3 Delicious Meals You Get at Camp

In addition to the Tuck Shop’s chips, candy, pop, and freezies and Mug Up’s bedtime snacks, campers get three scrumptious meals a day. In no particular order campers could eat:

1) Breakfast 

Scrambled eggs, baked hashbrowns, sausages, and sliced fruits are the best way to start your day aside from GUAGs.

2) Lunch

Could be tacos, donairs, or scratch-made soup and sandwiches.

3) Dinner

Our meal each night is always a hit! From spaghetti or lasagna with caesar salad to something a little fancier for our Sr. Teen’s formal banquet our final meal is delicious and nutritious.

 

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Our lovely LTD Grace Nation wrote a beautiful blog post on the recent LTD Retreat and Graduation.

Check out the original post here or view the text below!

 

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Recently, I had the privilege of attending Gull Lake Centre’s LTD (Leadership Training and Discipleship) spring retreat. Per usual, it was a lovely time of connecting with old friends and experiencing the joy of making new ones. Like most of my visits to this sacred place, where I have time and time again met at the feet of Jesus, I came away with a challenging (potentially life-altering) view on vulnerability. GLC has always been exceptionally intentional with creating space for others to connect. It was during one of these times of connection that I sat down with a friend / mentor to discuss the unraveling parts of our lives. She gave me an entirely fresh way of approaching vulnerability and intimacy with others … humility. The following post is a journal-reflection that I hope you’ll glean from as well.
“I climbed into bed, pulling the covers up simultaneously. It was a cool night and frost had already begun to collect along my window sill.

I sighed, plunking my head on the pillow.

I had fun…

 

I think I had fun?

 

No … I had fun.

 

But then why did I fell so unsettled? Why was there this emotion hanging over my heart that felt much like the lingering frost outside?

 

I traced the evening back in my head while tossing and turning in the mess of my blankets.

 

I had just met a few friends for a weekend retreat. It had been a lovely time. We laughed, we joked, some of us even cried. I carefully and thoughtfully asked them about the details of their lives, wanting to make sure I listened more than I spoke. But did I? Did I talk too much? Did I ask enough thought-provoking questions? Did I place value on what they were saying more than what I was waiting to say?

 

I signed again as I glanced upward to my moon-lit ceiling.

 

“The problem wasn’t when you were listening, Grace. But when you were talking …” A voice within me whispered.

 

I began to quietly panic, internally going through the lift of conversation topics we had covered: church, school, our work places, where we wanted to be in five years, the pros and cons of facebook, past relationships, personality quirks, personal struggles…

 

Maybe I had divulged a little too much. Perhaps I didn’t sugar-coat my struggles enough. I probably seemed high-maintenance, a train wreck waiting to happen.

 

I groaned; reminded once again that although I pride myself on being an open and honest book, I grapple with feeling of insecurity once I reveal on intimate piece of my soul. Although I craved vulnerability, I was afraid of it. Works and stories are so easily articulated, so easily shared in the moment. Because in the moment, one craves the vulnerability that’s entangled with intimacy: I desire to know and be known.

I want someone to be aware of all the details, even the gory ones, and see through it to who I am at the core. To see good, even though there’s some bad. But afterward I’m afraid, afraid that I’m too much, my past mistakes too messy, my personality too loud, and my jokes to borderline inappropriate. I’m terrified that the experience that have shaped me into who I am will discredit me and send others fleeing. 

I tell myself that it wasn’t that bad. That nothing I said was really that horrifying. We all have our things right? But next time, if there is a next time, I would just hold my cards a little closer. Talk even less, listen even more. But that didn’t feel right either. If felt safer, sure. But something inside me told me that isn’t how we’re called to live. I started to scrunch up my eyebrows, an annoying habit I picked up in my lifetime of contemplation.

“What am I doing to myself?” I asked silently, rubbing my eyes in exhaustion.

 

Why was how I feel about myself dependent on how someone else perceived me? Why was whether or not I had “fun” with my friends determined by a make-believe approval rating? Why did I assume that everyone else was judging me as critically as I judge myself?

 

Vulnerability regret: the desire to live vulnerably, truthfully, being open and generous with one’s stories in order to great real, long lasting relationships only to feel insecure afterwards. Like maybe my stories were safer inside … maybe I liked giving people the illusion I had my life all together better than who I am, really am: flawed.

 

Even as I continued thinking, I knew that although I may prefer to maintain my “image” by, staying aloof … I would never be truly “known” that way. Nor would I truly “know” someone else. I would be safe but I would not be fulfilling my God-given purpose to cultivate community, discipleship, accountability, and growth. I’m not saying the way to a godly life is to become a consistent over-sharer or that you should be doing all the talking. But a funny thing happens once I’ve shared something uncomfortable … I’m humbled by it.

 

I realize that I’m not perfect. And that’s okay.

 

Because if my joy is dependent upon how other people perceive me, whether or not I have it all together, then I will continually be running on a hamster wheel trying to do damage control whenever that image does not align with reality (which is always). I will sacrifice who I really am, the experiences God has given me, and how I have grown, in order to maintain a false ideal of myself that does not, and cannot exist.

 

The fact of the matter is … I do not have to keep my image polished for God. He already knows who I really am and loves me all the same. The people Jesus was last impressed with were the Pharisees, leaders who were always worried about keeping up their perfect and “righteous” image. In fact, he told them they were like white washed tombs … they may have looked great on the outside, but on the inside they were rotting.

 

So what am I doing to myself? What compels me to critique my performance, afraid that someone might take something I say and realize that I’m less than perfect … I AM less than perfect. And that’s a good thing, because it is when I realize this truth that I become more dependent on God and who HE says I am. He actually already knows me, loves me, and has made me enough … regardless of any other opinion. And if that’s the best reason I’ve ever heard to be courageously vulnerable.

 

… I went to sleep smiling.”

 

Grace

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The 4 Week Countdown!

Here are four things that I am most looking forward to this summer:

1. Jesus Day. I get to be one of the speakers for our Level One LTD program and during the week we talk about the great story of God. Wednesday is always Jesus day and on Jesus day we go for a walk around the campus and each student and leader takes a turn telling their story of when they first encountered Jesus. We do this as we walk the dusty road with the person telling their story walking backwards out in front of the group. By the end we are covered in the dust of each person’s story.

2. The perfect moment. Every year during Sr. Teens there is a perfect moment. It usually happens on day four or five because it takes a few days for everyone to settle in and get comfortable with each other, themselves and the routine of camp. The perfect moment is when every camper has split off during an unscheduled time in the day and are in groups as small as two and as big as 20. The sun is shining, campers are talking on the trampoline, lazing in the grass, playing Frisbee behind the cabins, and the feeling is perfect contentment. Our goal at camp is to create a space where campers can connect with Christ and with each other. The perfect moment happens when everyone feels comfortable just being themselves – that is when connections happen. It is a beautiful experience.

3. The first time. There is a look in a camper’s eye that when you see it you know something special just happened. It is part disbelief, part pride, and complete joy. When I see that look I make sure to ask how their week is going. It is a question usually answered with, “AWESOME! I just…” And then they go on to tell me that they just climbed the hard wall for the first time, or just went wakeboarding for the first time, or just got a bull’s eye for the first time, or just heard God for the first time, and how this is the “BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!”

4. Something New. This will be my fifth summer as director and my 12th summer in some capacity here. Every summer I learn something new about who God is. Sometimes this is revealed to me from a speaker, sometimes in a conversation with a friend, sometimes it comes during my prayer times, sometimes it is the beautifully innocent observation of a camper, and sometimes is comes from a time of study. But without a doubt, this summer I will be drawn closer to Christ and I will experience Him in a newer, deeper and more profound way. This is what I am most excited for; this is why I work here. Selfishly, because I want this for myself; unselfishly because I want to offer this to 1000 campers and 100 staff and volunteers.

Four weeks to go. Can’t wait!

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5 Things You Must Pack for Camp This Summer

1) Mud Clothes

Be ready to get muddy and mucky every day at Gull Lake Centre!

2) Play Shoes

Want to scale the climbing wall? Learn to shoot a bow and arrow like a pro? Play in the gym? Make sure you bring some closed-toe running shoes.

3) Fresh Notebook

Both to take notes during chapel and for taking your new bff’s contact info.

4) High SPF Sunscreen

Cover that nose! Between beach time and cabin time you will need to reapply all day.

5) Banquet Clothes

After all this time seeing one another covered in sunscreen and dirty clothes, campers gather for a slightly more formal meal.

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7 Skills You Have Totally Mastered

When I was an Inter level camper only three skills were offered: Outdoor eXtreme, Arts, and Waterfront.
Over the years Gull Lake Centre grew to seven skills, which all of our campers have mastered by now.

1) Waterfront
You must have mastered it by now.

A gull laker exiting a canoe
The lifejackets are an adventure in themselves

2) Mad Science
EXPLODE something.

Mad Science
Not these pipes, though

3) Arts and Crafts
Create a masterpiece.

Arts
Everyone is a masterpiece

4) Outdoor Adventure
Learn about wilderness survival.

GLAR Fire Starting
Fire starting and war paint

5) Climbing Wall
Climb thirty feet into the sky

Campers climbing the climbing wall
Scale to the highest point at camp!

6) Sports
Be the best at badminton

Summer Camp Archery
Or something cool, like archery

7) Drama
Captivate your audience.

Drama
Dress up and act out.

 

 
Check back with only TWO weeks until camp to find learn about our exciting NEW SKILLS for 2014.

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Break Out the Camp Shirts!

With all the warm weather we have been having lately, and today being National #CampTShirtDay, it is time to break out your favourite camp t-shirts!

2005 Camp T-Shirt

Don’t forget, for a new camp shirt this year you need to order by May 31st.
Orders can be placed when you register for camp. If you have already registered, order yours here here!

 

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