After a wet Opening Day, things were mostly dry on Friday and the sun was out in full force by Friday evening. It’s been a beautiful couple of days on Panther Pond, and it looks like the next couple of days will be even better.
After the excitement of Opening Day, camp settled into a typical daily routine: meals at assigned tables with campers of all ages, activity and swim periods, and yes, flat rest and quiet hour. Every camper went through orientation at archery, riflery, sailing, and woodshop where the head counselors went over the safety rules. New campers spent more time at each orientation so they could learn the basics and see which ones they might like to try more throughout their first summer.
Before the first bell this morning at 7:15am, more than 30 campers made their way up to the ball field to go for a run and kick off their training for the Casco Days road race in July. Today was also the first morning for dips and the famed Polar Bear Club, where campers who dip every morning for the entire summer can claim Polar Bear status.
Now that orientations are complete, every camper was able to choose which activity they wanted to go to this afternoon, in addition to a free swim period. The bell will ring any minute now for free time, when campers can check out different activities, stroll the bunkline, or just hang out in their cabin to read a book.
Another first for this summer is the Saturday night cabin cookout, where campers gather with their cabin-mates to build a fire and cook their own hamburgers. It may not be as gourmet as a Chef Bob meal in the Barn, but there’s something to be said for grilling out with your friends on a warm Saturday evening.
A full report of cookouts, and all the other firsts for summer 2019, will be coming soon in future posts, so stay tuned! As always, see all the great photos from the summer on our Shutterfly site.