KaBOOM and Camp is in Session! Holy Cow has the first week flown right by!
Sunday drop-off is like Christmas Morning for the Leelanau Crib Team. All of those full trunks and duffle bags carry a whole lot more than a summer’s worth of underpants. They carry expectation of challenge, adventure, friendship, fun, and growth!
Monday we kicked things off with a spirited trip to Bar Lake for our Annual Bar Exam. The swim test was administered in a more efficient manner and left with most of the Camp achieving their level three. We have a few Early Bird sinkers, but once the water warms up our Swimming Counselor will happily remedy that situation.
Tuesday found us at the Shallows for a Picnic Dinner of Super Chicken and Watermelon. One of the goals we always set for both the Campers and Counselors is that we all know each other’s names by the end of the evening Tuesday. Boy, oh boy did some of the fellows have to really work on those names before they could fill their plate with dinner that night.
Wednesday is Cabin Day! After lunch on Wednesday each cabin gets to head somewhere nearby with just their crew and create memories with their peers. We had cabins tubing on Glen Lake, canoeing the Crystal River, jumping off the dock at Empire Beach, and sledding down Sand Dunes at the Backside. We all returned for an inspired Church Service at our new Meadow Overlook, and a hymn sing with KOH.
Thursday threatened to be the first “normal” day of Camp from a dawn to dusk schedule perspective. However Mother Nature had other plans, and while all of our activities carried forward without a hitch, the rain chased us away from beach period and encouraged us to eat dinner early with our sisters in Kohahna. A lovely family atmosphere filled the Greathouse as we shared our Chicken Nuggets and TaterTots.
Friday actually landed upon a sense of routine to Camp, with Morning Activities wrapping up, Afternoon Activities fully functional, Beach Period in action, and (perhaps most important of all…) Pizza and Milkshakes as our Friday Night Dinner!
Saturday turned “normal” schedule right on it’s head as we rotated in the morning between Camp Service Projects, played Hunger Games in the afternoon, and Saturday Night Soccer in the Evening.
Needless to say, it was a full and wonderful first week of Camp. At Council Fire Sunday Night Weldon asked all of the boys to reflect on the accomplishments of the past week and set a specific goal for the week ahead. Whether it is achieving a higher level in an activity or becoming a better friend, we can always continue to make progress and grow from our amazing summer experiences.
Until next week…
The Men of HQ
Director’s Note: I figure the Leelanau Parent’s must think Camp is the best bargain around considering how much they are likely saving on their grocery bill this summer, because the boys truly pack it away at each meal! J -Weldon