The theme of the day on Thursday at Calumet is "We're Gathered." Put simply, we find ourselves alongside different people everyday, and when we come together with those people and work together, great things can happen. For today's Discovery Time, Abby Grant in GT1 had her campers complete a handful of challenges where they had to work together to accomplish their goal. Here are the campers attempting (and basically succeeding) to make their way out of a human knot...blindfolded.
It's lots of fun being able to meet the campers who come to Calumet. They come from all over and are all ages, but they all seem to have the Calumet Enthusiasm way down deep. Today I met some of our older campers after free period, a few kids in the Dining Hall during our lunch of Tacos, and some girls outside while they chomped on the chocolate chip cookies we had for dessert. One common response to the question, "What so good about camp?" -- the people. And these people in this video are just a few of the awesome people at Calumet!
Every day at 10:30am units get together at Calumet to spend time together playing a big group game and talking about what they did for Discovery Time. Unit 1, the youngest unit on camp, has a weekly tradition of playing Dizzy Bats every Monday for Unit Time. Each camper has to spin around a bat seven times, then work with the rest of their cabin group to put a puzzle together. The kids always love it. Here are the campers attempting some Dizzy Bats:
After sort of a wet day yesterday, we woke up to see a beautiful Monday morning here at Calumet. The sun was making itself known along the beach, on the steps of the cabins, through the trees by the Outdoor Chapel, and outside the Family Camping Bible Study (which happened to be sort of a raucous group this morning!). Notice the various flags from countries throughout the world on those bright windows of the Micah Room as that is the place people gather to watch the Olympics during the evening hours. Happy faces and broad smiles abound here at Calumet today. Kudos to the musicians who were working with Judy this morning at Rah Rah Ray. Special shout out to their home congregations: Emanuel in Hartford, Trinity in Chelmsford, and Faith in East Hartford!
Sunday.Registration. Rain and clouds. Awesome parents and campers made the challenge of getting 240+ campers in their bunks within about 30 minutes achievable. Minor hiccups arise, but Calumet takes care of those quickly! The rain stuck around for the afternoon and into the evening. But the wet weather couldn't put a damper on the delicious supper in the Dining Hall, five creative and laughter infused Unit Times, and the CITs wonderful "campfire" which was moved into Luther Hall. Thanks, CITS, for your fun skits and song leading. Thanks, too, to Pastor Dennis Kohl from Pilgrim in West Warwick, RI for being here this week. Check out a few minutes from our "campfire."