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Friday, July 20

We woke to another great summer day! High of 82, sunny, and a nice breeze. 

It was a regular morning with sign-ups and swims although as often happens on Friday, what is  normally instructional swim was games.  It was water polo for the upper bunkline and a game of tag for the lower bunkline.  Activities to signup for included archery, soccer, flow painting in handicrafts, riflery, sailing, woodshop, tennis, and beginner’s water skiing. 

The Katahdin trip returned just before lunch.  They had an amazing trip and everyone made it to the top in great shape.  There were a few sore muscles today but not too bad.  Check out the pictures on the Shutterfly site under 2nd Session Trips.   

This afternoon, as is tradition, it was Friday Trips (explained in the Friday, June 29th post).  The campers that just returned from climbing Mt. Katahdin had the option to stay in camp and rest but most didn’t.  The trips include a hike up Rattlesnake Mountain (a 15 minute drive and about a 25 minute hike one way with a great view of Panther Pond and Sebago Lake), a long sail down the lake, a canoe paddle down the lake to a great swimming spot, or soccer on the field.  

Everyone returned in time for a quick dip and then Friday Candy!  During Free Time, archery, riflery, handicrafts, basketball, ping-pong, spikeball, badminton, tennis, and other various games were all available.  The Kayak trip returned during Free Time having had a fantastic trip.  The counselors reported it was an awesome group of kayakers.  

This evening it was a Free Evening with all of the regular Free Evening activities including a Twi-Light League game plus Adirondack Golf.   

July 20th, 2018

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Thursday, July 29

There was a change in the air — a little chilly this morning when the bell rang but we had a high of 79, very low humidity,  sunny and a slight breeze.  Another perfect summer day!

A group of sailors had an early breakfast and were on their way to Wohelo for a sailing regatta, returning during free time this afternoon.  They had a great day although reported not much wind on Sebago Lake today.  

For everyone else, it was a normal morning with signups and instructional swim.   Activities included fishing, archery, handicrafts, kayaking, riflery, sailing, wood shop, basketball and lacrosse. 

After lunch, a group left for Gorham New Hampshire where they will set up their campsite for the night and then spend the day whitewater kayaking tomorrow.  Looks like they will have great weather both days.  

Afternoon activities included archery, kickball, handicrafts, riflery, sailing, wood shop, tennis, basketball.   Nurse Jen also offered a first aid session where they learned lots of interesting things including how to use a stethoscope, bandage an arm, and feel for a pulse.  So when you look at today’s pictures, don’t panic if your son is wearing an eye patch and has a bandaged arm. 

Tonight was a free evening with a Twilight League Game which is our all camp evening softball league.   The second session campers  found out what team they are on and quite a few played in tonight’s game between the Bamboozlers and the Cucumbers.  Other available activities included ultimate frisbee, evening sailing, board games, ping-pong, tennis, soccer, canoeing, etc.  It cooled off this evening so its going to be a great night for sleeping after a busy day.  

July 19th, 2018

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Wednesday, July 18

The rain stopped sometime in the night and we woke to a perfect summer day!   Sunny, warm with a nice breeze!  

A group of campers were up early this morning.  They had finished breakfast before flag raising and when everyone else headed into the barn for breakfast, they loaded up the van and headed out to Baxter State Park where they will spend two nights camping and tomorrow  climb Mt. Katahdin, the tallest mountain in Maine at 5,267 feet.  It looks like they will have great weather so will hopefully have some amazing views.   

For everyone else it was a normal morning with instructional swim and a signup period.   Available activities included archery, soccer, handicrafts, nature, riflery, sailing, wood shop, tennis, and a baseball practice.  

This afternoon, a 15 &  under baseball team traveled to a nearby camp for a game.   Back at camp, activities to signup for included archery, the climbing wall, soccer, handicrafts, paddle boarding, looking for frogs in nature, riflery, wood shop, tennis and a double period of racing practice in sailing.  Additional activities available during free time included canoeing, basektball, ping-pong, gaga ball and badminton. 

It was a great night for our Wednesday “Jimmy Buffett”.  Dave asks trivia questions and if someone answers correctly, their whole cabin gets in line for the buffet.  Once  their plate is full, its back outside to eat.  Then it was cabin activities, many of which involved water or being in the lake but there was also a kick ball game, castle ball and other various fun activities!  

 

July 18th, 2018

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Tuesday, July 17

At 7:15 when the first bell rang, it was pretty foggy  but luckily the rain held off until the end of the morning activity periods.   From then on, there were occasional rumbles of thunder and a fairly steady but gentle rain until about free time but  the more intense storms that had been predicted and therefore planned for stayed to our south.  

It was a normal morning and with orientation complete, everyone signed up for activities after breakfast.   Choices included archery, soccer, handicrafts, nature, riflery, sailing, woodshop, tennis and basketball.  The upper bunkline (Falcons, Loons, Ravens, Cardinals and Crows) went to instructional swim first and then their activity period while the lower bunkline (Mallards, Eagles, Hawks, Crogles and Herons) went to their activity period first followed by swim.  

This afternoon, given the weather prediction, only inside activities were scheduled so choices for the afternoon sign-up period included woodshop, riflery, nature, ping-pong (under the tent), outdoor cooking (under a tent), darts, Bingo plus board games in the barn.  During the usual free time swim period, campers went to the hall for some crazy games.   During free time, it was the same activities as earlier with the addition of soccer, basketball, and tennis as the rain had let up.

After dinner,  everyone headed to the hall for a night of singing and music and then down to the cabins to get ready for bed.   Just about the time everyone was settled for the night, it began to pour – the rain on the cabin roofs is such a wonderful sound to fall asleep to!  

We are expecting a sunny day tomorrow!   

July 17th, 2018

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Monday July 16

It was another perfect summer day, starting off on the cool side but reaching the 80s, sunny with a nice breeze.   

There was a lot of excitement this morning knowing that the second session campers were arriving!

After breakfast, it was cabin clean up and then a fairly normal day starting with Free Time and then free swim.  A group of counselors along with the Crows  were up by the office to greet the new campers.   The Crows (and two Cardinals) were buddied up with the new first year campers, greeting them when they arrived and walking them to their cabin.   They also accompanied them to lunch and are assigned to the same table for the first week.

This afternoon, all new arrivals had an orientation period at riflery, sailing, woodshop and archery while the full time campers had a regular afternoon with a signup period and free swim.  Available activities included tennis, basketball, waterskiing, handicrafts, nature, and soccer.  There was also a 15& under basketball game at a nearby camp.  At the beginning of free time, all new arrivals had a swim test after which all new first year campers had a tour of camp while everyone else had free time  – available activities included archery, the climbing wall, riflery, sailing, woodshop, canoeing, soccer, basketball, etc.   

After dinner, flag lowering was followed by an all camp activity that had everyone dancing, moving and having a blast!  The activity ended in time so everyone who wanted to could take a quick dip before getting ready for bed. 

With orientation complete, everyone will be ready for a regular day of signups and activities tomorrow! 

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15 & under Basketball Team

July 16th, 2018

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Saturday/Sunday July 14 & 15

It has been a busy weekend.   On Saturday, the first session campers’ families arrived, excited to see their campers and hear what they had been up to.   Families visited activities, toured camp, met friends, and then packed their cars.   Everyone was invited to join us for a buffet lunch which was followed by a short free time.   At 2:15, we assembled on the field for flag lowering and then across the road to Council Fire where in addition to the normal Council Fire activities, first session campers received the awards they had earned.   When Council Fire was over, sadly the first session campers departed.  It is still hard to believe the first session is over as the first three and  a half weeks just flew by.  We were very sorry to see everyone go as it was an awesome group and an awesome first session. 

The full session campers headed down the bunkline for  a dip before a free time and then an all camp cookout.   Then up to the hall to watch Top Gun, a camp classic, then bed.   

Today was a relaxed, low key day.  There was a late sleep and a buffet breakfast from 8:30 to 9:15 followed by our usual longer Sunday cabin cleanup which includes sheet changing and Sunday letter writing.   Dustin Michel led a wonderful chapel which you will find a link to in the right hand column.   Immediately after chapel, campers could go back to their cabin for flat rest or watch the World Cup Final  in front of the office.   So as not to interfere with the game, we had a buffet lunch which could be eaten in the barn or while watching the game.  

This afternoon, Knucklebones (a professional game/sport group) introduced some fun games on the field.   Camp was split into two group — one played games first and then swam and the second swam first and then played games.  Either way, at 4:30, everyone lined up for Make Your Own Sundaes with ice cream from the Mosquito.  Then the  Crows tubed during Free Time and everyone else tubed during free evening.   

Tomorrow the second session campers will arrive and we can’t wait!   

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Watching the World Cup Finals

July 15th, 2018

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Friday, July 13th

We woke to another great summer day — a little cooler than yesterday with the high reaching 77 but still a perfect day.

It is hard to believe today is the last full day in the first session – three and a half weeks have flown by!   This morning, at the end of breakfast and on the way back to the cabins, the first session campers picked up their clean laundry.  They used cabin clean up to pack their trunks and make sure everything was ready for the trip  home.  The rest of the morning was a free time and activities included archery, canoeing, climbing wall, handicrafts, kayaking, riflery, sailing, woodshop and tennis.   There was also a short free swim. 

When it was announced after lunch that we would be playing Capture the Flag this afternoon, the barn erupted in cheers! There was time for three games and there was a lot of action.   The final score was Gray 2 and Green 1.   C-Flag was followed by a free swim and then  a search for Friday Candy as this week, it was hidden behind the climbing wall rather than at the usual spot, on top of the hill.   During free time, activities available included archery, canoeing, soccer, paddle boarding, nature, riflery, sailing, woodshop, tennis and the finals of the lower bunkline one-on-one basketball tournament. 

After flag lowering, we all headed to the hall for “The T Show” with both camper and counselor performances — there were original songs, musicians, singers, dancers, fortune tellers, the Timanous version of Family Feud and lots of fun!  

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Tonight’s Talent Show Participants

 

July 13th, 2018

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Thursday July 12

The perfect summer weather continues with cool nights and warm days.   Today was sunny, light wind and high of 79.

A small group of sailors left after breakfast to attend a regatta at a camp in Sebago, ME.   They had a great day of sailing (although not a lot of wind) and returned in the afternoon.

This morning, the first session campers used cabin cleanup to collect all of their laundry and prepare their trunks for packing.   Then it was off to swim and activities for everyone.  Choices included archery, running, soccer, handicrafts, kayaking, paddle boarding, nature, riflery, sailing, woodshop, tennis, water skiing, and basketball.   

This afternoon’s activities included archery, setting up tents in campcraft, practice for tomorrow’s talent show, handicrafts, kayaking, paddleboard, waterskiing, woodshop, riflery, sailing, nature, canoeing and boating.    We hosted a 15 & under tennis match with a neighboring camp and a one-on-one basketball tournament for the upper bunkline continued during free time. The lower bunkline will continue their tournament at a later date.  

The wind picked up a bit after dinner and the temperature dropped so there were no dips tonight but it was still a perfect evening to be outside.  There was a TwiLight League game, touch football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, tennis, canoeing and boating and all the regular evening activities plus bocce ball.   

July 12th, 2018

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BEACH DAY

Last night at flag lowering it was announced that we would be going to the BEACH today!!!   

When the first bell rang, everyone was up, took dips if they wanted, made their beds, dressed in their bathing suit with a long sleeve shirt, water bottle, hat, towel and whatever else they wanted to take to the beach.   Then it was up for flag raising and breakfast.   After morning announcements, the buses were loaded and we were off for Scarborough Beach which is about 45 minutes from camp.

It was an awesome Beach Day!  Sunny and warm with a bit of a breeze.  The ocean was chilly at 67 degrees but that didn’t seem to stop anyone from swimming.   There was plenty of time for that as well as sand castle building, playing, and just hanging out.   We ate lunch and  then did it all again.   The buses were loaded again around 3 and everyone was back at camp around 4.  It was straight  to the lake for a dip to clean of the salt and sand and then to the cabins for Quiet Hour.

Tonight’s dinner was our usual Wednesday night “Jimmy Buffet” and it was a perfect night for eating outside.  Then to the hall for a movie which was a good way to relax after a busy day in the sun.

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Beach Day

July 11th, 2018

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Tuesday, July 10

Another great summer day — it started off warm and more humid than the last few days.  The high was 90 in the early afternoon before the clouds arrived.  We also had a few rumbles of thunder and maybe some distant lightening later in the afternoon but no rain.  

It was a typical morning.  Activities available included archery, the climbing wall, soccer, handicrafts, nature, sailing, wood shop, and tennis with swims as usual.   The Eagles returned home in time to unpack and take showers before lunch reporting the trip was “awesome”.   

The laundry arrived at the end of lunch so everyone could take their clean laundry back to their cabins on the way to Quiet Hour.  We sent out a total of 187 bags of laundry totaling over 2100 pounds all of which was returned clean and folded within 24 hours!!  

This afternoon, an 11 & under baseball team went to a neighboring camp for a game (they snuck out without a picture!) and a large group hiked Rattlesnake Mountain which is just 15 minutes away and provides an awesome view of Panther Pond and Sebago Lake.  Here at camp, there was a 15 & under tennis practice for an upcoming tournament, a double  period of sailing for racing practice for an upcoming regatta, archery, basketball, handicrafts, kayaking, paddle boarding, wood shop and waterskiing.  In addition,  a group watched the Belgium vs. France World Cup game during free time.   

It was a free evening tonight with a Twilight League Game, soccer, touch football, whiffle ball, tennis, basketball, etc. with a dip just before heading to bed.  

July 10th, 2018

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