North Star Camp for Boys

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Our First Cruiser Day

Wednesday was our first Cruiser Day of the summer, and it was a doozy! Cruiser Day is a cabin day that typically falls on Wednesday at camp. It is a break from our normal routine, and the kids and counselors of each cabin get together to put together a plan for their whole day. The activities can range anywhere from our normal camp activities to the goofiest and most creative things our staff can dream up.

Each Cruiser Day starts with breakfast in bed and we feast on some delicious doughnuts. From there, we do our biggest cabin cleanup of the week. Everyone changes the sheets, mops the floor, and we send out the laundry.

As if that wasn't enough fun for one day, then we get into the activities. Kim McCormack helps to make sure that there's an array of fun activities for the cabins to participate in, and they take on all kinds of things. Many cabins enjoy going tubing and waterskiing. This week they could go slip-and-sliding on the athletic field, and even made home-made Chia Pets in the Arts and Crafts. Our J-4 counselors arranged a "Survivor" Day filled with immunity challenges and all. You knew they meant business when counselor Scott Diebel came out with dirt-war paint.

It was the Village Cruiser Day for the Intermediate Village, who took full advantage of their field trip by heading to the Wild Mountain Water Park in Taylors Falls, MN. They were also joined by cabins J-6 and J-7. They enjoyed the waterslides and the alpine slides there before coming home.

Every Cruiser Day ends with a cookout dinner, where each cabin prepares their meal over a campfire. There is a campsite for each cabin, and they build the fire, prepare the food, and feast in the luxuries of the great outdoors.
This week we prepared everybody's favorite - Tin Foil Surprise. It's a combination of ground beef, potatoes, carrots, onions and topped with cheese. You wrap it up in Tin Foil, and the outcome is the delicious surprise! Dessert was the traditional yet scrumptious S'mores.

We're looking forward to many more great Cruiser Days!