, mugs, ceramic tiles, rings, necklaces, and paintings galore are being created! Campers have also extended their skills learned in riding and campcrafts to enjoy trail rides and cabin overnights in the pine forests. We also had a Kohahna Triathlon trip to nearby Lake Ann, where campers biked, paddled, and swam.

Monday evening campers enjoyed a camp favorite game of Capture the Flag, and on Tuesday we were treated to skits, dances, and kicklines through the annual Sand Show. Each Sand team member participated in a humorous, joyful show that the Pine and Sky Teams thoroughly enjoyed.

Wednesday we spent a beautiful afternoon with an on-camp cabin day. Cabins enjoyed a variety of activities including climbing the rock wall, making cabin rings in the silversmithing room, and decorating for Independence Day. The day ended with a church service and hymn sing in the Great House.

Our Independence Day celebrations on Thursday were absolutely wonderful! Campers began the day with a little bit of a sleep-in and pastries on NorthStar’s porch. After Clean-Up and Quiet Hour, we began a very patriotic flag-raising, only to be interrupted by the “King and Queen of England”, whom campers ousted from camp last year during the Revolution, returning to camp for the War of 1812! Campers ran to the beach to storm the ship and overthrow the royals from their attempted advances. The lake provided the perfect backdrop for setting our fleet of kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards into the water and capturing the King and Queen! Campers then enjoyed an early lunch and face painting in preparation for our annual march in the Glen Arbor 4th of July Parade. We sang our hearts out on the bus and walking in front of it as we were cheered on by many parade spectators. We came back to camp for games on the beach and soccer field, including tug of war, water balloon tosses, relays, pie eating contests, and watermelon seed spitting contests. After a pizza dinner, the younger campers headed to the beach to roast marshmallows, and the older campers headed to the Sand Bowl for the sunset and games. It was indeed a full and wonderful day.

Friday we resumed our morning activities as normal, but had a special afternoon viewing all the art projects that our ceramics, arts and crafts, silversmithing, and painting classes have made. The evening brought our 3-week final banquet and council fire, celebrating the wonderful weeks we’ve had at Kohahna and giving gratitude.

Saturday was  our changeover day. We bid farewell to our 3 week campers, full of gratitude for all they brought to camp. The sunny day lent itself to take our 7 weekers to get milkshakes and go tubing on Glen Lake.