Monday of Teen Week

What a great first full day of camp! Campers and counselors were BUSY having fun today!

Bright and early at 7:15 we started the day with optional morning activities. We had run club, coffee (hot chocolate) and conversation, abs, and early morning chapel. Then at 8:15 a few brave souls headed down to the beach to jump in Big Sandy Lake. Polar bear plunge is chilly but a great way to start the day! Breakfast was muffins, eggs and sausage, cereal, and fruit, then it was morning chapel which introduced our ‘C’ of the day (cooperation). We did an hour of team building on the field and then headed back to chapel to join together to celebrate mass. We are not just a community that PLAYS together, we are a community that PRAYS together. At 11:30, cabins were busy tie dying tee shirts, painting their cabin flags, making up their cabin cheers and enjoying the sun!

Lunch was sandwich wraps, tater tots, fruit and veggies. Afterwards an hour of quiet rest time was just what everyone needed to recharge for the afternoon.

After rest time it was time for the first individual activity that they signed up for last night. Each activity brings together boys and girls from different cabins. Individual activity periods last one hour each and campers will do the same two activities each day. Arts and crafts, archery/tomahawk/slingshot, canoe/kayak, paddle boarding, fishing, drama, sports, swimming and rangers/outdoor skills kept all the kids busy. It was a great start to the week!

Dinner was sweet and sour chicken, rice, veggies, salad, and brownies for dessert!

After dinner is Primetime. Primetime is free time for campers to visit the camp store, hang out in the hammocks and skychairs, play gaga, play sports on the field, play 9 square in the air and just chill out and have fun.

And finally it was time for our favorite game- Angels and Demons. Campers are divided into two teams. Campers have to run through the forest and go to each of the three angels stationed throughout the woods. Campers get little scraps of paper signed at each station and once they have all 3 they bring it back and put it in their team bucket. Whichever team has the most at the end wins! BUT there are also demons scattered through the forest and if they tag the campers the campers have to give up their paper and try again. You have to be fast or you have to be clever to sneak around the demons. You might escape by saying a prayer, doing a dance, singing a song, or running really fast! Either way it is a blast and everyone loves this game!

It has been SUPER hot today and so we decided to add in a quick nighttime swim after running around and getting sweaty. Everyone ran down to the beach to jump in the lake and cool off. A good addition to a HOT day!

As the day winds to a close we head to the flag pole to lower the flag and sing our “day is done” song. And then the best way to end the day is with Praise and Worship! Praise and worship gave campers more opportunities to sing (they’ve been belting out the camp songs all day everywhere they go!) and listen to one of our counselors talk about our ‘C’ of the day- Cooperation.

It’s been a great day at CYC!

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