While there was the threat of rain around Camp Takajo, we were fortunate enough to have another warm, sunny day on the shores of Long Lake. Our Indian campers (boys who finished fourth grade) boarded school buses after breakfast and headed to FunTown SplashTown USA, an amazing water and amusement park in Saco, Maine. With temperatures reaching close to eighty degrees and dew points on the rise, it was the perfect weather for our little guys to spend the day at a water and amusement park.
After the Junior/Senior breakfast, our Intermediates (boys who finished seventh grade) made their way to Old Orchard Beach and the amusement park there. This iconic tourist spot boasts thrilling rides on the boardwalk, overlooking the magnificent Maine coastline. Our Intermediate campers had a chance to enjoy the rides, visit the arcade and swim in the ocean before grabbing some dinner, catching a movie and returning home in time for taps.
Meanwhile, the rest of our boys stayed in camp, participating in their league sports and hobby classes. Two baseball coaches from New York Empire Baseball arrived today in time to run baseball clinics for our baseball enthusiasts. We had forty-second and third grade boys attend the opening baseball clinic.
As I reflect on all that we do everyday in camp, I am humbled by the work ethic and devotion that our counselors display each and every day working with your children. Every night, I make a point of saying goodnight to every camper in Warrior Camp. As I enter each bunk, I am amazed by the patience and empathy provided by our staff. I witness counselors reading stories at bedtime; counselors sitting on the floor playing card games; counselors reminding children to brush their teeth, put their dirty clothing in their laundry bag, and counselors providing a word of encouragement before the boys go to bed.
I told my staff during the opening session of our orientation, to always treat our children as if that little boy’s parent was in their presence. I truly believe that, that message resonates everyday. Camp Takajo’s founder Morty Goldman used to say, “Your camp is only as good as your staff, and no matter how beautiful your facility, you need the right people to create the right experience.”
With just one week to go before visiting day, I look forward to introducing you to the amazing men and women who are providing this experience to your children.