Hump Day

It’s hard to believe that camp is already past half over!

Religion class and devotion centered on God’s holiness. Isaiah 6 was the selected reading for the classes. Isaiah’s vision shows him having a hot coal pressed to his lips to purify him to be in God’s presence. The coal is a picture of Jesus’ death on the cross purifying us to prepare us for God’s presence in heaven.

Activities added some new and recycled ideas to the mix. Line dancing, yoga, street hockey, and hair braiding were all offered to all the grades.

Water balloon nightmare was the UTC today. Campers were all given water balloons and some of the younger campers were given shields and water guns. Teams competed to get hugeballs and tennis balls from the middle of an arena without getting wet. Counselors were given the task of spraying the competitors with water guns. There were a lot of big smiles at the end of the game.

Pool time, supper, canteen, music, and discussion groups went on as planned. The campers were given a chance to recharge during the nightly activity. It was movie night! After the movie, campers were sent to bed to continue recharging in preparation for another big day at camp tomorrow.

Continued prayers for God’s precious lambs are always needed and appreciated.


Manic Monday

It’s another manic Monday here at Summer Youth Camp 2015! After a brief calisthenics session, Monday opened with our first delicious breakfast at July Camp, prepared by our outstanding kitchen staff, Dave Rodebaugh, Desirae Naumann, Joe Lau, and Tracy Ohlmann.

This camp’s chaplain, seminary student Ben Libby, opened the day’s Bible lessons with a devotion focused on the contrast between the world’s view of love and the true love that God shows for us. Religion classes continued this theme of God’s perfect example of love on the cross. The theme, “Calibrated in Christ,” was especially appropriate in light of the extreme contrast in the world’s and God’s views of love. Even Christians need that time to recalibrate their viewpoint into the proper, Godly definition of love.

After religion classes, the first activity sessions included field games, arts and crafts, and “megacards.” Paracord survival bracelets, t-shirt bracelets, and marshmallow guns were a bit hit at arts and crafts.

Ultimate Team Competition was a challenge to get a balloon across the gym using only a pool noodle. Meanwhile, other teams’ players were stomping balloons, counselors were slowing them with fans, and other campers made it difficult to find a clear path across the playing floor. The eight teams were awarded points every time one of their members successfully crossed.

Pool time was a great way to beat the July heat for a time!

Music in the Academic Center was an uplifting session of praise. It’s always humbling to hear the Lord’s praises coming from so many voices.

Monday’s nightly activity, a camp favorite, and annual tradition was Bunco! It’s a dice game with partners that everyone can play at the same time. At the end of the night, the camper with the most winning games was awarded a prize from the canteen!

Campers were sent to bed to recharge for more fun tomorrow.

We thank the Lord for all the parents who have entrusted their children to our care and for the great weather and fun that we’ve had already this week!

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Sunday Funday!!!

And we’re back! Opening day of Summer Youth Camp – July 2015 Session went off without a hitch. We were blessed with beautiful weather for our field and lawn games during registration. Lawn games consisted of slackline, croquet, and bocce ball. Field games offered kickball, capture the flag, and boundary ball. The gym was opened as registration drew to a close and casual games of basketball, volleyball bumping circles, and lines for games of lightning appeared.

A delicious supper was followed by some free time for the campers to spend some time with old friends and meet new friends. It’s always exciting to see the new and the familiar faces on the first day of camp.

Next was counselor introductions and the camp rules meeting followed with a campus tour to help acclimate the campers to the campus of Immanuel Lutheran.

After the tour, mixers offered the opportunity for the campers to get to know their fellow campers and their counselors. Mixer games included the cup challenge (stacking plastic cups to try to build the tallest tower), song scramble (finding the other campers with slips of paper that have lyrics from the same song as yours), adjective name game (choosing an alliterative adjective to describe yourself and remembering others’ names and adjectives), and camper bingo (finding campers and counselors that fill certain requirements, such as “find a left hander” and “find someone that lives in a different state than you”).

A root beer float snack helped everyone to cool off after a warm and busy day. After the snack, campers were sent back to their respective dorms for a meeting with their dorm parents.

Tomorrow will bring the first day of our religion lessons that all work off of the theme, “Calibrated in Christ.” Each day, devotion and religion classes will focus on a different attribute of God and the comfort that attribute brings us in our sanctified lives as children of God.

Prayers for good weather and another successful and blessed camp are greatly appreciated!