By Nick Morrison, Head Counselor Camp just keeps rushing by. Glancing at the calendar, trying to remind myself of everything that has happened in the past few days, the fullness of our summer here is clear. I spent Tent Day yesterday at the Reid State Park beach with the Owls, grilling burgers by the lagoon, and taking a lovely afternoon walk down the rocky outcrops and tide pools. On Monday I spent some time wandering the activity areas: it was hot enough that I was not surprised to find both campers and counselors at the tennis courts taking a water break, lounging in the shade reading or napping as a few stalwarts carried on some matches. In the cooler space of the pottery room kids were painting a variety of clay markers destined for the camper gardens–an enormous carrot, a dinosaur for the ‘dinosaur kale’, and so on. During general swim I successfully persuaded a reluctant camper who hadn’t been swimming yet to give it a try–after telling me several times the water was too cold, he sat on the steaming hot dock for only a few more minutes before slipping into the water. He stayed in for the rest of the period. But for me it’s really the weekends at Chewonki that are most memorable. I’m the unofficial music director here so Campfire and Sunday Service have always been two of my favorite parts of the week. We’ve had very strong camper participation in our first two campfires–check out the Flickr photo collection for some wacky costumes that will give you only a hint of what was going on! And camper participation at the last Sunday Service was truly moving–more than a dozen campers spontaneously shared reflections on their first two weeks at camp, the new friends they’d made, the kindness of their counselors, and how lucky they felt to be at Chewonki. Not the kind of soul-bearing you hear every day from ten-year-olds! I’ve also made it part of my mission here this summer to increase the sing-along component to both Campfire and Sunday Service–I’ve revamped the songbook to include some more recent favorites, and you’ll see pictures under the Sunday Service photo collection of several groups of campers coming to the ‘stage’ to sing with the musicians (that’s me with the beard and gourd-banjo!). I’m also offering a music activity and some general swim jam sessions: these will generate camper-created musical numbers for both the next campfire and the talent show next week. Later on Sunday afternoon I played some chess games on the quad while munching on watermelon. And Sunday evening Rocks is still probably the best exercise I get all year…once a Hoc, always a Hoc, and I can’t help but get revved up along with the kids. As first session races to a close, I’m looking forward to this weekend’s Campfire and Sunday Service as one more chance for these kids to laugh, sing, and share stories and reflections together as another session winds down.