We could not have asked for a better day for our first full day. It was 82 and sunny for a day that was jam-packed with physicals, swim tests, and the all-important games of Continuous Dodgeball. The dodgeball serves to both build the excitement around camp and as a game of introductions, as you have to introduce yourself to anyone you knock out. The staff jump right in with the campers and provide a great example of what it means to have fun at North Star.
They continue to set that example throughout the day. The next outlet for our staff’s energy came in the form of our Opening Banquet. The guys decided to dress up and celebrate the arrival of our campers with some good old fashion goofiness. As all of the campers entered the Lodge this evening for dinner, they were again greeted by a crowd of crazy and excited counselors. We have such a great group of campers here this summer, and we are so proud to welcome these guys (back) into the North Star family.
For evening program, we played our first game of All-Camp Capture the Flag! We start by dividing the whole camp into two teams, and then create flag circles on completely opposite ends of camp. We rang a bell and they were off. The whole camp was in high-gear in pursuit of the other teams flag.
While the night was through then for most of our boys, our oldest boys were preparing to leave on their trips. S-1 and S-2 are leaving in the morning for to hike the Superior Hiking Trail, and Pine, Manor and McCabin are leaving for Canada. Tomorrow morning, they will take off on their 10-day journey through Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario. They did some training today along with packing, and the group also gathered at Andy and Vickie’s house for a proper send-off. We talked about the significance of the trip and previewed just how much fun these guys are going to have. We’re so excited for them and can’t wait to hear the stories when they get back!