As predicted, we woke up to unseasonably warm temperatures this morning. Camp Takajo hosted our Rookie Day today for younger brothers and prospective campers. A few years ago, we started a wonderful tradition after a group of our Okee campers came to me and asked if they could spend the day with these “rookies.” Their request was heartfelt since they realized that this was their final summer, and they wanted to leave their legacy with the next generation of Takajo campers.
When parents arrived this morning at 9:00 AM with their children, I was able to see that many of the little boys were nervous. Surrounded by some of my best staff members, our Okees introduced themselves to all of these boys and their parents. Their firm handshakes and big smiles set the parents and little boys at ease. Our Okees willingly devoted their entire day to our rookies.
As an icebreaker, they played gaga– a perfect game to get everybody ensconced in camp. Within minutes, I could hear the cheers and laughter of both the Okees and rookies, and I honestly could not tell who was having more fun. Throughout the remainder of the day, these little guys had the chance to climb our rock wall, participate in archery, swim in our lake, and experience a thrilling ride on our banana boat.
During lunch time, I took great pride watching our oldest campers help our visitors navigate through the many options of our dining room. To everyone’s delight, a camper favorite, pizza, was on the menu. At four o’clock, when the parents arrived to pick up their boys, many were amazed to see how relaxed and at home they already felt. As the Okees said their goodbyes and made their way back to their bunks, there was pride in knowing that their legacy was solidified.
We are just hours away from the start of our visiting day weekend. Your sons are excited to see you, to introduce you to their favorite counselors, and to take you to their favorite activities to show you what they have accomplished thus far. This reunion is a celebration of your child’s growth and development, his self-reliance and his growing independence. As always, my staff and I are here for you to make sure your time with us is as memorable as can be.