Cannon Report – Week 4 – 2009

The Latest and Greatest from Camp Leelanau!


Sunday marked the beginning of the 4-week session. The weather could not have been better for opening day. The sun was shining, there was a gentle breeze blowing off of Lake Michigan, and the kitchen, once again, provided quite a feast for campers and their families. We loved welcoming all of the camp families with open arms and an abundance of hugs.


Once everyone was all settled into their cabins, we gathered with Kohahna for our traditional Sunday night cookout. After playing some elbow tag and enjoying our new basketball hoops, the boys headed back to their cabins to prepare for council fire. We had a few visitors join us up on the hill including camp alumni Steve Bluhm and Keith Johnson. Towards the end of our evening, Keith inspired all of us by sharing his camp experiences, including a healing that came on the flag trip. Keith’s talk was even more significant as he had the opportunity to speak for his son William’s first council fire.


Since opening day, the North and South teams have been busy planning for the Senior Flag True that will be going out on Tuesday of next week. In addition to planning meals, the seniors also played water polo on Tuesday night. As one of our campers, who is from England, explained, “It is like rugby played in the water.” Actually, the depth ranges from about 18 inches to a few feet, and both teams battled competitively for nearly an hour. All involved were certainly ready for bed that evening.


Argosy and Black Swan went out on a cabin overnight to Gethsemane, which is on the back property of camp. This morning, they were joined by legendary counselor, John Patzwald, who helped cook breakfast for the crew. The boys were back in camp for activities and looked forward to taco day for lunch.


Meanwhile, the majority of campers from the cabins of Barbados through Shoshonis went out on three different overnight trips. Some kids went on the Marilla Trail for a biking excursion. Others went on the Pine River for a canoeing voyage. While the last bunch traveled along the Manistee River for a hiking adventure. All three groups returned this morning after a harmonious evening out on the trail.


Spirits are high here at Camp Leelanau, and we are so grateful that you have shared your children with us this summer. Whether your son is new to camp or a returning camper, trust that he is living in an environment where the staff loves, cares for, and cherishes all of the kids at camp. We wish you all the best, and we will be back again next week to report on more adventures.