Archive for May, 2009
In the Fall of 2008 I took 41 girls and 7 adults to Camp Tongawood in Tonganoxie Kansas for 2 Days. Before you think that’s nuts.. you should know we camped in the Lodge. The Lodge at Camp Tongawood is awesome. It’s 2 story, and has a HUGE fireplace, fully functioning kitchen, showers and bathroom.
During this camping trip we had the Brownies for 1 day and the Juniors for both days. Saturday afternoon we were getting ready to work on one of our badges when we heard a knock at the lodge door. Some older girl scouts wanted to know if we wanted to go zip lining. One of the troops did not show up, and were we interested? Holy Smokes were we ever!
Listening to our instructions.
Each girl put their gear on.. (here’s #3)
Each Girl climbed the rope ladder to the very high perch
#3 looking Good..
Even K-State Fans had a good time..
Even the mom’s tried it!
After a cold day zip lining, nothing says Girl Scout like some warm Peach Cobbler!
When I say someone stole my MoJo.. I don’t mean beer.. I don’t even drink the stuff (beer or mojo beer). I am exhausted.. you know the kind of exhausted like you’ve spent 48 hours with children that never sleep? Oh wait.. maybe that’s what happened to my MoJo..
They look sweet and innocent eating pizza don’t they?
Maybe that’s it. Back in July when I volunteered to “help” with the Confirmation Class. I thought it would be a good way to spend my Sunday mornings. I had no idea I would grow to love each one of these kids for all of their special-ness. (is that a word? Don’t tell me I don’t want to know.)
Here’s the man and child #2 setting up the projector at the OU Lodge.
Friday evening I set off with 11 of my closest 7th and 8th graders to the Ottawa University Lodge at Pomona Lake. The OU lodge is an interesting place. It reminds me of the Brady Bunch house (far out man).
We had a schedule:
Kids Setting Up their stuff.
Buzzard’s Pizza.. yum..
We were sitting around Friday night watching “Austin Powers”. When we heard a strange sound…
This doesn’t look like much.. but it was an ARMY Helicopter.
We had a Army helicopter land about 200 feet from our lodge. It was pretty cool, and freaked us out at first. It stayed there for about 30 minutes, then flew off.
Without this guy.. this retreat would not have happened… He’s awesome
There’s a lot of purple going on here. (girls are pink boys are blue.. mix them together they make purple)
One thing about boys.. they love fire (see the lighter in his hand?) I had to hide that like 10 times.
I think they are looking at a wasp
Who knew you could play Twister alone?
The Session (our church’s governing body) ate lunch with us.
We spent September through May learning more about our faith, and about each other. These kids have taught me a lot about myself, and my own belief system. I am a little really sad the class is over. I love each one of them, and will miss spending Sunday Mornings with them.