It's a beautiful day here at Camp Calumet. The kids who are brand new this week have settled in nicely. The campers who have been here since last week have done a wonderful job at welcoming their new friends. There are lots of surprises here at camp. Check out this video and see something that surprised me! You'll also meet some campers in Girls Cabin One, Zack the maintenance guy, and some of the L&S crew -- without whom we'd be in tough shape. L&S does so much to keep camp running smoothly. What a crew!
This weekend, Calumet said goodbye to Week One and now is saying hello to Week Two. Many campers are staying on for the next week, but we bid farewell to about 80 kids. We had some wonderful times together. Check out a few minutes from the last couple days of Week One. You'll learn about the Litter Chicken, Harry's pride in wearing his orange shirt again and again, a camper's impersonation of his counselor from England, and the favorite song shared with enthusiasm. Calumet is a place where kids can be kids.
Calumet is a place for all people and all ages. interesting exchanges take place at Calumet that just don't seem to happen in other places. Warren and Anna talk about why they love camp, Joe pulls a song title out of nowhere with the artist and year, singing patriotic songs, kids praying about bacon and cheesecake, storytime at Day Camp, Mike rattling off the July 4th BBQ menu with no effort ....
This is a pic of two girls who are among the interviewees today. They are having a great time at Calumet. There is so much to do and so much to learn. The kids arrive on Sunday (some are excited, some are anxious, some are pensive, some are geared up for fun) and by this time in the week they have become one with the camp routine, the notion that this is a place where you can be who God made you, and that everything we do here is for the purpose of strengthening and supporting a child's relationship to the world and to God. That means fun, sharing, laughing, singing, learning, trying new things, making new friends, and enjoying the best week of their lives! Boom Chicka Boom!
Camp Calumet is a year-round center which has all sorts of stuff to do for youth groups, families, congregation groups, adults over 50, and on and on. But summertime is about the kids at Resident Camp and the families in the campground having the chance to relax, reflect, and be silly. God is present in the silliness of camp people. Meet a handful of Calumet Resident Campers and see what kinds of things go on each day. The laughter echoes and the smiles are as bright as ever!