Carry On

Shawn Marler June 20, 2014

I suppose you could say the theme for today was “carry on.”

We started the day bright and early with a breakfast of eggs and hash browns to fuel us for the skills ahead. For morning skills, campers were climbing, sailing, homesteading, and more! I always love skill days. The skill heads do such a great job passing on more than information—they often pass on passion. Passion for a new activity is so much fun to watch. Campers run up to me at lunch and say “Mike! I learned about snakes today!” or “Mike! We made our own ice cream!” I love all the energy around morning skills at lunchtime.

Speaking of lunch, our head chef Ben made some seriously good BBQ. Campers were heading back to the buffets for seconds, thirds, and fourths.

After lunch, a much-needed rest period arrived. The cabin cleanup winners headed down to the Cola Stop for their refined sugar rewards. Since all of Deer Camp and the Sycamore tribe had just returned from campouts yesterday (and thus had no cabin cleanup), every cabin enjoyed a full rest period.

After rest period is when the “carry on “ theme became appropriate. Sometimes camp has the best time when rolling with the surprises.

Bear Camp headed over to the golf course to play Super Mario. The Sycamores went to the gym for some Battleball. Poplars went for a hike to the tribal campout site. Hickorys traveled to the lacrosse field for Braveheart, and Hemlocks went to the soccer field for Powerball. I guess you could say camp… was all over camp.

Then came ThorGuard. ThorGuard is our lightning detection system. It does a great job of warning us to head for cover before a storm hits. So, when ThorGuard sounds, all the campers head for shelter. This is when the counselors shine. We stayed under ThorGuard for around an hour and a half. That’s an hour and a half of “unplanned” activities. Honestly, I think counselors get excited when this happens. They start playing games like signs, thunder, and telling stories. When ThorGuard gave us the all clear signal, it seemed some cabins wanted to stay and continue having fun with their counselors instead of returning to the regularly scheduled day.

After a delicious dinner of Pork Loin, broccoli, rice, and baked apples, Deer Camp headed to play a new game, Skyrim. Bear Camp went to the Dam and The Gym for Gladiator and Battleball. Sycamores headed to the soccer field for some classic 3 ball 3 disc.

I can glance up now and see the Hemlocks out on the waterfront for night swim. Even though it’s a bit chilly, they carry on and have fun. It’s nice to know that no matter what a day holds… Rockmont knows how to carry on.

Mike Peckham
Deer Camp Director

Tonight’s Bible Story…
+Story: Blind Man
+Scripture: Mark 10:46-52

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