The weather gods were looking out for us today. We had one of the most delightful visiting days at Camp Takajo that I can remember. Mild temperatures and no rain sure beat the hot, humid days that are in the forecast just a few days from now. Campers had an opportunity to spend quality time with their parents, participate in a wide variety of activities, and enjoy a delicious lunch overlooking Long Lake.
On many levels for me, this day was bittersweet because it is the last visiting day for our oldest campers and their parents. We have an exceptional group of young men, many of whom started here as young “warriors.” I recall when some of these boys first arrived in camp full of excitement and intrigue. Little did they know, so many years later, they would have made some of their best friends and some of their fondest memories. What is sad for me is saying goodbye to these boys’ parents, who have entrusted me with their children during these formative years.
We have had our fair share of phone calls throughout the summers, talking about age-appropriate growth and development issues. Today, we celebrated the maturation and development of these fine, young men. Being a camp director allows me to create intimate connections with so many wonderful families. I get to share in happy memories and hope that the bonds we have created at camp will truly last a lifetime.
This evening, after the last parents pulled out of the parking lot, I walked into the dining room and looked at our youngest campers during the evening meal. I could not help but imagine how these young boys will follow in the footsteps of our oldest boys and create friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.