Well another great week has started here at Camp Daggett! As always we got the week rolling on Sunday with meetings, tours, and a great night activity. Last night we did “Progressive Storytelling.” Each cabin, along with their brother or sister cabin, rotated to many different spots around camp to piece together a story. The catch was that at each station, they only added a line or two. This meant that in the end, the cabins all had some very interesting stories! Campers acted out their stories for everyone else on the basketball court at the end of the night.
Monday was a great day- plenty of sun and fun. After all of the activity periods each day, campers get to choose any of the water and any of the land areas that they want to go to. We call these times free water and free land. Campers love these times, and it is always such a tough decision choosing which areas to go to. Today was certainly no exception, especially on land. Today, campers could barely choose between Capture the Flag, Duct Tape Bracelets, and our famous MudWalk! This was all followed by our “Wizard of Oz” night. Campers had to work together to find Munchkins, Witches, and even Dorthy and the gang hidden all throughout camp. For their hard work, campers got lollipops as a reward.
The rest of the week is looking like it will be just as exciting. Tomorrow will see a brand new night activity featuring activities based on many of our campers’ favorite books. Wednesday will be quite unique- it is our Olympics! Campers will spend the whole afternoon and evening competing as “countries” in many different sports and activities. Thursday will see Camp Daggett be transported back to medieval times for Medieval night! Stay tuned for more updates throughout the week.
Our staff before “Wizard of Oz” night
Campers take a break during “Wizard of Oz” night
Campers perform their stories
As the first day of summer approaches, the weather is startgin to catch up. It seems that the temperatures start to rise just as camp starts to get going! This is especially good news to a brave group of campers who participate in our “Polar Bear Swim Club.” This popular activity involves campers waking up at at 7:30 and meeting Sara at the waterfront for a quick dip in the lake. If a camper is able to do this four times in a week (that’s everyday except the morning after the campout) they will receive an award on Friday. For those who prefer a drier activity, we have our “Early Morning Rec club.” Mike, or recreation director, hosts many different games and sports early in the morning. Both of these activities have been extremely popular this week and are great ways to start of a day.
At the other end of the day, we have had some great first-week night activities. Tuesday night saw a Star Wars themed “Fairy Hunt.” This is essentially a giant game of hide and seek where cabins search for our staff members who are hidden throughout camp. Wednesday was another popular activity- “Big B’s Ultimate All Sports Challenge,” which saw campers pitted against our staff members in many different sports and games. Tonight saw TV Game show night, with cabins competing in many modern and classic game shows.
Of course there is lots to do in between morning and nights, and that is what makes camp so special. Whether it is on land or on water, camp is always about trying new things and meeting new people. Some of our campers have sailed for the first time ever in their lives this week. Some are already experts, but are trying it in a new way and with new people. It is amazing to see the bonds formed within cabins, and it is hard to believe that many of the campers here did not even know each other just 4 days ago. As the week ends, there are sure to be many more memories, smiles, and good bye hugs.