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HoneyRock Blog

A place for HoneyRock parents, campers and friends to get updates and connect.

Last Build Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2010 14:12:39 -0500


The Blog is Moving!

Wed, 20 Oct 2010 14:12:39 -0500

Luis Cadena - Marketing Coordinator We are always excited to hear about how former staff, HoneyRock/Wheaton alumni, relatives, camper families, and friends stay connected to what is happening at HoneyRock through the blog. The blog is a very helpful communication tool, and we're excited about the improvements we're making in how we interact with the readers of this blog. In order to facilitate these changes it is necessary for us to move the blog to a different hosting site. What that means for you is hopefully a better reading experience, an easier way to access our different channels, a more creative way for us to communicate (through pictures and video), and an easier way to get feedback from you, our readers. Our new address: Best of all, it's very simple to access the new blog. The new address is at Also, pretty soon all of our "Blog" links around the internet (our website, our facebook page, etc.) will link you to our new address. Also, all of the entries from this "old" blog at TypePad have already been imported to our "new" blog at Squarespace. We hope it will be a seamless experience.

Wheaton College Fall Break

Fri, 15 Oct 2010 09:38:09 -0500

Liz Henderson--Program Team Asst. Tonight over 100 Wheaton College students will arrive at HoneyRock for Fall Break Work/Play! After an intense A-Quad at Wheaton, students can get a change of scenery, relax and have fun in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin. Fall Break is always a high-energy weekend filled with great conversations, fun activities and service. Students will have the opportunity to participate in HoneyRock activities on Saturday and Sunday, everything from mountain biking to climbing to waterskiing! Saturday night will be Pumpkin Fest, an annual Fall Break tradition involving pumpkin carving competitions as well as a pumpkin seed cookoff. On Monday students will do a variety of work projects around camp ranging from raking to splitting wood to putting away canoes and everything in between in order to prepare HoneyRock for the winter. Please pray that this weekend would be a fun, relaxing, and refreshing time for the students and staff who are here. (Below are some pictures from Fall Break 2009)

Website Updated

Wed, 13 Oct 2010 15:37:11 -0500

Our Summer 2011 program offerings, dates, and prices are now up on our website. Check out the new 2:22 program for High Schoolers!! Registration opens in early November, so begin making your summer plans now.

Transplanting Trees

Fri, 08 Oct 2010 10:26:41 -0500

Over the past two weeks, Don Kerns, Scott Eppler, John Vandervelde, and Kris Yoder have worked hard to transplant some trees from Black Bear to various areas around camp. It's quite a labor-intensive process, but the men have had a lot of fun working together to bring new life to camp. The trees have been placed on the road out to the Operations Complex (near the Barn) and also where the Pit and the Hogan used to be. We hope you enjoy some pictures of the process and the new trees.

Blast from the Past

Thu, 07 Oct 2010 09:03:33 -0500

HoneyRock is a sending place, and we take great delight in training and equipping people for service in Christ's Kingdom. It is always a joy when those people return to us for a visit. Elizabeth (Ebet) Roberts Morgan is here visiting HoneyRock with her husband, David. Ebet did Vanguard in 1996, SLS in 1999, logistics in 2000, WLP in 2001, was a WLP trainer in 2002 and stayed on to be seasonal staff during some of the time in between. This morning after staff devotions, Ebet shared with us about her experiences at HoneyRock and the things she learned here. It was a blessing to hear about her love for the outdoors, adventure, people, and ministry. She said that HoneyRock has always been a home for her and that it has been foundational in her spiritual growth and development. After Ebet shared with us we had a chance to lay hands on her and David and pray for them. We were so encouraged by her testimony this morning and are thankful for the way God has used HoneyRock in her life.

Team HoneyRock Runs 5K at Cranberry Fest

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 08:53:06 -0500

Becki Henderson--Administrative Assistant I should start by saying that running the 5K at the Cranberry Fest in Eagle River, WI on Saturday morning at 8:30am was NOTHING like running the Disney's Princess Half Marathon in Orlando, FL! For one thing, it was 34 degrees and raining when we started, and for another there were about 45 participants (compared to 7,000-10,000 at Disney!) I experienced a moment of worry when I realized how few people were running. I am fairly confident I won't come in last place in a group of 10,000, but the odds of coming in last in a group of 45 are MUCH higher! But neither Mary Elise nor Luis nor I came in last. In fact, Mary Elise was the second woman to cross the finish line! We ran from the Cranberry Fest and over the bridge that crosses Eagle River, down some quiet neighborhood streets (it was quite lovely and peaceful with all the colorful leaves!) and back over the bridge to return to the Cranberry Fest. Just before I reached the bridge the second time, three deer came booking it out of the woods right in front of me. It was pretty startling to see them that close and was a good reminder that I was in the Northwoods and not at EPCOT. When the race was over they had juice and muffins for all of the participants. Cranberry Juice. And Cranberry Muffins.

Pony Rides

Thu, 30 Sep 2010 09:17:31 -0500

One of the biggest blessings of the 60th Anniversary Weekend was the number of children who attended with their families. There were 80 children under the age of 16 who were able to do activities and hang out with Wheaton College students during the sessions. It was fun to see so many small kids in the dining hall at meals! Due to the number of younger kids, we offered multiple pony rides on Friday and Saturday afternoon. Becky and Ashley did a excellent job serving our guests throughout the weekend. The young kids who were able to do pony rides and the older kids and adults who did trail rides had a great time.

Wrangler Breakfast

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 09:58:57 -0500

Among the many fun activities of the 60th Anniversary Weekend at HoneyRock were the Wrangler Breakfasts that we had each morning. The sign-up sheets were quickly filled each day and many of our guests were excited to participate. We even added an additional breakfast on Sunday morning because so many people wanted to be a part of it. A big thanks goes to our team who was able to make Wrangler Breakfast possible this weekend: Scott Eppler who drove the tractor back and forth to the Wagon Circle (often making multiple trips to get everyone out there) and to Becky, Ashley and Kris who worked hard to make delicious chocolate chip pancakes and egg-in-a-holes for all our guests!

Fired Up!

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 13:41:23 -0500

The 60th Anniversary Weekend at HoneyRock was a tremendous success. We were privileged to have 230 guests here whose previous HoneyRock experiences spanned every decade of HoneyRock's existence. One of the exciting events that happened during the weekend was the firing of the wood kiln that was built this summer at HoneyRock. Dr. David Hooker and 5 Wheaton College students came up from campus late on Wednesday night to prepare and fire the kiln. While it was a long and tiring weekend for them (feeding a fire for 24 straight hours can be exhausting!), they were thankful for the chance to be up here and to take advantage of this incredible resource. On Sunday morning after the kiln had cooled, they were able to open it and take out the pottery. Stay tuned to the blog this week as we'll be sharing more stories about the 60th Anniversary weekend.

We Remember...

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 11:18:51 -0500

This weekend for the 60th Anniversary Celebration we've posted some HoneyRock quotes and sayings around the dining hall to make us smile and remind us of the people who make HoneyRock so special. Maybe some of these phrases will make you smile today as you remember your time at HoneyRock. 1) BIONIC BUD 2) “A PLACE APART” 3) “Responsibility Is The Great Developer Of People” -Coach Chrouser 4) “Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing Poorly” -Coach Chrouser & Bill Long 5) CHIEF! CHIEF! CHIEF! 6) “It’s a LEADERSHIP School!” -Dan Elsen 7) “You Must Have A Spirit of Play” -Coachie Gale 8) “I Hear and I Forget, I See and I Remember, I Do and I Understand” -Experiential Education 9) THEN: “Engineers & Hostesses” NOW: “Service Teamers” 10) “Work is the Best Kind of Fun” - The HoneyRock Staff 1951 - Present 11) “We Believe in Youth” -Coach Chrouser 12) “Expect What You Don’t Inspect” 13) The “Ooga Booga” Club For Counselors -Circa 1958 14) “In All Things We Give Thanks” 15) “If It Doesn’t Move...Paint It” 16) An Innovative Classroom In The Wilderness