Our Takajo Okees returned to camp from their trip out west full of excitement and enthusiasm. The trip was everything we could have possibly hoped for. There were amazing sights, but more importantly our boys had amazing companionship along the way.
Watching our oldest boys in camp today, I sense the nostalgia starting to build among them. This evening, four of our Okees, who have been together since their first year in bunk Chuckatuck, challenged four other Okees, who started in bunk Nacoochee, to a four-on-four basketball game on the Warrior court. The challenge was made in the dining room during the dinner meal so that all the Juniors and Seniors could witness the exciting event. My sense is that this will be one of many special moments these boys will experience during the last week of their camping careers.
At one point this morning, there were no Warrior campers in camp. The Braves (finished third grade) had a sleep-away trip in the camping grounds of Swan Island. They enjoyed an evening of exploring the island before cooking dinner over an open fire, roasting marshmallows, and sleeping in tents under a star-lit sky.
Our Crows (finished second grade) made their way to Storyland Theme Park, where they enjoyed exciting rides and their fair share of snow cones and cotton candy. Our Indians (finished fourth grade) ventured out to Water Country USA, where they enjoyed exhilarating water rides. It was the perfect trip to cap off an amazing summer.
You can almost feel the excitement in the air as the anticipation for our Olympics competition is already peaking. The Junior Olympics broke this evening, catching all of our fifth and sixth grade boys completely by surprise. After a creative break, the Juniors made their way into the dining room for a celebratory make-your-own sundae party.
Our Warrior and Senior campers are poised and ready for the sound of the Olympic bugle to mark the start of their competitions. With just one week left in the camp season, enthusiasm is at an all-time high, and we will make the most out of every moment that we have remaining here on the shores of Long Lake.