Bugle Call – Week 6 – 2011

We’ve had another fun-filled week here at Camp Kohahna.  Along with our traditional morning and afternoon activities, there were several trips, a Cabin Day, and a few special events. We had several campers travel to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for a four-day rock climbing trip. There were cabin overnight trips to Sand Lake Quiet Area, a favorite destination, and other locations within camp’s property. Camp also loved having our first inland sailing day-trip on Lake Leelanau!

In our Morning Activities, campers canoed the Boardman river to work on their advanced and expert skills. The Camp Crafts class had incredible achievement, too: 5 campers passed their Expert! In Landsports class, we were privileged to have the Principia College women’s volleyball coach join us to do a volleyball clinic. They learned to bump, set, and spike the volleyball with confidence and joy.  As usual, our week included Cabin Day. This week, cabins did exciting activities, such as going tubing and playing mini golf. Other cabins explored the town of Leland, while another cabin did group team-buiding initiatives.

Some campers worked on passing levels during the afternoons, while the rest enjoyed Shooting the Culverts, playing on the water trampoline, or baking cookies. Campers also went paddle boarding, loved trail rides, experimented with “foga” or “fake yoga,” and did gymnastics. We even offered a “study hall” period for campers that needed to complete any summer reading. Other campers spent their time preparing for the musical or for the Pine Show! The Pine team’s hard work and preparation that went into the show definitely paid off! They put on a wonderful performance based around the theme of “Back to the Future.” The future included robot pets, the iPad 50,000, and a mission to re-introduce the lost plant species of the Pine tree. What an adventure!

There were many other fun Evening Activities from the week, too. The Pines and Sands enjoyed playing Human Stratego, a version of Capture the Flag with several twists. They also did Superlatives, in which the teams compete in quirky categories, such as Best British Accent or Most Ridiculous Dance Moves. We had a co-ed concert on Monday night where members of our very own kitchen staff and Leelanau staff graced us with their musical talents. On one night, the CT’s planned a CT Scavenger Hunt for the whole camp. A big highlight was having our very own Halloween activity. Campers assembled costumes, heard spooky stories as they roasted marshmallows, created Halloween crafts, and braved the Haunted Forest. On a hot afternoon, the whole camp loved participating in a Beach Bonanza with sailing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, wave jumping, a beach walk, and sand castle building! It’s hard to believe that we are heading into our final week at camp! We have a lot in store for us, including the dance show, the musical, and our Encore weekend. We will certainly make the most of our last week with campers, making memories that will last far into the future.