If you are just joining us the booms are for the cannon. The number of booms corresponds to the weeks of Camp.
And this was certainly a Four Boomin’ Week!
Welcome, welcome, welcome to all the Four Week Campers, we are SO glad to have you home.
Sunday night Council Fire was a spirited event with a visit from the Great Siam and all of the counselors introducing their activities and celebrating the success of the 3-weekers.
Monday dawned warm and welcoming as we dove feet first into our Mighty Monday routine of playing games with our cabins to get to know each other better, and ending the morning with a little bombardment on the tennis courts. The afternoon took us to Bar Lake for the good ole Bar Exam Swim Test. Many level 3’s were passed by even some of the youngest fellows. One might think that such a full day would encourage us to return to Camp and hunker down, but NO, not Camp Leelanau for Boys. We headed from Bar Lake to the Shallows Picnic Area of Little Glen Lake for a hearty picnic dinner of Super Chicken. More group games and name games followed before finally turning the Big Blue Bus home towards showers and bedtime.
Tuesday offered a uniquely normal day of Camp before we turned things over on Wednesday with an on Camp Cabin Day where we found cabins doing various sports, team building initiatives, the High Ropes Course, and being super cute if your Cabin is called Black Swan.
Thursday we sent the young fellows to the Dune Climb for evening activity because we were worried they would revolt from all of the showering they were doing after evening activities this week if we didn’t absolutely cover them head-to-toe in sand first. Success! After an evening of Dune Flying they all acquiesced enthusiastically to a fourth shower in as many days.
Friday we sent the older fellows back to the Shallows on Little Glen Lake for a rousing game of Water Polo. Many fantastic tackles and plays were made in the glow of the setting sun.
Saturday gave us one more day of morning activities to complete levels. Next we played the very popular “Hunger Games” with the entire Camp running and pulling flags, sneaking and throwing dodge balls, and creating and breaking alliances throughout Camp.
We can’t wait to keep up the fun, the growing, and the true character development that goes on here on Pyramid Point.
The first week of the second session has begun! We are so excited to have everyone here. After beginning the day with dips (much warmer than three weeks ago), campers had the opportunity to share their swimming skills in Bar Lake and set personal and cabin goals for the summer. The girls enjoyed their Morning Activities of Horseback Riding where many worked on two-point position over ground poles and the posting trot. In Ceramics we have seen coil pots and creative projects, and beautiful painted canvases in Arts and Crafts. Lots of precision shooting in Archery and Riflery, and some fearless wet exits in Kayaking on Lake Michigan. On Cabin Day, many got to explore the towns in the area such as Leland and Glen Arbor, and others had an exciting time tubing on Glen Lake. Our evenings have been super active! They’ve consisted of competitive games like Bombardment and The Chicken Game, as well as putting our detective skills to the test during CLUE. It was a great week filled with fun, cabin bonding, achievement, and good old fashioned competition!
We have had some beautiful weather here on the bluffs and are looking forward to more fun and sunny days with these amazing campers!
Week three in the Books! But boy oh boy this one sure was a page-turner!
Sunday afternoon we engaged in an epic battle of Paddle-Board-Dodge-Ball. Out on Lake Michigan, the kids teamed up with each other and scooted around on Paddle Boards and threw dodge balls at each other. Actually, let’s be honest the title is the best descriptor. Needless to say, the feedback from the Campers was extremely positive.
Monday dawned bright and began a positive streak of amazing warm weather for the week. We hit it hard with Morning Activities and a few extra events like a fishing trip to Bass Lake, and our own Paul Olsen lead an advanced Outdoor Cooking afternoon and evening for a few guys.
On Tuesday for evening activity we loaded the Big Blue Bus one more time for a whole Camp game of Dune Football. Full contact, with counselors playing, and everybody rose to the occasion. Great plays were made, and the final point of the game was particularly nail-biting.
Wednesday found us scampering around Pyramid Point for our on Camp Cabin Day, with cabins at the Sand Bowl, on the Ropes Course, on the Zip Line, and Team Building in the Pine Forest. We all came together that evening for one of the most inspired and hopping testimony meetings our little hillside has seen.
Thursday totally blew the wheels off the donkey cart! Happy Fourth of July to all, and in our patriotic fervor we flipped the whole Camp Schedule on it’s head. Our Fourth of July celebration had an Avengers Theme where all of the kids were broken into groups to train and prepare for battle with Kang the Conqueror. The Staff members dressed up like various Avengers, the kids marched in the Glen Arbor parade, there were water balloons, dodge balls, and sidewalk chalk in everyone’s hands at various points throughout the afternoon.
Our evening was a beautiful walk up to Pyramid Point and the Sand Bowl for the older kids and a bonfire on the beach for the younger. Both groups had the opportunity to quiet down after a very loud day and reflect on the accomplishments of the session.
Friday arrived way too quickly. We couldn’t believe the final 24 hours of the three week session were upon us. It felt too soon to say good-bye to these delightful young men that grew with us so much in just three weeks.
Without any sadness, but our consistent boyish vigor, we packed up our trunks and beds in the afternoon before indulging in a delicious Three Week Final Banquet. After the Banquet we gathered in our special Funny Awards Fire Ring to share and commemorate many happy moments and memories with well painted pieces of wood. Weldon stood up and closed it with a rousing reminder that we need to take Camp home with us and share it as we move on to our next experiences. All of the boys seemed moved and motivated to do just that!
We are sad to see our three-weekers depart, but we know they are going off to do great things for their communities outside of Camp. And now we shift gears to welcome home the burly four week campers!
Wow! What an exciting 3rd week of camp!! We wrapped up the 3-week session with some brand new activities, some cherished classics, and the Fourth of July. On Sunday we played Human Stratego and enjoyed a Cook-Out dinner with Leelanau. Later that evening at Council Fire, the girls shared songs about their trips from the previous week, played “the Stick Game,” and learned more about the importance of integrity.
This week some of the campers had the opportunity to take Blacksmithing for the first time in Kohahna history! The girls learned how to heat metal in a forge, properly hammer it, and transform it into hooks. We also offered an afternoon activity of sailing on Glen Lake for the inaugural voyage on the new RS Quest Sailboats, Sundance and Beauregard. Additionally, some campers partook in an outdoor cooking activity, in which they learned how to make gourmet meals over a fire. It was special to be able to participate in these new activities and we are so grateful for the new experiences.
On Monday evening Kohahna ventured down Port Oneida to the Backside of the Sleeping Bear Dunes for Dune Football. It was a great game full of well-planned raids and good defense from both teams, but ended with a win for the Sands. On Tuesday we hosted the first Kohahna Spelling Bee with multiple rounds of words, increasing in difficulty as the Bee progressed. The girls enjoyed dressing up as different characters to participate in the Bee. Wednesday consisted of Off-Camp Cabin Days tubing, flower picking, and shooting the culverts followed by Church and Hymn Sing.
The week increased in excitement as the Fourth of July fell on Thursday. Rather than following the daily schedule, we spent the entire day celebrating. It started off with patriotic face painting, adorning ourselves with red, white, and blue stars, fireworks, and flags before heading to the parade in Glen Arbor. After a briefing that outlined the mission for our Avengers themed afternoon activity, both Kohahna and Leelanau were off to Glen Arbor to walk in the parade. The campers of both camps spent the afternoon moving through a series of stations within teams with a super-hero counselor, fighting to protect American heritage from the supervillains (a.k.a North Star and HQ). The activity culminated in the epic defeat of the villains, the salvation of America, and a swim in Lake Michigan. In the evening, the younger girls went to the beach to swim again, play some more, and enjoy a bonfire with s’mores. The older girls headed up to Pyramid Point and the Sand Bowl to play games and reflect on the amazing day as the sun set.
Friday of Week Three was the culmination of the three week session. There was an Art Show displaying all of the incredible crafts the campers made in Silversmithing, Ceramics, and Arts and Crafts followed by a Drama show with several monologues and group skits. We loved watching the campers shine both on stage and next to their amazing crafts. In the evening, Kohahna gathered for Banquet to dine together and celebrate the achievements of the session and the week. This was followed by the Pine Bow Ceremony, in which campers and counselors individually share gratitude.
We are so sad to see the three weekers leave, but we know they are coming home with many happy memories, funny stories, a closer relationship to God, and so much growth. It has been such a pleasure to spend this time with your girls and to witness all of their achievement. Thank you for sharing them with us!
A wise person once said, “you don’t take the cookies out of the oven until they are fully baked.” We couldn’t agree more! The reason we have long sessions here at Leelanau is so we can spend more time digging deeper into the lessons and qualities we strive to learn and express here at Camp. The longer time we spend in this oven, the better we come out into the world ready to share our warm gooey goodness!
Which is the reason that not one, not two, but all three of our 2-Week Session first year campers have opted to extend their sessions to the full 3 weeks!! Wahoo! We love these kids and their willingness to jump right into Camp and beg for more.
On Sunday afternoon we played a hilariously fun and creative game based on the SpongeBob television program where teams needed to work together and collect ingredients to make the perfect Crabby Patty. Maybe that means something to this audience; it was comically lost on our Camp Director.
After a spirited and inspiring Council Fire, Camp Leelanau headed to bed with sweet dreams for the week to come.
Monday dawned misty with the threat of rain in the forecast. Undeterred the entire Junior Section packed up and headed into the woods for the honored tradition of the Junior Flag Trip. Good sportsmanship, good raids, and tackles took place for the better part of the day. Unfortunately, the heavens did indeed open up on them late in the afternoon and before you know it, there are thirty soaking wet juniors, shirts off, triumphantly singing at the top of their lungs, riding the Blue Bus back to Camp to finish their trip in the Leelanau Lodge.
Monday’s storm brought mighty inspiration from the Camp Director Tuesday morning and before the cannon could even finish her singular sentence of Kaboom! He was chasing the kids down to the beach for exercises and dips. No quarter will be given on the expectation of growth around here!
On Wednesday we eschewed the idea of Cabin Day in favor of taking the whole Camp to Empire Beach, so kids could play in South Bar Lake, Lake Michigan, and the large playground all together. These kids needed a good afternoon of sand and water, and they returned to Camp properly exfoliated in preparation for Wednesday Evening testimonies.
Thursday saw the return of the burly men of Cherokee that hiked Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for the previous four days. As well, five brave folks headed out into Lake Michigan for Charter Fishing and brought home seven whopping trout!
Friday we engaged in the hollowed first session tradition called the North-South Comedic War of Attrition. A competitive comedy and talent show allowing all of Camp to get up on stage and celebrate their various skills. While there are a few campers that thrive in that limelight, for others this is an important step out of their comfort zone, and just one more way we at Leelanau develop the whole Man.
Obviously, after an evening of singing, dancing, and dressing-up on Saturday we donned our Camos once more and played an all Camp tackle game called POW. The boys headed into the woods defended their sites, raided their opponents, and called “Caught, caught, caught!” until lunch time.
One week left to make sure all of our three week cookies are ready for the platter, and as Weldon said at Counselor Meeting Saturday night, the gloves are coming off and we are hitting week 3 with all the energy, love, and enthusiasm we have!
Oh what good days we have, oh what good plays we have
Oh what cool trips we take, oh what cold dips we take
And oh, what wonderful moonlit nights,
For our tripsy hikes!
And for trips in canoes too
Oh what good days we have, oh what good plays we have
This classic Kohahna tune pretty much sums up our second week – full of trips! All campers 6th grade and up went on a trip and it was awesome (stay tuned for next week to learn about the 1-4th grade trip)! The 6th graders went on a two-night canoeing adventure that included a training day on School Lake followed by a day canoeing down the Platte River. The 7th graders embarked on a two night hiking trip alongside the mighty Manistee River. The 8-11th graders had their choice of two Upper Peninsula trips: hiking Pictured Rocks or canoeing The Manistique River. The CT’s stayed in the mitten and traveled east to Au Sable River, spending their days paddling down the scenic river with an occasional portage. It is always incredibly exciting to get out on a trip, step outside of our comfort zone, and adventure into the wilderness. The trips pushed the girls to trust in their strength from God and brought much growth along with it.
For those who remained back at camp, we tried to mix it up and did many different “out of the norm” activities. We explored our creative side by doing some outdoor water coloring, jewelry making, and we even made sock puppets and Fairy Homes. We took a special trip to go flower picking in Omena, which was a huge hit.
In addition to your typical morning activities like Riding, Camp Crafts, Waterskiing, and Archery: we also went tubing, did karaoke on the Great House stage, played extreme spoons, and went minnow catching in the Crystal River. For our last evening before all the trips returned, we spent the afternoon on the ski boats and then had a picnic dinner and bonfire at a local beach. It was an awesome evening filled with dipping, good food, beach games, and of course-S’mores!!
Overall, this week was outside the normal camp routine, but we were witness to so much growth, love, and fun! It was truly a great week and we look forward to the week to come.
Cold water and cooler evenings don’t slow down the fellas at Camp Leelanau. Not one bit!
Sunday dawned clear and crisp and we welcomed a whole load of boys to Camp. Minivans and SUV’s pulled up with excited campers and green clad counselors swarmed to embrace them.
Thirteen brand new to Leelanau kiddos began their journey on Sunday morning. Cowboy boots, tennis rackets, toiletry tubs, and everything else you might imagine came along with those feelings of thrill for something new, a little wide-eyed at the size of the CTs and kids in Cherokee, and certainty that Camp Leelanau is their new home!
On Monday we kicked things off with some great teamwork and get to know you games, like GaGa Ball, Human Foosball, and Initiatives, before heading to Bar Lake in the afternoon. The Annual Bar Exam is a hollowed rite of passage for every Leelanau Camper. We ask the kids to tread, float, and swim to determine the appropriate morning activities for them. Full disclosure, the water was chilly, but many brave souls were not deterred. Even a few kids in Argosy and Black Swan, our youngest two cabins, completed their Level 3!
For dinner the Big Blue Bus swung over to the Shallows for a picnic of fried chicken and salads. This is one of our favorite evenings, because we also get Captain Elections – Congrats to John Moore of the North Team and Walker Evans of the South Team – and explain the Team process here at Camp.
On Tuesday we finally settled into our regular morning activities, and twang, bang, and splash, just like that Archery, Riflery, and Kayaking were operating full force.
On Wednesday in the afternoon we piled into the vans for an Off Camp Cabin Day! A perennial favorite of the Campers we sent kids to the Empire Bluffs, the Dunes, the Crystal River, and the Empire Beach playground. Stories were shared among all at Dinner and a few testimony worthy healings occurred that were expertly shared during Church that night.
On Thursday the Juniors played a fierce game of Soccer while the Seniors met each other on the Basketball Court. Friday brought us all back to the Big Blue Bus for an evening of Water Polo for the Seniors and frolicking on the Front Side of the Dunes for the Juniors. Don’t worry Mom’s everybody showered Friday night after all that ruckus.
Saturday morning allowed us to sleep in a little bit and then we engaged in a lively morning of North vs. South competition. The Juniors played GaGa Ball for Stars, the Seniors did Competitive Mucking for Stars, and the whole Camp played a hardy game of Nuke’Em on the Volleyball Court. Congrats to North Juniors, South Seniors, and the South Team on those events.
A few more noteworthy notes from Week 1:
The CT Boys completed their service project of building a New Blacksmith Shop for us while also filling the firewood sheds all over Camp. A hat tip to their Counselor Colin Saad for holding a high standard for each them as they learned to be both Carpenters and Wood splitters.
Lastly, and probably most significant, Sam Schulze, first year camper of Argosy, was recognized as the only kid in the Junior Section to turn in his Laundry with all of his Socks turned the right side out! This kid, his parents, and counselors deserve an Ole!!
Can’t wait to dive into Week 2 with all of these fabulous kids!
What an exciting first week of camp! We are overjoyed to have campers moved in and busy with activities, bonding with cabinmates, and getting into the groove of things. After campers moved in on Sunday, we enjoyed our first council fire where new campers were welcomed to their respective Pine and Sand teams. Everyone was introduced to this summer’s theme: Women of Integrity. We are excited to expand more on this important quality which relates to expressions of wholeness, purity, and completeness.
On Monday, our weekday began with a brisk dip in the lake followed by breakfast, cleanup, quiet time for reading the Lesson and morning activities! A lot of achievement took place on the waterski boat, climbing wall, ceramics room, and more. During the afternoons, girls enjoyed shooting the culverts on the Crystal River, Role Play Mafia, bike ride to the 360° Lookout, and even made a music video. Campers and the Kohahna staff Sky Team were competitive during games of Bombardment and Three-Legged Big Base Kickball, in which many laughs were had. Our week concluded with Saturday clean-up, Lip Sync, Church, and a fun filled day out on Empire Beach.
We are so grateful to spend this summer with your amazing children. We can’t think of a better place than Camp that fosters your child’s growth, encourages them to step outside their comfort zone, and grow stronger in their relationship to God. We can’t wait to see all the good that this summer at Kohahna will bring!
We dug deeply this final week to make the most of every single moment. On Monday we hit our final Beach Bonanza hard with sailboats, paddleboards, kayaks, and the raft all in full swing as the sun set in the west. The Camp Photographer had it too easy that night. All those hardworking, fun-loving, tan boys in orange sunlight make for some iconic picture taking.
On Tuesday we loaded the bus one more time and took the whole Camp to the shallows for evening activity. HQ’s head had to be on a swivel as the Seniors played Water Polo in the knee-deep water and the Juniors played Water Polo in water up to their knees. Two totally epic games with good plays, graceful tackles, and amazing sportsmanship occurred concurrently as if these boys have been spending their whole summer learning how to do things right. 😉
On Wednesday everybody gathered with their Cabins for the final Cabin Day of the summer. We had folks out at Pyramid Point doing flips on the dunes. We had folks up in the High Ropes Course. We had folks making a music video. Most importantly we had all of those folks back together by dinner and heading up to our favorite hillside for Wednesday evening church. The testimonies were really rocking because who isn’t extremely grateful for a summer full of growth and healing?
By Thursday even Weldon had to concede that Summer was coming to an end. We added an extra activity period to the afternoon schedule so that kids might put the finishing touches on certain activity levels. Star totals were coming due and it was still neck and neck between the North and South Teams. That evening we gathered in our Funny Awards fire ring and shared some very funny, some very touching, all very memorable moments around that fire.
Friday morning the CT’s woke up Camp and enthusiastically ran them down to the water for exercises and dips. An air of excitement and anticipation carried the boys forward as they packed their trunks and showered up for Final Banquet. And what a banquet it was! Filled with singing, good food, and a great sense of camaraderie and achievement. HQ announced awards, hands were shook, backs slapped, and brotherly recognition abounded.
At the end of the Banquet the South Team won the year, and all campers sang one more good strong Stand Up and Cheer!
Saturday and Sunday were a blur of parents, accolades, and joyous farewells.
Know that we are already counting the days till Summer 2019 and count on seeing everyone right back here at the End of Port Oneida – an up and coming community with a rich history. Wink!
What a summer it has been! Week 7 was a super full week of achievement, fun, and wrapping up an incredible summer.
Some of this week’s highlights included playing Dune Football, preparing our Encore performances (Flash Mob, “We Came From Towns and Cities” and “This is Me”), final Cabin Day, the Dance and Drama Show, the Sky Show/Kickline, celebrating Halloween and playing Big Base for C.T Day! Many activity levels were passed from multiple Expert levels in Camp Crafts, to Advanced levels passed in Sailing and Drama- just to name a few.
During our Final Council Fire we closed the evening with our Pine Bow Ceremony where everyone was able to give gratitude for this summer. We heard gratitude for the atmosphere of love at camp, gratitude for cabin mates and counselors, gratitude for the strong sense of sisterhood and support at Kohahna, gratitude for the opportunities we have to learn and grow in our understanding of Christian Science and for how much FUN we have at camp. We expressed our gratitude for the opportunity to take what we learned home with us, that we continue to learn from camp long after the summer ends, and how grateful we are to have a forever home at Kohahna.
At our Final Banquet on Saturday evening we celebrated the summer recognizing Expert levels passed and Longevity (first year plaques, 5 year pins, 10 year blankets and 15 year pocket knives). We recognized our Kohahna campers for their consistent expression of 7 qualities, for being Perfect Dippers and for the enthusiasm and dedication for their morning activities. We had 5 campers share their thoughts on the summer theme focusing on the theme qualities, Love, Purity, Tenderness, Strength, Spiritual Individuality and Confidence and were also able to recognize campers for their example of selfless love, example of leadership and growth in self- confidence.
Our gratitude for this summer is overflowing, we are so incredibly grateful for your Kohahna camper; they are each a woman of substance and integrity, each of them played an important role in making this summer the beautiful, growth-filled, harmonious and wicked fun summer it was. Thank you for sharing your daughter with us and making camp a priority in her life; we don’t think there is any better gift than the gift of camp. We are confident that she will apply what she learned in her life outside of camp, continuing to bless those around her as she did here this summer.
We can’t wait to see you all next year!
With so much love,
The Women of North Star
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.