Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Today we had a Yuk Fight at K-1. You are asking yourself probably...what is "Yuk"? It comes in a small powdered box and it takes one cup of powder to 6 pitchers of water. Its fabulous. It comes out as this clear, slimy substance that is so fun to squish your hands in and soooo fun to throw. Its completely biodegradable, non-toxic, wont hurt you if you get it in your eyes or eat it. (although probably not tasty...) Whats even better is that it is easy to clean and it comes right off of any clothing! Just a hose bath away from clean! I have heard it is actually the substance in diapers. (The stuff that absorbs the moisture when a diaper is soaked) The crazy thing is that it comes in all textures...slimy, gooey, sticky...the list goes on. How we found this...I am not sure, but anything for your kids.
We had our Galactic Spectacula PArty. Because of rain we didn't get to do the "yuk" fight but we did it this morning. I will have footage soon. We had a dance party in the partybarn with lots of neon and glow in the dark. Today we had our first Klinic Day. It was really fun. The kids got to do the sport of their choice all morning and then we had the "yuk" fight. What is "Yuk" you might ask? Stay tuned to find out!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
They found out who their counselors were. Then we had a picnic and then we headed to K-Life.
Here is the video
Friday, June 25, 2010
As quick as we could say goodbye and wipe the tears away we got really excited and said hello to our new campers and boy were they excited! Stay tuned for tomorrow morning. I will have some great footage of what we did today!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I thought it would be fun to share with you the requirements from 1931 at Kanakuk Kamps for boys.
To get your Big K you had to do the following:
1. Hike 75 miles (back then you stayed all summer mostly so I am sure this was an
2. Handle Canoe Well
3. Handle Horse Well
4. Shoot 35 ouf possible 50 with rifle
5. Equivelant in Archery
6. Swin Lake and Back (back then it was the White River)
7. Pass Jr. Red Cross
8. Know 10 birds
9. Know 10 trees
10. Know Constellations
11. Know Poison Ivy
12. Know Characteristics of Poisonous snakes
13. Tie 5 Knots
14. Pass First Aid
15. Catch, Mount, and identify 5 kinds of butterflies
Oh, how things change. Rest assured your daughter did not hike 75 miles :) Darnell White wrote a book called the Legacy of Kanakuk. IT is fabulous and I think its a neat thing to have at your house. You can buy it at the Kanakuk Store. Anway, Its tells the K requirements back in 1931.
This brings me to the next part of what I love about Kanakuk....its traditions. Not many things in this world hold to traditions. I know that its always great to try things new but a few traditions in life are a good thing. What traditions do is they create a bridge between Generations with shared experiences. IT is really neat to see that you are apart of something that has lasted longer than you have been alive and even longer than your mom or dad or grandparents have been alive. I think its an earthly reminder to me to leave a legacy. I want to always make sure I am a part of something that will last longer than your lifespan. Being part of the body of Christ is exactly that!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Here is Cabin 3 doing crafts. We have a fun craft project. We are doing headbands with flowers on them. The kids love krafts (note: that is not misspelled...everything starts with a K here) and they get excited about learning a knew skill. I totally think doing krafts is 10 times better than just watching tv at home. If you and your kids want a night away from the television....do a Kraft! I have the perfect website for you!!!!
www.dollarstorecrafts.com IT great! Most things are soo cheap!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Every once in a while I will post a few posts that talk about the Music that we play at Kanakuk. There are so many parents and kids that ask me about where we get the music that we play here at Kanakuk. Here are three songs that kids love. Moms and dads you could suprise your kids with a fun playlist on their ipods or CD mix of kamp songs. These are also great songs to play at your sporting events or activities at home. Your kiddos will probably be so excited if on the way home from kamp you played these tunes in your car. They could teach you all the moves they learned.
The First Artist is "Flame" His song is called "Go Buck" You can find it on itunes for 99 cents. Just type in "Flame Go Buck" in where it says search. Here is the song with the lyrics (no worries mom I had to read it to see what the song says) By they way..."Go Buck" means go crazy and celebrate.
The next artist is Lecrae featuring Trip Lee. This song is called "Get Loose" They actually wrote it for the Kids Across America Theme Song. You can also buy this on itunes for 99 cents.
The next song is called Orangitango by Fly Golden Eagle. You can also buy this on itunes. This is one of the kids favorite songs. If you play this they will do the dance moves to this one. Get ready for fun!
Stay tuned for more on another day.
Then, it was like God was watching down and about 10 minutes later it rained really hard and washed all the paint from the field away! But with the rain came a power outage. What! We were right in the middle of dinner and all the power on our side of the lake goes out. Does that end a Kanakuk Party...NO! Time to bring in the generators. We danced the night away in the dining hall, had our snacks...saved all our food in the walk in fridge and went back to our cabins. Right when the kiddos returned....the lights turned on again!
Anyway, this brings me to another one of my favorite things of kamp....the party never stops. When we have planned something fun for your kids....nothing can stop the fun from happening. (In all safety of course :) We are all about making memories for your kiddos for a lifetime and I really think this one will be in the memory books for a while. They were covered in paint, washed by a fire truck, danced in the rain and partied during a power outage with glowsticks and generators! Until tomorrow!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Here is the Kiowa Stunt Highlights:
Here is the Kickapoo Stunt Highlights:
Small Lessons I learn from being at Kamp:
During Parties and Stunt our counselors and kids use our huge Skit Closet. (On a Side note, I think every family needs a small version of a skit closet. Skit clothes can make a simple dinner at McDonalds with the family a memorable night. Theme family nights can be so fun too!) Anyway, I remember when I first showed up as a counselor at K-1 (in 1997) and I would laugh at some of the dresses that were hanging up in the skit closet. The other day, I saw a counselor wearing an old bridesmaid dress that I wore about 8 years ago. Yes, I only wore that thing once; so I went ahead and gave it a little more life in the K-1 Skit closet...the place were many a bridesmaid and prom dress retire. Then it hit me.... one of MY dresses...one that used to be stylish in MY time is now a skit closet dress that is worn to be silly and funny. After I had processed how fast time flies, I realized the lesson the skit closet can teach. The skit closet is great because it makes many random pieces of clothing timeless. Each dress, pair of pants, and vest always has purpose...no matter the current trends. It makes the funny looking, the out of style, and the "worn out" ...classics. For example, there is no limit to the potential that you can find with one suit jacket in the skit closet. It can make you a CIA agent in one skit, and a dad in another. You can be a marching band member, an ESPN announcer, or a Game Show Host. Who we are in Christ is the same way. It doesn't matter how young or old you are, you still have value to our Savior and you are a significant part of His will. It doesn't matter what you look like or what condition you are in... God always has a purpose for your life. Finally, there is unlimited potential in what God can do through each one of us throughout our life. What a great reminder of who I am in Christ the next time I go to put a costume on from the skit closet.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Today is Stunt day and our kiddos have been preparing for the play that they will put on with their tribe. There is lots of paint cans, glitter, pipe cleaners, card board boxes, and smiles today. They have been making their own costumes, learning their dances, and practicing their lines. It will be a late night tonight so I hope to post the footage of Stunt tomorrow.
The Kickapoos Present: Toy Story (their version of it that is...)
The Kiowas Present: Kung Fu Panda (their version of it that is....)
Every day I want to end at least one of my posts about what I love about kamp. Today I stopped and watched a kid walking on a sea of peat gravel stop and pick up a friendship rock. (A friendship rock is a rock that naturally has a hole in the rock. The kids love finding them) I am always amazed. That rock was sitting among thousands of other rocks and she picked up that rock with such confidence it was like she saw it from yards away. I can search for hours for one and never find them but the kids always seem to know where they are. Anyway, I love the simple nature of kamp. Life is simple here and you get excited about such little things. I am sure the moment the kamper picked up that special rock she knew exactly what friend she was going to rush back to her cabin and make a necklace for. I love that at kamp you are always thinking about your friends here. We make friends here, we love our friends here, and it amazes me how strong the bond is even though your time together is short.....I think God places those friendship rocks here to remind me of this fact.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
One of my favorite things about kamp is how a kid feels encouraged. I walked by a counselor today and she was encouraging a kid in her cabin on how she had such a sweet spirit about her. The other day I saw a counselor encouraging a kid to go down the zipline when he was scared. The kid did it and really felt a sense of accomplishment. I was a kid here and felt encouraged by my counselors. My prayer today is that every kid here at K-1 would be encouraged by someone specifically today.
Have a great day! More Posts to come.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Here is some footage I forgot I took from the first day at kamp. These are a couple of cabins at their first breakfast at K-1.
Tonight we are having the K-Extravaganza party. I have seen the great costumes head to the party from outside my window. There are "Krayons", "Kandy", a few "Karrots", and I even saw a hershey "Kiss". Thanks moms for helping come up with these great costumes!
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Well, today we did a first on Kanakomo Hill. We elected two week Mini Princesses! The reason why is because we are changing our terms at Kanakuk. Next summer we will start all of our terms on Saturday and we will end our terms on Saturday. K-1 and K-2 will start the summer with a 14 Night term. It will begin June 4th (the first Saturday in June) and will end on June 18th. There will only be 14 night campers there and therefore we needed to elect a Kickapoo and Kiowa Mini Princess. We will continue our summer with 4 more 14 night terms that will go along side our two 28 night terms. (see the kanakuk website for dates)
Our 25 days are changing to 28 night terms. The first 28 night term will start on June 18th and end on July 16th. The second 28 night term will start on July 16th and end August 13th.
What does this mean for you and your family? If you have a 25 day kamper you will want to decide what 28 night term will fit with your family schedule. Also, realize that there are three month terms now so we will be going to two 28 night (month) terms. You might want to enroll sooner than later to get the spot you want.
Two week terms will not change that much except that we now have six 13 day terms and we will only have five 14 Night terms. K-2 will have the exact same term schedule as K-1. K-west and K-Kountry will have five 14 night terms and some 7 night terms. K-7 Will continue to have just 7 night terms.
14 Night Terms
Term 1 (14 Night) - June 4-June 18th (2011)
Term 2 (14 Night) - June 18th-July 2nd (2011)
Term 3 (14 Night) - July 2nd - July 16th (2011)
Term 4 (14 Night) - July 16th- July 30th (2011)
Term 5 (14 Night) - July 30th- August 13th (2011)
28 Night terms
Term 1 June 18th-July 16th
Term 2 July 16th - August 13th
Here is some footage from this morning.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Cabins 15 and 16 went on their ski day out on Table Rock Lake. Cabins 1,2,13 and 14 had a fun day with free swim, slip-n-slide and party barn. All the 25 dayers are going to have fun games on the bottom of kamp and then watch and Outside Movie!
Our 13 dayers finished up their K-Work, packed their trunks, and played on the slip-n-slide, pool and party barn.
Here is some fun footage of what it looks like out on trip
Stay tuned moms. We are announcing our new terms for next summer at our closing ceremonies. We are kind of changing things up for next summer and you will need to know for enrolling your kids for next year.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Here is the footage!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
White Water gets to canoe down the White River
Island and Wilderness they get to ski and tube and bluff Jump. The kids that go on White Water get another day were they get to ski and tube on the lake as well.
Here is Cabin 1 and Cabin 2 leaving for trip!
Today is a normal day. all of our 25 day kampers are out on trip and won't come back until tommorrow. Our thirteen day campers are gearing up for trip tomorrow. We have a "girls night" tonight. Stay tuned for more footage.
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Today is also I'm Third Sunday and Joe White comes over to K-1 to give his I'm Third talk to the kids. The older 25 dayers are heading to K-2 to see what it is like. They will get to do part of the tree tops and play on the dock. Everyone else is going to do Sunday Funday! Also, tonight is the big Kanakuk Talent Show and some of your kids are performing. I will have footage of that as well. Stay tuned, I have alot to show you. Until then, I have put the new Kanakuk Theme Song on for you. We have not even revealed it to the kids!!! Its done by Toby Mac, Lecrea, and Tedashi...all three very popular hip hop christian artists. If youou want your kids to listen to clean music that they will like and think is cool....these three are great picks!
Click Here to hear it
Saturday, June 5, 2010
I wanted you to see what the before and after shots look like. This is Cabin 5 and Cabin 7. Cabin 5 even won that day!!!
Today is also the World Fair Party. I will have pics and videos tonight! Here is your kiddos schedule:
This Morning they are vacationing in the Gulf of Mexico where they can do the following activities:
Cliff Jumping in Baja
Lay out on the beach
Play at the Resort in Cancun (Janeland...where the blob is)
The Mississippi River (waterslides)
Zipping across the Panama Canal (zipline)
They will also vacation in the Mediterranean
Barn swinging in Monaco
Slip and Slide down the Tiber
relaxing on the greek coast line (the pool :)
Playing Soccer in Spain
Playing Wiffle Ball in Tanzania
We will have a world cultural lunch and then FOB. (Hopefully you will get a postcard from all their world travels today)
This Afternoon They will embark on the Amazing Race
Their teams will take their passports doing challenges all over the world.
Tonight we will eat more foods from around the world (they get to try a ton) and then we will be having a World's Fair full of dancing and HUGE inflatable games (like you would get to do at a carnival) It should be a fun night. I will have pictures and videos for you soon.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Tonight we did a Mystery Crime Night. The girls had to go around with their investigative journals asking the different characters their alibi and who they think did the crime. I tell you what....we have some future crime investigators...their interigations were pretty thorough! Today we had Klinic Day. The girls got to pick the Klinic of their choice and were there at a mini sport camp all afternoon. It was really fun. I will show that footage tommorow.