Tak Talk Blog- Camp Takajo – July 31, 2017
July 31, 2017 by Jeff Konigsberg
Camp Takajo’s Big Trip Week continues. Our nine-year-old Braves were so excited for their trip to Funtown/Splashtown that they were dressed and out of bed before the sound of reveille this morning. After a quick breakfast, our boys boarded the buses and made their way to Saco, Maine, where they enjoyed an afternoon of exhilarating rides at this iconic water park.
Temperatures reached the mid-eighties, and high humidity levels created the perfect atmosphere for our boys to enjoy this fun getaway. Our Junior Greens (finished fifth grade) headed to Sunday River Ski Resort for an overnight trip at one of New England’s most prominent ski mountains. Our eleven-year-olds enjoyed a scenic hike and got to sleep in dormitories, high up in the mountains. Our Juniors also enjoyed bowling in town and taking in a movie before their two-day trip comes to a close tomorrow evening.
Our Sub-Seniors (finished eighth grade) boarded their coach bus for Quebec after a couple of days back at camp still on a high following their return from their various trips to Mt. Katahdin, the Saint Croix River, Acadia National Park, and a barnstorming golf adventure. The Subs attended a minor league baseball game in Quebec City for their first evening in Canada.
The Okees finished a two-day stint in Bryce Canyon and are currently en route to Las Vegas, where they will cap off their amazing excursion to the West. Trip leader Hal Williams shared with me a special moment that occurred while the boys were taking in the beautiful sights at Bryce Canyon. As the boys set their eyes on this majestic landmark, Hal asked the boys to take a moment to appreciate this unique opportunity and to reflect back on their most memorable moments at camp. To Hal’s surprise, this reflection ended up lasting over ten minutes. Hal listened in awe as the boys reflected and reminisced about the unique experience they have been provided since they first set foot at camp.
Meanwhile, back in camp, Senior Group Leader Paddy Mohan invited our Junior Grey campers (finished sixth grade) to join him to experience Senior Camp. This is a wonderful opportunity for the boys who will be graduating out of Junior Camp to experience what life is like as a Senior. These boys enjoyed playing under the lights on the Senior tennis courts and basketball after dark in the Upper Field House. However, the most exciting part of their day was when they were welcomed into the Senior Rec. Hall for an opportunity to relax and wind down in this newly renovated “man cave.”
Our Indian Campers (finished fourth grade) were delighted when they learned tonight was their sleepover movie night in the MJG Playhouse. The entire group of Indian boys enjoyed the ultimate sleepover party and enjoyed watching three movies and a late night pizza party. With all the excitement in the air, our boys can sense that Olympics is just around the corner.