We slept late this morning, and after a delicious breakfast changed our sheets, had our weekly Unit meetings, and participated in our intramural sports leagues. After lunch we played one of our campers' favorite games: Ultimate Capture the Flag. "Ultimate", as it is known here, is just one of the amazing special events that are run by our Athletic Directors Jacki and Bob Mitchell. Each of their events are fun and exciting for the campers, and a great chance for our Brother-Sister camps to come together as one big community.
This particular event requires our campers to together work in small groups, trying to outwit the flag guards on the other team. They have to navigate throughout our entire 200+ acre campus, navigating around bushes, trees, buildings, and athletic courts while trying to find clever ways to steal the flags from very attentive guards. There are dozens of flags hidden throughout our camp, and the lines to cross to safety are often laid out in less than obvious pathways. Everyone -- from the youngest freshmen to the oldest senior camper -- has a role to play in this game and everyone seems to love playing it. I know that when I was a camper this was one of my favorite special events of the entire summer!
During Rest Period our Junior Counselors drew a white line down the middle of Camp, and flags were placed in strategic locations throughout the campus. The entire community was split into two teams and for about two hours this afternoon the Blue and White teams battled it out. Our campers love this game for many reasons: it's fun, it's exciting, but it's also a chance for our boys and girls to spend time with each other. We have so many siblings between the two camps, and we also love how easy it is to make friends with the campers in the other camp. That's part of the fun of living in a brother-sister camp community!
So all afternoon campers were running and dodging and chasing up and down the property. Some were leaping over the white line in an attempt to score points for their team, while others were giving every ounce of energy that they had to tag someone before they were able to cross into safety. It seemed like campers of every age were having a blast at this game. At the half the White team was up by about thousands of points, but by the end the Blue team came back to win by over 30,000 (the score was something like 60,000 to 90,000). A great time was definitely had by all.
After the game both camps had a quick swim, and then we had an amazing dinner cooked by Chef Charles. Then the entire camp came together in the theater for the return of another much-loved Camp event: Battle of the Wits. Started by our former Owner/Director Arthur Sharenow decades ago, this is an event designed to give our most studious campers a chance to flex their mental muscles in front of the entire community. Each Kenwood and Evergreen unit nominated 4 players to join me and Deena on stage to answer 10 brain teasers carefully selected for their age and level of schooling. The questions were very challenging, and all of our contestants did a great job. In the end the girls answered a few more questions correctly, and the 2018 Battle of the Wits title went to Camp Evergreen! All-in-all it was a lovely, relaxing way to end a pretty spectacular first full weekend of the summer.
We pack a whole lot into every day of the summer, and while we relax a bit more on the weekends they are still incredibly fun and interesting. Weekends are also extra fun here because they are when we bring our brother and sister camps together for age appropriate activities that are a great time for all ages!