Staff Press Release 2015

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

Camp Leelanau Announces 2013 Counselors

Charlie Busch, Head Counselor

My name is Charlie Busch and I am thrilled to be coming back to camp for the fourteenth time in a row.  This will be my 4th summer as a part of the legendary Crib Team.  As a camper, I learned what it was like to be selfless as well as be a leader.  I am excited to pass on the knowledge that other counselors have passed on to me when I was a camper.  I am the man I am today because of Camp Leelanau.  Outside of camp I am a senior-to-be at Miami University (Ohio) studying Sports Leadership and Management.  In my free time I play every sport imaginable, I play guitar more than I sleep, and I enjoy exploring unexplored parts of my world.  I am very grateful to be the Head Counselor this year, as it has been my dream since I was just an Argonaut.  I am looking forward to inspiring the young men of Leelanau this summer to accomplish their dreams.

Marshall McCurties, Head Counselor

Ni Hao! I am Marshall McCurties, a junior at Principia College.  I am majoring in Educational Studies and History, with a minor in Political Science.  I will be returning to camp after spending 1 month in Tibet this May. I will be teaching Head Counseling this summer and look forward to playing Charlie as we make schedules, copies, spreadsheets, and more! This will be my 14th summer at camp, my 3rd on staff and I am incredibly excited to be returning back to my favorite place on earth.  This summer I look forward to instilling and cultivating a sense of decorum and enthusiasm.  This summer will be filled with love, joy, growth, and demonstration, and I cant wait to be a part of it!

Tidbit- I would like to start Operation: Brock Green on the Flag Trip.  A comprehensive plan that hopefully puts Brock Green on the Flag Trip after his many years of wondering and waiting. Plus he will build some boss structures.

Paul Olsen, CTs

Where are you in school/ grown-up life?

I am an artist and continue to enjoy perfecting my craft. I look forward to branching out in new ways in this field in the coming years.   (aka I live in a van down by the river eating government-issued cheese).

How many years have you been at this camp thing? As we all know, after 10 years at camp you get a blanket. Well, according to legend, at 20 years you get a truck. I sure am ready to have Weldon hand me a set of keys at Final Banquet.

What is a lesson you learned from your days at camp that you look forward to applying this summer to our campers?

I learned at Leelanau to always be willing to learn, no matter what situation– as Mrs. Eddy says, a “fervent desire for growth in grace” (Science and Health 4).

Brock Green, Trips

My name is Brock Green. I grew up outside of St. Louis, Missouri. I spent my summers running a small lawn care service and attending Boy Scout summer camps. I earned the rank of Eagle Scout at age 13.  I graduated from Eureka Senior High School. While there, I played tennis and studied martial arts. I graduated from Principia College a really long time ago. Officially they have me down as earning a major in Spanish. I minored in General Science and my senior year I did a special focus in jewelry design. I actually majored in Tennis.

Upon graduating, I headed north to work at camp Leelanau. I told the then director Clark Shutt, that I would work for him for ten summers. I did. I taught silversmithing for most of those years, with one summer as counselor for tennis and one as the extreme nature counselor. I was in HQ in 2004.

I worked for Principia in St. Louis for 8 years during the camp off-season-you know, just passing the time until I could get back Up North.  While there, I served as a house parent (resident counselor) in the Upper School Boy’s Dorm. I also coached, Boy’s and Girl’s tennis, the martial arts club, strength training/conditioning, substitute taught in Spanish, and taught P.E. 

In 2008 I moved to Atlanta, Georgia to work for CAO Academy and teach and coach tennis. Since arriving in Atlanta, I have continued designing and producing jewelry for my jewelry business, and started my own Tennis Coaching business. I also continue to teach self-defense.

Military service has been in my family for every generation since the beginning of time. In 2010 I enlisted in the Georgia State Guard. I am a Sergeant, E5. My current role is 2nd Squad Leader, 2nd. Platoon, 3rd. Battalion, 1st. Brigade out of Monroe, Georgia.  My MOS (military occupational specialty) is SAR (Search and Rescue.) I may or may not have graduated number one in my SAR class in physical fitness last year. I think climbing council fire hill for all those years definitely helped me! I have also graduated from the U.S. Army Combat Lifesaver program, and SLC (Soldier Leadership Course) during my time with the Guard.

When not teaching/coaching or running around in the woods in camouflage, I spend my time training with a former Delta Force Operator who is teaching me martial arts, marksmanship, and bush craft.

Other interests include but are not limited to: hiking, boating, reading poetry, shooting sports, riding ATV’s, playing with flashlights, looking for the perfect backpack, eating mint-chip ice cream, listening to the Pitch Perfect soundtrack, searching for Bigfoot (in 2003, Robert Bowness and I founded the Sasquatch Liberation Front, -you’ll have to ask me about it), making furniture/shelving, wearing Carharts, and general shenanigans.

My grandfather Kenneth Krueger invented the 3-point shot in basketball, and my dog Cayanne is still the world’s most spoiled redbone coonhound She will be in St. Louis with my perfect parents and genius brother while I am at camp this summer.

Weldon called me and told me he’s getting the band back together and needed a trips counselor. After 5 summers off, it’s time to come home. Boom.

Steve Creighton, Trips

The most important day of my adult life happened on my first day of pre camp in 2006. Brock Green and I drove up from St. Louis where we were working as house parents at The Principia School. He and Mark McCurties convinced me to give Camp Leelanau a go. After taking a sabbatical to southern Chile as a hiking guide, I return to the shores of Lake Michigan as one of the trips counselors. That’s right fellas, Creighton is headed to the dark side!!! And he’s bringing TBiz with him. It may have happened the other way around, but the order isn’t all that important. What is important is that I’ll be sharing my summer with an outstanding group of young men in some of the most beautiful places on the planet. Giddy up!!  I don’t really know what a Boston Cooler is, but I’m pretty sure I’m getting one:)

Please note: to help Creighton make his dream a reality he needs to find a dog sitter for the summer.  Anybody want a delightfully playful Alaskan Husky for eight weeks?  Seriously.

Eric Olsen, Waterskiing

There is a reason they call him The Elder.  Eric Olsen remains only slightly taller than his Argonauts, but infinitely wiser than the rest of the Crib Team.  At Camp Shows Kathleen is quoted as saying the “Counseling Staff is made of up college students and recent graduates…”  Well Larry Olsen laughed out loud at the “recent graduates part”.  Eric graduated from The College in the last decade and has since been perfecting his waterskiing technique in a year round capacity by working as Ski Patrol for Keystone Resort in Colorado.  This is year 20, so there better be two trucks on the Great Lawn at Final Banquet for the Olsen Twins, or they’ll sit on each other’s laps.

Christof Kentworthy, Archery

Hi, My name is Christof and this is my very first summer at Camp Leelanau. I am Junior at Principia College.  In archery I peaked at a young age, and have been seeking an outlet for my archery skills ever since.  In 2005 I was a nationally ranked Archer in the state of Californa.  I was on my way to Junior Olympic Stardom, but the BBC launched a new Robin Hood television series and my age bracket was over run with young upstart archers.  As a purist I walked away from the sport.  Well, I’m back.  And ready to bring a new caliber of excellence to the many young archers of Camp Leelanau.  I can’t wait for summer to get started.

Vince Lomoscolo, Sailing

I am SO excited to be coming home to Camp Leelanau.  And to be sailing on Lake Michigan no less!  I recently graduated from Principia Upper School where I sailed daily on the little pond the acorns catch frogs in, in preparation for teaching this summer on the Big Lake.

Henry Busch, Silver Smithing

Hello all, my name is Henry Busch, but I also reply to Charlie as this seems to be a common theme with the young campers, and sometimes other counselors. I will be attending Clemson University in South Carolina in the fall and I will be majoring in Graphic Communications. Camp has been my home for 12 summers so far and I am more than excited to begin my 13th as a Counselor here at Pyramid Point. The Love that is spread daily through camp cannot be beat. Through Christian Science, we are able to elevate our thoughts and surpass physical barriers. My 12 years as a camper, I have always looked up to the counselors and their unselfishness. I want to embody those great role models that showed me how to Love and how to effectively practice Christian Science. I am looking forward to spending this summer with such incredible people and to be able to grow and Love in God’s Kingdom.

Andrew Beck, Canoeing and Rock Climbing

Hey, I’m Andrew Beck and I’m super excited to be working at camp this summer! Although I haven’t been back to Leelanau for some years, I remember my seven summers as a camper and CT as the best summers of my life. I am 23 years old, and work as a third grade teacher in Minneapolis, MN. Before becoming a teacher, I studied history at Bates College in Maine and worked in Louisiana. Before you think, “Oh no, another boring teacher!” let me tell you about what I do for fun. I love the outdoors, I ran Track and Field in college, played Frisbee, and spend a lot of time rock climbing. I cannot wait to return to the community of brotherhood at camp, and look forward to helping every camper find a home and a family at Leelanau!

Ben Austin, Riflery and Kayaking

My name is Ben Austin, I am attending The Principia college where I am a sophomore. I am majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Philosophy. I am working towards becoming a game warden. I am an avid outdoorsman, I love to rock climb, kayak, play rugby, and go running. I have been attending camp Leelanau for 11 years as of this summer. I have enjoyed every moment of it and cant wait for this summer and the experiences that are going to come from it. I worked at camp Leelanau last year as a first year counselor and I was able to teach rifelry and I had a blast doing it. I also learned a lot though not in my activity necessarily but, working one on one with the campers, I learned how to be responsive, calm, and how to pray for another individual. I am ready for this summer and can feel my spine tingle with anticipation for this summer I am so excited.

Ben Reismeyer, Water Skiing

They call me The Grease-Monkey, because I make things happen.  I have spent the past four months in China on a super double top secret mission for the US embassy. Don’t tell anybody that I was there.  Shhh…But now I am home to Pyramid Point where raising Christian Character and teaching Waterskiing on Glen Lake are the things I truly live for!  I am so glad to be back in the good ole U.S. of A., though I am a killer ping-pong player now – watch out, deck time!  I can’t wait for summer to start and to teach all of the good lessons, skills, and bear witness to Christian Science in action in beautiful Northern Michigan!

Phil Sears, RCA/Nature

My name is Phil Sears and this is going to be my 9th summer at Camp Leelanau. After spending last summer working in the kitchen at Camp, I am excited to come back as a first year counselor and give all the campers the summer of their lives! Right now I am finishing up my freshmen year at University of Indianapolis and am majoring in Sport Management. Some of the activities I am involved with at University of Indianapolis include being a mentor in their College Mentors For Kids program, volunteering for Special Olympic events held on U Indy’s campus, and being a member in their Concert Choir, Crimson Express (Jazz Choir), and Voices of Worship (Gospel Choir).One of the lessons Camp Leelanau has taught me that I hope to apply this summer and share with our campers is the overwhelming feeling of acceptance and brotherly love. This lesson has helped me throughout life with making new friends and keeping in touch with old ones. I will be teaching RCA and Nature this summer and cannot wait to get started on those activities!

Zacher Lewis, Swimming

The first thing you need to know about me is that I have lived my whole life in St. Louis, Missouri. This has made me an avid Cardinals fan as well as a Blues and Rams fan. I attended Principia for my whole life. I ran Cross-Country and played Baseball for Principia. Outside of school I spend most of my time swimming. I swim year round since I started swimming in 2nd grade. Aside from swimming, I have been in the Boy Scout program since first grade and achieved the Scout rank of Eagle in 2012. This will be my fifth year at Leelanau and my first as a counselor. I spent the past two summers lifeguarding at a neighborhood pool and swimming. This summer I am thrilled to come back to camp as the swimming counselor. I am excited to work with the campers on their swimming capabilities and I can’t wait to be part of the camp experience again.

Ian McCullough, Landsports

I’m currently studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California. I’m coming off my freshman year, and will be a sophomore after this summer. This is my 10th year at camp, and my first year on staff as a counselor. I’m super excited to be back in the best place in the world. While I was a camper, I learned that camp is a place to get out of comfort zones and past your own boundaries. As a counselor I want to give my campers the chance to try something new, and hopefully turn them on to new things that they can enjoy.

Tommy Sebring, Music/Tennis

Some say I resemble the famous Eminem. Is it because I have a similar facial structure? Is it because I love music? Or is it simply because we were both born and raised in the Detroit area? I’m not totally sure. I think a more accurate representation of myself would be Syd the Sloth from Ice Age. If you were to ask my CT class, they would agree. I’m looking forward to bringing this lovableness to camp this summer! Whatever the kids are calling me these days, be it Slerbring, T-dawg, T-money, Trey man, I will be there with a welcoming smile and a great hair do, just as I have for my 12 summers here at camp. This summer, I am looking to bring my experiences I have gained in my Sophomore year at Principia college to the glorious Pyramid Point, where I will guide campers on the path to be Rock Stars in Music, and to be able to beat Brock Green in Tennis after the summer full of Tennis. It’s going to be another glorious summer folks! 

Andy Fine, WFD

Hello, my name is Andy Fine, and Camp Leelanau is a dream come true.  Ever since I came for my first summer back in 2003, the beautiful sandy shores of Lake Michigan, the smell of pine trees, and the sound of the morning cannon have brought me back each and every year.  Currently, I am a sophomore studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  When I’m not studying about math and science, you may find me out on the tennis court, or enjoying a frisbee game with friends.  Camp Leelanau has played such a vital role in who I am today.  When I think about what camp has given me, the first thing that pops to my head is the very simple, yet often neglected lesson of Love.  Camp is such a great arena for young men to learn how to Love their brother, neighbor, and God.  I am so excited for my eleventh summer at camp, third on staff, and first year as the Water Front Director.  As a sailing enthusiast, I am so grateful to get to go back to beautiful Lake Michigan.  Put your seatbelt on, this is going to be an unforgettable summer!!

Drake Schaberg, Photos

There are certain franchises that should never end.  Star Wars.  Batman.  Superman.  Schabergs at Camp.  Enough said.  I’m back, baby!

Steve Hufstader, 2nd Half Utility Man*

My name is Steve Hufstader. I went to college once, for a while it was fun and educational. But now I’m getting to the point where I have to think about what year I graduated in. So I decided to make an appearance at the place near and dear to me. This will be my 15th summer at camp! This place is filled with great memories of fun and silliness but most memorable to me are the times when I was given the opportunity to learn and shape the purpose of my actions. Though I will only be there for the four week session I plan to present those types of chances to anyone and everyone. I also look forward to pizza night, and pasta days, and Chinese, and pancakes, and burritos, and the list may never end.


Camp Kohahna Announces 2013 Counselors

Kohahna is gearing up for another summer of fun, laughter, sisterhood, learning, and dedication to Christian Science. We have a terrific staff lined up complete with ladies from diverse backgrounds, activity skills, and interests. Our hope is that each camper will find a commonality in each of the counselors here at Kohahna while still learning to respect and appreciate the different expressions of womanhood and leadership. One commonality we all share is the foundation of Christian Science which is the basis of everything we do at camp. There will be so much to learn from the weekly Bible Lessons to the 2013 Summer Theme, so we look forward June, July, and August to be upon us. Enjoy reading the counselor bios- we can’t wait to welcome all the campers and parents to camp!

Kohahna Staff 2013 

Kathleen Moyer

Sue Pierce

Joanna Patzwald

Lauren Vivian

Madi Reger

Roxanne Lignier

Sarah Moffat

Maddie Morales

Rachel Spinden

Alice Stanley

Hannah Gates

Michelle McCurties

Devon Carlson

Olivia Pierce-Bluhm

Meredith Wallace

Deanna Scheck

Courtney Harrison

Heather Jackson

Molly Dixon

Caroline Morales

Pippi Rutledge

Emily Sander

Jeanne Johnson

Natalie Wallace

Katie Duntley

Colleen Cassingham

Leigh Shugart





Arts & Crafts

Camp Crafts







North Star


Riding Counselor

Riding Director


Rock Climbing/Riflery



Swimming/Arts & Crafts




Utility Counselor

Waterfront Director



Camp Kohahna Announces 2012 Counselors

We are so looking forward to the summer months and welcoming all of our campers and camp families to Camp Kohahna.  The 2012 Sky Team (our counseling staff) is an excellent group of young women who are prepared to enthusiastically provide a meaningful cabin life, first-rate activity lessons, and steady metaphysical support and guidance.

We can’t wait to share our sisterhood, traditions, activities, and growth with each child that sets foot on our beautiful lakeshore property. We thank you for the feedback in the camper, counselor, and parent feedback forms which have given us the tools we need to provide you with the best summer yet!

Now for the list you have all been waiting for, the Staff for 2012:

Emily Wheeler – Waterfront Director

Katie Duntley -Camp Photographer

LenaCarlson – Kayaking/Windsurfing

Kristy Lewelling – Canoeing

Casey Busch – Waterskiing

Colleen Cassingham – Waterskiing

Meghan Vivian – Swimming/Gymnastics

Lauren Furbush – Tennis/Climbing

Anna Tarnow – Silversmithing

DevonCarlson – Camp Crafts/Photography Asst.

Joanna Patzwald – Riflery/Archery

Elsa Bruno – Horseback Riding

Abby Harraden – Horseback Riding

Madison Reger – Drama

LydiaSinkus – CTs/Sailing

Sam Nichols – Dance

Katie Stewart – Nature

Sarah Moffat – Ceramics

Molly Moser – Landsports/Tennis

Hannah Goering – Arts and Crafts

Pippi Schroeder – Trips

Jeanne Johnson – Trips

Meredith Wallace – Trips/North Star

Alice Stanley – North Star

Kathleen Moyer – Director

Sue Pierce – Senior Director 


Sue Pierce and Kathleen Moyer

Camp Leelanau Announces 2012 Counselors

With Camp Show travel at an end, and enrollment piling up, it is time to announce the 2012 Crib Team.  After an arduous interview process, and many long prayerful runs around Basch, I whittled down the staff to twenty fine, bright, dedicated and talented young men (well 19 young men, and Eric Olsen).  Without further ado, I am pleased to present the 2012 Crib Team!!

Tom Bisbee – HQ

Charlie Busch – HQ

Paul Olsen – CTs

Trippy Mohan – Trips

Freddie “Momo” Morrison – Trips

The Burg – Drama/Lost Boys

Phil Sholeen – Silversmithing/RCA

Tommy Sebring – Music

Jaime Eichar – Photos

Wiley Sinkus – Waterfront Director

Jimmy Ray – Canoeing/Kayaking

Andy Fine – Sailing

Ben Reismeyer – Waterskiing

Eric Olsen – Waterskiing

Ricky Schaberg – Swimming

Marshall McCurties – Landsports

Mike Wise – Tennis/Nature

Kevin Dunsire – Border Camp

Ben Austin – Riflery

DaltonCole – Archery

On the topic of old guys like Olsen, we are also welcoming back Phil Hufstader for Speed and Agility Training during week 7, and Mike “Gonzo” Holland will be making a special appearance during the second half of Camp!

Solstice Coming

By: Weldon Rutledge

Skiing through Leelanau in the morning light.  The sun rises over Mt. Baldy casting long shadows behind the cabins. The air is crisp, my breath hangs about me in a cloud.  Icicles line the gables of Algonquin.  The HQ bell wears a jaunty top hat of snow.  Even the rope that lolls from the bell to the cabin before snaking its way into HQ dons a segmented sock of snow.  The HQ bowl stands buried as I ski across the bench tops and smoothly past the snow-shadowed flagpole. There is a peace about camp.

I cast my mind back to a summer morning.  Dew on the soccer field, counselors sitting on their porches, quietly studying their lesson.  Chirping birds, and an occasional snore augment the peace of a resting camp.  A camp, kinetically ripe, that awaits the joyous crack of the cannon.

Each day dawns bringing us closer to the Solstice, the brightest day of the year, not for hours of daylight, but for joy expressed at Pyramid point.  The countdown has begun, Opening Day lopes nearer, and increasing excitement levels make sleep a less frequent friend.

In less than100 short days Camp will explode with activity.  Swimming, playing, hiking, sailing, skiing, art!  Healing, learning, teaching, living, loving, Camp!  To say “I cannot wait” belittles the phrase in its own inadequacy.

The lengthening days taunt.  Summer Camp in all its glory will be here soon.  Until then…

Taps has been played.  The day is done.  Camp is tucked in, nestled cozily under a blanket of snow.

See Where We Have Been in 2012

Here is a link to our complete collection of Camp show photos on SmugMug

Avid Blog Readers…

The Camp Show season comes to an AMAZING conclusion in the Valley of the Sun.

Baptized in the golden sun of Scottsdale, AZ is as close to basking in the Sunlight of Truth as I think I can get.  With Camp Show Hosts Rich Evans CSB and his wife Blythe Evans CS, it is hard to find a more enlightened pair of individuals to assemble 24 of their closest friends with children to learn about the delights of Camps Leelanau and Kohahna.  A few highlights include seeing recent alum Chris Kotila with his wife, two year old, and new born (both will be campers some day soon) in tow.  Doug Bechner came out of the woodwork to remind us of the olden days of camp, and to prove that when I say “friendships for life” I’m not lying; he and Rich Evans met at camp in 1959!

Many wonderful new faces joined our party and we look forward to welcoming them to Pyramid Point, if not this summer, then in another summer very soon.

Lastly, seeing as this will be the final stop on the camp show tour 2012, Kathleen and I want to sincerely thank our readers for their dedicated attention to this blog.  We will see many wonderful faces this summer, and until then I need to get home and start mowing the soccer field so it is ready for Saturday Night Soccer!

Kathleen’s southern Tour:

It all started in Charleston, SC where I had the opportunity to attend church and meet with a number of lovely families after Sunday School. Spring was in the air and the azaleas were in full bloom. Honey Johnson, former LOC staff member and the daughter of former Executive Director, Glenn Johnson, hosted me for the evening and helped me get acquainted with the church and families there. It was a wonderful start to my southern tour. Many thanks to Honey and the folks in Charleston!

Next stop was Raleigh, NC where I got to attend a number of events put on by local Christian Scientists. First stop was the DiscoveryBound Picnic at Pullen Park. It was a hot day as well as a holiday so many local Raleigh families were out celebrating UNC and NC State basketball victories as well as St. Patty’s day at the park! After sharing a lovely lunch, and meeting up with current camp Family, the Demers (Michelle, John, Roxanna, and John Coleman), the whole group headed off to a lecture being put on by First Church, Raleigh. The lecture was given by Betty Jean O’Nealle, C.S., and I really enjoyed meeting her and hearing her wonderful thoughts on “employment.” The final activity for the evening was a stop off to the Sunday school for a presentation on all of the summer camps. We had a pizza party and several hours of sharing of the blessings of summer camp. There was plenty of good to share about Leelanau and Kohahna and I look forward to welcoming the Demers family as well as maybe a few others from Raleigh, NC to our camp in the coming months.

Next stop was Atlanta, GA where I reunited with my pal, Weldon Rutledge! We headed over to the Kendall family home in the Buckhead area where we enjoyed a home tour and playing games in the yard with Grayle (Leelanau Camper), Perrin (Kohahna Camper) and Porter (Leelanau Camper). Berry and Jason Kendall were perfect hosts with appetizers, beverages, and deluxe pizza too! Soon the guests arrived and we met with some local area camp supporters, including one of the founders of the Campership Fund of the Southeast, and the very important Zvirbulis family! We enjoyed chatting and sharing fond camp memories with Dan (dad), Nick (Leelanau Camper), Raimonds (Leelanau Camper), and Aina (Kohahna camper). Aina and Perrin were as cute as can be in their matching Kohahna t-shirts! Gotta love the camp store!! A big thanks to all our families in the Atlanta area who welcomed us so graciously. We had a lot of fun with you all!

Last stop in the south-Charlotte, NC.

A bright and vibrant church with many Sunday Schoolers and plenty of adult attendance made for a lovely service this past Sunday morning. We were pleased to be assisted by so many members who generously provided pizza, drinks, and desserts, as well as accessibility to a big screen and a projector for watching our camp video. We enjoyed detailing the many highlights of summer life and Harvest Weekend activity for the families in Charlotte. With many new hopefuls for camp, we look forward to welcoming some more Charlotte families soon!!

Blog Readers, there is more…

We had a wonderful show at the home of Andy and Holly Scriptor (current Family Campers).  Their daughters Arianna and Savanna (future Kohahna campers) played very nicely with Pippi Schroeder and Tom Bisbee.  The Lutton Family arrived early and learned the entire unabridged history of the Camps beginning in 1921, as their children Coben and Tylin helped put on a puppet show in the basement.  Lastly the Towle Family (yes related to the famous current camper Will Towle; cousins in fact) arrived with Leelanau Alum Perry, wife Jen and daughters Emma and Lily 

We ate delicious snacks and had a wonderful showing of the video.  Andy Scriptor made the enlightened revelation that camp is more than just fun in a beautiful place, but actually a character education curriculum is taking place at the same time!  True fact.  It was a wonderful show, and we are so grateful for the Scriptor Family for inviting us all the way out to Colorado!

Greetings avid blog reader…

I know we have been radio silent for over a week.  You probably found yourself wondering: Are the travels over?  Have Weldon and Kathleen forgotten about us, and our need to follow them across the country?  Has camp already opened and we missed the memo?  Where are those guys?

Well, I am here to assure you that none of the above happen to be the current circumstances.  The current circumstances are that we have been all over the country in the past 8 days, and there is not an end in sight!

Kathleen and I traveled to Chicago with a number of other Camp Staff where we attended the ACA’s Midstates Conference and learned a few new tricks to unload on folks this summer.  (Watch out Trail Riders – Hickory and Tina learned a few tricks with a dutch oven!) 

We also got to join 37 of our closest camp friends and their parents at Jump Sky High in Naperville, IL where we jumped on trampolines and played Bombardment together last Friday night.  It was a wonderful celebration of 100 days until camp begins!  I can practically smell summer, wait no, that is just Tom Bisbee after an hour of jumping on a trampoline, basically the smell of HQ.

On Saturday Kathleen headed off for her adventures in the Southeast where so far she has reported seeing two alligators and numerous dolphins, I hope that translates to lots of campers this summer.

From Chicago I began my trek with Venture #2 across this beautiful country.  I stopped in St. Louis, MO to meet with Eddie Bargmann (potential CT) and his Mom.  I traveled on to Kansas City to meet with Camp supporters and Alum.  From there on to Des Moines, IA to meet a potential Family Camp crew.  Minneapolis called me next where I got to meet up with Brett Huntley (Leelanau Camper) and his Dad.  I even got ride a roller coaster at the Mall of America with none other than Ben and Jeremy Hanson (Leelanau Campers). 

I parked V2 with the Hansen Family and flew onto Denver.

Thanks for reading and there is more to come.  Sorry I don’t have too many pictures to share, but transmissions from Colorado have to be pretty heavily encoded. 

Detroit, MI

March 4, 2012

This isn’t New York City, the Windy City, or Sin City, and we certainly weren’t in the Emerald City.  This is CAMP SHOW CITY – imported from DETROIT.

Kathleen and I blew into the Motor City, where the hottest fires make the toughest campers, and had ourselves a joyous camp show at the Japhet School.  We played basketball, pushball, dodge ball, and generally frolicked in the gym.

So many wonderful camp families came together to play games in the gym, along with Tom Bisbee and Pippi Schroeder, and to watch our amazing camp video in the school’s Centrum.

A huge thank you to Cathy Mohan for welcoming us to the Japhet School, and to Lisa Johnson and her family for collecting RSVP’s and rounding up local families to come out and learn about the wonders of Leelanau and Kohahna.

It was also a huge honor, and treat, to be welcomed back to Japhet on Monday morning to help deliver the “Inspo” talk about “Respect for Self”, the school’s character quality for the month.  After singing the Brown Squirrel Song as a warm up, we talked about setting and maintaining high standards and always doing your best, as a good way to have Respect for Self.   This talk certainly got my juices flowing for the work we will be doing this summer at Leelanau and Kohahna.

St. Louis, MO

March 3, 2012

Our return to St. Louis was triumphant as we welcomed over 75 people to our camp show at the Greenman family home.   A big thank you to Leslie, Scott and the boys (shout out to Luke and Ben) for opening their home to us and providing the masses with delicious food!  A big highlight in the food department was the Camp Leelanau & Kohahna logo printed on the beautiful sheet cake – it was a visual masterpiece!!

With such a large group of people, we were spread throughout all corners of the spacious property with kids outside playing basketball, parents talking in the living room, and even more families playing, eating, and chatting down in the basement. Once the guests had arrived, we put on the show with a full and fun (dare we say comical) presentation from Weldon and Kathleen.  All in all it looks like we are going to have MANY returning campers from the St. Louis area and many a new face as well. We are eager to welcome the children of alums as well, who are now becoming camper age!

Thanks for a great visit St. Louis – it was wonderful fun, as always!

Sherman Oaks and San Diego, CA

February 25-26th, 2012

To the Tune of “California Gurls” by Katy Perry

Greetings avid blog readers, let’s take a journey

I know a place where there are plenty of campers

Sher-man Oaks, and then off to San Diego

Drive the 4-0-5 and then sometimes the 1-0-1

We’ll arrive soon, and then we’ll have a big old camp show

You can travel the world but nothing comes close to the Pyramid Point

Camp show party with us and you’ll be fallin’ in love (Lee-Koh Lee-Koh)

So-Cal shows, they’re unforgettable

Sherman Oaks and San Diego

So-Cal Shows, gettin’ new families

Wa-oh-Wa-oh, oh, Wa-oh Wa-oh

Camp in Mi-chi-gan, it’s undeniable

You’ll be smitten with the mitten

West Coast represent, let’s get you signed up

For ca-a-amp, oh for ca-a-amp

California, Ca-li-fornia Shows, California, California Shows

California, Ca-li-fornia Shows, California, California Shows

Thank you to Jeff Scott for coordinating the show in San Diego and Jodie and Darrin Kennedy for hosting the camp show in their beautiful home in Sherman Oaks.

California part I (Petaluma):

Beginning February 20, 2012

(Read to the tune of Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA”)

We got off the plane in San Jose, with a dream and a DVD,

welcome to the land of camp alum whose kids are only three.

Grabbed a rental car, it’s a Kia Rio

San Francisco, Petaluma, here we go,

This is all so crazy, they should all be our campers!

My tummy’s grumbling and I’m feeling kind of hungry,

Time for pizza at the camp show party.

That’s when Dave Steven’s turned on the DVD

And the camp video was on

And the camp video was on

And the camp video was on.

So we put our hands up, they’re playing our song,

I want to go to camp today!

Lee-la-nau like yeah,

Ko-hah-na like yeah.

So we put our hands out, meeting new kids,

Leelanau & K O H

Yeah, yeah, yeah,

I want to go to camp today!

Fairfax, VA

February 19, 2012

Next we drove to Fairfax where the Timoner Family home became headquarters for our greater District of Columbia show.  Their home filled up with many currently enrolled campers, soon to be returning campers, and alum from the 00’s, the 90’s, the 80’s, and the 70’s.

Their was no shortage of honey-baked ham to feast upon as we celebrated camp, shared highlights from summers past, and informed the newly enrolled all about the good things to come in the summer of 2012.  It is encouraging to know that there are still many younger brothers and sisters who will be coming to camp in future years who were able to get a taste of camp at our show!

Next stop…California!  No joke, avid blog followers, Kathleen and I are heading to the Golden State in our coast to coast camp show tour!

Charlottesville, VA

February 19, 2012

Some say that Virginia is for Lovers.  Nay, nay.   Virginia is for CAMP SHOWS!!

Kathleen and I took Virginia by storm on Sunday with the help of Susan Latham Timoner and her sons Grayson and Reed.  First we traveled to Charlottesville, gave a nod to Thomas Jefferson (clearly a Leelanau Man at heart), and held a camp show in the Sunday School of the Charlottesville Church.  Jane and Phil Cook (current camp parents) helped facilitate the show for us, as their children Ryan and Rachel (both current campers) sang the praises of Leelanau and Kohahna.  It was a wonderful opportunity to share the blessings of the right idea that is camp with many new faces from the Charlottesville church.

Indianapolis, Indiana

February 12, 2012

Indianapolis is a “Super” town, and the Ferland Family’s Camp Show blows the Super Bowl out of the water.  No offense to Madonna and the New York Giants but when Gabe and Dory Ferland open their home to a camp show party you know it is going to be a good time.  I also have to say I felt like I was in a room full of celebrities because so many of the guests of the show are stars in the camp video this year!

We got to see the swift-legged Isaac Ferland and Conner Everett at the show, Connor even brought his parents, Andy and Steph, and his little sisters Lily and Gracie to learn more about his experience at camp last summer.

Of course, Bridget and Gretchen Ferland were present to sing the praises of Kohahna to the crew.  Christie, Phil, Robbie, and Mary Beth Sears all trooped over from Speedway Indiana, and Ben Reismeyer came all the way down from Chicago for a quick visit to his old stomping grounds.  Julie and Roy Yates learned about Harvest and Family Camp, and Dorothy and John Twyford had their eyes opened to all the good that goes on at Pyramid Point.

Cincinnati, Ohio

February 11, 2012

Cincinnati is way more than just a good place to eat chili; it is also the home of some of Leelanau & Kohahna’s most fervent supports, the Vogt Family!

We were warmly welcomed into the Vogt’s Amish-made home, to find their children JC (Leelanau Camper) and Jelena (Family Camper) hosting Aaron and Corey Carter (current Leelanau Campers).  Soon after the show started, current Counselors Charlie Busch and Lindsay Clark joined the fun, along with Kohahna Camper Elizabeth Gray.

Some of the guests for the show included Susan and Vic Theiss, Sue Nichols (Harvest Participant), Joan Turner (current Family Camper and better known as “Granny T”), Sandra Elkins, Lynn Gray, Shelley and Bruce Rankin, and Grandpa and Grandma Vogt.

We concluded the show with smores and a toasty bonfire in the front yard.  Despite the 18 degrees outside, the love and joyful enthusiasm for camp kept us all cozy warm!

East Lansing, MI

February 5, 2012

Super bowl Sunday?  Michigan v. Michigan State basketball game?  Nay, nay.  The most important event happening February 5 has got to be the Leelanau/Kohahna Camp Show in East Lansing Michigan!

I love my mother dearly, and am very grateful she opened her home for Kathleen and me to serve sloppy joes and preach the good gospel of camp.  Too bad she missed the whole thing because of some basketball game going on at the same time!  However, the undistractable had their priorities in order and I want to thank Heather and John Keough for bringing their children, Donald and Christine, Jack Schaberg rode along as the twins, Brett and Reece, DROVE THEMSELVES (watch out Michigan State Police) to the show, and Becky Scott brought her girls, Jackie and Murial.  Lillian Marshall, of CT ’11, helped us share the joys of camp while Sasha Grier (future Leelanau Camper) decided that morning at Sunday School that our show was the place to be!

I must send out a special thank you to Jeannie Troutman (former camp parent and future Harvest Weekend participant) for helping serve dessert and generally overseeing the details of serving lunch to such a fun crowd.  Thank goodness we let Pippi Schroeder tag along on all three of these shows, because I still don’t know how to get the photos up on facebook without her.

Till next weekend.  The joyous journey of camp recruitment continues…

Grand Rapids, MI

February 4, 2012

The home of Marcia Schaberg Hufstader emits a cacophony of camp memories.  With three sons of Leelanau whose impact can still be felt at camp, her own work as our Alumni Coordinator, and not to mention her and her husband’s work as Camp Directors, it is no surprise her camp shows draw people from every generation of camp!

We welcomed John Sampson (Leelanau Alum), Nancy Olsen (Kohahna Alum), and Laurie Klooster (Kohahan Alum and current Camp CPA).  Current camp family, the Cieply’s, came to get their kids reinvigorated with camp energy.  Current Kohahna campers Halsey Smith, Keaton Smith, and Madison Scurlock came to see if they could find themselves in the video.  Potential new campers Mathias Cocciarelli and Veronica Dearborn brought their extended families to learn more about camp, too.

All in all it was an excellent gathering of good ole fashioned camp love!  Thank you Marcia for all you do for camp!

Petoskey, MI

February 3, 2012

I love the Petoskey crowd.  I mean, talk about a home game advantage.  I spend most Sundays in October playing tag with these Sunday School kids, and have celebrated more birthdays with the Schupbach Family than they have kids old.  Think through that math.

In all seriousness, it was a joyful gathering at the Vivace School of Music and Art in Harbor Springs, as our hosts Heidi and John Van Patten opened the school for our potluck, tag games, and camp show.

The Van Patten children, Haley (current Kohahna camper) and Jacob (future Leelanau camper), wowed Kathleen and me with their knowledge of U.S. Presidents.  Meanwhile, the Schupbach, children Elaina, Tasha, Anika, and Kora (all current Kohahna campers), wowed Kathleen and me with their fashion sense.  And Laney Bachus informed us that at 5 and three quarters, right now, she would be old enough for camp this summer!  I love that kind of readiness.

We were also glad to welcome Larry, Nancy, and Meghan Gerauld to our happy gathering.  And last, but not least, the entire LOC staff made a celebrity appearance because they heard Erik Schupbach was bring his grill, and there would be an epic game of tag in the dance studio space.

Thank you to everybody in Petoskey for making our show such a success!

Joint Camp Shows in St. Louis, MO and Elsah, IL

January 29th and 30th

This past weekend Weldon and Kathleen traveled down to the Principia Community, making stops at both the Principia Upper School and Principia College.  This “Joint Camp” show was a great way to highlight the unity of purpose amongst all six camps serving Christian Science families. No matter where one chooses to go, it’s great for everyone to have a Christian Science camp experience!

We did a Sunday afternoon show in the Social Center at Upper School with roughly 200 people present! The next evening we did two shows in Holt Gallery at the College. All the shows were a huge success as we celebrated the vast beauty, from coast to coast, that represents each of our unique camps. Each camp director shared a bit about their program to supplement the joint camp video.  We were proud to share our love of Camps Leelanau & Kohahna and the depth of our love for the blessings and spiritual richness here at Pyramid Point.  We loved seeing our current camp families, recent staff alums, and potential new campers!

Maple City, MI

January 22, 2012

Getting to host a Camp Show at Camp is pretty darn fun!  We had a blast on the sledding hill, singing “Chester”, eating our delicious potluck, and sharing the joys and wonders of Camps Leelanau and Kohahna with a crowd of friends, both old and new.

The current Leelanau Outdoor Center staff got a good warm up in preparation for their coming weeks of managing the sledding hill for Winter Camp.  Between our General Manager, Marc Murphy, and his family’s antics trying to break the distance record, the whole Hronek/Hollister family’s attempts to fit on one tube, and Paul Paradis and the Moothart’s efforts to waterski on sleds, staff members Jared Jared, Trippy, Tom, Wheels, K-Dew, and Pippi really earned their keep!

It warmed my heart to see Glen Arbor and Traverse City church friends come out to camp in support of the good work we are doing here.  Amy Peterson, Annie McFarlane, David Watt, Carol Towar, Judy and Jerry DeNoyer, and Rick Taylor were not menaces on the sledding hill, but brought warmth and love for Camp from the community.

Of course, having so many Leelanau-Kohahna insiders in the audience was a joy.  Kathleen and I felt like we were rehearsing a play in front of our parents with Pamela and Andy Chernivsky, Sue Pierce and Steve Bluhm and their daughters Ella and Olivia, Sarah Jane Miller, Laura Ann Johnson, Pippi Schroeder, and Blair Anderson and his daughter Emily, in the crowd.

The Kunz- Murphy boys showed up with their mom just in time for dessert to be served, whereas Jim Cooley and his son Tanner were the first to arrive and last to leave – probably because Jim was hoping Camp could start today for young Tanner, who grinned the whole time.

It was exciting to meet more members of the Warne Family.  David and Nancy Warne brought four grandchildren, only one of which has had the pleasure of a Camp experience at this point.  Very exciting for the future.

It is unfair to rank Camp Shows, but I can certainly state this was one of the best.  I consider it covering home plate, and we sure love getting to open up camp to our friends that live in the neighborhood.

Orlando, Florida

January 15, 2012

We were warmly welcomed to the sunshine state by more than just blue skies and temperatures in the 60s; we were embraced with radiance by a number of current and future camp families! Weldon and I attended church in Winter Park, FL followed by lunch at a local restaurant, and a camp show at the Ariail family home. In attendance were veteran camp families such as Don and Susie Quitter and their children Cole (Leelanau camper) and Kinsey (future Kohahna camper), Missy Saulsbury and her son, Sam (Leelanau camper), the De Los Santos children (Brandon and Brianna) and their grandpa Rafael and uncle David Kirkwood, Clark McFarlane (Leelanau camper), and alum siblings Billy, Leigh, and Tommy Shugart. Future camp families included our host family, Anda and Scott Araial and their children, Amaia, Ovella, Isa, Katie Higgins and her daughters, Molly, Lauren, and Sarah, and Tom Raupach and his two boys, Fritz and Max. We lo

ok forward to welcoming these three families into the greater Camps Leelanau and Kohahna family in the coming years. A big thank you to everyone for coming out to the show! It was fun to share the joys of camp in a temperature that felt like Michigan in June!

Evanston, IL

January 8, 2012

The Evanston, IL camp show was hosted by Kohahna Alum, and current Evanston Asher House Manager, Joy Deal. What a special opportunity to share while supporting the Asher Student Foundation and Camps Leelanau & Kohahna simultaneously! We welcomed several new families, returning campers, and happy alums. Guests included Tracy Meyer (Kohahna Alum), parents Gary and Kim McCullough with children Ian (Leelanau Alum) and Grace (Kohahna CT ’12), camper parents Abe and Tanya White and their children Alexander and Andrew (current Leelanau campers), future camper parents Gary and Stephanie Broadhurst and their children Caleb, Connor, and Annabelle, and future camp mom Maria Freeman with her two sons, Edward and John (future Leelanau Campers). Interested community members, Hildur and Joan Freeman, came to learn more about camp in order to pass along the information in their local Sunday Schools.  We also got to see Leelanau staff all-stars Steve Creighton and David Libbe. We had a delicious potluck and joyful atmosphere celebrating the enthusiasm for the start of summer 2012.  If we had a nickel for every time we have already been asked by a camper “when does camp start?” we would be prime contributors to the campership fund!

We are only one weekend into our camp show tour and the energy is already growing for what is shaping up to be a great Camp Show season. Thanks again to all who came to our Evanston show. It was a great close to a fruitful weekend.

Clarendon Hills, IL

January 7th, 2012

The Clarendon Hills show can be better qualified as an enormous camp reunion! We saw a great number of our Chicago land camp families, who made the journey from many neighboring suburbs, congregate in the Stillman family’s home. Our host, Carla Stillman, CS, has been a Camps Leelanau & Kohahna summer camp practitioner for the past two summers and she generously opened her home to over 45 guests! We welcomed the Dunsire family, the Sholeen family, the Harley family, the Casper family, the Beard/Varchetto family, the Burghard family, the Moller family, the Mahon family, the Griswold family with guest Jack Lunn (future Leelanau camper), the Donnelly family, Hannah Gates (Kohahna Alum), the Harrison family, Anna Whiteway (Kohahna Alum and former camp parent), the Moore Family, and the Pacyga Family. We had a scrumptious dinner prepared by Carla Stillman and the Portillos (thanks to Kim Beard). We also enjoyed the ooh-ing and aah-ing over the new camp video! Lively conversation was had as we celebrated the spirit of camp and the love we all have for one another as the Camps Leelanau & Kohahna family.

Weldon and Kathleen thank everyone for coming out and spending the evening with us (and for the delicious food and great company).

Brookfield, WI

January 6, 2012

We (Kathleen Moyer and Weldon Rutledge) opened Camp Show season 2012 with smiles as we welcomed a full complement of camp enthusiasts to the Morales family home. We had Kohahna & Leelanau alums, current campers and staff, interested community supporters, and even a new family to recruit! Guests included Jamie Sloan and her daughters Margot (current Kohahna Camper) and Meredith (future Kohahna camper), Jori Clarke (mother) and her daughter Takota Clarke (future Kohahna camper), Anjuli Graunke (Kohahna Alum), Todd (Leelanau Alum) and Connie (future Harvest Weekend participant) Jaremko, Ted Gast (community supporter), and the host family, including Jennifer Morales (mother), Maddie Morales (Kohahna Counselor), and Caroline Morales (Kohahna CT ’12). We enjoyed a delicious dinner and dessert, watched the premier of the Come to Camp in 2012 video, and shared highlights, gratitude, and insights on the strengths of the Camps Leelanau & Kohahna programs. We are very grateful to all who attended and for the wonderful hospitality of the Morales Family.

Living Love…At Christmas Time

We learned this past summer of the scope and spectrum of the value of Love and how to express it on a daily basis. Through our study of the Bible and the Christian Science text book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, we are aware of the best example of Love expressed -Christ Jesus. From Jesus’s works and teachings and Mary Baker Eddy’s life and writings we see a Christianly scientific approach to Divine Love which gives us the peace, and joy, and power that comes from the Love of God and the relative expression of this Love. This is the gift that keeps on giving, and why your study of Christian Science is timeless and relevant all year long!

The following are some thoughts on “Living Love” at Christmas time:

Love is the law and the liberator: Above all things, if we love, we will fulfill the law.

Set your mental standard high – you are free of any material claims which may be trying to take hold of you.


Kindness: The demonstration of Love in action.

There are many ways to express kindness during the holiday season and beyond: spend quality time with loved ones, speak kindly towards others and about others, and do something nice for others as often as possible.


Unselfishness: The demonstration of Love through service.

Think about others this holiday season – how can you help with cooking, cleaning, and caring for family members?

Courtesy: The demonstration of Love in consideration of others.

Remember the manners we learned at Council Fire – a “please” and “thank you” will go a long way, and of course your family will appreciate your full attention at family gatherings without texting under the dinner table! J

Good Temper: The demonstration of Love in being patient and judgment free.

Be patient with yourself and others. If you can think about eliminating complaining from your conversations that will help you keep your cool and help others feel comfortable when they are with you.

Seeking the Truth: The demonstration of Love through seeing only the good in yourself and in others.

This takes practice!  Enjoy reading the Bible and Science and Health, go to Sunday School and Wednesday evening meetings, and keep on praying!

We are thinking of you and send you all the warmest Christmas Wishes!  See you in 2012!

Much love,

Sue and Kathleen

Our Beach Has Become a Moonscape Again

By: Weldon Rutledge

February 10, 2011.  The sun has returned to Port Oneida.  As the days slowly lengthen, boring us towards the solstice we know and love, I venture from the office in the late afternoon.  After interviewing staff the past few days my first inclination is to ski among the boy’s cabins seeking to envision the 2011 crib team fitting together, bringing joy and shaking off the winter rime of the Junior Bowl and the Flag Circle.  The wind is whipping my hood around my ears and instead I turn towards our beach.

The Rustic Village looks naked without it’s green canopies in the winter.  The slide has recently deposited its snow load to its base, looking like a long green tongue reaching for the first lick of an ice cream cone.

The tennis and basketball courts would make excellent ice rinks this time of year with the work of a properly nozzled hose.

But the beach, oh, our beach, she calls me down to her.  Wind whipped, frozen, dynamic ice geysers exploding a fine spray at the water’s edge.  A Waters Edge that reaches longingly to close the shipping lanes and unite the Manitou Islands with the Mother Sleeping Bear once again.  I observe the beach, our newly built boat rack piling sand-mixed snow around it’s ankles, our lifeguard towers standing sentinel, unbending in the wind, scanning the undulating ice flows.  But those otherworldly formations, the geysers, the grounded ice chunks, the rime, the snow, they call me.  They call me for their uniqueness, their ephemeral nature; tomorrow it will all be changed again.  I clamber out onto parts of the ice.  I am standing on top of where we dip!  Further I realize that I have rolled kayaks, sailed lasers, and first learned to canoe, in the water that I now stand upon!  Sublimity overtakes me.  I retreat.  Our beach has become a moonscape.  I welcome the uniqueness.  I love it.  I also welcome the return of summer.  The familiar beach, with buoys, and sailboats, buddy boards, and beach periods, will be here soon.

Weldon why do you go caving and climbing and adventuring during the off season?

Because Trips Counselors need trips too.

At Camp we learn to overcome adversity through turning to God.  The Leelanau and Kohahna Trips Program provides many opportunities of this nature.  Whether it is a Flag Trip or Challenge, a Pictured Rocks or CT Trip, or your very first overnight on the back property or at Gethsemane, we all are asked to expand our tents, to reach, stretch, and grow.

Well…Trips Counselors need to keep reaching and stretching and growing too.

This fall I travelled with Mitchell Wyly, Jervis DiCicco, and Eric Olsen to Southern New Mexico for a journey into the secret underground world of the Guadalupe Mountain Caves.

Without going into excessive detail, allow me to state that we worked hard for three full days of caving.  Long hikes on rugged mountain terrain to find cave entrances, followed by complicated and challenging vertical rope work –descending 100-300 ft at a time and ascending those same lines, dangling in the dark above one seemingly endless abyss after another.

Of course those are the gnarly parts of the stories that we come home and tell.  The less gnarly, but perhaps far more meaningful parts of the story include sitting around the campstove laughing and cooking with each other.  Snuggling down in the tent knowing we had worked hard and earned our rest.  Friendship, brotherhood, the feeling of being a part of something bigger than yourself, a sense of team, a common goal, these are the true elements of any trip.  Whether caving, rock climbing, hiking, or just sleeping out with your cabin in Gethsemane, we all tap into that higher sense of community found on the trail.

And to answer the question set forth above.  We all thrive off of a desire to be a part of something excellent, something that pushes us to be better, and I find that excellence “out there”.