Posted by on Mar 30, 2011

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CAMP SONG?! A boy took a girl… A boy took a girl in a little canoe with the moon shining all around. As he applied to his paddle, he couldn’t even hear a sound. So they talked and they talked ‘til the moon grew dim, and he said you better kiss me or get out and swim. So whatcha gonna do in a little canoe with the moon shining all around. A boy took a girl in a little canoe with the moon shining all around. As he applied to his paddle, he couldn’t even hear a sound. So they talked and they talked ‘til the moon grew dim, and he said you better kiss me or get out and swim. So whatcha gonna do in a little canoe with the moon shining all-a, boy paddling all-a, girl swimming all around. Oh...

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We Survived!

Posted by on Mar 30, 2011

Congratulations to Kayla and the rest of the survival experts here at camp on their successful completion of the first ever Intro to Wilderness Survival program. The program ended Monday evening with a race around camp that incorporated all the survival elements the group had learned over the course of the program. As the program drew to a close each person left camp with their very own survival kit, including a compass, fishing line and hook, a candle, a bandana, and an array of other items. If you’re interested in more programs like this one feel free to join us for the next Learn To Climb Program beginning on April...

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Two Choices

Posted by on Mar 28, 2011

This is a Thought of the Day that we sometimes use during Staff Orientation and before the Ocky Olympics at Boys Camp.  I received this quite a few years back as an email forwarded to me by Gary Graham.  I still can’t read it without tearing up.  When read as a Thought of the Day, whoever is reading it usually needs another person or two as a back-up to take over reading if the first person gets too choked up.  I hope you enjoy it.  Its message is very powerful. Brent Birchler Boys Camp Director  Two Choices What would you do? You make the choice! Don’t look for a punch line; There isn’t one!  Read it anyway. My question to all of you is: Would you have made the same choice? At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning disabled children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question: “When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?” The audience was stilled by the query. The father continued. “I believe that when a child like Shay, physically and mentally handicapped comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes, in the way other people treat that child.”  Then he told the following story: Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing  baseball. Shay asked, “Do you think they’ll let me play?” Shay’s father knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but the father also understood that if his son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps. Shay’s father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if Shay could play, not  expecting much. The boy looked around for guidance and said, “We’re losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.” Shay struggled over to the team’s bench put on a team shirt with a broad smile and his Father had a small tear in his eye and warmth in his heart. The boys saw the father’s joy at his son being accepted. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from...

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Recipe of the Week… Banana Bread

Posted by on Mar 27, 2011

Hello Folks!! It’s recipe time!! This one is a well tested, well liked, very simple Banana Bread. Chef Nick and I have made this one many times and have gotten rave reviews from the Staff and our families and friends!! Here we go… Ingredients: 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed 1/3 cup melted butter 1/2 cup granulated white sugar 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1 egg, beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon baking soda Pinch of salt 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour Method: No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour (or until knife test comes out clean). Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve. Yield: Makes one loaf. Simple, moist, great texture and most of all… delicious. Bon appetite! Be good… Chef...

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TITANIC

Posted by on Mar 23, 2011

This is my all-time favorite Camp song, hands down.  It almost disappeared a few years back, but I’m glad to say that it is still a Camp favorite and is always sung at the Blue Feather Banquet every session.  Does anyone else have a favorite they’d like to share? Titanic Oh they built the ship, Titanic, to sail the ocean blue, And they thought they had a ship, that the water wouldn’t go through But the Good Lord’s raised his hand and said, “This ship would never land.” Chorus: It was sad when the great ship went down, hit the bottom! It was sad, so sad, it was sad, too bad It was sad when the great ship went down, to the bottom of the Sea-eeeeeeeeeeeeee Husbands and wives, little children lost their lives; it was sad when the great ship went down. Oh they sailed from jolly England, and were not far from the shore, When the rich refused to associate with the poor So they sent them down below, where they were the first to go. [Chorus] Oh the ship took on water and the sides were ‘bout to burst, When the captain shouted, “Women and children first” Then the captain tried to wire, but the lines were all on fire. [Chorus] Oh, they swung the lifeboats out, o’er the deep and raging sea And the band struck up with a “Nearer, My God, to Thee” Little children wept and cried as the waves crashed over the sides. [Chorus] Oh the moral of this story, is very plain to see Always wear your life preserver, when you go out to sea. The Titanic never made it, and never more shall be. [Chorus] Shared by Brent Birchler Boys Camp...

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2011

The Starfish Story Original Story by: Loren Eisley One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.  Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?” The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean.  The surf is up and the tide is going out.  If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” “Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?  You can’t make a difference!” After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf.  Then, smiling at the man, he said…” I made a difference for that one.”...

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