Archive for July, 2010
Tonight, the whole camp will be headed to Crows’ Point for a Point Cookout, a tradition that has been going on for over 60 years. The meal consists of barbecue chicken, fresh corn on the cob, and buttered buns. It is always delicious and I can already smell the barbecue sauce! In preparation, the Crows cabin peeled over 300 ears of corn!
This morning, a 27 campers and 15 counselors were up early, ate breakfast at 7 and left shortly for the neighboring town of Casco to run the 4 mile annual Casco Day Road Race. It was a great day to run, sunny but cooler than it has been most of this summer (it was a little chilly early this morning). Our runners all did great. After the race, many tried the fried dough or other goodies offered at the fair. The race results have been posted on Cool Runnings.
Today was very busy. It was pretty much a normal morning but at lunch, the announcement was made that we would be playing Capture the Flag and the barn erupted in cheers. This afternoon, there were 3 action packed and exciting games. The 5 day trip arrived arrived having had a fantastic week and just in time to join in the afternoon’s fun. Everyone went for a swim after the games and then lined up for Friday Candy. Sisters from both Big and Little Wohelo joined their brothers for dinner and evening activities.
A group left right after breakfast for the Wohelo regatta. The Pleasant Lake Camping trip arrived back at camp mid morning (just in time for instructional swim!) and the Acadia trip was back around lunch. Both groups had great trips. We look forward to the 5 day returning on Friday as that is the last trip of the summer and it will be great to have everyone back in camp.
Tonight is very quiet as there are now 3 camping trips out for a total of 34 campers and 12 counselors out of camp! I don’t know how many ways I can say we had yet another beautiful, perfect summer day — there was a great breeze all day so even though it was a little warm, the breeze kept us comfortable.
A group of boys went to a neighboring camp for a soccer tournament this morning, won both their morning and afternoon games and will return tomorrow morning to play again.
Another group of campers left on a camping trip to Pleasant Lake. They will return tomorrow as will the group that went to Acadia National Park.
The second trip of the week headed out this morning. Like the 5 day trip, it looks like they will have great weather just as we are having here. The last two summers were record breakers for the number of cold, rainy days and this summer could be a record breaker for the number of perfect summer days!
Another perfect day! Sunny and warm with great wind for sailing. This morning, before breakfast, the “5 day” camping trip left for Lake Aziscohos. They will return on Friday and it looks like they should have great weather. Another group will leave tomorrow morning for two nights and 3 days in Acadia National Park while a group from the lower bunkline will head out on Wednesday for a more local camping trip.
In case you were wondering, quite a few counselors were not found during Granddaddy Gorilla!
There are a lot of announcements made at the end of meals in the Barn. Most are routine – explaining the days activities, returning lost and found, reading of the package list and the morning announcements wouldn’t be complete with out Sandy’s sports announcements. People cheer when their favorite team does well and as a camp, we cheer for the Pirates who have historically been the underdog. Other announcements can just be for fun. This morning was crazier then most when it was announced that this afternoon we would be playing Granddaddy Gorilla – see what happens when Sandy says “Stop monkeying around”.
If you don’t see the video above, click here.
Granddaddy Gorilla is a huge game of hide and seek where the counselors are the Gorillas and hide anywhere at camp (under or on top of buildings, in trees, etc) while the campers look for them. Counselors are worth different points and the upper bunkline cabin and lower bunkline cabin with the most points, win the game. There are 20 minutes left in the game – we’ll see how many counselors aren’t found.
It is amazing how lucky we have been with the weather. This morning dawned sunny and we had another beautiful summer day despite last night’s rain. The Katahdin group arrived safely back in time for lunch having had an amazing trip — not only did they have a great climb with an awesome view but they saw a moose! Some of the pictures have been added to the Shutterfly site.
Another group left on a canoe trip to the other end of the lake where they will spend the night camping and then canoe back tomorrow morning. There was a 12 & under soccer game with a neighboring camp which ended in a tie. When the game was over, a couple of the soccer players were taken by boat to catch up with the canoe trip. All of the regular activities were open this morning, afternoon, and at free time. After tacos for dinner, there was a free evening with ultimate frisbee, soccer, tennis, canoeing and boating, and numerous other activities all followed by a dip before bed.
We lucked out once again. The day was beautiful. It was very busy on the waterfront. The lower bunkline had relay races for fun during instructional swim and I could hear the cheering from my office. The wind was great and the sailboats were flying across the lake. Beginner waterskiing was popular in the morning and several boys got up on skis for the first time. There was an away 15 & under basket ball game and a home 10 & under baseball game. It should have been a great day for the group climbing Katahdin.
We were having our regular Wednesday night “Jimmy Buffet” when the skies darkened but everyone got to the hall where they had dessert and settled in for an evening movie before the skies opened. It rained and at times very hard for most of the movie with some thunder and lightening but it was just occasional sprinkles when the movie let out. Once everyone was in bed, the rain started again which is perfect timing as the sound of rain on the roof of the cabins is perfect for sleeping.