While the skies were gloomy and grey this morning, the rain stayed away and allowed our boys to participate in a full day of Takajo activities. Our Intermediates (finished seventh grade) departed on their four-day trip to Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod, and Boston. Here, they will enjoy deep-sea fishing, scenic boat rides in the Charles River, a tour through Fenway Park and exploring Quincy Market before returning to camp on Thursday.
Our Sub-Seniors (finished eighth grade) had the opportunity to select from one of four exciting big trips. Some of our boys traveled to Acadia National Park where they will hike the majestic Cadillac Mountain, explore Bar Harbor, go on a whale watching tour, and enjoy coastal sea kayaking before returning home on Friday. Our golfers headed north to play on some of the more iconic courses in the state of Maine, and will meet up with our Acadia trip campers to explore Bar Harbor before returning home on Friday.
Some of our more adventurous 14-year-old campers are off to the St. Croix River, where they will spend the week canoeing, sleeping in tents near the river, preparing all their meals, and spending time in this beautiful but rustic terrain. The remaining Sub-Seniors made their way to Mount Katahdin, where they will prepare for a 4:00 AM wake up tomorrow, in order to reach their summit by the early afternoon. These boys have prepared for this adventure throughout the summer and will enjoy an exciting whitewater rafting trip after their climb, before finally returning to camp on Friday. Many of camp’s greatest memories take place on these amazing trips. They provide an opportunity for our campers to explore this beautiful region with their best friends. We consider these big trips a rite of passage for our older boys and a wonderful reward for their years of good citizenship at camp.
I’ve always remarked that the Takajo experience is not a summer experience, but rather a lifetime one. With this in mind, we have created a Takajo alumni website, and we invite all of our former campers to join. I have attached a link to provide access for registration. Ex-campers who are exploring college opportunities will have the chance to visit this site exclusive to former Takajo campers to see which alumni may be attending the school of their choice, and who might offer to meet them or provide resources while on campus. Likewise, ex-campers graduating from college may find this website useful when they are looking to connect with Takajo alumni who are working in their chosen career field. Many of our Takajo alumni are involved in some wonderful charitable causes and have donated their time and resources to helping others. This website is designed to connect groups of individuals who have similar interests and goals.
I hope that you will share this website with any past Takajo camper and encourage them to join. If nothing else, this website will provide the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and remain affiliated with a place that we hope holds some of your best childhood memories.