No rooster required. As the sun rises, out of the cabin they pour. By 5 AM the basketballs were “babump babumping” and sets of little eyes eagerly peered into Shep’s “Lighthouse” window. Counselors give up on the last hour of sleep, realizing that there’s just no way of holding back their family of super excited kids. It’s the first day of camp!
George’s “Morning Show” airs at 8. It’s an ESPN-style over-the-PA radio show, that keeps everyone up to date with the latest sports news. Today’s edition was brought to you by Coop E, Nate R, Reed and Bronner.
Each day a different bunk has the honor of raising the flag, as we stand at attention for the National Anthem. It’s one of the handful of minutes that the boys actually stay still.
A breakfast of Skylemar’s Famous French Toast Sticks, oatmeal, eggs, fruit and cereal goes well with the morning paper, aka “The Daily Schedule”. The schedule is custom-made for each day by Barney, our Program Director. It’s a precise blueprint for where each camper and counselor go at all times. Who would have guessed we’ve been “contact tracing” for 70+ years.
There are seven periods in a day. Five are assigned, and two are choice. For example, Bunk 10 had tennis first period, and then the choice of Lacrosse, Steal the Bacon or Chilltop. Next, they had Waterfront, followed by Soccer, Yellowhorn and Backwoods. After that was a choice of Football, Mini Golf or Bocce. In between are three meals, Perfection Inspection and Power Shower Hour. Sound tiring? The day also includes Rest Hour. But even then, they never rest.
The type of activity determines how many cabins attend. For instance, Golf would be just one bunk, while Basketball would be several of the same age. We refer to these age groups as “Divisions”. You’ll soon receive a postcard from your son sharing his cabin number, which corresponds to these Divisions:
Cubs: Bunks 1-6
Tigers: Bunks 7-9
Freshmen: Bunks 10-14
Sophomores: Bunks 15-19
Juniors: Bunks 20-24
Seniors: Bunks 25-27
Stars: Bunks 28-30
Ring of Champions Campfire was our Evening Activity. It’s an all-camp event, with songs, hilarious skits and of course, s’mores. Lots of fun for all ages.
Bring on tomorrow! We can’t wait!