Bugle Call – Week 3 – 2021

Holy smokes, first session has come to a close! And this week ended with a bang for sure. Sunday we celebrated the Fourth of July with a variety of festivities with our brothers in Leelanau. After our normal Sunday School service everyone gathered at the Kohahna flag to raise the flag in all of their red, white, and blue garb. Following Flag, we had a picnic lunch at Cookout and Rest Hour to fuel up for an afternoon full of activities. The first part of the afternoon involved going around a county fair-themed rotation with activity stations like a bean bag toss into cowboy boots, face painting, an obstacle course, and line dancing. After everyone went through the rotation stations we headed down to the beach for a tug-of-war tournament and Beach Period to cool off. Sunday Cookout with Leelanau came next, followed by Council Fire, and some final Fourth of July festivities in the respective age groups. The Waukeenas played with sparklers before heading to bed and the Wildwoods met up with the Seniors of Leelanau at the top of the Sand Bowl to watch the fireworks over Leland. Overall, it was a jam-packed, high-energy, and memorable day!

Monday rolled around and started the final week of Morning Activities for three-weekers with activities ranging from Waterskiing to Nature. The Pine and Sand teams also began preparing the Pine and Sand shows in the afternoon. These involved each team creating a show centralized around a theme full of skits, counselor impressions, and kicklines. In the evening we had a Luau on the beach that included stations like hula dancing, making s’mores, sand castle building, limbo, and beach volleyball. Tuesday was a little rainy, so we pivoted quickly for our Evening Activity and did a mini Comedic War of Attrition. Campers were put into groups through pairing a young cabin and an older cabin together and were asked to prepare three acts for their performance: a counselor fashion show presentation, a Bible story skit, and a dance. We had a great time trying out this new activity and watching everyone’s performances!

Wednesday was our final Cabin Day of the session and the counselors planned some fun activities for their campers despite it being a rainy, cloudy day. Some of these plans included hiking to the Empire Bluff lookout, tubing, and learning how to use a camp stove and make M&M pancakes at Myles Kimmerly park. Following a fun afternoon we had our usual Wednesday Night Church service, but instead of a combined hymn sing with Leelanau we had a soda/sundae bar! So fun! Come Thursday, the Pine and Sand shows were ready to present. The Sands presented a show with characters from old Disney shows and the Pines performed a piece based on the Disney Movie “Teen Beach Movie.” Both were unique, entertaining, and nostalgic. Friday came around before we knew it and wrap-up events began. We had an Art Show and Drama presentation in the afternoon followed by a packing party. In the evening, we had Final Banquet where we celebrated the session and got to dress up in various themes with our cabin groups and a Pine Bough Ceremony, an opportunity to share gratitude around a campfire.

Finally, we bid the three-weekers farewell Saturday morning and began preparing for second session. It was a bittersweet goodbye, but that’s how you know everyone had a fun time at Camp. We are so grateful for everyone who came to Kohahna this session — day campers, one-weekers, two-weekers, and three-weekers — and we hope to see you all in the future! Four-weekers, we are ready for you!