A traditional activity that parents can help their kids prepare for before Summer Camp begins is The Bar Exam. This is our swim test at the beginning of each session.
We load the Big Blue Bus and head to North Bar Lake to administer the test. The purpose of the test is to determine the swimming ability of each camper to ensure they do not end up in waterfront activities that demand more than their swimming ability would deem safe.
There are three levels in the Bar Exam, and remember these are not “Swimming Lessons;” stroke type, style, grace, and speed are not being assessed. Endurance and poise however are paramount to success at the Bar Exam.
The Three Levels are:
Level 1 – one minute back float, two minutes treading water, and a 25 yard swim.
Level 2 – two minute back float, five minutes treading water, and a 50 yard swim.
Level 3 – two minute back float, ten minutes treading water, and 200 yard swim.
After passing Level 1, we are confident that the camper can participate in swimming class, beach period, and other activities along the water’s edge without wearing a lifejacket.
Any Camper that does not pass Level 1 will be placed in Swim Class the first week of Camp to receive instruction and hopefully develop the necessary skill to not be required to wear a lifejacket at beach period all summer.
After passing Level 2, we are confident that the camper can participate in canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding activities, as well as canoeing trips.
Again, Campers are welcome to sign-up for Swim Class if they ambition to develop the skill that would allow them to pass Level 3, and thus qualify them for more activities.
After passing Level 3, we are confident that the camper can participate in all of our waterfront activities including sailing, waterskiing, and windsurfing.
A final thought about the Bar Exam; all of our watercraft activities require the participants to wear a lifejacket, but it is the poise expressed during the bar exam that gives our staff the confidence that if in a large body of water the camper will have both the comfort and the presence of mind to either self-rescue (right a capsized boat) or await pick up (by the ski boat or our rescue boat in Lake Michigan)
It has been a long-standing tradition at Camp Leelanau to recognize and award positive behavior and qualities. Awards such as the Green Hat, Red Neckerchief, and Silver L are presented to the Campers each week at Council Fire.
Two other awards that all Leelanau Campers are able to work towards all summer long are only announced at the end of the session at the Final Banquet.
Core Awards at Camp Leelanau for Boys
Core Camper – Swimming, Canoeing, Border Camp.
The fundamental, or Core, activities for a young man to learn at Camp Leelanau are Swimming, Canoeing, and Border Camp (camping craft). Throughout the summer, campers have the opportunity to sign up for any/all of these activities. If a camper earns their C, B, A, or Expert level in all three of these activities they are awarded their C, B, A, or Expert Core Camper Certificate at the end of session banquet. This certificate also attaches extra Stars to the award for the camper’s team.
While all of these activities are not offered every week, there are plenty of opportunities for our campers to explore their artistic side while at camp and sign up for these activities. If a camper earns their C, B, A, or Expert level in any three of these activities they are awarded their C, B, A, or Expert Core Artisan Certificate at the end of session banquet. This certificate also attaches extra Stars to the award for the camper’s team.
For both of these awards, C is beginner level, B is intermediate level, A is advanced level, and Expert is ready to teach it next summer.
Also, a camper needs to achieve his C, B, A, or Expert level in ALL three of the activities, DURING that summer, to earn the certificate of that level.
Camps Leelanau and Kohahna are pleased to announce our fantastic staff for the summer of 2015. We couldn’t be more pleased to have these enthusiastic, loving, capable, and talented staff members who will do a phenomenal job this summer teaching and caring for your children. For more information about each staff member, check out there bio which can be found here for Kohahna and here for Leelanau. Hooray for KOHLEE 2015!
The 2015 Sky Team
Kathleen Moyer Director
Lena Carlson Head Counselor
Lauren Littell Head Counselor
Katie Duntley CT/Waterfront Director
Meredith Wallace Trips
Anna Tarnow Trips
Jeanne Johnson Trips
Deanna Scheck Archery/Riflery
Pippi Rutledge Camp Crafts
Sophie Dixon Climbing and Nature
Annalicia Steele Drama
Sarah Moffatt Ceramics
Olivia Pierce-Bluhm Horseback Riding
Anne Brady Horseback Riding
Columbia Crandell Photographer
Melissa L’Heureux Landsports
Candace Grennie Arts and Crafts
Maddi Demaree Dance and Gymnastics
Caroline Morales Swimming/Canoing/Kayaking
Emma Halsey Silversmithing and Sailing
Paige Cooley Tennis
Elizabeth Shugart Waterskiing
Molly Dixon Waterskiing
Joanna Patzwald Waterfront Director (3 Week session)
The 2015 Crib Team
Weldon Rutledge Director
Marshall McCurties Head Counselor
Michael Wise Head Counselor
Paul Olsen CT/Trips
Tommy Sebring Trips
Henry Busch Trips
Chris Hronek Archery and Border Camp
Nick Klusmeyer Border Camp and Landsports
Nigel Graham Climbing and Kayaking
Brett Schaberg Music/Drama/RCA
Reece Schaberg RCA/Drama/Music
Charlie Busch Photographer
Robert McAloney Riflery and Windsurfing
Dane Carlson RCA/Blacksmithing
Joey White Sailing
Gavin Austin Silversmithing and Swimming
Reed Timoner Tennis and Canoeing
Noah Moothart Waterskiing
Eric Olsen Waterskiing Van Driver
Max Warner Waterfront Director
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.