Tak Talk Blog- Camp Takajo – August 1, 2022

By August 1, 2022 Tak Talk

It’s an exciting time in camp. Much of the routine that the boys have become familiar with is starting to change as we add more special events into our program. Our Junior Greens, who have finished fifth grade, took off this morning for an incredible day at Water Country USA. This iconic New England theme park was the perfect place for our eleven-year-olds to spend a hot, sunny, glorious Maine day. Our boys enjoyed selecting from a variety of water slides, all ending with that refreshing blast of water when the ride came to an end.

After the day at the water park, our boys dried off and made their way to a movie theater where they enjoyed watching Thor: Love and Thunder and, of course, munching on some popcorn and other treats. Two Warrior bunks of boys in the Eagles age division returned home from an overnight camping trip. The boys learned how to pitch tents, cook out over an open fire, and sleep surrounded by nature. Our boys returned home from their overnight with bedhead, dirty clothing, and big smiles.

Our Warriors broke from their regular program today and enjoyed an afternoon of sports under the sprinklers and our new sixty-foot slip and slide, a perfect way to beat the heat. After dinner, all three Warrior age groups (Crows, Hawks, and Eagles) went to separate indoor facilities for their movie night sleepover extravaganzas. These massive sleepover parties allowed the entire age group to come together, sleeping in sleeping bags for the ultimate slumber party. No sleepover would be complete without a pizza delivery for late-night munchies. Our Junior Greys, finishing 6th grade, had an afternoon of sports and swimming and were surprised after dinner when they noticed our speed boats idling at the docks, waiting for them to board for a ride into Naples for some soft serve ice cream.

Our Intermediates have enjoyed taking ownership of the Senior Quad, which includes later bedtimes and use of the Senior Rec Hall– all the perks their older counterparts have been enjoying all summer. Meanwhile, I continue to get amazing feedback from our Subs and Okees.

SurfingToday, our Subseniors woke up at 4:30 AM to see the sunrise at Cadillac Mountain. While this felt like a punishment to some, boys reported that it was spectacular to see the sunrise at 5:20 in the morning. Later that morning, our boys went whale watching. Everyone was excited to go whale-watching on a 3 1/2-hour cruise at Bar Harbor. It was a beautiful day to be on the water, which makes up for not sighting any whales. Due to an early start to the day, our group decided to make it an early night but not before playing some miniature golf and grabbing some dinner at Atlantic Ocean Side.

Our Okees are loving Montreal and are threatening to not return. This trip is clearly capping off an amazing camp career for our oldest boys. Our boys enjoyed playing laser tag on gigantic, indoor fields throughout spectacular urban combat settings, spending a few hours at Voiles En Voiles Adventure Park, where they followed several choices of ropes courses on simulated pirate ships with a view of the St. Lawrence River, where the boys were forced to challenge their strength and determination. Their day continued at Oasis Surf, an indoor surfing complex and coastal restaurant. Our boys are packing a lot into each day in Canada and loving every minute of the experience.