Happy campers at Manna Resort
FAIRFIELD — After watching dozens of third- through sixth-graders wrap one another in toilet paper, root face first through whipped cream for gummy worms plus sing and dance in a pond, Becca Nemeyer was greeted with a present.
The 20-year-old Hastings woman didn't know whether to be pleased when a handful of girls told her they had a surprise.
"Oh, I'm good," Nemeyer said, politely declining whatever might be given to her.
"No, it's not mud," one of the girls assured her.
Instead, the surprise was a toad picked up along the banks of the pond where the Snickers Relay just finished. It's interactions like that, along with encouragement and a biblical emphasis, that make the Manna Resort Christian Camp outside of Fairfield a draw, camp director Sheryl Fike-Stroda said.
"It's good, old-fashioned fun," Stroda said. "Who doesn't love to play in a dirty pond? Lots of people; but it's good for them."