Week Seven! Who would have thought we’d make it this far? Our hats go off to the Camp Board, the Directors, and everybody that had the faith, the vision, and the Love to see us into seven weeks of Summer Camp. Wow. We are in awe and humbled to be a part of this amazing summer.
But let’s not get too reflective yet, first we should review all the amazing fun things we did this past week!
On Monday we kicked off our final week of activities and made sure that every camper landed in one of their top three preferred activities. That evening we played the perennial Camp favorite game of The Hunger Games. And leave it to those clever Algonquin campers for teaming up and facilitating the win for one of our youngest kids in Black Swan. That is what Camp is about; making moments for each other. Brothers helping brothers.
Tuesday brings a sense of the beginning of the end of summer, with the CT Appreciation Banquet and our final evening activities. The CT’s from both Camps gathered in the Lodge and while still sitting six feet apart enjoyed a quiet banquet with the Camp Directors and their counselors reflecting on the summer and being appreciated for all their good work. Don’t fret though, it’s a short banquet, and they were able to change clothes quickly enough to get out and play a HUGE game of Dune Football with the whole Camp for evening activity. Getting to the Dunes has been a challenge for Camp this summer, because of the restrictions on being in public spaces. Tuesday night however we were able to sneak out to Devil’s Hole, an as yet lesser known, but no less beautiful, spot on the Dunes!
Well, with Tuesday night being so late, and still mandating showers to get the sand off, we opted to sneak in a sleep-in for Wednesday morning which everyone appreciated greatly. It allowed us to more fully enjoy our final Cabin Day together, with groups out on the Boat, cooking meals, playing in the woods and down on the beach, and generally enjoying that sense of Cabin camaraderie that really ran deep this summer because of all of the special and unified time together.
The final Thursday of the summer is always a big push to complete levels in order to affect the final star totals for the year. Well, this Thursday was no different! Both the morning and afternoon activities were a mad push for level completion and proficiency proofs. With the dust settling on some outdoor cooking and lead climbing skills the boys gathered after dinner around the Ottawa Fire Ring for their first of this summer, and Final Funny Awards presentation. It was a fun and at time hilarious night of sharing and recognition. We wrapped up with Weldon leading a little debrief helping everyone recognize what we had accomplished this summer.
Friday morning the CT’s ran Basch as one of their final hurdles towards their CT Certificate. That afternoon we completed the Final two games in the LIFE Tournament and saw the Blue Team come out on top. Then we took showers and donned our whites to engage in our Final Banquet. A night of celebration of accomplishment, a celebration of summer, a recognition that we had worked together to bring summer to fruition. It was quite a night. Weldon reminded us in his final words to walk forward from Camp humbly and grateful. Once the plaques were presented the hooting and hollering could be heard through all of Pyramid Point. Also, the South Team won.
Saturday, with an Encore Show to present allowed us to restructure our final day together to continue celebrating, but also sneak in some packing and cleaning too. With slightly glowering clouds in the afternoon we gathered in the Lodge with Kohahna and showcased our skills at various Council Fire games for the afternoon. Needless to say there was a wonderful brother-sister vibe with the cheering for each other from both Camps. Final Council Fire was a spirited event with the conclusion of many skits and storylines from the counselor’s presentations. We ended by each dropping an Oak Leaf into the fire while confirming our gratitude for Camp this summer.
It has been a beautiful demonstration to hold Camp this summer, and we are certainly grateful! We already cannot wait to see everyone next year!!
Wowee Kazowee! Week seven flew by faster than a pigeon being chased by an eagle! Yet it was still chock-full of level passing, progress, and thrilling activities. We are so happy that this week ended on a high note, full of nothing but achievement and love.
We launched into the week with CT Day on Monday, where the Counselors in Training dipped their little piggies into what it’s like being a full-blown cabin counselor. This means they led Dips, Afternoon Activities, and Evening Activity. The afternoon consisted of yoga, a Kim Kardashian lower body workout, watercoloring at the Perch, and practicing Camp Crafts skills while building a giant bonfire. CT Day concluded with The Newlywed Game, a creative and fun test that quizzes campers on how well they know their cabinmates. Thank you, CTs, for leading a wonderful day!
Tuesday campers continued with the Morning Activities they got Monday morning, which led into activities like speed and agility, an advanced trail ride, and a High School Musical sing and danceathon during the afternoon. Our evening consisted of playing Human Stratego, a Capture the Flag-style game where campers have different ranks that define how they can move and who they can send to jail when they tag someone.
Wednesday was here before we knew it, which was fine because Wednesday was our final CABIN DAY! The counselors planned classic and creative activities to make the last Cabin Day a special one, such as tubing, going on a trail ride, ziplining, and tie-dying shirts while eating homemade guacamole. We concluded the evening with (you guessed it) Wednesday Night Church, followed by a hymn sing with Leelanau. Overall, it was a classic day filled with classic activities that everyone loved.
Thursday afternoon the arts took over as the Art Show and the Dance and Drama Show were presented to showcase what our artsy campers have been working on this summer. And, as a surprise, the Sky Show finished the afternoon of the arts, complete with an original news show-themed comedy that the counselors read cold the moment they stepped onstage (which was HILARIOUS) and a kickline to “It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls. It was a fabulous afternoon full of artistry! Finally, we topped off the day by squeezing in another round of Bombardment as one last hurrah of a favorite Camp activity. After yet another extensive game, Pines took the win again!
Holy moly Friday snuck up on us! To shake things up and put a stamp on our incredible week we did an all-Kohahna activity: The Kohahna County Picnic. Spanning the entire Great House Lawn, from the flagpole to the basketball courts, campers participated in picnic-esque activities such as potato sack races, line dancing, watermelon seed spitting, cornhole, and whipped cream pie-eating contests. It was a hoot and the girls had a blast! The picnic ended with dinner on the beach before walking up to Final Council Fire in the evening. We celebrated the week and the whole summer as we heard about campers who passed their Expert levels in various activities, shared our highlights from the week, and shared gratitude during a ceremony known as the Pine Bough Ceremony. What a lively and impactful day we had!
Saturday brought blessings on blessings on blessings as we wrapped up the summer with a bow. In place of our traditional Encore day, we did an Encore Exhibition. Campers signed up for various “competitions,” essentially showcases, in different activities, including the Horse Show, the Waterskiing Show, a Tennis Tournament, a Climbing Competition, a Marksmanship Competition, and a Fire Building Competition. Everyone had such fun showing off their skills and cheering each other on! In the evening, as per the long withstanding tradition, we had our Final Banquet. We heard five campers speak on the summer theme, Love is the Liberator, enjoyed a carefully crafted slideshow of the summer courtesy of our fantabulous photography counselor (I know the parents were grateful for her!), presented various awards to the campers, and found out that the Sand team won the summer!
We speak for campers and counselors alike when we say that we are immensely grateful Camp was up and running this summer. Thank you to the staff who committed to being here this summer, for the parents who supported Camp by sending their children here, and for the campers who brought the fun and made Camp come to life! It has been a wonderful summer full of flexibility, growth, and loads of fun.
With the Senior Flag Trip packed and poised to depart, we asked everyone to take a beat and breath on Monday. So instead of tackling and lashing, we held the Annual Comedic War of Attrition! The North/South battle of comedy, talents, and improvisation. I great time was had by all, and some very deep belly laughs were shared too.
On Tuesday morning it was time to send the Senior Flag Trip off into the woods. Eleven men from each team shouldered their packs and hefted their Jerry Jugs for four days of Capture the Flag, cooking, structure building, and most importantly Glorifying God in all ways. The balance of Camp continued enjoying regular activities including a glorious evening out on the Dunes. Jumping, sliding, flipping, and becoming absolutely covered in sand. Turns out that even when we can’t go out in public we still know a few secret spots that are still secrets. J
Wednesday was Cabin Day for the Junior Cabins, but any and all seniors that were still back in Camp headed out for their Meatball Trip, which included kayaking around Pyramid Point, cooking at the Cradle, and attempting a rousing game of Bike Polo.
(For those interested the score was still 0-0 on the Flag Trip at the end of the day on Wednesday)
Thursday brought the Meatball crew back into activities in the morning. Everybody played Bombardment that evening. And the Senior Flag Trip finally had a score of 4-0 by dinner time.
That evening the Seniors kept up their Flag play and ended the night with a 4-4 tie! The tying Flag was scored in the final five minutes of the Game! Very exciting way to wrap things up out there.
Friday morning the Flag Trippers returned to jump in the Lake and clean up their trip. We let them have a short nap in the afternoon too. After a heartening meal of Pizza and Milkshakes the Juniors headed to the Soccer Field for their final game of Junior Soccer for the summer, and the seniors headed to the beach to rescue the Raft one more time for the summer.
Saturday we had a nice long sleep in followed by some inspired exercises on the Soccer Field. Weldon came through the cabins to personally inspect each bed and trunk, and offer some helpful feedback on cabin cleaning in general and specifically that we should be more confident in our work. We played a game of Eight Sticks on the soccer field for the afternoon, partly to wear the campers out a bit, so the Counselors could be victorious that evening at the Counselor – Camper game of Saturday Night Soccer!!
So much fun all around this week. So much good and growth accomplished. We are excited to dive headfirst into our final week of Camp together. We are certainly feeling blessed!
Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding goes the bell for Week Six! The Wildwood campers found out who would be going on The Challenge Sunday night at Council Fire, which set them up for a week full of team-building, camping, and opportunities to step outside their comfort zones. The remainder of Camp was set to hold down the fort, partaking in your standard Morning, Afternoon, and Evening Activities.
The Challenge is a four-day, three-night competitive camping trip where the Sand and Pine teams individually make a home in the woods. Twelve of the oldest campers from each team and two counselors build this said home with found, fallen logs that are sawed, lashed with twine, or sunken into the ground to create structures. The structures they build include a fire table for cooking, a prep table to act as a kitchen counter, a baker to store food, a dining table, a backpack rack, a latrine, and a judge’s tower for Capture the Flag. In addition to building these key features of their woods home, the teams prepare three gourmet meals a day over a fire for the team and two judges.
The final element to this exciting trip is Capture the Flag, where both teams strategically raid each other’s sites to get flags and defend their own. The three games of Capture the Flag that the young women played were full of energy, good raids, and solid defense. Keeping in mind that this is a four-day trip, what is asked of these campers seems like a lot to accomplish; but both teams accomplished so much this summer with grace and success. The Challenge pushes campers outside of their comfort zones, resulting in so much growth and empowerment in personal capability. While this trip is named the Challenge for a reason, it is a source of many fun memories. It was so impressive to see all that was accomplished by both teams. As it is a competitive trip, a winner is determined by the judges who evaluate the structures, meals, and games. This year’s winner was the Pine team!
Monday morning the Chal girls did Initiatives (team-building exercises) in the Pine Forest while the rest of Camp received new Morning Activities. In the Afternoon, while the Chal girls packed food and practiced Camp Crafts skills, Camp partook in activities like washing the horses, fort building in one of the unused cabins, writing love notes for the Chal girls, and playing extreme mafia. Now, you might think Evening Activity was separated between Chal girls and the rest of the campers. Think again. Everyone hiked up into the woods to play an upgraded version of 8 Sticks. It was certainly something new, that’s for sure!
Tuesday rolled around and Morning Activities commenced once again. The Chal girls participated in more preparation with a metaphysical meeting hosted by our Camp practitioner. In the afternoon, Camp participated in activities like water aerobics and a petoskey stone hunt. The weather was absolutely GORGEOUS darling, so everyone wanted to be outside and/or by the water! The Chal girls finished their preparation by packing gear for their trip in the afternoon. In the evening, these young women practiced tackling for Capture the Flag, finished their team t-shirts, and braided their hair in preparation for the long week in the woods. The rest of Camp got to do a Counselor Fashion Show in the evening! Each cabin dressed up one of their counselors to match a certain theme, resulting in a big runway show to show off the looks they created.
HUMP DAAAYYYYY! Wednesday morning was fairly normal for Camp, except that after breakfast we said farewell to the Chal girls. We sent them off with love notes, warm hugs, and lots of words of encouragement. Afternoon Activity was Cabin Day (can I get a hoi yah?!?!) complete with cookie baking, tubing, ice sledding down the Great House lawn, and building houses for creatures called Dreggons made out of rubber bands. A wild afternoon concluded with Wednesday Night Church and a hymn sing with Leelanau, a favorite of many.
Thursday we had the pleasure of having a guest Quiet Time speaker, Christian Science practitioner Kathleen Moyer. She talked about the summer theme, “Love is the Liberator,” in addition to Mrs. Eddy’s interpretation of the 23rd Psalm. The afternoon was another beautiful one, so the girls did activities like water coloring outside, building sandcastles on the beach, and making flower crowns. For Evening Activity we went a hop, skip, and a jump down to Sleeping Bear Dunes, specifically to a private part of the dunes called Devil’s Hole. We had the bowl all to ourselves! The girls did lots of epic jumping, cartwheels, and front and back handsprings down the dunes, and there are some incredible action shots to prove it!
FriYAY came around the corner faster than a jackrabbit! The campers finished their week of Morning Activities and had their last opportunity to do various Afternoon Activities with few people in Camp. The Evening Activity was quite a “treat,” given that it was the 31st of July because it was Halloween! Campers rotated between various Halloween-themed stations, including cookie decorating, stories and hot chocolate in the woods with jump scares (courtesy of the cabin of Windward), and dress-up-a-counselor.
THE CHALLENGE GIRLS RETURNED SATURDAY MORNING! During our big Saturday Morning Clean Up, the Chal teams quietly slipped into Camp to unpack and clean their gear from the trip in the Trips Building. They joined us for lunch and were welcomed with tons of hugs, love, and questions about their time in the woods. As per the Camp tradition, the Chal girls then napped all afternoon. Meanwhile, the rest of Camp joined North Star to create tokens of appreciation for their counselors and spend time at the beach. Finally, to conclude the day, everybody watched “How To Train Your Dragon,” making all of us want our own pet dragons and speak in Scottish accents. Overall, it was a happy day!
Week six brought growth, opportunities to lead, hard work, and lots of laughs, culminating in an overflow of love once the Chal girls returned. We are grateful for the good we witnessed this week, and are excited to finish off the summer strong during our last week of Camp. Week seven, bring it on!
Another amazing, smooth, and healthy week for Camp Leelanau for Boys!
Weldon’s message at Council Fire was well taken. He reminded us that while there are new rules about masks and spacing ourselves out on the Beach and in the Changing Cabin…there are certain things that don’t change, that haven’t changed in 100 summers of Camp Leelanau. Those things are the spirit of trying new things, challenging ourselves, thinking outside of ourselves, and loving our brothers. He laid down the gauntlet. He asked each of us to give more this week. He pointed out that just being at Camp isn’t good enough, we need to be learning, growing, and giving at Camp to make it worth our while. And boy, oh boy, we got after it this week!
On Monday after activities the first thing we did was send out the Junior Flag Trip! That’s right, the entire Junior section donned their camos and headed into the woods to play some good ole Capture the Flag and camp out overnight. They loved it! The score was low, 3-2, which meant the defense was genuinely present this year. Little wonders every day. J
On Tuesday we settle back into our routine of activities with the entire Camp reunited and a full waterski class heading out to Glen Lake. For evening activity the Seniors played a clever new game called Hummel Defense that allows for cohort teams and social distancing but with a very even playing field so Algonquin isn’t by any stretch guaranteed the “W” automatically.
Wednesday brought a sunny and bright Cabin Day, so all of the ideas we had to belay last week because of the rain came out in full force. We had Forts built, the Zipline run, Music Videos made, Kneeboarding and Skiing happen, Thicket played, Thank You gifts baked and delivered, it was a hopping good time for all cabins.
We also enjoyed one more raucous “just the fellas” hymn sing up on our special church hill after the Wednesday evening service.
On Thursday the sense of urgency to accomplish things before the two and three week campers departed began to ramp up. With only two more evenings with those guys we prioritized a big game of Junior Soccer. For the Seniors we did a little thing called the Flag Trip Combine for evening activity and effectively got the Senior Flag Trip teams sorted out.
The other big event of Thursday is that we got the Sailboats out on the water! That is correct, with Lake Michigan right there taunting us, and not enough beach to safely store our sailboats, Sailing as a regular activity has had to take a knee this summer. However, on Thursday the Winds were favoring us, and we took out three lasers and got a number of campers out on them to introduce them to the activity. What a joy to see Sailboats out in the water in front of Camp once again.
One might be tempted to think that Friday would be a wind it down, prepare for some kids to depart kind of day. Not at Camp Leelanau! We began our day with the All Camp 5K Race and Fun Run! A-Aron Nutwell won the whole thing this year, so all those 20 mile runs this summer are paying off. Everyone that ran and cheered did so with great vigor and we appreciate that we can hold such a fun and wholesome event here on site.
For our final evening together we did Cabin Lip Syncs with some delightful, energetic, creative, hilarious, and well choreographed entries from each Cabin. And we closed our evening by sharing some funny awards and appreciation for all of the kids departing on Saturday morning.
It is hard to believe that there are only two weeks left of summer Camp. We have long full days, but very short weeks!
Hello! Your friendly North Starians here with another report on Camp Kohahna for Girls! Week 5 has been a BLASTOFF. We have had growth, fun, and achievement for everyone.
Monday started off as per usual with Dipping and new Morning Activities. Two trips also left early that morning to explore what the Upper Peninsula had to offer, and then returned on Wednesday. We had some fun activities on camp, like a hike to Pyramid Point, arts and crafts, watercoloring, games in the Great House, mucking, and some Speed and Agility workouts. We had a Counselor Hunt for our Evening Activity, and don’t worry, all counselors were found, safe and sound.
With the two trips out on Tuesday, Camp was small, but we still had a blast. Planning ahead, the girls got to prepare for the Evening Activity, a Talent Show, in the afternoon. For those who didn’t sign up for the Talent Show, we led a car wash of the Camp vehicles, a hammock hangout, and a game of golf while speaking in various accents. The evening was a treat with the Talent Show, complete with a 20-minute short play from the cabin of Juniper, a personal anecdote acted out in monologue form, songs, and scenes from the Drama class. It was a show to remember!
Wednesday woke with anticipation for the large portion of the Wildwood section to return that afternoon from Big Island Lake Wilderness and the Manistique River. The rest of Camp had a fun Cabin Day where some cabins made cookies, some climbed the High Ropes Course, some played on the playground, and some went tubing. We also saw the return of Kohahna’s Next Top Model. We ended the evening with a lovely Wednesday Night Church on the deck, and a heavenly hymn-sing afterward to send us off to sleep.
We had a full Camp again come Thursday morning! Woo! Morning Activities, Quiet Time, Breakfast, and Lunch were full again. Come the afternoon, campers participated in activities like practicing Camp Crafts skills for the Challenge and making gifts of appreciation for the Support Staff. In addition, a Kayaking overnight went out in the afternoon; the group kayaked from our beach to the Bay Road takeout in Glen Arbor, followed by camping on the Back Property for the evening. Back at Camp, we played Dune Football at the Sandbowl past Pyramid Point. The campers were ecstatic! While the steep inclines on both teams’ sides made it challenging to run to the ball and jail, the girls still had a grand time playing one of their favorite Camp games.
The starting gun went off on Friday morning to signal the beginning of our 7th annual 5K and Fun Run! Many Kohahna campers ran in the race and some even got onto the podium. We finished our last day of Morning Activities for the week shortly after and rounded out the afternoon with some packing, cleaning, and beach time. The evening proved to be a wonderful night to celebrate Christmas Eve in July, where we made murals, created gratitude garlands, played Christmas themed musical chairs and charades, took silly cabin photos, and ran Santa’s obstacle course.
Saturday dawned bright and clear with a Final Banquet Breakfast, complete with a slideshow, perfect dipping and longevity awards, and recognition of activity levels. We said goodbye to those campers who left us and continued our afternoon with a day of Camp Service. Some cabins helpedt in the horse barn, some washed and swept the buses, and one helped out in the Trips Room. The older cabins helped beautify Kohahna by clearing gravel and re-mulching on the hill. We rejoiced in our afternoon of hard work by watching the critically-acclaimed movie High School Musical 2 and then headed off to get a good night’s sleep.
What a week! We are so excited to see what the final two weeks of Camp have in store for us. Next week, we look forward to either the Challenge or another fun week of activities. Tune in next time to hear all about it!
Two Weeks of Day Camp and now Two Weeks of Residential Camp under our belts! It is hard to believe summer if flying by so fast!
It all started last Sunday with one more Opening Day to bring the entire Family together. What a joy to meet new campers and see returning campers come out of hibernation. The sun was bright and the parents were timely when it came to dropping those kiddos off at the barn. While the parents may miss the long lingering goodbyes at the porch of the cabin, the Leelanau Staff sort of enjoyed the opportunity to embrace these young men with hugs and scoop them directly into Camp.
To have such an abundant group of Campers up at Council Fire was an inspiration! As the sun set between the islands from a top our sacred spot, Weldon reminded us that Camp is built on Brotherly Love. As we gathered in our Friendship Circle, with our additional six feet between cohorts, we all had to step behind the benches and sing taps a little louder to be heard. It’s a good challenge to overcome. J
On Monday jumped right into our morning activities. We did swim tests in the afternoon during beach period, and played football and bombardment for evening activity. Conveniently Bombardment naturally segregates to accommodate social distancing, but we definitely had to get creative for Football.
On Tuesday the evening activities included a Dizzy Bat Sports Battle and a hardy game of Camo Dodgeball. By Wednesday the heavens were prepared to deluge upon us, so we canceled Cabin Day and played a whole camp game of Human Stratego. At the end of the game everybody was soaked and smiling from running around in the rain tagging each other with pool noodles and determining who the Flag was for each team.
On Thursday the sunshine returned to dry out all of our sneakers and towels and allow us to resume normally scheduled morning and afternoon activities. Shawnee loves their bike rides, so they rode to Narada Lake in the morning for fishing and Glen Lake in the afternoon for waterskiing.
Friday found us in the evening at the Glen Lake Schools Softball Diamond once again for North Team and South Team to face off for the Ole Ball Game! What a game it was too! North ended up winning with 11 runs after 5 innings. But South took the Homerun Derby. Most important of all perhaps is the spirit of competition that was demonstrated. Sure, we had to wear masks, sure we had to wear latex gloves under our baseball mits, but by golley that didn’t slow the game or the quality of sportsmanship displayed by both teams!
On Saturday we spent the morning finishing activity levels that might have been left undone from either this past week or the previous. And for the afternoon we picked up rakes and shovels and did a bit of Camp Service. There was wood to be split, mulch to be raked, litter to be picked up, vans to be washed, and a Tennis Shed to be reroofed. They boys tackled all of it with great gusto and willingness.
We are already looking forward to and excited for all that Week 5 has to offer.
It’s the SECOND SESSION! Woohoo! What a good week we have had–so full of growth, fun, activity, and joy!
Monday morning we started with the Swim Test which many campers passed! In the afternoon we began our Morning Activities to ensure we got a full week of opportunity to work on activity skills and levels. Each cabin also created group goals and contracts to focus on for the summer, a Kohahna day-one staple. Finally, for Evening Activity we did a Kohahna favorite game: Bombardment! The Sands took the win for the Waukeenas, and the Pines won the single extensive game the Wildwoods played. Overall, it was a successful first day of Camp full of Kohahna classics!
Tuesday followed Monday, as it usually does, with more fun activities and some super stellar Afternoon Activities. These included a rousing game of Balderdash, some jazzercising, a bit of golf, a bike ride or two to the 360 lookout down Port Oneida Road, and other games. Our Evening Activity was Water Polo, played in cabins by Pines and Sands or by our other two favorite teams, Peanut Butter and Jelly, depending on cabin numbers.
Wednesday proved to be a rainy Cabin Day for all! Morning Activities found creative ways to combat the rain, or just charged on through the drizzle. Cabin Day activities included a spa day with nail painting, some fort building, fuse bead making, music video making (looking at you Breezeway and Windward), making vegan chocolate chip cookies (can I have some @Trail’sEnd?), making brownies for a counselor’s birthday, and writing and performing a play for the rest of Camp!
By Thursday everyone was into the groove of Camp: Morning Activities were in full swing, our first Cabin Day was under our belts, and the campers were feeling settled in their cabins. The counselors were especially creative with their Afternoon Activities this week, some of which included frolicking in the meadow, hiking to Pyramid Point, making postcards, playing obstacle course games, and doing a speed and agility workout. We enjoyed Pizza and Milkshakes for a surprise dinner on Thursday, and ended up playing a popular Pines vs. Sands game, Superlatives. There were some funny counselor impressions, weird talents, and intriguing facts the campers shared, ending with the Pines taking the win 24-14!
Finally, Friday rolled around with a Leelanau, no wait, Kohahna classic: Friday Night Soccer! The Wildwoods took on a zoned version of a soccer game and had an absolute blast with it! There were some goals, so much support for everyone, and lots of fun to be had. Ultimately, the Sands cinched the win 6-4. The Waukeenas enthusiastically participated in a socially distanced game of Big Base, where no one scored, but everyone ran their hearts out around those bases.
But wait, who can forget the first Saturday of Camp?! Kohahna had its first Saturday Clean Up OF THE SUMMER (wow, can you even believe?!) where the majority of the cabins passed, receiving a score below a six. In the afternoon, the campers separated into their teams to prepare shows to perform for the rest of Camp on Sunday afternoon. The Sands portrayed a story about the characters from the show H2O, a show about mermaids, working to earn their Waterfront Awards; and the Pines portrayed a story about Disney characters helping current Kohahna campers demonstrate the seven K-Qualities. After show prep on Saturday afternoon, the girls prepared for an all-time favorite evening activity: LIP SYNC! Everyone crushed it with their lip sync routines, and so much fun was had preparing and performing them!
Finally, we had THREE whole trips go out this week, all overnights, and enjoyed by all ages. The Little Dipper, Stardust, and Gull’s Nest cabins (grades 1-4) went on an Overnight to Council Fire hill on Monday night. The Windward girls (7th graders) went on an overnight at the camp’s back property after hiking through the Sand Bowl on Thursday. The Falling Star girls (5th graders) got to participate in a Nature overnight led by a Breezeway camper who is working on her Nature levels on Friday! All kids found joy in the making of s’mores, sleeping in tents, and the wonder of the outdoors.
Week one (or week four for those who have been here all summer thus far) has certainly been full. We are grateful that we were able to ease into second session with Day Camp and a small first week of Residential Camp before welcoming 70+ campers to Kohahna, because we were eager and equipped for the session to begin. With week four (week one of session two) under our belts, we are excited to see what next week will bring!
Man, it felt great to wake up campers (and not just the Crib team) with the cannon for the first time this summer! Week One of Residential Camp has been a resounding success!
Monday morning was full of cars pulling in at the Farmhouse and dropping off camps, but these residential campers had a lot more stuff with them than just a knapsack for the day. We were grateful to have our CTs on hand all morning to carry trunks up to the cabins before they left on their trip to the Upper Peninsula Monday afternoon.
Monday afternoon, after a quick orientation in the Lodge, we split up into our first afternoon activity rotation and did our swim test in Lake Michigan, just like during Day Camp. Those day campers who’ve done it three times now are getting really good at swimming to the raft and back! For evening activities, the juniors played a classic game of Bombardment and the seniors played a new game called Frisball (picture kickball but with a frisbee and mini dodgeballs for socially distant tagging).
Tuesday was our first full “normal” day of residential camp. Dips, Quiet Time, Flag Raising, Cleanup, Morning Activities – the whole shebang. Afternoon activities look a little different this year. You’re doing them with all of the campers Since we don’t quite have the space to get everyone down on the beach at once, we are doing a rotation where half of camp is doing their afternoon activity while the other half is down at the beach. If you’re starting on land (doing your afternoon activity first), you’re a Badger, while you’re an Otter if you’re starting in the water with your beach period. We’ve been looking for years for a way to get more woodland creatures into the schedule, and we found a great way to do it! We wrapped up the day with another new game called Tower Defense.
Wednesday was Cabin Day! Highlights included exploring the mud pits, tubing on Glen Lake, biking around and exploring the old barns around Port Oneida, and a travelling Wrestlemania show. We had our weekly Wednesday night service with one of our Algonquin campers giving the readings for us followed by a hymn sing with Kohahna for the oldest cabins.
Thursday night, we drove the whole camp over to the shallows of Glen Lake to play WaPo. This year, we played within our cohorts to allow for proper social distancing, but this just meant there was even more tackling and scoring happening. All in all, it was a fantastic evening.
Friday night was our North vs. South July Madness basketball showdown! We played some knockout, 3-on-3, and finally a full 5-on-5 game with the seniors. It was an evening full of team spirit, hard competition, and great sportsmanship.
Saturday morning we did our morning activities one more time to get the full week’s worth of star-earning, and the rest of the day was filled with classic camp activities. We went out in the afternoon for some tackle practice in the woods, and played soccer after dinner. Talk about a full day!
It has been an awesome, full, first week of residential camp! We can’t wait to welcome even more campers next week!
It has been a blast starting Residential Camp! We are grateful for the campers who arrived on Monday morning, whether they’re here for one week, three weeks, or the rest of the summer. After the new campers settled into their cabins in the morning, we launched into Camp with the Waukeenas and new Wildwoods taking the Swim Test in the afternoon. It was a sunny, toasty day so everyone was eager to get in the water! After the Swim Test, all of the cabins spent time creating cabin goals and contracts and getting to know each other through some good old cabin time. Some groups went down to the beach to swim or sunbathe, and others played icebreaker games to learn more about each other.
In the evening, the counselors led a LOC-style Bonfire for Evening Activity. In summary, LOC-style Bonfires include goofy skits, songs, and ridiculous buffoonery that makes everyone laugh. For example, the counselors performed two skits, one about camping among killer mosquitoes and the other about the Prince of South Manitou asking for the Princess of Sleeping Bear’s hand in marriage. In addition, we sang songs about a laundry-eating goat and Princess Pat sailing the seven seas. We also added some elements of a Kohahna Council Fire to this bonfire, like cabin cheers, individual introductions, and the fire building challenge (a classic Council Fire event). Overall, the campers had fun and laughed a lot during the LOC-style Bonfire!
Tuesday morning campers found out which Morning Activities they were in for the week. Kayaking, Waterskiing, Arts and Crafts, and Silversmithing were particularly popular. We also started our new Afternoon Activity format where counselors sign up to lead an activity for a cabin of their choice. These activities ranged from fairy house building with Gulls Nest to tubing with Windward. In the evening, the Wildwoods went to Pyramid Point and the Sandbowl to play games while the Waukeenas played an array of lawn games on the Great House Lawn. Both activities were opportunities for the older girls and the younger girls to bond within their respective Wildwood and Waukeena sections.
Wednesday was Cabin Day! Counselors planned special activities for their cabins to do together like tubing, cookie baking, and ziplining. Evening Activity was Wednesday Night Church led by one of the CTs who prepared thoughtful readings. We also had a socially distant hymn sing with Leelanau after the testimony meeting, which was a success! This is a favorite of many campers so we are thankful that we were able to make it work while abiding by social distancing guidelines.
During the final days of the week, we fit in some classic Kohahna Evening Activities. We played a Pines vs. Sands game on Thursday called 8 Sticks, an adaptation of Capture the Flag on the soccer field where the goal is to get the other team’s four flags in your team’s flag circle. And on Friday night, after packing and cleaning time, we did Lip Sync, a hilarious Kohahna favorite.
Saturday we said goodbye to the one-weekers in the morning and moved into new cabins for the Second Session. In the afternoon the campers participated in a Beach Bonanza to unwind after moving all morning. The Beach Bonanza included a rotation of activities the girls did in their cabins, such as a relay race, an obstacle course, and a sandcastle building contest.
For Evening Activity we cozied up with our cabins in the Great House to watch the movie Onward, a classic and relaxing Changeover activity.
It was a full and exciting week of Residential Camp! Moreover, First Session was packed with a successful two weeks of Day Camp and our first trial at Residential Camp. We are profoundly grateful to be up and running this summer, and cannot wait for Second Session to begin!
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.