Today, Saturday, was a regular day of activities in the morning and an all-camp activity in the afternoon called “Counselor Hunt.” There’s a long tradition of this event where once a session the whole camp essentially plays hide and seek, with the counselors hiding and the campers seeking. The game happens within the core part of the camp (not within the entire 215 acres!), but still there are loads of hiding places. And, of course, this is another oppo0rtunity to dress up. Today we had the cabin groups dressing alike (one transformed themselves into Ninjas!) and the counselors wearing their best camouflage. Each counselor is worth a certain number of points, 100 for each year they’ve been to camp. This makes some counselors worth a lot when they are found; Christine carried 1600 points, for example. It’s fun to see the cabin groups dashing about the camp, and to hear the shouts when they bag a counselor. I think a saw a couple of cakes for the top few winning cabin groups.
After dinner, we had our first camp dance of the summer. We loaded all of our girls up in buses and vans to make the short (6 mile) drive to High Rocks Camp for Boys. This was a square dance held outdoors on the tennis courts. When they first heard about this plan, some of the older girls didn’t quite know what to think since square dancing isn’t exactly “cool” these days, but once we got there, heard the music and saw that everyone, even the boys, was participating, they really had a good time. Being such a group phenomenon, there really isn’t much girl/boy pressure, and everyone swings a partner, holds a hand in the circle, and learns to do-si-do. It’s surprisingly fun to learn the moves, try them out together, and laugh when you mess up. We took a break part way through for cookies and lemonade, with a couple of dances to close out the evening. Oh, and by the way, for those girls who didn’t want to participate in the dance, we had an alternative; a couple of counselors hung out with them and made friendship bracelets while listening to the music. It was an exciting evening with lots of smiles and good feelings all around.