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Camp Journal: 2018 Fall Events

As October ends and November Quilt begins, Camp Lebanon is saying goodbye to an amazing fall season of ministry!

Fall @ Camp Lebanon!

As October ends and November Quilt begins, Camp Lebanon is saying goodbye to an amazing fall season of ministry!  What better way to celebrate all the fun we had in September and October than to relive some of those memories captured in photos?  In this blog, we want to recap our fall ministry and look ahead to November and our upcoming winter events!

Dads ‘N’ Daughters

We kicked off September with one of our all-time favorite events – Dads ‘N’ Daughters!  Camp was packed full, and we sure packed the schedule with activities, options, and chapels.  We enjoyed a juggling performance by Luke Winger on Friday night, in depth chapel sessions for dads with our speaker Matt Swigart (girls had their own chapel sessions with our female staff volunteers!), and the ever popular horseback riding option throughout the weekend.  Through the theme “Love’s Magic Words,” dads and daughters were reminded of God’s love for us and how to show that love to one another in the things we say!

Young at Heart (Senior Adults)

Our Senior Adults Retreat and Senior Day were such a blessing this fall!  Our Camp staff looks forward to welcoming our Young At Heart retreat friends up to Camp every year, especially on our biggest day – Senior Day!  So many joined us for a fun day of hymn singing, engaging performances, and delicious meals.  It was a gorgeous day, so there was plenty of opportunity for pontoon rides, sitting in the sunshine around the Hub, and taking a nature hike.

Men’s & Women’s Retreats

Every fall, Camp packs out the place with three weekends specifically designed to encourage men and women in their faith walks.  One weekend for Men’s Retreat, followed by two full weekends for Women’s Retreats!  This year, the theme for our Men’s Retreat was “Cultivate,” and we welcomed up several speakers to participate in our Man Talks (a series of 15 minute talks about many different topics).  It was a warm weekend, perfect for trap shooting, fishing, laser tag, and even a swim!

The theme for our Women’s Retreats was “Deeper Still.”  Our host Church, River of Life in Hastings, MN, put together a wonderful retreat alongside our women’s team.  Our speaker, Sherry Mortenson, delved into Scripture with us and truly engaged our minds.  As always, Women’s Retreat had plenty of options for creativity and fellowship, as well as opportunities to simply rest and unplug.

Fall FIRE!

Wrapping up our weekend retreat season was Fall FIRE!, a youth group retreat over MEA weekend that allows groups of students to come up with their church leaders.  This event can be used as a kick-off event for these student ministries, allowing leaders to connect with their students and build relationships as their year of ministry begins.  Camp brings in a speaker to talk through the four aspects of starting a fire: Build it. Light it. Feel it. Feed it.  Along with great chapels, group times, and free time activities, groups also participate in the Raging Fire Challenges each year.  Every group brings a challenge for the other groups to complete for points towards the trophy!  This year, we had over 180 students at Camp Lebanon for this event – the biggest it has ever been!  Praise God for an overflowing fall season of Camp!


November is Quilt Season at Camp Lebanon!  These weekends are completely filled with women who are crafting and creating beautiful works of art, all while enjoying time with dear friends, eating delicious food, and shopping in a guest quilt shop.  Coming up in December is our Young Adult Retreat // Icebreaker – if you or someone you know are between the ages of 18-35 (must be graduated from high school), send them to REGISTER before December 1st to get a $10 discount!  And with a new year comes our winter youth camps, Mega Fun and Arctic Blast!  These retreats are built for youth and children’s groups and their leaders, so spread the word in your church to be a part of this year’s fun!  And winter just wouldn’t be the same without our Women’s Winter Warm-Up retreat in February! Thank you for your prayers as Camp Lebanon heads into 2019!  #TheFunnestFun

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