We can't believe its already Friday morning. This week has been flying by, and we shared a lot of fun times together.
Wednesday we had a great camp out, which included dancing, singing, and a campfire with s'mores. After we decided where we wanted to camp (either the chapel or the upper field), we split in to our groups for a star show put on by some of the staff. We got to see The Big Dipper, The Summer Triangle, and the North Star. It was so cool to see those constellations and be able to tell what they were.
Thursday was another full day of activity, that ended with group presentations and a very special communion service. We had communion by the lake with our MIR Jacob and we were able to make a faith commitment by after if we wanted. We were able to make a first time commitment, a recommitment, or we were able to say that we already walked with God daily or we just weren't ready to yet. After our celebration, we had a snack of freezy pops before heading to bed.
This morning we had french toast sticks for breakfast before heading to our last activity of the week. We all did some smaller group activities before we did one giant group activity together. Currently we are about to have a hot dog lunch before heading to pack up our stuff and then head to the chapel for the closing ceremony.
While we are excited to see out families, we are also sad to leave Camp Lookout. Even through the sadness, we know this has been a special week and that more fun awaits us next year!
Check back this afternoon as we are in the proc
Full Speed Ahead
We have been going full speed with fun and excitement today! We started the day with the famous Camp Lookout Biscuits and Gravy breakfast and some singing on the back steps of the lodge. After a few words from our Minister in Residence (MIR for short) Jacob, we then were dismissed for our first activities of the week. We had some campers at the horse barn, some were fishing, biking, doing crafts, and other awesome Camp Lookout activities. Our High School OHA (Outdoor High Adventure) campers headed to the Hiwassee River for their two day camp out.
After our activities we had a wonderful Perto lunch- some of the camp staff report that it is their favorite meal of the week! Petros are Fritos smothered with chili, cheese, sour cream, and all types of yummy toppings. Then we headed to our cabins for some Flat Time- a time to rest up and maybe take a quick nap before our Bible Study, Chapel Time, and afternoon activities.
This afternoon we had campers all over the place as well. Some were caving, some were at the ropes course, and some got to make some really awesome crafts. After working up a really big appetite we had a wonderful dinner of Hamburgers, Tots, Baked Beans, and yellow cake with chocolate icing.
One of the high points of the day was the twice-annual Adventure Game. This is an exciting activity that just the 5th and 6th graders get to do, and it is a BLAST! During the game, Bible Study groups went all over camp; from the barn to the upper field, helping some visitors we had at camp...who happened to look a lot like some of staff members we got to hang out with on activities. One person, the queen of her land, could not laugh, so it was our job to help her laugh again. We also got to help a group of girls get their friend who was stranded in a canoe back to shore. We also met a knight, a fairy, and an herbalist whose assistant had lost something very important to her. We also learned about friendship at the barn with the dueling cowboys and how to build shelters for castaways.
We topped off the Adventure Game by putting all of our treasure that we collected during the night together. It turns out that they all formed a puzzle that read "Peace on Earth". We were reminded that its important to live in peace with one another.
To make sure we got out any last bit of energy we had, we ended the night singing with some of the staff, who still happen to look a lot like the visitors we met during the adventure game...sounds pretty curious to me. We then had snack that was an ice cream sundae party and are getting ready to head to bed for another day of fun tomorrow! Make sure you check back soon!!
LET IT GROW!
The Camp Lookout Family is proud to announce that this past week we gained our 700th camper for the summer!! WHOO! We just wanted to thank all of you for you're continued support and trust in us. It brings joy to our hearts knowing that children come year after year to experience what we have to offer. Again we thank you and hope, even though this summer is coming to a close, that you will continue to come and spread the word of all that we are doing.
We hope that you have had a fantastic time while you/your child was here
It's always hard to say goodbye
Once again we had to say goodbye to our friends we made this week. We had an awesome week here on the mountain. Wednesday we made some great memories at the Camp Lookout Luau. We got to dance in the pool, play with some great inflatables and even eat dinner outside! After that we had an awesome campfire with s'mores, singing, and dancing.
Thursday morning we woke up and got ready for another full day of fun. Once again we had people running everywhere! Some were caving, some were playing in the pool, some were in the trees on the ropes course, and some of the "big kids" were on the river again! After a lovely lunch of chicken tenders, mac and cheese, and peas, we had our last flat time. We then had our last full activity at camp, which was just as fun as the others. After the infamous Camp Lookout Taco Night, we worked on our group presentations and then presented them.
We ended the night with Holy Communion and a chance to respond to God's call. Some of us made first time commitments, and some of us made rededications. Some of us also got to say that we already did that or we just weren't ready.
After communion we had a snack of apples and then headed to bed. This morning we had French Toast sticks and sausage for breakfast. This morning we got to pick our activities and then did a group activity in the chapel before a hot dog lunch and then heading back to our cabins to pack.
Our closing ceremony was, as always, a mix of happy and sad times. We were excited to see our families, but also sad to leave our new friends. But we do know one thing, We will for sure be back next year!
Sorry the late update! We've been having so much fun with one another so far this week! With over 110 campers on the mountain this week, there is never going to be a dull moment.
Yesterday after registration and getting settled in our cabins, we got to bond with our Bible Study groups by doing some group initiatives together. After a great picnic lunch we got to visit with some pretty awesome people who are spending the week with us. Nurse Harold told us all about how to stay healthy and safe this week while our Minister in Residence (MIR for short) Melia told us what we will be talking about in Bible Study. We also got to swim and sign up for some awesome activities. After the infamous Camp Lookout chicken patty dinner, we played some games to get to know everyone at camp. We then had milk and cookies with Don before showering and heading to bed.
This morning we had pancakes and bacon before heading to our first activities of the week. Some of us were on the ropes course, some were at the horse barn, and some even went caving! Our group of kayaking high schoolers got to go to the Cartecay River to use some of their new skills. After a lunch of Petros (Chili over corm chips) we got to have some flat time to rest and recharge for our afternoon activities. We then had more fun this afternoon during our activities after our Bible Study and Chapel time with Melia.
Tonight we had a great dinner of burgers, tots, and baked beans. We then did a little service time with our groups and to give back to camp. Tonight we are having a carnival with all types of fun and games. We get to make balloon hats, have our faces painted, play some ladder ball, and play soak the sucker with our counselors! Look for some great pictures of this event tomorrow. Soon we are heading to bed to gear up for another day of fun and
Celebrating a Great Week!
Last night was a very special night here at Camp Lookout. After our group presentations and Bible Study, we had a very special chapel time with Tina. We also got to hear from Don about taking the things we learned at camp back into the "real world", where its not always easy to be a Christian. We then walked to the lake with candles and had time to reflect on what we had heard God telling us throughout the week. After celebrating Communion, we had a chance to respond to our feelings form the week. Some of us made first time commitments to follow Christ, and some of us rededicated out loves to Christ. Some of us also were able to say that we already walked daily with Christ or that we weren't quite ready, and all of our choices were treated in a loving and safe environment. After a group prayer, we had time to sit at the lake and pray with our counselors or just have some quiet time.
One of the most exciting parts about the Junior High Week is that we have a HUGE celebration after communion on Thursday. We got to dance and sing and even have a real soft drink and chips before heading to bed. It was indeed a great day.
Today was our last day at Camp Lookout. We had a breakfast of French Toast Sticks and Sausage Links, then we filled out our camper evaluations. We then got to pick our activity for the morning. We have all types of staff leading Yoga, Improv, Tumbling, and Basketball. We then ended the morning with a group session of dancing and games. For our last meal at Camp, we had Hot Dogs, French Fries, and Lemonade. Sadly after lunch we had to pack up to get ready to go home. We are leaving with so many great memories and friends from this week though. We can not wait to come back next year, and we are looking forward to having even more fun!
Here Comes The Sun (Do doo do doo)
The sun came out today! It was a great way to spend our last full day of activities. After an early night last night, we got to make our own croissant sandwiches for breakfast. We then spent some more time with Tina, and then headed to our morning activities Much like yesterday, we had people all over camp and some even went offsite for rappelling and caving. We then had some chicken tenders and homemade macaroni and cheese with green peas for lunch. Don advised us to get some rest a flat time because we have a big night ahead of us. After flat time we headed to our afternoon activities and had even more fun when the clouds broke and the sun came out!
For dinner we had the infamous Camp Lookout taco bar. We then headed to our Bible Study groups for our last night of Bible Study and to prepare for our group presentations. After we give our presentations and Tina continues her talks for the week, we are going to celebrate Holy Communion. After Communion rumor is we are going to have a big party to celebrate our week and Don said we even get to have Sodas with Cookies and Chips!
Check out some of our pictures from our fun today!
Even the Clouds Can't Stop Us!
Today was another full day of fun! This morning was sunny and not too hot for our activities. We had a great breakfast of Biscuits and Gravy (Even CHOCOLATE gravy!), sausage, and eggs. After some time with Tina, our MIR for the week, we were then dismissed for out morning activities. We had people ALL over the place; from the horse barn to the ropes course, from lake paddling to the cave! After a lunch of homemade soup and grilled cheese sandwiches we had some must needed flat time since we were still tired from all the fun we had last night. Then it was time for our afternoon activities. Again we had people all over the place. Even with the storm clouds coming in, we played all afternoon and then had a yummy dinner of BBQ and all the trimmings. We were supposed to camp out in the upper field tonight, but these clouds keep making noises and throwing lightning around, so we are sleeping in our cabins instead...BOOOOOOO.
These clouds aren't stopping our campfire from happening though! We are going to sing and dance and make some s'mores before bed. Tonight is a bit of an earlier night, but the extra rest is much needed because tomorrow is another full day of fun!
Check out some of the pictures from our activities today!
Sorry in advance for the poor quality of this video, we just wanted to get something out there to show how much fun we have dancing on Mondays!!
Life In a Day of a Camper
Your typical camp day starts out around 7:30 a.m. Every is starting to get up, shower, and getting ready for their morning activity. Some will be changing into swimming gear for lake paddling, snorkeling, or even archery and the other half activities. Others will be gearing up for horse back riding, caving, and this week we had skate boarders.
Then we all gather together behind the lodge at 8:00 for a fun blessing and then gorge ourselves with a yummy breakfast. Pancakes, biscuits, french toasted sticked, eggs, the list goes on and on!
After cleaning up and settling down we join again at the back steps to sing in worship and then walk down the "Trail of Silence" (currently the side walk due to inclement conditions of the actual trail). Then a brief word from our MIR of the week sends us off to our activities.
Half activities (Archery, mountain biking, snorkeling, lake paddling, and others) usually gets finished around around 10:30 and then they swim for the other half. All activities gather back behind the hub (after changing into clean attire for lunch) at 12:00 and wait anxiously to be fed once again. For lunch our lunches we have spaghetti, homemade soups, salads, and even chicken and mac! By this time it's probably the staff's favorite time: FLAT TIME! Due to the high decrease in our energy we like to give everyone a chance to rest and chill for a few to prepare for the rest of the day.
Once flat time ends...depending on the age group...we either enjoy a light "wake up snack" and bible study and then activities or we just meet in the chapel for our afternoon activities.
At 6:00 we gather together for...you guessed it MORE FOOD! (guess you don't have to worry about you're camper ever being hungry again!!) Chicken patties, and cheese burgers, and BBQ...and trust me there's PLENTY to go around! 2nds 3rds and even 4ths! At dinner they are also treated to very yummy desserts!
At dinner's end, each night we have a night program. Depending on the age some will go to "service time" (where they help do little odd jobs around camp to help keep camp nice...sweeping, trash, etc). Each night and age group is a different night program. Some nights will be dancing, others adventure games, camping under the starts, and we even have luau! After our night program they get one last snack before they are off to bed to rest up to start it all over again!!
It's a wonder that your camper isn't dragging their tired worn out very happy selves across camp by Wednesday. And of course do all the usual camp things like camp fires, s'mores, camp songs, and communion (on Thursdays). Not a lot has changed over the years...but one thing is for sure...they keep coming back for more and we are more than happy to continue to share the love of Jesus Christ to your campers and we hope that you continue to enjoy readings these and come back to see what's new!
Don Washburn - Director of Camp Lookout