Mar 28, 2011
A scrap booking group from the Chicago area who like to call themselves “Pi Kappa Scrappa” recently spent the weekend at the Leadership Center.
They not only enjoyed their time at camp scrapbooking but also adopted into their group a wooden cut-out lady “Maple Sapwood” that has been hanging around the Leadership Center for several years.
Pi Kappa Scrappa Scrapper with Maple Sapwood
We’ve always called her “Maple Sapwood” but the ladies decided to them that she was just plain “Bertha.” As you can see, Bertha showed up in a lot of surprising places during their stay here and was a constant source of amusement to the ladies.
Maple Sapwood Everywhere!
They even gave her a Pi Kappa Scrappa t-shirt, making her a full fledged member of their sorority.
Too much fun!
This is just another example of Camp Tecumseh not being just for kids. Everyone can benefit from getting away from the usual routine of life to recharge, relax, and just have fun with your friends.
Mar 25, 2011
Registrations continue to pour in as summer camp approaches. Most weeks already have a waiting list so act quickly if you plan on coming or tell a friend that has been thinking about it.
Mud Hikes are a great way to take a little bit of Camp T. home with you.
We hope to see you back this summer! You can register for camp online right now!
Mar 23, 2011
Day Camp Open House
Sunday, April 17 2-5 pm
On Sunday, April 17 from 2-5 pm the Camp Tecumseh YMCA Day Camp staff is inviting any interested families to stop by for an Open House. Attendees will get the chance to tour around camp, meet the Day Camp Counselors, ask the Director questions and try some of the Day Camp activities. We’ll have mini-golf, face painting, tractor rides, black hole slide, rock climbing and more available for guests to try. There will also be drawings to win Camp Tecumseh apparel! No registration or RSVP is required for the open house.
Registration for Day Camp is currently open and some weeks are filling up quickly. You can Register Online, or visit our website for more information.
For questions, please feel free to contact Joel Sieplinga, Day Camp Director (765-564-2898 x309).
Mar 22, 2011
Inspired by Camp’s Campership Coordinator, the “Dream Center” from Peoria, Illinois ventured to Camp with a group of 30.
- Peoria Dream Center and Camp Tecumseh staff.
The program was similar the the “Foundations For Success” program used with Outdoor Education school groups.
- Ants On A Log!
The program activities helped the group work on skills related to communication, risk taking, problem solving, team work, trust, confidence building, leadership, and their faith. They even had a morning chapel about not being “Turkeyerized”.
- Disarming the warhead at “Mission Possible”.
Most everyone experienced at least one “first” over the weekend such as “Hobo Dinners”, “Smores”, trail ride, archery, holding a chicken, and simply working as a group.
- Archery Hobo Dinners
- Trail Ride and Mini Farm
The idea of being a thermostat and not merely a thermometer was introduced. Just like the adults from the Dream Center that gave of their time and money to come and change the atmosphere of the group, the young people were encouraged to do the same.
- Weekend Leadership
A special thanks to one of Camp’s summer camp mentors Melinda Rettke and the Dream Center adults that worked with Kirsten Pattengale to make this happen.
Camp Mentor Melinda and Campership Coordinator Kirsten with Al and his truck.
Mar 16, 2011
Two of our Outdoor Education staff, Robyn “Rayn” Sellers and Hillary “Hippo” Walter, just returned from their winter camp “The Farm” in New Zealand.
"Rayn" and "Hippo" in New Zealand
The New Zealand summer is simultaneous to our Indiana winter, so The Farm was in full swing with boys and girls camps along with the beginning of school camp season. The Farm is a 1000 acre working dairy farm on the Whangaruru Harbor in Northland New Zealand. Some of the main activities at The Farm include motor biking, horse riding, kayaking, and raft building. This season Rayn and Hippo brought some Tecumseh fun to the developing camp program.
New Ga Ga Pit
The young kiwis embraced GAGA and challenged Tecumseh to an international GAGA tournament!
The international camp staff take on the kiwis.
The first international New Zealand GAGA pit landed at The Farm with help from Camp T who provided a set of new GAGA balls!
Hippo and Rayn were part of the staff team comprised of all internationals.
This type of kid’s camp is fairly new to New Zealand and so Rayn and Hippo introduced some Camp Tecumseh culture through songs such as Bazooka Bubblegum, 60’s Beach Party, and Banana Salute. Hopefully the new and exciting additions to The Farm will help further the development of their flourishing camp on the other side of the world!