Top 21 Photos From 2021

Of the thousands of amazing memories captured in photos this year, here are the best of the best.

Camp’s photographers did their best all year long to capture “the funnest fun” on camera…and, wow, they sure did a fantastic job!  Thank you to Anna Olson, Alicia Korpi, Guy Magno, Josh Hagberg, Bill Abeler, Maddie Quinn, Kaleigh Jorgenson, Liz Wolff, and others who I may have missed for your incredible work. 

After spending hours combing through thousands and thousands of photos, I (Monte) am excited to present the Top 21 Photos From 2021! You can blame me if you don’t like the order (I certainly have my own bias), but I did my very best to share the love across a variety of Camp’s events and had to say “no” to hundreds of photos that could’ve been included on this list. The process was extremely challenging but incredibly satisfying, as the photos so obviously display Camp’s guests experiencing the delight of being loved by God.  Enjoy! the photos and make sure to check the calendar so you can visit Camp in 2022!

Top 21 Photos From 2021

#21 | Archery Lesson
DADS N DAUGHTERS RETREAT

There aren’t many things sweeter than watching a dad teach and coach his daughter.

#20 | CARNIVAL RUN
SUPER KIDS 4

On Super Kids carnival nights the entire lower ballfield is filled with fun activities for kids. Dunk tank, face painting, slip slide, games (as seen in the photo), and more!

#19 | HAPPY ZIPLINERS
FALL WOMEN'S RETREAT

Countless guests enjoyed ziplining throughout the year, but none more than Vernyl Mellum who ziplined at the age of 85 years young!

#18 | CART CHALLENGE
FALL FIRE YOUTH RETREAT

The Raging Fire Challenges are a staple of the fall retreat and this moment captures the silliness involved. I feel like Celine Dion’s song, “My Heart Will Go On,” should be playing in the background.

#17 | ROLLING SMILE
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Camp is for all ages! The littles sure love the rolly slide.

#16 | BOAT RACES
SUMMER FAMILY RESORT

I have no idea if Matthew and Elodie won the paddleboat race, but it sure looks like their having fun. It also looks like they’re gonna crash into the diving raft.

#15 | SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING SKIT
ADVENTURERS CAMP

You’re viewing a magic moment from this brilliant variety show skit. Have your moment gents!

#14 | SNOW TUBING MOM
WINTER FAMILY RESORT

It seems like last winter was forever ago, but Camp hosted special family weekends during a season of time when COVID made youth camps difficult.

#13 | BACK BREAKER
ADVENTURERS CAMP

This looks painful…but is also amazing.

#12 | CAPTAIN LIFEVEST
SUPER KIDS 4

This picture of Byron Oostra illustrating how NOT to wear a life jacket is just simply fantastic.

#11 | BICYCLE KICK
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

I have no idea how he held this pose long enough to get the picture taken…

#10 | STAR POWER
YOUNG ADULT RETREAT

YAR Spring featured a LIVE Mario Kart game and Justin Gold carried Laurae the entire time.  He literally has star power in this photo and is running at full speed!

#9 | SNOW CARPETBALL
DADS N LADS

The weather is an attitude.

#8 | JOYRIDE FRIENDS
SENIOR HIGH CAMP

What a fun photo.  The joy on Rich and Jon’s faces are priceless!  Plus, Camp is the perfect backdrop for the photo. Fun Fact: Rich hates being damp, so this photo is also a rare treasure.

#7 | CHARGE!
SUPER KIDS 3

I love how engaged every single person is! They’re loving this game on the North 40 Ballfield. I have a hunch you might see this photo on a booklet in the very near future…

#6 | FLIP OUT
JUNIOR HIGH 1

Big time back flip from the high dive. There’s a reason we say Junior High steps up the Camp adventure!

#5 | NET GETS GORILLA
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

This might be the best “Gorilla Gets The Man” photo of all-time. As intimidating as Steve looks, his son, Lars, actually wins in this particular matchup.

#4 | CATCH A MEMORY
LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Dad, mom, son, and daughter enjoying some time on the fishing dock outside the Chalet.

#3 | CARPETBALL SMILE
SUMMER FAMILY RESORT

Family carpetball tournaments are a staple of family camp weekends. You have to love the joy on this girl’s face and the celebration around her!

#2 | PURE JOY
SUPER KIDS 1

Pure joy. Wish you could bottle it!

#1 | BUBBLES
SUMMER FUN WEEKEND

This has to be one of the greatest photos ever taken at Camp Lebanon. When families have the opportunity to get away together from the busyness of life, fun and playful moments like this have room to happen.

BONUS PHOTOS

Soooo…remember when I said it was really hard to get the photos down to the top 21?  Well, here is a gallery of 21 bonus photos that didn’t quite make the top but still needed to be shared! 

BABY LASER TAGGER
YOUNG ADULT RETREAT

Watch out world, Addie is going to be an amazing laser tag player.

WIFFLEBALL HEAD
SUMMER CABIN PHOTO

Cabin photos are classic, especially this one.

CANNON BALL?
JUNIOR HIGH 2
CARPETBALL ACE
YOUNG AT HEART RETREAT

The fun isn’t only for kids.

SLIDING CAT
SUPER KIDS 4

It’s already a good photo, and then you add the face paint. Brilliant Super Kids moment!

FACE PAINT PORTRAIT
SUPER KIDS 4

This looks like a professional stock photo.

CORCL JUMP
SUPER KIDS 4

Best Corcl photo of the summer!

REDEEMER BENCH
SENIOR HIGH CAMP

High school guys connecting and building friendships while growing in their knowledge of their Redeemer during Senior High Camp.

COUNSELOR HUNT
SUPER KIDS 3

Kids love this.

EPIC SPIKE
SENIOR HIGH CAMP
ALL IN FOR JESUS!
SENIOR HIGH CAMP

This is one moment from a special baptism service during Senior High Camp. 

FROZEN ARROW
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Look at the arrow in midair…amazing!

CHILDLIKE FAITH
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
ETERNAL IMPACT
JUNIOR HIGH 1

Camp isn’t just about the games and fun…lives are truly changed!

I SPY A FAWN
JUNIOR HIGH 1
BEST "LION HUNT" EVER?
SUMMER FAMILY RESORT

Rumor has it, this may have been the best campfire story yet.

FATHER SON BONDING
DADS N LADS RETREAT
PLAID W/ MASK BEARDS
FALL QUILT RETREAT

Nobody knows how to embrace challenges like our quilters!

BOBBER BILL IN ACTION
ADVENTURERS CAMP

Looking for Bobber Bill on a summer afternoon? This is where you’ll find him.

SWINGING FOR SUMMER
WIFFLEBALL MARATHON

Praising God for His provision of endurance and gifts of more than $25,000 to help Camp build the big top tent and fund Camper scholarships.

CAN YOU HELP CANOE?
SUMMER FAMILY RESORT

This is actually a part of the canoe race. With people paddling both directions, it’s easy to see the focus for this boat was on having fun!

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