The Summer of 2012 has officially begun! A full year's worth of preparations have led to today, and it still exceeded expectations. From the time we gathered in Chicago and the first flights arrived to Minneapolis, you could feel the excitement. There were a lot of boys running to the buses with big smiles on their faces, thrilled to meet new friends and old. It was great to see the returning campers sharing their favorite parts of camp with the new guys, and making sure they were excited to get to their "home away from home."
We pulled into camp to see the counselors jumping for joy. The staff have been arriving since late May and have been working hard to prepare the grounds, get trained in their specific activities areas, and, most importantly, to learn as much as possible in order to take great care of each of your sons. And they have done a great job. We have our highest number of returning staff in many years, and the new staff is a mature, compassionate and talented group that has fit in seamlessly. I am very proud of the staff that we have put together, and I know the boys are going to love them.
We gathered around the flagpole, and as we announced the cabins, the staff and campers went crazy. High fives, chest bumps and prepared shenanigans put a smile on everybody's face. The kids have now unpacked and new campers have been given a tour of camp. By the time they go to sleep tonight, they'll have played games with their cabins and met some of the other guys their age as well.
Dinner this evening will be burgers, fries, jello, salad and the ever present peanut butter and jelly. There will be vegetarian burgers available for those that prefer, and brownies for dessert. The food thus far has been amazing. Chefs Paddi and Briana, and our whole kitchen staff have quickly become camps most cheered camp celebrities.
Immediately following dinner, the campers will choose their first week's activities. Their counselors will be encouraging them not only to participate in the activities that they are already familiar with, but also to try out some new ones as well. The evening activities will be followed by the candlelight ceremonies, where each cabin will have a meeting led by their counselors. They will share their goals and expectations for the summer, while continuing to get to know one another. This will be the first of many cabin discussions that are an important part of the "team" building goals that we have for each cabin group, and helps develop the strong sense of community that we strive for at camp.
Tomorrow the kids will have a busy day as they get checked out by the medical staff, take a swim test and find time to play several games of dodgeball. Evening program tomorrow will be our first game of All-Camp Capture the Flag. First thing on Wednesday morning the boys will begin their first week of regular activities. Wednesday morning our oldest campers will leave for their Canadian adventure, where they will spend 10 days in the Canadian wilderness in Quetico Provincial Park. Wednesday evening will be the staff show, where our very talented group will be on display.
FOLLOW CAMP ONLINE
Throughout the summer, we'll be keeping you up to date by posting on our website at www.northstarcamp.com. The news updates can be found on "Leb's Ramblings," (same name, new author) at www.northstarcamp.com/blog. It can also be found in the Media Room, which is in the Current Families section of the website. We will be utilizing Facebook and Twitter to let families know when there are new blog entries, summer pictures posted and other news bits. You can follow North Star on Facebook at facebook.com/northstarcampforboys and you can follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/northstarcamp..
We post pictures online on a regular basis, and you can access those directly from your CampInTouch page. To access your CampInTouch page, go to www.northstarcamp.com and click "login" in the upper right hand corner. From there you can click on "Photos" to see those smiling faces. If you'd like to set up guest accounts for friends or family you can do that from your landing page by clicking on "Guest Accounts."
It is going to be a great summer!