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Polar Bear 2014

Earlier in January, over the course of a long weekend, nearly 250 high school students and college leaders embarked on weekend retreat, dubbed Polar Bear, at Laity Lodge Youth Camp (LLYC)--Echo Valley.

Two summers ago, I had the great fortune to serve as a camp photographer at LLYC and photograph camp activities for four weeks. A week or two with a heavy Canon 60D dangling from my neck as I ambled around on crutches. So it was definitely quite surreal to be returning to this magic place in January to photograph some more familiar faces.

Ultimately, the weekend was a grand success--hilarious skit characters as per Young Life tradition, a rave with glow sticks and glow stick juice in your eyes, an epic epic epic paint war, the infamous Polar Bear plunge (which I photographed from the safety of a canoe), an 80's prom dance with fabulous photo booth, and talks provided by my good friend, Dan Alexander. Here are some shots from the weekend.

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