In 1932, a man named Bill Lantz became the director of Kamp Kugaho founded in 1926. “Uncle Bill” as he came known to be, promptly changed the name to Kanakuk and began some of our oldest traditions like “the Four-Square Life” and the “I’m Third”. Today, 88 years later, K-2 puts on the “Uncle Bill” Memorial Pentathlon in honor of the man that started Kanakuk. Back in the “good ole days” of kamp, the activities were very simple. Kampers would run, swim, canoe, do “chinnies” on a pull-up bar and shoot archery. In memory, each kabin at kamp today runs through a course in a race to determine the fastest kabin in kamp. The race starts at the pool, where two swimmers must complete eight laps. Then their designated runner sprints down to the lake where two kampers in a canoe are waiting. They paddle around one of the boeys out in the lake and head back handing the baton to the runner. The runner runs on a trail all the way around kamp until he gets to the archery range. Two kampers shoot ten arrows and try to get their best score. Then the runner sprints down to the front office and gives it to a second runner who completes the same circuit without stopping all the way to the finish line. It’s a grueling and exhausting race but there can only be one Kuk and one Komo winner! Here at kamp, we believe competition is only a reflection of the race we are meant to run in our spiritual lives. In 1 Corinithian 9:24 it says,
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.”
We compete to win an earthly prize in the Pentathlon. But the prize that awaits us in heaven for running the Christian race is far greater! An eternity with our Lord and Savior!