Posted by Larry Johnson on July 21
Welcome back parents! Its been a cloudy and cool day up here today but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been a fun filled day. With the cooler temps all the campers were in high gear as they made their way from activity to activity. While I was making my rounds the morning, I happen tot stop in and check on cooking class (If you’ve seen me you know I check in on them quite often!!). Today they were making cookie dough fudge and trust me parents, you want them to make the for you when they get home. It won’t be ready until after it chills for 24 hours in the fridge but they are in for a treat tomorrow (maybe, just maybe, I’ve tried it already this summer??). Its possible one of the richest things Ive ever tasted and you ‘ll want to try it for yourself. Just make sure you have a large glass of cold milk to go with it and you’ll be in a sugar coma in no time!
After that I was walking towards the horse barn when all of a sudden there was a chorus of cheers and chants coming from the Tower of Power. You guys know I just had to stop in and see what all the fuss was about. As I got closer to the tower you could see a group of girls all gathered around the bottom of one of the walls looking up towards the very tip top. There was a camper up there about 3 moves from reaching the top of the tower. As they all cheered her on with every reach and grab of the next boulder in her path. She finally made her last grab and was touching the top of the tower to an even louder cheer from all her supporters down below. Since they all were yelling her name I gave her a cheer of my own saying “Way to go Dallas!!” Just hoping to see if anyone would recognize that line from the movie The Hunt for Red October. It was at this moment I realized that I was even much older than our counselors as not one person picked up on it. Whether they got it or not, it was great to see her make into the top and all her fellow campers cheering her on from below.
The girls in horseback made their way out through the horse trails today as they enjoyed riding their horse through the woods and across the creek. Its fun to watch them when they make it out of the ring and get out into “the wild” as they make throw way down the trailer and through the woods. They’re always smiling so big when they finally get back to the horse barn and realize they did it all on their own. Of course they did have a little help from the horses, but you get what I mean.
Before I forget I do have an update on the missing retainer (I know you guys were probably sitting on pins and needles just waiting for this). It was found and returned to the proper camper. Of course it was found hanging on a bush where she set it and not in the pool where they had me looking. Not sure who was responsible for my assignment but I’ll find out and send them on a Snipe hunt before the summer is over! Don’t tell ‘em if ya know what I’m talking about!!
This afternoon was filled with action in every direction. The girls at tennis were busy getting their serve on while archery and rifelry were right on target with all their shots. I happen to catch just a few minutes of archery and it was fun to see the girls notice their improvement over the course of just two days. I’ll keep checking on them throughout the session and let ya know how they’re doing. I’m sure they’ll get better and better. Keep checking back and find out!!
This afternoon was filled with action in every direction. The girls at tennis were busy getting their serve on while archery and rifelry were right on target with all their shots. I happen to catch just a few minutes of archery and it was fun to see the girls notice their improvement over the course of just two days. I’ll keep checking on them throughout the session and let ya know how they’re doing. I’m sure they’ll get better and better. Keep check ing back and find out!!
The girls at CSR worked as hard as I’ve ever seen as they mastered the skill of traversing and edge both going up and down. It’s a difficult skill to learn and they were worn out today but every single one of them commented on how much easier it got each time they did it over and over again. This will really help them out when we get to the real cliffs and they have to make their way from horizontal to vertical and vice versa on rope. I have no worries they’ll all be great at it. If they look tired in any of their pics today….they are. It’s ok.
So after 2 full days of activities and a wild night of Sock war last night, we decided to slow things down a little tonight and have something new at camp this year. Game show night where all the girls come to the gym and cabin by cabin they compete in all the TV Game shows you know and remember. We have everything from American Idol, Win Lose or Draw, Wheel of Fortune, Total Makeover (this involved their counselors and a blind make up application applied by the campers) something called Heads, Knees, Shoulders and Cup, and more. It was a fun time as everyone got to participate in the activity and then also helped cheer on their other cabin mates through all the games. I’m sure no one was upset that tonight was a little slower pace and didn’t involve any running or throwing.
After the Game Show Night, we had a modified campfire session due to the threat of weather from Mother Nature. Tonights theme was on Kindness and everyone got to hear it in the gym instead of being outside thanks to Mother Nature. Turned out she bluffed….. and we blinked. No rain, just some distant thunder but no worries. It did cool everything down and I’m sure it’s helping all the campers fall fast to sleep with the cool air flowing through their cabin. I know it would help me, I’m getting tired just thinking about it.
Tomorrow nights activity will be right back to the clubs competing in what we call “Get Skyline Back”. Its another wild night so I’ll wait till tomorrow to tell ya all about it. If I did it now, you’d never be able to get to sleep you’d be filled with so much anticipation.
Well you guys playing along at home be sure to pace yourself with staying upper the video, pics and blog. We still have a long way to go and you don’t wanna burn out this early in the session (or you may look like the campers today after my class!)
Get some sleep. I’m gonna try to do the same,
Larry is originally from Florida and graduated from Florida State University (Go Noles!). He taught and coached for 12 years before working full time at camp. During the off season, he heads up the winter retreats and leadership training with sports teams from all across the country. He’s married to Sally (who tries to keep him in line) and is an avid pilot and caver in any free time he can find.