I really want to take an entire post just to talk you about my favorite place on earth. Camp Cedarbrook of Ohio (CCO). I have been going to my camp since the summer before 4th grade. This summer is the summer before 11th so for the past 8 summers I have dedicated 1 week to camp. It is about 2 hours away from my house so it is far from home, but it doesn’t take forever and a day to get there:) It is church camp but not a specific denomination. The first three weeks are all girls, guy counselors are there but are just support staff and activity leaders. The last week is all boys. You can start going the summer before 3rd grade.
Let me list all of the best things about camp:
outside (we do have cabins but spend a lot of our time outside)
and so much more
Let me list everything I hate about it:
Oh wait. There isn’t a thing I don’t like!!
There are Cedarbrook camps all across the US. I happen to be very blessed to be right where I am. I know I would love any Cedarbrook camp I go to, but I am in love with this one. One of the biggest things I love about this camp is that we are outside for the majority of the day. We do have crafts inside and other things indoors, but the door is open and the sun is shining in the windows; it feels outdoorsy. We are not allowed to just sit in out cabins. I love this. We can go back to the cabin to get something really quickly or change out of wet clothes, but mostly we stay out of it during the day. There is so much more I could say about my camp, but you just have to experience it yourself:)
Coming up in two weekends is Spring into Cedarbrook, April 10-12. We have such a fun time going around as a cabin ‘sampling’ some of the activities that they offer in the summer. There are not as nearly as many people there for spring camp so it is a great way to just see if you would like a full week of it in the summer. If you live in Northern Ohio and have a son or daughter looking for a good camp, then I encourage you to check it out! I linked the website above. I am going!!! Yay!!! I am so incredibly camp sick:(
I will talk about one more aspect of CCO that is unique to our camps. That aspect is the CILT or CIT program. It stands for Camper in Leadership Training or Camper in Training. Some other Cedarbrook camps have a slightly different program from ours in Ohio, but basically it is the same program. SO. The intense program lasts for three years, 2 weeks each summer.
CILT 1: the first week we go outposting. Outposting is an incredible experience in the woods for three days. I don’t want to say too much in case a future CILT is reading:) We like all of the CILTS to experience it for themselves:) The second week of CILT 1 is spent getting a bunch of requirements checked off. We get a huge packet of things we need to do ranging from helping little campers with their morning devos to building a 2 match campfire that lasts at least 10 minutes. We have so much to do it can get overwhelming at times, but I promise that it is worth it. You grow so close to the girls in your class, especially during outposting, that it makes it even harder to leave.
CILT 2: we get lots of experience talking to the whole camp, leading campfires, and division games.
CILT 3: the final year. We get to go to staff training because we will be staff that summer! The first week of camp, someone from camp correct me in I’m wrong, is spent as a camper but taking CILT class and learning the final things about being a counselor. Week 2 we have our live-in time. We are the co-counselor with another seasoned counselor in a cabin. There are times that our head counselor leaves, and we have to lead the girls alone. Then on Friday we graduate. There is a huge ceremony at Friday night campfire. Former counselors and family and friends come. They give their testimonies and ask one counselor to ‘pin’ them. This means that the pinner picks a challenge verse for them and then announces their bird name to the camp. At our camp, all the counselors have bird names, and it is an unofficial game to guess their real names:) The next week is our first week as real counselors.
This summer I will be a CILT 2, and I am working fervently to get my CILT work done in time.
Are you ready for a picture dump? Some of these are outdated but that’s ok.
Well now I have poured my camp heart out. Maybe this sounds like the camp for you? Maybe not:) Comment below telling me about your summer camp and what you think about mine!