We love every day at Lake Ann Camp, but if we had to chose, most people would probably say that Monday is the best day at camp. This is the day full of our classic activities! The weather has been beautiful today, which is further proof that Monday rocks.
Our game at the beginning of session was called Taste the Nations, and students played a version of hot potato. Only, if the music stopped while they were holding the can, they had the choice to eat a bug. It was hilarious to see the range of emotions and reactions from this game. A lot were saying, “Awesome!” and a lot were cringing… we all agreed that the bugs were pretty gross.
Kacy joked about the difficulty of following such a crazy act, but he delivered another powerful message. He spoke from Ecclesiastes 4 on the importance of having friends, families, and other people who support you and lift you up. It’s an awesome message for our students to hear, especially because we’re transitioning into a new school year and starting our small groups up again soon. What a great opportunity for intentional friendships in Christ!
Our morning activity was one of our perennial favorites: Cake and Soda Relay. The students have to complete 11 legs of a relay race, but their batons are a sheet cake, a 2 liter of pop (not sure why we call it soda in the relay name since this is Michigan…) and a bucket of ice cream. The relay legs range from running through the lake to belly crawling through the sand volleyball court. The first team to ingest their "batons" won! But of course, any time you get to eat cake and ice cream, you feel like a winner.
We had a bit of free time before lunch to digest the cake, then ate together again. Free time was extra long today because we also had the option to play paintball. After a few hours of the waterfront, Zipline, snack shop, paintball, and games all around camp, we headed into dinner.
Finally, it was time for one of our favorite events: BOX WARS! Students ran across a soapy, wet tarp with wardrobe boxes on their bodies. The goal is to get across the tarp and back as many times as possible during a round. Yes, it is as awesome as it sounds!!
Surprisingly, we found something even more awesome in the chapel: another opportunity to gather together in the name of Jesus. We sang worship songs and heard Kacy’s final message for the week. He preached from Matthew 26 about how we are on a rescue mission. He charged the students to go home and share Jesus with their friends, families, and neighbors.
We have loved our time at camp and are excited for our last day tomorrow. Please check our Facebook for even more pictures!
After free time, we played a game called Spokes. We set up eight tarps as slide and slides in an asterisk shape. Each time lined up behind their tarp. Students were numbered off, and then had to run around the circle, crawl under their teammates’ legs, and slide down the tarp. When they reached the center of the circle, they tried to grab one of three exercise balls for points. We then dismissed right to free time, which was perfect, since many students were already in their suits.
During free time, students were able to swim, ride the water slide, get blobbed, and paddle in canoes, kayaks, or paddleboats. Besides the waterfront, we also had the Zipline open! Students got to zoom across the lake. A lot of students also hung out in the Red Canoe, which is a snack shop with games like pool and carpetball. Of course, Octoball was a big favorite too!
We had dinner afterward, then headed out to the field for our game called Medal Battle. The teams had bases set up all around camp, and they had to find as many of the 400 hidden medals as possible and bring them back to their team base. Each team also had a few students armed with flour-filled pantyhose, and they ran around tagging other students. Once tagged, a student had to get rinsed off with a super soaker!
Lastly, we headed into session powerful set of worship songs. We are so grateful for our talented band and tech team that came up to camp with us! Kacy preached tonight from John 11 about how Christ makes all things new and grants us freedom. it’s our prayer that our students will cast off their old selves and spend the rest of camp in God’s freedom (Ephesians 4:24).
Thanks for all your support and prayers leading up to camp. Please continue to lift up our students’ safety and thank God for sharing such awesome volunteers with us! Pray for protection for our band, speaker, and everyone here at Lake Ann Camp.
We woke up to a nice gentle rain and a delicious breakfast! We then had quiet time. Afterwards, we headed into our session where we worshipped, played an Olympic trivia game, sang more worship songs, and heard from Kacy. He spoke this morning about the truth.
The students then went out to conquer the morning activity: our Individual Olympic Competitions. The students go to compete in a variety of events ranging from basketball free throws to badminton, shot put (with a bocce ball) to coloring, puzzle building to rowing (using a skateboard and a plunger, of course). They worked up quite an appetite after an hour of fierce competition, so we enjoyed lunch together!
After lunch, we headed out for our field games! Students rotated through four games: Water Balloon Launcher Relay, Dodgeball Tug-O-War, Slippery Nuke ‘Em, and Fresh Tag. After our field games, we had free time! The rain came to join us, so the beach was closed and many students stayed inside. The rain provided a great opportunity for our leaders and students to get to know each other and build community!
The rain stopped around dinner time, so we headed out to the beach afterward for our annual Boat Race. It’s so awesome to see that our students can design and build boats using cardboard and tape! We had boats of all shapes, sizes, and abilities this year: a few sank before they could make it 10 yards, but we had three that made it out to the pontoon and back to shore! After the race, we headed in for our night session & medal ceremony.
Kacy spoke tonight out of John 15 and pushed our students to remain in the Father. He talked about how important it is for our students to experience God fully in these special moments like camp, but that abiding in Him keeps us close throughout the year.
After session, we headed out for our annual Staff Hunt. Our small group leaders, band, and SWAT team hid all around camp. They were all worth different points, so the team who found the most points won. Then, we all headed back to our cabins for some devotions and good sleep!
We woke up this morning and had an excellent breakfast! The students then did their first quiet time. Students have 30 minutes during quiet time to go anywhere over the camp, find a special place, and sit down to spend time with God. All students received booklets that have devotions in them, so they spent time by themselves today reading their Bibles, praying, and responding to God’s word. Our theme this week is the Olympics, so all our verses are about spiritual training and getting stronger in our faith.
After quiet time, we headed into the Chapel for a session. We started off with a game called Marker Fencing, where students wore white t-shirts and tried to mark their opponent’s white t-shirt. The team with the most marks advanced, tournament style.
Once the craziness was over, we settled in for another empowering message from our speaker. Kacy spoke from James chapter 4 and encouraged our students to draw close to God this week, as James said. After the message, we moved on to our next activity: Boxes & Boats. During this time, students paint their boxes for our annual Box Wars (held on Monday). They also painted murals for their team corners! Their third task was to build a boat out of cardboard, duct tape, and Gorilla tape. After dinner tonight, we’ll race these boats around the lake to see who wins!
Hey Parents! We had an awesome bus trip up last night! We arrived at camp around 9 PM and started our session shortly after. The students were so excited to rush in and start worshipping. Our band played some awesome songs: you can see a preview of "This is Real Love" from last night below this post. Then, our speaker, Kacy Benson, gave an inspiring message. He encouraged the students to be present for camp and to not miss the moment! He presented the gospel and talked about how God created us to live life fully, and we can only do that through Him. At the end, he gave an altar call and we had several students respond. We’re so excited to move forward with this group of 200 students with our hearts focused on God. We can’t wait to see what He does through camp this week, and would appreciate your prayers!
For the first time ever, we have revealed our Summer Camp theme before we arrive at camp. Check out our reveal video below!
Our theme is olympics! We will be competing for gold, silver and bronze throughout the weekend. Below are out teams!
We can't wait for a great week at camp! See you at 2pm at Oak Pointe on Friday, August 19!