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.
After parents drop off their kids, the camp begins getting into the routine. First thing's first. Calumet's "Tour"ientation. The cabin groups walk all over camp, getting a sense of the place, familiarizing themselves with where things are, and learning a little bit about each part of camp. The stop at each department, they have a quick introductory meeting with the camp directors, and even get a little talk about how things work in the Dining Hall. Afer a quick swim screen and a supper by lakeside, campers head to the field for the much beloved tradition of Sunday Night Capture the Flag. Then the campfire followed by devotions and bedtime.
There are lots of program opportunities for people of all ages here at Calumet. One of the fun things for the little ones in the campground or for little ones who live within a short distance from Calumet is the Calumet Day Camp. The day camp has been directed by Becci Barnett for many years and there are awesome counselors who go through an in depth training period along with the whole Resident Camp Staff. Campers ages 6 to 12 arrive to camp each morning and head home before suppertime. While they're here there are tons of things to do. The kids learn how to swim, read stories, have snack time, do arts and crafts projects, go for short hikes, enjoy a delicious lunch -- and the list goes on and on. Each week, Calumet alum and long time Family Camper Jerry Knirk visits with the camp and talks about the vegetable garden that is right next to the Day Camp Tent. Jerry does a great job with this garden, and loves to help kids and adults learn about growing produce, how to start a garden, and that good food doesn't grow in a grocery store! Check out this little clip -- and thanks Jerry!!
Calumet has great food -- great food for breakfast, for lunch, and for supper. People from all over can come (and do come) to enjoy a meal in good old Calumet fashion. One cool thing during the summer is Calumet's Beach BBQ. Families from the campground, Family and Adult Camp staff, and Resident Camp staff members on day offmake their way to the beach for a noon-time meal. The little ones step out of the lake and grab their towel before heading up to the BBQ line. Moms and dads finish whatever chapter of the summer beach read and order their chicken sandwich. Some people choose to eat lunch while sitting on their towel in the sunshine. Most, though, gather at the picnic tables under the shady pines. Great conversation, sharing , and laughter take over. The Beach BBQ is one of the great things about Calumet.