"Pod Day"

Today is our first “Pod Day” for our final two week term.  It is an amazing day of optional activities with diversity to suit every imaginable camper desire.  We climb and rappel a mountainside,  explore a crystal cavern, “mission trip work” at Kids Across America, memorizing scripture for a trip to the blueberry farm, learn mentoring and counseling,  ski, sail, tube, blob, swim, dive, wave runner, plus “queen and king kuk”, “recess”, “art of manhood”, and a dozen others!  It is a blast all around the camp.  (God even threw in a little rain shower to make things even a little more interesting .) 

Tonight the kids will go wild with Lecrae and Tedashii playing a live concert.  As you probably know Lecrae  is the number one Christian hip-hop artist in America and so loved by the Kamp kids of all ages.  When the kids find out Lecrae is coming the place will explode

Can’t Wait!

Joe White


The Wise Eskimo

He was the mayor of his small Eskimo village.  He was known throughout his icy homeland for his wisdom.  He also had the finest sled dogs in the land. 

Each year the village people would gather to watch his famous annual “Sled Dog Tug-O-War.”  One team of white sled dogs would pull against an equally numbered team or black sled dogs.  Some years the white team would win.  Some years the black team would win.  Funny though, he would predict which team would win, and he was always predict the correct winning team. 

Now, later in his years, he decided to have one last tug-o-war and reveal the secret of how he knew which team would win with perfect consistency

As he hitched the two teams up to the rope for the one final pull, a young lad asked the man, “how do you always know which team will win?”

Without batting an eye the elderly mayor quietly said “the winner each year is the team I feed the most.”   

For two (or hopefully four) weeks our K2 kids win!  They win with themselves, they win with God and they win in relationships.  They win in their thoughts, their attitudes, and with their bodies.

No television, no iPad, iPhone, computers or negative influence keeping them from “The Word.”  It’s refreshing to the soul!  K-Life at night, bible verse memory each day, quiet time and morning church “Feed the Dogs” with encouragement throughout the day.

Instead of “where’s the party this weekend”, they hear “what did God teach you at K-Life?”  

Instead of “How many texts did you get yesterday”, they hear “what did you learn in your quiet time this morning?”

“Atta Boys”, “Way to Go’s”; “I’m proud of you’s” and “nice going” fill the air.  Kids cheer for each other when the bell rings.  Kinds stand and worship harmoniously from the bottom of their heart on K-Life nights.

It’s easy to guess which “team or sled dogs” will win at the end of the term.  It’s been a blast feeding them!

Joe


Sunday Blog

For 37 years Mary Anne has been cooking hot coffee cake for K2 kids on Sunday mornings. Kids talk about it all year! Mary Anne is typical of the "behind the scenes" Kanakuk support staff who "go the extra mile" every day to make kamp the full, vast, extensive experience it is for kids.

Saturday, our last (sadly) 14 day crew arrived with their footlockers safe and sound. Sunday morning I got to share the "I'm Third" challenge at church. There wasn't a weary or distracted eye in the service. These are good kids you sent us with good hearts. Some have strayed off of the path but they want to get it right! We've got two weeks to get their feet firmly planted on THE solid rock.

I appreciate your prayers! Joe White


Opening Day Final Term

Opening Day was warm and wonderful! Kampers arriving on busses, cars and airplanes from all around the world!

The kids began their venture on wave runners and ski nautiques as soon as we got them! Then they were greeted by Fully Charged staff. A little unpacking and then full action on ziplines, waterslides and pool fun!  

We will be posting the Opening Day video soon and encourage you to keep up with us on here, twitter and the daily photos!

Keep us in prayer as we jump into our final term of kampers! God is so good!!! - Joe White


HalfTime

For many of our kampers this is a sad day as it is for me. For many of our kampers it is halftime; a time to refocus, realign goals, build deeper relationships, solidify connections.

 Our 28 night kampers take a well supervised “24” on Saturday as staff and kids go to a waterpark, a movie (K-rated of course) and eat McDonalds food again!!!

 For our 14 night kampers “parting is such sweet sorrow.” I don’t know of very many kids who want to leave. We sure do hate to see them go. What a great goup of teenagers; really a splendid bunch! I can’t think of one problem we’ve had; it’s been great!

 I’ll get to see many of you tonight. Saturday, new kampers arrive. Every bunk is full with wait lists. (I’m glad I’m one of the fortunate to be here!)

 Joe White

 PS – I’m writing late Thursday night. We’ve just finished Cross Talk! In the distance I hear campers cheering as the bell is ringing! 


"One Fine Day"

One Fine Day

I forgot most or all the lyrics but the title of this old 60s song has been playing in my mind over and over again today! This has definitely been one fine day.

 

The weather could not be more beautiful, mid 80s, clear blue skies, joyful and eager kids in the whole lot of “Kamp is changing my life for the better!” 

 When I think about all it takes to provide “One Fine Day” at K2, I simply stand amazed.  100 dedicated sold out counselors and leadership going all out for kids. 30 cooks and kitchen staff pouring out there love in front of the hot stove, ovens and sinks full of dirty dishes; two doctors and five nurses caring for everyone’s sore throat or headache, like it were the President’s child in their care; with 35 sports and activities , with rowboats, blob's and athletic balls then you couldn't pack into a dozen railroad cars; and 450 willing kids who want to pursue God and give it their best, every day .  But, most importantly the one God who created everything good and gives us his blessing to make this “One Fine Day” possible. 


Not Just Another Saturday

Not just another Saturday! Beautiful, energetic, sunny day at K2 today! My have you been blessed with great kids, great staff, great leadership, and yes, great food this summer!!

I love these teenage campers that you have sent us. There is not one “Bad Egg” in the bunch. Some are struggling more at home than others but here they all are striving to become their very best. I am proud of them.

To bake a good cake, you’ve got to have eggs, flour, baking powder, sugar, milk, and butter. To raise a good child you’ve got to have:

A.      Lots of encouragement

B.      Time invested to build a relationship

C.      Clear rules and boundaries

D.      An atmosphere of discipline

E.       Daily Bible and prayer devotion time together

F.       Walk your talk and be an example

We love partnering with you on this great journey! There is no better job in the world!

Joe White


Gorgeous Day in the Ozarks

Another gorgeous day in the Ozarks! My only problem with K-2 this summer is where is the time going and why do the days pass by so quickly?! I’ve been filming today and I just can’t tell you how happy these faces are! I hear exuberant screams into the camera like: “fun”, “crazy”, “exciting”, “friendships”, “amazing”, “inspiring”, “love”, “Jesus”,     “All Crepic” (kamp talk for Crazy-Epic) and “awesome”.

I talked to the boys this morning very frankly about the dangers and pitfalls of pornography and how to come clear and stay clean from this awful menace.  Way too many boys are looking at unfiltered iPhones. Their hearts are good. They want to get it right. We’ve got to help them by putting filters and accountability and boundaries on all those electronic devices.

Tonight Don Ford speaks at K-Life. He always does an amazing job of communicating truth. Good things are happening. The Bell is ringing. Keep praying for us.

Joe


The Vibe

It's a beautiful "Fall Like" day in the Ozarks Today.  We love the "Global Cooling" we are experiencing this summer!!  I'm amazed how absolutely happy these 450 ­­teenagers  here!  I've checked in on lots of kids, both boys and girls to see how the tam is doing , how the cabins are getting along and how the fellowship are growing and I'm seeing nothing but smiles.  As one just told me "There's a vibe here that is so amazing.” I know that the vibe is the presence of God as we've turned out all the media, all iPad; iPhones, and tuning in to Christian Music and Fellowship.

These kids are bombarding with music in their teen culture at home.  They all love the breaks; I haven't had one kamper say, "Boy, I wish I had my iPhone or my instagram. 

The sounds of song birds, locust, the singing and laughing have replaced the madness of the electronic world.  I believe everyone welcomes the vacation.

-Joe


POD Day

            After a record low of 59° last night.  We had a Beautiful sunny/partly cloudy "Pod Day"!
(High 70s/Low 80s).  Nice Minnesota weather! Pod Day is a smorgasbord of novel activities; caving, mountain climbing, sailing, wave runner, wake boarding, bluff  jumping, scripture memory, canoeing, mentoring (discipleship/counseling), hiking Dogwood Canyon, water sliding, strength and conditioning, "mission trip" to Kids Across America, and lots of plain outdoor fun.  

Tonight we will have an exuberant concert by the famous Christian rap artist Thi’sl (The kids will go crazy), and to talk out under the stars about God and the cosmos.

We are having a blast!

- Joe White


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