It was already 70 degrees when the first bell rang at 7:45 and it hit a high of 86 this afternoon. We’ve had a lot of beautiful warm days this summer but this was one of the few hot summer days — it felt great!
A group of campers and counselors were up before the first bell, packed and ready to for their trip to Baxter State Park where they will camp for 2 nights and tomorrow climb the tallest mountain in Maine, Mt. Katahdin. They ate an early breakfast and were on their way. Hopefully they have a clear day for the climb.
For everyone else, it was a regular morning. Available for sign-ups — fishing, archery, handicrafts, riflery, sailing, woodshop and regular waterskiing. When breakfast was over, the campers signuped for their morning activity and then headed to the cabins for cabin clean-up. There is a 9:30 bell to signal the first signup — the lower bunkline campers (Mallards, Eagles, Hawks, Crogles and Herons) head to the activity they signed up for while the upper bunkline (Falcons, Loons, Ravens, Cardinals and Crows) head to the docks for instructional swim. When the bell rings at 10:30, they switch — the lower bunkline heads to swim and the upper bunkline to their activity. At 11:30, everyone returned to their cabin and settled in for Flat Rest — the campers spend a half hour on their beds, they can read, write letters or take a nap but must be on their beds. Many years ago, campers were required to lay flat on their bed, no reading or writing – hence the name Flat Rest.
The next bell is at 12:15 and everyone heads toward the barn for lunch at 12:30. At the end of lunch, campers sign up once again for activities — available this afternoon for signups were archery, the climbing wall, soccer, handicrafts, paddle boarding, riflery, sailing, woodshop, tennis and basketball. After signing up, its back to the cabins for Quiet Hour. During this time, campers can play games with their cabin mates, or again read or write. The next bell is at 2:30 – the lower bunkline heads to free swim and the upper bunkline is off to the activity they signed up for. The 3:30 bell has the upper bunkline heading to free swim and the lower bunkline to their activity. At 4:30, its off to Free Time. During Free Time, campers can go to any of the open activities and they do not have to stay at one activity for the whole period but are free to switch between them. They can also fish, play ping-pong or come up with their own activity. Today during Free Time, in addition to all the activities open earlier this afternoon, there was canoeing and boating and lifeguards were at Main Dock and Beginners for anyone who wanted to take another dip.
At the end of Free Time, it was time to gather for dinner which was followed tonight with a Free Evening and the first Twilight League games of the second session. Everyone in camp is assigned to a Twilight Leagues Team and its just for fun. The second session campers found out which team they are on. Tonight was a double header with a game on the baseball field and one on Beginner’s Beach. For those who were not playing in a game tonight, there was soccer, tennis, basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, canoeing and much more. When the final bell of the day rang at 7:45, most campers took a quick dip before getting ready for bed.