Tak Talk Blog- Camp Takajo – July 8, 2017
July 8, 2017 by Jeff Konigsberg
You can never get enough beautiful weather at summer camp. Temperatures climbed into the low-eighties at Camp Takajo, and humidity levels rose as a warm breeze moved across Long Lake. Today, our boys participated in intercamp basketball and baseball. All had a good time.
In addition to our athletic program, we run a very extensive pioneering program throughout the summer. Each summer, we hire sixteen counselors to work specifically in this program. These staff members arrive in camp two weeks prior to opening day and undergo an extensive training process that includes certifications in CPR, First Aid, wilderness emergency rescue, and trip leading. While many camps have cut back on their wilderness trips, we firmly believe that camping is an integral part of our program. We feel it provides great value for our boys to take a day away from the athletic fields and explore the wilderness here in this magnificent region of Maine.
Nestled between the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the rocky shoreline of coastal Maine, our camp is perfectly located for day trips for campers of all ages and interest levels. Our younger campers enjoy day hikes and beautiful walking trails where they camp out for lunch. As our boys get older, they get the opportunity to paddle down the Saint Croix River for four days, climb Mount Katahdin (highest peak in Maine), and visit one of the most majestic sights in our beautiful state, Acadia National Park.
Our alumni have often said that their greatest memories from camp come from their time spent on hiking trails, canoe trips, and their time spent around a campfire. We offer trips to our youngest campers in hopes that we can their interest in preparation for some of the opportunities that will be available to them as they get older.
As we turn the page and begin the third week of our summer, most of our boys relaxed at camp for our Saturday movie night. Our eighth and ninth grade boys (Subs and Okees) made their way in the afternoon to Portland to catch a Portland Sea Dogs minor league baseball game. As the day came to an end and the boys retired for the night, they dreamed of Lazy Man’s Morning, Dunkin’ Donuts, and more excitement to come.