Well, a week of Camp Daggett must be in full swing! We have had such an amazing, and eventful first week here. Although there has been some weather issues, it is amazing to see how our campers and staff are able to be so flexible and creative. In a rare occurrence, it actually rained on our very first night! This made it hard to have our normal Sunday routine, so a last minute switch was made and our counselors put on a little talent show. Many of the cabins helped to dress up their counselors and even help them with their talents!
Of course, camp wouldn’t be complete without some time in the sun, and luckily we have finally gotten some of that. Today was perhaps our most beautiful day yet! In the upper 70’s and sunny all day, campers couldn’t help but to smile from the sunshine alone. Of course, our fantastic staff had plenty of new and exciting programming to offer up as well- which certainly added to those smiles. Boys and girls alike couldn’t get enough of “Disney Night;” playing games like “Where’s my Slipper?” and even getting a chance to build there own Olaf from Frozen.
Today, Rec was the place to be. Campers cannot seem to get enough of “GaGa Ball.” For those who are unfamiliar with the sport, here’s a brief rundown. Inside of a circle or octagon, campers are given a soft ball to roll at each other. When someone gets hit with the ball, below the legs, they are out. It is a simple, but fast paced game. What makes it so neat is that everyone is able to be involved, and even if one gets out, there will be a new game very soon!
Campers freeze playing “Where’s my Slipper” (top) A camper shows off his trophy Thursday morning (bottom)
Today, our swimming director Sarah wanted to share a few thoughts about how the week was going with all of our readers. Sarah, or Rybes as most know here, was inspired a picture she took, and wanted to express her sentiments on this blog. She really hopes you all enjoy!
This picture to me says so much about this summer. Here we have a rainy day, brave campers laughing in the water in the distance and a few warming up by the fire, keeping each other warm and happy. I love how symbolic a fire burning in the rain at our fire circle can be and how when I look at this picture it makes me giggle. Our Camp Daggett 2012 Summer Olympics occurred today and it was one for the books. We all had an absolute blast and just like that Olympic torch burned on, so did our positive attitudes as we cheered everyone on and pushed through our unusual Michigan weather.
Now this picture makes me giggle because before Olympics and before the weather began to clear up, we were still having a fabulous time under the clouds and soaking up the rain. In this exact moment we were extremely entertained as we laughed about our charcoal rock drawings and the names these campers came up with on their camp out for each log in that fire (yes, they are that awesome, they named logs based on their sizes and laughed every time we called the logs by their names as we worked to keep that fire alive). To me that’s what camp is all about. It’s about the simple things in life, the ability to make someone smile and laugh with the smallest of gestures. The rain never holds us down. It brings us closer together as we bond through making the best of every situation we are fortunate enough to spend together.
I will always remember our week six campers as the ones who always smiled even when thunderstorms hindered our usual schedules and the ones who could always brighten up our day even if the sun couldn’t. Camp is about smiling and laughing and accepting everyone even when things like the weather turn a little upside down. Get it!? The smile written on the rock is upside down in this picture, but don’t worry, the ones on our faces were ALWAYS right side up! I cannot wait to share such a special night tomorrow with this special bunch of wonderful individuals!