Bugle Call – Week 5 – 2013

Fifth week of camp brought unusually high temperatures, allowing us to take advantage of our greatest resource – Lake Michigan! We had a Beach Bonanza Sunday afternoon that had campers swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, sand castle building, and just enjoying every possible aspect of the water!

Our Sunday evening Council Fire focused on confidence in accord with our “There is Enough” theme. We also introduced campers chosen for The Challenge, an annual competitive camping trip between the senior Pines and Sands.

Our afternoon activities throughout the week featured many water activities, including synchronized swimming, beach volleyball, kayaking, and beach hikes.

Monday evening we played Poz Dog, a camp favorite similar to dune football that allows us to play on the sand and in the water. Tuesday evening featured a fairy party for the Waukeena campers and a beach bonfire for our Wildwood campers.

On Wednesday morning we bid goodbye to our Challenge girls and enjoyed an on-camp cabin day.  The girls got to participate in the high ropes course, tie-dying clothes, cooking in the kitchen, playing on the water trampoline, and enjoying the beach. We ended the day with Wednesday night church and hymn sing as usual.

Our time at the beach continued on Thursday as we experienced more hot weather, with paddle boarding, windsurfing, and dipping among the afternoon activities. Thursday evening we enjoyed a counselor fashion show where campers dressed their counselors in outrageous outfits. Friday while the Challenge girls were away, we enjoyed a modified game of Capture the Flag with the smaller group of campers that remained on camp.

Our campers enjoyed several unique trip experiences this week – two treasure hunt trips and an art explosion trip. These overnight experiences give campers the opportunity to experience some different activities near camp. Our treasure hunters followed clues and a map to find their eventual camping location and dinner, and art explosion campers enjoyed sketching, painting, and writing in a beautiful area near camp with a camp-out afterwards.

Saturday morning we worked to tidy up our cabins and welcomed our Challenge campers home. We’re grateful that everyone is back in camp again, and looking forward to an amazing last two weeks of camp!