So much has happened since my last blog. The Warrior and Junior Olympics have broken at Camp Takajo, which means the Senior break isn’t far behind. While the temperature is warm and the humidity is back in the air, our campers are playing with great passion and intensity, knowing that these four days are the culmination of their competition in camp this summer.
Our Okees were a little bored last evening and thought it would be a great idea to wake up at 3:00 AM and move the canoes and soccer goals up to our tree houses, the furthest point in camp. Our night watchman was on the scene but was no match for this well-orchestrated prank. This morning, we woke the Okees at 7:00 AM and asked if they wouldn’t mind assisting us in moving all the canoes and goals back to their proper locations.
While the enthusiasm for the return trip of the equipment was not as high as it was at 3:00 AM, our oldest boys showed great teamwork in restoring camp back to its proper form. Keeping in line with one of my favorite quotes, Hate the sin, love the sinner, we put this minor blemish with our oldest boys behind us and went on with our day.
Shortly after dinner this evening, our Sub Seniors returned from their week-long trip to Canada. Our boys were all smiles, as many reported that this trip was the best experience of their lives. With just one week left in our camp season, the entire community will be ensconced in Olympic competition. Our boys will be challenged to try their hardest, perform at their best and never lose sight of the fact that the ultimate goal is participating with one’s friends for the love of the game.