Today, like many Sundays was a “late sleep” which means the first bell rang at 7:45 rather than 7:15. It was another chilly morning for dips but looking ahead at the 10-day forecast, it may be the last for a while! It was flag raising and breakfast as normal but the rest of the morning followed a Sunday schedule which includes a longer than normal cabin cleanup followed by chapel. The longer cleanup allows time to change the sheets, extra sweeping and the required Sunday letter. Todays letter, being the first letter of the summer, was a little different as it is a postcard with your camper’s cabin picture.
Our Sunday morning “chapel” service is non-denominational and led by a head counselor. Todays, led by head counselor, Tommy, was on gratitude. He opened it up for the audience to express what they were grateful for. Campers and counselors took turns standing and saying a few words. Many mentioned counselors or special camp friends that had helped them. It was the perfect first chapel of the summer. When possible, we post the chapel talks and links to past years can be found in the right hand column. We will not be posting today’s because of the format.
This afternoon was a normal afternoon with signups, swims and Free Time. Activities open for all periods this afternoon included archery, baseball, soccer, handicrafts, nature, riflery, sailing, and woodshop. During free time, additional activities included basketball, ping -pong, gaga and games in the barn.
After dinner, we continued with a Sunday schedule which includes Council Fire. The entire camp walks to a clearing in the woods on the other side of the road where we form a large circle. Dave starts the fire using a large spindle with the help of the campers pulling on a very long rope to turn the spindle. Awards won during the week are announced and counselors make commendations for good deeds, helpfulness, good sportsmanship, etc. It is a great way to end the week.
Tomorrow, starts a very busy week, in addition to all of our regular activities, 6 cabins will go on their camping trips with Cardinals and Loons leaving tomorrow morning!