United Church of God

2021 Camp Report: Buckeye

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2021 Camp Report


The daytime highs were in the mid to upper 80’s and overnight temperatures were in the low 60s. Camp was slightly smaller than in previous years. This year we had 62 campers and 54 staff members for a total of 116 people. This was about 50 people less than in prior years, but it sure reduced the wait during mealtimes! 

Messages during the Christian Living classes each morning centered around “Being Anchored to God,” keeping our minds fixed on the Kingdom of God and proof of God’s existence as seen in creation. 

Activities began the evening the campers arrived with Novelty Olympic relay games. The daily activities included archery, arts and crafts, basketball, broomball, canoeing, fishing, field games, gaga ball, indoor games, kickball, nature walk and watersports.  

The nature walk had to be modified slightly to avoid it becoming a mealtime for the mosquitoes. This is the first time anyone could remember the mosquitoes being this thick. Apparently, they also missed not having campers around last summer. 

Our evening campfire highlights included the traditional Monday night sing-along led by Mark Graham, including a new “Camp Buckeye” song written by Mr. Graham. We also had kettle corn on Tuesday night after minute-to-win-it games. 

We’re very grateful to God for blessing us with a wonderful, safe camp and an amazing group of volunteer staff that worked very hard to help our children have an enjoyable camp experience. This year we honored Mrs. Joan Bornhorst for her 10 years of serving as the Food Services Manager. Since she began in 2011, Mrs. Bornhorst has fed 1,450 campers and staff. Mrs. Bornhorst has decided it was time to “pass the spoon” and we are so happy to have Mrs. Judy Rangel accept that responsibility.