Father Mark Harris came from St Peter's in Lewes to celebrate Eucharist with us in the Council Ring. The team captains did the homily (sermon) together. Each Teams Captains were singing versions of Walking in the Light they way they liked it about their own teams and came around to singing a version about camp together instead. Father Mark reminded us that sometimes when we live in community our many versions of stories need to be merged together to tell a better more complete story of who we are.
Opening Ceremonies began at 10:30. All four teams presented their team cheer, song, flag, banner, and costumes for the judges. After lunch and siesta the judges and teams met in Boys Homestead for three round of events like Log Saw, Song Writing, Tug of War, Yahtzee, Sudoku, Pool Relays, Obstacle Courses, Ladder Lashing and more!
The day of central culminates in a huge relay race that runs all over camp. It begins with a camper making a bed and folding pajamas in the parking lot. They run matches to someone who eats a huge slice of watermelon and then a third person run the matches to archery. Two campers have to hit the target twice. Then a water bucket is walked through a windy path without spilling. The matches are passed to campers in inner tubes in the big pool then to campers making loops around the small pool. Two campers have to make two hoops at basketball, one camper pushes another in a wheel barrow, then other campers have to ring two horseshoes. The matches move over to hockey at the tennis courts, then to toilet paper - where two campers take turns wrapping a stationary camper in toilet paper. Then the matches go down to the waterfront to get canoed out to Santa Claus and kayaked back to the beach. A few campers fill a five gallon bucket with sand and then some more dribble a soccer ball across the ballfield and back and then the matches get run up to the team fire builders in Boys Homestead where they must build a fire and burn through their rope first. It's intense and exciting.
The round worked out in such a way that even though Team Savanna burned through their rope first - Team Jungle had more points and won "The Battle for the Biosphere!"
A highlight of the day was at the firepits - Team Ocean was still building their fire and the other teams finished celebrating and shouted Ocean's cheer with them. Team pride is great but Camp Pride is better :)
All of camp cooked out dinner on the beach. Hot dogs and hamburgers, baked beans, chips and ice cream were served to each unit while campers and staff played frisbee and nukem and sat on the dock. Heat lightning flashed in the distance cancelling free swim and everyone was tired enough they didn't seem to mind missing it and going to bed early! Rain actually held off until nearly 10pm - leaving Central virtually dry - HUZZAH!
Teri & Keith