Bugle Call – Week 3 – 2018

It’s hard to believe we have closed in on week three – where in the world did the time go? We cherished this last week of camp for our 3-week campers and looked forward to welcoming our 4-weekers back home to KOH. We packed week 3 to the brim with super fun activities and, of course, a lot of achievement.

With everyone back home from our various trips, we jumped right back into Morning Activities. We rock climbed, we made jewelry, charms, pendants and rings in Silversmithing and continued to perfect our aim in Archery and Riflery. Our waterfront was put to good use with sailors, kayakers and canoers out on Lake Michigan learning and perfecting their skills and taking advantage of the perfect lakefront weather.  In Horseback Riding we got out on a few trail rides and continued working on horse control.  In Camp Crafts we learned the art of fire building (one match, no birch bark fire, anyone?) and made hot chocolate over the fire. Our water skiers practiced dropping a ski, went through the slalom course and attempted to ski in a pyramid formation. We were able to showcase our Arts & Crafts work during the Art Show, and down at the court we worked on our Tennis skills.

Does it get any better than the 4th of July at camp? (No, it does not.) In preparation for the Glen Arbor parade, we started our 4th of July festivities with face painting. This was followed by a spirited flag raising with Leelanau which included a passionate speech about freedom from Francis Scott Key and featured one of our camp horses, Polka, galloping up the hill with the U.S. Flag. It set the stage for the day’s mission – rally the militias and prepare for the “war” for independence. We created colony flags with our KOH/LEE teams – each group was led by an important figure in American history – from Meriwether Lewis and Sacagawea to the Hamiltons, to Harriet Tubman (represented by the counselors). We prepped for the war by working on our stealth operation missions (water balloon attacks), we collected provisions (cookie decorating), and were challenged in agility (dress-up obstacle course) just to name a few. We completed our training with a lakeside battle and ate full rations at cookout. This was followed by a Wednesday evening church service on the Great House deck with readings focused on freedom. In the evening, the Waukeena and Junior campers enjoyed some time on the beach – swimming, King of the Raft playing, s’mores and sparklers. Our Wildwood and Senior campers went on a Pyramid Point/Sand Bowl hike where they played periscope tag, python tag and did a lot of dune jumping. It was a pretty perfect 4th of July and we are already thinking of next year.

We began our Monday evening activities with some comical Brown Bag skits and on Tuesday headed over to the dunes for some Pines vs. Sands Dune Football. On Thursday evening we enjoyed a Beach Bonanza- sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing, raft playing and swimming. It was an awesome opportunity to try new water activities and celebrate the warmer (much, much warmer) weather third week brought. On Friday evening we celebrated longevity, achievement, perfect dipping and a wonderful three week session with a banquet, followed by the Pine Bough gratitude ceremony in the Pine Forest.

At council fire we focused on the K-quality Graciousness and were reminded that patience, compassion, self-awareness, humility and thoughtfulness are qualities that support the expression of Graciousness and how each of us is capable of expressing grace in our own way. For our theme quality we explored Tenderness- and highlighted tennis star Serena Williams and her expression of tenderness as an athlete on the court in competition with her sister and as a mother. We are looking forward to learning more about Strength, Confidence and Spiritual Individuality in the weeks ahead as we continue to greater understand our unlimited potential and individuality through our theme, This is Me!

It’s bittersweet to be ending the 3-week session already, but we are so grateful for the time we had with the 3-week campers. Their expression of joy, willingness and grace contributed to the success of the session. We are looking forward to the next four weeks ahead. Talk to you again soon!

xo North Star