Summer Camp Blog

Meet the Horses

If you have ever been to Ligonier Camp before, you know that when you pull into the driveway one of the first thing you see is a big, white barn.  While most of the year our barn is used for simple storage, during the summer we actually have horses in there.  For a small additional fee, campers can go on a trail ride with our wranglers.  Today, we'd love to give you the chance to meet our horses.  

Chester

Chester, along with David, is one of the horses that we use for our very beginners, or those who are scared.  He has the patience of a saint and allows the kids to have a lot of fun on their ride. 

David

David, along with Chester, is another horse we use for our very beginners.  Despite being one of our taller horses, David is as gentle as a rabbit and makes sure that our first time riders have a great experience. 

Ginger

Ginger, is a big horse with a big heart for kids, which means he does his best to give every child the best trail ride possible.  Ginger is also a "twin" to Mayme. 

K-Train

K-Train, is what we call our drag horse, meaning he brings up the end of the line. Which is a perfect spot for this foodie, because it means that when we do girth checks he is free to graze to his hearts content. 

Mayme

Mayme, is the second of the "twins" at the barn, to Ginger.  He considers Ginger his best friend, and thinks that life cannot go on without him. 

Mike

Mike, is the cuddle bug of the barn.  He is sweet, kind, and loves to be ridden by anyone and everyone.  All of his riders enjoy riding him as well! 

Sal

Sal, is a great horse for our riders who want to learn more about horseback riding.  For the more advanced rider, he allows them to learn more about horse dynamics and how to be a better rider. 

Shektar

Shektar, is our lead horse.  He is fearless, and leads the other horses and riders safely through all of the trails. 

Trinity

Trinity, is the smallest pony we have.  What he lacks in physical size he makes up for in spirit. He is a great horse and really helps our beginners to continue to grow in their riding.

 

And those are our horse!  We love all of them, and we love our wranglers even more for taking care of them.  Our horses get groomed twice a day, and are lovingly let out every morning and fed tons of treats.  Next time you see the wranglers give them a huge thank you!  

The Lake

In 2012, Ligonier Camp was lucky enough to add to our expansive property with our lake. Adding the lake meant that we were then able to offer many more adventure experiences to our campers in the summer, and various outside groups during the year. 

Each session, every unit gets to spend one full day at the lake, working their way through various activities.  Bible Study at the lake is always a fan favorite.  Being at the lake, and getting to explore its beauty, is just another fantastic way that campers can indulge in the wonder of the Lord. 

Next up, is Laser Tag.  While the Lake program use to run a Paintball program, in recent years we have moved to Laser Tag.  Watching campers run around, attempting to eliminate one another, or find the other teams flag, is truly a unique experience.  Campers who had been previously shy, come to life once they put on the sensors, and grab ahold of the tagger.  

Plus, who doesn’t like getting to be the camper who eliminates their counselor? 

Campers also get to spend some time hanging out at the beach.  The beach is a great place for some quiet time, swimming in the lake, or playing football or frisbee. 

Last, and certainly not least is tubing.  

Campers all get the chance to take a ride, and take that ride however they want.  They can choose nice and slow, or fast and bumpy.  The smiles on the kids faces as they go flying around the lake is enough to warm even the grumpiest of hearts.  

Our Lake Staff does a fantastic job ensuring that the lake looks its best, and that the kids have a fantastic and safe time. Next time your are at camp and you see them, give them a big thank you!

Next Level

Ligonier Camp is proud to offer two different summer camp options for kids: Classic Camp, and Next Level.  Classic Camp as its name suggests is your 'classic' summer camp: archery, crafts, cookouts, bible study, etc.  

Next Level is are high intensity, all adventure program. It last for the first three weeks of camp, and if offered for kids ages 12-17.  We just wrapped up our last week of Next Level, but it is never too early to look back on all of the good times. 

Next Level is split up into huddles of five, and for the Red, Yellow, Blue, and Green Huddles, three huddles come together to form one massive huddle.  The Black Huddle is made up of one boys room, and one girls room, and they are the oldest campers in Next Level. 

These huddles spend all day together doing lots of adventure activities.  Every huddle does initiatives (team building activities), they then rotate between all of the adventure activities we have.  Every huddle does participate in Lake Day and White Water Rafting. 

Other potential adventure activities are: 

Tree Climbing

The Zipline

Pamper Jump

We also offer:  The Vomit Comet, Flying Squirrel, Mountain Bikes & Boards, and our brand new High Ropes Course!  Every morning and afternoon is packed full of these activities to give our campers the best experience possible. 

Next Level campers, also, participate in Bible Study, and CLUB with classic camp.  Despite the high intenstiy activities campers, and counselors alike agree that the flow of Next Level is very relaxed, and chill.  Check out what some of the Next Level campers had to say about Next Level. 

"The community of Ligonier is so welcoming and kind, it is a great way to learn more about Jesus and escape the chaos of real life." --Jon Lemieux

"Ligonier is so much fun and it really helps me strengthen my relationship with God.  Lake day and the overnight are awesome!" --Erica Rose

"Next Level at Ligonier reminds me that my journey in Christ is a joyful experience that will last a lifetime." -- Gordon Reeves  

4th of July!!!!

Happy 5th of July!

Yesterday, our great country celebrated its 240th birthday.  But, at camp.  We don't really care about that. 

We don't paint faces. 

We don't have a parade. 

     

 

 

 

We don't have a dunk tank. 

Just Kidding! 

We have all of this and so much more for the 4th of July.  We love having camp full of kids, who just wanna be silly and have fun.  We love celebrating, and we love celebrating with them even more.  

The rain may have cancelled the fireworks- don't worry, they come later- and cut the carnival a little short, but the joy and excitement never left.  

Thank you to all who participated and who helped make this all happen.  

 

To see more photos, check out our Bunk1 page. Also, check out Facebook to see photo's from our Photo Booth.