The Fun Never Ends

We have reached  my favorite part of a session. It’s always somewhere right in the middle, where the campers have made great friendships and are all really close, but also where no one has realized that in a short week and a half we’ll be having to say our goodbyes.

On America’s birthday I left camp early with around 10 campers and staff members to watch them run in the annual 5 mile race. I can’t remember a time where the Chop Point racers collectively finished in under an hour and a half, but this year everyone was done in less than fifty minutes. In fact, one of our very own campers won overall in the women’s category, and another boy won overall for his age group. Success. The rest of camp joined us to watch the parade in town. To kick it off Chop Point was called to the front to dance the chicken dance, which was probably a bad idea, since half the campers had never heard of it before. They got the hang of it pretty quickly, though!

After the parade finished we headed home.

The evening activity on the 4th was Luau night, a camp favorite. It was basically monsoon-ing out so we had to move the decorations and cook-out indoors. I was one of the staff members running the night and in all honesty, was pretty nervous it wasn’t going to be as successful since we had to have it in the lodge. However, it just might have been the funnest I’ve ever had at a Luau night. In typical Luau fashion, all the cabins painted themselves and performed cheers, skits, and stories to go along with their paintings. We had a beach volleyball tournament where everyone had to sit, therefore remaining stationary while they played. It kind of leveled the playing field. Isle au Haut and Pemaquid were in the final match, and though it was back and forth until the end, Pemaquid pulled away with the win.

We then played “Musical Towels”, which is a lot like Musical Chairs, except with towels (I know, ground breaking). Also, instead of walking around the towels, everyone danced in the middle until the music stopped, and then scrambled to find a free towel to lay on. We ended the activity with a camp-wide limbo contest. A night well spent, as usual!

Yesterday was all switched around. We had a big soccer game in the morning, as well as some other activities. In the afternoon we tried some new never-before-played games at CP. We played kickball with kitty pools as bases and a slip-and-slide that took you to home. We also played a game where two teams threw wet sponges at one another to get people out, and if we caught  a sponge, one of our players was allowed to get back in the game. It was essentially dodgeball, but in this case, dodge-sponge. All in all it was a great way to cool off on a hot, sunny day.

After dinner we headed to Bath to go to the local fair and watch some fireworks (celebrating America’s birthday even though it wasn’t necessarily on America’s birthday). The campers had a great time buying fried dough and going on rides (I did a mixture of the two and it wasn’t necessarily the smartest decision I’d ever made). There was live music on the waterfront and for the last half hour or so a big group of Chop Pointers danced together. We definitely made fools of ourselves but it was worth it. The cherry on top of the night was the fireworks, and we all headed back to camp ready for bed.

Tonight is Cabin Theme Night, which never seems to disappoint. As I write this cabins are making their “plans of attack” in order to make their cabins the best they can possibly be. Updates to follow on how it goes.

Don’t forget to keep checking the Picassa account and Facebook page for more pictures and updates. More to come!

The Camp Vibes are Rolling!

Chop Point Camp 2014 has  officially begun! It’s been a crazy, fun filled past few days.

We’ve had an unprecedented amount of good weather, usually foreign to our first couple of weeks of camp. This time last year we were all bundled up in our winter clothes, trying to stay warm in 50 degree weather. Now it’s wavering just above 80 degrees with perfect sailing wind and the occasional rainy cool down in the afternoon.

We started the week off right with the semi-annual Wacky Olympics. Cabins showed up to the soccer field dawning their wackiest get-ups. The field was a mass of capes, neon, and inside out clothing.

We played some games to get the camp vibes rolling, including (but not limited to) tug-of-war, three-legged races, and the ever-popular Sharks and Minnows. Everyone had a blast despite the fact that they were sweltering from the many layers of clothing deemed necessary to look “wacky enough”. Whether they were at a suitable level of wackiness or not is up for debate, but I’m gonna say everyone nailed it…

A lot of our evening activities have been focused on giving the campers opportunities to bond, like Get to Know You Games and Girls and Boys night in/out.

We also did my all time favorite night: Lip Sync! It was focused on musicals this time around. My favorite song choice was probably “Do You Hear the People Sing?” from Les Miserables, but my favorite performance was definitely from the group of kids that had been on the biking trip. They did a perfect rendition of “So long, Farewell” from The Sound of Music, rivaling the Von Trapp family themselves.

It’s exciting to see so many new relationships being formed and how well the cabins can bond, even though it’s only been a week. Campers that had previously never sailed a day in their lives are now taking the reins, and by the end of these three weeks are bound to be experts. I could just be biased, but I’d have to say sailing is one of the best activities Chop Point has to offer. Some of the best conversations I’ve ever had were on those Sunfish.

Two trips have left and returned and I think it’s safe to say that the new staff have really gotten the hang of things and camp is in full swing. It’s shaping up to be an unforgettable session!

If you enjoyed the pictures there’s a bunch more on our Picassa account, and many more to come. Stay tuned for some more posts (hopefully soon!).