Life on the Farm

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

*Warning if you have not been to kamp yet this message contains spoilers about our gospel skit!  Read on, carefully. *

One of the foundational things that makes K-Kountry such a special place is our Gospel Skit.   Each year the theme changes but the message always rings true.  We have had story lines involving everything from Super Heros to Candy Factories.   We have great set designs, lighting, music, and elaborate costume designs.  We go to great effort to find creative ways to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ and package it in a way that our kids at kamp can understand.  There are 5 K-Life nights at kamp to coordinate with the 5 scenes of the Gospel skit.  Each K-Life a new scene is introduced, until the much anticipated last K-Life where the entire Gospel Skit is performed.

This year the title of our Gospel Skit is Life on the Farm.  The basic storyline is about some sheep on a farm that get bored with their life of chores, bluegrass music, and the same routine each day.  The farmer reminds them that they have all they need provided for them on the farm and they are safe there.   Instead of listening to the farmer, they decided to disobey him and set out for an adventure in the forbidden white woods.   There they are led astray and captured by Jazz playing wolves.  The wolves plan on having them barbequed for dinner…..but in the midst of great despair the farmer comes to their rescue!   He gives himself in their place to save them.   It is amazing picture of what Christ did for us.  

Our last K-life is a night that we are so thankful to see the Spirit move in great ways.   Last night was no exception.  Our director Collin Sparks ties together the entire Gospel Skit with a talk about surrendering your life to the Lord.  This year his talk even included a live baby lamb!   The wonder on the kids faces is incredible as the look at the lamb and realize how our Great Sheppard cares for us.  


Friends for Life

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

One of the greatest things about kamp are the friendships created here.  Friendships that are grounded in Christ.  Friendships that last a lifetime.  It is always amazing to see how the Lord uses this place to bond these special friendships. 





The Time of Our Lives

We apologize for the lack of blog updates over the last few days.  We have been running around having the time of our lives.  Here are a few things we have been doing over the last week…

It has been hot here at kamp, so we have been playing in the water a ton…



Running hard at the track meet…


Keeping the tribal spirit alive…


Having a blast on canoe trip…


Getting ready to kayak with friends…


Chillin’ out at the Jamaican Me Crazy Party…


Water gun fights for Super Sunday Funday…


Showing off our skills at the Air It Out football tournament…


Having a blast at the Knight At The Faire Party…



It has been an incredible term so far.  We can’t wait to see what the next few days will hold.

Session 1 Staff Highlights

We are so blessed here at K-Kountry by our amazing staff.  Each summer, they give, serve, sacrifice, and love kids so that Christ would become more famous.  They are the hero's that make this place run. 

It’s a Boardwalk Mystery

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

On Monday, the “money” from K-Kountry went missing.  The kampers and staff were determined to find the culprit and bring him to justice.  Clues of this great mystery started appearing after playing life-sized versions of Chess, Operation, Hungry Hippos, Candy Land, Battleship, and other famous board games. 





After a great night of fun and mystery, the crime was solved and the money was retrieved thankfully.  Boardwalk mystery solved!

Beating the Heat

Here at K-Kountry, the temperature has been quite toasty the last several days but we love it.  It just means that we have to play in the water more.





A Knight to Remember

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Each term, our Knight at the Faire party is magical.  It is always full of knights, princesses, dragon slayers, chivalry, and of course…lots of wonder.  The memories are endless, like….

Eating dinner at the King’s Table…



Or getting dressed up with friends…


Or sword fighting…


Or corn cob races…


Or jousting with a the knights…


And of course, it wouldn’t be a “knight” to remember without a good ole fashion sword fight for the King’s daughter to end the magical party.


It Was A Wacky Wednesday

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Each Wednesday, we change things up a bit.  We get rid of our normal daily schedule and change the pace up a bit.  After sleeping in and breaking up by age to do Character Kamp in the morning, it was time for the highly anticipated Track Meet. 

This year, we are doing one big track meet with both the guys and girls.  It is really fun to have everybody down at the track where tribal spirit is full effect.  From the cheers to the pop of the starter gun, the sounds of the track meet will make you smile.




In the afternoon, the guys competed in the Air It Out football tournament while the girls kept the tribal competition going at the Swim Meet.



The girls finished up Wacky Wednesday with an adventure race that ended with ice cream sundaes!



Back in the Water

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Well…the fun and excitement of July 4th was hard to beat, but we didn’t waste any time getting right back into the swing of kamp.  The temperature has been rather warm so we have spent most of our time back in the water!



Last night was our Jamaican K-Life.  We broke out the dread locks, the colors, the steel drums, and the lime juice as we waited for the island tide to come in.  It was alot of fun to party Jamaican style!



July 4th Highlights

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The 4th of July is always a special day at K-Kountry as we scrap the normal schedule and fill it with memories, laughter, and lots of patriotism. At K-Kountry, we celebrate the 4th of July the way it is suppose to be celebrated. Here are a few highlights from an incredible day:


After sleeping in, we woke everybody up with firecrackers. It’s a tradition!


We kicked off Independence Day with some great American heroes making an appearance at K-Kountry including Abe Lincoln, Betsy Ross, Ben Franklin, Amelia Earhart, George W., Sacagawea, the Statue of Liberty, George Washington and of course, Joe White.


We are truly blessed to live in America, so we showed our gratitude by raising the flag and singing the Star Spangled Banner.


Then…it was off to breakfast. No better way to start off America’s birthday then with some chocolate chip pancakes, whip cream, and lots of smiles on the side!


After breakfast, we played a game called “4 Scrapers and a Bass Drum” with an American twist for tribal points. After a little competition to get us going, then it was off to write letters to the troops. We were also able to sneak in a little American Warball which is always a Kamper favorite.


At lunch, we jumped in the pool to cool off and had an All-American picnic with hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, cold watermelon, and brownies. On this day, there is just something special about eating a cold piece of watermelon and letting all of the juice run down your face. It just feels right.


During Rest Period, we thought it would be fun to show a movie.


After a little break from the sun, we started the afternoon with an American Extravaganza. We had a water balloon toss, a watermelon seed spitting contest, a hole-in-one challenge, an ice cream eating contest, and several other games where Kampers could win “Freedom Tickets.” These Freedom Tickets got you a quick pass down the famous K-Kountry zipline.




As always, the fun never stops at K-Kountry so we headed next door to play in the K-Kauai Water Park and Lazy River.



It wouldn’t be the 4th of July without a parade, so the Kampers lined the streets of K-Kountry for the 6th annual Independence Day K-Kountry Parade. Special guest included the incredible Kitchies, Abe Lincoln, Reba McEntire, the Bumble Bees, Elvis, Miss America, K-Kountry Governor (and First Lady), Taylor Swift, Harry and Bummer , and of course…Santa Claus.




After the parade, it was off to dinner where our incredible kitchen staff served up an All-American meal of ribs, corn, potato salad, flag cakes, and a few soft drinks to top it off.


There is no better way to finish off an incredible 4th of July than with fireworks. We invited K-1 and K-Kauai over for an awesome fireworks show down on the lower fields.


It was the perfect way to end an awesome 4th of July at K-Kountry!