Family camp, day 2

Another balmy day on Crystal Lake brought lots more fun. Families are getting into the swing of camp and now know the ropes pretty well. The usual activities started off the morning, including a morning lake swim for a few, lesson reading, flag raising, breakfast, and assembly.

This morning’s assembly was very creative, involving staff member Steve Bailey and one of the new full time Assistant Directors, Ian McLeland. Ian acted out talking very selfishly about his day and decided to look in the mirror, but it was covered in grime and he couldn’t see anything! But luckily Steve came along and talked about the passage from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Self-love is more opaque than a solid body. In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error – self-will, self-justification, and self-love  – which wars against true spirituality and is the law of sin and death.” (S&H p. 242:15) Steve brought out the “universal solvent of Love” in a spray bottle and together they fixed Ian’s thoughts and cleaned the mirror.

After assembly, morning classes began, including rock climbing, arts and crafts, waterfront, part singing, horseback riding, improv, and kids’ camp. Today’s kids’ camp theme was pirates! The pirates made eye patches, hooks, and a pirate flag and set off to collect “gold” and discover buried treasure (the pinata they made yesterday) by following the ancient treasure map.

In the afteroon, after lunch and yummy cupcakes, the afternoon commenced! The available activities were archery, pottery, mountain biking, and waterfront, with kids’ camp out on the water front making sandcastles and setting sail on their dread ship canoes. Unfortunately thunder rolled in during fifth period, so most families either played games in the lodge or rested in their cabins.

Dinner/evening activity tonight was a cookout at the lodge and a luau! Frank Stewart in the kitchen made some delicious ribs that we feasted on and peanut butter pie for dessert. The luau was a relaxing affair, with a fire and guitar playing on the beach, the waterfront open after the rain cleared up. Families played games and talked in the lodge, with everyone mingling until dark. It was a pleasant evening for all, and we look forward to tomorrow!

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