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Bittersweet goodbyes


Today is certainly a bittersweet day. It is our last day of summer camp for 2014. While our staff will be leaving soon, we also say goodbye today to a fantastic group of campers. With some fantastic days and nights, our campers certainly had a blast this week. Everyone slept well Tuesday night after our camp wide game of capture the flag. Wednesday morning saw our weekly Lake Swim, with campers being boated across the lake and then getting a chance to swim back. Our electric blue swimmer’s were escorted by lifeguards, yak boars, and powerboats. Afterwards, they definitely appreciated the hot chocolate and donuts at breakfast. Wednesday is always an exiting day here at camp, with lots of crazy things happening. From taking a dip in the mud walk, to learning to flip over canoes, campers are always making many unforgettable memories.

Wednesday night saw campers hunting for Brandon’s belly button in an adaptation of a fair hunt. While looking around in the woods, campers found different forms of Brandon and they helped make a new song to the tune of old camp songs. This night was certainly one of our goofier nights. Thursday was also a blast, especially during our “Rock Concert.” Working with an ’80s theme, cabins and staff came up with some amazing dances to some of the most popular hits of the 80s including “Eye of the Tiger,””Danger Zone,” and “Girls just wanna have fun.”

After a good nights rest, it was time for the Final Friday. While always a little sad, the energy and enthusiasm around camp was palpable.  After enjoying morning and afternoon activity periods, our campers helped in the areas around camp to help clean and prepare them to be shut down. Many of our campers truly feel like they are apart of the Daggett family when helping to tidy up camp. We certainly appreciate all of their hard work. Friday night of course saw our initiation ceremony, where new campers were welcomed into the spirit of Daggett by returning campers and staff alike. Friday evenings are certainly something most will never forget.

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Already half way?!

Activity periods for today haven’t even started yet, but campers have already done so much today! This morning we held one of our Lake Swims, with campers being boated over to the other side of the lake and then swimming back. Of course, campers swim with many staff lifeguards, have kayaks next to them, and are even accompanied by four escort boats. Those who swam it, and we had more than thirty today, got some hot chocolate and doughnuts at breakfast! Of course, there are many other very popular things to do here at Camp Daggett before the day even gets started. Early morning rec (EMR) and Polar Bear are always big hits. If campers wake up at 7:30 and do these optional activities four times a week, they will get an award on Friday. Today is also special because many campers are participating in “Wacky Wednesday.” Organized by our Program Aides, campers get to wear their clothes backwards, put bathing suits on the outside of their clothes, put their socks on their hand, and do whatever other crazy things they can thing of. Our Program Aides give awards to campers on Friday who participated.

Right after breakfast, campers get a chance to help tidy up camp a bit. As soon as breakfast is dismissed, campers are tasked with returning to their cabins and making them sparkle. They sweep, rake, straighten up bunks, and of course put all those dirty clothes away. Campers also have time to clean their “Caper,” or an area around camp that needs a little rake, sweep, or tidying. Some cabins clean up the Rec Hall, others rake and straighten up the beach. We believe this a valuable time for our campers and for camp. Not only do these activities help to make camp look nice, it teacher campers many valuable skills. If cabins get done early,  they even get a chance to create a “Kiss Up,” a little skit or show for the Program aide who inspects their cabin. It is always great to see how creative our campers can get! At lunch, the top three cabins are announced in each category. The competition won’t stop there, as today is our Daggett Olympics!

And the winner is…

It has been such a busy few days here at Daggett. Tuesday was full of fun, including our famous tie-dye Tuesday, and even a bran new night activity- “Jump into Reading.”  This night activity had campers recreate parts of their favorite books. This included Harry Potter, Moby Dick, The Lord of the Rings, and many others. It was amazing to see how imaginative and creative our campers are. Tuesday morning also saw our Triathlon. Our version of this classic challenge sees campers Run, Yak-Board, and Swim. Wednesday also had some early morning fun, with about 25 campers participating in our lake swim. During the lake swim, campers and staff are boated across the lake. From there, campers swim back accompanied by yak boards, lifeguards, and power boat escorts.

The excitement was certainly high on Wednesday. One of our most popular days is our Olympics. Campers competed in various events all throughout the afternoon.  The fun began at 2:00 when campers were split into teams ((Ireland, Australia, Sweden, and Zimbabwe), and got some time to make banners and chants. The opening ceremony proceed to the rec field, were representatives of each country carried the Olympic torch. Countries met and divided campers into their different games, with most campers getting to compete in 3 “Olympic Sports” as well as our Super Relay. Our Olympic sports included Hockey, Water Polo, Nuke ‘Em, Dodge-ball, and many more. The day also included group games such as the water balloon toss and tug o’ war. The games ended with our super relay, with many legs and a spot for everyone. During our closing ceremonies, it was revealed that Ireland took home the Gold for the evening, although it was certainly a close race and the true winners were all of our fantastic, enthusiastic Olympians.


Keeping Cool

It was another hot one today here at Camp Daggett! But that doesn’t stop us! We started the morning off right with  our lake swim. About 25 campers got the chance to be boated over to the other side of the lake and then swim back. Campers (and staff) who did the lake swim even got hot chocolate and doughnuts at breakfast! The activity periods have been great as well, with many new and old activities taking place. Of course the water areas are a hit, especially since today was “Wobbly Wednesday” in canoeing. Campers get a chance to flip their canoes upside-down and then learn how to empty and right them.

Tonight’s night activity was supposed to be “Superhero Night,” but was changed due to the heat. Campers certainly were thrilled to learn that it was changed to a water carnival. Campers got a chance to go surfing, sink canoes, pass a greasy watermelon, have a water balloon toss, build sandcastles, and even try our human bowling on our giant slip and slide. Everyone certainly appreciated the chance to cool off a little.

The heat has certainly been intense these last couple of days. Here at camp we value our campers’ safety above all else. Our staff has been extra diligent this week making sure that campers are hydrated, dressed appropriately, and of course wearing lots of sunscreen. It is amazing how flexible out staff can be to ensure that campers are always safe and happy, whether it is changing activities in our areas to switching a whole night activity. It is this devotion to the campers that truly makes Camp Daggett a great place.

Thursday Already?!

It’s already Thursday morning here at camp! We’ve had a bit of rain, but that hasn’t stopped campers from having a blast! Tuesday saw campers really get involved in all of the areas. Of course, no Tuesday is complete without Tie-Dye during arts and crafts. But there were many other awesome things going on as well. Our 2 oldest cabins have both done our adventure course. This program teachers participants many new skills and abilities. During the program, cabins must work together to complete tasks, and then help support each other as they brave our High-Ropes Course.

Tuesday night saw a very fun night activity; Wild Men and Wild Women. As campers traveled all around camp, they had to find staff members dressed as animals and hidden around camp. We had a frog in the frog pond, a raccoon, a fox, and many others. But cabins also had to watch out for out wild people who would steal beans. To get more beans, a cabin would have to find our “Wild Wizard” and perform some task for him- like sing a song. In the end everyone was safe and happy, even though there was some rain in the middle (which just gave us an excuse to have a dance party).

Wednesday was a blast!  Campers got to try out lots of new things, and celebrate some classics. It all started with our Lake Swim, which had 35 campers be boated across the lake. We then all swam back together, accompanied by boars, yak boars, and lifeguards. At breakfast, lake swimmers even got some hot chocolate and doughnuts! The mud walk and “Wobbly Wednesday” are tow very popular things to do. The former has campers getting nice and muddy during free-land and then taking a quick shower in the lake. “Wobbly Wednesday” is as important as it is fun. Campers practice tipping their canoes, and then learn how to empty them so that they can canoe again. This skill is especially important for our two oldest cabins who go on canoe trip campouts.

Wednesday night saw a brand new night activity: Daggett Cove. Using materials found in each area, cabins worked together to construct mini-gold holes around camp. Cabins then rotated through and tried out all of the holes. It was amazing to see how creative and ingenious all of the holes were. Campers also got stopped by hazards a few times, and needed to work together to get through them.

One last day

Today is Friday, and we couldn’t have asked for a better day to end out week on. It certainly seems like it has been more than a week though; it seems that we have done so much! Wednesday saw so many new things. In our canoeing area, campers learned some canoeing safety when they had to flip their canoes over, and then flip them back. This is a very important skill, especially for our oldest and 2nd oldest cabins (Crow and Huron, and Blackfeet and Ojibwe, respectively). These cabins canoed to their campouts on Wednesday or Thursday night. Crow and Huron went on Wednesday while Blackfeet and Ojibwe went last night. Wednesday also saw our famous “Mud Walk,” put on during free land by our nature staff. In this activity, campers wore their bathing suits to nature and went for a quick dip in our mud puddle. Then, everyone got  a chance to take a dip in the lake. Wednesday morning also saw our lake swim. At 6:30 in the morning, 20 campers and some staff were boated across to the other side of the lake, and then got a chance to swim back. With lifeguards swimming, yak boarders, and power boats, everyone was safe as the group swam the 3/4 mile swim back to camp. At breakfast, those who participated got some hot chocolate and donuts.

Wednesday night was a bit of  a surprise, as we told all the campers that is was going to be “Sarah” night, in honor of the many Sarahs that we have on staff. However, while they were explaining the activity, a van driven by some supervillans abducted our assistant program director Nathan, as well as hit pet rock Herbert! With the help of some good superheroes, campers went through various stations and followed many clues to help rescue Nathan and Herbie. In the end, campers witnessed an epic battle between the superheros and villans on our raft. Eventually, the good guys won (don’t they always?), and saved Herbie and freed Nathan from clutches of evil.

Thursday was also an exciting day. A big hit always on Thursdays is yak boarding. Yak boards are like small open kayaks that campers get to go on in canoeing, and everyone seems to love it! Thursday night also saw some interesting games in swimming, including a newer hit “Where’s my tugboat?” Using teamwork and cooperation, campers had to steal a tugboat and swim through the water without getting caught, in the style of red light-green light. Our basketball court also got covered in some wonderful sidewalk chalk art thanks to arts and craft. A classic activity that never gets old was nature’s trips to our frog pond, where campers used nets to catch (and release) some wild frogs.

Thursday night ended with our “Medieval Night.” During a fancy dinner of roast beef carved fresh by our night cook Dennis and our canoeing director Alex, campers were split into “houses.” During the night activity, campers pledged their support to these houses. In this free for all activity, campers practiced jousting, got knighted, and even had their fortunes told by our ominous fortune-teller. A battle concluded the night, with staff members fighting for control of our throne. In the end, everyone had a blast.

Today, Friday, marks a bittersweet time. While this is the last day of camp for this week, there are still many things to be done. Parties are being held in areas, with music, dancing, and of course lots of laughter. Tonight will end with our initiation ceremony, which is always a special time. After some awards, new campers, with the help of some staff,  will get to show off some of their skills while doing some silly tricks, many of which resemble things from the show “Minute to win it.”  Our ceremony will end the night, and will see some long-held traditions being used to welcome our new camp members into the spirit of Daggett.

Wonderful Wednesday

It is amazing to think that soon, this week will be halfway over! Since Monday, we have been very busy. As noted last post, Monday night was our “Pure Michigan” night. This was a brand new night, brought to us by our health director Lindsey. During this night, everyone had a blast as they took in some pontoon rides, designed some cardboard cars, played baseball, and even tried their hand at making their own “Pure Michigan” ads (you can read our very own “Pure Daggett” commercial below). Even though the weather turned a little foul, the staff and campers all stayed very positive and flexible as some of the activities got moved inside. Our oldest cabins, Crow and Huron, got a chance to do their high ropes activities inside of our indoor adventure center.

Tuesday also saw a very exciting day! While it may have started off a bit cloudy, the weather slowly improved as campers got to experience many new activities on the land and in the water. It is always a great thing to see so many campers choosing to participate in our free land and free water periods, when campers get to pick any water and  land activity that they wish to go to. Both Monday and Tuesday have seen many campers participating in both of these periods. In fact, our sailing director was quite impressed on Tuesday, when 32 campers turned up to sail! All five of our beautiful boats plus our Sunfish were taken out. Free land was a hit as well, especially with our weekly “Tie Dye Tuesday.”

Even though it was on the cooler side, campers still had a great time at our water carnival. This night activity saw many new water activities that campers don’t usually play. One station required participants to splash water into a canoe to try to sink it, while another had them passing a greased up watermelon between their legs. We also had our version of synchronized swimming with campers forming shapes with their cabins based on what the staff would call out, as well as relay races with water balloons and ice cubes. Always a hit was our surfing station, where campers had contests to see who could stay on our surfboards the longest as the staff created some waves.

This morning was an early morning for some, as today saw our lake swim. Campers who received an electric blue wristband woke up at 6:30am to take our boats across the lake. There, they did some stretches and warm-ups before we departed on our swim back to camp. Accompanied by kayaks, life guards, and power boats, 20 campers swam all the way back to camp. At breakfast, those who participated got some hot chocolate and doughnuts in addition to some delicious egg, cheese and bacon sandwiches. Speaking of breakfast, a big shout-out goes to our fabulous kitchen staff who have been keeping our bellies full of delicious food all summer. Our cooks,  Dennis and Lori, sure work hard with our kitchen aides, Parker, Emma and Christina, to make sure there is always a great variety or nutritious and filling meals!

Pure Daggett

Picture a place where everyday brings something new,
Where the sounds of laughter and the smell of the campfire dominate.
A place where one can go to get away from the modern world,
Where people treat others right, and always put the other fellow first.
Where kids can travel somewhere new every night, with the only limit being one’s imagination.
A place where stories are shared and friends are made,
Where everyone has a place and the memories last for ever.
There is a place like this, nestled on the shores of Walloon Lake,
A place called Camp Daggett, where everyone is welcome.
Your trip begins at campdaggett.org

The Fun Continues!

Wednesday morning started of with a wonderful lake swim, where  “electric blue” swimmers were boated from camp across the lake so that they could swim back to camp. Swimmers were treated to a gorgeous sunrise as they swam with fellow campers as well as lifeguards. The group was also accompanied by power boats and kayaks to ensure the safety of all. That was only the beginning of a great day at Camp Daggett, as the morning was full of new adventures for both young and old. Canoers got a chance to learn how to flip (and right) their canoes during “Wobbly Wednesday.” Luckily, this skill wasn’t needed by the Gogebic and Huron cabins as they canoed home from their campout to the Maus’.

Our night activity on Wednesday was a bit of a surprise to campers as we put on a Mock Wedding. The event was a complete deal, with everything from garbage bag tuxedo making and dance lessons, to vow writing and china designing. Of course, there had to be a ceremony so that our two staff members, Nicola and Corbin, could have a chance to exchange those vows. In the end, everyone had a blast at our dance party reception- complete with cake!

Thursday, although rainy, was still a great day at camp. Campers had a blast when they got to wear their sweatshirts while sailing in an amazing wind. In our nature area, campers not only played some new games but also visited our famous frog pond! Thursday night also saw the introduction of a brand new night activity- Kung Fu Panda Night! To become master dragon warriors, campers were tested mentally as well as physically. The “trainees” designed their own headbands, practice their shop stick accuracy, balance on a rope, and much more.

We are looking forward to another wonderful day at Camp Daggett tomorrow!  The weather forecast looks perfect for Beach Party Friday in swimming and Tennis Ball Frenzy in canoeing, ending with cook out and initiation tomorrow night.


Gettysburg, Harry Potter, and a Frog Pond?….it must be Camp Daggett!

Here at camp there never seems to be an end to the excitement, and that is certainly true as we approach the end of week 4. Campers seem to always be trying something new, and certainly having fun doing it! Wednesday saw campers learn how to flip their canoes during “wobbly Wednesday” in the canoeing area, while some new games were tried out in the swimming area. Wednesday was also our famous “Mud Walk” in nature for free land. This highly anticipated event sees campers getting down and dirty in our mud pit before rinsing off in the lake. Additionally, this pattern was continued during our epic recreation of the Battle of Gettysburg. Camp was split into two teams (North and South), who began the night by splashing water all over each other. This was followed by a round of flour! After everyone was messy, everyone enjoyed a dip in the lake to clean off.

Thursday also saw many new things. The yak boards were taken out in canoeing, and campers also had a blast playing some water nuke ’em in swimming. In nature, campers got a chance to go to our frog pond and catch some awesome frogs (don’t worry, we released them). Recreation has seen campers playing many games that they are familiar with, although many usually get a small twist added. This week, the three oldest cabins have also gotten to do adventure! While doing high and low ropes activities, campers have developed skills they will be able to use throughout their lives.

Thursday night also saw “Harry Potter” night. After being sorted into different houses, our students ate with their houses in our “great” hall. After dinner, houses had to work together to defeat Voldemort by destroying all of his horcruxes…just like in the books and films! In the end, campers were treated to a battle between Harry and the dark lord- but it is assured your campers will fill you in on how that went. Tomorrow is an early morning for all. In the morning, we will be doing out weekly lake swim for those who are the strongest swimmers. It will also be a great day, as all of the areas have one last blast with music, games, and much more to have a fantastic Friday.

A Great Start to Week 2

Our second session of the summer is off to a great start! After an amazing group of campers arrived, we had a blast with out “Counselor Hunt,” where campers got to learn a bit about our staff, as well as about some of the areas around camp. Yesterday was another great Monday, where campers got their first taste of just some of the many exciting daily activities we have here. While it has been a little chilly overnight, both yesterday and today have seen gorgeous days, with temperatures in the mid-70s and of course plenty of sunshine. This is especially important during our “Free Water” time, when all campers can choose to go to any area in the waterfront that they wish- swimming, sailing, or canoeing. The oldest cabins, Crow and Ojibwe, experienced some team building activities while doing adventure, something that the Chippewa and Potawatomi cabins will be doing this evening.

As always, there are some awesome night activities planned. Last night saw campers participating in “TV Game Show Night,” where campers played Wheel of Fortune, Are You Smarter Than A Camp Counselor, Minute to Win It, and several other classic games. The night wrapped up with our staff showing off some of their improvisation skills during “Whose Line is it anyway?” Tonight, our canoeing director Alex is trying out a brand new night called “Daggett Games” modeled after “The Hunger Games.” Campers will be doing many activities like fire building and memory matching to earn points for their cabin for a snack auction that will be held at the end. Wednesday will bring a classic camp themed Fairy hunt, where cabins will work together to find staff members dressed up as camp super heroes in the woods. Thursday will be out version of Mario Party, and Friday will be out initiation, where campers will enjoy our ceremony after doing some skits about how their cabins got their names.

Along with all of these fun and exciting nights, the days are equally as busy. Trips to the frog pond, soccer, and swimming out to the raft are still some of the most popular things to do at camp. Additionally, this week will also see our first Lake Swim of the summer. Strong enough swimmers will get a chance to be boated across the lake, and then swim back early in the morning. Afterwords, they will get a special treat at breakfast.