Chantze and I spent six days at the 2006 Musketawa Camporee on the Au Sable river. It was hot, the mosquitos were terrible, and there was a ton of exhaustive labor to be done every day. All that aside, it was a wonderful, bonding experience with my son that we’ll both remember for the rest of our lives. ‘Cadets’ is a Christian boy scout-type thing, Chantze is a third-year cadet and I’m a counselor.
Every year they get permits to set up their own camp for one week on state land, complete with an archery range, a rifle range, and a fleet of canoes from Happy Mohawk. These guys do a first-rate job of ministering to boys by being good, godly role models, and working their a##es off to set up this camp for them. It’s high-quality, safe fun that builds character, discipline, and spirit, and I can’t fully express what a rewarding experience it is to be a part of it.
The boys missed their playstations, and complained about all the hard work of maintaining a camp, but in the end, they really took care of business and won 'the spear'. For something like forty years, this spear has been passed around by the winners of each camporee's 'honor cadre'. There's a lot of history in it, and First Reformed's club hadn't won it in like a dozen years.
In the picture below, you can see Chantze is raising the American flag upside-down. He was the only kid all week to make that mistake. Ryan is whispering fiercly, "No dude, it goes the other way!"
This is a picture of Chantze with Trent, our junior counselor. They wrapped him in shrink wrap and paraded him around the camp because he's such an 'annoying kid'. Actually Chantze is very popular and well-liked by everybody, so they always choose to mess with him first.
Here's a little euchre action, and Chantze at crafts with a complete ADD child named Levi. (we kind of befriended him and tried to keep him out of trouble) In the bottom picture, he's wearing two of the dream-catchers the boys made as earrings.
This is their 'display project' that our boys made in our camp. The sign describes how you can build one of these if you're ever lost in the woods to protect you from the wind, rain, and cold.