Week 3 Camper Articles – 2009

Abby H., age 17
Cabin: Trails End
CT Trip to Canada

Not only is CT summer one of the BEST camp summers of your life, it also provides a CT with new challenges.  This past week our CT class of 2009, plus two counselors, took on the coastal trails of Canada.  The Canada trip was beautiful, and while we were there we had the opportunity to grow even closer together than we had over the past six or so summers combined.  On the trail, the support and love coming from others was simply amazing!  Throughout the trip we worked continually on having an “attitude of gratitude”.  Our trip to Canada helped myself and others realize what an extreme effect our attitude and outlook had on the outcome of our experiences.  With this lesson in mind, and another one of loving friendship and support, our CT trip was a success.  So, with an attitude of gratitude in mind, I’d like to take the time to share how truly grateful I am for the abundant love at Kohahna, the constant support from staff and campers, our wonderful trips program, our phenomenal CT counselor and the five lovely women that make CT09 so wonderful!  This trip, these life lessons, and this once in a lifetime experience will forever bring new light and love to my daily life.

Hannah G., age 17
Cabin: Trail’s End
Canada Trip

I have never left the country before, so being able to do so with a group of my best friends was amazing.  Canada was gorgeous, the lake, mountains, rocks, trees and flowers were breathtaking.  We also saw three moose, which was awesome.  They were so interesting to watch, especially the way they moved.  The trip overall was very challenging for me, but it was great to look back and see what I had just accomplished.  The trip was well worth it for numerous reasons, my favorite being that I was able to bond even closer with my CT class.  Throughout the trip we would share gratitude with each other.  It was a great way to reflect and give thanks to God for all He had in store for us.  “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalms 23:4.  God was always with us: guiding, protecting and leading us on.  Our trip was very harmonious and I loved it!

Jo P., age 17
Cabin: Trail’s End
CT Trip

Wow, I don’t even know where to begin.  The CT trip was amazing. The setting was gorgeous with the trees and the water and rocks and the sun (when it was there).  It literally took my breath away.  I originally set out on the trip apprehensive due to past experiences and also I just didn’t like living in the woods.  But that limitation soon evaporated when I opened up to the new experience and just allowed God to have His way with how my trip would turn out.  Once I let God’s plan take charge, the food tasted better, I laughed a little harder, and everywhere I looked was pure beauty.  I have never experienced something such as that.  Whenever we could, our group shared gratitude, life stories, experiences, interesting facts, and truths about God.  Our positive attitudes also kept spirits up and everything light; the positive energy never faltered.  It was awesome.  Overall, the trip was an incredible experience that I will never forget, hands down.  And honestly, I would never have shared that experience with anyone except the CT09 girls.  They are the best, and their support definitely helped me through.  I will never forget my CT trip.


Thad B., and Alex L.
Pictured Rocks
God recently gave me the chance to go on a trip to Pictured Rocks and I took it. At first I did not want to go, but I thought, “Hey, what the heck, I will try it.”  Well, when I saw my first view of the rocks, I was glad I had gone. Being there took my breath away. We came to a very steep ledge. 50 feet below me was Lake Superior.  I could not believe how much power God had to make something this beautiful.  This trip made a memory that will last the rest of my life.

Robert C., age 16
Cabin: Shawnee
Stealth Trip

 “All right, the lot of you are going on a stealth trip for a few days,” were the words that passed through our ears prior to loading the vans to go to the DH Day Campground Monday morning to commence our adventure.  Upon arrival, we sprinted to our site in the pouring rain to set our tents up, only to find the rain ceasing upon setting up the drenched tents. We were divided into two teams of five: the Texans, led by Kevin, and the Amps, led by myself. Upon separating, we had our first challenge: the iron skillet.  We were given a few random food items and had to cook and present our food.  After the Amps won by a landslide, we hiked the dunes for awhile. After a long day, we ate dinner and hung out by the fire until we retired to our tents for the night.  Under mysterious circumstances, our tent malfunctioned in the middle of the night, and broke.  You can get wet really easily in the rain with a broken tent.  The next morning we started our stealth series.  Dressed in camouflage we were split into our teams again and told to creep up on the other team’s base to steal flags with differing values. We played that twice, with a big result for the Texans side. We then went to Empire to chill on the bluffs, and went to an ice cream shop for a food initiative.  We had to buy ice cream for our team and two counselors totaling under $10.  Everybody had to have the same amount of ice cream and there had to be at least four different colors.  Texans: $9.81, Amps: $12.99. You can do the math. After completing our final test, we returned to our deformed tents to sleep for the last night.  We woke up to find our camp destroyed by wind and rain.  Upon viewing that sight, we were ready to return home.  The trip had been hard and somewhat disappointing, but it was a test, and made us stronger men.  We had survived the Leelanau Stealth Trip 2009!

Grayson T., age 9
Cabin: Black Swan
The Dunes

The two youngest cabins, Argosy and Black Swan, went to the front side of the Sleeping Bear Dunes yesterday for cabin day.  It was soooo fun!  Some of us took huge jumps off the top, some of us dug holes, and some of us just ran down really fast!  It was really nice weather, the van said it was 75˚.  It was the afternoon of my life!!!!!