Friday, August 31, 2012

A Farewell to Jenny

It is with a sad heart that we report that Jenny the donkey has passed away this evening. She was born in 1983 to Carolyn the donkey at Magruder. While Jenny was the most stubborn of our current donkey friends, she was much loved by all the people she came in contact with. Jenny helped children and adults to experience a bit of God's creation at camp that they might otherwise never know. Her sneaky treat stealing and jealous tendencies will be missed by us all.

Born: May 1983
Died: Aug. 31, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The August Rush

Things here at camp have been incredibly busy this past month. In fact last week alone, we hosted 7 different program camps. We've been working hard and staying busy this month, but have seen a lot of happy campers.

Sr. High Camp (formerly known as M.A.G.I.C. Camp or 642) was the first full week of August. It was a small event with about 25 campers. The small camp allowed people to get close with one another quickly to create an incredible community experience. Highlights from this event were extreme field games, the first ever camper quidditch game at Magruder, boating and swimming, tie-dye, theologian time with Brett Strobel, a dance, and singing around the campfire.

Bells of Magruder (formerly known as Handbell Camp) happened the same time as Sr. High Camp this year. There was a new clinician who brought several pieces of music that were composed specifically for handbells in the last couple of years. Campers participated in a new activity this year resulting in tie-dyed ringing gloves which were fun to see in practice all week. In addition to practicing for the concert that they performed on Friday evening, camper highlights included game nights, a talent show, singing around the campfire, an ice cream social, boating, and walking the beach.

Superkids elementary school camp came the next week. Highlights from this week included the first annual Superkids Talent Show, field games, small groups, big swing, boating, swimming, playing on the beach, wave jumping, performing skits at campfire, and making s'mores. Campers even participated in a crazy hair lunch.

Last Chance Camp for our middle schoolers happened at the same time as Superkids. These campers enjoyed using the boat house to make arts and crafts, boating, big swing, swimming, leading campfires in small groups, a talent show, and a formal dinner. Other highlights included large group games and extreme field games lead by the counselors.

Sr. High Coast Adventure for high schoolers ran at the same time as Superkids and Last Chance Camp. This is a small camp designed to be off site most of the week participating in adventures the area has to offer. Camper highlights included hiking Nea-Kah-Nie Mountain, kayaking with the Kayak Tillamook tour group, camping out at Nehalem Bay State Park, skim-boarding, making water balloon candles, and star gazing.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mom and Me Camp

We held our first Mom and Me camp at Camp Magruder at the start of August. This event was designed for moms, aunts, and grandmothers to be able to bring their children grade K-2 to camp with them for some special "mom" time. It was also a time of making new friends, laughter, and fun. Campers enjoyed arts and crafts projects, hiking to the tide pools, playing on the big swing, swimming, boating, wave jumping, and parachute games. Other highlights included campfires, s'mores, and the play structure. It was a wonderful weekend and we can't wait until next summer for the second annual Mom and Me camp. A special shout out goes to Carrie Wilson for the following photos from this event.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Dad and Me Camp

A couple of weeks ago we hosted Dad and Me camp. This camp is for dads, uncles, stepfathers (and for the first time in Dad and Me history grandpas) and their children grades K-2. The weekend was full of adventures hiking to the sand dune, wave jumping at the beach, painting tiles, boating, swimming, and shooting water balloons out of a slingshot. Highlights from this camp also include morning worship where the kids acted out the bible story as pigs, donkey grooming, singing around the campfire, and making s'mores. A special shout out goes to Bill Wood for taking the following photos of this event.