Thursday, June 18, 2015

"I think walking down hills is a whole lot easier than walking up them."

Cecilia and I coordinated our FBC tanks for Thursday because we knew we'd see each other at chapel. She's the real MVP. So is J for photo bombing us. 

I really, really love the Green Cathedral. There is an awesome article about it in the Tecumseh Tales that Mike Lang wrote with tons of pictures of the process. You should check it out. "While the improvements will undoubtedly enhance the chapel experience, chapel isn't measured by how it's made. It's measured by what it makes. It's measured in singing voices and quiet hearts. It's measured in earnest questions and thoughtful answers. It's measured in generosity, selflessness, and honesty and it's measured in friendship, responsibility and trust. Most of all, it's measured in faith. Every morning as our campers open their hearts, their stories are etched in the stones, a living testament to the work that happens here, in this place, where God dwells amongst us."

We wanted to come to the Gish with the CILTs today but the path was flooded... Like water up to your waist flooded. So J drove us over on the bus and dropped us off to explore.

I think we'll just Keep Exploring all summer long.

We decided to play a very intense game of Capture the Flag. We split into two teams, differentiated by our pink hats, and then hid the flags on our respective sides. I wasn't playing very intensely but I was working on getting steps for my FitBit very intensely.

I'm afraid I've been lacking in my mass picture taking duties this session so I worked to rectify that that this morning. I think I did a good job catching up.

Can't believe that girls like Lauren, Rachel and Cecily are leaving in just a few short days. The second week of CILTs always flies by at super speed.

Meanwhile I love laughing with Alli and Liz all day long. Today Liz told me I was the cutest and then that she just loved being friends with Alli and I.

The CILT counselors were really, really into the game. But sometimes we give each other diplomatic immunity and walk around the other team's perimeter to get more steps. Liz called martial law, eliminated the jails and sent the kids to just find the flag. Team No Hat won.





We love our gal pals.

CILTs really does become like a family and I love getting to know our kids. I think my favorite days are ones like today when we're exploring and adventuring and just having fun together.


J picked us up on the bus and we asked him to take us out to the OT. CILT Adventuring never stops.

Next we split the CILTs into cabin groups and gave them 10 minutes to make up a cabin song that included their counselor names, cabin name and at least one metaphor. The results were fantastic.

Didn't even plan matching with Erin O'Awesome. Promise. AND ELIZABETH USED HER POLAROID FILM ON US!

Diggy and Brenna never fail to make me smile. I wish I could be counselor partners with them too so we'd always be around each other.

If I was 8 I'd be elated to be in Catawba with Molly and Whitney. Gage and Elllyn are spirit animals.

Emily and Lainey's mom was my sister's HS English teacher. Their mom used to blog about their family so I feel like I know these two girls. Now they come to Tecumseh in the summer and I love actually getting to be friends with them.

"If it's your birthday or you're a counselor grab a spoon and eat the ice-cream."

After rest hour the CILT counselors headed to the LV with the Warrior CILT girls for Alli Kenney's very first game of Empire. We repped Vallanor with the blue and WE WON!!!!

A handful of poker tokens, two keys and a whole lot of running later we were a couple thousand steps up and ready to head back to the Riv.

I love Thursday night cookout dinners. I love inviting Jill and Rachel to do weird things to earn friendship bracelets. I love talking with Day Camp counselors about their first week on staff. I love having hot dogs and chips and cookies.

While the CILTs were with their cabins Ellyn and I walked around to observe them. There are fallen sticks and branches all over camp from the storms. I channeled my inner Dave and Beth and started picking up sticks and throwing them in the woods. Ellyn jumped in the Wright Way and soon we were Camp T's very own work crew.

I visited people all over camp criss-crossing from Running Charades in the LV to Warrior girls by the DC field and then back up to Kettlehut Chapel for the start of songfest. I think today was my favorite day of camp so far.

The CILTs ended the day in the Party Room doing devotions together. Together we read, "I'm not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don't get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I've got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward--to Jesus. I'm off and running and I'm not turning back. So let's keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision-- you'll see it yet! Now that we're on the right track, let's stay on it. Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal." Philippians 3:12-17 And then wrote letters to ourselves that I'll mail later this year.

Honorable Blog Titles
"Oh yeah, go get a spoon. Dig in."
"Camp is looking a little too stick-y."

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