Time Flies

Wow! I cannot believe the second week of first session is coming to an end! The past few days have been cloudy with small showers, but it hasn’t stopped the campers from going to their activities. Because of the long weekend and the festivities from the Fourth of July, Tuesday was beach day. With necessities such as bug spray and sunscreen in their bags, the whole camp traveled to Reid State Park, a gorgeous beach on the coast of Maine. Some campers headed straight for the beach with surfboards, hoping to catch some waves, others stayed near the shelter, where many campers played board games. A yummy lunch was provided

and campers were free to walk along the rocky coast.

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We ended the relaxing day with a campfire back at camp. Songs were sung and marshmallows were roasted. It was wonderfully lazy day, a perfect way to recover from all the recent activity.IMG_5418

On Wednesday, all of the campers followed their usual schedule. The campers in arts and crafts made friendship bracelets, while the sailors attempted to sail in windless weather.

 

Thursday’s evening activity was obstacle course night. The whole camp was divided by cabins and competed in one huge obstacle course. Each cabin was timed as they went through the course, whoever was the fastest won. Some of the obstacles included hurtles, solving a puzzle, mud crawl and web made of string. They were all challenging, but so much fun! By the time it was over everyone was soaking wet, muddy and ready for bed. At lunch the next day, it was announced that the overall winner was the cabin Isle au Haut!

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Friday was a pretty eventful day. It was announced at breakfast that it was Cabin Theme Night! The whole dining hall cheered with excitement. Cabin Theme Night is one of the most fun and intense nights at camp. Each cabin is given only two hours to alter their cabin to make a theme of their choosing. The themes this session were awesome. We experienced a yoga studio from Pemaquid, A Dave Wilkinson museum from Little John, Acadia’s ship wreck, and Sebago’s Talent Show. We also enjoyed Monhegan’s Hansel and Gretel, Cranberry’s surprise party, Isle au Haut’s Mario Cart and Manana’s Snow White theme. They were all so much fun to walk through and participate in! I could tell that each cabin worked hard to make their cabin entertaining and they definitely succeeded!

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Happy Fourth!

The fourth of July went in and out with a bang! Early in the morning on the fourth a group of campers went into Bath for a 5mile race and a 1mile fun run. The Chop Pointers did well, one camper won 4th place overall. The rest of the campers went into Bath after breakfast to watch the annual parade. After the parade, everyone returned to camp and had the option to play field games or hang out on the waterfront. It was a pretty lazy afternoon, a perfect time to prepare for the fun that lay ahead. IMG_5216

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After dinner, the whole camp filed onto the bus and headed to Bath again for the carnival and fireworks. Some campers chose to go on the rides such as the ferris wheel. While others played games, won prizes and sampled from the different food trucks. I saw many campers munching on fried oreos, fried dough and other sugary treats. As the sky grew dark everyone started to find a place to watch the fireworks. Many gathered to the grass near the waterfront and others chose to watch on the rocks. It was truly a spectacular show and a wonderful way to celebrate!

 

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What a Weekend

What a hectic weekend it has been! Saturday was a work day. During work days, the whole camp does various chores and runs carwashes to raise money for Campo Alegria in Nicaragua. While most campers were off washing cars, a few stayed behind at camp to help serve Chop Point’s 50th reunion party. The party was a huge success! Crowds of former campers and staff attended and spent the day hugging, laughing, and reminiscing. To conclude the celebration, everyone gathered into the dining hall and sang classic silly songs such as “The Prune Song” and “An Austrian.” People also gave small speeches about their past camp experiences.

Dave and John with the beloved meat smoker

Dave and John with the beloved meat smoker

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The Prune Song

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When the campers returned from their hard day of work, it was revealed that the evening activity was water night. With hopes of not getting wet, the campers met in the grassy area by the dining hall. The first game was a water balloon toss. There were many shouts of frustration whenever a balloon exploded, and many screams of triumph whenever the balloon was caught successfully. After many other games, the campers were soaked and ready for the grand finale: the water slide! A huge tarp was spread over a hill and lathered in soap and water. First, the poor counselors slid down while campers pelted them with water balloons. Then the campers were free to slide down as many times as they wanted. Despite the windy weather, water night was a big hit.

Water Balloon Toss

Water Balloon Toss

Slip N Slide

Slip N Slide

The First Week

The last few days have been jam-packed with activities. The Boston trips, the Kennebec canoeing trip and the White Mountains hiking trip left and returned safely. (Check our trip videos here: https://www.facebook.com/choppointcamp/) The campers are getting into the swing of things and I see smiling faces everywhere I go.

Playing Ninja in the mud

Playing Ninja in the mud

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Wednesday afternoon was very rainy and stormy, but it didn’t stop us from having fun. While the thunder rumbled and the rain poured, campers played board games in the dining hall. By dinner, the sky was clear and everyone was eager for the evening activity: Sports night! After dinner, the whole camp gathered in the gym sporting their team colors. The night was filled with games of Ultimate Frisbee, Handball and one intense round of dodge ball.

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Blue Team Huddle

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Thursday night was definitely a night to remember. At breakfast, it was announced that the evening activity was Lip Synch night. Everyone was thrilled and each cabin picked a musical theater song to preform. Lip Synch night has always been one of my favorite nights. I always loved preparing it with my cabin. We were always so motivated to make it the best of our abilities. The campers did a fantastic job and put on an awesome show. Some people said that it was the greatest Lip Synch night they had ever seen. The cabins of Sebago and Manana were the overall winners, but it was a tough call, everyone’s performance was great. This past week has been so awesome! We have had so much fun and cannot wait to see what the rest of this session has in store!

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Forming Friendships

Over the past couple of days, the campers have been mingling and forming friendships that will hopefully last a lifetime. To help the campers bond with their cabin-mates, the last two nights allowed cabins to hang out with each other off camp. On Monday the girls went out while the guys stayed on camp and played Wells Fargo, a game similar to Capture the Flag. The next night, the roles were reversed. The girls stayed on camp and had a paint war (don’t worry, it was washable paint) concluding with a campfire and s’mores. On their night out, some cabins packed up food for a picnic, while others made t-shirts, mini golfed, and went out for ice cream. Everyone had a blast and was glad to become more acquainted with their cabin-mates.

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The Fun Begins

On Sunday, after Chapel, the whole camp participated in the classic “Wacky Olympics.” This hilarious event requires everyone to dress up in their most wacky outfits and compete in fun games. I saw an array of fantastic outfits. Campers wore animal onesies, capes, wigs, funky glasses, and even some banana costumes made an appearance. During the games, such as wheelbarrow racing, campers were called by cabin to sign up for activities to participate in every day for the rest of the session. Because there are a plethora of activities and all of them are so much fun (sailing, kayaking, canoeing, soccer, paddle boarding, arts and crafts and so much more), it is very hard to choose. Once all the campers chose their activities, the first session 2k16 Wacky Olympics went out with a bang. That evening, the campers were able to watch their counselors act in comical skits. Each of them were hilarious and caused fits of giggles and laughs that filled up the entire room. The Photos below are from the Wacky Olympics. Can’t you tell from the costumes?

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Cabin cheers

Check out our public Facebook photo album!

 

Welcome!

The 50th summer of Chop Point has begun! After hours of traveling and the long drive down the Chop Point road, the campers have arrived and are ready to have a blast. First, everyone found out which cabin they were in, and met all their counselors. After happy reunions of old friends and the exciting hello’s to the new campers, everyone anticipated the start of a new session. Saturday’s evening activity was “Get to Know You Games.” These fun, interactive games helped the campers bond and “Get To Know” each other. My personal favorite game is “Switch If.” During this game everyone forms a huge circle around one person. The person in the middle states a fact about his/herself. For example: “Switch if you have blue eyes.” Everyone who has blue eyes has to quickly find a new place in the circle. Whoever cannot find a spot is the person in the middle. To conclude the first day of first session, everyone headed down to the dining hall for dessert. Thanks to the lovely kitchen staff, we have delicious meals and desserts everyday.

Check out our video of Get-to-Know you games.

January 2016

January 2016

Dear Chop Pointers,

It is so hard to believe that we are at the point to write the year 2016.  I can’t believe it has been

five months since the last camper departed for home from the 2015 summer.  Maybe it is true that times flies as you get older. 

It was a very warm December and we had no ice on the river so……on Christmas David and a friend jumped in the Kennebec. I did not say they took a swim in the river as there were too many, “That was a stupid idea” comments to count for swimming.Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 1.37.57 PM There was literally no ice.  Winter has finally arrived so I don’t think there will be any jumping in considered for the next few months.  We have little snow cover on the ground right now, last year at this time we where buried. IMG_6801

Speaking of all the years of Chop Point!!!  This coming summer of 2016 Chop Point will celebrate 50 years of camping.   It is very hard for me to believe that I have been here for each and every one of them.  God has blessed me with enough remaining brain power to keep going for perhaps another year or two.

David is in the mist of hiring the staff for the coming summer.  We are hoping for a nice group to return from last year.   Last year’s counselors were some of the best ever. 

As this letter will go out to all of our campers from last year I want to let you know that we have accepted all the French campers we can accommodate for the second session for both guys and gals.  We have only a very few spots remaining for French speakers in the first session.  So my French friends if you have any interest in returning to Chop Point please keep this information in mind and do not delay much longer in enrolling for the coming season first session.

We have been working on the gym here at Chop Point.  Hopefully by summer we will have a complete weight room with wonderful exercise equipment.   We have installed a second floor in the unfinished space of the gym and will soon (hopefully) be installing a lift ,steel stairways and walls.  We have been doing a lot of the work ourselves to save some funding.  

Below is a link to the 2016 Chop Point Camper application.   We are extending the Early Bird Special to January 31, 2016.  That means you can save a few dollars if you enroll by that deadline.   The reduced price for one session would be $1,850. And for the full season the fee would be $3,300.  Sign up today.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Jean

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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Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Last night was one for the books. We treated our foreign campers to a taste of America with a tailgate dinner of hotdogs and chips and then a night full of excitement at the Portland Sea Dogs baseball game. We left camp around 4 O’clock and went to the Maine Mall parking lot for our tailgate. We ate bottomless hot dogs and drank pink lemonade and got excited for what was to come!

The game started at 7 and we arrived shortly before and found our seats. One of the counselors made the mistake of giving me her selfie stick and so I made it my mission to get an all camp selfie. I definitely succeeded. The first two innings went off without a hitch and then the rain came. The announcer warned us all to go inside and about two minutes in there was torrential downpours and they had to cover the field. We stuck it out. It made for an excellent intermission and chance to grab some snacks, like the famous seadog biscuits, a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich. The rain didn’t last very long and after about an hour the players were back at it!

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While we were waiting for the field to be uncovered we decided to get some camp songs going. A camper and a few campers led “Swing Low” and we all sang along. Then a camp sitting across the field from us sang a song, so of course we came back with “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and after we had finished their counselors signaled us to do it again and both of our camps sang it together. It was truly a special experience.

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Both teams played well and we were all tied up at the bottom of the 9th. The final play of the night and the Sea Dogs were up to bat. The pitcher threw the ball and the crowd went quiet. He hit it out of the park! That home run won the Sea Dogs the game! It was the stuff of movies! We got back to camp a bit later than usual and had a late breakfast today to make up for it. All of the campers had an amazing time and were still talking about it tonight at dinner.