Have you ever played Handball? It’s a fast-paced game that’s especially popular this summer, especially with the older guys.
Although traditionally played on a court, we play on the Snow Field between two goals. The area used is about the size of a basketball court. Some say it’s a cross between soccer (but only the goalie can use his feet) and Ultimate Frisbee. We typically play 5-on-5, plus goalies.
When you get the ball, you can run to make a goal until you’re tagged. Once tagged, you can no longer shoot, but can take three steps and pass to a teammate. There are two twenty-minute halves, and you play with a specific ball. It’s a fantastic game that’s been played regularly for decades in Europe. It could be the next hot game here too. Remember where you heard that...
And hot it was today. Forecast says temps will continue to climb. The boys want to play no matter what. As long we drink plenty of water, keep up with sunscreen and slow down the pace, we’re good to keep going.
In the shade of the trees is Belay School at the Challenge Course. In Belay School, campers learn how to use specialized equipment and follow rules to keep everyone safe on the High Ropes. The entire group works together down on the ground, while each camper then gets the chance to master the Giant Swing. It’s especially rewarding for eight people to work as one unified team.
Working together is also what we do at SkyPines. Feathers of Fame are awarded to those who are a part of the rustic overnight. Here Sid and Sam teach some basic survival skills and help all to feel comfortable sleeping in a tent. This short time away from the physical cabin can help to solidify relationships.
The Cubs had a bit of time away together in the afternoon. They went blueberry picking! The 100 pints they picked will be perfect for blueberry pancakes tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Stars took a journey to Bridgton. It’s a cute little town about 10 miles away that has a public beach, a some places to eat as well as a few stores to check out.
All-Star Game for Evening Activity! It’s our own “home version” of a Seadogs game, with two teams of staff members. The players wear crazy costumes, the field is decorated with giant cut-outs of fairy tale and Disney characters, and the rules are a bit creative. The camp cheers on the sidelines, while enjoying a special treat of Sea Biscuits. Each time someone’s “out”, Sid the Prize Man raffles off a door prize. There are mascots dancing and silly challenges between innings, like a dog race between Trix, Cubbie and Moose.
It was a beautiful scene at the Fred Pierce Field. A giant group of brothers cheering for their counselors, with a stunning sunset on the horizon.