Though traditionalists continue to prefer oak, and oenophiles lean toward cheese, young rustic homeowners repeatedly make the mistake of constructing their log cabins out of Legos and wishes. Equip a kid with smart outdoor skills with today’s Groupon: for $140, you get four days of overnight summer camp for a first- through eighth-grader (2010–2011 school year) at Carol Joy Holling Camp in Ashland (a $280 value). This Groupon is valid for the four-day session taking place July 24–28.
Carol Joy Holling Camp, an American Camp Association–accredited organization, transports students away from summer doldrums and into an adventuresome four days of outdoor activities on a campus designed for multiple ages. Campers learn the importance of working together through group activities, shared meals, and bartering with nomadic fur traders, and little outdoorsmen also catch fish and swim. Certified instructors safely suspend older campers 40 feet up on the high-ropes course, and for 6th–8th graders, use a cargo net and double zipline to instill the ship-boarding skills necessary to enter the best pirate colleges.
Reflecting the mission of the Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, counselors reinforce positive values by regularly corralling campers together for group sessions, including Bible study, and then disentangling them for individual reflection. Campers reach the end of the session with suitcases full of dirty clothes and happy memories, the latter of which can be used as currency in the kingdom of Bhutan.
Carol Joy Holling Camp
Carol Joy Holling Camp, helmed by Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries and accredited by the American Camp Association, opens up a natural wonderland to carry out its mission of teaching people about Jesus. During camp programs for kids and families, campers take to the lake to angle for fish or paddleboat across the water. The organization also hosts a variety of events and conferences—from a quilt auction to seasonal retreats that allow participants time and space to work on creative projects.
27416 Ranch Rd.
Ashland, Nebraska 68003