This is how we begin each morning in the Outdoor Chapel or Luther Hall as we head into Discovery Time. Judy leads us in some singing, some of Calumet's leadership staff offer a brief and silly skit, and the Visiting Chaplain helps the community dig into the day's theme a little bit. Today -- We Are Sent! Week 4 at Calumet has been a lot of fun with lots and lots going on. Kudos to the Program Directors (Becca, Matt, and Sam) who do so much to organize each and every week at camp.
Every day at Resident Camp the campers participate in learning opportunities that helpto more fully understand and appreciate the Theme of the Day. We begin with Rah Rah Ray ... Theme of the Day (the whole camp in the Outdoor Chapel singing songs, watching a skit, sharing in prayer), then have Discovery Time (the cabin group does an activity together -- something fun and memorable), and finally gather together in Units (Calumet has five unit groupings made up of about 50 or 60 kids in each unit). Today's theme is We Are Loved. God loves us so much, and nothing we can ever possibly do will get in the way of that love. God sends the Holy Spirit to help us love everyone just as God loves us.
This week at Calumet there campers from Florida, Virginia, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Australia ... people from all over love coming to the shores of Ossipee Lake. Camp's the kind of place that is welcoming of all kinds of people, and our staff has expertise in making sure everyone gets settled in and finds their place. One group highlighted today is from Girls Yellows. Yellows is the Unit grouping of the oldest campers. Boys Yellows sits to the west of the Outdoor Chapel and Girls Yellows is just to the east of the Outdoor Chapel. Campers look forward to being in Yellows because of the special programming. Calumet's Co-Unit Leaders for Yellows, Ryan and Amanda, have the job of making the Yellows experience will never be forgotten. Maybe there's a future counselor or two in this group?
We have enterred the middle week of the Resident Camp summer, Week 4. It's been a beautiful day here by the lake. The breeze has been so refreshing! That handful of Lutheran leaders who were responsible for visiting this site more than 50 years are the heroes! Legend has it that one person in the group made the case that buying this land "in the middle of no place" was insane -- that no one would drive all the way up here to go to camp! But the group voted to make the purchase. And those people worked tirelessly in those following years to make sure people trekked to Calumet. Thanks to those early risk takers - we wouldn't have this place. We wouldn't have a camp full of kids who, on this very day, sat by the water during Snack Bar and just enjoyed being a kid.
Campers come to Calumet because our awesome counselors create a week long experience where kids can be silly, have fun, and just relax. It’s a tough world out there! There is so much judgment of one another. There is plenty of unfairness, plenty of trouble, and plenty of challenging moments. At Calumet, kids can take a break from all that. Here our staff helps campers to wonder about how God is working in their lives. Here, we are intentional about creating a safe space, physical and emotional. That safe space makes room for crazy costumes, huge hair bows, and the opportunity to just be. Enjoy seeing some typical camp moments.