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Primary Camp Day 1

Only five hours into the beginning of the week, and it's already been a fantastic start of Primary Camp! We have over one hundred campers attending this week with energy levels high, and an abundance of joy. The campers got a chance to tour the place, as well as enjoy a great time of worship, skits, campfire and fellowship. 76The enthusiasm of all these kids is so contagious, and we look forward to spending the rest of the week with them!

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Blessings,

Jean-Luc and Hannah - Media Specialists

5 Good Reasons to Send Your Child To Camp

With all the activity options kids have to choose from these days, it can be challenging to determine which experiences are worth the investment of time (our kids’) and money (our own). Here are a few of the reasons why a week—or a summer—at camp should be at the top of your short list:IMG_1358 Camp promotes autonomy and resilience. There is a reason why the term “helicopter camp counselor” will never catch on the way “helicopter parent” has. While many parents are investing boundless time and energy protecting their kids from potential failure, camp offers a respite from that overprotection, an opportunity for young people to safely venture out, fall off the horse—or more likely, out of the canoe—get back up and learn something about what they’re truly capable of in the process.

Camp is a place for kids to belong. Rituals are an integral part of camp. From silly chants that accompany the nightly walk from dining hall to campfire to the long-established traditions of skit night or closing ceremony, each camp has it’s own rituals, and they are huge part of the experience, helping immerse campers fully in the culture of camp and producing a keen sense of belonging. For some kids, that sense of inclusion may not exist outside of camp. The camp experience offers not only a shared identity but also a way to discover and strengthen shared values or faith.

Camp strengthens social skills. Increased screen time is making it more difficult for kids to acquire and strengthen social skills, which are as vital to success as academic skills, and essential to building and maintaining healthy relationships. Camp offers an opportunity to chip away at this social skills deficit. A 2014 study published by UCLA researchers found that after spending just a week at camp, away from on-screen media, sixth graders were better at reading the nonverbal emotional cues of those around them, a key indicator of social/emotional intelligence.

Camp cultivates relationships. Camp enables kids to expand their social networks. Social expectations—while not entirely absent—are often softened at camp; boundaries that exist in school settings are blurred. Some camps also provide the opportunity for kids to build friendships with a diverse group of peers, bringing together kids from varying faith backgrounds, socio-economic groups and ethnicities, as well as providing a place for kids with varied interests to find common ground.

Peer relationships aren’t the only ones that thrive in a camp environment. Kids also have the chance to form bonds with adults who aren’t in parent or teacher roles and opportunities to practice interacting with adults without mom or dad prompting them or speaking for them.

Camp provides affirmation. Because of the variety of activities and challenges offered at camp, kids are empowered to discover and take pride in what makes them unique, even when those traits are well outside the bounds of what’s celebrated at school or even at home. A good camp counselor will work to bring out the best in each camper, helping him or her discover new passions and strengths. This affirmation of abilities and value leads to self-confidence that follows kids long after the closing camp ceremony.

As you consider how your kids will spend their summer—and how you will spend your money—a week at Tall Timber Ranch is a great investment of both. One that reinforces the things parents care about—and deals with at least one of the worries parents have: getting kids outdoors.

Sr High Day 3

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The morning routine is replayed this morning through breakfast, A-frame, worship, speaker, solo time, cabin bible study—but it cut off short for an early packing of sack lunches for long option day! Campers had a choice between hiking up to the ridge on mt David, a twin lakes hike, an art or music hike, an OPS service project, canoeing, or a rock climbing trip to icicle canyon. Exhausted after a long day there was some rest time before dinner but once dinner past another rousing all camp clan battle, this time capture the flag. After a great back and forth game ending in a tie there were some delicious s’mores and another campfire with Zachary before a quite welcome bed time.IMG_1943

-Faith Evelyn Gleason Media specialist Tall Timber Ranch

Sr High day 2

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The usual morning routine commenced on day one as campers trickled into breakfast and made their way to morning A-frame where there was worship and a talk from Zachary the speaker to introduce the solo time, which led into a cabin bible study. Team building low ropes activities switched off with cabin bible study and all of these things led to a delicious lunch. After lunch comes Afternoon Options, where campers get to chose between things like ropes course, giant swing, zip line, rock wall, archery, and bmx biking! These activities go until 4 but at 4:30 was the real excitement of the day, MUD PIT!! IMG_2232A solid hour of mud filled fun and games, who doesn’t like to get a little muddy every once and a while!? Mud pit was followed by dinner and a beloved game entitled councilor hunt, in which campers competed in clans to find and bring back the most councilors. Next up was a lovely concert by Beth Whitney and Bradford Lumis in the A-frame followed by another campfire with a talk from Zachary and time for some sleep!IMG_2162

-Faith Evelyn Gleason Media Specialist Tall Timber Ranch

Senior High day 1

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The final week, senior high, a week looked forward to by so many finally arrived! The excitement swelled as campers arrived for a week of true Tall Timber Ranch fun. They moved into their cabins for the week and met their fantastic councilors and cabin mates and soon were playing all camp mixer games and having a grand old time. After a scrumptious dinner was staff skit night! Where the intro video is shown and the staff proceed to make as much a fool out of themselves as they can for the enjoyment of the campers. IMG_2057After this came campfire (as much of one as possible with a state-wide burn ban) where some silly songs were sung and the speaker for the week, Zachary, gave a talk. As campers began to snuggle into their beds for sleep the bell resounded through camp marking the time of clan initiation! Each cabin was divided into one of the 4 clans and each clan went out and had a special activity to welcome their new members. After activities such as finding the ancestors, showing strength through moving a tower, climbing rock wall in darkness and a leap of faith, sleepy eyes closed as the stars shone bright in the sky and all slept in preparation for the excitement tomorrow brings.IMG_2033

-Faith Evelyn Gleason Media specialist Tall Timber Ranch

Jr High Camp Day 5

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Another Polar Plunge followed by the usual breakfast-A-frame-songs-Clifford-solo time-cabin bible study-Activity Class time for the second to last full day morning up here at Tall Timber. Afternoon brought another chance to enjoy the exciting afternoon options available and all came together at 5:00 pm for an all camp Battle of the Clans Water Balloon fight where campers try to soak other Clan’s councilors while also trying to protect their own councilors from getting soaked, driest councilors in a Clan wins! After dinner came a quite and very meaningful worship time followed by a commitment service for those feeling so moved. Great talks ensued at cabin time and all went to sleep with big thoughts in their heads.IMG_1302

-Faith Evelyn Gleason Media Specialist Tall Timber Ranch

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! -Psalms 133:1

 

Jr High Camp Day 4

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Day 4, Wednesday, or more lovingly known by all as BEACH DAYYYYYYY!!! After the breakfast-A-frame-songs-Clifford-solo time-cabin bible study, everyone packed a lunch and got shuttled off to the state park beach on lake Wenatchee for a great afternoon of sunny splash-filled fun! After so much adventure all were quite ready for the quiet evening of snuggling up in sleeping bags and watching a movie while enjoying popcorn and each-others company. Sleepy eyes meandered over to campfire for some fun songs, and another great talk from Clifford the speaker, followed by Cabin time and sleep.IMG_1483

-Faith Evelyn Gleason Media Specialist Tall Timber Ranch

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Jr High Camp Day 3

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A few, the brave, woke when the sun first shone, the birds first started their songs, and marched with our trusty Life Guard leader Dustin to the ice cold glacier melt river for what we lovingly call the Polar Plunge, a dunk fully underwater to truly wake you up and refresh your soul!! The morning continued on a usual; breakfast, A-frame, songs, Clifford, solo time, cabin bible study, and Activity class day 2. After lunch were more opportunities for afternoon options and at 4:30 there was meaningful testimony sharing leading up to Dinner and a rousing all camp game to close out the evening as well as campfire with Clifford.IMG_1371

-Faith Evelyn Gleason Media Specialist Tall Timber Ranch

Jr High Day 2

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IMG_1350With sleepy and excited eyes campers filed in for the routine 8am breakfast. Post breakfast came morning A-frame that included singing, and a talk from Clifford, which led into solo time and a cabin bible study. Up next was Activity classes, where campers got to chose between Frisbee, Volleyball, Parkour, Ceramics, Slack line, Dance, and Rock Climbing classes to learn more about those activities for two different hour and a half long sessions. These classes led right up to lunch after which came Afternoon Options where the Junior Highers participated in various exciting adventures such as crafts, Bmx, high ropes course, Zip line, rock wall, and Giant Swing. IMG_1400However, just when everyone thought that the day could not possible get more exciting? MUD PIT!!! A chance to wiggle splash and slide in a 300 square ft swatch of glorious mud, who doesn’t love getting a little dirty at camp!? After many showers and much scrubbing and dinner, there came a rousing all camp game of capture the flag followed by a quieter campfire, a talk from Clifford, and off to bed.IMG_1415

-Faith Evelyn Gleason Media Specialist Tall Timber Ranch

IMG_1382He lifted me out of the slimy pit,     out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock     and gave me a firm place to stand.  -Psalm 40:2

Junior High Camp Day 1

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IMG_1248The sun rose high in the sky on to a quite summer morning here at Tall Timber Ranch, but everything soon exploded with life as all 67 Junior High Campers arrived for a whole week of crazy fun and worship! The buzz soon settled down as parents tucked kids away in their cabins for the week and returned home. The first all camp activity was a big group of mixers for councilors and campers to get to know everyone here for the week with some exciting games. After dinner everyone squeezed onto the A-frame benches and settled in to enjoy Staff intro skit night where all staff make great fools of themselves for the entertainment of all. The evening came to a close with a campfire, some silly songs, and a talk from this week’s speaker Clifford.IMG_1243 The unexpected twist of the evening was Clan Initiation! Campers were divided into 4 clans, McPherson, Stuart, Finnegan, and Campbell and sent off for separate fun activities to welcome them to the clan and start clan bonding in preparation for the highland games at weeks end!

-Faith Evelyn Gleason Media Specialist Tall Timber Ranch

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John 15:12-15 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

Primary Camp day 3

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The second full day of primary camp again started out with breakfast, A-frame worship, bible study and a rotation into Drums, Music, Nature, and Crafts. After lunch the horse back riders began their journeys and more chances to go on the giant swing, zipline, rockwall, waterslide, bmx, and archery were provided. The evening was a restful one as before dinner kids planned out their skits for tomorrow night and after dinner everyone settled into sleeping bags to enjoy the movie Brave and close out the night with some fun songs and a meaningful story time. A day well spent and only the most fun to come on the next!

-Faith Evelyn Gleason Media Specialist Tall Timber Ranch

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. -Matthew 11:28

Primary Camp day 2

Please excuse our internet issues up here in the mountains, I try my best to get this blog out nightly, enjoy!!

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Campers woke from their first nights sleep ready and excited for the day and what a day it was! It all started with breakfast than everyone filed into the A-frame for some worship songs, the daily skit, and an encouraging message from Lyndsay. After A-frame campers had bible study with their cabins and moved on into rotations of Crafts, Nature, Music, or Drums for the rest of the morning. Directly after lunch is a hour of rest to regain some energy for the afternoon options where kids got to go on the zip line, giant swing, BMX, water-slide  rock wall, and archery until 4:15 at which time it was time for BATTLE OF THE CLANS other wise known as a giant water balloon fight in which campers try their best to soak the councilors of the other clans and the clan with the driest councilors at the end wins. This crazy fun was followed by dinner, after which girls and boys went to separate beaches for some good rock skipping, s'more making, fire watching times. Campfire was what ended the evening off as there were some exciting songs and a more peaceful story time and it was off to bed in order to rest for day 3!

-Faith Evelyn Gleason Media Specialist Tall Timber RanchIMG_8987

But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. -John 4:14

PRIMARY CAMP day 1

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The excitement that has been building for primary camp throughout the entire summer finally exploded into a giant bundle of joy as 95 campers joined the summer staff for some fun! After everyone was settled neatly into their cabins there were some rousing mixer games where everyone learned names and ran around with craziness. Shortly after the mixers there was a tour and some cabin bonding time leading into dinner. Post dinner entertainment consisted of staff quite skillfully making fools of themselves as they entertained and introduced themselves to the campers during staff skit night. The next activity for the night was clan initiation! Campers are split into 4 clans, McPherson, Stewart, Campbell, and Finnegan and they participate in separate fun activities to prove they are going to be a great part of the clan for the week and bond in preparation for the Highland games to come. Now it is time for some sleep to be ready to enjoy the first full day tomorrow!

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-Faith Evelyn Gleason Media Specialist Tall Timber Ranch

 You make known to me the path of life;     you will fill me with joy in your presence,     with eternal pleasures at your right hand. -Psalm 16:11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Camp Day 5

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IMG_8590The last day of the usual morning routine and the afternoon brought last chances for activities, but what we we're all really waiting for since clans were formed on the first night was the Highland Games!! Where clan competes against clan, cabers are tossed, haggises thrown, arrows hit bulls-eyes, great fun was had by all and in the end the McPherson clan were the ultimate champions!IMG_8695 After a long, delicious, traditional scottish Robert Burns dinner, full bellyed campers went off to a camper led worship service and later a quite meaningful campfire, a great way to end a fantastic week up here at Tall Timber. Campers will close their tired eyes tonight dreaming of their return next year and the adventures that await.

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IMG_5633-Faith Evelyn Gleason Media Specialist Tall Timber Ranch

 

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends -John 15:12-15

 

 

Junior Camp Day 4

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IMG_8288After the usual morning routine of breakfast, worship, bible study, and a rotation through crafts/music-drama/nature/low ropes everyone hurriedly packed sack lunches in preparation for the long option hike day! With lunches packed at waterbottles full to the brim all set off to adventure through the trees and dirt. On arrival back to the lodge there was a welcoming dinner and it was straight off to one of my favorite activities, camper skit night! There was much merryment to be had and it didn't stop there! After a glorious skit night there were ice cream sundays AND a DANCE PARTY.IMG_8450 The evening rolled down into a quite end after some rousing campfire songs and another testimony shared. Campers will soon snuggle in their beds in order to be fully rested for their last full day of camp tomorrow.

 

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IMG_8015-Faith Evelyn Gleason Media Specialist Tall Timber Ranch

 

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Praise the Lord.[a]

Sing to the Lord a new song,     his praise in the assembly of his faithful people. Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds. -Psalm 149:1-5

 

 

 

 

Junior Camp Day 3

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IMG_7857The second day of camp was quite the ride as after the morning of breakfast, a peaceful bible study about the potters house, and the usual rotation of crafts/music-drama/nature/low ropes, 49 out of the approximate 70 campers here began their horse rides in the afternoon. Other afternoon options included Zipline, Giant Swing, and plaster crafts. Dinner brought extra excitement tonight with the well loved hobo stews at the beach night. IMG_7972Campers enjoyed throwing rocks, cooking meals, and roasting s'mores in lieu of the usual dinner routine and ended the night off with a campfire time and more testimonies shared. The moon shone as a peaceful nightlight as the campers closed their eyes ready for the fun the rest of the week will bring.

 

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IMG_8015-Faith Evelyn Gleason Media Specialist Tall Timber Ranch

 

 

IMG_7816 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. -Jeremiah 18:2-4

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Junior Camp Day 2

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IMG_7365Breakfast started the day off this lovely Monday as junior campers woke excited for their first full day at camp. After breakfast was some time at the A-frame where all enjoyed some worship singing, and a bible study. After some cabin time campers were split into clans and went to separate activities, music/drama, nature/survival, low ropes team bonding, and crafts. This brief time of fun was ended by lunch and post lunch brought a welcome FOB (flat on back) rest hour before more to come. Afternoon activities included ziplining, rock wall, archery, giant swing, BMX and ceramics which were greatly enjoyed by all. IMG_7454The time everyone was most excited for however was, of course, the much awaited MUD PIT in which all enjoy the grandness of being utterly covered from head to toe in glorious mud. After which there was a great line for showers before dinner. The evening activity was the movie Brave accompanied by popcorn and the evening ended with a campfire where more songs were sung and some of the councilors shared their testimonies to the children.

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IMG_2856 copy-Faith Evelyn Gleason Media Specialist Tall Timber Ranch

 

 

IMG_7657He lifted me out of the slimy pit,     out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock     and gave me a firm place to stand. -Psalm 40:2

 

 

 

 

 

JUNIOR CAMP Day 1

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IMG_7323This sunny Sunday morning ticked by slowly as the excitement grew. Green clad staff cheered as mobs of parents arrived at Tall Timber with campers in tow ready to enjoy the fantastic week ahead. Everything started off with some rousing mixer games where all got to know one another through the joy of running, screaming, and untangling human knots. After some more individual cabin bonding and a delicious dinner the Junior campers roared with laughter as the staff and councilors efficiently made fools out of themselves for the entertainment of the children at staff skit night. Laughter died down and campers were dismissed to their cabins, but not for long because next comes clan initiation! The kids are all divided into 4 clans and each clan gets their own fun and challenging bonding activity and after the completion they are welcomed into that clan for the week of highland games at TTR. Campers will sleep well tonight and are sure to wake up ready and excited for even more fun to come.

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IMG_6065-Faith Evelyn Gleason Media Specialist Tall Timber

 

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May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. -Romans 15:5-7

Adventure Camp Day 5

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The last full day of camp came and went like a warm summer breeze. The morning opened to an after breakfast worship and speaker session which flowed into rotating through Bible study and the Giant Swing until lunch. Post lunch campers frantically signed up for their last chance at the zip line and rock wall and enjoyed the adventures of the afternoon. But what everyone had really all been waiting for the entire week as suspension was built, hints were dropped, and clans were formed and grew as one..... IMG_7122THE HIGHLAND GAMES. There was throwing of cabers, shooting of arrows, hurling of Haggai and heading of sheep as everyone competed with their clan for the seat at the high table for the delicious and traditional Scottish Robert burns dinner later that evening. The battle came to a close finish but the Stewart clan reigned champion and everyone toasted to a root beer chug and entered the lodge for the feast to come.

IMG_7185The week and the evening closes with a meaningful prayer filled worship night and campers will close their sleepy eyes remembering the time that they had that week, at Tall Timber Ranch, and how they just can't wait for next year.

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-Faith Evelyn Gleason Summer Media Specialist Tall Timber Ranch

 

 

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The Lord bless you     and keep you; 25 the Lord make his face shine on you     and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord turn his face toward you     and give you peace. -Numbers 6:14-26