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.
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.