As predicted, the sun was shining bright this afternoon, and the temperatures rose into the mid-eighties. It was perfect weather for Camp Takajo to host our annual swim invitational meet. Six camps from around the region made their way to the shores of Long Lake for an afternoon of competitive swim.
Our campers competed at the 9-,11-, 13-, and 15-and-under age levels. This gave many of our boys the opportunity to swim, but of equal importance, it gave boys of all age levels great incentive to come out and cheer on our team. After all the events had taken place and the scores were tabulated, Camp Takajo emerged victorious. It was great to see the sportsmanship that took place among all the camps in attendance today.
While some of our boys at the waterfront were hard at work, our 13-and-under tennis team traveled to the White Mountains of New Hampshire to compete in another camp’s tennis tournament. Since our tennis invitational was postponed due to inclement weather the other day, the boys were chomping at the bit to get back on the courts. After a full day of competition, our boys returned holding the first place trophy. As I walk around camp, I can feel the energy as each event creates excitement and enthusiasm for not only those boys participating but also those looking on, as well.
After a delicious baked ziti dinner, I surprised the boys with the raffle bag. While these raffles are always a camper favorite, tonight took it to a new level. As each item was displayed, campers screamed with delight and prayed for their name to be called. In true camp spirit, as each name was read aloud, friends cheered and congratulated the lucky winners. As the sun set over Long Lake, each age group retired into one of our large, indoor complexes in order to enjoy a relaxing Saturday night movie. Tomorrow morning is Lazy Man’s Morning followed by donuts…..life is good.