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.
Calumet is an awesome place for all kids, but today's post is sort of a good way to see how a Calumet experience is great for teenage girls. At camp, teens make new friends, are accepted for who they are, and are encouraged to explore how much God loves them. Calumet helps campers develop confidence as you can see in the end of this video clip. The girls sing, and the group offers encouragement. At Calumet, it's all about helping kids succeed and feel great about who God created them to be.
Campers at Calumet are set up to succeed. Our well trained staff sees to it that each camper has all the tools necessary to enjoy the best week they'll have all year. Andrew and Molly are having an awesome time this week because their counselors are paying attention to every detail of the week. Boating Department Head Katherine has worked with her staff to carefully plan fun activities with Calumet’s fleet of boats. Staff in the departments get in a zone to make sure each camper is reaching his/her potential, that each camper feels good about what s/he is accomplishing, and that there is enough time to be silly. There are lots of smiles here at Calumet. One other thing ... the staff is really good about helping their co-workers take steps to be better. Camp Director Jim Doyle, Media Guru Bryan Berlin, and Unit Leader Clancy gently persuade this blogger to make a slight shift to get a better shot. At Calumet, everyone has the opportunity to grow!
Note: Just as this was being posted, Calumet alum Keith Rowe sent along an email saying, "Hey! I really love the blog. The one tiny thing that could make it even better is ..." and then he said the exact same thing as Doyle, Berlin, and Clancy. Great minds think alike, Keith!! Thanks! Glad you like the blog!
The campers in Unit One are happy -- and that's even before they ate breakfast! They love their counselors and they love their Unit Leader, Niki! This blog post also let's us get to know Erin from some place that begins with an "A" -- can't quite remember exactly where. We had a little bit of rain this morning which we NEEDED. A little rain now and again keeps the dust down. It's going to be a hot day today which means the swimming and boating departments will be busy. Counselors and Leadership Staff is REALLY good at reminding everyone to drink lots of water so that everyone can stay well. Lots to do today. Pray for fun and safety.