Bugle Call – Week 1 – 2018

It’s hard to believe that the first week of camp is already over! We have had such a fun week and have loved getting to know your daughters more. Their joy, thoughtfulness, creativity, and determination has shone brightly this week — in their activities, team games, and in their interactions with one another. We are so grateful to have them at Camp and are looking forward to the weeks ahead.

What a seriously fun group of campers and counselors we have! On Monday, we had time to get to know our cabin mates and counselors a bit more through writing cabin contracts. These contracts help us set goals and guidelines to support a loving and harmonious cabin culture. We also had time to write our own individual goals. They ranged from passing higher activity levels, to wanting to lean steadfastly on Christian Science in challenges, to focusing on expressing more self-awareness.  Our cabin time has been spent playing in hammocks, card games, reading books as a cabin, putting on skits, making up stories, and just generally being goofy.

We had a great first week of morning activities! Campers got right into learning so many new things. The following are just a few highlights from the week’s morning activities. In Camp Crafts, campers worked on some wicked fires. One camper conquered her fear of lighting a match and then went on to build an awesome fire! The girls in Horseback Riding class worked on horse control and trotting in figure eights around the ring. In Arts & Crafts, campers designed picture frames made out of stones they chose from the beach. Campers stepped outside of their comfort zone and worked side-by-side to learn and teach this week.

We had a week featuring some of the favorite Kohahna Evening Activities (but, let’s be honest- they are all pretty great). On Sunday evening we started the summer with our first Council Fire where our new campers found out their team (Sands or Pines? Who are you rooting for? The Sky team OF COURSE). We got to make up cabin cheers, find out which activities our counselors are teaching this summer, play a team game called the ‘Bugle Challenge’ and sing some of the classic Council Fire songs.  On Monday, we kicked off Evening Activity with three legged kickball and other lawn games. Then, the girls hit the tennis court for some Bombardment on Tuesday, showing their intensity and sportsmanship while launching balls over the net. Wednesday night marked our first Testimony meeting with readings chosen by one of our CT’s. We are so looking forward to hearing more testimonies throughout the summer. On Thursday, the Wildwoods attended a lecture by Dave Hohle titled “Time isn’t a Factor in your Life.” Many listed it as one of their highlights for the week. The Waukeenas stuck around at Camp and had Extreme Story Time, where they read stories and then got into groups and acted out what they thought would happen after the story was over. Friday night, the girls suited up in Pines and Sands gear for an exhilarating game of Capture the Flag. All ages of campers were making raids, guarding the flag, and yelling, “CAUGHT, CAUGHT, CAUGHT.” On Saturday night we had our Lip Syncs – a Kohahna Evening Activity classic full of teamwork, originality, and highlighting cabin personality. We wrapped up the week with an all camp trip to Empire Beach in the afternoon and Council Fire at night.

We have been gearing up for trip’s week which begins Week 2! All of Kohahna will go out on trip. Our Wildwood campers will be going to the Upper Pennisula to do some outdoor climbing, our C.Ts will be canoeing in the Upper Pennisula, the cabins of Evergreen and Juniper will canoe the Platte River, Falling Star will spend their time on South Manitou and Gull’s Nest and Driftwood will do a cabin overnight in the Pine Forest. We look forward to hearing about the growth, funny stories, leadership, learning, and achievement that will occur out on the trail. Stay tuned next week for a full recap.

As it was our first week, we introduced our summer theme “This Is Me,” during Council Fire. Our theme is centered on the idea that we all express the qualities of God in a equally unique and important way, that should be celebrated. At the crux of the theme is the quote from Science and Health with Key to Scriptures, “Both sexes should be loving, pure, tender, and strong.” Each week we will focus on one of these qualities (as well as confidence and spiritual individuality) and highlight the many ways it can be expressed. North Star will also present a role model for that week’s quality. This week, we focused on love and how Eliza Hamilton’s life work is a wonderful example of love in action. During our cabin and all-camp quiet times, we dove deeper into the different ways love can look. The campers have already started to make the theme their own and we can’t wait to see their continued inspiration, as it truly inspires us all.

Bugle Call – Week 7 – 2017

Camp Kohahna had an excellent 7th and final week! It was incredible celebrating the achievements from the entire summer, and witnessing the fun had by all in morning, afternoon, and evening activities. This week’s Bugle Call will give a general overview of the major activities from the past week!

We began the week with a Sand vs. Pine game of Capture the Flag in the woods above camp. It was a beautiful night for our last competitive team game of the session, and the Sand Team brought home the victory! On Tuesday, we celebrated Halloween! The evening was complete with a haunted barn, a Halloween-themed obstacle course, face painting, a costume contest, and a truck stop where groups of campers drank hot chocolate and told scary stories.

Wednesday was our final on camp Cabin Day, and we had fun doing all sorts of creative activities. The cabin of Falling Star went ice sledding on the great lawn, and the cabin of Birchview did some tie dyeing. The cabin of Breezeway had a Lipsync extravaganza, the cabins of Windward and Shorewood baked cookies blindfolded and baked dessert with the kitchen respectively, and the cabin of Juniper went on a unicorn themed trail ride. It was an exceptional afternoon for cabin bonding! The evening was complete with a lovely final Wednesday Evening Church service as well! On Thursday evening, we had our Dance and Drama Show! All the girls who participated in the Dance or Drama program throughout the summer were able to finally perform their pieces. Many levels were passed, and we all enjoyed supporting the Kohahna women in the show! A select group of pieces were then reprised at the Encore Show on Saturday.

On Friday evening, we had our Final Council Fire and Pine Bough Ceremony. Council Fire consisted of many of our usual components of activities and songs, as well as an enormous amount of Expert presentations- we had SO MUCH achievement at Kohahna! Our Pine Bough ceremony was, as usual, full of gratitude and love. For over an hour, each of the Kohahna campers and counselors had the opportunity to individually express gratitude. It was a beautiful evening full of sentiment, love, laughter, and sisterhood.

On the final Saturday of camp we always invite the families of campers to come to camp to participate in camp activities! We call this day Encore, as it is a recap of all of our summer fun! In the morning we enjoyed morning activities, and then we had a delicious lunch on the Great House lawn, followed by a performance from all of the campers in the Leelanau Lodge. Then Camp Leelanau had their Frisbut tournament and Camp Kohahna had their Bombardment game! The Finale of the summer for Kohahna was our Banquet on Saturday evening! We had a delicious dinner, gave out activity awards, and presented our top summer awards as well. We also had the banner reveal to see which team won the summer, and it was the Pine Team! It was a wonderfully joyous summer, and we are so grateful for all of the growth, the laughter, the love, and the fun!

Lastly, for the final all-camp metaphysical of the summer we focused on Mary Baker Eddy, and her role in the Christian Science Movement. We learned about her life and the challenges she overcame to deliver this wonderful message of Divine Science to us all. We discussed how her determination to understand the Divine Principle of all healing included earnest study and practice of Truth in her day to day life. We ended the metaphysical by sharing gratitude, healings, and things we learned about women of the Bible and our summer theme, “Women of the Wilderness.”

Again, it was an incredible summer filled with growth in grace! Thank you for sharing your daughters with us this summer- we are looking forward to relishing in all the good fruits! “Women of the Wilderness” 2017!

Bugle Call – Week 6 – 2017

We can’t believe we are already wrapping up the sixth week of camp! There has been much achievement, and we are grateful to see everyone pushing themselves to do their best in all their activities. With one week left, we are enjoying everything camp has to offer, and having the best time bonding with our cabinmates and fellow campers! See below for details on the past week!

Morning activities were bustling this week! Every single activity had a class, and there were a plethora of levels passed! On the waterfront, we had some very windy days, but that did not discourage the Kayaking, Canoeing, Swimming, Waterskiing and Sailing classes from going out and doing their best to conquer the waves. Back on land we had lots of advanced fire building in Camp Crafts, conquering of fear in Climbing, playing soccer in Landsports, trotting and cantering in Riding, and honing marksmanship skills in Archery and Riflery. The Arts and Crafts class worked on two-point perspective, made imitation stained glass using hot glue and watercolor, and prepared for the Art Show. The Dance and Drama classes continued to prepare for the annual Dance and Drama show at the end of the session. We are very excited to see the final products of all the Art activities next week! There was much achievement in all activities this week, and we are looking forward to the final week of Morning Activities!

There were a wide variety of Evening Activities this week, and we even got to celebrate a few of our favorite holidays! On Monday, Wildwood campers traveled north to Charlevoix for a Christian Science lecture. It was a beautiful evening to delve deeper into our role in the Christian Science Movement, and ask questions about our practice as metaphysicians. While the Wildwoods were away, the Waukeenas played the Chicken Game at camp, which is a game similar to capture the flag, however instead of chasing flags, you try to capture rubber chickens! Tuesday evening, July 25th, we celebrated Christmas in July! The night was complete with Christmas Tree decorating, cookie frosting, and reading a Christmas bedtime story with Santa and the Grinch. It was a creative and hilarious night of fun festivities! On Wednesday, we had a beautiful church service in which many campers shared gratitude and testimonies of healing; this was followed by an inspiring hymn sing that was the perfect ending to the day.

Thursday was CT day! This is a way for camp to show their appreciation for the CTs, and for the CTs to practice all that they’ve learned about leadership and organization throughout the summer. They ran the entire day from morning Dips, to Afternoon Activities, to Evening Activity! They planned an Evening Activity of Superlatives, which is a Pine vs. Sand game in which each team sends a representative who they think will win the contest. There are a wide variety of contests, some of which include: who can do the longest handstand, who has the weirdest collection, who has the longest hair, and many more. The campers loved having the CTs lead the day! On Friday, Kohahna celebrated Halloween!

For this week’s Cabin Day, cabins headed off camp to do activities in Leland and Glen Arbor! The oldest cabin of Shorewood spent time at the library in Leland picking out their favorite childhood books and reading them to one another. The cabin of Breezeway spent the afternoon doing random acts of kindness in Glen Arbor. Other cabins explored the scenic Pierce Stocking drive, did a public street performance in Leland, and did a scavenger hunt.

This week we had several great trips go out! The cabins of Driftwood and Falling Star went on a “Moana” themed overnight. They played in the Lake Michigan waves, on paddle boards, and in the clay pits. Then they hiked above camp to sleep on the bluffs, and enjoyed delicious meals cooked over a stove. Windward canoed the mighty Crystal River and camped out on our back property camping sites. Birchview did a Cabin Day/Overnight extravaganza! They went to the Dune Museum in Empire and did a scavenger hunt, got ice cream, attended Wednesday Night Church, and camped out at the DH Day campground. Lastly, six Wildwood campers went on a three-day kayaking trip. They kayaked along Good Harbor and Sleeping Bear Bay, covering about twelve miles! They camped out on some beautiful beaches along the way.

It was a fantastic week for the Kohahna Trips program!

Campers shared many highlights during Council Fire this week! Some of these included performing in the Pine Show, watching the Sky Show, bonding with cabinmates on Cabin Day, having Sailing for a Morning Activity, going on all the trips, and passing levels. We continue to be grateful for all the joy and achievement shared at camp!

For our all-camp metaphysical this week, we continued the small discussion groups from two weeks ago. This was a time for campers to share any follow up thoughts or insights in their same groups, or to explore a different topic with new counselors. During the upcoming week, the K-Quality we are focusing on is Graciousness. We discussed how Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other means and methods”, and how being gracious is a natural expression of ours as God’s likeness.

Bugle Call – Week 5 – 2017

It has been another beautiful week at Kohahna! Campers out on trips and back at camp were all pushed to grow through the activities they participated in. The competitive camping trip called “The Challenge” went out this week, and many of our Wildwood campers went out to compete on this trip. This left plenty of opportunities for the Waukeena campers to step up into leadership roles on camp all week long.

This was a great week for achievement in morning activities! Because many of the girls were out on the Challenge, the campers here on camp had lots of individualized instruction. It was a triumphant week—levels were passed in several activities! The waterfront activities this week were grateful for many days of good weather— Swimming had several beautiful mornings on the lake, and Kayaking enjoyed a few days of calm water as well! The Waterskiing class was also incredibly successful; campers worked on dropping skis and slaloming! The Dance and Drama classes continued preparing more skits and dances to be performed at the end of the session. Climbing had a great week learning how to belay, tie different knots, and climb more difficult routes. The Nature class was also on the move this week observing animals around camp, and they even took a trip down Port Oneida Road to see a beaver dam! The fruitage from morning activities this week was extensive and inspiring—we can’t wait to see more in action next week!

Kohahna’s evening activities this week gave our Waukeenas lots of opportunities to shine! On Monday, before the Challenge girls left, we played Water Polo in the shallows of Glen Lake. The Wildwood Water Polo game was very close—the Sands claimed the victory, 3-2. Tuesday night, we played a game similar to Capture the Flag where campers got to strategize about how to obtain the most flags. On Wednesday, we enjoyed an inspiring church service filled with testimonies of healing and gratitude shared for examples of how Divine Love has met every human need.

Thursday evening the campers played Pirates & Cargo, a game that involves running, note passing, and lots of pirating of course. We finished the night off with a sunset dip in Lake Michigan to cool off from the warm day! On Friday evening, we had a two-part activity: the first half of the night we spent playing the Pillowcase Game, then we transitioned to playing three-legged kickball! For the Pillowcase game, each cabin puts as many miscellaneous items into a pillowcase as they can, in hopes that those items will be listed by counselors during the game. For every item the cabin brings that also matches the list made by the counselor, the cabin gets a point. The Waukeenas had a great time being creative with the items they brought to the game, and were excited to play an active game of kickball on the Great House lawn afterward. All in all, the evening activities this week pushed our younger campers to take the initiative to step up into leadership roles, and we loved seeing them all excel!

This week, cabins had the opportunity to do fun activities around camp! We had cabins paddleboard to the clay pits down the shore on Lake Michigan, go on an extensive scavenger hunt that included a fun prize at the end, hike to Pyramid Point to make a music video, do team-building activities, and help make the dessert that was served after dinner. It was a fun-filled afternoon of cabin time that helped each cabin grow closer and feel more bonded!

The largest trip that went out this week was The Challenge from Wednesday to Saturday. On this trip, eleven wildwood campers from each team (Sand and Pine) travel into the woods where they essentially build a home for themselves. Throughout the course of the trip, both teams prepare their own meals over a fire, build structures, and play Capture the Flag, all the while being judged and receiving scores for each component.

In addition to the Challenge, the cabins of Evergreen and Juniper headed to Leelanau State Park for an overnight on Thursday. They had a great time hiking on the beach, practicing setting up tents, cooking over a stove, and being exposed to spending a night in the woods!

There were many highlights shared by campers and counselors alike this week at Council Fire! Some of them include Cabin Day, playing the Kohahna version of the Hunger Games, practicing tackling for the Challenge during Water Polo, sharing laughs and late nights on the Challenge, dipping in Lake Michigan after playing Pirates and Cargo, and having hilarious moments during Three-Legged Kickball. It was an incredible week of creative activities and beautiful weather!

Our all-camp metaphysical this week took place on Monday when all of the Challenge girls were back in camp. This week we discussed Sarah from the Bible, and the spiritual significance of her healing of barrenness. We learned about how this demonstration of life eternal proves our dominion over material sense, shows that with difficulty you can have joy, and that with God all things are possible. The K-Quality we are focusing on this week is Initiative. In Science and Health we read, “Mind-science teaches that mortals need “not be weary in well doing.” It dissipates fatigue in doing good. Giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us.” This week we are learning that taking initiative, doing good, and expressing God in all that we do only yields good results.

Bugle Call – Week 4 – 2017

The Four-Week Session is in full swing!! We loved welcoming new and returning Kohahna sisters on opening day! This week has been full of cabin bonding time, learning in Morning Activities, and doing some of our favorite Evening Activities. Below is a synopsis of some of our activities and highlights from the week!

Our first week of activities was packed! We saw every waterfront activity in action with some beautiful days for Sailing, Canoeing, Kayaking, and Swimming! The Waterskiing class also had several days of calm water on Glen Lake. Back on land there were many girls learning how to build fires and cook in the woods during Camp Crafts, learning all about the outdoors in Nature, and honing their marksmanship skills in Archery and Riflery. Campers also showcased their artistic abilities in many activities! In Ceramics campers made several pots, tiles, and mugs. The Dance and Drama classes choreographed and rehearsed their dances and skits that will be performed for the entire camp at the end of the session. The Silversmithing class made rings, a crown, and pendants for family members and themselves. It was an exciting week for Morning Activities, and we’re looking forward to the next three weeks of learning new skills and having a blast trying new things!

This week was full of camp favorites for evening activities! Monday started out with Bombardment, Kohahna’s version of dodgeball. Tuesday evening we played Clue! Counselors played characters from the well-known board game, and were stationed in different places around camp. Each counselor had a “task” such as a team-building initiative or a game for every group of campers to complete. Upon completion of the task, the group could ask a question in hopes of solving the mystery of who stole the dessert. It was a creative and fun activity! Wednesday we had a lovely church service led by one of our CTs, and a hymn sing afterwards.

We spent Thursday evening playing another camp favorite- Dune Football! There was a lot of action on both sides, and everyone had a blast running the dunes and representing their team. Friday evening we played the Newlywed game and Superlatives. During the Newlywed game, campers get to test their knowledge of their cabinmates. Campers in the cabin were questioned separately from their cabinmates and when they returned we got to see which cabinmates got the most correct matching answers. During Superlatives, the girls competed to find out who has the longest hair, best dance move, best joke, and many other things. The highlight of the week for many was our Saturday night Lip Sync show. The girls had two hours to choreograph a dance to a song of their choice, lip-syncing the lyrics the whole way through. We had cabins perform everything from Moana to One Direction. All the cabins were in costume to perform their lip sync, and the competition was judged by three counselors in character, which always gives everyone a good laugh! The cabin of Trail’s End got the highest score, and they were declared the winner! Lastly, on Sunday we joined together for Council Fire after our all camp game of Human Stratego on Sunday afternoon!

Our campers spent their first Cabin Day of the four-week session bonding off-camp! Cabins spent the afternoon exploring the nearby town of Leland, flower-picking in Omena, canoeing the Crystal River, tubing on beautiful Glen Lake, and doing good deeds and a photo scavenger hunt in Glen Arbor. The weather was gorgeous, and the girls came away from the day feeling more unified as individual cabins!

On Friday night, all the sixth and seventh grade campers spent the night on camp’s back property for the Kangaroo Trip! On the overnight, everyone practiced the skills that they will need once they are old enough to go on the Challenge, which is a Sand versus Pine competitive camping trip. They sawed logs, lashed, built structures, cooked dinner over an open fire, and played capture the flag in the woods. It was a fun learning experience for everyone!

We are also looking forward to the Challenge going out next week from Wednesday to Saturday! The captains of the Sand and Pine teams have been working hard preparing for the trip, and we can’t wait to hear about their experiences next week at Council Fire.

This week during our all-camp metaphysical on Saturday, counselors split up into small groups to offer discussions on many different topics in Christian Science. Some of these topics included: handling fear, having confidence in Christian Science, talking about what God is, and realizing our true source of beauty as women of Substance. Waukeenas and Wildwoods then got to pick which topic they wanted to learn more about, and joined that discussion. We greatly enjoyed hearing the insights and questions campers had to share, and were very happy to be a part of such an uplifting metaphysical!

Thanks for reading – we are very grateful for all the good from the first week of the four-week session!

Bugle Call – Week 3 – 2017

The final week of the three-week session at Kohahna was full of exciting activities, growth, and camp spirit! Some highlights from the week include celebrating the Fourth of July, playing Water Polo, watching or performing the Sand Show, and Final Banquet.

For our final Cabin Day of the session, Wildwood cabins that were on trips last week had the opportunity to head off-camp. Cabins explored Glen Haven, completed a scavenger hunt in Glen Arbor, and went flower picking! Meanwhile, the Waukeena cabins stayed on camp where they went on the zip line, had a spa day, went on a hike on camp property, and played extreme hide and seek around camp.

There was incredibly high energy on Tuesday this week when we celebrated the Fourth of July! The day began with a normal morning of cabin Clean-Up and Quiet Time, then we held a mock revolution in which our very own camp directors played the king and queen of England. As the revolutionaries, the campers had to work together to win their freedom from the royal family! Post-revolution, we got our faces painted, played patriotic games, and dressed up to prepare for the rest of the day’s festivities!

The big event of the morning was being a part of the annual parade in Glen Arbor. We joined excited groups of revelators from around the area, including Glen Arbor’s very own “kazoo corps”, some Elvis impersonators, and fans from both the University of Michigan and Michigan State. In the parade, the Waukeena section rode in the Big Blue Bus while the Wildwood section walked in front. Both groups had a fun time singing camp songs and waving to all the crowds!

The afternoon celebrations centered around several small teams of Kohahna and Leelanau campers doing a whole host of activities ranging from water balloon dueling, seed spitting contests, relay races, mini soccer, and minute to win it games. After these activities, we headed down to the beach to enjoy some refreshing time in the water before dinner!

In the evening, the camps split up, and the Waukeenas & Juniors went to the beach while the Wildwoods & Seniors went on a hike to the Sand Bowl. At the beach, the campers enjoyed swimming, making s’mores, and playing games. At the Sand Bowl, the Wildwoods & Seniors watched the sunset and played games that helped them get to know each other.

It was a sunny and beautiful day filled with many patriotic activities! Fourth of July at camp is always a highlight for many!

We had several full Morning Activity classes this week with many highlights!

Waterskiers got to go out on an early morning ski on Glen Lake. In Horseback Riding and Drama, CTs and advanced campers practiced teaching alongside the counselor. Campers in Dance and Drama spent the week choreographing and practicing their dances and skits for the show they put on for the whole camp. We enjoyed seeing the final product of the Dance and Drama classes in an excellent performance on Friday afternoon!

For our first evening activity this week, the Wildwoods played Water-Polo in the shallows of Little Glen Lake while the Waukeenas had a great time running down, jumping off, and playing in the sand at the dune climb. On Tuesday, our evening consisted of 4th of July celebrations, and Wednesday evening we had another inspiring church service with readings graciously prepared by one of our CTs. Campers shared many testimonies that illustrated God’s goodness and His healing work.

Thursday, the Sand Team put on their annual show (with the Pine show to follow next session). The show featured skits, dancing, and two kick lines! The premise of the show was that there were seven superheroes who lost their powers, and each of them had to learn something about one of the seven K-Qualities to get their powers back. To do this, Wonderwoman brought them to Kohahna! The superheroes interacted with campers and counselors as they went about their day at Kohahna. At the end of the show, the Sand Wildwoods performed an epic kick line dance!

The week wrapped up on Friday with our three-week Final Banquet and a Pine Bough ceremony. At Final Banquet, the camp enjoyed a delicious meal and heard about awards and achievements from this session and this week—including activity level achievements, K-girls, and perfect dippers. At the Pine Bough ceremony, we gathered around a fire in the Pine Forest and shared our gratitude.

In this week’s all-camp metaphysical, we studied Mary Baker Eddy in conjunction with our “Women of the Wilderness” theme. We discussed the role she played as a woman discovering Christian Science, and how she demonstrated dominion over the wilderness situations she endured. The K-Quality we focused on this week was Persistence! We started by talking about how being persistent includes proving our spiritual dominion in all that we do. Mary Baker Eddy writes in her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “The Christian Scientist wisely shapes his course, and is honest and consistent in following the leadings of divine Mind” (458:25-28). It is divinely natural for us to persistently listen to and follow divine Mind!

Bugle Call – Week 2 – 2017

We had a very exciting week two at Kohahna! Every camper had the opportunity to go on a trip to locations around beautiful Northern Michigan ranging from the Upper Peninsula and North Manitou, to our very own Pine Forest on camp property. When campers were not on trips, they got to do some special activities such as Watercolor, Team Building, and Waterskiing. See below for more details about our fun week!

On our off-camp Cabin Day this week, campers spent the afternoon exploring the nearby town of Leland! Despite the rain, cabins still found unique activities to do and everyone enjoyed spending time together in a new place. Some cabins did a photo scavenger hunt, while others made friendship bracelets and read books aloud to one another.

This week we had a host of unique activities for campers to do before they left for their trip. Cabins spent their mornings doing team building initiatives in the Pine Forest and rock climbing, going waterskiing on Glen Lake, and painting the beautiful barns and landscapes on Port Oneida Road. Each cabin also had one morning to prepare for their trip. They learned about the planning, organizing, and packing processes that are necessary to lead a successful trip. The Morning Activity schedule this week gave each cabin the chance to bond more and practice effective teamwork before leaving for their respective trips!

The afternoons and evenings this week were altered slightly to accommodate the age and number of campers that were not on trips at the time. On Monday afternoon, we went to Empire where we hiked the Empire Bluffs Trail and spent some time on the playground at Empire beach. That evening’s activity was Brown Bag Skits, which are skits that each cabin creates based on a list of items that must be included in the skit. On Tuesday only the Waukeena campers were left in camp, so we spent a creative afternoon building fairy homes and had dinner and evening games on the beach. On Wednesday, we had off-camp Cabin Day and church in the evening where campers and counselors shared their gratitude and many testimonies of healing.

Thursday afternoon we went on a beach hike, which was then followed by some time exploring the town of Glen Arbor and playing on the playground. With all campers out on trips except for five Wildwoods, we spent the evening boating, swimming, and waterskiing on Glen Lake. On Friday we welcomed everyone back to camp, and spent a relaxing evening watching the Disney movie, Moana! Saturday afternoon we had a plethora of activities ranging from writing thank you notes for our support staff, playing Big Base (a game similar to kickball), and playing the “Newlywed” game where campers’ knowledge of their cabinmates was put to the test. That evening we played an all-time favorite – Capture the Flag! Everyone had a lot of fun playing a competitive game after the trips week, and the Sand team was victorious! We rounded out the week by having a Counselor Fashion Show on Sunday afternoon, for which each cabin is tasked with creating costumes for their counselors based on a theme assigned to them.

We had a myriad of trips go out this week at Kohahna! The CTs went on a five-day trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to canoe the Manistique River. Wildwood campers had the choice of going on a three-day trip to Nordhouse Dunes or a four-day trip to Grand Island in the Upper Peninsula. These were both hiking trips with time for beach exploration and learning about trips skills! The cabin of Evergreen went to North Manitou Island for two nights, while Falling Star and Driftwood traveled to Platte Plains for an overnight. The youngest campers in Gull’s Nest spent the afternoon riding bikes and catching minnows, and spent the night camping in the Pine Forest on camp property. This was a very exciting week for trips, and there was much

Campers had a lot of highlights to share after their full week of trips and other special activities! Some of these included exploring all the new places on trips, doing Brown Bag Skits for an Evening Activity, building fairy gardens with the Waukeenas, Waterskiing on Glen Lake, and having healings at camp and out on the trail. We had a fun-filled second week, and are looking forward to witnessing the growth that will occur in our final week of the three-week session!

This week during our weekly Saturday morning metaphysical, we discussed how we found connections between the summer theme, “Women of the Wilderness,” and the trips we went on. Many experiences from the trips were shared by campers and counselors that helped expand their understanding of God, and their relationship to Him. While learning about the K-Quality of the week – Sportsmanship – we looked at Mrs. Eddy’s passage from Science and Health, “The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother’s need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another’s good.” We enjoyed hearing all of the insights shared about the spiritual sense of Sportsmanship!

We are very grateful to have everyone back in camp this week, and are excited to see all of the joy expressed during the last week of the three-week session!

 

 

 

Bugle Call – Week 1 – 2017

Summer has officially begun at Kohahna!! We had an amazing week full of exciting morning activities, cabin bonding time, and team games! It was a joy to see all the new and returning campers jump into camp with high energy and love for Kohahna! There is much good to share about the first week of camp, so here is the break down by categories!

Campers settled into their cabins quickly, and had time to bond individually with their cabins early in the week. Our first cabin day (which happens every Wednesday) was fun-filled with activities around camp! The entire Wildwood section did the Ropes Course. They had a great time supporting each other and working together to realize what they were capable of! The younger cabins did a variety of activities ranging from blindfolded cookie baking to fairy house building. There was much strength, creativity, and joy expressed all around camp on cabin day this week!

Campers participated in a variety of diverse activities each morning this week! The Arts and Crafts class learned about different elements of art such as symmetry, shading, and the color wheel. The Ceramics class let their creativity flow while making pots, plates, tiles, etc…, and the Drama class prepared skits and monologues to be performed in the Dance and Drama show during the third week of camp. The Waterskiing class enjoyed skiing on beautiful Glen Lake, while the Sailing class spent time learning about the parts of the boat and sailing on Lake Michigan. The Landsports class spent the week playing Basketball, and campers in Camp Crafts practiced their fire-building and cooking skills in the woods. In addition to these excellent activities, we had Archery and Riflery, Horseback Riding and Rock Climbing, Dance and Silversmithing, and Kayaking too!

Evening activities are some of the most common highlights from the week for many campers. On Monday evening we played the Chicken Game, which is a game similar to capture the flag, however instead of chasing flags, you try to capture rubber chickens! Everyone was happy to be back at camp running around the Great House lawn, and the Sand Team took home the win. On Tuesday night we carried on a longstanding tradition and played Bombardment (our version of dodgeball) after electing team captains for the summer. We are excited to share that Molly Loveless is the Pine team captain and Zoe Wade is the Sand team captain! The Sands started the summer out strong by winning both the Waukeena and Wildwood games. On Wednesday night we had a lovely church service with readings given by one of the CTs. It was a blessing to hear all the testimonies of healing shared from many campers and counselors.

On Thursday the Wildwood campers went to Glen Arbor for a Christian Science Lecture, while the Waukeenas stayed at camp and played the Pillowcase game and Lawn games. For the Pillowcase game, each cabin puts as many miscellaneous items into a pillowcase as they can, in hopes that those items will be listed by counselors during the game. For every item the cabin brings that also matches the list made by the counselor, the cabin gets a point. The Waukeenas had a great time being creative with the items they brought to the game, and were excited to play some active games on the Great House lawn afterward. On Friday we went to the Dune for Dune football! Dune Football is similar to capture the flag (or in this case Capture the football), but you also have to get the football back to your team’s side by running it across the boundary line. If the ball drops for any reason (failed throw, etc.) it goes back to the “flag circle”.  It was a beautiful night to be out on the Dunes, and the Sand team won! On Saturday evening we did a camp favorite – Lip Sync! All the cabins were in costume to perform their lip sync and dance to their selected song. The competition was judged by three counselors in character, which always gives everyone a good laugh! The cabin of Clifftop got the highest score, and they were declared the winner! Lastly, on Sunday we joined together for Council Fire after our all camp beach bonanza on Sunday afternoon!

This past week we have been preparing for the much-anticipated trips week during week two! Every Kohahna camper will be going out on a trip, so stay tuned for more information next week as we hear about their wilderness adventures from Grand Island in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to just across Lake Michigan on North Manitou. Our goals for the upcoming week are to further our knowledge of camping skills, step outside our comfort zones, and encourage a greater love and understanding for the outdoors. In addition, we are excited to see our Kohahna campers grow as leaders out on the trail and continue to explore our summer theme, “Women of the Wilderness” both practically and metaphysically.

The campers had many highlights to share when we asked them at Council Fire! Some of the main highlights from the week included Dune Football, the Chicken Game, the Christian Science Lecture, Lip Sync, and being back at camp for the summer. We are so grateful for all of the good from the first week!

Our metaphysical theme this summer is “Women of the Wilderness.” Throughout the summer, we will explore the idea of womanhood as it relates to the spiritual definition of wilderness found in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy which reads, “Spontaneity of thought and idea; the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence” (597:17-19). Each week we will focus on one of the seven K-Qualities, and will delve deeper into the metaphysical facts surrounding each quality starting this week with Joyfulness!

We are looking forward to a beautiful second week here at Kohahna!

Bugle Call – Week 7 – 2016

Camp Kohahna had an exceptional 7th week! Morning, noon, and night we were having a ball! This week’s Bugle Call will focus on a general overview of the week’s major activities! Speaking of which, we opened up the week with the game of Big Base on Monday evening, which is a version of kickball! All the girls had fun, and heartily enjoyed the game. On Tuesday, we played a new game for evening activity called the Chicken game. In the game we had four rubber chickens that served as “flags” that needed to be captured and taken back to the other side. This game was Sands verses Pines and the girls had such a good time creating a plan to accomplish the goal of getting all of the chickens back to their side. With orange cones and hulu hoops and chickens spread across the Great House lawn, it made for a fun evening of competition with the Pines taking home the victory.

Wednesday was our Final Off Camp Cabin Day, and we had fun adventuring all over Leelanau County. We had the cabin of Shorewood geocaching, and the cabin of Birchview checking out Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. The cabin of Windward hiked the Empire Bluffs Trail, and the cabins of Falling Star and Evergreen went tubing on Glen Lake.  Of course there were many cabins that had ice cream and beach fun as well!! The evening was complete with a lovely final Wednesday Evening Church. On Thursday evening we had our Dance and Drama show! All the girls who participated in the Dance or Drama program throughout the summer were able to finally perform their pieces. Many levels were passed, and we all enjoyed supporting the Kohahna women in the show! A select group of pieces were then reprised at the Encore Show on Saturday.

On Friday evening we had our Final Council Fire and Pine Bough Ceremony. Council Fire consisted of many of our usual components of activities and songs, as well as an enormous amount f Expert presentations- we had SO MUCH achievement at Kohahna! Our Pine Bough ceremony was, as usual, full of gratitude and love. For over an hour, each of the Kohahna campers and counselors had the opportunity to individually express gratitude. It was a beautiful evening full of sentiment, love, laughter, and sisterhood.

On the final Saturday of camp we always invite the families of campers to come to camp to participate in camp activities! We call this day Encore, as it is a recap of all of our summer fun! In the morning we enjoyed morning activities, and then we had a delicious lunch on the Great House lawn, followed by a performance from all of the campers in the Leelanau Lodge. Then Camp Leelanau had their Frisbut tournament and Camp Kohahna had their Bombardment game! The Finale of the summer for Kohahna was our Banquet on Saturday evening! We had a delicious dinner, gave out activity awards, and presented our top summer awards as well. We also had the banner reveal to see which team won the summer, and it was the Sand Team! It was a wonderfully joyous summer, and we are so grateful for all of the growth, the laughter, the love and the fun!

Lastly, for this final week of camp we focused on the K-quality of Persistence and the “Our Perfect Principle” segment of “Perfect Harmony”.  With “Perfect Harmony,” we learned that it is God’s law, and that it is the natural outcome of Perfect God, Perfect Man, Perfect Love, and Perfect Peace. We enjoyed the opportunity to dig deep into the synonym of Principle and the universality of God’s presence and love!

Again, it was an amazing summer, and we are looking forward to relishing in all the good fruits! “Our Perfect Principle” 2016!

Bugle Call – Week 6 – 2016

Week six already!! The summer is flying by and we are making the most of our precious time together. It was hot and sunny all week: perfect conditions for lots of fun!

 

Morning Activities

As always, morning activities were a highlight for all. We had a special former staff member come back to teach painting this week. The class created a mural with the theme “Love is All Around” which depicted a beautiful scene of the lake. The Ceramics classes made many creative projects like an elephant mug, pinch pot, and two advanced sculptures.  In Landsports, the class focused on volleyball, where experienced and new volleyball players honed their skills. On the waterfront, the Sailing class was full of younger girls who had a great time learning the ways of the lake! We saw so much achievement, persistence and joy in our morning activities!

 

Evening Activities

On Monday, as it was July 25th, we celebrated Christmas! The girls decorated poster board Christmas trees with their own ornaments, played musical chairs and Christmas charades, frosted cookies, and read The Night Before Christmas.  Tuesday night, the girls engaged in a rousing game of Dune Football, playing Pines against Sands. The Sands were victorious with a close score of 1-0. We loved everyone’s enthusiasm and sportsmanship out on the dunes. On Wednesday, the camp woke up to the sound of the counselors singing Taps. Confused? It was Backwards Day! We started the day with a Hymn Sing with Leelanau, ate dinner for breakfast and had our readings and testimony meeting! Cabin Day took place in the morning and Morning Activities were in the afternoon. It was fun to switch it up a little bit. The Wildwoods went into Glen Arbor for an additional church service and the Waukeenas finished the ‘morning’ out with Quiet Time, Clean-Up and extended Dips. On Thursday, the CTs ran the day. They planned an Evening Activity of Zumba and the girls danced their hearts out. On Friday, Kohahna celebrated Halloween! The girls visited different houses of the “Kohahna Neighborhood” experiencing a haunted barn, face paint and, of course, candy. The evening activities this week were enjoyed and appreciated by all!

 

Cabin Day

This week, many cabins spent their Cabin Day challenging themselves! The youngest cabin headed to the climbing wall, where they overcame fear, challenged themselves to try new things, and gained a great sense of accomplishment. Two of the Waukeena cabins zip lined through the woods while the 6th and 7th graders traversed the High Ropes Course in the Pine Forest. Other girls made cabin t-shirts using tie dye and puffy paint. The girls have been displaying their shirts ever since! Other cabins went on a bike ride, baked cookies, and went to the beach.

 

Weekend Fun

What a fun and full weekend it was! On Saturday afternoon, the Pine team went on the “Great Pine Adventure”—a trip to nearby Shalda creek to play in the water and the woods. While the Pine team enjoyed their time in the sun, the Sand team was hard at work preparing their annual Sand show. On Saturday evening all of Kohahna dressed up and headed to Old Settlers park for the Kohahna County Picnic. Fun was had by all as campers and counselors rotated through farm themed stations. The stations included learning a line dance from Footloose, an egg toss, corn shucking, and even a pie-eating contest. On Sunday, we were delighted to see the fruits of the Sand team’s labor. In their show, the two Sand CTs played elves that went on a trip to visit all the holidays; they visited Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and more on their trip back to Christmas. The show ended with a kickline dance that all the Wildwood Sands performed to a Christmas song. The show was funny and had many great lines—every camper said at least one line, if not many more!

 

Trips

Three trips went out this week! Two CTs and a Shorewood (11th grade) camper led the trips.  Gull’s Nest (2nd grade) went on a princess themed overnight, where they learned princess skills, got their faces painted, and spent time playing in the water. After that they cooked dinner and s’mores in the Pine Forest before sleeping there overnight in tents. Falling Star and Evergreen (4th & 5th grade) went on a “Sports Extravaganza” overnight where they spent the afternoon playing Gaga, volleyball, and Knockout. The girls then camped out on the back property of camp and enjoyed getting a taste of the outdoors. Two of our middle school cabins (Juniper and Windward) went out on a longer overnight at the end of the week. They hiked 12 miles around on the Little Manistee River Trail, where they cooked over camp stoves, swam and enjoyed each other’s company.

 

Summer Theme

During the 6th week we focused on the concept of “Perfect Peace”.  Through sharing Bible stories and citations from Science and Health, we were able to really unpack the ideas of peace and it’s foundation in Principle.   We loved learning Principle’s purpose for us, and studying together citations such as, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee…” (Isaiah 26). In the 7th week of camp we will focus on “Perfect Harmony”!