Every year, in our second two week session we hold a competition central. Camp is split into four groups, each with a color and a team that corresponds with our theme. This year’s theme was “The times they are a changing’” and each team was a different decade from the 20th century! Here are the four teams this year and the captains:
1920s – black team: captained by Morgan the Pool Director and Carson the Girls Pioneer Unit Leader
1960s – red team: captained by Bethany the Chapel Lady (Christian Ed Director) and your resident blogger, Maddie the Office Manager
1980s – blue team: captained by Stephen S. the Sailing Instructor and Will the CIT Leader
1990s – green team: captained by Matt the Driver and Stephen G. the Adventure Director
Staff and campers are divided evenly between the four teams. However, not all staff members play, we need people to judge! Judges typically include Administrative Staff members who are not captaining or choosing to be on a team, a few staff assistants, and guest judges who have worked in the past.
Central prep begins Friday afternoon and goes on all Saturday. During these times, teams write their songs and cheers and prepare their skits for Sunday morning. They also practice their activities for the day. Some of our favorite events include tent pitching, fire building, log saw, lashing, and the ever anticipated marshmallow tower building! No matter the event all campers practice, prepare, and cheer one another on and try to bring home the win for their team!
Sunday morning began with a lovely Eucharist where we blessed our new Eucharist chalices and pattens at the council ring. The team captains lead the homily, and reminded everyone that no matter the outcome of the day, everyone would all be friends in the end.
After Eucharist we had our presentations! The 1990’s had a great skit about all the popular TV shows in the 90s, and lead a fantastic song to the tune of Fresh Prince and a cheer to the Macarena! Their banner was a depiction of popular TV characters from the decade including PowerPuff Girls, Rugrats and the Nickelodeon logo. The 1980s skit was about technology in the 80s and included a mini Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. They even tore down the Berlin Wall and had some pretty good looking Ninja turtles. Their song was to the tune of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and their cheer was the Ghostbuster’s theme song. Their banner featured pac man, the Ghostbusters logo, and some fun neon designs. The 1960s team skit was a hippy van tour of the decade which stopped at JFK’s inauguration, the march on Washington, the first moon landing and of course Woodstock. The song was to the Jackson 5’s “I
Want You Back” with a cheer to our newest camp song “Bazooka Bubble Gum”. The banner emerged as the moon with a hippy van on top of it, and flipped to reveal the Woodstock banner with tie died sixties lettering. The 1920s skit was a fun museum tour of the 20s which featured Al Capone and his tommy guns, the Model T, some flappers, and of course Winnie the Pooh and Mickey Mouse. Their song was to the Little Mermaid’s “Part of your World” and their cheer was to a camp song called “I bought myself a rooster.”
Following presentations, lunch, and a well deserved siesta, the games began. Rounds flew by as teams competed, cheered, and ran around to watch others. As a storm loomed on we postponed our big bay relay ‘til after dinner. Campers feasted on hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and baked beans in the dining hall as the storm passed. After the storm passed the relay began. Each team took the lead at some point in the day, but in the end 1980s burned their rope first, followed by the 1960s, 1990s and the 1920s. While everyone was happy to see our 80s friends win, every camper left the finish line with a big smile and lots of congratulations for their friends. Following the end of the relay everyone cooled down with some free swim and ice cream!
Here are some final words from all of our captains on how great the event was!
According to Matt from the 90s, “It was a great feeling to be slimed by my team.” – MVD (great honor)
Bethany says about the 60s “Not everyone could be on stage during the Woodstock part of our presentation because not everyone had a ticket to the concert. However, by the end of our presentation everyone found a ticket, got through the Woodstock traffic and joined our team on stage. And we were able to rock together the rest of the day!”
“The 80s never stopped believing!” claims captain Will.
“The 20s had a roaring good time” says 20s captain Carson.
With Music, Peace & Love (paraphrased from the 60s team cheer),
Bethany & Maddie