Patrick M., age 17
The 2009 Flag Trip
If you ask kids from other camps what they know about Leelanau, chances are they will talk about the legendary Leelanau Senior Flag Trip. The flag trip is something few words can adequately describe, although there is no shortage of tales, both modern and from past generations. Every year a group of young men experience their first flag trip and become part of a larger group, joining the generations of men who share this special experience. Every year, however, is unique. It is interesting to see how tradition is met with ingenuity; lessons of old are built upon, each time evolving.
The main goal of the flag trip is to put Christian Science to use and to see God more clearly than ever before. Everything on the Flag Trip is a demonstration and an expression of Divine Love. It requires absolute recognition of God as all and the material as powerless. Healing becomes easier than normal, and the limitlessness of man becomes apparent.
This year’s flag trip was everything it is meant to be. The game itself was played hard, and the structures and meals were given the same effort. Despite some inclement weather, everyone had a memorable experience. It was a great flag trip.
Charlie B, age 17
Packing gear, planning menus, organizing routes. All these things are very important when taking out a trip. Usually as a camper, all these things are taken care of by the Trips Counselor, and you have a blast wondering what comes next in your adventure. But the tables turn when you switch shoes with the Trips Counselor and take your place as the instructor. You, as the instructor, plan ALL meals, you organize ALL routes, and you teach ALL the kids how to pack.
An important step to earning your Advanced Outdoorsman at camp is successfully planning and instructing a trip. This past week I was blessed with the opportunity to instruct a trip out to North Manitou with eight campers and two counselors, and had an absolute blast. We hiked the south side of the island in three days. That was the easy part. Planning, packing and organizing was the challenging part. On Sunday I heard I was taking out a hiking trip to North Manitou. I was freaking out a little because I had never been to North Manitou. I didn’t know the secret hide outs, the secret lakes, or even the super cool awesome dunes. I got a little nervous that I wasn’t going to pass, so I looked at the trip as a spiritual rather than a physical experience. I knew that no matter what, God would show me the way. He would guide me to all the beautiful spots, to all the amazing dunes, and never have me lose my way. I could never be lost in God’s kingdom. So, I took that thought and ran with it.
On Monday I was to fill out all the paper work and plan the trip. On Tuesday, I was to pack the food, group gear and personal gear. On Wednesday we were to leave and have a great time. Everything ran as smoothly as it possibly could have. We got to Leeland on time, got on the boat, and started our trip on a running start. As the days went on, they got better and better. The kids were having a blast, I was having a blast, and we were all expressing God’s qualities to their fullest. As an instructor, I had times that I was stressed out. I had times where I was nervous. I even had times I got a little scared, but I always knew I was a perfect, stress-free, excited child of God. Without the help of God, there is NO way anyone can lead and prepare a trip successfully.
As I look back on the trip, I am very, very pleased with the outcome. No one had major issues, no one had a bad time, and everyone was perfect, the entire time. If I were to do this process again, I would in a heartbeat. This was an experience of a lifetime and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Doug B., age 17
Flag Trip 2009
The 2009 Flag Trip was a really spiritual process. Tuesday morning everyone wakes up with the cannon as usual. At dips, all the flag trippers dip as a unit, then we have a special talk and “Sunday school”. I think that doing this was a very good idea because it gave us ideas to think about on the flag trip when we were scared or hurt. The first night we played for four hours. This may be the easiest night. The first night the South team worked to keep their morale high. The second day was a bit rougher. Game on was at 5. I really liked something Mr. Eric said. He said we are able to play this game because we are Christian Scientists. We are able to overcome almost anything because of that fact. His speech really inspired me to do my best and I am truly grateful for him.
Courtney H., age 16
“What Lies Ahead”
Freedom of expression.
Learning a daily lesson.
A gaggle of giggling girls,
Dances with spins and twirls.
Food like you’ve never seen before,
Counselors shouting “Get out the door!”
Team spirit seen everywhere.
At camp we play and share.
Sheer beauty and grace,
Seen in each camper’s face.
Many a song we sing
After those meal bells ring.
As we lay our heads down to bed,
We dream about what lies ahead.
Deanna S., age 16
A Bright Sunny Day
A bright sunny day
Is a perfect time to play
A soft gentle breeze is blowing.
The harmonious atmosphere is just flowing.
The Waukena’s cute laughter
Rises to meet the Wildwood’s chatter.
A bright sunny day
On one of Michigan’s bays
Is the type of day to be in the sun.
Which is the best type of fun.
The little waves lapping
Quickly rocks one to napping.
Claire C., age 12
Having a great time
Always having fun.