If the weather is any indication for how we rate our visiting days, it was as close to a ten today as can be. Temperatures reached the low-eighties, and the humidity left the air. It was a perfect day at Camp Takajo to host our visitors.
Our counselors took great pride in running their activities and providing an opportunity for our boys to show their parents their new skills. Parents were delighted as they saw the growth and development of their children that has taken place during these last, four weeks.
Now that the day is behind us, we can take a deep breath and get back to normal. By the time our little ones made it to the dining room for dinner, the tears had disappeared and smiles reemerged as our boys chowed down on chicken fingers and french fries. I personally walk by each and every table looking in the eyes of every child in the dining room to see if there is anyone in need of a little extra attention.
The Warrior group took quick showers after dinner and made their way to the playhouse, candy in hand, to enjoy a relaxing Saturday night at the movies. Our Junior boys, finishing fifth and sixth grades, also took the opportunity to relax after back-to-back visiting days with most watching a movie in Mert’s Place (their rec. hall) while others elected for impromptu tennis and basketball games. Our Senior boys have already set their sights on their upcoming Big Trips, which will depart on Monday. They used the evening to begin to prepare and pack for these exciting excursions.
It was a phenomenal day. As I think back to memorable moments of this day, I recount the meeting that took place between our Okees and their parents regarding their final big trip that will depart on Wednesday. Most of these boys have spent a large portion of their childhood here at Takajo and we have been honored by the trust and confidence their parents have bestowed upon us. Having the opportunity to play a small role in the lives of these young men is a privilege and honor that we cherish.
As our boys said goodbye, it was sad knowing that this would be the last visit for some of these parents. As the sun set on Long Lake, the campus was calm and quiet. Tomorrow will be another Lazy Man’s Morning with doughnuts. With visiting day in the review mirror, our boys look forward to the exciting events still to come.