Upper Senior Challenge
June 21, 2015 by Don Gentle
What a fantastic day! Sure it was warm, or even hot, but there was still this great breeze that made for a wonderful combination. What else would you expect from the first day of summer. We enjoyed our typical sleep-in day. Zoob and the girls were very sweet to get up super early to make me breakfast for Father’s Day. We were completely finished by the wake-up bell and ready to take on camp! My two girls gave me a sweet t-shirt. It says “Best Dad in the Universe, except for Darth Vader of course.” Kinda funny…
I lead the boys for the service down by the lake this morning. I enjoyed sharing with them the importance of pursuing excellence along with the difficulty and rewards that come with it. I felt like it was well received by both the older and younger campers. We wrapped up the morning with a number of choice activities. The only requirement is that the boys had to take in the beauty of the day by being outside. Many of the guys felt like the lake was their primary location. I was impressed with the number of guys that were playing tennis, especially in the high UV day we were having. There were also a number of campers that chose to play lawn games on the activity field. I will say, most of camp was on the lake.
This afternoon brought about a number of age-group activities that included the waterslide, canoeing, capture the flag, and the mud pit. The main event, however, was the inaugural “Upper Senior Challenge!” While this event has taken place for a number of years in the July four week session, it is the first time we have ever offered it in June Camp. The event is similar to an adventure race that is put together very much like ‘The Amazing Race.” Teams have to move from place to place performing tasks. Each clue takes them to another part of camp where they have to read and communicate the challenge appropriately to the other team members. Most all of the challenges are activities some of the guys have been doing for years at camp. Teams are divided up by cabin groups and only the oldest “upper-senior” group competes. Activities included a lot of running, target sports, mountain biking, climbing, canoeing, the rope swing, tennis, soccer, and fire building. It was truly a challenge for these boys. They all had a great time and cheered on each other throughout the event. It is one of my favorite Sunday events in camp. I really enjoy seeing these boys, some of who have been here since they were seven, show their mastery and skills they have learned through the years of camp. We wrapped up the afternoon with another cookout on the lawn and then headed up to campfire for some reflective songs and another great story from Dan Noland.
I can’t believe we only have four days left until we see the parents and campers unite. It will be an action packed week with all sorts of trips and activities. I will add some reminders and details about parents’ day as we approach. One thing I will add tonight is that you can still order a jump drive of all the photos to have ready on closing day if you did not pre-order one. If you like all of the photos and would like a cool little jump drive of high resolution versions of these photos, drop a not to our office manager, Stephanie. She will add one on the list for you. You cna email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to a busy week. Happy Father’s Day all you fellow dads out there!