Jeff’s Thoughts: Tatoo
I’m not sure how many families know that Camp Takajo has a live bugler. As a matter of fact, it’s my associate director, Warren Davis. Warren has been by my side since I first purchased camp in 1988. I often joke with Warren that his ability to play the bugle is his job security, but really, I
couldn’t imagine running camp without him. Every night, Warren blows Tatoo. Tatoo symbolizes a time of reflection. It’s the time of day when the entire camp stands still and bows their heads in reflection. We think about our day, our trials and tribulations, the friendships we have made, as well as our loved ones who are at home thinking about us and rooting on our success at camp. Today, the entire camp spent their time packing duffel bags, which on many levels, seems like a tedious, boring thing to do. But as the campers and counselors packed up cleats, grassed-stained sweatpants, tennis racquets and soccer balls, we couldn’t help but reflect upon the many special moments we had this summer at camp. This evening, the whole camp will come together one final time, at the Playhouse, and at the end of the evening, we will all stand in silence as Warren plays Tatoo one last time.
I am so thankful to you, parents, who have entrusted me with your children this summer. I take my role as surrogate parent with great honor, and truly treat your child, while he is in my care, as if he were my own. That is what I was thinking about tonight during Tatoo.