Friday, July 27

It was cloudy and already quite warm when the first bell rang.  The clouds broke up later in the morning and we had a sunny and warm day, becoming  hot and humid in the afternoon  with a high of 83.  Late afternoon, some significant storms rolled through bringing thunder and lightening along with rain.  

A group of tennis players left before the end of breakfast to attend a tennis tournament at a nearby camp.  Several of the players made it through multiple rounds and were playing in the semi-finals when the storms hit.  As it was already late afternoon, the tournament was stopped and the games will be completed another day.

Back at camp, it was a regular morning with swims and signup periods.  Activities to sign-up for included archery, lacrosse, beginner water skiing, handicrafts, riflery, woodshop, nature, sailing and basketball.

The Baxter State Park camping trip arrived just before lunch.  They had a fantastic trip despite having rain on their middle day.   They had a great time exploring the park, swimming in some rapids and taking some great hikes.  

Its Friday so  the afternoon schedule included Friday Trips and there were a lot to chose from:  A hike up Rattlesnake Mountain, a trip to the Maine Wildlife Park to see moose, bears, and other wild animals found in Maine, a canoe paddle to a beach down the lake, a long sail, an in-camp triathlon, 6 v 6 soccer practice and a home run derby.   Everyone returned or finished up around 4 and headed for dips before getting dressed and lining up for candy. Just as the last few campers got their candy, the thunder started and was quickly followed by heavy rain.  

The 5-day trip arrived back just before Friday candy. They too had a great trip despite some wet weather.  

Campers and staff with relatives at Wohelo quickly loaded into the vans for the trip to Wohelo.  Unfortunately, it was raining even harder when they arrived so everyone had to find a place to go inside.  It was a shorter and wetter visit then planned but it was still great to see their siblings.

Many of the scheduled Free Time activities  had to be cancelled due to the storm but handicrafts, nature, rand riflery were all open and a lot of campers headed to the barn where they played board games.  The rain continued through the evening so after dinner, everyone headed to the hall for a movie.  It was still raining when everyone headed to bed.  The sound of the rain on the roofs of the cabins is a great sound to fall asleep by.

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The Tennis Players

July 27th, 2018

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Thursday, July 26

It was off and on showers when the bell rang at 7:15 and they lasted through a good part of the morning although there were glimpses of brighter skies.  By mid-morning the sun was out.  We really lucked out as there was lightening and storms in the area but for the most part, they all missed us.   We did have a heavy shower around 4:30 but by dinner, the skies had cleared and it was another perfect night for a free evening.

Half way through breakfast, a group of sailors packed up and left for a sailing regatta on Moose Pond.  When they left, it didn’t look like a great day for sailing (raining and no wind) but luckily, the day did improve!  

With thunderstorms in the forecast, today’s schedule had a variety of activities both inside and outside. This morning there was a choice between  archery, story writing, soccer, music, handicrafts, running, nature, riflery, and woodshop.  Instructional swim was able to go on as scheduled. 

This afternoon, with the continued threat of thunderstorms, activities included archery, board games in the barn, drama, games on the field, handicrafts, nature, riflery, woodshop, and basketball.  The skies opened at the start of Free Time so most campers chose to be inside — board games in the barn was very popular as was spikeball in the hall, handicrafts, riflery, woodshop, and nature.  When the rain stopped, people ventured to archery, canoeing, basketball, and the field.  

By dinner, the skies were clear and so it was a great night for a Free Evening.  Some campers even chose to dip just before getting ready for bed.  

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Sailing Team

July 26th, 2018

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Wednesday, July 25

We woke to another foggy morning but again, once the fog lifted, it was a beautiful day with a high of 79 and a stiff breeze this afternoon.   There were even white caps in our cove.  

A third trip left right after breakfast for Baxter State Park where they will camp for two nights and spend the days exploring the park.  Unlike the trip that went last week, they will not attempt to climb Mt. Katahdin but instead take some shorter hikes and check out some fishing spots.   

With three groups out of camp, there were a lot few campers at activities but still lots to chose from – regular water skiing, tennis, woodshop, sailing, riflery, handicrafts, and archery.

The Grafton Notch trip returned before lunch having had an “awesome” trip – check out their pictures on the Shutterfly site under Second Session Trips.  

This afternoons activities included the climbing wall, water skiing, archery, drama, handicrafts, nature, riflery, sailing, woodshop, and tennis.  Additions during Free time include spike ball, soccer and basketball.

Wednesday night is always “Jimmy Buffett” and it was the perfect night to eat outside. 

During Free Evening, there was a double header Twi Light League game with one game played on the regular field and one on Beginner’s beach.   For those not playing, there was ultimate frisbee, tennis, soccer, basketball, spike ball, ping-pong, gaga ball, Adirondack golf and more.  By the time the bell rang, it had cooled off and the humidity was gone so it will be a great night for sleeping.  

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The Baxter State Park Trip

July 25th, 2018

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Tuesday, July 24

It was foggy and a little dreary but warm (69degrees) when the bell rang at 7:15 and when the fog lifted, we had a beautiful sunny day with a high of 80.

With two trips out, it was significantly quieter at breakfast.  It was a regular morning with instructional swim and signups.  Signups included archery, the climbing wall, lacrosse, handicrafts, nature, riflery, sailing, woodshop, and running.   

The laundry was back so everyone carried their clean laundry bag back to their cabins after lunch.  

There was a strong wind this afternoon making sailing a bit more challenging!  Other activities to sign up for included baseball, archery, handicrafts, paddle boarding, kayaking, riflery, tennis and waterskiing. Additions during Free Time included soccer, spike ball, basket ball, badminton, gaga ball, ping-pong, corn hole, etc.  

Another beautiful night for a Free Evening — we have been so lucky!  There was a Twi-Light League game  — the Cucumbers vs. Mulch Mob plus all the usual evening activities —  ultimate frisbee is a favorite, soccer, basketball, tennis, canoeing, ping-pong, spike ball, and more!       

July 24th, 2018

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Monday, July 23

There were some light showers during the night but around 6:30 AM, the skies opened and we had a torrential downpour.  It let up a little by the first bell at 7:15 and was pretty much over by breakfast at 8AM.  While it remained overcast all morning, it was still pretty warm and then, despite a prediction of “chance of thunderstorms”, the sun came out mid-afternoon and the rest of the day was sunny and warm. 

Two groups left on camping trips today.   The 5-day left right after breakfast heading to  Lake Aziscohos where they will spend 5 days/4 night camping, canoeing, exploring and hiking before returning on Friday.  The second trip, the Second Half Upper Bunkline trip, left after lunch for Grafton Notch where they will spend two nights camping and hike tomorrow.  

For everyone else, activities to signup for this morning included archery, soccer, drama, handicrafts, nature, riflery, sailing, woodshop, running and 12 & under baseball practice and of course instructional swim.

Monday is laundry day so everyone brought their bag of laundry up on their way to lunch and loaded it in the back of the Busy Bee Laundry truck.   

This afternoon, the 12 & under baseball team traveled to a nearby camp to play a game.   Activities available at camp included tennis baseball (in bathing suits as the grass and field were still pretty wet), archery, soccer, handicrafts, riflery, sailing, woodshop, and basketball.  Additions during Free Time included canoeing, ping-pong, spike ball,  board games, etc.   

After dinner, it was a perfect night for a free evening with a Twi-Light League game between Team Paiste and the Boogie Monsters, soccer, frisbee golf, ultimate frisbee, basketball, tennis, ping-pong, badminton, etc.   When the bell rang, everyone headed to their cabins and anyone who wanted could take a quick dip before getting ready for bed.  


July 23rd, 2018

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Sunday, July 22

So our stretch of sunny weather has come to an end!  It was cloudy when the bell rang at 7:45 (late sleep on Sunday also) but it started to rain while everyone was at cabin cleanup so instead of heading to our outdoor chapel when the bell rang, we headed to the hall for our Sunday gathering.  I can only remember a handful of times we’ve had chapel inside.   James Temple gave a great talk about the trials we all face  (if you’d like to read his talk, there is a link in the right hand column).  

The rain continued for the rest of the day but that doesn’t slow anything down!  Activities this afternoon to sign up for included archery, soccer, board games in the barn, handicrafts, music in the barn, nature, riflery, knot tying with sailing, woodshop, darts and basketball.   Because it was raining and on the cool side, instead of free swim, the swim groups met in the hall for some crazy dodgeball.  Free Time included all the same activities plus an opportunity to hang out in the cabin to read or play games.    

It was still raining this evening so instead of going outside for Council Fire, we gathered in the hall.   


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Chapel inside the hall with the choir on the stage

July 22nd, 2018

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Saturday, July 21

We’ve had such great weather this week — last night was a little chilly but today was another sunny day, warm (high of 78) with a light breeze.  Looking ahead, we may be in for some stormier weather next week so enjoying today!

Being Saturday, we had a late sleep with the first bell at 7:45 rather than 7:15.  During the breakfast announcements, we learned that we’d be playing Capture the Flag (“CFlag”) this morning!! The cheers were deafening!  New campers learned if they were on the Green or the Gray team and during cabin cleanup, dressed accordingly. 

There were two very exciting games of CFlag with lots of action and then everyone was off for a free swim which was a great way to cool off.

This afternoon, over half the camp signed up to participate in a dodge ball tournament.   Campers signed up as individuals and were placed on teams with 5 campers to a team.  The teams were named after countries and each team had a coach.   It was a lot of fun, the vans were set up to help stop the balls, there was music playing and play-by-play announcers as well as non stop action.  

For those not taking part in the tournament, activities to sign up for included archery, nature, handicrafts, riflery, sailing and woodshop.   The tournament was over by the end of second period.  Activities available during free time included archery, canoeing, the climbing wall, lacrosse, soccer, handicrafts, riflery, sailing, woodshop, tennis, basketball, badminton, corn hole, spike ball, etc.    When the bell rang at 5:45, everyone headed to their cabin cookout sites for Saturday night cookouts.   Then to the hall for a really fun evening with the YO-YO Guy can do amazing things with a yo-yo!!    

July 21st, 2018

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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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