Camp StarTrail LogoAshland, Nebraska

July 31 to August 5, 2011

“The Moral of the Story is Change”

The morning presentation by Nancy McDonald Ladd will invite participants to reflect on the radical social message of Jesus' parables, followed by discussion of how our Unitarian Universalist faith can, like these stories, invite us to personal and social transformation.

Featured Speakers

NancyMcDonaldLaddTheme Speaker

Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd
minister of Bull Run Unitarian Universalists in Virginia.

Chaplain and Vespers Leader

Rev. Scott McNeill
minister of Second Unitarian Church, Omaha, Nebraska

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Rope CourseRopes and Challenge courses are available for almost everyone – the camp has three different ropes courses, at different heights and for people with different skill levels.

The rope course activities will be facilitated by the host camp’s professional staff. Ropes and Challenge courses will be offered Monday through Thursday afternoons during Salmagundi (1:30 to 3:00 PM). Wednesday will be 1:30 to 4:30 PM. There will be an additional charge for these. Descriptions, schedule, and fees are below. Some courses have age limitations that are listed below. Use the grade the child will enter in the fall. Participants must register and pay for Challenge Courses by July 11. Challenge Course registration can be included in your StarTrail registration or added later. If you have already registered and want to add a Challenge Course, go to StarTrail A La Carte Form  Schedule Monday

1:30 to 3:00 PM Grades 1 through adults

Team Building

Fun games and activities that require the entire group to work together as a team. Swinging Ladder; Tarzan Swing; Spider’s Web; River Crossing; Wild Woozey; Trust Fall. Up to 30 people, $10 per person. Tuesday

1:30 to 3:00 PM Grades 4 through adults

Zip line

The Zip Line will send you soaring off the edge of Angel’s Cliff, a nearly 22 foot drop-off, and across the depths of the ravine, in a heavy-duty safety harness and helmet; a ride that’s 200 feet long. Up to 20 participants, $10 per person. Wednesday

1:30 to 4:30 PM (extended time) Grades 6 through adults

Commitment Trail A 3-hour team building activity. Groups will be challenged both individually and as a group on the ground and up to 40 feet in the air. Cargo Net; Double Zip line; Wild Woozey; Horizontal Crisscross; Pipeline Transfer. Up to 20 people, $20 per person for adults. The Youth StarTrail Fee already includes this activity. Thursday

1:30 to 3:00 PM Grades 1 through adults

Summit Course

Four different climbing activities: rope ladder, climbing wall, tube net, and vertical play pen for all ages, plus high wire activities for people grades 4 and older. Up to 20 people, $15 per person.

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Is it possible to register for just a day or two?

Partial week registration will open later in the spring if there are places still available at the camp.

Can I bring my pets to camp?

Guest pets are NOT allowed.

Where can I go for groceries, gas, cash, medications, etc?

Amenities in Ashland, Nebraska (about two miles from Camp):

  • No Frills Supermarket, 2301 Silver Street
  • Reid’s Variety Store, 1401 Silver Street
  • Ashland Pharmacy, Inc, located in Reid’s Variety, 1401 Silver Street
  • Ashland Care Clinic, 705 N 17th Avenue
  • U-Stop gas station and convenience store, 502 Highway 6
  • Great Plains Service [propane], Highway 6
  • Farmers & Merchants National Bank [ATM], 1501 Silver Street
  • Centennial Bank, 2433
  • Silver Street Dairy Cone, 1609 Silver Street
  • A variety of antique and gift shops and restaurants

What else is available to do in this area?

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Location

For our camp, we are renting Carol Joy Holling Conference and Retreat Center from the Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries. CJH is located on 317 acres, just off I-80, west of the Platte River between Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska. Look at http://www.nlom.org to see more photos of the camp’s features.

Directions

CJH is located at the end of Ranch Road off Highway 66 between Interstate 80 and Ashland, Nebraska.

If you are coming on I-80, take Exit 426 off I-80. Turn toward Ashland and go 2.5 miles past Mahoney State Park to the Ranch Road access road. Watch for the “Carol Joy Holling Center” directional sign. If you are coming from north of Ashland on Highway 66, come through Ashland, cross Highway 6, and continue 1.25 miles, then turn onto the Ranch Road access road. Watch for the “Carol Joy Holling Center” directional sign. Map

Need a ride to camp? Or would you like a passenger to share the cost of gas? Use our carpool map!

Arrival Schedule

Camp StarTrail begins on Sunday, July 31, 2011

Plan to arrive between 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. for sign in and directions to your housing. We’ll offer tours of the camp and an orientation session before Trail Head [outdoor activity for all ages] at 5:30 and supper at 6:00 p.m.

Departure Schedule

Camp StarTrail ends at noon on Friday, August 5, 2011

Box lunches will be available for those who would like to take them for the trip home or lunch will be available on site.

Meals

Meals will be served in the dining hall (located in Sjogren), a new and accessible building. Breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. Lunch is at noon. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. Food, served buffet style, is delicious and plentiful. Vegetarian meals are an option; indicate your preference on the registration form. The kitchen staff are willing to work to accommodate special needs. Snacks for youth and adults are NOT available between meals unless you bring your own. Children will be provided a snack during the Children’s Program in the morning.

Got an Idea for a Workshop or Activity?

Participants are invited to list on the registration form workshops or activities they’d be willing to lead at camp. The Program Committee will contact them.

Alcohol use

Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries has a strict alcohol use policy. Because of the policies of the camp we are renting, these procedures for the use of alcohol must be followed:

Adults may bring alcohol for their own consumption to Camp StarTrail. All alcohol must be signed in at the time of arrival. All bottles and cans will be marked with the owner’s name. Alcohol will be stored in a secured area at Swanson Center. Alcohol will be made available to the owners between 5:30 and 6 p.m. each afternoon, and between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m. each evening, and must be consumed during that time, in one designated Social Room at Swanson Center. No children or youth may be present during the consumption of alcohol. Volunteers will be needed to rinse containers and take them home for recycling. Non-smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed in buildings at Camp. There are smoking towers outside some of the buildings. Fire is a hazard at camp. Use the receptacles provided.

Quiet Hours

Quiet hours begin at 10 p.m. Be respectful of families with children asleep before 10. Quiet hours are in effect in all buildings and public spaces, including outdoors.

Age Requirements

StarTrail welcomes adult singles and couples and families of all ages. High School age and younger participants are welcome as part of a family group.

Special Needs

There is ADA accessibility and an elevator in Swanson Center. There is a paved walk between Swanson Center and the dining hall (located in Sjogren). Most camp activities will take place in or near those buildings. Most other locations accessible by car on gravel roads, and the CJH staff will transport people in golf carts or a van, if needed.

Please let us know your needs on the housing form. That information will help us decide on housing assignments.

Medical Personnel

A meeting of participants with medical training will be held early in the week. As needs arise, those people may be called on for first aid or assistance in assessing emergency situations.

Questions?

If you have questions, call or email the District Office.

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(Photos courtesy of Mark Seaburg, Julie Enersen and Nancy Heege.)

Camp StarTrail Photos 2011

Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd

Theme Speaker and Leader for a workshop

Nancy has served as minister to the Bull Run Unitarian Universalists in Virginia since 2004. She studied theology at Xavier University and divinity at Meadville Lombard Theological School before entering parish ministry. Her writing has appeared in several publications including Minister X: How Generation X Ministers are Shaping Unitarian Universalism, from Jenkin Lloyd Jones Press, The UU World magazine, and A People So Bold: Theology and Ministry for Unitarian Universalists, from Skinner House Books. She lives in Centreville, Virginia with her family.

Scott McNeillRev. Scott McNeill

Chaplain and Evening Vespers leader

Scott joined PSD in the summer of 2010 as he and his wife, Rev. Sarah Gettie Burks, moved to Omaha, Nebraska. He serves as the minister at the Second Unitarian Church of Omaha, where he is getting to know the members and the community around the congregation. So far, he has started to become involved in Omaha Together One Community (OTOC), the Omaha Community Meal for the homeless and local GLBT events. Before coming to Omaha, Scott studied in Chicago and Fairfax, VA and served as a summer minister in North Carolina and Michigan. He received the 2004 Mary Ella Holst Youth Activist Award from the UU Service Committee and was the 2010 recipient of awards in New Testament Studies and Preaching at Meadville Lombard Theological School.

Bruce VanBronkhorst

Accompanist working on the Morning Celebration and other musical events

Bruce has been the music director at Michael Servetus Unitarian Society in Fridley, Minnesota (a suburb of the Twin Cities) for 27 years. He directs the choir, the wind ensemble, leads and performs in the Delphi Jazz Trio, Class Act Quartet, MSUS Vocal Quartet, and occasional drumming groups. The church also has a fun bluegrass group. Not bad for a church of less than 100 members!

You will quickly find out that Bruce loves to share his joy of music in many ways. This is his third year at Camp StarTrail.

Ginny MalcomsonGinny Malcomson

Children’s Program Coordinator Ginny Malcomson

Ginny is a part time naturalist for Polk County Conservation where she has worked for 14 years. During that time she also co-created Toddling on the Wildside, an environmental education program for toddlers and their parents through E Resources Group, cofounded KinderNature, an environmental education resource website and presented ICN workshops for early childhood educators through Story County Conservation and Iowa Public Television. Her favorite 'jobs' are mom to daughter, Lauren and wife to husband, Rob.

This is Ginny’s third year working with children at Camp StarTrail.

Liz VanBronkhurstElizabeth VanBronkhorst

Children’s Counselor 

Liz, a student at University of Wisconsin-Stout, is returning for a third year as a Children’s Counselor.

 

Morgan Watters

Children’s Counselor

Morgan is returning for a third year.

Sherry WarrenSherry Warren

Youth Coordinator

Sherry is the PSD Youth and Young Adult Specialist. She also has served the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence as their half-time Director of Religious Education since 2002. Sherry has worked with youth across PSD and is always looking for ways to bring relevance to the lives of young people while having fun and growing relationships. She taught a combined adult and young adult Our Whole Lives class at a previous year’s Camp StarTrail, has spent time at Camp UniStar during Youth Week 1, and is faculty at MidWest Leadership School for Youth. She is looking forward to the relaxed and fun week that she is sure is waiting at Camp StarTrail and hopes there will be lots of facepainting opportunities so she can work on her art skills.

Activity Leaders

to be announced

District Staff Members at Camp StarTrail

bio NancyHeegeNancy Heege

District Executive

Nancy Heege loves to go to camp with other Unitarian Universalists. She enjoys the program, the music, and the community of campers of all ages that develops over several days together. She’s been District Executive since 1995 and is happy that the dream of having a camp to serve UUs in the southern part of the District has been realized.

Phillip LundRev. Phillip Lund

Director of Faith Development and Congregational Growth

A graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, Phil Lund has been part of the Prairie Star District staff since 2002. As Director of Faith Development and Congregational Growth, he coordinates the delivery of lifespan religious education and faith development services to congregations in Prairie Star. He also supports District youth programming, provides resources for young adult programming and campus ministries, and works with congregations on growth.

Camp StarTrail Planning Committee

Julie Enersen, Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Barb Gutsch, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Salina, Salina, KS
The Rev. Fritz Hudson, Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Virginia Malcomson, First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, Des Moines, IA
Bob Miller, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Kansas City, MO
Nyla Romeiser, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Salina, Salina, KS
Cheryll Wallace, First Unitarian Church of Omaha, Omaha, NE

PSD Staff StarTrail Planners

Rev. Phillip Lund, Prairie Star District

Nancy Heege, Prairie Star District

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Campers will be able to choose from a number of activities from early morning through the evening.

** When you register, you will have an opportunity to list programs you’d like to lead, and the Program Team will contact you. All program leaders will need to register (and pay!) to help us meet our bottom line.

For information about the activities currently scheduled, see the Children’s, Youth, and Adult Programs pages.

 

Time Adults and Youth Children
?? – 7:30 Early morning activities ** [could include yoga, bird watching, hiking, labyrinth, etc.]
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Morning CelebrationThe whole community will gather for a multigenerational worship service with music. Children will be part of the Morning Celebration, but if needed, a room nearby for parents and toddlers will be available.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Theme PresentationYouth and Adults: together for the presentation by the Theme Speaker, Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd. Nancy’s theme is “The Moral of the Story is Change.”

Children’s Program

After being sung out at Morning Celebration, elementary age children will be taken on nature adventures led by professional naturalist Ginny Malcomson.

[Each child who attends the Children’s Program needs to provide an adult for one day, to assist the children’s leaders.]

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Adult Workshops and Youth Program ** Children’s Program continued
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Free Time
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Salmagundi! (including Challenge Courses)A time for multigenerational camp activities. Salmagundi means a mixture of otherwise unrelated ingredients. We will meet after lunch every day for our own Salmagundi: a mixture of people, a mixture of ages, doing a mixture of activities.

One option will be the Challenge Courses which will include a Team Building Course (Monday), Zip Line (Tuesday), Commitment Trail (Wednesday), and Summit Course (Thursday). There is an additional fee for each Challenge Course which must be paid by July 11, 2011.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. “Adult Only” swim time Free Time
3:30 – 5:15 p.m. Free Time Time for outdoor activities that will appeal to all ages, such as swimming, boating on Crystal Lake, trip to Air and Space Museum, horseback riding at nearby state park, etc. **
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Trail Head Gathering for all ages outside the dining hall for sidewalk chalk, face painting, bubbles, and other fun things. **
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Social Hour for adults only. All adults are welcome to gather in Swanson Center for conversation with snacks and beverages (including alcoholic beverages) you provide.
6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Dinner
7:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Vespers led by Rev. Scott McNeill

We will gather for storytelling and song, meditation, reflection, or prayer. This participatory, multigenerational worship service will be designed to connect us to our shared camp experiences of the day and to welcome our evening together.

7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Evening Program for All AgesVarious activities such as campfire, talent show, barn dance, etc. **
8:30 p.m. – ?? Gathering Time for Adults ** andGathering Time for Youth **  

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Note: Most of the planned programs will be multigenerational.

Early Morning Activities

Before 7:30 AM

Sleep in or participate in early morning activities which could include yoga, bird watching, hiking, labyrinth, etc.

Breakfast

7:30 to 8:30 AM

Morning Celebration

8:45 to 9:00 AM

After breakfast each morning, the whole community will gather for an multigenerational worship service with music.

Theme Presentation

9:00 to 10:00 AM

The theme for the week is “The Moral of the Story is Change” presented by Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd, our theme speaker.

Workshops and Activities

10:15 to 11:45 AM

Adults and youth can choose from a variety of workshops, some of which will last through the week, others of which might be offered just once.

We expect participants, too, will want to offer workshop choices. We’ll add these as we hear about them and will have a complete list ready when people arrive at camp.

Workshops to be determined.

Alternatives to workshops

Adult participants have the option to use the workshops times to socialize, read, explore the camp, practice their talent show presentation, etc.

Lunch

12:00 to 12:45 PM

Free Time

1:00 to 1:30 PM

Salmagundi!

1:30 to 3:00 PM

A time for multigenerational camp activities

Salmagundi means a mixture of otherwise unrelated ingredients. We will meet after lunch every day for our own Salmagundi: a mixture of people, a mixture of ages, doing a mixture of activities. Folks may choose where they would like to mix. Offerings will include the challenge courses on campus, canoeing, volleyball games, organized outdoor games like capture the flag, creating a community quilt, and Eco-art projects like paper making, nature weaving, and batik.

Challenge Courses

Ropes courses for almost everyone – the camp has three different ropes courses, at different heights and for people with different skill levels. The rope course activities will be facilitated by the host camp’s professional staff.

There will be an additional charge for these. See the Challenge Course page for the descriptions, schedule, and fees. Participants must register and pay for Challenge Courses by July 11, 2011. Adult Only Swim Time

3:00 to 3:30 PM

The pool will be reserved for the use of adults only.

Afternoon Free Time

3:30 to 5:15 PM

Water Activities

The camp has a swimming pool and a small lake with canoes.

Hiking and Trail Rides

The camp has hiking trails.

There are guided horseback trail rides at nearby Platte River State Park.

Field Trips

There are other opportunities within a few miles, including the Strategic Air and Space Museum, Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, and Mahoney State Park with an Acquatic Center and an Activity Center with indoor playground. There are also several golf courses. See area attractions.

Trail Head

5:30 to 6:00 PM

Activity for all ages: gathering outside the dining hall for sidewalk chalk, face painting, bubbles, and other fun things.

Social Hour for Adults

5:30 to 6:00 PM

All adults are welcome to gather in Swanson Center for conversation with snacks and beverages (including alcoholic beverages) you provide. Children cannot be present.

Dinner

6:00 to 6:45 AM

Vespers

7:00 to 7:30 PM

After supper each evening, we will gather for 30 minutes of storytelling and song, meditation, reflection, or prayer. Led by Rev. Scott McNeill, this participatory, multigenerational worship service will be designed to connect us to our shared camp experiences of the day and to welcome our evening together.

Evening Program

7:30 to 8:30 PM

A variety of multigenerational activities including an Amazing Race Mixer, campfire, a barn dance, a talent show and more.

Gathering Time for Adults

8:30 to ??

 

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General Information for Children’s Programs

We ask that parents volunteer for one session, on one day during the week, to assist the children’s counselors.

See Staff for information about Children’s Program staff members.

Elementary-Aged Campers

Elementary-aged campers will be divided into two age groups:

lower elementary, ages 4-7 years upper elementary, ages 8-12 years

These two groups will travel and learn together occasionally, and at other times, break into separate groups for separate age-appropriate activities.

Pre-School

Infants to three year-old children will participate in multigenerational activities with the whole camp. A nursery space with manipulatives and simple art supplies will be available for use all day for children and parents, adjacent to where vespers will take place.

Daily Activities

Breakfast

7:30 to 8:30 AM

Children will eat with their families.

Morning Celebration

8:45 to 9:00 AM

After breakfast each morning, the whole community will gather for an multigenerational worship service with music.

Children’s Program

9:00 to 11:45 AM

The Children’s Morning Program will take place during the Theme Presentation and Workshops for adults and youth.

After being sung out at Morning Celebration, the children will be engaged in hands-on nature explorations with naturalist Ginny Malcomson from Polk County (Iowa) Conservation. We will hike the woods, catch frogs in the pond, search for prairie life and stomp and splash in the creek. After exploring the kids will preserve their memories with camp arts and crafts. Adults are welcome to tag along too, the kids shouldn’t be the only ones having such fun!

Lunch

12:00 to 12:45 PM

Children will eat with their families.

Salmagundi!

1:30 to 3:00 PM

Young campers will join all the other campers for multigenerational activities such as Challenge Courses, community art projects, canoeing, outdoor games, and crafting.

Challenge Courses

Ropes courses for almost everyone – the camp has three different ropes courses, at different heights and for people with different skill levels. The rope course activities will be facilitated by the host camp’s professional staff.

The Monday and Thursday offerings are appropriate for elementary age children. There will be an additional charge for these. See the Challenge Course page for the descriptions, schedule, and fees. Participants must register and pay for Challenge Courses by July 11, 2011. Afternoon Free Time

3:30 to 5:15 PM

Multigenerational activities for children with their families:

Water Activities

The camp has a swimming pool and a small lake with canoes.

Hiking and Trail Rides

The camp has hiking trails.

There are guided horseback trail rides at nearby Platte River State Park.

Field TripsThere are other opportunities within a few miles, including the Strategic Air and Space Museum, Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, and Mahoney State Park with an Acquatic Center and an Activity Center with indoor playground.

Trail Head

5:30 to 6:00 PM

Activity for all ages gathering outside the dining hall. Jumping rope, face painting, bubble blowing, kite flying, and croquet are some of the activities that may be offered at this time of day.

Supper

6:00 to 6:45 PM

Children will eat with their families.

Vespers

7:00 to 7:30 PM

After supper each evening, we will gather for 30 minutes of storytelling and song, meditation, reflection, or prayer. Led by Rev. Scott McNeill, this participatory, multigenerational worship service will be designed to connect us to our shared camp experiences of the day and to welcome our evening together.

Evening Program

7:30 to 8:30 PM

A variety of multigenerational activities including a campfire, a barn dance, a talent show and more.

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Youth are defined as Grades 7 to 12.

Note: Many of the planned programs will be multigenerational, but there will be plenty of time for the youth to hang out with other youth and their adult leaders

Early Morning Activities

Before 7:30 AM

Sleep in or participate in early morning activities which could include yoga, bird watching, hiking, labyrinth, etc.

Breakfast

7:30 to 8:30

All meals are served buffet style and provide a variety of choices for the health nut or junk food junkie and everything in between.

Morning Celebration

8:45 to 9:00 AM

After breakfast each morning, the whole community will gather for a multigenerational worship service with music.

Theme Presentation

9:00 to 10:00 AM

The theme for the week is “The Moral of the Story is Change” presented by Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd, our theme speaker.

Workshops and Youth Programming

10:15 to 11:45 AM

Youth and Adults can choose from a variety of workshops, but there will be activities especially for youth as a group during this time.

Our primer this summer will be The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks. Hate zombies or the thought of a zombie apocalypse? Don’t worry... our focus will be less on zombies and more on learning about preparing for a zombie virus outbreak. What would you do with your last 24 hours to live? How would you feed your colony of survivors? What are the religious ties of zombies to Haitian Voodoo? We’ll explore these questions and more and come up with our own expression of our time together... maybe a movie? A skit for the talent show? Endless possibilities!

Alternatives to workshops

With parental permission, youth have the option to use the workshops times to socialize, read, explore the camp, practice their talent show presentation, etc.

Lunch

12:00 to 12:45

Once again, all meals are served buffet style and there are many choices. Eat now or forever hold your peace - or at least until 6 when we have dinner.

p.s. There is dessert at nearly every meal!

Salmagundi!

1:30 to 3:00 PM

Every day will include fun opportunities to get to know people of various ages and from all over our district.

Salmagundi means a mixture of otherwise unrelated ingredients. We will meet after lunch every day for our own Salmagundi: a mixture of people, a mixture of ages, doing a mixture of activities. Folks may choose where they would like to mix. Offerings will include the challenge courses on campus, canoeing, volleyball games, organized outdoor games like capture the flag, creating a community quilt, and Eco-art projects like paper making, nature weaving, batik, and other ways for us to connect and have fun.

Challenge CoursesMonday, Tuesday, and Thursday there are ropes courses for almost everyone – the camp has three different ropes courses, at different heights and for people with different skill levels. All challenge and rope course activities will be facilitated by the host camp’s professional staff.

There will be an additional charge for these. See the Challenge Course page for the descriptions, schedule, and fees. Participants must register and pay for Challenge Courses by July 11, 2011.

On Wednesday from 1:30 to 4:30 PM, youth and adults can participate in The Commitment Trail, a team building activity. (Note: The fee for this challenge course for the youth is included in the StarTrail Fee for youth.)

Afternoon Free Time

3:30 to 5:15 PM

Water ActivitiesThe camp has a swimming pool and a small lake with canoes.

Hiking and Trail RidesThe camp has hiking trails.

There are guided horseback trail rides at nearby Platte River State Park.

Field Trips

There are other opportunities within a few miles, including the Strategic Air and Space Museum, Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, and Mahoney State Park with an Acquatic Center and an Activity Center with indoor playground.

Supper

6:00 to 6:45

Enjoy dinner with your new friends and your family. Elbows off the table and sit up straight!

Vespers

7:00 to 7:30 PM

After supper each evening, we will gather for 30 minutes of storytelling and song, meditation, reflection, or prayer. Led by Rev. Scott McNeill, this participatory, multigenerational worship service will be designed to connect us to our shared camp experiences of the day and to welcome our evening together.

Evening Program

7:30 to 8:30 PM

Some of the activities will include a dance, a talent show that will knock your socks off, and a campfire with s'mores.

Late Nights

8:30 to 11:00

Knowing that youth are on a different internal clock, some later night activities for socializing will be happening. These will be supervised by one of the adults who is working with the youth all week and will be safe but fun. We can play games, share our favorite music, show off the crazy things we find on Youtube, update our Facebook pages, and share the kinds of things that only seem to come up when one is kinda tired and hanging with friends.

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