Week six (our second to last week – ahh) was all about travel and traditions.
Our first group to venture out were the Algonquins, our second-to-oldest boys. They left for an amazing five-day adventure through California. On this journey, they saw an LA Angels game, went for a beautiful hike, hit the famous Farmer’s Market in The Grove, took a tour of UCLA, got an In-N-Out Burger (of course), visited Disneyland, saw the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach and much more. It was a fun, unique and independent experience for these teenagers.
Back at camp, we were finally able to revive our famed Zombie Wars (get it?). This all-camp game of tag got rained out last year, so everyone was so excited to see it come back. In this game, the “taggers” (staff) are dressed as zombies, and if the kids are tagged, they become a zombie too. The campers have to work together to “escape” to the waiting van. The game is theatrical and tons of fun!
Next to leave camp were the Senecas, who embarked on a Northeast road trip. They started in beautiful Burlington, VT, then headed to upstate New York for a tour of Syracuse University. From Syracuse, they went further north and crossed the border to Canada, where they saw Clifton Hill & Niagara Falls. Then, to Toronto for a tour of CN Tower and the Hockey Hall of Fame.
With only the Cherokees left in USR, they enjoyed being the “BMOC” (big men on campus), and competed in the Cherokee Gauntlet of Champions (a mini Green and White competition) lasting two days. LSR, feeling like pretty big guys themselves, embarked on their annual journey of Survivor, where they broke into tribes and had to find out who could “Outwit, Outplay, and Outlast” the others. Safe to say, they absolutely loved it. And congrats to the Galu Tribe! Over the next couple of days, the rest of LSR and USR ventured out as well. The Cherokees went to Maine where they visited Old Orchard Beach and saw a Portland Sea Dogs game, had a lobster bake at Casco Bay Lines, went to SkyVenture indoor skydiving and surfing, and saw the beautiful Kimballs Falls. The Cheyenne headed to Boston, where they got a tour of Fenway Park and Quincy Market, visited Faneuil Hall, strolled Newbury Street, and took a Duck Tour. Navajos went to beautiful Lake George for some awesome White Water Rafting and Mini Golf before spending a day at the Great Escape Fun Park. And lastly, Mohicans went to Cooperstown, where they saw the Cooperstown Bat Company Factory and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. They also explored Howe Caverns and cooled down at Zoom Flume water park.
Meanwhile, TJC had the run of the camp, and they very much relished in taking over the lake, the ropes course, and most of all, Tramp Ball. They enjoyed a few new notable special events such as “Jumanji” and “Formula One” car building and racing. TJC also had a day out at Lake Compounce, a quaint boardwalk style amusement and water park.
The week closed out with an extremely exciting event – the breakout of the Olympics! Full Olympic coverage to come next week.
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