Monday, February 1, 2016

Meet the Interns!

Many may know that we now have two interns at camp that are assisting camp and our Property Manager, Stacy Bodder. It is something we have talked about for a while, but current circumstances at camp have made it a more urgent priority.

Josiah Gefell
Daniel Downs
The two young men currently with us are Josiah Gefell from the Northgate assembly in Rochester. Josiah actually joined us several months ago and has been a great help. Daniel Downs is from the Scottlea assembly in St. Catharines and arrived a few weeks ago. Both have served camp faithfully as volunteers in the summer for many years.

Please pray for these young men. Pray for safety, an increase in knowledge and practical skills as well as for their spiritual growth. If any would like to have fellowship with them, you could send a gift to either their home assemblies or directly to camp. 

For those that want to know a little more about the intern program, here are some of the details of how it is currently structured.

Initially the focus is on Property Management and would include specific training on the following:

- Property Assessment and Inspections – knowing what to look for.
- Daily activities will also include lawn mowing, snow removal, cleaning and set up of buildings, etc. 
- Learning about water systems, electrical systems, septic systems, communications systems, etc
- Practical basic instruction on minor electrical, plumbing, carpentry, welding, and other daily repairs.

      Our intent will be to turn every project into a teaching opportunity to develop skills and increase knowledge. These projects will be tracked and evaluated monthly.

     Our discipleship module will focus on three main areas:
a.       Bible study including teaching on different methods of study, doctrine etc
b.      Character development based on scriptural principles
c.       Public use of the developed gifts including witnessing, counseling, leading Bible studies, participating in the Lords supper at camp and at the local assembly, leading devotions at staff meetings and even preaching at a meeting, etc

We are currently working through the course, Disciplines of the Christian Life by Jim McCarthy. Our intent will be to continue to meet the mission of Camp Li-Lo-Li which is to effectively present the teachings of God’s Word. 

How are the Boys Cabins Coming Along?

Cabin 25 and 26
Most of you know that several months ago we pulled out six old cabins from the Boys area and began the process of marking out the sites, digging the foundations and having the new footers and pier foundations poured with concrete. We were blessed with a warmer winter until almost Christmas when winter arrived and the work become much more difficult! But the work goes on and much progress has been made.

Cabin 27
Cabins 25, 26 and 27 are now closed in with floors, walls and roof. Cabin 23 should be closed in within the next week and we will start work on Cabins 22 and 24. They are moving along well in spite of the weather. Continue to pray for those working in the snow and ice! It is harder and has greater risk, so we pray for protection.

Cabin 23 with Cabin 27 behind
This past weekend Al and AJ McIntee, David Larter and Andy Bennett worked to get the initial electrical work put in so that we are ready to move on to the next stage.

We can't wait to see the looks on the boys faces this summer as they see their new cabins for the first time! Pray that these many projects will be completed on time!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Calling for Snow?

What a great weekend we just had with the Pre-Teen Winter Retreat! After a slow start to the winter there was plenty of snow for tubing and fun. The sun was shining and the kids had a great time outside. We had more than 60 pre-teens there with quite a number attending for the first time!

Our Camp Director, Steve March shared the chapel teaching Colin Ritchie as they talked about the children of Israel leaving Egypt. What a wonderful picture of our freedom from sin and the deliverer that was sent to save us, our Savior the Lord Jesus Christ.

There was plenty of organized indoor activities that help to illustrate the truths from the Bible lessons as well, including the kids trying to write out the Ten Commandments from memory, as well as stick duck tape buds onto Aaron's staff and collected manna from around the chapel.

The campers also enjoyed a supervised hike in the woods that was cold, but fun!

Once their hiking and tubing were done, the campers were able to head down to the store to warm up again and enjoy some refreshments! We are looking forward to another great weekend this week when our Teen campers arrive!

If you want to join us this weekend and have not registered yet, please visit and register today! We are praying for another great fun-filled weekend!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Camp Cell Phone Policy Ahead of Its Time?

Research says cellphones are impacting our ability to connect. What now?

The New York Times article "Stop Googling. Let's Talk." explores research on the toll our always-connected, never-fully-present way of life is taking on relationships and empathy. Read the article for an in-depth look at the problem, and to learn why camp may be part of the solution.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Schoolhouse Extension now closed in!

In our last blog update on the schoolhouse, we were pouring the footers in preparation for the foundation walls. The walls are now poured, backfilled, and painted with a waterproofing paint. A mud slab was added and work began on the structure.

 The deck and framing went up quickly and the back end of the building was closed in before lunch time. After digging the long trench away from the Schoolhouse, Stacy was able to get some of the pvc piping competed for overflow drains.

The rafters were installed and the metal roof put on. The final step was removing the existing siding and wrapping the building in preparation for the new siding.

Next steps will be adding the electrical, sprayfoaming the interior and installing the plumbing. Still much to do but great progress so far!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Camp Li-Lo-Li Theme for 2016

Every year we create an overarching theme for camp. For the past few years we have focused on the faithfulness of God, especially as we live in a world where unfaithfulness seems normal behavior. Husbands and wives are often not faithful to each other even as they vow to be loyal and loving to their partners. Many children that come to camp have been betrayed by the adults who have committed to care for them. It has been particularly important for us to introduce our campers to God who is faithful in all things. He is faithful in His love, righteousness, mercy and His loving presence.

Two years ago our theme was "For He who promised is faithful" Hebrew 10:23. We serve a God who has promised to be with us, to give us rest, to save us and to give us eternal life, He has promised and kept His promise on these and on so many more things. Our campers need to know these promises for themselves.

This past year we focused on God as a just and forgiving God. He is one that cannot ignore sin, but provided Himself a sacrifice so that we might have forgiveness of sin and eternal life with Him. And as believers we can rest in His cleansing power to daily keep us in right relationship with Him.

In 2016 we stay with the thought of God Faithfulness with a reminder that He who calls us is Faithful. The illustration to the left reminds us of God's relationship with Moses who He called and strengthened for the great tasks He had. The Bible tells us that we are called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28); called us to peace (1 Cor 7:15), called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus (1 Peter 5:10) and called us with a holy calling (1 Tim 1:9)

Please pray for the campers who will hear about the faithfulness of God this summer. We pray that many might be called by Him, come to know Him and to put their trust in Him.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Weather Helps Our Projects!

There are three major projects happening at once at Camp Li-Lo-Li and the weather has helped us move forward at a good pace! The three major projects are the new cabins in the Boy's area, the reconstruction of the bathroom in the Schoolhouse and the remodel of Cabin 13-14 in the Girl's area.

Boys Area
Thanks to Stacy Bodder, John Palmer, Larry Palmer and Josiah Gefell, the foundations were marked out, excavated and prepared for the foundations. This week Jigger Hadley and his crew started work on putting in footers and building the piers. Although we would typically have had plenty of snow at this time of the year, this year we just have water. It has become one of Josiah's full time jobs to keep these sites pumped out.

Work continues also on the Schoolhouse project where the back end of the building was removed and a new bathroom is being constructed. This week the forms were put in place and concrete poured for the new foundation walls. Once this has been completed, work will begin on the floor and framing.

While the weather is good, Josiah has been pre-painting the siding that will eventually go on the new cabins as well as the schoolhouse. Here we are in the middle of December and still outside with the sun shining!