So, last night we had the handing out of the golden feathers, Soap box (where each camper gets to come up to the microphone and say a few words, if they want to), Glenn and Jerry’s famous limericks, and our slideshow. We sat on the rec hall porch and everyone was quieter than usual. One of the most memorable moments for me was when the youngest campers got up and talked about what it was like for them to first get to camp – how they hadn’t known what to expect – and how they felt about it now. One of them said something like “And now I’m like YAY.”
This morning I woke up at 7:30 and walked out onto the road, assuming I was one of the early risers until I saw a whole bunch of campers gathered under the pavilion. It was hard to believe, after all this time with them, that they could be that quiet! The last day is a hard day – with people excited to go home but sad to leave. I think for many people camp becomes their second home. It’s always difficult to see everyone get on the bus.
At breakfast, Dean announced that Ian Lever is the ping pong champion for the third year in a row. The boys sang Leaving on a Jet Plane to the girls (and each other) and occasionally the girls joined in. There was the loudest rendition of “Peanut Butter and Jelly Time” I’ve ever heard. And everyone sang “Friends, Friends, Friends,” the Camp Tall Timbers song.
The buses are just arriving now, so I’m going to run.I’ll be back tomorrow to blog about second session. Thanks to all the first session parents for reading, and see you next year!