Tak Talk Blog- Camp Takajo – July 29, 2022

By July 29, 2022 Tak Talk
Juniorm Campers on Junior Quad

We’ve hit another great stretch of weather. It was a magnificent summer day. Temperatures reached the mid-eighties which made the waterfront the place to be. Throughout the day, our boys enjoyed water skiing, sailing, canoeing, swimming, and of course banana boat rides across Long Lake.

Our Juniors are in specialty league this week and loving the opportunity to compete in their favorite sports. Counselors have been assigned to specific teams and have been coaching their boys in round-robin tournaments.

Our Inters returned home from their trip to Boston and were all smiles this morning at breakfast as they recounted the amazing activities they experienced throughout the week. What was most meaningful to me was the number of boys who went out of their way to look me in the eye, shake my hand, and thank me for the opportunity to travel with their friends.

Our Senior boys continue to report that they are having the greatest week of their camping careers. Our boys on the Saint Croix River finished. As they reached Kellyland, they packed up their gear and made their way to Bar Harbor Hotel for a well-needed shower. Our boys who climbed Mount Katahdin made their way to North Country Rivers to prepare for a white-water rafting trip down the Penobscot River. These boys enjoyed shooting the rapids, a chicken and steak cookout on the bank of the river, and finished in time to grab dinner and a movie before heading back to camp for a good night’s sleep.

Our golfers played one final round at the historic Kebo Valley Golf Club. Rumor has it that it’s a good thing this is the last round of golf because just about everyone is out of golf balls.

Campers at Quebec's Abraska Treetop Adventure CourseOur Okees are flying high in Canada. Today, they made their way to see the sights at the Plains of Abraham Discovery Pavilion, where they learned about the battle of 1759 on the Plains of Abraham. I promise you; this was more thrilling than my write-up. They participated in interactive competitions while learning about Quebec’s history. Our boys later transitioned to Abraska Treetop Adventure near Quebec City, where they spent the afternoon gliding along ziplines through the forest canopy as well as climbing across suspended bridges, ladders, and challenging obstacles. A good time was reported by all as our boys made their way to McGill University’s dorms for the remaining four nights of their amazing trip.

Tonight, our Warriors enjoyed a campfire in our council ring, where they were singing songs and cheering to their hearts’ content. But, the highlight of the evening and perhaps the summer was the return of Shad, our legendary basketball counselor who was unable to join us until this point in the season. Shad surprised the boys at the campfire, and you could hear the eruption of enthusiasm across the camp. It’s hard to imagine that we’re down to our final two weeks of the season. Our guys are flying high at Takajo, and you could sense that our boys don’t want to see this come to an end.