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John Gibbins

Full House Friday At Summit

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Today brought sunny skies and the last day of summit! Waking up to fresh croissants and bagels, the dining room was a full house- quite literally as todays theme was “Full House Friday”.

Today activities were in full swing, with great weather and eager campers. Its been amazing watching the improvement of campers hard skills as they build up confidence, and perfect their chosen majors for the week. You can tell watching them what a fun week they have been having!

The lunch dress-up today was all about Uncle Jesse (because what is Full House without uncle Jesse?!)! The room was full of excitement as campers checked out the competition and some of the hilarious renditions of one of our favourite full house characters!

The day went by so quickly, with campers squeezing in every last activity they wanted to do before heading home tomorrow, and boy was it a beautiful day.

Tonight was my personal favourite meal of the week- potato wedges and corn and salad and chicken and sausage… and to top it all of scrumptious cheesecake- have mercy!

After dinner, campers made sure to get some pictures with all of their new camp friends before changing out of their snazzy attire and into their athletic best as they faced in off an ultimate Quad-athalon. Not without a twist though- Michelle tanner (a doll) had too accompany them through the entire thing (it’s no full house without Michelle tagging along!)

In underground, despite the crazy intense game, campers were full of energy and jumping around during an awesome time of worship. Matt spoke on persecution as a Christian, and how to live as a modern day apostle in all circumstances. We also had the opportunity to hear aunt Samantha share her powerful testimony of broken relationships and yet redeeming forgiveness.

Right now, campers are huddled around the campfire, getting in their last laughs, singing their last songs and wrapping up a fantastic week. At the end of campfire the winning team will head up to the lodge for a nacho party- (sweet deal eh?!).

The last sun of kids camp has set, and there is definitely a mixed feeling around here. Sadness that kids camp has come to a close, love for all the campers that have walked in and out of these doors, excitement for the disciples they will be in their communities, and on top of it all anticipation for the new day that tomorrow brings- along with family campers (woo-hoo!!!)

Thank you everybody for following along on this kids camp journey- and I’m sad to say this will be the last daily blog post of the summer. But check back for our upcoming weekly posts on family camp, and our Instagram and Facebook for daily updates!



High Ropes Course

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Several years ago I was a ropes instructor at Camp Kahquah. Over the course of the summer I saw dozens of children attempt to climb the wall and complete the various tasks of the low ropes course. Some of them were very successful, scaling the wall in under a minute! They would reach the top, ring the bell, and their cabin mates down below would be yelling and whooping in unison. Over the summer the previous time record would be broken and wall-climbing “legends” were made. Their stories of success would spread like wildfire across the camp. “Tyler made it up on the HARD side in 32 seconds!!!! Nobody will ever match that!” These kids grew tremendously and had incredible camaraderie. They always pushed each other to be the best and climb the fastest.

The legends in my mind, however, were the ones who didn’t make it to the top.

On their first, second, third attempts;

Or ever.

You see, the whole emphasis on the climbing wall and low ropes course is try to exceed your own expectations with the encouragement of others by your side. For some it is beating their time to the top, for others it is simply getting off the ground.

The culture of the ropes major is one of encouragement, validation, and pushing yourself past what you thought you were capable of doing. Many of these kids tried for a whole week to get to the top. Some would, some wouldn’t. But it didn’t matter to them or their fellow campers – because each time they would gain confidence, push a little harder, get cheered on a little more, and shatter their previous accomplishments (even if it was only by an extra step or grip hold).

That is the heart behind why Camp Kahquah is installing a high ropes course. There will be more opportunities for children and youth to push themselves past what they think is possible and gain courage in what they didn’t know they could do. There will be chances for everyone to work together to accomplish a specific goal and task. It will be used by campers, leadership programs, staff, and family campers.

The skills and experiences they will gain on the high ropes course will translate into other areas of their life. Children will learn how to cooperate as a team, to encourage each other in their abilities and strengths, and learn to put forth their best effort in everything they do. It will enhance our programming but will most importantly impact lives. As a community of Jesus followers, we need to constantly work to “encourage one another and lift each other up”. The high ropes course focuses on development as a community and learning how to interact and validate others. The values of Philippians 2:2-5 will be emphasized as a key component to the high ropes course.

2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.

We believe that if we are able to encourage each other to cross tires floating 40 feet in the air, we can also encourage and support each other to draw closer to Jesus and push each other in our faith journey. To take steps in our faith we didn’t previously have the courage to do. To stay committed to one another, no matter how difficult the task may seem.

The high ropes course will include a climbing cargo net, free standing rope climbing ladder, pamper pole (climb up and jump off the top to try and hit the ball), tire crossing and more. Here is a “sneak peak” of what it will look like.

If your child is interested in signing up for it at camp, please have them select the high ropes option during registration.

We are grateful to the extremely generous donor who made this opportunity possible. We can’t wait for you to join us on it this summer!

Women’s Retreat – Reflections

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womensretreatIt was great. Most relaxing women’s retreat I have ever been on and I have been to lots. This one was my favourite by far.

What a great time we had last weekend at the Ladies’ Retreat!! My prayer was that it would be a celebration of God’s faithfulness – that we would be encouraged and He would be glorified. My prayer was answered! Josie Barkway and Janet Soppit blessed us all through the times of worship and teaching. The many testimonies that were shared were incredibly encouraging. 70 ladies came together – we laughed, we ate, we coloured, we crafted, we experienced refreshment and renewal. My thanks to everyone who helped bring all of the pieces together. Here is what some of our retreat attendee’s would like to share:

I was one of the ladies to share my story. Before this, I did not share my story with anyone. God moved me to do this. He tried before but I didn’t listen.

It was a wonderful time of spiritual refreshment and refocusing, as well as a great time of rest and (re)connection with many lovely ladies. Camp Kahquah is an amazing place where God’s presence and peace is palpable. Thank you for providing the opportunity for all of us to come, learn, grow and enjoy all that God had for us!

This was my first trip to Camp Kahquah. Having come in a small group of two, not knowing anyone other than my companion and not being sure of what to expect, I was delighted to find that the women’s retreat had been saturated in prayer. It was that evident. I came wanting to hear from God…..and that is what happened. From the very first night, I found that Janet spoke to me. Her words were finding nuggets of truth in me that God would later open up and reveal. It was not until our return to camp from the nature walk on Saturday that I would ask God specifically what He was saying….and what I should do with it. As I distanced myself from the group….He became clear and I decided then and there (confirmed through prayer) that I would not follow through with two decisions that I had made earlier that week. Plans that were good plans….but were not God plans. As I continue to work out my faith through prayer and trembling…..I intend to clearly hear from God before I decide which next, new road to take.

There is always a peace of mind and soul that I experience at camp whether on a weekend or a week. This weekend was no different. I am always reminded that God is near and wants good things for us. One example of this was the most beautiful sunset. It was as if God was reminding me “I am here and I am with you always”. In His faithfulness, He provides no matter where we find ourselves.

What an incredible testimony of what God is doing in the lives of so many women. God is faithful!