Saturday, August 12
Here we go! Camp is full as all of our campers have returned from their wilderness trips. There is a very high level of energy right now as we engage in the “final/last” everything- from final Polar Bear swims to Last Campfire to our closing banquet and ceremonies on Sunday night. Whew!
As each cabin group returned from their wilderness trip, I could tell that the intended “magic” of being with a group in the wilderness happened. Groups returned to Chewonki with a sense of accomplishment, a greater degree of cabin unity, and an appreciate for the beautiful wilderness of Maine. Returning groups jumped right in to camp activities, from our final Tent Day trip to the Beach on Wednesday to our regular day of scheduled activities on Thursday. Thursday night was our final game of rocks, and yesterday was the grand spectacle of Treasure Hunt. This year’s Treasure Hunt theme was the Great Race. Campers raced around Chewonki in mixed teams in search of clues, modeled after the popular television show. Friday evening was our final cabin night. Cabins engaged in a wide range of activities from tie-dying t-shirts to cooking dinner at the farm to working on their cabin plaque. It was an honor for me to provide a special lobster dinner to our 7 week Osprey group as a thank-you to them for their dedication this summer and their leadership through the years. Huge thanks are in order to our kitchen staff for the delicious meal. Today is filled with special Sag-Hoc events from tug-0-war to chess matches to basketball, distance runs, sailing regatta and a kayak tug-o-war. Wow! I am most grateful to our counselors and activity leaders for organizing all of these amazing events.
We’ll slow things down a bit on Sunday morning with our final Sunday Service, traditionally held out at the Point. This will be a powerful time together to reflect on our friendships, growth and learning. I am always impressed with what our campers share at this special time. Sunday afternoon will involve packing, activity awards and the camp photo before our final banquet ceremony together.
As our campers prepare to head home, I have many mixed emotions. For sure, I will miss them. At the same time, I am very satisfied as they have worked to make the most of this opportunity. I’m confident that our campers are returning home with great confidence, self-awareness, independence, an understanding of what it takes to make a commitment to teamwork and community, and a greater awareness and appreciation of the natural world. It’s a very satisfying end to wonderful summer.