I know you're all bummed we didn't get a chance to post 4th Session. I'm super bummed about it myself. Time just did not allow.... but I promised at least one awesome Mom I'd write a mega post complete with pictures :)
We've had a record number of campers this summer - including a PACKED 4th Session. We boasted a record number of 2 week Homestead Campers (over 60), EIGHT full Pioneer Units and a two super groups of Pathfinders - (18 and 15 campers). Below are the Unit Photos for anyone who may have misplaced theirs or simply just wanted to see the other groups.
Our Sunday Central was our 18th Annual Color War - Elemental Evolution. The Teams were Earth - Captained by Paul & Maddy, Fire - Captained by Ellie & Becca, Water - Captained by Michelle & Grace, and Wind - Captained by Stephen & Jocelyn. The Ad Staff were judges and Team Spirit for the events.
All of camp is split into four teams - that begin to meet Friday to plan out their team cheer, song, costumes, flag, banner and Presentation as well as who will compete in each event. Presentations are made to all of Camp after Eucharist Sunday morning. Three rounds of events play out in the afternoon and the day culminates with an enormous Relay Race all over camp - where every team member plays a part. They pass a set of matches from the beginning to the end of the race and are done when their team builds a fire and burns through their rope. It's pretty exciting. This year was particularly "breathtaking" as Team Wind came back from 4th place to win the relay - but ultimately, Water won the War.
Below are some photos of the teams, the banners, flags and fire builders - a coveted position to hold in the relay race.
There was a CRAZY rainstorm during Wednesday Night Cookout the 2nd week. All our staff had to put their wet wood fire skills to the test. And as you can see - even the smallest of campers (our Taste of Camp Boys) managed to grill their burgers over a fire and enjoy their cookout just the same :)
Overnights are a true gift of the 2 week session. Having more time to get all the regular camp activities done totally creates the space to head out into the woods, cookout several meals in a row and sleep in tents!! The Adventure Pathfinders slept over in Outpost the first week and got to take a 2 night overnight at Trap Pond the second week. All of Pioneer went on overnights in Outpost the second week. And several Homestead cabins went on Outpost overnights during the first week. The Adventure Pathfinders also went on a long canoe trip from our waterfront around Herring's Landing and into Wolf Pit Pond - across the street from Camp's Exit Road. It was low tide upon their return - and, well, it got a little messy :)
Our sailing Pathfinders learned how to rig and sail Sunfish, Zumas, Hobie 16's and Hobie Waves down on the bay. Below is the whole group being instructed by Becca.
We also had some special visitors with us this session. Bishop Wright joined us for dinner one night and lead a song with a super fan and Assistant Counselor, Declan. Father Calhoun Wick, a member of Christ Church, Christiana Hundred, visited camp with Mr Hal Haskell - a lovely gentleman that actually helped to purchase camp for the Diocese in 1954. Father Jeff Ross, from St Peter's in Lewes celebrated Sunday Eucharist with us. And Father Max Wolf from All Saints, Rehoboth and Saint George's Chapel came to celebrate Closing Eucharist with us Thursday night. Theresa Stamegna and Bess & Jim Landolt came to man our Alumni Booth and Jim filled in as a guest musician at Eucharist with his son, Sam - our Boys Pioneer Unit Leader.
I sign off with my deepest apologies for how long this took to write.... but I HOPE it really is better late than never.
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