Instead of the Cannon kicking off a Camp morning this year, we begin with a Car or Minivan tearing down Port Oneida Road toward the Big Tree.
The Day Camp days are upon us, and what a wonderful opportunity it is! The phrase we are using around here is that we are “emerging gently” into Summer Camp, and what a fun way to kick things off.
After a shuffling herd of knapsack wearing and stuffed animal (for rest hour) clutching Day Campers made their way through a Monday morning Flag Raising, Breakfast, and Quiet Time we kicked into an enthusiastic Orientation with the Ground Rules laid and Introductions made.
Then swim-test for all! With Bar Lake not being accessible to us these days, we did the ole Lake Michigan Raft swim, and boy did these kids earn their Level 3 this time around. Wow. Brisk June water means these boys must really want to go waterskiing this summer! Our evening activity was a Co-Ed Indoor Bonfire with joyous Camp Songs, Skits, and Stories shared before our daily evening dip, and happy and dripping back to the Big Tree for Pick-Up.
A moment of hilarious confusion on nomenclature occurred among the Crib Team on Tuesday morning. The counselors kept referring to morning Pick-Up and evening Drop-Off. Now a parent would probably have switched those around. It’s a testament to how excited these counselors are each day to “Pick-Up” their Campers from the parents for the day. And the end of the day is the reluctant “Drop-Off” back at the Big Tree when we have to give the kids back.
Our Tuesday evening activity was a Socially Distant game of Bombardment, where we paired cohorts, but also assigned zones of the court that cohort would be allowed to play in. It was fun watching the oldest kids try and toss out intercepting fire to protect their littlest teammates because they couldn’t actually stand in front of them like in other years.
On Wednesday, you might ask “what did we do for Cabin Day?” Well during Day Camp, and perhaps the whole summer, every day is Cabin Day as we follow our Cohorts from one activity to the next and sample all of the best Activities that Camp has to offer. Including of course an inspired Wednesday evening service provided by the Leelanau CTs.
Thursday evening brought out a little Team Spirit as the North and South teams competed in a Socially Distant game of Kickball, played with a Frisbee and Dodgeballs to keep folks more spread out on the field. Friday evening we joined Kohahna for a Counselor Fashion Show. And Saturday night we still played Soccer. It was Socially Distant Soccer, but it was awesome. It was awesome because it meant that more people touched the ball and supported their team.
It has been an amazing first week of this experiment we are calling Day Camp and we are already looking forward to doing it again next week!
We were so excited to have campers arrive and bring Day Camp to life! This week, campers got
to participate in a range of classic camp activities, including Silversmithing, Horse-back Riding,
Waterskiing, and Climbing. Campers got to experience all of the fun of this week within co-ed
cohorts, in which they were able to form stronger and stronger bonds as the week went on.
We’ve loved hearing about campers’ enthusiasm for Day Camp, including how they’re able to
spend more time with their brothers at Leelanau and complete a wide range of activities all in
one week. In the evenings, we had a blast having a bonfire, watching the new campers join their
teams, playing the Chicken Game, and dressing up the counselors for a Counselor Fashion
Show. We are feeling so blessed to have had such a fun-filled, action-packed harmonious first
week of Day Camp!
Seven Booms for Seven Weeks of booming growth and progress as young men of Leelanau!!
Sunday launched the LIFE Tournament. Red and White faced off on the ole Frisbutt Pitch. Then Blue and Green lined up to send Blue and White into the Finals at the end of the week.
Monday and Tuesday marked to last two most normal Camp days that we could muster. With Jr. Soccer and Sr. Bombardment as the evening activity for Monday, and on Tuesday Evening the Big Blue Bus took everyone to the Shallows for Water Polo. Having two games of WaPo going at once, Juniors in one spot and Seniors in another make for a head spinning evening for the Camp Photographer. Amazing moments of sportsmanship and good hard play occurred faster than a camera shutter could capture it all.
On Wednesday the fellows loaded the vans and Blue Bus and distributed themselves all over the county for the final Cabin Day of the summer. We had folks picking raspberries, playing Disc Golf, swimming in Lake Michigan, and everything in between. The evening ended with an inspired Church Service summarizing gratitude and healings of the past four or seven weeks.
On Thursday the CT boys rose early for a quick dash around the ole Basch Loop, before chasing all of Camp down to dips for some inspired exercises. It is difficult to know how those exercises inspired the Campers, but by the time we gathered that evening for our Funny Awards Ceremony the sharing was heartfelt and meaningful.
Friday was the day to really spit shine and polish ourselves up. Donning our whitest whites on Friday afternoon the Campers gathered at the Flag Pole for a final inspection of themselves before heading into the Great House for their Banquet. From HQ’s perspective, we can tell if it has been a successful and effective summer when the Banquet Hall on Friday Night has both spirit and decorum. The spirit of Camp was loud and large as the boys feasted and sang. The decorum side came as they ate and chatted without going bonkers. Success!! The boys behaved perfectly. The celebration of achievement continued into the evening as we awarded the Seven Medals, Advanced Outdoorsman, Core Awards, and finally revealed the winning team of the year. Congratulations North Team!
On Saturday with the revelry of Final Banquet still in our heads we pulled ourselves together to pack up our cabins and prepare Camp for the parents to enjoy a showcase of Camp activities. At 2pm we met the parents and friends in the Lodge for a review of a few favorite acts from the summer, then headed out for parents to watch us in our activities, then gathered one more time on the Soccer Field for a final round the The Hunger Games. Albeit the parents were befuddled by the rules of the game, the kids loved playing. After dinner we lined up for one final trip up the hill for our Final Council Fire of 2019. It was a meaningful final evening together, and with a big proverbial hug Weldon reminded us how much we’d grown and made sure we all knew we belong right back here at Pyramid Point next summer.
Camp is so awesome. We are so glad we had such a fun and full summer, and that we got to share it with so many lovely campers and counselors! Our final week of camp has been full of growth, exciting activities, and lots of level passing! We had our last week of Morning Activities, our final Cabin Day, and the last few morning dips of the summer.
Our lovely Counselors in Training kicked off our week with an eagerly awaited “CT Day”, complete with CT-led afternoon activities like Extreme Sports, Fire Sculptures, or Friendship Bracelet Making, and an energetic Jazzercise/Zumba class after dinner. We celebrated Halloween on Tuesday with a haunted barn, face painting, and storytelling. Wednesday we had our last Cabin Day and evening church service with a spirited hymn sing. The campers enjoyed watching our combined Drama, Dance, and Music show on Thursday afternoon where campers from those Morning Activities showcased their monologues, group dance pieces, musical talents and beautiful singing voices. Later that afternoon, the Bible-themed Sky Show was a hit with the girls, and they enjoyed an “Awesome God” kickline. Thursday was also our final official Evening Activity—a camp favorite, Dune Football. The Skies scraped by with a win, 100-0.
We closed out the week with our Final Council Fire on Friday. Expert Level recognition and a summer theme wrap-up was before our Pine Bough Ceremony where the gratitude flowed. We heard gratitude for the things we have learned, the friends we have made, and the good constantly expressed here at camp.
Final Banquet followed on Saturday as we continued to close out our summer. After the dinner portion of our evening, we heard from five campers about their thoughts on integrity: what it is, it’s application and importance, and how it relates to our identity. We celebrated all of the Expert levels passed, the Perfect Dippers, the Honor Cabins for the whole summer, and Longevity (first year plaques, 5-year pins, and a 10-year blanket).
We are so grateful to have had such a fun, harmonious summer! It would not have been the same without all of our campers, so thank you for sending them to Kohahna this summer. We are excited to see how the growth that has occurred, the lessons we have learned, and the joy we have expressed will continue to bless the girls who came to camp this year.
Week Six is where we knuckle down and put all the things we’ve talked about into practice. All that Brotherly Love business. All that Sportsmanship. All that Unselfishness. All that and more has been demanded of us this past week.
The Senior Flag Trip and The Backwoodsman Flag Trip are two of our peak experiences for their respective age groups. Both activities, different in scope but similar in nature, push the boys well outside of their comfort zones and allow opportunities to really dig deeply into the study of Christian Science.
On Monday we felt a great calm before the storm of Flag Trips. We worked to have a most normal of all days with regular activity and table assignments. The goal was for a mellow evening activity. With that in mind we set out to assign lip-syncs for each cabin to perform for each other. Well…so much for mellow! Our belly’s ached from laughing; our throats were raw from cheering. Boys in dresses, dancing to Pop Music is just too much awesome for one evening at Leelanau.
Tuesday brought the departure of the Senior Flag Trip. Eleven guys from the South Team and eleven guys from the North Team loaded their food, gear, tents, and Flags into the trailers and headed out into the forests behind Camp to install for four days. They got right to work building their structures and serving up inventive and delicious meals, all while playing a very competitive game of Capture the Flag.
On Wednesday we afforded a very similar opportunity, albeit on a truncated scale, to our Backwoodsmen campers. The Cabins of Barbados, Sea Hornet, Iroquois, and Cherokee loaded the Bus and headed to a pair of Campsites a little further away from Camp and engaged in much of the same vigorous structure making and Capture the Flag playing for the glory of the North or South Team.
All the while, our Early Bird Campers, from the cabins of Black Swan and Tortuga stayed home and ran Camp for us. They did an excellent job zip-lining, ringing bells, and making sure all 14 of them were on time to meals and church that night. The success of the day can likely be laid exclusively at the feet of a few key boys in Black Swan.
On Thursday everyone, but the Seniors, returned home and back to routine. Up on the hill the Senior Flag Trip was just heating up with a few successful efforts of offense from both teams, and going into the final night a very close scoring flag game…
By Friday the dust had settled, the Seniors returned for a refreshing dip in Lake Michigan and a well deserved afternoon nap.
That evening the Juniors met on the Huey Field for another night of Friday Night Soccer while the Seniors headed over to the Leelanau School for a bonfire of songs and skits at a venue called Beach Bards.
Saturday afforded the whole camp a little event we call “Super Sleep-In.” The cannon didn’t go off until 9 in the morning! And boy did the fellows appreciate a little extra rest.
Now, rested and recharged the whole of Leelanau will jump into Week 7 with both feet. No more trips to pull us away from each other, the entire Boy’s Camp will charge forward to get the most out of the good Camp has to give in the form of Week 7!
We’ve enjoyed yet another great week at Camp Kohahna! We began with Kohahna’s first ever Flag Football Game. The girls put on their Sand and Pine gear, tied flags around their waists, and played a good spirited game of football. The Waukeenas and Wildwoods first played separately, but later joined for an epic game. On Tuesday, the girls were given the opportunity to showcase their abilities in a Talent Show- where we got to enjoy ‘punny’ skits, lip syncs, piano performances and song singing. On July 25th, Christmas cheer spread across Kohahna. We sang carols before meals and celebrated in the evening with various activities. During Christmas activity rotations, they got their faces painted (many of the girls transformed into adorable reindeer), went through a reindeer training obstacle course, learned how to “ice skate,” had a snowball fight with balls, and decorated cookies! On Friday, the girls entered in The Kohahna Hunger Games, competing against each other to be the last woman standing with bandanas.
Throughout the week the Sand and Pine Teams planned, rehearsed, and performed two separate shows. Both shows included numerous comedic skits and impressive kicklines. The Sands crafted a show about Finding Nemo and how he achieved at camp. We saw lots of fun skits, a great kickline, and some very humorous emcees. The Pines took camp on a Phineas and Ferb themed adventure. We saw three kicklines/dances in that performance! All the campers put a lot of time and effort into rehearsing their lines, creating the signs and props, and practicing their kicklines. The effort both teams put in was clearly evident in their awesome performances!
In addition to all the good on camp, we soaked up the water on trips this week! A small, spirited group of campers did well canoeing on the quick moving Betsy River. They greatly improved their canoeing skills, made pizza bagels, and made up songs. One of their nights was spent at Grass Lake State Campground. A different group of paddle sport lovers enjoyed kayaking on Lake Michigan, paddling south towards Glen Arbor from Camp for an afternoon. They returned to Camp, packed up their canoes, and headed to Camp’s back property to cook some more pizza bagels, sleep, and eat some M&M pancakes. The youngest girls got to enjoy an overnight on the Back Property, lead by one of our wonderful CT’s. They were given a helpful introduction to camping, learning skills such as setting up a tent and building a fire. It was such a fun week out on the water and in the wilderness.
Pine Cone Pals (PCP) were an exciting part of everyone’s week. Last Sunday, campers and counselors pulled a name out of a hat to find out who their PCP is. This week, they surprised their PCP’s with crafts, quotes, handmade bracelets, art, and more. These will be revealed at Council Fire!
We are looking forward to an incredible final week of the summer. It will be full of many exciting events. Campers have been preparing for the Dance, Drama, and Art Shows throughout the summer and we will finally be able to see all of their hard work!
Week 5 means it is time to settle in and sort out what it really means to be a part of Camp Leelanau for Boys.
HQ is well aware that parents send their kids to Camp for more than just a safe and enjoyable time on the Shores of Lake Michigan. Parents send their kids to Camp with the expectation that they will grow in grace, in character, and in their understanding of Christian Science.
Well…this week HQ had to explain that to the Campers too. It was a good week. A growing week. Filled with competition, hard play, weather extremes, and in the end a better understanding of our identity as a Child of God, but it’s the journey we are all most interested in.
Sunday afternoon we kicked off a brand new tradition for Camp Leelanau with the LBO: July Madness. A North/South Basketball Tournament. Both teams loaded the bus and headed to the Leelanau School Gym for an afternoon of Early Bird Competitive Drills, Backwoodsmen Half Court, and Pioneer Full Court Basketball. The noise, the fun, and the enthusiasm for good sport all carried the event into the record books as a certain hit that will return for many years in the future.
Monday the rains came. The best kind of rain at Camp. The soft, warm, non-threatening rain that allows us to play hard outside with the whole Camp. We gathered in the Lodge to learn the rules to Human Stratego, just like the old board game but totally different and with a whole lot of running and tagging to find the other team’s flag.
In the afternoon the skies cleared and normal afternoon activities resumed with Camo Dodgeball and Flag Football in the evening.
On Tuesday we finally began our morning activities and instruction and skill building began in earnest. Wednesday we immediately took a break from such things to send almost all of the cabins on Cabin Trips! Black Swan headed to the Cradle, Tortuga the Platte River, Barbados hiked the Platte Plains, Sea Hornet explored the Sand Lakes Quiet Area, Iroquois biked along the Heritage Trail, and Cherokee kayaked from Northport to Leelanau State Park. Six trips for six cabins and six young men working towards their Advanced Outdoorsman Award by executing the role of Instructor on these trips.
On Thursday we all reconvened at Camp and showered everybody off!
Friday evening the hallowed American pastime found Camp loading the bus with team shirts, baseballs and bats, hotdogs and soda pop, and heading to Glen Lake School for the Ole Ball Game. The North Team took the Game 15-10 while the South Team won the Homerun Derby. Excellent spirit was expressed by all through their cheering and good team play.
As one young camper mentioned the other day, “we have long days here at Camp, and short weeks.” We pack a lot into each day and boy, oh boy, those weeks just fly by.
With two weeks left we’ll be digging deeply into growing in grace and improving our character. Conveniently the activities planned lend themselves nicely to such things, (hint, hint flag trip.)
What an exciting week at Kohahna! It was a fairly normal week for some of the Camp, but it was “Chal week” for the other. “The Chal,” or the Challenge consisted of 22 of our oldest campers, leaving the rest of Camp to enjoy all the fun and exciting activities offered on Camp. Some of the girls at Camp even got to go out on some overnight trips! It was a wonderful week for all, resulting in many happy memories made and lots of growth.
The girls that stayed back at Camp were busy with their Morning, Afternoon, and Evening Activities. The Swimming class was able to go to Bass Lake, and enjoyed practicing their strokes and learning new ones. Silversmithing was full of creative sawing projects and ring making, while the Blacksmithers were busy bending metal in various ways. We had girls in Tennis learning how to perfect their serves and running agility drills while some were out on the Archery range honing in their aim to get bullseyes! The afternoons have been filled with opportunities that maximize the beautiful place we are in, such as going to the Dune Climb. Our evenings were filled with a variety of activities, starting with a favorite on Monday – Water Polo. The girls going into 6th grade and up competed in Little Glen Lake Shallows while the youngest girls went to the Dune Climb. We also had some activities that highlighted the creativity of the campers, specifically in a Kohahna Fashion Show and Brown Bag Skits. We enjoyed seeing lots of fabulous outfits and goofy skits. The evening the Challenge girls returned, the camp gathered together to watch Hairspray in the Great House. To conclude this exciting week, we participated in the Women’s World Cup. Leelanau and Kohahna joined together to create eight teams representing eight countries to face each other in various soccer related stations. There was no definite winner, but there was certainly lots of good playing and fun.
The Challenge is a four-day, three-night competitive camping trip where the Sand and Pine teams individually make a home in the woods. 11 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 on, a prep table to act as a counter, a baker to store food in, a table, backpack rack, latrine, and a judge’s tower. In addition to building these key features of their woods home, they prepare three gourmet meals daily for the team and two judges over a fire. Both teams made delicious curry dishes, the Sands made incredible corn chowder, and the pines prepared scrumptious vegetable lasagna. Both teams even made fresh bread on the trail! The final element to this exciting trip is Capture the Flag, with both teams strategically raiding each other’s sites to get flags and defend their own. The two games of Capture the Flag were full of energy, good raids, and good defense. Keeping in mind that this is a four-day trip, this seems like so much to accomplish, but both teams did so with grace and success. The trip pushes the girls outside of their comfort zone, 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 from both teams. As it is a competitive trip, a winner is determined by the judges as they evaluate the structures, meals, and games. This year’s winner was the Sand Team!
In addition to the Challenge, all of the girls in Camp going into 6th grade or older were able to go out on overnights. One of the overnights that went out was a Challenge skill development trip referred to as the Woodswoman Trip. Girls going into 6-8th grade went to Camp’s Back Property to learn how to lash, saw, grub, cook over a fire, and play Capture the Flag. This group of girls were invested in all of the activities, but especially enjoyed Capture the Flag. The girls learned how to do line raids and how to practice their defending. This competitive game ended in a score of 13 against 11. It was so exciting to see the girls completely engage in the game and give it their all. The other overnight trip encompassed the rest of the Wildwood campers. They went on an overnight to the Platte River. They stopped to hike Empire Bluffs on their way to their site, enjoyed some Pita Pizzas and a Wednesday Evening Church Service, followed by a special activity. These girls had a great time getting to know each other more and participating in the special activities together.
Regardless of where any of us were this week, we all grew with grace and had a great time. It was incredible to see all of the progress the campers made both in Camp and in the woods. Overall, it was a fabulous week and we look forward to the rest to come.
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!
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.