Just a quick update before I shine the spotlight on our Sunday Service experience. Things continue to go well. Our 10-day campers that arrived on Friday are happy and a joy to have here. Today was our final tent day. Cabin trips are coming and going with wonderful stories to share of their adventures. In recent days, Fo’c’s’le, Quarter Deck, Long Hall, Ranch House and Gordy Hall have returned from their trips. Current trips include Crow’s Nest, Boulder, South Hall, Pete Gillies, Shang-Tu, and Xanadu, with Orchard House due in later today. Sunday Service Imagine asking 170 boys to sit still in the woods for close to an hour, engaging in quiet contemplation, singing, and sharing their reflections on community, the natural world, and friendship. What may seem close to impossible to an outsider happens on a weekly basis here at our Sunday Service under the Pines, just below Campfire Circle. The concept of a Sunday “Service” is a bit of a misnomer in that our time together on Sunday morning is not a religious service, but rather a time for our entire community to slow down, come together and reflect on the week that has just passed and the opportunities that are forthcoming in the week ahead. I begin the service with our traditional reading of the Salutation to the Dawn from the Sanskrit, much as Dick Thomas and Tim Ellis did before me, reminding our campers to “Look to this Day…” From here, the service follows a Quaker-style meeting format, with an open floor for songs, readings and expressions of gratitude. I am always impressed when a young boy is able to stand in front of the entire camp and express his thanks to his counselors for his experiences at Chewonki. In the middle of the service, we are treated to a skit based on a story with a theme or parable that we can apply to life at Chewonki. Earlier skits have included Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax. Our campers are always surprised to learn that this book was first published in 1971, and saddened to learn that we still haven’t solved our environmental challenges in the almost 40 years since the book was published. This past week we enjoyed a presentation by the Jungle cabin of Leo Lionni’s Pezzetino. The moral of this story is that we all have unique elements to our personality, elements that are so valuable in a community like Chewonki. While I know Sunday Service will never rank at the top of the list of favorite Chewonki activities such as Rocks, Dodge ball or the cabin trips, I know our campers are often surprised to realize that some quiet time for reflection is very valuable, especially in a community as busy as Camp Chewonki. This coming Sunday, we will all walk about a mile to the southern end of our peninsula to The Point for our final Sunday Service. During this time last year, I recall an Osprey taking flight over the water within view of the entire camp. It was a most symbolic moment as our campers prepared to head home.