Archive for June, 2010
It is very quiet as the boys are all in their cabins and the youngest are probably already asleep after a busy day. Today was gorgeous — a perfect summer day — something that was rare last summer! Before heading to bed, the boys took a a quick dip in Panther Pond.
Yesterday morning, we all woke to the sound of rain on the roof which is usually a very soothing sound on our uninsulated roofs but not exactly what we wanted on the first day of signups! Although the rain did end later that morning, a few activities had to be switched but the boys could choose between lacrosse, handicrafts, kayaking, sailing, riflery, wood shop, waterskiing (beginner waterskiing will happen later this week), soccer, baseball, the climbing wall, and archery. In addition, there was a 12 & under baseball and a 15 & under soccer game against a neighboring camp in the afternoon.
After lunch, the Twilight league teams were announced. Every boy in camp is on one of the softball teams. It is all for fun with the games being played during our free evenings. The coaches (counselors) come up with the team names and announce them to the camp with crazy skits. Last night, the first game was played. Ask your son which team he is on.
As the day went on, the sun came out and it was very warm. The boys were able to take dips before bed – always a treat!
This morning, it dawned bright and sunny and we were treated to chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast! The Crows cabin left right after breakfast on their camping trip. and will return on Thursday afternoon. The Herons left a little later. Both cabins have perfect weather for sleeping in their tents tonight.
Most of the activities that had been available on Monday were again available today. In addition, the tennis courts had dried off so tennis was opened and very popular. This afternoon, any one who wanted to watch Spain vs. Portugal in the World Cup this afternoon was able to and a group of 10 & under soccer players traveled to a neighboring camp for a fun game.
It was a hungery group at dinner and a lot of sloppy joes were eaten! The fields, tennis and basket ball courts were all busy after dinner but so was the cove with canoes and row boats and boys fishing. Still others were playing cards, guitars, tossing a football and various other activities too numerouos to list!
It sounds like there are several more perfect days to come!
It’s free time and I am watching the sailboats on the lake – a beautiful sight! So much has happened, it’s hard to believe we are only 4 days into camp.
Today is the last day of orientation. By now, every camper has been to sailing, riflery, archery, woodshop, and tennis. Starting tomorrow, boys will sign up for their activities. It is always fun to see what they choose.
Saturday afternoon, anyone who wanted to was able to watch the USA vs. Ghana soccer game – needless to say, most people were disappointed with the outcome. We will continue to follow the World Cup and campers will have the chance to watch some of the games.
Nestled in the woods between Beginners Beach and Crow’s Point, each cabin has their own cookout site where they gathered for the first Saturday night cookout. The campers helped collect wood for the fire and then enjoyed hamburgers on the grill. After dinner, they had “cabin activities” which included but were not limited to soccer, kick the can, and tennis baseball.
Friday, our first full day, was the beginning of the orientation period and of course, being Friday, our first “Friday Candy” – always a highlight of the week.
That evening was a perfect summer night and a great night for a free evening. The field was really busy with Ultimate Frisbee and Tennis-Baseball. Both the tennis and basketball courts were also busy; almost all of the canoes were being used and a very exciting game of Kick the Can took place by the canoe docks. Some boys chose to play games in their cabins. Everyone was tired at the end of that day.
Tomorrow will start our first full week. Sign-ups start tomorrow morning and the Crows, Herons and Hawks cabins will all go on their camping trips. The Crows will be heading north to go whitewater rafting on the Kennebec River. The Herons and Hawks will each be going on canoe trips. So far, the weather has cooperated – this afternoon is the coolest temperature we’ve seen but tomorrow is suppose to be in the 80s again.
We will continue to update the pictures although most likely we won’t have as many pictures as we’ve had the last few days.
We are having fun!
Pictures from opening day have been posted to the Camp Timanous Shutterfly site for viewing. We will be updating on a regular basis. You can click the link above or the “2010 Pictures” in the right hand column.
Good morning — it is great to have everyone here! We had a great opening day, despite the occasional showers. It was fun to meet all of the new campers and amazing to see how much the returning campers had grown! We were able to get a quick swim in the afternoon, in between the thunder storms. We all enjoyed a pizza dinner and then had a short meeting in the hall before returning to the cabins. Each cabin had a meeting and everyone went to bed early after a full day.
This morning, the sun was shining and the bell rang at 7:15. Many campers and counselors started their day with a quick dip in Panther Pond! Everyone was up on the field for flag raising at 7:45 and breakfast at 8. For the next 2 days, the campers will go as a group to activities for orientation.
If you were not at camp yesterday, we will be mailing the 2010 staff biography with pictures to you today. If you were at camp and did not pick one up, please let us know and we will mail you one also. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are off to a great start!!
The much anticiapted book, The Timanous Story by Dave Suitor and Jake Congleton is here! The cost is $20 including all taxes and they are available in the camp office. If you would like us to send you a copy, please send a check made out to Camp Timanous for $23 to cover the shipping charges. Checks should be sent to Camp Timanous, 85 Plains Road, Raymond, ME 04071 and include your shipping address. Any questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp is looking great! There has been a small group working for weeks to get camp ready. They have been busy cleaning, raking, painting, fixing, mowing, trimming and building. The sailboats are in and moored. Beginners docks and the boat and canoe docks all went in today — it is really beginning to look like camp!
Several more counselors arrived this afternoon with more to come throughout the week for Lifeguard, Wilderness First Aid, Trip Leader and Climbing Wall training. The head counselors should all be here on Friday and everyone else on Saturday. We are all getting very excited about opening day next Thursday!