Bugle Call – Week 4 – 2013

Our 4-Week session began on a beautiful, warm day as we welcomed many returning and new faces to Kohahna. Our camp has grown in numbers this half, and we were happy to open up two more cabins to accommodate all of our campers. Council Fire was special that evening with many alumni of Kohahna visiting and sharing their special memories of camp with us.

We woke up Monday morning to a rare rainy day, so we used the morning to have cabin bonding time, with campers playing games, making cabin goals and contracts, and snuggling into the cozy cabins. The afternoon cleared up enough for us to head to Bar Lake for the annual swim test. That evening we had our first camp competition with the perennial favorite, bombardment, followed by a quick evening dip.

Tuesday the weather was back to beautiful and campers began their normal morning activities and had an assortment of activities in the afternoon, such as biking down Port Oneida, speed walking, writing web articles, horse baths, and human foosball. Campers were given various random items for brown bag skits on Tuesday evening, creating hilarious scenes with things such as a flip-flop, a quote from the Lesson, a Disney character, and a piece of Kohahna clothing.

Wednesday we enjoyed an off-camp cabin day with campers enjoying ice cream in Glen Arbor, canoeing the Platte River, exploring the 669 beach on M22, tubing the Crystal River, and playing volleyball on Empire Beach. We enjoyed a wonderful church service and hymn sing to end the evening.

On Thursday we, again, enjoyed our morning activities and a creative array of afternoon activities, including Council Fire game practice, running Port Oneida Road, rock climbing, windsurfing, and yoga. In the evening the Waukeenas jumped, ran, and played on the front side of the sand dunes while the Wildwood campers played a rousing game of water polo on Little Glen Lake.

Our amazing weather continued on Friday, allowing campers to take great advantage in their activities, with waterskiing, canoeing, hiking, and shooting the culverts on the Crystal River. The day also included the First Annual Kohahna-Leelanau 5K Race and Mile Fun Run! Campers began the day on the soccer field and ran a 5K or mile-long course through camp’s property. The results and feedback were fantastic, and we’re looking forward to doing it again next year! Friday evening, Kohahna’s creativity was in full force with a Halloween party. Some of the costumes included fairies, ballerinas, cheerleaders, basketball players, Aladdin and Jasmine, and Skittles!

We ended the week with our Saturday morning clean-up, morning activities in the afternoon to make up for the swim test time, and a classic Kohahna lip sync. Next week will prove to be an amazing one at Kohahna with the Challenge camping trip going out, allowing for campers to push themselves and step up into leadership roles – both on the trip and back at camp.