After cooking and eating hamburgers and s'mores the campers went to play capture the flag in the Outpost. The campers really enjoyed looking for the missing flags and chasing each other through the woods. In reflections later that night the most common “best part of the day” was playing capture the flag and that they wish it could have been longer.
On the Fourth of July the campers all rose early for a traditional march from the beach to the flagpole were the national flag was raised, amendments read, and the Star Spangled Banner was sung. Some of the campers were face painted coming to the march; others got their face painted throughout the day. Throughout the camp you could witness the patriotism of the campers to the United States as everyone was dressed in their interpretation of Independence Day. Some wore overalls and hats, others were dressed in flag shirts and shorts and there were those using bandannas as their colors. All in all everyone was thrilled and excited for the day’s activities.
In the evening of the Fourth of July, all of camp gathered at the waterfront in order to celebrate the anniversary of America’s Independence. The beach party consisted of each camp cabin singing a song, karaoke style, in front of camp while the other campers joined in and danced. There were select campers who were doing the robot and others just going free style. As the night went on, campers found their way to the watermelon and fruit pops provided by the camp while they continued to sing and dance the day away. Upon the setting of the sun, all of the campers gathered at the waterfront looking across the bay. There the campers witness fireworks exploding from all sides of the bay, as they watched in awe they sang a quieter more soothing tune until the show subsided.
On Friday, some campers were witnessed going through the marsh, known as a marsh walk. At first they were all hesitant to get in the marsh, as it was swampy and extremely muddy. However, with the guidance of their counselors and adopted specialist they all ended up getting in and having a blast. There was jumping and sinking as the mud came up past some campers waist. The campers were able to see an Osprey from a safe distance on its nest and found numerous crabs throughout the marsh. As they retreated from the marsh, most of the campers were covered shoulder to toe in mud, especially the counselors as they had taken a seat in some of the holes of mud within the marsh. They tried persistently to remove the mud and over time it eventually came off.
(aka Keith - Our Dining Hall Supervisor)