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.
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.
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.