This is what a time warp must feel like. In what feels like a matter of a few hours, we have wrapped up an AMAZING First Session, said farewell to some awesome kids, hosted a large group of visitors for a few days, said farewell to them, and then welcomed a happy and ready-for-fun group of Second Session campers. Phew! It’s been a lot, but it’s been very enjoyable.
The weather could not have cooperated more with us. It was on the warm side on Saturday and Sunday, but not overwhelming at all, and really ideal for people to enjoy their time at camp and in the area. The Northwoods is so inviting in the summer, and there’s plenty to do to stay cool, and we know some of our families took advantage of the lakes and natural resources. And….we know some of their kids took advantage of the air-conditioning in their hotel rooms and restaurants.
When our 2nd Session boys arrived Sunday afternoon, we were coming off a warm and busy day. It was still warm right up to dinner, and then we began a slow cool down. Last night was super nice, and a great night to get outside, run around and stretch some legs after a day of travel, and have fun playing with friend, new and old.
Today we took care of some routine business that allows us to start activities tomorrow and send out our first trip. That included having a quick health screening from the nurses, doing a little swim assessment (the water is SO warm!), and getting some good info about waterskiing, mountain biking, trips, and more. We got it all in by lunch, which was awesome, so after rest period, we were able to sign up for the 4th Series of activities (a.k.a 1st Series of 2nd Session). Those will begin tomorrow after lunch.
Tomorrow after breakfast is Picture Day, and then we are DONE with all the routine stuff and we after lunch can get down to the business of just having fun. One of the upsides of getting all of this done early (besides being able to fully launch our program), is the time the cabin groups have to spend together. The four-week kids just arrived yesterday. Well….it already feels like they’re just part of the family. This evening we had a fun program on the athletic field where kids ran around in small groups chatting up counselors and learning some trivia about them. They had a blast doing it, and they got to know some of the counselors they may not have known before, or at least not so well. In the process, before our very eyes, we could see new friendships forming. There were kids hanging out, arms around shoulders, who had just met in the last 24 hours. We are bonding well already!
If you’re new to this blog, this is the area where we note important info. If it’s critically important, we’ll send you an email to let you know about it.
- As noted above, we have signed up for the new series of activities. You can see what your son has chosen from your Keylog page. Log in, click on the link “[Your son’s name]’s Activities, and they’ll show up there.
- We always tell your son what activities you’d like to see him participate in. As a reminder, our policy is to encourage those things, but not force the issue. We believe that kids should have the freedom AND the responsibility of making these choices themselves. They rarely have that kind of opportunity any other time. And if they choose well, they reap the rewards. And if they do not, they learn accordingly.
- In case you missed it, you can also see your son’s cabin group, a list of the boys, and info about the counselors by clicking here.
- In case you missed it, you can also see tons of photos that we post (almost) every day. Just click here.
FUTURE TRIP DEPARTURES
Our trips program has had a short hiatus, and now we’re cranking it back up. First-year campers will take OWLS this series, which will prep them for some awesome trips they can go on as soon as they complete the course. It’ll take just one hour/day for their first 5 days of activities, and then they’re all set. So, coming soon, we will send out the following trips:
- Devil’s Lake State Park, WI – 4 days rock climbing
- Northern Highlands Recreation Area, WI – 3 days lake canoeing
- Isle Royale National Park, MI – 6 days backpacking
- Brule River, WI – 3 days river canoeing
We are already on a great roll for 2nd session. We’ll write again soon and let you know what’s been happening.
Mike & Leslie