Hellooooo Parents and welcome back to the very last camp blog for 2014!! Can you believe it?? I can’t believe its time to wrap up camp for the last time. You know what that means don’t ya??? Only 30 more days till the kick off of college football season!!!! (I know there’s a LOT of y’all out there ready for that- self included!) Its been a great session and I can’t tell ya how many times I heard a counselor or one of the admin say how much they LOVE this 4th session group of campers!! Everyone’s had a blast just enjoying themselves as they all work in the classes. To tell ya the truth, it hasn’t been much like work at all!! Its easy to stay excited about camp when its this much fun to have all the campers here. We sure are gonna miss everyone when ya’ll come to get ‘em!!
Well we wrapped up the camp activities today in grand fashion as all the campers spent their last day of classes by enjoying the activities, the weather and each other. The canoeing class had their annual “Splashout” where they get in teams and then try to swamp each others canoe by pouring water in ‘em and at the same time, on everyone else! You can see from the pics all the campers had a great time drowning each others canoes. Im not sure what had more water in them, the canoes or the campers??
From there I headed up to arts and crafts and pottery and you won’t believe what those girls have done this session! The arts and crafts projects were great and then I looked at some of the pottery projects…WOW!! I couldn’t believe that these girls made some of those things while they were here. Some of ‘em have such detail I couldn’t believe it. I cant wait for you guys to see ‘em.
As all the girls went throughout the day you could hear ‘em asking each other what they were doin’ in Showtime tonight. Theres good reason for that. It was one of the greatest showetimes we’ve had at camp. It all started with the circus class showing they are the masters of mid air manipulation with all the aerial acrobatics they performed. While they were performing, I was able to get some great shots of your campers so be sure to check out those pics, you’ll sure be proud of ‘em when you see what they’re doing! After the circus display, we headed into the gym and were entertained by our “age out campers” as they were our host and they didn’t disappoint. They came all dressed like every Disney princess you’ve ever seen. We were treated to some of the best dancing, cheerleading, runway modeling and gymnastics we’ve had they session. I was snapping the pics as fast as I could but that still wasn’t fast enough to catch all the excitement that was going on while they were performing. Make sure you see everything they did ‘cause you don’t want to miss it!
Now tomorrow, after breakfast (at a little later time…..more sleep!!!) and cabin clean up, we’ll have our Grand Championship Horse show where the top 6 riders from the session will compete for the tittle of Grand as well as club points for whichever club they’re in! All the campers will be there to watch and cheer on the winner and then of course get to watch the tradition of dunking the winner in the horse trough! We’ll be there to get everything for ya and have it posted as soon as they’re done.
After our picnic lunch, we’ll head to the gym to finally get to see the drama classes performance of Peter Pan!! I’ve been able to catch a few glimpses of them practicing and I tell ya, I can’t wait to see the final show. We’ll have the camera there too so you guys can see it in bits and pieces. It’s sure to be a great performance! My money is on Peter Pan to beat that dastardly Captain Hook….anyone wanna take the bet?
That’ll bring us to the banquet and this is where it all starts to hit home. As the campers enter the dinning hall dressed in their club colors and sitting with their clubs. We’ll enjoy dinner and then a slide show where the campers will get to see SOME of the pictures you guys have been scanning over for the last two weeks. Its a great time and brings back lots of memories as they get a quick glimpse of all the moments that made this session so great. After all the awards and presentations, we’ll come to the moment that every camper has been waiting on, Honor Campers and Counselors and even more importantly, the winners of the club cups!! This is where we’ll find out who wins the Horse show cup, the points cup (thats what all those competitions have been for), and the most prized possession of any club at camp….the Eloise H Temple Spirit cup thats awarded top the club that demonstrates the spirit of our founder, Eloise H Temple. When they announce that the air is fence with anticipation, the campers are holding hands hoping that will help Sally call their club name as the winner, and when she does…….walls and windows shake from all the screaming!!
And then it hits……the realization that camp is almost finished. Their days of enjoying each other at camp are down to the last one. Their new best friends, like them, will soon be heading somewhere called home. The smiles and joyous occasions turn quickly to wide eyes filled with tears as they hug everyone they can in their last moments together. Not only the campers, but this time, its also the counselors as they realize their co-workers / friends / sisters / as well as their campers will all be soon heading away from their summer home where they’ve just completed the toughest job they’ll ever love and the campers that love them too. It’s a moving moment as you see real tears from these campers and you realize just what camp and these last two weeks has actually meant to them.
At the conclusion of the banquet, all the campers will head to their club meeting places for one last time and then everyone will go down to the river for River Vespers. This is where our counselor choir will canoe down stream singing the camp song and then we’ll have the cabin wishes and then those same age out campers who entertained at Showtime will step up to the microphone and read their age out speech saying what camp has meant to them. If your camper is an age out this year, you really owe it to yourself to ask her about her speech. These girls have been working on them for months and some of them even have them memorized but that doesn’t help when they start talking about it and you can hear the crack in their voice, the sniff of a tear before they speak the next word, and they talk from the heart about the friendships they’ve made while here at their summer home. nIts then you realize its not about what they learned in circus, made in arts and crafts, or even how well they shot in archery. Its about what they’ve forged over their time here and the memories they’ve made that will be with ‘em for a lifetime….
Folks, I’m not real sure how to even wrap up this blog, but its that time so I guess I better give it a try…Its been an honor and a pleasure to get to have your prized possession with us at camp and to be able to grow with them over these last few weeks. I can’t wait to see all ya’ll at closing day and be able to see the look on your faces when realize just how much they’ve grown and learned while they were here. Thanks again to all of you who have been ‘playing along at home’ with us on the internet (its been fun ain’t it?) and I know you’ll be as happy as I am to not be on the computer as much as we all have been during camp!!. Y’all have a safe trip up here Friday, and please be sure to say HI when you stop by, (I’ll be the one that will look as tired as those of you that have been staying up reading all these blogs). We’ll have a DVD for ya with every picture you’ve seen as well as all the VMA videos on it so you’ll have everything on it.
So for the last time in 2014……..Thanks again, and have a safe trip,
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