I’m not sure what could be more fun than spending time with you and your loved ones at Camp Howard this summer. As for me, I come to the office most days during the summer but stay at the camp in the evenings and parts of other days especially Fridays. It is a wonderful experience to be at the camp and breathe the great outdoor air. I would LOVE to share that with you!
The reason I encourage family camp is that it is a great way for parents to check out the camp, initiate your children in the wonderful aspects of camping, and get a sense of what the camp and the people are all about. You will truly not be sorry!
Family camp is a great time for good conversations, rest, relaxation (we cook for you) and family fun. You sleep together in a cabin and enjoy watching your children participate in fun camp activities. There are also campfire talent shows where you and your family can come up with a talent act to do together.
Camp Howard is an ACA (American Camping Association) accredited camp with high standing in the camping industry. Please join us for the summer of 2020!
Like many people, I like to usher the new year in by going through my calendar, making notes of the highlights and lowlights of the year, write up the highlights in my Christmas card and do a general self reflection as we turn the corner into January.
With the beginning of a new decade, it seems that deeper reflection is called for. As we look at our personal timelines, some of us are looking at the second half of the timeline, the downhill side! For me, that makes reflection as well as staying on track important!
I would like to share some questions I used from a Google search which I tweaked and made my own. I hope you might find them worthy to consider! Happy New Year!
What was one of my best decisions? How did it impact my life?
How am I thoroughly different today compared to who I was in 2010? How am I the exact same as who I was in 2010?
Which people have been the core anchors of my life over the past decade? Who have I relied on in my moments of need?
What has been my deepest suffering and what have I done to embrace it or heal it? How have I chosen to deny it or run away from it?
What have been my sources of deep wisdom, faith and intelligence?
Where have I already achieved intense excellence? Why did that happen?
What were my peak experiences of the past ten years that lead to joy and peace?
Have I found a tribe that I feel deeply aligned with? If no, what concrete things am I really seeking, and why haven’t I found them yet?
What are the most important memories of the past decade and how will I carry them with me?
What do I want to achieve in the next ten years?
Am I willing to embark on a bold adventure if life invites me on a journey?
What will I do for the first time in my life?
What will keep me grounded, mentally and physically in the years ahead?
What am I going to do to heal my traumas? How far am I willing to go to really deal with problems?
How am I going to do a better job of exploring and being my true self? (Spiritually, authentic personality, deepest talents, passions, artistic expression, inner voice.)
How do I see my relationship with God as a factor in how I will live my life the next ten years?
How am I going to fully activate in the years ahead? How am I committing to live the most dynamic, intentional, profound, authentic and aligned years of my life?
THOUGHTS ON THE EXAMINATION OF OUR LIFE
Bill Gates said, “We overestimate what we can accomplish in a year and underestimate what we can accomplish in ten years.”
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Plato
The unexamined life is not worth living, but the unlived life is not worth examining.” Andrew Klavan, The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ
Nina Mehlhaf, Anchor, KGW News at Sunrise, joined some of the staff at CYO/Camp Howard for a reminiscent trip back to Camp Howard where she experienced a summer of camp. Nina was able to experience the new Howling Howard zipline in addition to a full tour of the camp and lunch in the new dining hall. The segment will be aired on Tuesday June 18th at 5:45 and and 6:45 am. They will be the same version of the story, so you won’t miss anything if you just tune into one of them. Then the video will go on the KGW website kgw.com with a full text of the story and links to the website to register for summer camp, etc. Be sure to check it out one way or the other!
A huge “Thank You” to some of the students at All Saints School for helping CYO/Camp Howard out with our Camp Howard recruitment film this year. The students could not have been more charming and helpful in sharing their experiences at the camp! Way to go Ramblers! Gratefully, Sr. Krista
Check out the link to our new promotional video for Camp Howard:
My heart was warmed by Rhonda’s description of the unique spiritual atmosphere at Camp Howard and how that atmosphere creates such a special experience for campers. Rhonda ‘s daughter has loved every minute of her CYO Volleyball experience. Rhonda has cheered for the team and volunteered to run the scoreboard at her games.
Thank you Rhonda and all of the amazing CYO and Camp Howard volunteers and supporters! You make great memories possible for our youth.
Please check out Rhonda’s interview with VYO recently:
Smores are a staple and expectation of the camping experience. What does one do when fires are banned during the camping season? You get creative! Here’s how we do it at Camp Howard.
Below: Shawna King and Melanie Smith ( two of the fantastic cooks at Camp Howard) put half a graham cracker on a sheet pan then put a marshmallow on top of each cracker.
Below: They popped them into the oven and heated them for about 10 minutes at 350.
Below: When they came out of the oven, they were gooey on the inside but had a very thin membrane on the outside giving the marshmallow its shape. A piece of Hershey chocolate is place on top of each Marshmallow.
Below: Finally, the other half of the graham cracker is pressed down onto the chocolate, forcing it into the melted marshmallow, creating a sandwich and melting the chocolate into the white hot sweet goo which attaches itself to the top and bottom cracker
The Lakeridge Marching Band was waiting patiently for the evening treat which made for a perfect end of the day!
Fish Chow is the favored Camp Howard fish food. They are fed daily to grow to a good size in order to delight the lucky fishergirls and boys! Many Camp Howard campers catch the first fish of their lives right here at the camp. Trust me, it is a delight to watch!