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Trips & Water Front Extravaganza!

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Yesterday was an awesome day at Family Camp! The first part of the day wasIMG_5346 spent going on Trips. Families were able to choose to go on the Caving Trip, the Float Trip, the High Ropes Trip, or the Bennett Springs Trip. All of these trips were amazing, so whichever one they decicded to go on, they had a blast! It was a great way to spend time with your family and bond with one another.

The Caving Trip had a great time climbing around inside a cave, the Float Trip paddled down a relaxing river, the Bennett Springs Trip learned about nature and got to feed fish, and the High Ropes Trip overcame challenges up on CedarS’ wonderful High Ropes Course. All of these trips were exciting in different ways, and everyone had a great time.

After their trips were finished, everyone headed back to camp for a lunch! We had “create your own Subway Day” which was a lot of fun and the sandwiches tasted delicious! The food at CedarS is always awesome, and there are so many options for you to choose from!

One counselor commented, “The one thing that I really like about CedarS CampS isIMG_5385 the amount of fun you can have. They’re so many different activities you can do. You can do trampoline, go swimming, the rope swing, the zip line, you got sports, horseback riding, and you got everything you can possibly imagine. It’s really cool that we can do all of these activities in this awesome Christian Science atmosphere. You’re always being supported by Warren, by your counselors, and by all these awesome people here at CedarS.” –Hunter H.

In the afternoon families had a blast at the Water Front Extravaganza. There was swimming, zip lining, the waterslide, and much more! When it started raining a little, everyone headed to the covered back porch where ice cream was served and a game of basketball was played. And after a few minutes the rain had cleared up and the water activities began again!

Rainy Monday, Fun Monday!

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Monday was quite a rainy day here at CedarS CampS, but that definitely did nIMG_5169ot stop all of the fun activities for Family Camp! Families had a great time participating in their choice of activities. There was horseback riding, printmaking, swimming, sports, archery, and even cartooning!

One counselor said, “I love family camp because during the year, some families don’t even get to spend time together. The father and mother come home from work and all they get to say is “goodnight.” But at family camp they get to do activities together as a whole family. They get to have meals together, and sometimes at home that doesn’t even happen. It just gives them a really good chance to spend quality time together. They also have power hour every day, and that gives them a chance, as a family, to talk about Christian Science. It’s just a really good bonding experience for all of the families here at CedarS.” – Gabby A.

The cool thing about Family Camp is that you can do things with your family whenever you want, but also the parents can do activities they want to do while their children do the activities that they want to do. When one camper was asked why she liked Family Camp she said, “There’s a lot of fun activities. There’s vaulting, which is gymnastics on a horse, which I think is really fun because I do gymnastics. There’s also archery and other stuff. And you also get to stay in cabins with your family which is a lot of fun.” – Hanna F.
At night we had an awesome campfire for all the families to attend. The kids had a great time riding the “Bucking Barrels”, and the parents sat around the fire roasting marshmallows, chatting, and being with their families. There’s nothing better than eating a perfectly made S’more! The night ended with some cool fire breathing followed by singing a hymn and then ending with the CedarS’ song. It was a great first day of Family Camp!

Adventure Bible Drama Camp

Friday, August 14th, 2009

An awesome program that CedarS offers is Adventure Bible Drama Camp. In this program, campers get to learn more about the Bible. They learn about different Bible characterIMG_5142s, time periods, and even new stories that they may have not heard before. Sometimes they even get to act out different stories and play Bible characters themselves. It’s a great way for them to be able to understand the Bible more by having adult specialists explain it to them in a fun and comprehensible way.

The specialist this session is Mike Hamilton, and he has been able to teach the campers a lot. Wherever you find him with his group, you find Bible period timelines written out in chalk, and maps to show the geography of the Bible times. Here is how Mr. Hamilton describes the program, “The idea was to try and give them a little bit of background appropriate to their ages in the Bible. First to learn about it as a book, you know, how it’s put together, it’s different parts, and then to learn a little bit about the history and get an idea of the geography. So we’re trying to do something a little different then the kind of instruction the kids would probably get in Sunday School. The reason for doing it really has just been that we thought thIMG_5146at Biblical literacy is important. Well, you know how it is that you can read these passages in isolation, but if you don’t have a sense about how the whole thing fits together, it’s hard to make any sense of it or see kind of the progress of ideas. Of course the challenge of all this, is to make it applicable for both a 6-year-old and a 12-year-old. But we’ve made timelines and done other activities to try and get the kids to get a better understanding of how everything fits together”. – Mike Hamilton

A Daily Lift

Friday, August 14th, 2009

CedarS encourages all its friends to a “Daily Lift” of a new 2-minute lecture each day from the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. You can sign up here or listen in as it was shared this morning during CedarS’ Practitioner Talk.

Meg Dendler also shares some spiritual lessons of childlikeness taught by tonight’s musical theater production of Peter Pan. You can see pictures of rehearsals and other camp activities here.

CIP Does the High Ropes Course

Friday, August 14th, 2009

IMG_5106Today CIP did the high ropes course. CedarS CampS is very fortunate to have such a wonderful ropes course for the campers to enjoy. It’s a great way for campers to challenge themselves while also having a ton of fun. Campers are perfectly safe when they’re high up in the course because they are strapped into harnesses and have knowledgeable counselors to help them.

There are two different levels of the high ropes course, the lower level and the higher level. The lower level is a bit easier and has elements such as the “Train Tracks”. The Train Tracks are wooden boards that are spaced apart enough so that you have to reach out with your foot in order to reach the next board. You have to do so without holding on to anything. In order to complete the train tracks, and most of the elements, campers must overcome their fear of falling. Once they realize the hardest thing to overcome is the fear itself, they learn that they can easily complete the challenge.

The higher level is a bit more challenging, and has elements such as the log, where you have to walk along a thin log without holding on to anything. For campers who feel that they have done both the high and the low levels pretty easily and want more of a challenge, they can either blindfold themselves or tie their shoelaces together to make it more difficult. IMG_5095

To get back down to the ground, the only way down is to glide down the zip line! The campers are strapped into their harnesses, which are attached to the zip line wire. All they have to do is sit down and then lean forward and off they go! It’s an exhilarating way to finish the course!

CIP had a great time doing the high ropes course, and learned a lot about challenging themselves, and supporting their fellow campers. One camper commented, “I love the high ropes course because it’s a challenge for me to do the best that I can, and even if I get into a tight spot I have all of my friends to support me.” – Suzzanah G.

Square & Rock Dance

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Yesterday was a rainy day here at CedarS CampS. But that definitely did not stop the fun aIMG_5017ctivities from happening! Instead of having the usual campfire the first Monday night, we ended up having the Square and Rock Dance! Everyone had a great time dancing the night away and staying dry.

Campers came dressed up in funky outfits to match the theme of the dance, and it was so fun seeing everyone’s creativity. Campers wore brightly colored clothing, unusual hats, and even fun socks!

The dance began with the traditional Square Dance section where the campers were able to learn new square dances that they had never done before. They learned how to do the “Nine Pin”, “BINGO”, and several others. The awesome thing about Square dancing is that it allowed the campers to meet many new people. During BINGO, they change partners throughout the entire dance. Every time they meet their new partner they have to introduce themselves and then swap interesting facts about each other.

After the square dancing, the campers got to enjoy the rock section of the dance where they could dance whichever way they wanted. They sang along to the music, danced with their friends, and made new friends!

A Fantastic Friday!

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

The last day of fourth Session was filled with excitement. Campers participIMG_4937ated in the fabulous Horse Show, practiced for the talent show, packed up their belongings, and then finally went to the talent show and enjoyed some awesome performances!

The Horse Show is always a big event at CedarS. It’s a time when the campers can show off all that they have learned about horses and horseback riding. Even if you have never ridden a horse before, you can definitely learn how to at camp. The campers got to watch their fellow campers ride, and also got to perform as well. There was a lot of cheering, singing, and dancing going on in the crowd as the show progressed. Our two counselor MCs had some great horse trivia and jokes, and our rodeo clowns performed some great tricks!

The Talent Show on Friday night had some great routines! The young boys’ cabins began the program with singing one of our hymns to a new popular tune. The younger girls’ cabins performed a dance to the song “So Long, Farewell” from The Sound Of Music. They sang along, and acted out the lyrics. Then the older boys’ and girls’ cabins performed a fun dance to a song about Jane and Tarzan. CIP was the last group to do a dance, and they did theirs to “Pop Goes My Heart” from the movie Music and Lyrics. They did some entertaining partner work, and had a great time dancing around on stage!IMG_4967

The last performance of the night was given by the Musical Theater program here at CedarS. This year they are putting on the musical “Peter Pan”, and Friday night they gave us a sneak peak at what we can look forward to next Friday night when they actually do the whole performance. We got to see musical numbers from the pirates, the Indians, and the lost boys! The campers have been working so hard, and it was wonderful to see all their progress! It’s obvious from the great performances we heard that the show is going to be amazing!

4th Session Council Fire

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Last night the boys invited the girls to the Council Fire, where the theme was “traditional.” The boys led the girls into the Council Fire where they sat down to enjoy the night’s festivities. To begin the meeting they needed a princess to rule over them, so all the senior girl counselors participated in different challenges, such as building a big enough fire to burn a piece of string above it. After one team of counselors won that challenge, they then had to create their own spiritual parable using other counselors as their actors. After everyone had performed their story, a princess was chosen, and she sat in the throne for the rest of the Council Fire.IMG_4852

As the night progressed, the boys cabins all told parables that paralleled bible stories, based on respect. They had a wonderful time dressing up and acting out their stories. After the stories, the Council Fire continued with its tradition of recreating the sounds of a storm. The campers started with blowing out air (wind), then rubbing their hands, then finger tapping (light rain), to snapping (harder rain), to clapping (torrential rain), and then finally slapping knees (thunder). With all these different noises it really sounded like a storm!

Before the end of the Council Fire, Warren announced the chosen CedarS Torchbearers, who immediately set off on their run. As a Torchbearer, they must run until they feel that they are totally relying on God for their strength. (The maximum they can run is 7 miles.) The Torchbearers also have to take a vow of silence for just shy of 24 hours. If they break the silence, they lose one of their three feathers. When they had completed all of their challenges, they then take the pledge of the CedarS Torchbearers.

The night ended with the traditional fire breathing done by several senior boy counselors. They blew fire up into the night sky as the campers all returned back to their cabins. The spirit of CedarS was felt throughout the camp as the campers all crawled into their beds for a good nights rest.

Nature Poetry

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

One of the activities that CedarS offers to campers is Nature. The campers are shown difP8010050ferent kinds of animals, plants, and habitats. They are able to learn about the world around them, and see all the different wonders nature bestows upon us.  Nature hikes, led by one of the loving nature specialists, are one of the activities the campers get to participate in. During one of the hikes, the campers were able to take a moment and write down poetry about what they were experiencing in nature. It really allowed them to be at one with nature, and with God. Here are some samples of the beautiful things they wrote down:

(While beside Crown Lake):

The wind rushes through the trees,
And the air is filled with the sounds of nature.
The water of the lake with its whooshing sound
Adds to the sound of nature.
The birds are singing out there with love and joy.

I smell fresh soil and see the crickets thud lightly against the ground
I feel the damp morning dew
And the beautiful sun shining through the trees
It is the start of another glorious morning.

I see the world move around me
The gentle water near
The dragonflies move about me.
– Shyla

I Can Hear…P8010010
I can hear birds talking above me,
Leaves gossiping around me
Bugs crawling on me
Water moving behind me
Rocks crashing under my feet
Wind whipping at my face
The sun shining like a spotlight
And I smell the Cedars.
Well, of course I do…
I’m at Cedars Camps
– Taylor

(At the JL Caves):

It’s comfy cold
Good for hibernation
Moist ground quite safe

Birds chirping

A weird noise
Human voices
Camera noises
Cool rock.


Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Monday and Tuesday of the second week of the session are spent going out on trips and tie-dying. On Mondays the girls do trips and the boys do tie-dying, and on Tuesday it’s reversed. Campers are able to go to crafts and pick out a shirt of their choice to tie-dye. The welcoming parent crafts helpers show the campers samples of different tie-dye patterns they can choose from. They can do a spiral, a star, a heart, a bulls-eye, a CedarS tree, and more! It’s a great chance for the campers to be creative and design something that is entirely their own.IMG_4774

Campers have a great time picking out the design and colors they want to use. They learn how to make each design, what colors work best together, and how to properly use the dye. For many campers who have never done this before, it is a wonderful new experience.

For several of the different designs, the campers must twist the shirt in a particular way and sometimes use rubber bands to keep the shirt a certain way. After the campers tie up the shirts the way they want them, the crafts parents help the campers soak the shirt in a special solution before they can actually start dying. After it has soaked for 10 minutes, they’re able to begin dying! They have a blast using the wide variety of colors, mixing and matching whichever way they choose.

After they dye the shirts, the parent crafts helpers rinse out all of the shirts and wash them so that they’re ready to wear! By the end of camp, everyone has made a spectacular tie-dye shirt they can bring home to show family and friends!


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