A Few Things…

In preparation for picking up your kids this afternoon, parents, here are a few things to make your departure simpler:

  1. Pick-up starts at 3:30pm sharp. Please come to the Pavilion to find your camper(s) upon arrival. You will then be able to help your camper “move out” of their cabin.
  2. Please make sure you sign your camper out at the registration table.
  3. Make sure you check in with the nurse if you have any meds you need to retrieve.
  4. Vespers will begin at 4:o0pm at the Pavilion. Please join us in closing this session with a few songs and a short message.
  5. There will be a table with t-shirts, sunglasses, long-sleeve shirts, car stickers, photo cd’s, etc. where you can purchase extra JKC swag.  Stop by and take a look – let us know what you would like to see offered in the future.
  6. In the next few days, please take a few minutes to sit down with your camper and fill out a short online survey. Let us know your thoughts, praises, suggestions, etc. to make your child’s experience even better!
  7. If any high school campers are interested in MORE camp this summer, we have a few spots available for Senior High Adventure Camp. This camp will climb rocks, paddle rivers, hike mountains, sleep in tents, and more! Check out the registration table or our website for more information!
  8. For younger folks who want to spend another week at camp, we have Night Owl & Native Ways still to come this summer.

Again, thank you for letting us hang out and play with your kids for the past two weeks. We have had an amazing time of fellowship and fun and look forward to having them all back again in 2012!

Have a safe holiday weekend! See you soon!

Marathon Camp – The Finish Line

We have had an amazing two weeks here in Ten Mile and we are so sad to see them come to a close. The campers and staff have played hard, made great new friends, adventured together, and spent quality time with their Maker in the natural setting of camp. There’s not much that beats a sunset Vespers service overlooking the lake while sitting around the campfire – close your eyes and maybe you can feel, smell, hear a tinge of what your kids have experienced during their time here.

“Traveling Vespers” on the hill.


Stop #2 on the Traveling Vespers.

I still look back on my summers spent at camp as my fondest, not because of the games we played or the crafts we made, but for the time I was able to spend getting to know God in a way that just gets lost in every day life – and I got to do that with some of the best friends in the world. I am ever thankful for those friendships and the influence my counselors had on my life. It is our hope, as the staff of John Knox, that your children (grandchildren, nieces, nephews, kid down the street that you know at camp, etc.) come home full of lifelong memories, love, laughter, and a deeper sense of self.

Thank you for allowing us to take care of your children the last two weeks – we hope they have had as much fun as we have!

Check back tomorrow for more details on check-out and how you can share your thoughts on your child’s experience!

Marathon Camp – Days 9 & 10

We’ve had a jam-packed fantabulous time the past few days – an outing to Mayfield, skiing, photography lessons (by yours truly and our staff photographer), cooking 101, card games, crafting, kayaking, campwide Relay Races, Elegant Dinner, & more!

Here’s a look at a select few of the happenings:

Elegant Dinner decor + Campers waiting to be seated

Action shots during the Choice Day Photography session.
Photography kids capturing the morning’s events…
Kids on the high ropes course – Elvis Walk.
All Camp Relay: First Leg – Slip & Slide
Second Leg – Kayak Lake
Third Leg – Horseshoes
Fourth Leg – Nametag Making


Relay Legs – MultiVine, Clean the Table, Run & Roll, Basket Toss

Who knows what’s in store for tomorrow?

(I do – but you’ll just have to wait and see!)


Marathon Camp – Day 8

I took a little break from photos on the Sabbath to do, you know, Sabbath things.  The campers were still in full swing with high ropes, swimming, canoeing, and crafting.  Today was just as slammed packed as the other days have been – take a look:

Middle & high school campers working on their service project – benches for the ropes course!
Fearless leaders?
Paper making using old newspapers and magazines.

A camp dog’s life is the best dog’s life.
“Drive-in” movie at the pavilion!
Good friends + good pizza + good movies = good night!
Standing room only for this triple feature!

Plenty more fun where all of this came from – check back tomorrow for more Marathon Camp shenanigans!

Marathon Camp – Day 6

“Makes me think of the good old days, Happy Birthday to you (Cameron)!”

Lots of birthday celebrations this week at camp – where in the world is there a better place to spend your birthday than with sixty of your closest friends?

Tenth birthday are way more fun with crazy hats! And big cakes! And cool birthday songs!

Vespers was beautiful tonight – as it is many nights – but tonight was the first pretty sunset we’ve enjoyed down by the lake so far this session. We’re thankful for the rain to help things grow and to cool us off, but a clear sky is nice as well.

Pastor Jim Hayes teaches at Vespers down by the water’s edge.

Check back tomorrow for more photos of today’s events…

Marathon Camp – Day 4

Today is “Choice Day” at camp – full of whitewater canoeing, kayaking, duct tape art, board games, archery, hiking, & high ropes! Enjoy these few photos of the day’s activities:

Who’s excited about kayaking? These fellas!
Row, row, row your boat…
…gently down the stream…
…merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily life is but a dream!
These campers and staff found themselves “In a Pickle”!
A mansion is bigger than a meadow which is bigger than a jungle that fits inside France…
Who knew duct tape could be so much fun – and artistic?
Crafts are wildly popular around these parts…
Bows and arrows are a girl’s best friend…

I would write more about the day’s events, however, I am currently hiding in a tree for Staff Hunt.

Shh… don’t tell the campers where I am!

Marathon Camp – Day 3

Excuse the delay of Day 3’s photos – when you live in the woods and have plenty of rain, the internet speed slows to a turltle-ish speed! But we are back and ready for action… hopefully you’ll have a sliver of the fun looking at these photos as we had yesterday hanging out in the Nature Center, fishing off the point, trust walking in Challenge Course, sock-hopping, and celebrating eleventh birthdays!

Campers & critterssss in the Nature Center
…just sitting on the dock of the bay…

Simon says: Go to your left, no right, I mean left.
Eleven years and we wish you many more, Happy Birthday to you!

For our campwide evening activity we broke out our oldies (but goodies) and busted a move on the dance floor at our Sock Hop & Ice Cream Social! The kids had a blast dressing up and cutting a rug – the staff even taught them a dance move or two:

Let’s go to the hop – oh, baby – let’s go to the hop!

Put your hands up and SHOUT!

We had a great – and soggy – day!

Check back later for today’s happenings…

Marathon Camp – Day 2

The rain held off for most of our daily activities – swimming, hiking, challenge coursing, tie-dying, orienteering.

The evening activity of Counselor Hunt? Not so much… rain, rain go away – we want to find the hiding staff another day. All of the campers hunkered down in Abel Lodge and the Dorm for Vespers and devotions followed by a few games.

All is quiet now on the homefront – enjoy these photos of today’s adventures:

Splish, splash! They are taking a bath – I mean, their swim test!
Always a nature moment to be found at camp…
Getting ready to take a refreshing dip in the lake.
Building castles made of sand…
The “men” of Carl’s group hanging out at the waterfront.
High School campers finding their balance on the Whale Watch.
Walking in the spider web, leave a message and I’ll call you back.
Happy campers all around!
Camp friends are the best friends!
Hi ho the dairy oh – a hiking they will go!
These gals ventured all the way out to 3rd Peninsula with Mark as their fearless leader.
The ants go marching one by one… hurrah!