Bugle Call – Week 4 – 2010

Second Session began just as First Session with the Swim Test. Once again, campers piled into Big Blue and headed for Bar Lake to tread, float, and swim through requirements. Campers who didn’t have to take the test because they had passed it previously enjoyed a morning at camp playing games and challenging themselves on our low ropes course—“Initiatives.”

The afternoon was spent in cabins making contracts and individual goals for the summer. After cabin bonding time, all of Kohahna enjoyed Lake Michigan during Beach Period, and then they headed up to dinner. For the first Evening Activity of the session all of Kohahna hiked up to Pyramid Point. We are so blessed to have property right next to a National Landmark like the Point. Girls young and old had a blast enjoying the view and playing in the Sand Bowl.

Morning Activities began Tuesday! It was wonderful to walk around camp and see full classes of girls in everything from Arts & Crafts to Sailing! Some middle school age girls had the special opportunity to go on a trip instead of participating in activities this week. The trip to a local campground went out Wednesday through Friday.

On Tuesday night new campers were finally able to find out their team! Of course, after both Pine and Sand teams had new members, it was only fitting to play a big team activity. Kohahna headed to the Soccer Field for an intense game of Ultimate Frisbee. The night ended with a cool-down dip and cabin time before bed.

Wednesday was Cabin Day! This Wednesday Kohahna enjoyed an on-camp afternoon of cabin bonding. There were many creative activities happening all over camp. Little Dipper baked cakes for dinner and Stardust enjoyed a day at the Mud Pits. Sandpiper, Clifftop, and Birchview did the Ropes Course. A couple cabin’s made puppets and had a show, and Breezeway had an adventurous mystery afternoon! Overall, it was a very successful and sunny Cabin Day! The joy at camp was the perfect prelude to our weekly Wednesday Night Church meeting. After church we enjoyed co-ed hymn sing, and had a peaceful night of rest.

Afternoon Activities on Thursday were fabulously fun! There was a hike to the end of Port Oneida, waterskiing, Talent Show prep, and barn fun to name a few! Then, at night, al the Wildwoods played a competitive game of Water Polo in Glen Arbor’s Shallows while younger campers enjoyed the frontside of the Sleeping Bear Dunes!

Friday was packed. We had our trip return for starters! Campers also had the pleasure of participating in activities led by the CTs! Campers had the options of a dress-up tea party, extreme sandcastle building, a “Survivor” challenge, or ceramics to name a few! Almost all of Kohahna made it out to the water during Beach Period because of the sunny day and big waves! It was the perfect day on the waterfront! Friday night campers split up into little teams and did a Counselor Hunt/ Scavenger Hunt. The activity ended early so girls could start cleaning their trunks in preparation for Saturday Clean-Up.

The first big Clean-Up of the session went rather swimmingly. Girls swept, remade beds, and tidied bathrooms all morning. Rest Hour was much appreciated! In the afternoon we played the team game of Bombardment—ending with the usual counselor versus camper game, which is always a highight. Everyone got pretty hot in the sun, so after an hour or so we left the dodgeballs behind and headed to the Lake for a dip before campers rejoined as cabins to prep for the evening’s Lip Sync competition!

Lip Sync was one of the best Kohahna has ever seen! Each cabin brought excellent creativity and spunk to their performances! In the end Birchview’s sync “Beautiful Soul” by Jesse McCartney got third. Clifftop’s rendition of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” got second. And, Little Dipper’s performance of “Party in the USA” got first! Kohahna had a little dance party before heading to bed.

Sunday morning we enjoyed our usual sleep-in and then got ready for church. Girls split off into classes with Leelanau to talk about the Lesson or challenges from the week. It was a little bit of a rainy day, so we played Musical Cabins. Musical Cabins divides camp into little teams so girls can travel from cabin to cabin trying to guess funny facts about the counselors. The weather cleared up, and everyone went out the Cook-Out.

This week, Council Fire’s quality from our theme “The Real Me” was humility. We had presentations and stories about the quality. Campers learned about how having humility means learning to accept that many others have helped us achieve our goals. We asked he girls to be constantly asking themselves if they are truly giving credit to those who have helped them in their endeavors. We had a special  team challenge to depict humility in which campers from both teams stood in the Yoga “tree pose” (balanced on one foot) for as long as they could while Council Fire was going on around them. It was a demonstration that sometimes we are doing good work without total focus or acknowledgement on us.

Next week will be a challenging one for all of camp. A large competitive camping trip for older girls—The Challenge—will be heading out. Meanwhile, we have a fabulous week full of surprises planned for the rest of the campers! We are sure it will be a week filled with joy and unfoldment!