This morning at Calumet, we started the wonderful musical day in the Outdoor Chapel with more than 500 in attendance. Wonderful singing, superb preaching by Pr. Jon Niketh from First in Lynn in MA, a great choir anthem, and one heck of a cute puppy. All are welcome at Sunday worship at Calumet. Each Sunday we're in the Outdoor Chapel (unless the weather moves us indoors to Luther Hall). Not sure where the Outdoor Chapel is? No worries. Find a parking spot around camp at about 9:45 and follow the crowd.
This evening we closed the day with a campfire on the beach. We begin the singing while the sun is beginning to set, and close the evening when it's good and dark. Thanks to Unit Leader Steve Bagley who taught the crew the camp cheer. On certain nights, during certain songs, the Calumet enthusiasm reaches the far shores of Lake Ossipee! If you have any great campfire moments you want to share, send them along to email@example.com and we can share them on this blog!
Calumet campers come from all over the place. A few interviewed today come from New Jersey (and there was a short debate as the the true "from status" of one camper with some really cool earrings. Interviewing campers allows for some great, honest answers. I'm a big fan of honest feedback. If campers aren't honest about what they like and don't like, Calumet can't get better! Leave it to one of the interviewees to say that the only thing he doesn't like about camp is ... CHURCH! Regardless of the awesome choir anthem, the great sermon, the lively singing of the hymns, and the more than 500 in attendance -- he just wasn't into it! But he loves everything else about Calumet. Maybe he'll come around to liking worship someday in the future. He seems like he'll be coming to camp for a loooooooooong time. Others love their counselors, their activities, their friends, singing songs -- awesome!
This morning just before worship, this story was told by a long-time family camper:
"I had a little "procedure" done this past week and went home to Massachusetts. As I sat in my hospital room, in walks a familiar face -- a friend from years ago who we invited to camp with us in Family Camping. She asked how things were up at Calumet and then told me told me that she would be my nurse. 'Wonderful,' I thought. A few minutes later she asked me, 'Is Calumet in Ossipee?'
"Before I could answer, a voice from the corner of the room -- the doctor -- said, 'No, Calumet's in Freedom.' I couldn't believe it. There we were in this hospital room -- the patient, the nurse, and the doctor -- all connected to Calumet. It turns out that his daughter is on the staff, and that he was at worship in the Outdoor Chapel last week -- and so was I. Small world!"
UPDATE (July 24th) From Laurie Grandstrand: "Our event is old! In 2008 Erik & I traveled to Sweden as his college graduation present. He was wearing a Calumet shirt in the Amsterdam airport and, low & behold, there was another Calumet family. When you wear your shirt proudly you never know when you'll learn just how far the Calumet enthusiasm reaches."
Pr. Dave Dalzell from Good Shepherd in Laconia in NH, Pr. Geoff Sinibaldo from St. Michael in New Canaan in CT, Pr. Dan Carlson (ret.) from Charlestown in RI, and Pr. Tim Osolvich from Trinity in Vernon in CT ... you should have felt the vibe of faithfulness on Calumet's Family Camp Beach this past week!! Dalzell was leading an activity called "Remembering Our Baptism" in the first swim section, Sinibaldo gathered some little children and did an impromptu re-enactment of "Jesus Calls the 12," Carlson visited picnic tables and lead the crowd is reciting the Athanasian Creed, and Oslovich stood by the shoreline and discussed how cool it would be to see the parting of Lake Ossipee! What a week!
There's a group at Calumet who, together, serve as one of the most significant pieces of the Calumet puzzle. The group is PUDDLE.
Program Directors, Unit Leaders, Department Heads, Day Camp Directors, Leadership Trainers, Every Other Leader ... They are the glue. They are responsible for training counselors, encouraging the excellent experience we offer, fine-tuning as issues arise, handling concerns in as immediate a fashion as possible, promoting a safe and faith-filled program, and doing everything else!! Jim Doyle, Calumet's Associate Director for Resident Camp threw a pizza party on Jackman Ridge to thank the group for an awesome couple weeks of work.