Camp was without power this morning, and yet we were all very happy campers.
Camp received a whole lot of wind and rain last night, and when we woke up we discovered that the power had gone out. A ways down Eagle Pond Road a tree branch had fallen onto a power line, and while it was being fixed the power company shut us off. As soon as we learned of this Scott turned on our diesel-powered backup generator so that our fabulous kitchen team could make breakfast for the community. As Walshy and I walked through the bunks to wake everyone up (the PA system was also temporarily down) we found large numbers of kids happily sitting on their beds, quietly entertaining themselves. While this is not what we mean by saying that we offer "summers unplugged" it was great to see how easily our kids are able to disconnect themselves from the technological world. As I woke up the campers in Bunk 11 we had a hysterical debate about whether or not the tree that fell onto the power line made a sound, since no one was there to hear it.
Strangely enough, this was the second year in a row that our town lost power on the 4th of July, and many campers are now asking if it can be a tradition. Now THAT'S learning how to adapt!