Friends and Sundays at Camp
June 13, 2010 by Don Gentle
Pictures from June 13, 2010 (password required)
Today started out with a sweet bang! The Krispy Kreme guy came late last night and dropped off 400 sweet and delicious glazed doughnuts! The boys were psyched! Krispy Kreme is more of a household word than it used to be. Of course, most everyone around here has known what “Hot & Now” has meant for decades! The sweet “wall of glaze” that the doughnuts go under after they are fried still enchants me to this day.
The day continued with a time for songs and reflection down by the lake, where Zoob lead us with some words about friendship. She queried the boys about what makes a good friend and how do we go about choosing them. Her discussion continued about how some of your best friends are the most unlikely ones initially. She shared a story with the boys that has become a modern classic; the story of “Owen and Mzee”. It is a true story of a baby hippo and a 130 year- old tortoise who are forced into an impossible relationship, one that by all the rules should never have happened. A tale of two creatures who come to depend on one another in extraordinary circumstances when a baby hippo is rescued after being separated from its mother in a Tsunami and paired up with the ancient tortoise. The two form an inseparable bond that defines what friendship can and is all about. Check out www.owenandmzee.com if you want to hear more about this incredible story.
High Rocks is one of those places where friendships are created under incredible circumstances. I know of so many stories of boys who have met here and request to be bunk mates every year…and they live hundreds of miles away from each other during the school year. Camp creates so many great friendships; bonds that last for decades and beyond. Zoob did a great job of identifying some of the former campers (now staff) who have formed life-long friendships here at camp that continue today. She challenged the boys to be on the lookout for those friends and reach out to those who seem unlikely to be your friend, but could be your best friend once you get to know them. What a great message…
Sunday morning continued with many choice activities that lasted until lunch including: fishing, swimming, canoeing, disc golf, ping pong, bocce’, croquet, basketball, and tennis. Lunch was a hefty feast of roasted turkey, rice, dressing, beans, gravy, biscuits, and the salad bar. We washed it down with ice cream “sundaes on Sunday,” and took a much needed rest.
The afternoon continued with age-group activities that involved a lot of running wrapped up with a refreshing swim. The evening continues with a cookout on the lawn, followed by our weekly campfire event where we sing a few songs, listen to a story, and reflect on the past week with an eye on the week ahead. I love Sundays!
There are some great pictures from the square dance last night as well as a climbing trip, and finally the boys having fun on Sunday!
Have a great night…we sure are!