2020 Virtual Family Camp

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Welcome to Virtual Family Camp!

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Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

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Good morning and welcome to our first ever Virtual Family Camp (or as we like to call it, VFC). Today is going to be tons of fun. How cool is it that we have families from all across the country joining in? Thanks for coming!

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This webpage you’re currently on will serve as your guide for everything you need at VFC. Just keep scrolling down as the day goes on to find the appropriate links for joining us LIVE on Zoom, watching the videos for Chapel & Variety Show, printing/viewing the home activity guides, and more! If you have any questions at all during VFC just email Monte at monte@camplebanon.org and he’ll get back to you ASAP.

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A few quick notes:
1) PROMPTNESS ENCOURAGED. We will stay right on schedule today according to the times listed on this page. So just pretend you hear the Camp bell ring at the times listed below.
2) TAKE PICTURES & VIDEOS of you and/or your family having fun at VFC! At the very end of this page you’ll see a link to share your favorite photos. We’ll put these in an album on Facebook so you can see who else was attending VFC with you.
3) HAVE FUN! This might be the only Virtual Family Retreat we and you ever do, so let’s have some fun with it.

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Alright, let’s go! (keep scrolling down)

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9:00 AM | Welcome & Flag Raising

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LIVE on Zoom!

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Alright everybody, let’s get the day started just like we would at Camp! Follow the link below to join us LIVE on video at the ampitheatre for flag raising. See you there!

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9:30 AM | Polar Dip & Cabin Clean-Up

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It’s polar dip time!

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You might not have a lake to jump into wherever you are this morning, but that doesn’t mean Polar Dip still can’t happen! Come up with your own version or use one of the ideas we came up with. You better make it quick though, because Chapel starts at 10 and you still need to tidy up your “cabin” (room)!

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IDEAS:
  1. Hose each other down with the water hose!
  2. Turn the shower on cold.
  3. Dunk your head in a bucket of ice water.

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Don’t forget to take pictures!!

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10:00 AM | Chapel

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Now that you’re fully alive, awake, alert, and enthusiastic, it’s time for Chapel! Are you ready to do some singing and Bible study together? Just click play on the video below and Chapel will begin. NOTE: Chapel will last about 30 minutes, leaving you plenty of time to continue the conversation with your family afterwards. Enjoy!

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Family Discussion:

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Pastor Brian just shared a lesson out of the life of the prophet Elijah on the GREATNESS OF GOD! Before you jump into your Family Activity Time, take 15 to 20 minutes to talk about our GREAT GOD!  Grab your Bibles, print out the Family Devotions Handout (link below), and HAVE your kids pick the perfect place for your Family Devos.

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LUNCH IS COMING SOON

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TIP: Lunch is scheduled for 12:30pm, so this could be a great time to order food or think ahead if you’d like to cook up one of Chef Jim’s lunches.

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11:00 AM | Morning Activity Options

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Are you ready to have some fun? It’s time for morning activity options! This is the part of the day where you get to choose your own adventure. As you scroll below, you’ll see we have put together five (5) different activity ideas for you to choose from. Read through them and pick whichever one (or more) you’d like! Who knows, maybe you’ll have time for two or will want to come back and try another one after today’s retreat. Lastly, you are more than welcome to create your own activity as well if you have some better ideas : )

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Alright, so have some fun! Join us LIVE with your lunch on Zoom at 12:30pm CST.

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OPTION #1: Reverse Mail Call

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At our youth camps we have Mail Call, when campers receive mail. At Virtual Family Camp we have Reverse Mail Call, when we send mail to others! With all that is going on there are people who might need some extra encouragement. In this option we give you some ideas of who you could write to, some help with writing a letter, and some ways you can make it special.
  • Supplies needed: Pen/pencil, paper, envelope, stamp
  • Optional supplies: Colored pencils, pens, or crayons, colored paper, stickers
  • Bonus: Want to make your own envelopes? Watch this.

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OPTION #2: Take a Hike!

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Hey, Families!  It’s a gorgeous day and we want to invite you to get outside, get some fresh air, and have some fun “spotting” signs of spring!  You can use the handouts that we have provided as a guide or just take your notebook with you and journal (or draw!) your sightings.  As you hike, you can use your other senses to “spot” nature – sight, sound, smell, touch!  Be sure to look and also LISTEN for signs of spring!

Bonus:  Take a garbage bag with you as you hike … pick up trash, junk, recyclables, etc. that should NOT be spotted in nature.  Have fun!  The video shows a few things we spotted as we hiked around Camp Lebanon!

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OPTION #3: Carpetball Tourney at Home

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The game of Carpetball is iconic at Camp Lebanon. Even more, Carpetball tournaments are a staple of Family Camp! As you know, it’s a simple game where players alternate turns attempting to knock each other’s balls into the pocket by rolling a white cueball down a vertical table. The last person with balls still standing on their side wins! Well, what if you want to play at home? Then you’re gonna need to build your own Carpetball table! All you need is walls, something to use as carpet balls, and family/friends to play with. Have fun!
  • Supplies needed: Something to use as walls, something to use as balls, and something to use as pockets.
  • Share your designs! We would love to see pictures or videos of your home carpetball table.

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OPTION #4: Chalk Time

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One of the fun activities we enjoy at Camp Lebanon is chalk drawing on the Hub!  So, grab some colorful chalk and have some fun designing pictures outside on your sidewalk or driveway!  You can create an encouraging message or just have fun creating beautiful artwork.  Here’s a fun option that we enjoy as a family:  Mom or dad first draws a letter of the alphabet on the pavement.  Then the kids create a picture out of the letter.  Take turns drawing a letter for each family member … and enjoy the process of transforming letters into works of art!  Bonus:  Kids draw a letter for mom or dad!

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TRY THIS, TOO! Create a super-fun, crazy, epic hopscotch board like Rich & Anna were using in the video.

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OPTION #5: How Tall Can You Build It?

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In this challenge, we want to see how tall you can build a tower using spaghetti and marshmallows! You can work together as a family, or split into teams or individuals for a little competition. You will have some fun building and learn a bit about how triangles are often used in architecture. We also provided some alternative supplies if you have trouble finding pasta or marshmallows in the store. Just grab your supplies, watch the challenge video (IMPORTANT!), and have fun!
  • Supplies needed: Uncooked spaghetti, marshmallows
  • Alternatives to Spaghetti: Toothpicks, small popsicle sticks, skewers
  • Alternatives to Marshmallows: Gumdrops, gummy worms (cut into pieces), gummy bears

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12:30 PM | Lunch Together

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LIVE on Zoom!

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Hey everybody! We hope you enjoyed your morning freetime options together. I bet your hungry. Grab your lunch and join us in the virtual Dining Hall.

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1:00 PM | VFC Variety Show

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It’s time for the Virtual Family Camp Variety Show! (imagine the lights flickering on and off, and everyone cheering) You know how these shows work…if you don’t like the show it’s your own fault because you’re the ones submitting the skits : ) So grab your popcorn or your favorite snack, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! We’ll see you LIVE on Zoom 15 minutes after the show at our Campfire & Closing Rally (2PM CST).

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2:00 PM | Campfire & Closing Rally

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LIVE on Zoom!

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What did you think of the Variety Show? So much silliness! Well guess what? It’s time for some more of the funnest fun. Join us LIVE for a campfire with Bobber Bill & Rich. If you have a fire pit at home we invite you to light a fire for  yourselves! Otherwise, you can just start your indoor fireplace, turn on a virtual fire on a TV screen, or just enjoy the virtual warmth of ours. See you there!

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Thank you for coming to VFC!

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We hope you had a great time at Virtual Family Camp.  Even more, we hope you made some memories and grew together with your family! Before you move on from VFC, please remember to share your photos & videos from today with us so we can create a retreat album on Facebook.  See you AT CAMP SOON!

 

Three (3) ways to share your pictures with us!
1) Use WeTransfer and send them to monte@camplebanon.org.
2) Email them to monte@camplebanon.org.
3) Share them via Google Drive. Send the link to monte@camplebanon.org.

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Questions?

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Please contact us if you have any questions! // info@camplebanon.org // (800) 816-1502

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