North Star Camp for Boys

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Time Flies When...

It's been a fantastic week at camp with so much going on! You probably noticed that the website was down for a few days, and we're sorry that we were kept from Rambling. Here's a quick recap of some highlights:

Each summer our Senior Village Campers participate in a 3-day special event called College Days. One of the things that makes College Days so unique is that it is completely camper run. The teams organize themselves and compete in events ranging from football to debate, arm-wrestling to a cooking competition, soccer, speedball, softball, cheering, arts & crafts, trivia and more. 

The teams this year were the Army Knights, Southeastern Oklahoma State Savage Storm, Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and the Blackburn Battling Beavers. Some of the highlights included Nikko dominating arm-wrestling and Brett B. unveiling his hidden talent for cooking. The Beavers emerged victorious and all the participants had a blast!

Our trips program is in full swing and over half of the cabins have already embarked on their journeys into the wilderness. We have had trips go out to the Namekagon, St. Croix, Flambeau and Brule Rivers and have more to come. In addition to being able to experience all of the thrills of the wilderness, the cabin trips provide a wonderful group bonding experience. It is really a time where the campers must work together to accomplish the daily tasks of getting down the river, setting up camp and preparing the meals. It's a true test of teamwork that allows the campers and counselors of a cabin to really come together. We love hearing the stories they tell when they return to camp and seeing the pride they take in their accomplishments.

While our Senior Village Campers were participating in College Days, our Juniors and Intermediates had some opportunities for bonding themselves. The Junior Village had a campfire where they played Beach Flags,a game where the campers lie down and feathers are placed behind them.  One less feather is placed than campers present, and thus, after each round, one camper is eliminated.  The goal of the game is to be the final camper standing.  First, each cabin played their own game; next, these winners represented their cabin in the final Junior Village match. The guys learned some camp songs as well and finished with S'mores.

The Intermediate Village played Monkey Socks, which is self-explanatory. Just kidding! Monkey Socks is a combination of a trust-walk and a game of dodgeball played with socks. Now it makes sense though, right? It's just another great example of the energy and creativity our staff bring to everything they do to make sure camp is so much fun.

Our second session Green-White competition is underway and Village Activities have been fantastic. There have been spirited games of softball, kickball, dodgeball, football, soccer, speedball, tennis baseball and more. Our Green-White Egg Marathon is coming up this weekend and the enthusiasm is very high.

This evening our Senior Village had a social with the ladies from Chippewa Ranch Camp. Many of the girls were very excited to see their brothers as well! After a few rounds of speed dating to get everyone acquainted, everyone took to the games including pinatas, fun-bugging and more. One of the best parts though was when the two camps took the opportunity to try to out-cheer one another and display their camp spirit. At those volumes, it is hard to determine which group was louder, but we give both groups an A+ when it comes to taking pride in their camp!