Archive for August, 2011
It was almost fitting that it rained on our final day, just as it had on Opening Day despite the fact the rest of the summer, we had fantastic weather! Luckily, the rain was light and it was fairly warm (at least for those of us who weren’t swimming) for Water Sports. We were thrilled to have so many family members and friends join us both for Water Sports and the evening activities but we were sad to have the summer come to an end as it was truly a magical summer with a very special group of campers and counselors. We are now looking forward to 2012!
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The clean laundry came back right after breakfast and the campers took it right down to the cabins. There was an extra long cabin clean up so everyone could pack their trunks, tag their belongings and clean their areas. Once the packing was done, there was time for activities giving some boys the chance to put the finishing touches on their shop projects.
This afternoon we had practice for Water Sports in preparation for tomorrow. I think we are all having a little trouble believing that camp will be over very soon. Tonight we gathered to watch a movie produced this summer by campers and counselors — it was very clever and funny. That was followed by our annual slideshow which recaps the whole summer and brings back lots of great memories. After that, everyone headed to their cabins to get ready for the big day tomorrow.
Monday was predicted to be a rainy day but it was another beautiful, hot summer day. There was an extra long clean-up so everyone could empty out their trunks and gather all of their laundry for the last laundry. Many campers struggled carrying their laundry bags up as it looked like the bag weighted more than the camper!
The final Capture the Flag game took place after cabin clean up. The counselors did not play in this round. There was a lot of great action, very exciting but no score!
The annual Fastest Man contest took place just before dinner. The race is one length of our playing field and there are 3 classes: Lower Bunkline, Upper Bunkline and Counselors. It was a great showing with a lot of very fast runners.
During the free evening, the Twilight League Championship game took place with Wohelo’s Favorite Team playing Udder Madness. Another exciting game with Udder Madness winning 5 to 3.
Friday was Polos Day! A fun day with lots of action. The camp was split into four “teams” with each team rotating through 4 activities: 1) Tubing 2) Slip and Slide Kickball 3) TimanOlympics 4) Swimming and bronzing (with lots of sunscreen). TimanOlympics included the egg in spoon race, the “javelin” throw, and an obstacle course. In the kickball game, between first and second runners had to sing a song; quack from second to third; crab walk to third and then slip and slide home. It was a great day! The activities ended with Friday Candy. Big Wohelo campers arrived around 5 to join us for dinner and the final dance. The dance was held in the barn which had been transformed into “Club T” with special lights and DJs and was a big success.
Saturday morning there were two more exciting games of Capture the Flag. There was a lot of great action on both sides but the Greens managed to get the flag — there should be one more chance for the Grays to tie it up. Saturday afternoon, campers who wanted to, participated in a Touch Football tournament and Saturday night was “Horse Races”. The “horses” are counselors who dress up to match their horse name. The campers “bet” on their favorite horse. The “winnings” (candy bar) were distributed after lunch on Sunday.
Sunday we woke to rain and although not pouring, it was wet enough so chapel was held in the hall. It was a very moving final chapel talk which we will post later this week. Sunday afternoon was one of the last times to finish up projects or awards and many boys were very busy doing just that. Luckily, the rain let up so we were able to have our final Council Fire outside.
Thursday afternoon, the bell rang at 2:20 to signal the end of Quiet Hour. The counselors quickly made their way to the hall to wait while the campers found their hiding spots. You may recall that we played the reverse — Grandaddy Gorilla when the counselors hid a couple of weeks ago.
Most campers had a spot in mind, some had dressed to camouflage themselves, some took blankets, towels or laundry bags to help hide. Some were disappointed to find another camper already hiding in “their” spot and were left to quickly find someplace else to hide. By 3:00 – camp was completely quiet and no campers were in sight. Then, the cries and yells came from the hall as the counselors began the search. Once found, a camper had to head to the hall to wait until the end of the game and it didn’t take long before there was a stream of campers headed for the hall. As most counselors were campers, you figure they know most of the spots so it was a huge surprise when at the end of the game, a record 13 campers had escaped detection! You might notice that several of these guys weren’t found last year either so they obviously have great hiding spots and most likely won’t tell anyone the specifics.
A small group of campers had to miss the game as they were sailing in the last regatta.
The last two day have been cool and cloudy with just an occasional shower.
Friday is going to be fun day with lots of games and tubing and something special planned for Friday night!
It was a perfect day for the beach! A little cloudy in the morning but the sun came out later and it never got too hot. Some people even thought the water was warm!! Lots of swimming, sand castle making and sunning. Don’t worry, there was also lots of sunscreen. Tonight, after Jimmy Buffet, it was a great night to relax and watch a movie. Tomorrow is another busy day with Junior Granddaddy Gorilla!
More 5 day pictures have been posted under “Trips”.
We continue to be lucky with the weather. It is much cooler with the high temperatures today only expected to reach the low 70s. Last night, the extra blankets felt great. We had a brief shower on Tuesday but it was during Quiet Hour so everyone was inside.
The Six-a-Side Soccer Team played hard for 2 days and came home victorious having had some great matches. In the finals, they played a team they lost to on Monday but this time Timanous won. We’ll get a team picture tonight.
The kayak trip returned before dinner having had a really exciting and fun adventure. After hearing about the trip, many campers are looking forward to the trip next year! There are a few pictures posted on the Shutterfly.
Today, Wednesday is BEACH DAY. The campers and counselors came to breakfast ready for the beach, wearing their suits and bringing towels, hats, long sleeve shirts, suntan lotion, crazy creek chairs, books, guitars, etc. A group of counselors were up early to make sandwiches for 180 people ( 2 sandwiches each) and pack enough sodas, chips, and cookies to feed everyone. The campers and counselors went right from breakfast to the waiting buses and were on the way to the beach by 9:30. It’s going to be a great day and I know there will be a lot of pictures to post tonight!
This year’s chapel talks have been great and we thought some of you would enjoy reading them so we will begin posting them. Right now, it’s only yesterday’s talk but we hope to add the rest in the next few days. You will find it in the right hand column under “Chapel Talks”.
The great weather continues! Sunday and Monday were both gorgeous days.
Our Saturday night Point Cookout was a big success. There was plenty of food and it was delicious but as the tradition goes, getting to the Point was at least half the fun. When the bell rang at 5:45, everyone returned to their cabin and then assembled as a group to make the hike to Crows. The procession started with Mallards with each cabin falling in behind as we progressed down the bunkline repeating the Point Cookout chant of “chicken, corn and butter buns”. Many cabins perform skits or sing songs as the line passes by ending with the Crows singing their traditional (anyone know when that started?) “I’d rather be a Crow” song. Well before reaching the point, we could smell the barbecue sauce and once there, everyone quickly passed through the food line to fill their plates with chicken, corn on the cob, and “buttered buns”. There was plenty for seconds and thirds — no one should have left hungry!
Sunday was another gorgeous day. One of the head counselors gave a great chapel talk which has been posted if you would like to read it. You will find a link in the right hand column under “Sunday Chapel Talks”. We will try to add the rest of them in the next few days.
During quiet hour, the head counselors took on the seniors counselors in a soccer match. According to one camper “it was pretty even in the beginning but then the seniors took over”.
Monday morning, a group of campers went to a neighboring camp for a Six-A-Side soccer tournament which will last 2 days. Another group of campers left for New Hampshire where they will camp out tonight and then try white water kayaking tomorrow before returning late tomorrow afternoon. The Crows went to Big Wohelo tonight for Wohelo’s Council Fire. They wrote a song to sing to the girls that they practiced on us at lunch today. The Mallards are all excited about camping out tonight even though their campsite isn’t too far from the cabin. It is still the first time many of them have slept in a tent and they are making s’mores which is always something to get excited about.