Security is a very powerful word. One may feel so safe with trust in a close friend or relative, or know that no one could enter a home because their doors and windows are closed and locked. Fortunately, there is an even deeper meaning to being safe and secure….in Soul.
Because Soul is a synonym for our Farther-Mother God, its divine authority can never fail any one of us. Although friendships and security systems are wonderful human steps to take, we cannot rely on them to keep us safe from sin, disease, and death, for those steps are not always consistently ready to defend your consciousness from error. Well, who couldn’t be grateful for our everlasting stability in Soul’s realm of good now?!
Along with this new realization of our limitless capabilities (K-pabilities) in God’s works, it takes a great sense of discernment to truly live in the light of our newfound security. Throughout the discernment process, it is important to not get bogged down and overwhelmed by too many details, but it approach each situation with a strong desire to understand the Truth and weed through the good and bad thoughts that tempt your consciousness toward truth or falsity. As Mrs. Eddy writes in Unity of Good, “Everything is as real as (We) make it, and no more so (Unity of Good pg.8) Meaning, in our business of learning how to more deeply perceive God’s reasoning, we must come to an understanding that we have the choice to decided that whatever enters into consciousness can be reasoned through carefully without making hasty decisions. That gives us the power to keep our thought so full of good instead of being submerged in the bad. That is the discernment process which forever brings healing.
A couple years ago I had an experience of getting to know what discernment is all about. In eighth grade I struggled with a foot injury that kept me from doing many activities. Throughout the month-and-a-half period of hobbling around, then crutches, and finally being placed in a walking boot, it was tempting to get discouraged and bitter and my foot grew steadily worse. Every year my school does a music contest for singers and musicians with participation from multiple schools. I play flute and I had prepared a solo, along with my friend. While getting mentally ready for my performance, I received an Angel Message telling me that I should go support my friend. Naturally, I was happy to go listen to the good that she was about to share. In the middle of performance, her grandmother became very hot and appeared to fall unconscious. I was led to take my friend to a quiet area and talk the Truth with her. I go to Principia and my friend is a Christian Scientist.
We talked about how she was a little lamb and God her Shepard. He could never love her more that he was living her right then and there. You all know that throughout the summer we have been learning about the different steps we take to be secure in Soul. These steps are courage, compassion, obedience, discernment and identity. Well, this girl and I did exactly that! We used our obedience too good to stand strong and courageously with the Truth, never faltering from using God’s infinite resources to help us achieve peace. It took a lot of courage to bring her aside and tell her the good thoughts that I was knowing for the situation. That’s not always the easiest thing to do. I was also being compassionate by having the desire to take care of one of God’s perfect, upright; representatives of good which helped both of us realized our identity and find peace in the situation.
After all that discerning, thought filtering process, we had a deeper, more stable understanding of our security in Soul. Pretty soon we were able to continue on with our activities and when I got home from the contest, I realized that my foot was completely free from the pain and swelling. I learned that my identity is whole and complete. And I could only do that by sifting through the thoughts that were true and untrue. For that experience, I am eternally grateful and from I gained a much stronger view of my security in God’s goodness. In an article titled “What you think counts” by Milton Simon he writes, “realizing that man’s possibilities for good and limitless, you will work more freely and more joyously.”
We can always find stability, and comfort even by following those fine steps; obedience, courage, compassion, discernment, and identity and we can also know that God’s power is consistently unlimited, bringing protection in any situation. I support each and every one of you as you journey to find your security in Soul.
Cabin – Cherokee
I personally did not grow up as a Christian Scientist; however I found that taking my mind off of the pain and thinking about good thoughts helped me push through the pain. I am still working through this, and God is helping it go away, all I have to do is be patient and trust that God will heal me so I can better enjoy camp. Due to this experience at camp I now have a stronger mental will to push myself beyond my limits and to overcome personal fears. I am therefore grateful for this idea to overcome mental barriers by means of strong mental will, and trust in God. I think that my best camp experience so far was tubing, partnered with Gavin, and Ben driving the boat. Gavin and I stayed on for a good amount of time, when suddenly a huge wave hit the tube launching the tube at least twelve feet in the air making for a good amount of airtime into an awesome splash into the lake.
When most people think of courage they think of being brave, maybe taking one for the team. Often, more common but a highly important side to courage is overlooked, confidence. An article by Martha Harris Bage in the classic anthology says “Courage Is faith in God, Doubt is trust in evil, confidence rightly directed is reliance, is trust in God GOOD” Throughout this summer, courage and discouragement have taken up a lot of my thought. At camp, we are constantly pushed to achieve, try new things and be our best. These are moments when we can choose to fully express our God given courage and confidence or we can choose to fall into the devils’ trap of discouragement. It is imperative to recognize the lie of discouragement. Courageousness washes out the possibility of discouragement. I constantly see courage displayed every day in every one of you. Courage by definition allows people to speak the truth, support others when they are right, be willing to stand alone and feel confidence in facing a difficult, challenging or possibly scary task. Maybe you took waterskiing for the first time, or raided on the challenge for your team; both fierce representations of courage. However, simply coming to camp and giving your all takes great courage. I find that my greatest challenges leave me with a renewed and better sense of courage. So my challenge for all of us is the challenge ourselves throughout this year. Courage can be necessary at the most unexpected times so don’t be afraid to let it shine.
Obedience, Kohahna camper
Mrs. Eddy tells us in miscellaneous writings, “Obedience is the offspring of Love; and Love is the Principle of Unity, the basis of all right thinking and acting; it fulfills the law. Honestly, when I first read that quote I had no idea what it meant. I mean offspring of Love? Principle of Unity? What does that even mean? However I really got to know this quote this year at school. Obedience was a very vital part of surviving my first year as a highschooler. Whether it was a teacher telling me to write a paper and turn it in on time, or a coach telling me to run across the soccer field six times or a friend needing some help. I needed to do what I was told without complaining, and to see that obedience was the key to success.
An example of learning this valuable lesson was when I was a part of the stage crew for my school production of “Crazy for You.” It started out as a bunch of boring rehearsals with people I didn’t really like. As the performance day drew nearer and nearer though, it was hard to keep up with all the demands of the actors, director and other backstage workers. Even when I was half asleep at a midnight dress rehearsal, knowing that obedience was the offspring of Love, God, made me want to do everything for everyone. And maybe the promise of cookies once we were finished helped a little, too.
Thankfully, everything ended up turning out just right. All of the shows went smoothly and I learned how to cooperate with the other stage hands. This quote is sort of like the translated property in math class. If A=B and B=C. A must equal C makes sense right? So since obedience was the offspring of Love, and Love was the Principle of Unity. The basis of all right thinking and acting, then obedience must also be that very same Principle and basis. If I obeyed and did what I was told than there would be unity, harmony, and all thinking and acting would be right. When I first let my Prose Works fall open to the page that had this quote on it, I noticed the word at the top of the page was obedience. I knew immediately that harmony would be obtained only by being obedient. Turns out Mrs. Eddy was totally right. She says, “Obedience to Truth gives man power and strength” and I got to see an example of this happen in my own personal experience. I am so grateful I had this opportunity this year to learn about obedience and that now I know how and when to express it. This is any way you can, all the time. These truths were solidified this year at camp when we learned how obedience helps us be secure in Soul.Kathleentold us, “The road to success includes lessons that will be less painful if we are obedient.” Being obedient makes us trustworthy, cheerful, honest, timely and full of integrity. We complete all that is expected and even go the extra mile. So basically to sum it all up being obedient to Truth makes us at one with harmony. Remember; eat your vegetables, walk your dog, mark your books, read your lesson, and always be obedient to Truth.
Ben, age 15
Cabin – Shawnee
As I lie on my bed brainstorming topics for this article, my cabin mates banter around me. The discussion has no real purpose or topic and ranges quickly from ice cream to the senior flag trip. (A three day trip of tackle capture the flag, that most of my cabin,Shawnee, just partook in) The talk is easy going, continuous, harmonious, and comforting. It shows the unity and companionship the cabin has, even though some of us have never been together before and we only see each other a few weeks a year. It’s nice to know that when you come to camp after a long school year or go on a trip for a week, that you can slide right back into that brotherhood and feel right at home.
One doesn’t find that easy going sense of brotherhood that you find at camp or in many other places. Not at school, at least not at 99% of schools, not on sports teams, heck, most family households aren’t as fluid and together as a cabin atcampLeelanau. That loving, friendly banter will never get old, and always helps people feel at home, which is exactly where they are atcampLeelanau.
Thad, age 18, CT
One of the parts of camp that brings campers together is mealtimes. The preamble to the meal starts with dismissal from flag. Everybody walks down the hill and over to the Great House together. People talk about activities or what they think will happen that evening or afternoon. By the time everybody gets to the Great House, everybody’s hungry. We line up straight and silent, and then walk in. After everyone has found a place, we bow our heads for grace. One of the things that is great about meals is everybody gets to eat together. Meal times are part of what makes camp great.
Cabin – Sea Hornet
Waterskiing is my favorite activity at camp. It’s so much fun, and it is also a great opportunity to do something new. I like being on the boat in a warmer and different lake. And the counselors are really nice and encouraging. At the beginning of camp I couldn’t get up on skis at all. Then I started on the boom with skis, and “walked” out to the rope. Then after the 3rd or 4th try, I put skis on and completed all my beginner requirements. I couldn’t have done it without the caring counselors and the encouragement from the other people in waterskiing.
At camp you do dips. It’s where you go down toLake Michiganat 7:00 in the morning and go underwater. It is freezing but it wakes you up. Weldon is in charge. There are days called Weldon’s inspired where we do tons of exercises. I love camp!
Chris, age 16
Cabin – Algonquin
In my book, there is nothing more enjoyable at camp then being woken up at 6 am and being told “Hey, want to go on a morning ski?” I have been skiing for years now and morning skis are the best way to hone your skills, while also having quiet time along the way.GlenLakeis always gorgeous, especially when it’s early in the morning. The water is glass, the air is cool and crisp and your friends are there cheering you on when you ski. An aspect of the morning ski routine that I thoroughly enjoy is quiet time on the boats. Whether you are with just the guys or with the girls as well, fresh perspectives and insight on the week’s lesson are always on hand, and prepare you for a great morning of skiing.
I can’t forget to mention the skiing, though. The morning is the absolute perfect time to get out on the lake and let it rip. When I ski, I let my mind clear; and I just fully concentrate on skiing my best, skiing my heart out. Morning skis are one of my favorite things to do at camp. You get to do an awesome sport, learn about God, OH! And did I mention you get to ski?
William, age 11
Cabin – Barbardos
AtcampLeelanauwe have what is called an afternoon activity that happens after rest hour. Afternoon activities differ every day and can be everything from taking a swim in the lake to jumping off of sand dunes. One activity that I did was called pancaking. Now many people probably thought that meant making pancakes. Well it actually meant going to a boat dock to go tubing! The counselors drove the boat really fast and did fast turns making us all slide around. Then we chose the order of the kids who would go tubing. I went second with Ben Greenman. We started off with really simple turns and a few bumps. After 2 turns of this though it became more fun. The boat sped up and Ben and I went flying. The bumps were huge and the turns were so fast that when I let go of the tube on one turn I did two flips underwater. When we finished tubing we came back to camp listening to music in the van. Afternoon activities are great and they are my highlight of camp.
From a Kohahna camper
Imagine the beauty in the air
Imagine the love everywhere
Imagine joy low and high
Imagine sands, pines and skys
That’s the camp where friendship flows
That’s the place where campers know
That God is Love and good is all
There’s no judgment in Kohahna the funnest of all.
Briana, age 12
Cabin – Juniper
What Kohahna Means to Me
Kohahna is an Indian word for achievement and here atcampKohahnathere is a lot of achieving happening because that is what this camp is all about. What Kohahna means to me is work hard while playing hard. Every morning we have something called morning activities and in those activities you have to pass levels, such as in water ski you have to get up on two skis’ to pass part of your beginner. But sometime we get to go tubing on Fridays! So much fun! Also if a counselor sees you doing something to help out or be supportive then you get an achievement bracelet. Achievement bracelets are little bracelets that you keep all week! The last thing with achievement is k-beads. I love getting k-beads. It shows how hard you have worked all summer/week.CampKohahnais the best from singing songs on the deck, to playing capture the flag in the evening! I LOVE KOHAHNA.
Camille, age 15
Cabin – Breezeway
Two weeks ago was one of the best weeks of my life. I had the amazing opportunity to go on the challenge! At first I was so nervous and I was scared that I wouldn’t be as good as the other girls who had already been on the challenge. My favorite part was when we played capture the flag. I had never played a game of capture the flag where you got tackled instead of tagged. The first game was hard because I kept getting so close to the flag but then I would get tackled. I then tried a different method of going with a group and “raiding” the pines camp site. When I got my first flag I felt so great and I thought I could do anything. I kept going back and back and even though I kept getting tackled I didn’t give up. I got 3 more flags! I then realized that things are much easier to accomplish when you’re not alone and that’s why I am so grateful that I had so much support when I was there.
Here at camp there’s memories you’ll have that are unforgettable!!!! Things like the activities, the counselors, and the friends. This is my first year and I already wished I signed up for the seven weeks. In the morning you wake up by cannon at 7:00 am, go to dips, have quiet time, clean the cabin, go to flag, and then have breakfast. You go to morning activities, have bowl, go to lunch, have rest hour and then have afternoon activities. Then we have flag, go to dinner, have our evening activities, take showers and then go to bed at 9:00 p.m. When you wake up you repeat all of this. My highlight at camp is making new friends and the activities. Just to let you know I’m not looking forward to leavingcampLeelanau!!!!!!
Christian, age 15
Cabin – Algonquin
Five days before my friendTylerwent to camp he came over to my house to hangout. He convinced me to come to camp with him last minute. I decided to come because back home I wasn’t going down the right path of life and I had begun to feel the furthest away from God I have ever felt in my entire life. The last night and morning of the day I went to camp was the most emotionally unstable I have ever felt. I was worried about leaving my home and leaving all my friends. This last week, I went on the senior flag trip. The senior flag trip was one of the manliest and mentally exhausting things I have done in my entire life. I had to overcome fear, pain, hunger, and fatigue. The first morning I literally held my eye lids open for two hours. My first raid I got tackled and my arm was completely bent back. The first night I got completely lost with Grayson, the youngest camper ever to go on this trip in pitch black darkness. Going through all of this helped me completely a big step in my life to getting closer to God. All in all I am really grateful I came to camp this year.
Dylan, age 14
Cabin – Cherokee
What could be better than sitting on wet leaves and staring at the trees for hours at a time? Or waking up after two hours of sleep on the cold, hard ground? In my opinion, nothing, I loved the Flag Trip. Everything about it was great, the food, the raids, the lashing, and the sitting on point. I grew so much during the trip. Staying up until 2:30 every day showed me energy and endurance I didn’t know I had. Tackling and being tackled by people older than me showed me how little size matters. We all knew that our strength came from God, so we all pushed our mortal limits farther then they could go. I experienced some awesome healings. I overcame fatigue and the want of sleep. I got thrown into a tree and suffered no ill effects, all because I knew I was God’s reflection. I am extremely grateful that I got to experience such a fun demonstration of God’s power, and I can’t wait until I get to do it again.
Briana, age 12
Cabin – Juniper
Kohahna is the best, better than the rest.
From dips in the morning to chillin in your cabin when it’s pouring.
There’s lots of fun activities, from lawn games, to 4th of July festivities,
when its time to pick beach buddies, to doing your bible studies,
Kohahna is the best, better than the rest.
Makayla, age 8
My favorite activities are dancing, gymnastics, swimming and tennis. I love my counselor and we have a lot of fun in the cabin. We played house all of my cabin mates. I loved cabin day because we did spa’s and went outside and got some ice cream and we dressed up and at flag we said we were the stars of the show! I love camp!
Gloria, age 10
My favorite activities are gymnastics, horseback riding and ceramics. I love camp because I get to learn new things, meet new people and try new activities. I love camp because it’s wonderful to be here.
My favorite activity is gymnastics. I like it because its fun to balance on the bean and do cool tricks on it. I like tennis because you can hit the ball and have good sportsmanship. I loved cabin day because we got to put our whole bodies into the clay! Then we had a spa and painted our nails. I like that we have counsel fire on a big, big hill! Camp is really fun! I like it a lot!
Anna, age 6
Cabin – Stardust
My favorite things at camp are my counselor, because she treats me nicely and my cabin mates – they are really fun and we always have a lot of fun together. I like gymnastics, tennis and swimming. I passed my beginner in swimming and I was really excited!
Tommy, age 12
Cabin – Iroquois
My First Day of Camp
My first day of camp was the best. I was just SO happy to be back. Everybody was so welcoming and nice. I just could not wait to see my counselors and cabin mates. Soon as I get to the cabin I was so happy that I had Andy Fine and Gonzo as counselors. Then I started to settle everything like making my bed, putting stuff in the rafters. After we got everything in place, I went to say bye to my parents.
Finally lunch one of my favorite parts of camp. My first bite out of that ham and cheese; WOW!!!! (That’s some sandwich). After a great lunch I walk near the lodge for some Frisbee! I did not do as bad as I thought because the counselors were helping. Then I went back to the cabin.
As soon as I get back to the cabin I get to go right to cookout. “Yes!!” Bratwurst, hotdog and hamburgers, how better can this get! Never mind it gets better, we get popsicles! Then we head back to the cabin for some counsel fire. ”SHHH, they’re coming!!!” We get into position. The position is Gonzo (very tall) versus Jeremy (way smaller) in a boxing match! And everybody cheering.
When we are done started to walk up the very big hill. Counsel fire is on a very big hill. As soon as we get up the hill we are very tired. Then all the counselors come into the middle one by one and tell us their name, what activity and what cabin they are in. Then we play some games for everybody. After everybody gets in one area of the counsel fire and we get told who one cleanup and more. Finally it time for bed followed by taps.
Stephen, age 16
Cabin – Algonquin
One thing that recently struck me about camp is the amazingness of morning dips. Every morning, we wake up to the cannon and go down to dip in coldLake Michigan. Lining up by cabin, we do a few exercises like Jumping Jacks or Pushups, before the counselors yell “Hip, Hip Hip” and we all jump into the water. Even though it’s normally really cold, it feels so good. It wakes you up for the rest of the day, and gets rid of any tiredness or laziness you have from just waking up.
Brandon, age 8
Cabin – Black Swan
Hi, this is my third summer at camp and what I really like about it is getting to have quiet time. Quiet time is when you get to talk about God and the lesson. I like quiet time because I love God and this helps me throughout the day. That is what I like about camp.
One of the many reasons I come back to camp every year is because of the loving sisterhood format between the girls at Camp Kohahna. The bonds formed between everyone are built on love, Christian Science, and everyone’s love for Camp Kohahna.
Some of my best friends were made here at camp. Everyone is so loving and caring toward each other that it’s impossible not to love every single person – whether camper or counselor – here. Life long memories and friendships are formed, you find your true self as a Christian Scientist, and grow so much as a person. Camp is my home – without it I would be a completely different person.
Camille, age 14
This past week I journeyed with most of my cabin and Mer-Bear to Pictured Rocks in theUpper Peninsula. This trip was amazing – not only do I feel so accomplished for hiking 23 miles in 4 days, but I have grown so much as a person, and so much closer to my fellow P.R. trippers. We had awesome times out on the trail: making pita pizzas, scrambled brownies, apple fritters and other tasty trail foods.
Another thing I loved about Pictured Rocks was that around every corner of our hike was some beautiful scenery. The rock formations were impeccable and the water perfectly blue. We had perfect hiking weather – not uncomfortably hot, not freezing cold (excluding some chillyLake Superiornights). We made the best of every situation 9the buggier days) and kept occupied while hiking long distances by singing any songs or hymns that came to mind.
I’d have to say my favorite part of the 4-day trip was definitely exploring ‘the coves’ – I kept thinking to myself, “We’re in Michigan right now!” Who knew all this was in my state. We swam along in Lake Superior, which was warmer than you’d expect, and ventured into cool caves. The limestone rock formations were breathtaking! I would recommend this trip to anyone and everyone at Camps Kohahna and Leelanau.
Olivia, age 8
Cabin: Gull’s Nest
One day my stomach started hurting. I went up to Eagle’s Nest. We read this book called “Filled up Full”. The practitioner told me you could heal by gratitude and so we started talking about gratitude. We talked for awhile about things we were grateful for. After awhile it stopped hurting and I felt all better. Gratitude had healed me.
At camp I get tons of amazing opportunities. This week, out of many activities, I chose waterskiing. My class gets to go to one of the top ten most beautiful lakes in the world. Every day I wake up and get to go ski on this beautiful lake. Not only is it beautiful, but I have a ton of fun while I’m skiing on Glen Lake.
Grayson, age 12
Last Sunday, the 24th, we did an all camp co-ed summer Olympics. It was so much fun. It was very interesting seeing people’s takes on their countries. I liked the water competitions the best. Canoeing, water balloon toss and swimming on the beach were a lot of fun. I did happen to get gold in canoeing. My country was England. Other countries were China, New Guinea, Italy, France and Jamaica. The Olympics was a great time to have fun and make new friends.
Griffin, age 13
This past Sunday at camp, the boys and girls got together into teams, or countries, and competed in an Olympic showdown. Various challenges were presented to the countries where they had to pick one or two members for each activity. It was a great idea and I had a lot of fun. I am grateful camp has activities where we can grow and compete with brotherly (and sisterly) love. I love camp!
Phat Tuesday is the first Tuesday of camp. This day is celebrated with unorthodox outfits, water polo and an evening at the shallows. All day we participate in crazy activities. In the afternoon, the oldest group of campers plays water polo. Water polo is a game played with two teams attempting to get a recess ball in an inner tube. A player can run with the ball and pass the ball; but once he is tackled, he must drop the ball. This game is very popular among the older campers. One of my favorite things to see besides a solid tackle is a younger camper tackling a larger camper. Of course, after a big hit, the tackler helps the one who is tackled up. And we end the day with a flawless meal of fried chicken, potato salad, and fruit salad.
Cam Age 16
“Tackling with Love”
On the 19th of June, I awoke to Phat Tuesday. People in neon clothes, upside-down hats, and tight short shorts. Very phat if you will.
After lunch we did activities involving legos. Optimus chesse knives and projector screens.
We made our way to Little Glen Lake, singing the whole way there.
Water everywhere, tackling, but with love.
Briana Age 11
“Facing my Fears”
Ever since my first year of camp 3 years ago in 2010, I have been afraid to go down the culverts, (a big pipe / canoe portage in a river). I just would have these thoughts like, “ What if I don’t do the right thing and turn, because there is a sharp left hand turn at the end.” So one day in my canoeing activity with my counselor (Kristy) we were at the culvert. So I was being instructed how to go down but I was very nervous. So my counselor told me nothing bad can happen if we believe in ourselves and that it was OK, so when we went down the tube and with the help of a fellow camper we made it through safely and had fun! Now I am not afraid to go down the culverts anymore.
Pippi and Kayle are so great. You can count on them to be safe and have a good time. Even when we found out that we couldn’t go on a real rock climb, that didn’t stop us. We went canoeing and rock wall climbing at the Leelanau School. Oh Yah, we ate lots of Gorp. After asking what we were going to do 1 million times, we finally gave up. If it was making a fire in the rain or having trail spice on my pita pizza, I knew that this would be one of my fond memories. My favorite part of the trip was canoeing down the river with Pippi and Ella in my canoe. The silliest part was singing songs in the car. We definitely took it. “One Step at a Time.”
Sarah, Age 12
Camp Kohahna is a place where you can have fun, achieve goals and receive awards. This is the best Christian Science camp I’ve been to. Everyone is nice, the food is great, and the activities are awesome. I LOVE CAMP!!
Jacob: Age 9
What I love about camp is the counselors are so nice and that for campers here it’s so fun. There is archery, border camp, music, land sports, waterskiing, kayaking and many more fun activities. Every day you have something to look forward to. If you come, I can almost guarantee you will have fun. Here’s a summary: In the morning the cannon shoots. You wake up, then you go and dip. Then you go to flag, then go to breakfast, clean you cabin, go to your activities, go to lunch, go to your afternoon activity and then go to beach period. Then it’s flag, dinner, evening activity and then bed. I hope you come to camp!!!!
Joey: Age 15
The day before, we were at Bar Lake having a great time. Some of the newer campers brought swim boards and I was eager to try it out. I threw the board in front of me and jumped, but the board swung around and hit me in the ankle. I didn’t think much of it at the time. The next day was speed and agility. I was feeling good about it, but when I put on my cleats the irritating temptation set in. I limped all the way down to the soccer field where I found the rest of the crew waiting. I told my counselor that I was going to sit out. He encouraged me to warm up, which I did, and it felt decent compared to earlier, and I felt I could go on for a little more. The way Mind can influence spiritual growth for healings is truly amazing. I ended up going out for all of speed and agility and I have our one Mind to thank.
Beach Bonanza was an awesome afternoon activity that the whole camp participated in. It was so fun. We did all kinds of stuff on the waterfront. We paddle boarded, sailed, kayaked, canoed, swam and just hung out. It was a beautiful day. Some people jumped on the water trampoline too. We played water dodge ball on all of the different boats. It was really fun.
Cole, Age 8
Cabin: Black Swan
Hi, I am having a great time at Camp Leelanau. Me and my friends had a great time at the parade. We got to throw candy and eat some of it. Lunch was very good too. We took a picture then we played some games. It was a great time. Come next year. Bye!
Madison, Age 11
This is my first year at Kohahna and it is so much fun. This is a place where you can just be yourself and everybody expects that. This week I was in Archery, it was my first time and I was a bit nervous. My teacher handed me my bow and gave me some arrows.” All you have to do is pull back on the bow with an arrow and let go” she said. So I pulled on the bow, aimed at the target, and let go. My first time, I did awesome. J About three days after that I passed my beginner. I was so happy. Now I have to work on my intermediate. I didn’t pass that yet but I’m, going to try again next year!!
Olivia, Age 7
One of my favorite things about camp is that every Sunday is Council Fire! It starts around 7:00 and ends at 9:00. It’s the coolest thing ever. There’s playing games and singing. It’s so much fun. My favorite thing about council fire is the hike to council fire and back. It’s not really a hike, just a really short walk. It’s lots of fun and I hope you think it is too. So come to camp and you’ll get to go.
There are many things that I love about Camp Kohahna, but what I love the most is the atmosphere. I see here what I haven’t seen anywhere else. Every camper works incredibly hard to be the best person that they can be. Every camper expresses leadership, graciousness, initiative, joyfulness, orderliness, persistence and sportsmanship. At no point have I see campers lose sight of those qualities while trying to do well in an activity. The level of maturity I see in girls here of every age group in unmatched.
The quality/skill in which Kohahna does its best is inclusivity. This year was my first at Kohahna, and I am an older campers. I was a little worried that the relationships formed by other girls in previous summers would prevent them from forming a strong relationship with me. This fear was needles. All of the girls I met here have treated me like an old friend, and I have felt the support of all of their and my counselor’s love through all of the small problems I have faced. Kohahna lives its theme for the summer. It lives love.
Perrin, Age 9
My morning activity this week was waterskiing. I had never been waterskiing before, and I was kind of freaked out. I thought it would be really hard. Tuesday was the first day I tried waterskiing. The skis were too big for me. I ended up not getting up, but I still had a lot of fun. Wednesday, we got there and then got to a less wavy area of Glen Lake. Soon it was my turn to go. I was singing Shepherd Show Me the whole time I was in the water. The boat started and I got up! Only for like 5 second though. Thursday, I knew I could do this. I got in the water. At first I had a little trouble. Then the counselor got in the water and after a few tries I got up!!! Friday we didn’t get to go out, but I’m very happy that I got up.
Ella, Age 13
Horseback riding at camp is a lot of fun. The riding counselors are great, and you learn so much from them. Every day is a new experience, often because you’re on a different horse. Last week, I got to work on cantering and a little bit of jumping. When you know how to ride well, communicating with your horse becomes so much easier. I am very glad to have the opportunity to ride at camp. I am a much stronger rider than I was before, and I can take all of the skills I learned home with me.
"When counselors and campers return at the beginning of the summer, it is so apparent that they have returned to a place they consider to be a second home."
-Leelanau & Kohahna Counselor