This blog about the Waterfront is interrupted by breaking news from the Rehoboth Bay!
Yesterday, the Waterfront Staff launched Hobie 16 Palooza! Director Kevin, Sailing Director Stephen, Waterfront Staff Taylor and Matt, and Boat Driver Juan helped set up the fleet throughout the afternoon. Six 16s were sailed by Waterfront staff, Assistant Counselors, one counselor and our CIT Unit leader Will. After the fleet of 6 took off, the Lafontaines (Executive Director, Walt, Registrar, Nancy and their son (a former Waterfront Director) Scott) took out their Hobie 16, making the total count 7. The five camp dogs chased the boats around the bay joining in on the fun. Campers came in and out of the bay on and off the blob to take part in the Hobie Palooza.
“Sailing, sailing on Rehoboth Bay, when days are hot when days are cold, in Rehoboth Bay Sunfish, Zumas, fancy Hobies too, oh how you wish you had nothing else to do but!”
Typically groups are sailed by either a member of the Waterfront Staff or their counselor, if they are experienced in sailing. Sailing pathfinders spend their afternoons sailing, learning how to rig and sail Sunfish, Hobie Waves and Hobie 16s.
When groups go sailing, not every camper is able to fit on the sailboat at once so the campers on shore do other fun activities, such as the Blob!! The Blob is a giant floaty obstacle course about 100 feet from shore on which campers can play. It is a fan favorite at the Waterfront, as it quickly becomes a fun game of wipe out that ends in giggles and swimming.
Some classic waterfront activities include canoeing and kayaking. Often groups will canoe or kayak to Santa Clause Island, a small cove about a quarter mile from camp. Sometimes units bring lunch there. It is also a great place to find arrowheads. Another destination adventure is Buzzards. Buzzards is further away so groups opt to canoe. They tend to bring lunch with them and make an afternoon out of the excursion. Buzzards is about an hour canoe ride away. I loved canoeing there as a camper and counselor because it is such a rewarding experience. The final canoe trip takes you to the other side of the bay. This trip is typically reserved for oldest pioneer and pathfinder groups as it is quite adventurous. At low tide, such a trip requires that canoes be pulled through the mud. Campers return to the waterfront a little muddy, but always proud of their accomplishment.
Groups can also go paddle boarding at the waterfront. Some of the best times to go is at sunrise or sunset – some of the prettiest times on the bay.
The environmental center does a few activities in the bay such as seining and Bay Safari! check out the blog post from earlier in the summer to learn more about those activities.
For those parents reading this who have had sent their kids to camp before, you are probably asking yourselves what about that world famous BANANA BOAT?! Banana boating is one of our most popular activities at camp. Every unit takes a turn riding the huge yellow banana tube behind our pontoon boat around the bay. Campers get a chance to jump off with their whole unit and swim around until they are picked back up by our boat driver Juan. Juan happens to be one of the most popular staff members with the campers, because without him, they wouldn’t be able to go on the banana boat. As popular as the banana boat is, it is not our only boating activities. Groups can also go tubing on the three-person hot dog, go for a sunset boat ride, or go deep sea diving, where they drive towards the middle of the bay, park and swim around. Although we call it deep sea diving, at lower tides, groups can often stand, yet still have an absolute blast.
Other activities held at the Waterfront include beach bonfires, cookouts and lunch boat rides, group activities on the beach tower or dock and human battleship. Campers also enjoy playing nukem, ladder golf and corn hole at free time and in between other activities.
From the Rehoboth Bay,
Maddie (a proud former 2 week Waterfront service CIT)