Keep Calm and Play Jug 'n' Jog

Jug 'n' Jog. If the world could just play more Jug 'n' Jog - I think it would be a happier place. It is quite possibly the number one, most singularly enjoyed game at camp. In fact - there are times when I think kids could come to camp, only play Jug 'n' Jog and leave being the happiest kids on Earth.

In fact, we could almost be renamed Camp Jug 'n' Jog. And it's also funny - my computer or iPhone doesn't even recognize the words or phrase as being a spell check. That's when you know you talk about something a lot.

You might think that those opening statements are strange or even foreign - maybe you don't even know what Jug 'n' Jog is...well, let me tell you! It's epic, it's fantastic, and it's played with recycling (we have to be good stewards, you know). The concept is quite simple - the field is divided into two halves, each team has a square on it with recycled jugs in it. The goal is to get the other team's jugs and "jog" (a.k.a. in a sprinting fashion) them across the line to safety without getting tagged.

Pretty simple concept for a game that is asked for from the moment campers arrive on Sunday until they leave on Friday. The game even has it's own Facebook page and for a time, was it's own Chosen Skill (Pro Skill). There is something magical about announcing that we're going to be playing Jug 'n' Jog and getting a better reaction than if the SuperBowl were to be played here. Our kids know where their priorities lie!

Why do I bring up Jug 'n' Jog today? We had the privilege of going out to Gem, Alberta to play Jug 'n' Jog with the Gem MB and Rosemary Mennonite Youth on Sunday, April 12th. Thirty people came out to play a couple hard-won games of our epic Camp Game. After the game, we were able to enjoy some of Ken's cookies and talk about why we love and work at camp so much. I couldn't think of a better way to spend Sunday afternoon.

If you are reading this and would love for us to come play Jug 'n' Jog at your church - just email me, Courtney at: courtney@camp-evergreen.com. We'd love to come and hang out.

Until then...play on!




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