Thursday, July 9, 2015

Camp Li-Lo-Li Family Camp Well Underway!

Our summer season is off to a great start with the beginning of Family Camp! It is great to see old friends and many new ones at Family Camp this year. This year is the 30th anniversary of the start of our Family Camp week and a great time for us to reflect again on the faithfulness of God.
Our speakers this year are Thomas Wheeler from the Houston area and Randy Hoffman from Heidelberg in Ontario Canada. Great ministries from God's Word, with to challenge and encourage us!
Of course there are also many great activities at camp including our annual fishing derby as well as horse riding for the whole family! Pray that this will be the start of a great summer where the gospel is preached, souls are saved and we grow in our faith.

Pray that the Lord's name will be glorified and that we will experience His great blessing this summer!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Randolph Arts and Crafts Festival was a great day for Camp Li-Lo-Li

We again joined the community of Randolph for their annual Arts and Crafts Festival. There were over 100 exhibitors for the day, most of them from the local area. This is a great turnout for a town of only about 1400 people!

We set up our tent and were again placed next door to our friends at Faith Bible Chapel, of Randolph. It is always good to be with fellow believers. Many of their church kids are our campers in the summer so it was good to catch up with campers and their parents who are looking forward to spending part of their summer with us again.

We also had some great conversations with people as far away as Jamestown, Frewsberg and Dunkirk who did not know about camp. We gave away a lot of camp brochures as well as Bible tracts and gospel CDs

Some Great Helpers! 

We were so happy to have some extra helpers with us at the festival. The hay wagon rides have been particularly popular part of our festival involvement. This year we took our portable loudspeaker and were able to make the announcements ourselves up and down the street! Thanks to Joel Bodder for being our announcer and to Issac, Lydia and Rachel for accompanying him on his walking announcements

Andy Bennett and Amy Palmer

Andy Bennett came all the way from Rochester for the day to drive our hay wagon. Amy Palmer came to help manage the loading and unloading of the wagon and accompany the groups on their route. Isaac Bodder helped with directing traffic and keeping everyone safe, while Rachel and Lydia took a few rides on the wagon to make sure everyone stayed seated and enjoyed the ride safely.

During the day John and Mary Cole took a break from their packing in preparation for their soon move to North Carolina. John and Mary have helped faithfully with this event for the past four or five years!

Hay Rides!

There were great opportunities to talk along the way and many stopped to get more information when the rides were done. Some knew us by name but had never visited and some of our greatest advertising was from kids on the hay ride who were current campers!

 It is good to be a part of the community of Randolph. We pray that the many conversations we had on Saturday will result in some campers coming under the sound of the gospel!

 Thanks again to Shirley, Doris, Andy, Amy, Isaac, Lydia, Rachel and Joel!

Monday, June 1, 2015

June 6th Workday - Operation: Spring Clean!

We are planning a spring cleaning work day this Saturday June 6, 2015 at Camp Li-Lo-Li. This will hopefully be our final push before the summer season. We need to clean some of the areas we havent used since late last year including the boys area cabins and wash house! We will also be moving through all the buildings on the hill in preparation for the next group coming in.

If you are available to come for a day of fun, fellowship and cleaning, please contact Stacy Bodder at

Thanks again for your willingness to serve!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Archery Instructors Needed - We Will Train You! Register Now for the Next Training Session!

Each year the archery range is a center of enthusiastic participation by campers from ages 7 to 77! If you're someone who has enjoyed archery at camp and would like to become involved as an instructor, here's how:

Teaching archery at Camp Li-Lo-Li requires a USA Archery Level I instructor certification. The stated purpose of the Level I certification is, "To introduce how to teach archery to a new instructor, who has most likely never shot before." Scope of training includes safety, range setup, basic equipment setup and repair, and teaching the basic steps of shooting. The certification process consists of approximately 50% classroom training and 50% hands-on instruction at the archery range.

This nationally recognized course will enable you to serve as an archery instructor at camp and elsewhere. Mark White will be teaching the course at camp, starting at 7:00 PM on Friday July 24th and dismissing on Saturday evening (the 25th) after supper. The cost of the training materials is $20 per person which includes receiving the certification card (good for 3 years) immediately at the conclusion of the training. All other necessary equipment will be provided by camp. The course is open to anyone turning age 16 in 2015 or older.

To register for the training or for more information, contact Mark White at Registration MUST be completed by Sunday, June 21st to ensure time to order and receive training materials.

So release your inner Robin Hood or Katniss and help create memories in the lives of campers for years to come! Register today!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Another Successful Workday thanks to our faithful friends!

Another great day of fun, fellowship and work projects at camp Li Lo Li. Even though the day was a little overcast, spirits were high and an enormous amount of work was accomplished. Thanks to the many volunteers from Blasdell Gospel Chapel, Scottlea Gospel chapel, Northgate Bible Chapel,  Cornerstone Bible Chapel and Grace Chapel in Jamestown.
We had several activity area s with leaking roofs and they were repaired and re-shingled. These projects were headed up by David Later and Ted Fox with much help from others including Anthony Koole. There are now new roofs on the rifle range and canoe shed. 
The bridge and the gazebo are some of the most photographed areas at camp but were looking a little weathered and worse for wear. Ben Slomba and Cecil Milligan have worked tirelessly to get this looking almost like new, but the bridge still needs work! Perhaps another work day?

The final stage of the windmill project was to add the new hoses and underwater oxygen diffusers. The challenge was that they needed to be situated in at least 8 feet of water - water which is both cold and murky! Thanks to Jim Dahlquist, these diffusers are now in place and the windmill is working as designed!

A.J McIntee and Jason Kelly worked on the plumbing at the Directors Cabin, taking us a few steps closer to wrapping up that building. When he wasn't helping with plumbing, Jason Kelly was running the backhoe to get the driveway dug out and prepared for stone at the new house. Thank you to Jon Palmer for bringing down the stone!

Jordan and Aaron Collette from the Jamestown assembly began the servicing of the golf carts and ATVs at camp. These are truly the summer workhorses, used every day by the directors and nurses. Tom Bacon will be joining us later this week to start the annual pre-camp servicing of our maintenance vans and trucks. Thanks all!

We also had several crews cleaning buildings, raking leaves and general outdoor clean up. We have a large group in next weekend for their Memorial Day Family Camp and everything has to be in place and ready! What a great crew - Amy, Nancy, Heather, Olivia, Bonnie, Lydia, Rachel and many more!

There are many small but important carpentry jobs that need to be done. Most of our Adirondack chairs are well used in the summer and get a little wobbly! Howie Moore from Sugar Grove PA had made new armrests for each chair and Larry Palmer installed them, tighten up the loose parts and prepared them for painting by Josh Koole and Joel Bodder! Josh and Joel also swept up leaves from around the Chapel and in other places around camp. In addition to the work Larry Palmer did at camp today he also took some work home. He will be building new trash can receptacles and repairing the Lodge railing at his home workshop.

 Ellie Fox worked up in the office tidying and taking inventory as well as making photo copies for the summer. Betsy McIntee and Dorothy Milford worked on completing our health department safety plan, which is a long but necessary process. John and Becky Clode continued the ongoing task of cleaning and prepping the craft cabin for all of the summer sessions.

Jim Ferguson and Clint Fancher were involved with a number of projects including helping with the roofs, repairing picnic tables at the store and installing covers on the crawl space openings of our new cabins. Will Benson and Isaac Bodder were busy with many projects as well including bringing the canoes up to the lake from their winter storage, installing screens in the Lodge and taking the storm windows up to the barn, and cleaning the wash rooms in the Lodge and Chapel. Wes Milligan was busy with painting again - this time the window frames at the East end of the Lodge.

Bob Wheeler had come up earlier in the week and begun installing our new jumbo roll dispensers in the bathrooms. These are going to save a great deal of time for our maintenance crews during the summer.

Together with David Larter and Wes Milligan they had also finished up the south side of the new house. All the trim work is done and the painting is complete. That allowed the scaffolding to come down as well. Thanks again to everyone for their hard work!

Of course, no workday is complete without the important break and mealtimes. Thank you to Al McIntee and and Vivian Marwick for all the hard work in feeding over 50 people there for the day! Thank you also to Stacy Bodder, our Property Manager for planning, organizing and overseeing a busy and productive day.

I am sure that there may be individuals who I have missed in this blog posting. If I have, I am truly sorry. We value each person that serves with us here at camp in whatever position or role they serve. We joy in the fact that the Lord does not forget those who are faithful to Him. We are reminded what can be accomplished when we work together as we read the book of Nehemiah. Finally Nehemiah gets up to commend the workers with "So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work... Nehemiah 4:6

Monday, May 11, 2015

Phase 1 of the Windmill Replacement Project Completed!

Many of you have seen our recent blog about the damage to our windmill. The top came crashing down during a particularly heavy windstorm and was lying in pieces on the ground. This is certainly not a budgeted item and we wondered how we were going to pay for the replacement. We ran some preliminary numbers and it looked as if would be somewhere between $1500-2000 for the parts and equipment. We spoke to our insurance company who could cover it but we have a $1000 deductible. It would have affected our insurance coverage to make a claim this small, even if we were to pay the deductible.

In the meantime we received an email from the Coopers, a dear family from Buffalo, saying that they were praying about the windmill and wanted to help where they could.  They asked for a few days to pray about it.

This weekend we received the following email from them which I asked if I could share will you all. God is faithful!

It’s amazing how God just pulls everything together!! This was something that was really on my heart, and we weren't sure that it was something we could do… but God showed us again.. just to trust him! We are in the middle of remodeling our home, and installing a pool, and some school trips for the kids, so the timing was looking like maybe it wouldn't work for us to make a donation… and just yesterday.. about an hour after your email… we received news that we would be getting 1585.00 back from one of these projects!! :) In Gods Perfect Timing!!! :)

(We) would be so blessed to send in a donation for 1500.00 to cover the cost…

We ordered the parts for the windmill but weren't sure how we would get the assembly to the top of the tower, but had an unexpected meeting with Daniel Boisvert in the aisle at Home Depot who volunteered that he had a bucket truck he wanted to lend to us if we had a need! Daniel did not know about our windmill problem, but the Lord knew and orchestrated our meeting that day! What a mighty God we serve! Here are some pictures below of the day when the windmill went back up!

Another Great Workday at camp!

What a blessing to have so many join us this Saturday for our third Saturday workday. This time we had a good number of the believers from the Springbrook assembly in West Seneca come down to help. With many hands hard at work, the store porch ceiling received a second coat of paint which not only looks good but has had the desired effect of keeping the barn swallows from nesting right where so many of our campers and staff sit! They are still here at camp though and are now building houses, multi-family apartments and condos on some of our other buildings!

While we had the paint crew here, we also re-painted the front of the store and the railings which were looking a little weathered. In order to keep our buildings looking consistent and also to help reduce the number of paint colors we need to keep in stock, Sherwin-Williams have created our own paint color called Camp Li-Lo-Li Red! The final step on this project is the painting of the store porch floor. This will be painted with a non-skid paint to help keep our summer campers safer as they come straight from the pool to the store! That painting project should be completed this week.

The other major project completed was the final screwing down of all of the boards on the pool deck. This project started last week and is now finished. Thanks to all who worked so hard this past weekend. The work was hard, the day was hot but the fellowship was great and the reward eternal! Other jobs completed were cleaning of the kitchen and lodge and preparation for coming weeks! Thank you to the believers from Springbrook Bible Chapel and Vivian Marwick who came down to cook and clean for us!

The next major workday will be this Saturday, May 16. Blasdell Gospel Chapel, Northgate Bible Chapel and Cornerstone Bible Chapel will all be coming down for the day. If you would like to join us to help with the many,many projects remaining, please contact Stacy Bodder at to let him know you plan to come.

Thanks again to all who sacrifice time and energy to serve the Lord at camp. It is greatly appreciated!