It’s hard to believe the first session is coming to a close. It’s been very special, and I am excited for you to hear all the details from your son. As a reminder, pickup time on Friday is between 8:30 and noon. We’re also getting very excited for the arrivals of our second session campers on Sunday! Arrival time is between 12:30 and 3:30. In the meantime, our 7 week cabins are out on their mid-season wilderness trips. We look forward to hearing of their adventures. You may heard of a Tent Day and not be fully aware of what a Tent Day is. Tent Day is a tradition that reaches far back into Chewonki history, when campers spent their summers in canvas tents. One day of the week, the canvas was hosed down and hung up to dry, and everyone left the Neck for a day of field trips. Even though we’re all in cabins and permanent yurts now, the tradition continues and the flow of sunscreen and cookies remains strong. Our latest Tent Day was on Monday and we’re still hearing stories from our campers about it! Campers were given five options for their tent day field trip. We went on amazing adventures throughout the midcoast, learning new skills from fly fishing to mineral collecting. Some got to explore the world of transportation, visiting an antique airplane museum or sailing from the waterfront on our fleet. Others spent the day at Popham Beach State Park, and a small crew chose to live the day in the life of a farmhand with our team at our farm. The default (and most popular) option was a field trip to Popham Beach State Park on the other side of the Kennebec River. Walking through the Chewonki’s part of the beach was a hilarious cross section of silent reading groups, squealing soccer games, emphatic conventions of sandcastle architects, and the shouting parties of campers and counselors jumping into the surf. The sport of bodysurfing is alive and well, and if this cohort is any indicator, the future of American architecture will involve a lot of moats. While the camp was packing for the beach, three other vans left for their field trips. Henry Heyburn, our Assistant Director, took a group of boys to learn how to fly fish at a local pond. Doc Fred, our nature activity head, lead a group to Mt. Apetite to learn about the geology of Maine and to collect mineral samples. And Aaron Altabet, our head counselor, lead a trip to the Owl’s Head Transportation museum and Birch Point Beach for a day of old airplanes and antique cars. Our sailors enjoyed a day sail on Hockomoc Bay, and our farmers spent the day on their favorite place on Chewonki Neck- the farm! Tent Days are amazing Chewonki tradition. We have three scheduled for the second session (July 29, August 3, and August 9) and can’t wait to share them with our new campers.