See what is being said about Summer 2012

This was my first time going to this camp and I had a ton of fun! My counselors set a really good example.

Leelanau camper

There were so many cool and fun activities. My favorites were Rock Climbing,CampCrafts, Ceramics, Swimming, and Speed and Agility. Some other highlights were Movie Night, The Sand’s Show, Cabin Day and water polo. I met so many great people and learned not to doubt myself, others, and God, to put others before myself, knowing I have all I need with me, and most importantly, not to be afraid of anything, because God is our strength.

From a Kohahna dad

Every year she gets to know someone new and it’s always a very positive experience.

Kohahna camper

A healing I had was when my ear was really hurting and we were at council fire, then I said to myself, “No I can heal this”, I noticed how I was having a lot of fun and so was everyone else around me and I thought that if there is so much Love, happiness, joy, and gratefulness then there is no room for pain or sadness, or anything else related to that, and I was instantly healed.

Leelanau camper

Both kids returned home happy, more physically-fit and inspired. Our daughter appears more confident and deeply settled. Both are more helpful around the house

Parents of a Leelanau and Kohahna camper

This past summer was a life changing experience I will never forget. I learned about Christian Science, how to be a better, loving person, and how to achieve.

Kohahna camper

I love being able to get up every morning and dip inLake Michigan. There aren’t many places you can do that. There also aren’t many places where you can go on a competitive camping trip with 13 other girls. I was so grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow so much and bond with all of my teammates. I learned about compassion, identity, courage, obedience, and discernment this year because of our theme, “Secure in Soul” I am also so thankful for all the friends I kept and made this year!

From another Kohahna dad

Sailing was on the top of his list. He loves it, and not only for himself but because it really helps him connect with something his dad loves so much.

Kohahna camper

My son was so thirsty for opportunity and it seemed that everywhere we turned there was not enough purity present for him to “dig in” with good conscience. Camp is certainly the answer to that specific problem! He worked, he played, he strived and he grew. He came home calm and satisfied to such a deep degree. He is so much happier and more unselfish and unguarded in his relationships. He takes things less personally and is more confident.  The atmosphere at camp is so potent and pure, reaching each individual uniquely. And my son’s experience has blessed his younger sister tremendously through his example and the re-newed patience and kindness he brought back from camp towards her. She will be joining him next year as well.

Leelanau Parent

This was my first summer at Kohahna but the warmth and acceptance form everyone around me made it seem as if I’d been there all my life.

Kohahna camper

My cabin especially grew very close, and all twelve of us promised to keep in close contact during the year. My two counselors were wonderful – so loving and perceptive that they knew just how to best support each one of us. Not only were the people incredibly inclusive and sweet, Kohahna’s grand setting has given me a higher appreciation for nature, helping me to notice the beauty everywhere.

Kohahna camper

This summer the camp theme was “Secure in Soul.” I learned so much from that theme about my identity. I have never thought of myself as struggling with identity; however I have noticed it about others and I in myself sometimes too.  Through talking about identity and spiritual makeup with my counselors I found that I don’t need any sort of material means of beauty in order to be spiritually beautiful. I love camp and every year the summer theme fits in with exactly what I have been working on in my thought.

Kohahna camper

I love the amazing challenges that come forth during camp. This year was my first summer to go on “The Challenge,” an intense camping trip where you build structures and play Capture the flag. It was one of the last days and we were taking every structure we built apart. It’s part of the “leave no trace” concept and while doing so, I dropped a sharp log on my toe. I have NEVER seen such a fast healing within a week! The skin replaced its self and it was not an issue. I am so grateful for the loving staff we have at camp especially the camp nurse and practitioner.

Kohahna camper

The loving atmosphere at Leelanau and Kohahna is evident the minute parents drive around the curve and see all the CT’s greeting people at the farmhouse. I think her experience being with all of those wonderful Kohahna girls had a profound impact on her.

Kohahna Parent

I had an amazing experience and met some awesome people. I love how camp really pushes being the best you can be. One thing I brought back from camp was “You are always capable of more than you are doing.” This will help in life and also in the competitive tennis I do.

Leelanau camper

I had a wonderful time and I learned so much. I learned to sail, which was awesome because I love the feeling of flying over the water in a small boat. Being my first year, I learned that Kohahna means “Achievement” and I definitely understand why, I achieved so much, and I grew so much, spiritually and mentally. I met so many new people and made so many new friends, some which I know will be for life.

Kohahna camper

Many new and exciting healings happened at camp. I always used to think that healings were to help with physical challenges yet this year I learned that healings can happen with all kinds of things like dealing with a friend or your attitude. The best thing about this wonderful camp is the people. They are all so kind, and they never judge. The staff are truly the best people in the world.

Kohahna camper

This summer was truly invaluable to my growth as a young lady of substance and in Christian Science. I encountered and conquered countless challenges and fears throughout the summer and am really a changed girl from it. I’ve been working on an aggressive physical challenge for the past few months and I had so much support from counselors and campers alike.

Kohahna camper

Our daughter told us how natural it was for her to turn to God when she needed help at camp. She told us about a healing she had on her ankle this summer. The practitioner at Eagle’s Nest was right there, reminding her that God was with her and that she was living “in atmosphere of Live divine”. My daughter had a quick healing but the lesson she learned from it stayed with her much longer.

Mother of a Kohahna camper

Our son has come home expressing such strong leadership qualities and has shown such a renewed sense of confidence.

Parents of a Leelanau counselor

I had a blast and hope to go back next year!! I loved Sunday School. We had great discussions. I asked my counselor “why do people do bad things in the world?” and she replied “I think it is because even though we are all perfect children of God, we don’t always live up to our full expectation.” I liked her answer because it made a lot of sense to me.

Kohahna camper

Our son has always taken some time out from camp to attend either a football or lacrosse camp to ensure he was doing what his coaches expected and raise his game. This summer, he opted to stay at camp the entire summer and dedicate himself to the CT program. When he returned to football after camp, one of the first things the coach told him was that it was evident that he worked hard this summer. . . what a great demonstration that the work you do at camp translates to everything else in Life. We are all so grateful for the fruits camp brings to all of us!

A Leelanau mom

Every year she gets to know someone new and it’s always a very positive experience.

From a Kohahna dad

What wonderful tolls they learn to apply to their lives at college and beyond. There is pressure to get internships in the field they are studying and camp on the surface may not seem like a wise choice given the economic condition and lack of employment opportunities, but to be honest, I can’t think of a better way to prepare them for the working world. They are learning management skills (both time and people), compassion, service, demand for ethics and high ideals, healthy competitiveness, communication skills, and the list goes on. There are many things they learn as counselors that I don’t believe they could learn from any internship, paid or unpaid.

Parents of Kohahna and Leelanau counselors

He really enjoyed learning to sail. Our other son was very excited to get to learn how to waterski.

Parents of two first time Leelanau campers

After attending the three-week session last year, she was excited to go for four weeks this year. She was able to try out several new activities as well as establish more friendships, which will last throughout the year and beyond.  I love hearing about how they all work together to solve problems through prayer…This past school year, when faced with various challenges, she was able to recall testimonies she heard at camp or ways issues were worked out there spiritually and take those ideas with her.

A Kohahna mom

I had such a great experience, I’m definitely returning next year for my CT summer.

Kohahna camper

Our daughter has had a breathing challenge for many years. She was unable to participate in most sports and received a “C” in PE last year. During camp she said she prayed for herself and received so much loving support from everyone around her. The issue was completely healed and she was able to run a mile in 5 minutes like the wind. Last spring in school it took her 10 minutes with lots of stops and walking. What a tremendous blessing.

Kohahna parents

My highlight was running down the dunes. I learned how to start my own fire at border camp.

Leelanau camper

We have loved hearing from our sons about what they did and learned through play and prayer (and some high jinks?), as well as through practice and persistence in a range of outdoor and artistic activities and skills.

Parents of first time Leelanau campers

She is back at home happier, strong in her spirituality and willing to help and assist at home, at church, in school and her community.

From a Kohahna mom of a long time camper

At first she was very scared about leaving home and being gone for so long but in the end she said it was the best summer ever! I have seen a big difference in her confidence and with her speaking up about how she really feels. She has grown so much.

Our son has had so many wonderful stories to share. He has a growing appreciation of the outdoors and a love of nature.

Leelanau parents

A first time Kohahna mom

We have heard stories every day since he left camp 5 weeks ago about everything he did. He truly enjoyed the entire experience. We were thrilled with the sense of community and family atmosphere between the older boys and the younger boys. Our son felt that the older boys were just as much his friends as the kids his own age. In both his stories and the photos online, we can tell that the older boys were really kind and caring with the younger ones.

First time Leelanau parents

We are especially grateful for the growth in Christian character which happened so naturally.

Parents of a Leelanau camper

Camp has been a tremendous support to our four boys over the past 15 years. We have watched each one of them grow into wonderful young men with strong qualities of character so greatly needed in our society today.

A Leelanau mom

One thing I learned was about being a good leader! What being a good leader means to me is setting a good example for younger kids and doing the right thing all the time. Another thing I learned at camp was to be grateful for the things I have.

From a Leelanau camper

Where else in the world can you find such clean and loving young men who uphold the qualities of Love and Truth so strongly? When our son returns home he tries harder at school and at his music lessons. He has pride in doing things right.

From another Leelanau mom

Our daughter loves the supportive Christian Science environment that helps her face and handle challenges head-on.

From a Kohahna dad

Sailing was on the top of his list. He loves it, and not only for himself but because it really helps him connect with something his dad loves so much.

Mother of a Leelanau camper

Our son learned to be not just more self-reliant but more God-reliant, taking the responsibility off his shoulders and trusting in God to put him in the right place and help him deal  with every situation successfully.

From the parents of a returning Leelanau camper

My highlight was sailing on the waterfront.

Leelanau camper

I did some of the coolest activities at camp. The first week I did archery and land sports; the second week I did ceramics and kayaking; the third week I went on the climbing trip in the upper peninsula; and the forth week I made lots of stuff in silver smithing and went canoeing.

A Kohahna camper

He was enriched in many ways by his camp experience and it is touching to hear the stories continue.

A camp mom.

We are committed to “living” camp throughout the year. 

From a camp mom

I am grateful that they are having a fulfilling summer learning new activities with fellow Christian Scientists. They grow spiritually through their daily study, and the loving examples of the counselors.

A father of a Leelanau and Kohahna campers

During the year I will use my experience at Camp to be more responsible at school and in everyday life.

From a Leelanau camper

My daughter loved the fellowship with like-minded Christian Scientists.

A Kohahna dad 

My counselors pushed me to do my best and achieve goals even if they were high and hard to reach.

A Kohahna camper

This summer horseback riding helped me learn to quiet my thought and listen for God’s guidance. 

A Kohahna camper

I had no idea it would be so heartwarming to let my son be away from home for four weeks. The love and joy I saw on his face through the website’s daily pictures lifted my spirits and I could only feel a great sense of appreciation. 

A Leelanau mom

I loved how I was made to feel I was part of a big family.

A first time Leelanau camper

This was our 10 year old daughter’s second year at camp and she once again loved it. She enjoyed getting to do all of the waterskiing activities form slaloming to knee-boarding to tubing with her cabin. Another great part about camp, girls of all ages interacting enabling them to be role models one minute and learn form wonderful role models the next, all in a loving atmosphere.

From a Kohahna mom

There is such a sense of calm and contentedness when our son is at camp. His love for camp touches him deeply and is a support for him throughout the year.

Parents of a Leelanau camper

Our son learned a lot of new skills, like tying knots, making fires, using a jigsaw and he was especially excited in becoming a level ‘B’ archer and learning to survive in the forest. He thought his cabin, Black Swan, was really cool. 

A Leelanau dad