We’re in full swing with our end-of-session special events. Today was our annual Carnival- a festival where each cabin creates a game booth and campers spend beans to play the games. Beans are then used to bid on special desserts. Most campers find this to be a really sweet event! My favorite booths were the disc toss and deep fried Oreos. Be sure to ask your son what his cabin did for a booth and which one was his favorite.
Monday was our Final Tent Day of the session. Our four trips included our regular trip to Popham Beach, a sailing outing to Hocomock Bay, Farmer for a Day on the Chewonki farm, and group challenges and climbing for a day on our new challenge course as part of our Challenge Activity. Monday night was our Talent Show out of the lawn of our quad. It was beautiful evening with fog coming in off the coast. My personal highlight was one of our Osprey campers playing Misty on his saxaphone, a perfect choice for this grey and foggy evening.
We’ve reached the point of the season where Chewonki feels like home, a place where boys can challenge themselves, be a part of caring community, and learn about the natural world. I’m sad to see this session come to an end, but excited about what is still ahead for this summer.
I’d like to share highlights from some of our camp activities, written by our activity leaders. I hope these summaries provide a brief glimpse into some of the fun at camp. More activities will follow throughout the summer.
Morning Chores on the Farm by Tobey Chase, Farm Activty Leader
“I don’t see why I can’t just set up a bed here next to Sal’s stall,” mumbles one campers as we admire the draft horse. It’s early. 5:30 or so. Other campers nod sleepily – who wouldn’t want to nestle into the hay beside the 1800 lbs horse who, through plowing fields, patiently allowing campers to drive her, pulling hay cart rides, and gratefully accepting baths, has won the hearts of all who’ve met her throughout the session. Campers have split off to assist farmers with morning chores. They tend to the laying hens, feed the chicks, and fetch the cows for the morning milking. Others admire Sal and get her settled in the barn after her typical evening at pasture. Morning chores are offered to campers 2 times a week and are an excellent opportunity to experience the farm without dedicating a period or full activity block to it and for farm lovers to start their days in a place they adore.The boys trickle back into the barn, awake now and excitedly rushing to the milk room to wash hands. They take turns sitting on crates and milking Gretta and Halo, whose milk will be pasteurized and served in the dining hall in the upcoming days. When the pails are full, the boys run back to campus to join bird walks and go for polar bear swims. There’s much to do and no one has even had breakfast yet.
Challenge Activity, Day One by Mark Nichols, Challenge Activity Leader
The first day of our Challenge activity block couldn’t have gone any better. We had quite the mix of campers from Puffins to Ospreys which was great for them to have a chance to step outside of their normal social circles. Their teamwork and communication started off rough with the clashing of ideas of how to complete a task and some voices needing to be heard over others.
After some trial and error the groups realized these were not challenges that could be accomplished by one individual, but together as a team. We hope that the group can carry these impressions on to the next stages of the activity as we plan to take to the sky, or at least up into the trees that is!