SB2W Lake Gloria Activity and Competition Descriptions
Angleball – The objective of this game is to score points by knocking down the ball of the opposing team. Each team has a ball that sits atop an 8-foot pole. This is a game of accuracy, passing, and strategy. It has some similarities to handball.
These other competitions are self-explanatory:
Archery – You may have heard of Katniss Everdeen, who got her start as a child, quite possibly at a summer camp just like ours. Using light compound bows, campers are taught safety and proper technique to shoot arrows at traditional archery targets. So not exactly like Hunger Games in that regard.
Bar – You will find it quite remarkable how just a simple horizontal bar can provide so much challenge. It’s here where campers learn to do a variety of tricks, as well as build strength by practicing pull-ups and flexed arm hang. You also may find yourself a little more buff at the end of a summer teaching bar!
Canoe – First invented by Native Americans, this unique form of watercraft is an essential skill for every American Boy and Girl. Campers learn basic canoe strokes and canoe maneuvering. They also learn canoe rescues. All of this knowledge and development culminates in the final meet at camp, where campers test their skills against one another at the always popular Canoe Meet.
Crafts – Not for the faint of heart. We’re not talking pinwheels and pipe cleaners here. No, we’re talking power tools, paint, and perspiration. At the end of two weeks—after the sawdust settles—campers will have completed an impressive wood craft that they can be proud of.
Kayak – Picture this: 18-foot waterfalls, Class V rapids, huge hydraulics, and paddling beautiful river canyons. While these are not a part of our kayak program, the skills necessary to do all those things begin on the slightly calmer waters of Lake Gloria. Campers are taught how to paddle, exit, and roll a whitewater kayak.
Nature – The long lost art of actually knowing something about God’s creation happens every summer here at camp. Knowledge results in appreciation, appreciation results in praise, and praise results in greater adoration for our glorious God. Campers learn some basic knowledge about local trees, plants, birds, and wildlife; and consequently, grow in appreciation of God’s creation.
Paddleboard – It may look like a surfboard, but we’ll skip the waves and stick a paddle in your hands. In fact, it’ll look more like the Gondola drivers of Venice. But instead of crowded Italian waterways, campers will enjoy the tranquil waters of Lake Gloria. You will help them learn and develop the skills necessary to enjoy this trendy water activity.
Summit – Picture this: biceps bulging, calves straining, forearms hard as rocks, and eyes set upon the top of our 40-foot climbing tower. There’s nothing quite like the sense of accomplishment felt by campers who have summitted the tower. You’ll learn to help run the activity known as the “Summit,” including teaching knots and harnessing campers as you help them reach great heights.
Tennis/Pickle Ball – You might find yourself across the net from the next Novak Djokovic or Serena Williams here at camp this summer. So, practice that backhand, and sharpen up that top-spin. Helping kids perfect their tennis swing or learn the exhilarating sport of Pickle Ball is a great way to spend quality time with campers on a hot summer afternoon.
Track – Do you feel the need? The need for speed. You’ll coach campers as they race down their lane yearning to break the time requirements on the Lake Gloria track. The high jump, long jump, and broad jump are also a part of this Track activity, in which campers are challenged to worship with their very best here at SB2W. Some of the most meaningful one-on-one moments are had as counselors encourage, exhort, and coach campers at the track. Campers will also be preparing for the Track Meet at the end of the term.
Trampoline – This is the only place you’ll see such intense acrobatic movements as turntables, airplanes, and barrel rolls—but no flips—here at camp. You’ll help campers learn coordination and body control as they have a ton of fun bouncing around on the Lake Gloria trampolines.
Tumbling – Can you do a front-walkover cartwheel back-handspring step-out roundoff back handspring? While you may not see many girls that can do all those in combination, there are plenty who can do each of those skills. This may be one of the more difficult activities to teach at camp and therefore one of the most rewarding as well.
Waterski – Hang on tight, because our ski boat boasts a 265-horsepower engine. Whether its knee boarding, skiing, or tubing, being behind the boat on Lake Gloria is a great thrill for campers. You’ll help them learn how to ski and, in some cases, experience the rush of getting up for the first time.
Wrestling – There are not flying clotheslines, pile drivers, nor sliding forearm smashes. Just good old fashioned folk style wrestling. One of the oldest sports in human history and also one of the most exhausting, the wrestling mats are a great place for teaching skills and coaching hearts. Campers will learn a variety of takedowns, pinning combinations, and defensive tactics all aimed to help them learn the sport of wrestling. Some of them will even get to put these moves into practice in the Saturday Night Wrestling Meet!