Campfires, Cooking and Camaraderie!

One of the most amazing things about going to Timber Lake West has to be that our campers are kept engaged with one another from morning, noon until night in all sorts of social activities.  At night, rather than sitting in front of the TV or immersed in video games, we like to use this time as a way to be creative and enjoy each other’s company by playing various games or participating in group activities that require social interaction amongst one another.

If we had to pick out a centerpiece of a summer night at West, though, it would have to be the campfire. They have a magical way of bringing our campers together, inviting them to laugh, sing, and tell secrets. The sparkling golden hues of the fire, the crackles of the wood popping, the bright constellations above, and the warmth of all of us gathered around a central focus… So much of our life is spent moving in different directions, but our summertime campfires grabs our campers by the hand and asks all of us to sit back and relax… together.

Another favorite of our evening activities is playing “The Mostest”.  Here, we challenge our campers to see who has the “most” in a particular quest, dare or challenge.  Whether it’s to see who has the loudest laugh or the farthest jump, they are enjoying the challenge of doing it, and doing it together!

Cooking and baking with our campers is another favorite here.  It’s a wonderful way to spend time with one another.  There are many recipes, easy or complex, that are fun to make with our campers. Using a well-planned recipe, an evening of cooking and baking is a great way to entertain our campers!  However, if truth be told – eating the final outcome of all their hard work is the ultimate pay-off! 🙂

Check out some of our nighttime fun in the video below!