Although summer camps are a ton of work to prepare and a great deal of stress to execute, Laura and I consider going on these trips a perk of our life. Each summer we get to spend time on the Elk River in Missouri with High School students at RiverRanch. We also get to spend time on a lake in Oklahoma with Junior High students at our camp Clearwater.
So here are some pictures of our summer camp adventures. Above Laura is driving the boat on Grand Lake of the Cherokee. She pulled kids at Camp Balcones Springs during college so she has some mad skills at tossing kids off tubes.
Below is Jon Dunning and I. Dunning along with Tim Rackley (who won’t smile for a photo) make this camp happen.
Enjoying the lake
Look mom, no hands!
Here is Timmy going for a ride. Laura’s Shirt says, “Wholesome Midwestern Girl”
We convinced Tim to ride on the tube at the end, he quickly regretted this as I sang “I should have been a cowboy” by Toby Keith until our ride ended when Chris “The Intern” Earnshaw and I flipping the tube while trying to throw Tim off.
That’s my girl!
Sam Ba-Sham and I pushing people in.
Dr. Tony “The Worst Sicilian Life Guard Ever” Felich, the Intern and me watching boats be constructed out of duct tape and cardboard boxes.
Group photo of High School Camp, RiverRanch
On Thursday night we do a Karaoke and Dance thing. Sam and I did Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice (with a few changes to the lyrics). Worst part was Brookie Reymond throwing her hat, which I put on without looking at. Can’t believe I’m wearing a disgraceful Yankee hat.
Chill-axing at RiverRanch
We do Volleyball and Basketbal tournaments at RiverRanch and this year the students decide to sing our National Anthem before the finals of Volleyball.
Laura and I played on a team that unexpectedly won our first round match, but was disqualified due to too many players on the team.
We tried out a few trick plays, most of which worked. In this one we are doing Yoga poses until Sam serves.
Here we are Tebowing during the serve.
Team Photo. Only 7 players per team according to The Intern’s rules.
Hat, Laura, Emily C, Andria, Sophie, Morgan, Brian, Sam Ba-Sham
Discussing the greatest Rapper of all time with Sam. He says Lecrae, I’m still thinking Beastie Boys
Teaching Timmy a few things.
Kayaking on the Elk River
Caught a turtle with a nub instead of a foot.
Here is how you catch a turtle.
Step One: Smile for camera girl, then see a turtle pop it’s head up.
Step Two: Flip Kayak and chase turtle. Goggles help
Step Three: Hold up turtle for camera girl to see.
Step Four: Think of plausible reason there is a Wiffle Ball bat next to you in water.
I asked Laura to pick up some goggles, she brought this Pirate Snorkel Kit
I was Sam’s caddy in the Mini-Golf Tournament. He did eventually win.