The blog has reached it’s end. It’s sad to say that this is the last time a post will be made to this blog.

As I said yesterday, the energy in these kids is just amazing. These kids did more stuff as a SuperKid would and yet they go to bed earlier then them.

After breakfast the kids have a game time. The boys and girls are split up and each do different games. The boys where at the tennis courts where they played Ships Across the Ocean. They girls were on the water front playing different water games including dunking your counselor.

game - dunk

In the morning chapels, a different skit is acted out. Today’s story was the Good Samaritan, but done in a “modern-day” version. After the skit, the kids break up into their cabins and discus the skit.

The kids have an ‘options’ time. This is a time where all the stuff are in charge of something and the kids choose something to do. They could play Nuke’em (a kid-friendly version of volleyball), four-square, basketball, hockey, fishing, swimming, and even a reading time.

Frolf Group

Today’s afternoon game was the famous Counselor Hunt. Pretty much the counselors (and other staff) go and hide, then the kids try to find them. If they do find a staff member, they get to push them into the lake.

Counselor Hunt

In tonight’s chapel Bobber Bill talked about Stopping and knowing God (Psalm 46:10). He then made an acronym out of STOP for some characteristics of God. The S was Super Strong. Bobber Bill used the story from Joshua 10:1-15 where God rains down hailstones and kills most of Joshua’s enemies, to show that God is Powerful. This is also the story where the sun stands still.
T was Totally True. Bill talked about how God is perfect and pure and has not and will not sin. He also talked about how we are sinful.
O was One and Only. He talked about how God is the only God, and how idols we may make are not gods and have no power.
P was Pure Passion. Bobber Bill told the story from Luke 18:35-19:10. This is the story where a blind beggar is crying out to Jesus and everyone told him to stop, but he continued. He said that the two important words from that story where “Jesus stopped”. He talked about how Jesus stopped to help this man and show passion in helping him. The second part to that passage is the story of Zacchaeus and how Jesus also showed passion when dealing with him. He wrapped up the story saying that Jesus showed passion for and loved the lowest of people (the blind beggar) and the ‘greatest’ of people (a tax collector) and everyone in between.

Reading Bible

The big event for tonight was the Carnival. At the carnival the kids ran around playing games trying to get tickets. Then at the end the cabin with the most tickets won a prize. There where a couple special things that the campers could do that were not games. They could get their hair done in a crazy fashion or get their face painted. One of the things that the campers look forward to is the Dunk Tank. If the campers were willing to pay four tickets, they could try to dunk any staff member of their choice.

Dunk Tank

As I finish this blog, I just want to thank all of you who kept up-to-date with this blog, those who prayed for this summer, and those of you who sent your kids to camp at all this summer. This was probably the best summer that I have experienced at Camp yet.

-Matt

First off I would like to introduce myself to you. I am Matt, I am the photographer this week. Warren is getting ready to head to Nigeria, so he took this week off. I would like to thank him for his hard work and great blog posts. It’s going to be hard to be anywhere near that good.

It’s Adventurers 2, the last week of the summer. This is the second to last blog post for the summer of 2009, but I (along with the other staff) am excited for this week. As a counselor, this was probably the most fun week to counsel. Adventurers are 1st to 6th grade, most being under 10 years old. These kids want to have fun, they have a lot of energy, and they think your cool (unlike Jr Highers). This makes for a great time of hanging out with campers and playing games. It also amazing to see the energy these kids have. Being the 10th week of summer camp, some of the staff don’t have a lot of energy, but I find that we feed off their energy.

This week the speaker is Bill Abeler also known as Bobber Bill. Tonight he talked about how there is only one way, but two roads. He taught the kids the theme verse for the week (Matthew 7:13-14) and then the story of the 12 Spies to show that many choose destruction and few choose life.

Bobber Bill One Way

12 spys

After chapel the kids got a chance to jump in the lake for a little bit. The water temperature did not seem to keep the kids from having a blast.

Jumping In

The final thing of the night was the Staff Variety Show. The campers got to watch their conselors and other staff members do crazy things, sing songs, preform funny skits, and have a good time while doing it. It was hard choosing what the favorite skit of the night was, but I think Smooth & Silky was probably it.

Smooth and Silky

Here are some ways you can pray for us:

1. For energy and joy for the staff. This is the 10th and last week of doing this. Sometimes things can get boring or we just run out of energy. Please pray that doesn’t happen and that this week could end up being the best of the summer.
2. That the kids would respond to Gospel. Bobber Bill does a good job presenting the Gospel to kids in a way they understand, but sometimes the concept of a Savior goes over some kid’s head. Please pray that they would understand it and respond to it.
3. For a good, fun week. Pray that Adventurers 2 would be the week out the summer that we as a staff would remember most. Pray that we have a lot of fun, but more importantly that God moves in big ways.

I’m so excited for the rest of the week.

-Matt

Saturn

This day was warm but absolutely beautiful! Swimming was popular again (of course) and the Saturn got a lot of use.

One of the new things we’ve been doing this summer is praying while the flag is being raised and lowered. It has been good to hear the prayers for our country and its leaders!

Flag Lowering

Chapel times this week have been really fun because all of the campers are really getting into the songs, as evidenced by the next picture. It helps the whole atmosphere of chapel if the campers can get excited right away.

Chapel Hands Up

Tuesday nights of Super Kids means that the carnival is taking place. The campers run around trying to get as many tickets for their cabin as possible. The cabin with the most gets a little party before going to bed. Of course, if the campers would rather see their counselor be sopping wet, they have the option of dunking them. . .

Carnival

Today is my last blog post for the summer (Matt Loberg will be taking over for me next week). In reflecting about the ways that God has moved, I can see how He has had perfect timing and endless grace. I don’t know how many of you are involved in a ministry of some sort, but I highly encourage it for making you dependent on God. Plus, reaching out is something that we are commanded to do as Christians. The ministry here at camp has been wonderful (as always) and just shows me that I always need to be involved in outreach to the lost and building up the Body. I encourage those of you who haven’t had the chance to see this to give it a shot.

Have a great day, week, summer, and year, and don’t forget to bless the Lord in the highs and lows. When He gives and when He takes away, bless the name of the Lord.

-Warren

Our 4 o’clock options for this week are swat, dodgeball, and mock government. In mock government (see, camp is educational!), campers sit around in turbans, togas, and kilts and make “important ” decisions and laws.

In other, more real news, the week has been good so far, even though it’s only Monday. It’s nice to have sunny weather (finally) for swimming and events like the Counselor Hunt.

Counselor Hunt

The big game tonight was Braveheart. The campers yell “Freedom!” and then run at each other trying to pry duct tape off of each others arms. I love it!

Braveheart

Our speaker of the week, Josh Koehn, spoke tonight about the fall of man and why we are sinful. He gave a glimpse of the hope of the cross, however, and will continue explaining that hope tomorrow.

(Disclaimer: Josh asked that this picture be the one that goes on the blog.)

Josh Close

My favorite picture of today is of a one-on-one that went on in the amphitheater. I love the simplicity of conversation.

Talking

As you read this post, know that even though we are sinful humans, there is grace that comes for those who believe. Grace that is greater than all our sins. And it is so simple to come by for us. Don’t forget about the grace that comes from Jesus Christ alone.

– Warren

If today was any indicator of what this week will be like, we’re in for an amazing week! The weather, the campers, the staff, and God’s glory made visible all contributed to bring about such a wonderful evening.

Josh Koehn, a former camp staff member, is here to talk to the campers about who Jesus is, why He deserves worship, and how to go about doing so.

Jash with Raised Hands

Tonight we had some swim time at the same time as canteen (the candy-pop-treats canteen?). Because it was a warmer day, there were quite a few campers who were willing to get wet even after the sun had gone down.

Running in the Water

And the last picture of the night is from the staff variety show (see previous weeks to get an idea of a few of the skits). I’m always amazed to see how well the campers respond to the goofiness of the staff. It’s always a fun evening.

var day in the life

This week, here are a few ways to be in prayer:

1. That God’s message would be spoken clearly through Josh.

2. That the campers would have hearts that are prepared for that message.

3. That the staff would seek out teachable moments to share the Good News with the campers.

Thanks for reading and praying!

-Warren

One of the coolest things we’re doing with Junior High this year is adding Man Hour and Inside Out hour (basically a men’s and women’s morning chapel). The campers learn about issues for their gender in today’s world. Today in Man Hour, we discussed what it means to have strength – more than physical strength, but true strength as we see in the Bible.

Man Hour

Every day, after lunch, we have the chance to play a few games as cabins. The cabins are on a rotation so they will all get to play every game. Today, the water games were particularly exciting!

Water Games

Another everyday camp event is flag lowering (flag raising too) in the evening. We take time to pray for our country and its leaders as its symbol is lowered to be folded for the evening.

Flag Lowering

And the final picture of the night is from the game Clue. The characters that made an appearance this week include: R2D2 and Princess Leia, Mr. Tumnus, Mary Poppins and one of her waiter penguins, Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey, and Joe Mauer.

– Warren

Clue

This is always one of my favorite days here at Camp Lebanon: the day of the volleyball tournament! Before we got to that athletic-ey goodness, however, we finished the game we started last night (basically a more complicated version of the counselor hunt) and pushed the counselors into Cedar Lake.

Pushing In

Swimming has been a big part of the past two free times, simply because it has been sunny and the lake has been so inviting! I asked these campers if they would do belly flops off of the diving board in exchange for a picture in the slideshow, and they were more than willing to oblige!

Bellyflops

This evening the cabins got all dressed up and painted and then headed down to the volleyball courts to play a grand tournament. Music blaring, energy high, good sports to watch, canteen treats, and cabin unity all make the volleyball tournament a blast to be a part of.

Volleyball Hands

The winners of the boys teams was India (my cabin buddies!) and the winner of the girls’ tournament was Norway. But whether the campers got out after the second game, or made it all the way to the final spot, I would feel comfortable saying that a good time was had by all.

Triple Play

Please be in prayer for the last few days of Junior High camp for the summer. These days are frequently the most powerful because walls are coming down, and consequently, they need the most prayer. Please pray for the counselors, the speakers, and the campers’ hearts to hear their message.

– Warren