Friday Closing Notes (July 15, 2016)

That’s a wrap! We’ve had another awesome week at Ox! Thanks for joining us today at closing worship, campers and families!

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Enjoy the rest of your summer everyone! See you next year!

Thursday (July 14th, 2016)

We have had an eventful, last full day at Ox! We (the boys) made our way to Camp Wapo for an awesome field game called “Hula Launchers”! After that, we had a picnic lunch and then the girls joined us for the Wapo beach bash! At beach bash, campers played beach and carnival style games and activities. After some free time at Wapo, we headed back to Ox for rest and pizza night! The rain didn’t put a damper on our fun… we played “Jibberish” in the chapel and sang camp songs afterwards! We’ll have s’mores and devos in our cabins tonight before we hit the hay! See you all tomorrow at 12pm for closing worship!

Hula launchers is a massive dodgeball game with a twist!
Hula launchers is a massive dodgeball game with a twist!
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At beach bash, the guys took on another cabin of guys at the tug of war!
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The girls got some cool face and shoulder paint!
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And so did the guys!

Wednesday (July 12th, 2016)

Hi family and friends!

We had another full day here at Ox Lake! This morning, we participated in several “Growing Green Hearts” science-based activities including paper making, building a watershed, and testing the water quality in a nearby stream. It was a lot of fun and we learned a lot about God’s green earth!

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After lunch, the boys headed to the beach for swimming while the girls spent time working with their horses. For dinner, we had a special activity planned: Hunger Banquet. At the Hunger Banquet, the campers were able to experience the way that food is unevenly distributed in our world.

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Our “upper class” campers for the night. These campers ate inside, were served their food, had plenty to eat AND drink.
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Here’s our “middle class” campers for the night. These campers ate food assembly line style but their portions were smaller. They had access to water, but had to walk to it.
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Finally, our “low class” campers for the night. These campers ate food assembly line style too, but their portions of rice and beans were much smaller. They were not offered something to drink.
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At this prayer station, campers lit a candle and prayed for someone on their mind.

After our dinner experiment, campers and counselors discussed their experience. After discussion, they were offered food if they wanted to eat some more. After dinner, we had evening canteen, special prayer worship, and campfire!

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It’s fun to sing and dance at campfire!

Tomorrow is our last full day with our cabins! Our week is flying by! Check in tomorrow for more updates!

 

Tuesday (July 12th, 2016)

Tuesday was a big day for us! Our Ox youth campers took a canoe trip down the St. Croix River- 7 miles! Afterwards, we got a sweet treat, and went to a nearby water fall to cool off! Meanwhile, our horse campers were able to spend time with their cabins in the morning doing low ropes challenge activities and riding horses! We all ended our busy day with field games, canteen, campfire & devotions!

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We had beautiful weather today for our canoe trip!
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The guys had a blast!
After a sweet treat at DQ, the guys checked out a waterfall!
After a sweet treat at DQ, the guys checked out a waterfall!
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Our challenge activities required us to work together as a team with some crazy activities!
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Afterwards, our horse campers got some down time to relax, hang out, and color!
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In this challenge activity, we had to rearrange ourselves into different orders without falling off the log!
As always, we got time to spend with the horses!
As always, we got time to spend with the horses!

 

Check in tomorrow for more updates!

 

Monday (July 11, 2016)

Hi families and friends!

We have had a busy day today! This morning after breakfast we had chapel and then headed to the front for horseback riding, gaga, and bible study! We ate lunch at the front too and then did some low ropes team building activities with our cabins. Our horse campers spent the rest of the day working with the wranglers and learning more about how to work with horses. We had canteen time and field games before dinner and then headed to Camp Wapo to see Agape, a Christian hip hop artist! It was a blast! We had some severe weather warnings this evening and ended up staying the night at Camp Wapo. We made the most of our situation and had a giant movie night and slumber party in the chapel!

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During low ropes, the guys faced several challenge activities.
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We also played gaga in “monster shirts” and learned about working together.
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At field games we played Ratatatat!
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It’s a fast moving game! We had a lot of fun!
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We had some creative ways to stay cool in the heat!

We’re off to bed now, but there is a lot of fun in store for tomorrow! Check back in to see updates!

Sunday (July 10, 2016)

Hi families!

We had a fun time settling in last night. After registration, we walked to the village and got to know how everything works (using the bathroom, cleaning up meals, & using first aid). After that, we had a pasta bar for supper and then Bible study. Then, we played a camp classic, Mighty Mighty! We ended the night with campfire and then devotions with our cabins.

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Mighty mighty is a classic game here at Ox . It’s essentially capture the flag on a field. It was a fun time!
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We ended the night with a campfire and a message from the Ox Lake Program Coordinator. Our theme for the week is Adventure in Prayer!

Check in tomorrow for another update and some more photos of our adventures! Goodnight!

Thursday (June 30, 2016)

Hi family and friends!

Our last full day came to a close today! We spent the day exploring around Ox with our cabins, playing field games, swimming at the swim hole, enjoying some free time, eating canteen treats, singing at campfire and playing night game! We are enjoying our final night here, but we are excited to see you all tomorrow! Closing worship is at 12 at the front! See you there! (Check our smug mug later tomorrow for a complete album of photos from the week!)

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Wednesday (June 29th, 2016)

Hi family and friends!

We had another full day here at Ox Lake! This morning, we participated in several “Growing Green Hearts” science-based activities including paper making, building a watershed, and testing the water quality in a nearby stream. It was a lot of fun and we learned a lot about God’s green earth!

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After lunch, we tackled several elements on the high ropes course! For dinner, we had a special activity planned: Hunger Banquet. At the Hunger Banquet, the campers were able to experience the way that food is unevenly distributed in our world.

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Our “upper class” campers for the night. These campers ate inside, were served their food, had plenty to eat AND drink. 
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Here’s our “middle class” campers for the night. These campers ate food assembly line style but their portions were smaller. They had access to water, but had to walk to it. 
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Finally, our “low class” campers for the night. These campers ate food assembly line style too, but their portions of rice and beans were much smaller. They were not offered something to drink. 

After our dinner experiment, campers and counselors discussed their experience. After discussion, they were offered food if they wanted to eat some more. After dinner, we had evening canteen, tie dye, special prayer worship, and campfire! Tomorrow is our last full day with our cabins! Our week is flying by! Check in tomorrow for more updates!

Tuesday (June 28th, 2016)

Tuesday was a big day for us! We had a canoeing trip down the St. Croix River- 7 miles! Afterwards, we got a sweet treat, and went to a nearby water fall to cool off! We ended our busy day with field games, canteen, campfire & devotions!

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Before we set off on our journey, counselor Haley gave us a canoe orientation!

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Thanks for reading! Check in again for updates on today (Wednesday) and tomorrow’s activities!

Monday (June 27th, 2016)

Hi families and friends!

We have had a busy day today! This morning after breakfast we had chapel and then headed to the front for horseback riding, gaga, and bible study! We lunch at the front too and then did some low ropes team building activities with our cabins. The rest of our night was spent doing canteen, field games (Medic), cabin time, canteen at the village, campfire, and devotions before bed!

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At this morning’s chapel, we introduced today’s theme: Just Pray!
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We did Bible study in our cabin groups!

One of our counselors from Hong Kong taught us a hand clap game… check out this video… IMG_5441

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Horseback riding was so much fun!
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We loved it!
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It was fun to play gaga this morning and have church staff join in!
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One of our team building activities this afternoon was the monster shirt activity. The campers have to put on the “monster shirt” and complete various tasks together.

Thanks for checking in… Yesterday’s blog is coming up soon…!