Status Update for Leelanau & Kohahna
Please, check back here regularly to engage with the L&K Team, and get the latest info on our Summer Programs and Family Camp.
(Expect a conversational tone as we aspire toward transparency, seek feedback, and work to be guided by Wisdom throughout this unique process. Also, if this is your first time here, maybe start at the bottom of the page and work your way up…)
Also, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out by email or phone. Marianna is in the Farmhouse daily, and Pippi and Weldon are always accessible on property.
June 25, 2020
Day Camp. Day 4. For evening activity the “Spirit of the Manitou” appeared for the boys to place the new campers on their team. You might also enjoy knowing we had a good check-in chat with our State Licensing Consultant today. He was thrilled to hear an update on our Program and that we are finding solutions to each of the various challenges that have come up. Challenges like how to sanitize a lifejacket, which is different than a climbing harness, which is different than our bathhouses, which are different than our vehicles. Last night being Wednesday we had to train the CT’s that we need to rotate the hymnals and not share them outside of our Cohorts.
He also clarified a few points on our daily entry screening process for Day Camp. For full transparency we are checking temperatures daily, per the state guidance. We are asking age appropriate questions about how the Campers are feeling each day and recording them. Our Practitioners, and the whole crew, are working with us to know our true sense of health, the source of it, and how Love can lead us.
June 24, 2020
Day Camp. Day 3. With the warm sun returned we had our first fully normal day of Day Camp. For those that are curious how we are doing it, we can try to explain succinctly.
All of the Campers are assigned to a Cohort of no more than ten. These Cohorts are sorted by age and therefore mixed gender. We’ve limited Day Camp to only 40 participants so that we can have no more than 4 Cohorts. Each Cohort is assigned an activity rotation in what we are calling the Super Camp Sampler Platter, so that every kid does every activity that Camp offers at least once (and age appropriate – the youngest cohort doesn’t get to go to the riflery range or blacksmith shop.)
The Cohorts can function within their group and with their counselors in all of the most natural ways, but are expected to maintain six feet of physical distance from folks in other Cohorts or wear a cloth mask if physical distance is not possible.
The best example is in the Greathouse at Meals. We send folks into the dining room as a Cohort after they have washed their hands and ask that they wear masks while moving through the food line until they reach their seat. Once the entire Cohort is at the table they say grace, sit down, and remove their masks to eat. If they need seconds, or to depart they don their masks once again until they are outside and exclusively with their Cohort again.
It is working. The campers are willing, the counselors are diligent, and we are humbled at the trust the parents have placed with us. We know it is the Father-Mother doing the caring and loving, we just are privileged to express and witness it all in action.
June 23, 2020
Day Camp. Day 2. Rainy Day plans are always an exercise in good listening and creativity. In a summer of Social Distancing planning for rainy days goes to the next level! God bless the counselors and their creative use of dry and covered spaces around Camp. They were champions today! Keeping spirits up and keeping Campers dry…mostly.
By evening activity the clouds parted and the sun shone down on us, and Mother Nature arrived to determine teams for all of the first year Kohahna Campers!
June 22, 2020
Day Camp. Day 1. Well, the parents seem as excited as the counselors and campers, because while we said Drop-Off is at 8:30 there were cars lined up at the Big Tree by 8:15! Watching those kids pour out of the vans with their knapsacks and excitement felt like any other Opening Day…Amazing!
Day Camp might be different and new, but the Joy remains unchanged!
June 19, 2020
CT’s arrive today! What a delight to welcome these dedicated young men and women. Lining them out on protocols, getting them oriented to our new dining room routines, and making sure their beds are all six feet apart and they are sleeping head to toe on their bunks took a minute longer than normal Camp, but having them here is the biggest blessing of all.
One of the important reasons we bring the CTs into Camp before the Campers is to be able to include them in our morning long Saturday Metaphysical Meeting with our Practitioners, Camp Staff, and Board. Our brilliant and inspired Eagles Nest Team have been working diligently with the counselors through PreCamp to handle all of the beliefs that are swirling these days. We are so grateful for their inspired and diligent leadership in thought and their willingness to support our counselors as they ask questions or voice concerns. The whole team really feels ready to welcome Campers on Monday.
June 18, 2020
We had a call with the Leelanau County Health Department this morning. It seemed wisdom to check in with them, because CT’s come tomorrow! In preparing to hone in on some of the necessary protocols with the staff in the afternoon, we wanted to make sure our Local Health Authority was comfortable with our plans as they relate to care of the campers. One thing we certainly appreciate is that our Local Health folks are cheering for us to open too. They want us to be safe, wise, and prudent, but they also want to see us operating. We feel very blessed to have that relationship.
June 17, 2020
This is the day during Pre-Camp, that we set aside all of the heavy lifting and long meetings and let the counselors be Campers for a day. Pippi and Weldon planned out the whole day, which involved getting them out to Pyramid Point, sending them up the climbing wall, team building, and doing an absolutely hilarious Lip-Sync. Rest assured we fit in a Wednesday Testimony Service and Ice Cream Sundaes too!
Perhaps even more meaningful in the evening was a real heart-to-heart with some of the Senior Staff about the “rules” that we are being asked to follow by the State and Local Health Department. We asked the important question: can we really do this? Will we still feel like Christian Scientists at the other end of it? They were tough questions to wrestle with and we SO appreciate the good thinking and candor that was expressed.
June 16, 2020
To address the thought that has likely crossed many folks minds: while Residential Camps are allowed to open in Michigan, we are staying the course with our Program Offerings for this summer. Day Camp is an excellent opportunity for us to “emerge gently” into operating under a new set of expectations for the care of children. We are grateful to all of the families that have embraced this idea of Day Camp at Leelanau & Kohahna!
June 15, 2020
The counselors are here and working hard to prepare Camp. The Crib and Sky Teams are thrilled to be in beautiful northern Michigan and are loving the clear skies and sunny days that make Waterfront Set-Up all the more enjoyable, even if the Lake is still a touch chilly.
June 12, 2020
Big News from the Michigan Governor today. Residential Camps are allowed to open across the state! This is beautiful progress and real opening of thought, we look forward to reading through the additional guidance the State Licensing department will be dropping soon.
June 11, 2020
Counselors arrive tomorrow! Our office has been joyously swamped with calls and emails from families embracing our new session offerings. We are so grateful for every member of our Camp Family and especially appreciate our Counselors and their dedication to Camp!
June 10, 2020
Questions about our 2020 Summer camp sessions? Check out our FAQ document!
June 9, 2020
As promised, we have big news! Check out this link to find out!
June 8, 2020
The horses arrive tomorrow! The riding counselors arrived today!
Big news coming Tuesday!
June 5, 2020
We realize that as the days creep closer to our traditional opening day, it may be more and more difficult in your household to manage the sense of uncertainty about Camp. Well, this is what we know for certain: Northern Michigan has been moved to Phase 5, which means we can get haircuts, tattoos, and go to the movies. It also means we can take one more step towards opening Camp. Counselors will report for work on June 12. CT’s will report to Camp on June 19. Both of these are allowed steps toward “preparing to open.” We are moving in the right direction and we thank everyone for their continued patience and prayers.
June 4, 2020
We spent the day opening cabins. What does that mean? Well, it means that a few locally sourced campers volunteered to help Weldon walk through Leelanau armed only with brooms and open shutters, sweep dusty floors, evict well nested mice, and remove – now archeological – lost and found. Bible Markers 8, 13, and 24 were sadly not able to be returned to their host book. It should be noted that while the crew spent 3 hours in Leelanau before lunch, and still had to go back and finish Argosy and Black Swan after lunch, KDew and Pippi joined the crew and in thirty minutes the whole posse cleaned all 16 cabins in Kohahna. We’ll leave the readers to draw their own conclusions on this one…
But after a full day of “Cabin Clean-Up” we are even more ready and excited to keep things moving in the direction of opening. And those three young men all deserve an honorary Red Neckerchief Award!
June 3, 2020
Crowd sourcing is so cool! A parent with four children gearing up for Camp shared the spreadsheet they made out of the Camp packing list with us. And we want to share it with you! Hopefully it is a useful tool in the modern age. Click here to access it.
June 2, 2020
We’ve been speaking to parents and receiving wonderful feedback from our request for suggestions on how to facilitate a “pre-screening” appropriately. A big thanks to everyone that contributed their insights. We’ve also heard from parents that want Camp for their kids so bad right now, that once they saw that Day Camps can open suggested that we operate a Day Camp as soon as possible and they would just rent a cabin in the neighborhood. Aw shucks, we certainly appreciate the sentiment!
June 1, 2020
Big news from the State of Michigan today: All of Michigan is moving into Phase 4! The Governor intimated that our region would be reaching Phase 5 by the end of this week. Day Camps are allowed to open in Michigan beginning June 8. Residential overnight Camps are still closed for the time being. However, because of our contacts with State Licensing we remain optimistic that once Day Camps have proven viable to the State, resident camps will be close behind.
And it’s a good thing too! Because Camp is getting more and more beautiful by the day, the Big Tree is leafing out, and the Soccer Field grass is growing like crazy. We need to share this beauty with Campers!
May 29, 2020
Pippi wants to share the correct answers to her quiz question: The correct chronological order is Marcia, Susie, Sarah Jane, Kathleen. Pippi also acknowledges that we left a few notables out of the mix as well, and thanks everybody that called, emailed, or sent a carrier pigeon with their answers. Thinking about Camp, whether it is trivia or the packing list is just SO much fun!
May 28, 2020
We talked with our good friends at Glen Craft Marina today. They graciously called to inquire if we would need the the waterski boats put in to Glen Lake this summer. We answered with an emphatic, Yes! Bumblebee and the Moomba will be ready and waiting, with a generously donated new Wakeboard and Full Sized Wakesurfing Board for those Family Camp dads!
May 27, 2020
Pippi hosted a Zoom call with the Sky Team. One of the highlights was a little wrap up game using an online quiz platform called Kahoot! One question that stumped the current crowd of Kohahna Counselors was putting the Former Kohahna Directors in the correct chronological order. First person to send Pippi an email with the correct order will get an extra dessert. The Former Kohahna Directors are: Sarah Jane Ritter Miller, Susie Olsen, Kathleen Moyer, and Marcia Schaberg Hufstader.
May 26, 2020
Grace. The world needs Grace so much. If we at Camp can help teach these kids and counselors a lesson in Love, in being a good neighbor, in sharing and living Grace, then we are on the right track.
One thing that we anticipate coming down the pike is some version of “pre-screening” prior to Camper arrival. If you have recommendations for the best way to politely ask a Christian Scientist if they have any popular symptoms, please email Weldon or Pippi. We are certainly scratching our heads on how to best navigate some of these expectations, that seem so steeped in materia medica, with Grace.
May 25, 2020
Happy Memorial Day!! Boy does it feel like summer around here! It got up to 81 degrees, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, Eric Olsen spent the day on the mower, and the Soccer Field is looking lush and ready for SNS! The leaves are blown off the Tennis Court and the nice people inside the Amazon website just sent us a fresh order of Bombardment Balls!
May 22, 2020
Well, the Michigan Governor extended the Stay at Home orders to June 12. At first this felt like a blow…like we were not making progress. Then someone pointed out to us, that perhaps this is Providence. June 12 is the day the Counselors arrive for Staff Training. Perhaps this is God showing us the next obvious step. After thinking about it that way, we realized that we can continue forward expecting only good, only progress!
May 21, 2020
Something that came up today, somebody asked us, should we start packing our trunk? Here is our best answer: Pull the trunk out of the basement or garage, check to see if the white and khaki or navy shorts still fit. Plan to be at Camp. We are readying Camp for you, and the moment Michigan gives us the green light Camp will be open. Of course we hope that means Father’s Day like usual, but we cannot know that yet. We do know we plan to be ready.
May 20, 2020
We had an encouraging conversation with the Head of State Licensing for Michigan today. He acknowledged that our Governor is prioritizing getting camps open across the state in order to allow folks to get back to work. It makes sense, if the state is opening industries then they need to send the children somewhere too. While they may be thinking more about Day Camps as Child Care, residential Camps like us shouldn’t be far behind.
Additionally, a parent asked a question that we thought might be helpful to clarify. They asked that because we are a religious organization are we exempt from some of the closures just as churches are? (it might be worth pointing out that the Executive Orders in Michigan state that churches should be closed while the Stay at Home orders are in place, but they cannot be punished if they choose to stay open.) Well…while we will go to the mats recognizing that Camp is first and foremost an idea and every aspect of Camp is a spiritual demonstration, it is also important to acknowledge that we are a business licensed by the State of Michigan to serve children. And as such we are beholden to Local Health Officials and State Regulations in regards to the care of children. Hopefully all of that makes sense.
May 19, 2020
In the spirit of expectation of good we are furiously editing and preparing the forms and opening packet. For those enrolled we hope to get that out this week. PLEASE READ IT. Even if you’ve been sending your kids to Camp for years, there is new, updated and important info specific to this summer.
Pippi and Weldon also had a kick-off call with Northstar and HQ today! As we share some of the guidance we’ve seen from the ACA with our Head Counselors it can be exciting to remember this as an opportunity. An opportunity for healing, for setting the Christian example for our community, for showcasing how well a summer camp can function in this new era with new guidelines or norms. Another conversation reminded us that we will likely come up with a process, game, or activity this summer that will become the new most fun thing of the summer!
May 18, 2020
Signs of progress! The Michigan Governor dubbed Northern Michigan to be in Phase 4. Now, the executive order that followed that press statement actually opened Bars, Restaurants, and Retail (which is a Phase 5 benchmark) and said nothing about Summer Programs or small groups. We’ve dubbed this a spongy Phase 4 at best. But progress nonetheless!!
May 15, 2020
We had a call with the Directors of all of the C.S. Camps today. Reps from the Campershipfund.org, DiscoveryBound, CS Nursing, and The Mother Church attended the call too. We certainly are grateful to be standing with such a qualified band of good thinkers as we face down this belief of global crisis. Our hats go off to each of the Camps as we all navigate the best path forward for our individual organizations.
May 14, 2020
Guidance from the American Camp Association is starting to trickle in…So far as we read through their suggestions on sanitizing areas around Camp and equipment after campers have come through, it seems doable. At times onerous, and from a Christian Science perspective maybe difficult to explain, but thinking about a staff member acting as a Zamboni with cleaning products seems like an accommodation we can handle if it means we are allowed to serve Campers this summer.
May 13, 2020
In the spirit of seeing silver linings through all of this…we’ve gotten to spend time with the Crib and Sky Teams over Zoom. In years past we’ve worked to honor our counselors time away from Camp, allow them to complete their school assignments and other obligations, usually feeding them emails with updates and reminders as we move closer to welcoming them to Camp. This year, in order to offer them a platform to ask questions and air concerns, both Pippi and Weldon have held “Pre-pre-pre-Camp Staff Meetings.” It is pure joy to see all of those enthusiastic faces on the screen and hear how much they are chomping at the bit to return to Pyramid Point and serve our campers!
May 12, 2020
We realize and appreciate that folks are daily checking this page for updates, for info, for a glimmer or indication of what this summer may hold. Well, it cannot be said enough that this summer, like every summer, holds a lot of good thinking and good prayer. In this week’s lesson we started to replace the word Man for Camp in the Science and Health citations. Give it a look, it is pretty fun…29:30-32 CAMP as the offspring of God, as the idea of Spirit, is the immortal evidence that Spirit is harmonious and CAMP eternal.
May 11, 2020
As we mentioned last week, Michigan has rolled out a 6 phase program for re-opening the State. The Governor has currently placed Michigan in phase 3. Phase 3 means we are still being asked to stay home unless necessary, while certain industries – manufacturing, construction, etc are allowed to return to work with certain social distancing, mask wearing, sanitizing, etc. rules in place for the the workplaces.
Phase 4 is when “summer programs in small groups” will be allowed to reopen. This brings a swell of optimism to us here at Camp. Phase 4 is likely to have it’s own set of social distancing, mask wearing, sanitizing, etc. restrictions, but if Camp folk are anything, they are both creative and enthusiastic! It feels hopeful. It seems at this point we could probably work with those restrictions and still accomplish the greater mission of Camp.
May 8, 2020
Something that came out of a parent conversation today, that seems helpful for many…If your Older Camper or CT doesn’t have a current passport, don’t sweat it. The effort to get or renew a passport right now seems really unnecessary. While we’ve heard the Canadian Border will open on various dates, the idea of sending CT’s and Older Campers to Canada this summer seems like too much of a stretch. There is ample wilderness to explore that both the girls and boys CTs will have an amazing adventure wherever they end up.
May 7, 2020
Well, the Michigan Governor has extended the “Stay at Home” orders for Michigan to May 28. Though Construction Trades, Manufacturing, and Real Estate are now allowed to operate. A “Phase” and “Region” plan has been presented by the State of Michigan and we will be diving into that in the next few days to determine where opening Camp falls within all of that. We really appreciate everyone’s patience.
May 6, 2020
As we “work, work, work, watch, and pray” to see what summer may look like, the question of Family Camp dates came up. Offering only our best guess at this point (please don’t hold our feet to the fire if things yet change)…but it seems sensible that Family Camp Dates will not change. After speaking with Counselors and their ability to be flexible on start time, but expecting to be back in school and sports in the fall, it seems most likely at this point that the end of Camp and Family Camp will not shift.
May 5, 2020
We learned a few useful things today: Last week the CDC leaked guidance as it related to opening Day Camps, Childcare Centers, and Schools. While we had read through them they didn’t pertain sufficiently to us to read too closely. We learned today from an ACA hosted Zoom call that those guidelines are legitimate and they will be the template used to create guidance on opening residential camp programs too.
This gives us more food for thought on the viability of operating this summer, and what unique things may be asked of us. An important thing to point out is that these are guidelines not rules. The CDC and ACA are only ever going to present guidelines, State Licensing and our Local Heath Departments are the ones making the rules. We will continue to listen to both, while also relying on divine wisdom and spiritual government too.
May 4, 2020
Camp Spirit Day! Again with a little dose of transparency. Weldon assigned Star Wars Day to be Camp Spirit Day, because he is a Star Wars fan and it would help him remember which day is Camp Spirit Day each year.
Also significantly, the Counselor Lists have been posted! Check out the amazing and dedicated Men and Women that plan to be at Camp this summer to serve, guide, and inspire.
May 1, 2020
After two days of non-stop rain here on Pyramid Point, seeing the sun made it very difficult for any of the Camp crew here on site to sit still and stay indoors. The kitchen crew attacked the garden boxes on the west side of the Greathouse, making plans for basil, dill, and other yummy herbs.
The maintenance team is going full steam ahead on a little renovation to the Ritz. That’s right ladies…thanks to a few loving and motivated donors the Ritz is getting two additional shower stalls and (Pippi won’t want the girls to know this but…) WAY more hot water! Family Camp and Harvest ladies will be praising the heavens too. 😀
April 30, 2020
Wow. We are certainly impressed and humbled by the number of responses from the survey in just 24 hours. The inspired ideas shared will certainly bolster us moving forward.
We spent some quality time on the phone today with both the State Licensing Department for Camps and the County Health Department. It feels like such a waiting game, and wouldn’t you know it but on the camp email pops up a short message from a former Camp practitioner. She said, “I am sticking to the facts – in REAL time. There is no waiting game to see if camps shall proceed, that would be waiting for all this to run its course, and then we’ll decide. Now is the accepted time to see only Royal protection from the one and only God. We are free because of Him.”
We are certainly grateful for all of the inspiration flowing throughout this community!
April 29, 2020
The plan continues to be for Camp to happen! Weldon and Pippi are awaiting, some promised guidance from a CDC/ACA group for what the “rules” or guidelines might be in regards to opening summer camps across the country.
While we wait, we want to hear from parents who are planning or considering sending their kiddos to Camp this summer. Click here for a link to take a brief survey.
April 28, 2020
Today’s project…beach access! We want to be ready for campers this summer, and that means we need to re-secure access from the Bluff to the Water’s Edge. If you hadn’t heard, a few choice storms last August rearranged the base of both the Boy’s and Girl’s beach steps. Well, winter storms didn’t take it any easier on them either, so the last 18 feet for the boys, and 11 feet for the girls need to be rebuilt/redesigned/recreated. We haven’t ruled out the ziplines or fireman’s poles, but we are starting with the practical steps first.
April 27, 2020
The L&K Foundation Trustees met by Zoom again today and agreed to remove all deadlines for Camperships or Deposits. Basically, the message is, if it is right for Camp to happen, and it is right for your camper to be here this summer, we will make it work!
April 24, 2020
The Michigan Governor just extended the “Stay Home/Stay Safe” orders until May 15. Living and working at Camp, means that a few of us can strategically keep working to prepare for summer, from home! The busses have been inspected, and the waterski van is getting new tires for those rides back and forth from Glen Lake. Also, the “Stay Home” orders have lifted the ban on motorized boats, so you can bet Pippi will be out there carving turns behind Bumblebee in May to warm things up!
April 23, 2020
Here’s a fun update, since our Spring LOC season is not happening, we have decided to have our kitchen crew deliver cookies to all essential workers in Glen Arbor, Maple City, and Cedar today! It is SO fun, getting to share the Camp Spirit with our community and give a little gratitude for those grocery, postal, auto care, and gas station folks still working!
April 22, 2020
Happy Earth Day!! A day doesn’t go by that we are not grateful for our slice of heaven here on Pyramid Point!! Pippi, KDew, and the girls hiked up to Girl’s Council Fire and Old Boy’s Church today.
April 21, 2020
Admittedly it is more difficult to be excited about summer with it snowing in April! Don’t fret though; there was very little ice on Lake Michigan this winter, so we are expecting a whole lot of Perfect Dippers this summer!
April, 20, 2020
The Camp Leelanau & Kohahna Foundation Board met this past weekend. A few important points that came out of that meeting:
- We are 100% committed to safely and responsibly running Summer Programming, if we are allowed to do so by County, State, and Federal Authorities.
- The Vision of the Foundation has always been, to inspire every participant towards a life long appreciation for the healing power of the Christ.
- That being said, this seems like the summer of all summers, to help our participants and their families feel that sense of healing.
- We are going to increase our communication with families by starting a webpage with near-daily updates on what is happening at Camp and the unfoldment toward summer.