The campers have arrived and camp is in session! The buses arrived ahead of schedule to the 95 degree heat, and still found an incredibly enthusiastic and welcoming staff. As we announced the cabin assignments around the flagpole our counseling teams were having dance parties, building human pyramids, and spilling water bottles over their heads. These counselors always make it fun!
The campers have unpacked and all of the new campers have gotten tours of camp. The staff are running games so that they can all of the campers can learn each others names. At 6:00pm we had a delicious dinner of hamburgers and fries. The food has been fantastic all summer long!
Now each cabin is playing in challenge games with another cabin, which will be followed by our traditional opening candlelight ceremony. The counselors lead a cabin meeting that includes each camper sharing his goals and expectations for the summer. The candlelight ceremony is part of the team-building process at camp, which the counselors continue to develop all summer long.
Tomorrow we get busy right away. The kids will get checked out by our medical staff, take their swim test, choose their schedules for the first week and play several games of dodgeball and capture the flag, and that’s all before dinner. Evening program will be staff introductions.
We are so grateful to our staff for the energy they have brought and their commitment to making North Star such a warm and caring place for the campers. The care and attention that they provide for each camper is a big part of what makes this community special. One of our new 10-year-old campers was barely off of the bus for 30 seconds when he said, ” I already love it here!” We can guarantee that your kids are going to have a fantastic summer.
LEB’S RAMBLINGS and PICTURES ON LINE
This is the first of a series of Letters that we call “Leb’s Ramblings.” They will be posted on the website at www.northstarcamp.com in the The Lodge under the Media Room and called Leb’s Ramblings. You can also access the site directly at www.northstarcamp.com/blog
We post pictures online on a regular basis, and starting this summer you will be able to access those from your CampInTouch page. To access your CampInTouch page, go to www.northstarcamp.com and click “login” in the upper right hand corner. From there you can click on “Photos” to see those smiling faces. If you’d like to set up guest accounts for friends or family you can do that from your landing page by clicking on “Guest Accounts.”
You can also stay informed on Facebook and Twitter. You can read a little bit more about what is going on at camp on North Star Camp’s Facebook Fan Page or our Twitter Page. You can even access the pictures via the Facebook page by clicking CampInTouch on the left hand side.
We are looking forward to an incredible second session of 2011!
Leb, Sue, Dan and Andy