Thanks for the Memories

One of my favorite things about camp is our waterfront, to be more specific, sailing on it. When the wind is strong there is nothing else like it! This session I have been so lucky as to find four others who love to sail as much as I do or at the very least are willing to sail with me. Every day the five of us take out the Tern, our biggest sailboat, and chat and sail and talk about everything. Sailing is one of the best times to really talk to people because you are in a small boat in the middle of our bay and there are no distractions.

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During session we have talked about different topics each day ranging from the happenings around camp to Christ and school. These four people have shown me so much in these few outings. They helped me to be humble and realize that everyone has a different struggle and the difficulty of one struggle does not lessen the difficulty of another. They have taught me that there are many different kinds of fun. All too often people think that sailing is only fun when the wind is crazy and the boat fast, but I think that I can speak for all of us when I say that some of the most fun days were when the wind died and it took us an extra half an hour to get back to the mooring and we just laughed and talked the whole time. They have taught me that to grow better you have to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Most importantly they taught me that in 3 weeks you can make some of the best friends of your life.

I learned all of this from a group of only four people. I don’t have enough words to describe how much I have been blessed to learn from all 65 of our campers this session. I am forever grateful for the tears, the laughs, and all of the memories that I have with these incredible people.

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Overall the group this year has shown me how Christ is working in each of their lives, even if they don’t quite see it yet. It reminds me of Chop Point School’s verse, Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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The Final Countdown

The past few days have seen two of the greatest evening activities of all time. Cabin theme night and Harry Potter night and to top it all off, about 26 of our campers spent the day yesterday white water rafting in Northern Maine.

Two days ago we had cabin theme night, one of my personal favorite nights of the entire year. Each cabin is given two hours to transform their cabin into a theme of their choosing. This year we all had the experience to a bank heist in the cabin of Little John, a spa in Sebago, a jungle safari in Monhegan, a hospital in Cranberry, a haunted circus in Isle au Haut, and an art museum in Manana. All of the themes this year were amazing. Manana and Sebago were the winners. Manana had 6 foot tall back drops for each of their living paintings and each painting had a witty line to say. My personal favorite was when the Scream told us that it was screaming because she had liked her crush’s Instagram post from 42 weeks ago. Sebago was decorated completely in white sheets with oak branch fans. Guests were treated to a massage, facials, and pedicures.

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The next day a group of campers went white water rafting in the Forks. They left at camp at 4 in the morning and got up there at about 7 am for a safety talk and then they were in the river. The first part of the day was huge rapids and then they took a break for lunch on the river and continued with the smoother portion to meet the bus and head home. To see the pictures from that day check out adv-bound.com!

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They arrived back to camp just in time for Harry Potter night. At lunch Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall showed up to deliver everyone’s invitations and then the whole camp was sorted into their houses by the sorting hat. We had dinner in the great hall (dining hall) and the campers were joined by other professors and students from Hogwarts. After dinner we broke up the houses and played a couple games of Quidditch, learned some new spells, and made it through the maze in the woods. At the end of the night Harry Potter defeated Lord Voldemort and Ravenclaw was awarded the Goblet of Fire for their heroic efforts.

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Car Wash Day

It is the final week of camp and we are all crazy busy fitting all that we can into the schedule. Saturday was car wash/work day, steak and lobster night, and talent night. It was jam packed with fun and running around.

At breakfast, the campers were all assigned to groups for the day. About 36 campers were sent out on 3 car washes in the area and the rest stayed here to work on projects around camp. Those who were on the car washes brought a bag lunch and had the opportunity to raise money for our sister camp, Campo Alegria, in Nicaragua. It was a pretty warm day so they were all eager to get the hoses out and get to work. Those here at camp stacked almost 6 cord of wood, cut down a large tree, and cleaned our dining hall from top to bottom. I have been here for many years and I have never seen a group finish so quickly. They were done with the dining hall before lunch and spent the afternoon setting up for talent night.

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Dinner was the ever popular steak and lobster night. Campers got a choice between trying one of Maine’s most famous meals and having a delicious steak prepared by our cooks. Neither choice was wrong. For many campers and counselors it was their first time eating lobster. Everyone left a little happier and a little fatter.

Finally we ended our day with talent night. This night gives campers a chance to show off all of their impressive abilities. Many campers chose to sing or play and instrument, some put on skits or dances, one boy solved a rubix cube in under a minute, and the cabin of Pemaquid closed the night out with a rap. The counselors served all of the campers Doritos, root beer floats, and ice cream. It was a great day and everyone went back to their cabins ready for bed.

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Adventure is Out There…

The night before last was one of my favorite nights of camp this session. After an early dinner we packed all of the campers up for the hour long drive to Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. It is one of the most photographed lighthouses in all of America and for good reason. There are long rocky shelves that extend from land out into the ocean forming the point of Pemaquid Point. Each year we take our campers there to explore, take pictures, and listen to a chapel talk from one of our counselors. As the campers came past the trees lining the parking lot and onto the rocks there were oohs and ahhs all around. Campers quickly ran out to the end to watch the waves crash against the rocks and spray them with salt water. Others gathered around the few cameras present and took some beautiful pictures with one of the most scenic views in all of Maine in the background.

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After about an hour of exploring all of the rocks, the whole camp gathered on one of the larger rocks to sing and listen to the chapel talk. A counselor shared his thoughts on “God the Dangerous,” a God who is unpredictable in his teachings and mighty in his ways. He concluded by quoting something that the counselors talked about during staff week, one of my favorite quotes of the summer. “God does not promise to be our pillow, but he does promise to be our rock and our foundation.” He promises to be strong and hold us up when we are weak, but he does not promise a soft landing or that life will always be easy. Everyone enjoyed it and we were all excited to be on the bus and get back to our warm beds after spending so much time near the ocean.

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Happy Birthday, America!

 

The fourth has officially passed! Chop Point campers and staff had a busy few days. On the fourth, a group of campers went into Bath early in the morning to run either a five mile or a one mile race. Chop Point did extremely well with one of our girls being 10th place overall and 1st place for the women and another of our campers winning first in his age group.

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The rest of camp met them after breakfast for the annual parade and while we were all there, a few groups of campers started a dance battle across the street while the bath bands and floats provided us with music. Some of the dance moves thrown about included the Macarena, the worm, and some very synchronized line dancing. Everyone had a blast and we were all excited to return to camp and enjoy the beautiful afternoon full of activities.

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We had a snack for the campers of fried dough at about 3:30, for some of the foreign campers it was their first time experiencing my favorite food. We ended the day by having red, white, and blue birthday cake and singing happy birthday to our favorite country. For our evening activity we had a special Disney night complete with some of our favorite princes, princesses, and villains.

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For the evening activity on the fifth we all made our way back to bath to enjoy their carnival and fireworks. We had an early dinner so that we could make the most of our time there! Many campers opted to enjoy the ferris wheel,  zipper, or gravitron, while others chose to eat their way through the midway and then find a place on the waterfront to hang out until the fireworks started. All of the campers got to enjoy some of America’s best foods: funnel cake, fried dough, fried chicken, and fried oreos. The fireworks show was beautiful and as we all made our way back to the buses and vans they shot off a few more for us all to enjoy. We got back to camp around 10 o’clock and everyone headed off to get a great night of sleep.

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This morning every cabin got a 5 (the highest possible score) on their cabin inspections! It was a great end to a phenomenal weekend here at camp!

And that’s a wrap…

Community Week is over. We had an amazing week with some not so amazing weather and everybody was able to enjoy putting some new spins on their favorite activities. We ended the week strong with a couple of everybody’s favorite activities: Luau night and dodgeball night.

We had the weather clear up for luau on Monday night and everybody had a blast with an outside dinner, tiki decorating of one of their teammates, and canoe races. The counselors managed to successfully keep the campers from finding out about dodgeball night and when the announcement was made I am sure that the people across the bay could hear the cheering. The girls and guys wore red and blue respectively and met at the gym for a fierce battle. I personally enjoyed the sideline dance party that we had going on for those of us who got out a bit early.

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The final day of camp was beautiful with the sun shining and the wind blowing. We had our usual chicken barbeque and presentation outside on the lawn and all of the campers got to say goodbye to their counselors and friends. The campers were happy to see their parents, but sad to leave us. A great time was had by all involved and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the summer brings us!

Community Week

Camp is officially under way! The community week campers arrived two days ago from the surrounding towns here in Maine and camp is already in full swing. We had beautiful weather for the first day of camp. It might have been the best since I’ve been here and that is quite a few years. The sun was out and the wind was strong for the sailors and windsurfers, after the waterfront safety talk and swim test of course. The breeze also helped keep it cool for those out on the field playing soccer and ultimate Frisbee.

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The evening activity was counselor skits. Who doesn’t love watching people make complete fools of themselves on stage? I won’t say too much and ruin it for those of you coming later this summer, but I will say we had a little something up there for everyone and a whole lot of laughs for the whole group. We had a couple of campers rating each skit on a scale of 1-10 and when it was all over I asked them which skit won. The answer: Too many 10s to decide.

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Tonight’s activity is lip sync night! It is also Disney themed. The cabins eagerly prepared their songs and got their costumes ready during the day. The song lineup included: Do you Want to Build a Snowman, Under the Sea, I’ll make a man out of you and some other Disney classics.

The winning songs both came from Tangled. Little John won with an excellent recreation of “I’ve Got a Dream” and on the girl’s side, Isle au Haut put a new spin on “I See the Light.” Everyone did an amazing job and some teams got really creative with it, including a sugar verses medicine battle for Mary Poppin’s “A Spoonful of Sugar” by Acadia.

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Today is our first full day with regular activities. Everyone has been having a blast! We have been playing soccer, basketball, tennis, and ultimate Frisbee all morning and this afternoon we took out the sailboats in some pretty great wind. The skies are still a little cloudy but not enough to slow us down!

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Here is the link to the pictures we have uploaded to Picasa so far. Enjoy.

Community Program 2015

Here we go…

The counselors have arrived! Last Friday most of the staff and counselors got to Chop Point and met each other for the first time. This year’s group is full of incredible individuals, a pretty good chunk of whom come from Georgia (did you expect anything different?). Everyone has been bonding and getting along great. The whole group has really started getting into the swing of things and are excited for the campers to come!

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We have been spending our days scraping and painting, getting the art room and the gym set up and taking inventory of the beloved costume closet. The list included things such as blow up cactus, palm tree made of lights, three sombreros, and a mullet. Kez is back as our camp nurse and went to town the other day to stock up on supplies to keep us safe and sound all summer long. The counselors have also been really getting into planning morning Bible discussion for the cabins. I have heard some great topics being brought up during those hours.

Saturday was swim test day for the staff and everything went well. One of the counselors even swam extra laps! For those of you reading this who have taken the swim test, you know that is pretty much unheard of. The water was a warm 55ºF, which has coincidentally also been the temperature of the air for the last week. Throw in some rain and you’ve got a typical June in Maine.

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On Sunday we all got to go to the local church to meet some of the people who have been and will be praying for us all summer. Kez also gave a small talk on her missions in Haiti. When we got back to camp we got to take out the sailboats for the first time! The wind was really going and no one capsized! I won’t talk about what happened on the second day… Yesterday we added windsurfing to the list of waterfront activities the staff is enjoying. Dave told everyone who was going that they would need wetsuits and one brave counselor decided that he would probably be fine. He changed into a wetsuit about 10 minutes later. Did I mention the 55ºF water temperature?

At night we have been hard at work on our skits. Not to toot our own horn, but they are pretty great this year. We have some super creative, funny staff members! One of our girl counselors has improv experience and has been teaching us all the ropes with some interesting games. I think the people across the Bay can hear the laughter, I hope they know that this is only the beginning…

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!).

Lately

Take a peek at our Picasa Web albums to see what camp has been doing lately…

Here are pictures from the three car washes we hosted to raise money for Campo Alegria in Nicaragua. The perfect weather, enthusiastic campers, and never-ending flow of summer traffic all helped us raise over a thousand dollars for Nicaraguan Campers!

These are some photos of Cabin Theme Night, an evening where each cabin completely transforms into a theme of their choice and hosts an “open house” for all of the other cabins.

Here are some pictures of campers learning to surf at a local beach.

Enjoy!