Hi, this is Michael Staires and I’m the summer camp director at Camp Loughridge, a great Tulsa summer camp in South Tulsa. Camp Loughridge is located just a few miles west of Tulsa hills on West 71st Street, up on the hill by the Oaks Country Club. I want to talk today a little bit about the camp program. When we say camp program, we mean what do kids do when they come to Camp Loughridge? Every Tulsa summer camp has a camp program,and the camp program is what makes those camps unique.

Sometimes facilities or sometimes grounds or sometimes activities, make the camp unique, but it’s the program that really sets for. The program is how you use those facilities and how you use those activities. Let’s start with talking about daily schedule. Again, a very important part of any Tulsa a summer camp but critical at Camp Loughridge because Camp Loughridge is a day camp. Kids come to camp every morning about 8:30 and parents drop off their kids and the kids come to the kKdome. Wedding Venues Tulsa

The K-dome is like a big pavilion that the kids come into and there’s music playing and we put kids in groups that we call tribes, and they’re put into tribes according to their gender and according to their age and sometimes they’ve requested to be in a tribe with a friend. We try to honor as many of those as we can. We put kids in a tribe. They find their tribe, and there’s usually some games going on. Like I said, there’s some songs happening and then we will start rendezvous.

Rendezvous, of course in the Old West if you remember, the rendezvous is when the trappers and the ranchers and the Native Americans and the settlers, would all come together and they would have a time of storytelling and singing and dancing and playing games together, competitions, things like that. So that’s what we have. In the morning, we’ll do a morning rendezvous. The rendezvous is an important part because it’s when we do a lot of our chants, and where we do songs, and where we’ll have a skit or two, and usually tell a story Then we’ll begin our daily activity rotation.

This is where kids will stay in their tribes with their counselor and they will have an opportunity to work through a daily rotation of activities that would include, not only swimming and canoeing and archery, but also things like arts and crafts. Depending on how old they are, they will be eligible to participate in some of the ropes course activities like the zipline or like the giant swing. These are things that the kids are also able to do, but there’s also canoeing, archer, like I said, arts and crafts.

I’m also excited to be able to tell you about the fact that we have three naturalists on staff, and these are experts in talking about the ecosystems that we have at Camp Loughridge, the different kinds of wildlife. So kids will actually get professional instruction in these areas. So this is a lot more than just a college kid talking about the difference between an oak tree and an elm tree. Wedding Venues Tulsa

These are professional naturalists that are instructors in our year-round outdoor classroom program. We’re excited to be able to offer this. The kids will have not only an opportunity to go on a nature hike, where they see these things, but they’ll also be able to dig around in the creek. They’ll be able to actually sit and look at different kinds of wildlife that we have there at camp. It’s a great program. Wedding Venues Tulsa

Like I said, the kids are in tribal groups. They are in Native American tribes and each tribe has probably 8 to 10, 12 at a maximum, kids in each tribe and they stay with their tribe all day. They’re eating with their tribe, swimming with their tribe, going through the activity rotation with their tribe, with their counselor. They’ll have some time that we call, tribe time, and this is really just a time to reflect about the theme for the week and the story of the day.

The theme verse for 2017, summer camp, every Tulsa summer camp is going to have a theme probably. Our theme is is based on Proverbs 3:5-6, where it says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” Don’t you love that? I love that. And I believe that trust is one of the most important tools that we can have in our tool box as a Christ follower.

Because we serve a God we can’t see and we can’t hear, and so to even decide to follow God and to follow after Him and to accept Jesus Christ into our life, requires faith. We have to learn to trust. And so, we want to make trust a very critical part of what we’re teaching this summer. Monday, we’ll start out with Proverbs 3:5, where it says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” We’ll talk about what that means. Then on Tuesday, we’ll take the next part where it says, “In all your ways acknowledge him.” And then on Wednesday, we’ll talk about, “Lean not on your own understanding.” Then on Thursday, we’ll say, “And he will make your paths straight.” Wedding Venues Tulsa

This is a critical teaching. We’ll really dive into these verses and talk about what they mean. On Friday, we’ll tell the story of Joseph. Of course, Joseph was one of the sons of Jacob and all throughout Joseph life no matter what happened. He was born a favorite son of Jacob. Sold into slavery by his brothers and he ended up in the house of Potiphar, in Egypt. He was wrongly accused of rape and thrown into prison, and he endured years in prison before he was finally brought into Pharaoh’s court to interpret a dream, and it was because of that that he became the prince of Egypt. All through his life, he maintained his trust in the Lord and we’ll talk about what that means. Wedding Venues Tulsa

In the tribe time, the daily tribe time, that’s where they will have an opportunity to ask questions. Every counselor will have a manual that will queue her on questions to ask, discussion question to ask. There’ll be some filling the blanks. There’ll be some games that will enhance trust. As you can imagine, with the low-ropes course, the elements that we have at Camp Loughridge, trust is a very easy principle for us to teach in that way, and so they’ll have an opportunity in these tribe times to actually talk about this.

And then, a couple of times a week, we’ll actually go into the beautiful A-framed chapel at Camp Loughridge and we’ll have a time of worship. We’ll have a time where we actually tell a story that’s in a more of a chapel kind of setting, instead of just being in the K-dome pavilion. If you’re interested, if this sounds like something that your child is right for or something that you would want for your child, at Camp Loughridge, we have a mission.

This may be set us apart from a lot of Tulsa summer camps, but we have a mission to be part of your strategy for the spiritual formation of your child. We want to help you raise Godly kids, and that’s what we’re all about at Camp Loughridge. If this sounds like something that you might be interested in, I’d invite you to give us a call or to go online. Registration is going to begin in early December, so keep an eye on that.

You can go to our website and register for camp at camploughridge.org, or you can call us at 918-446-4194. That’s 918-446-41-94, and our registrar is Linda. This is Michael Staires with Camp Loughridge. We’ve been talking today about Tulsa summer camps and specifically the camp program at Camp Loughridge. Thank you very much. Wedding Venues Tulsa