18 Jul Third Week S4G Reflections

Head of Girls Camp Trish Pearson offers up perspective after the third week at S4G:

It is hard to believe that we have completed the third week for the first session of Camp. As we continued teaching and learning skills this week we were fortunate enough to have a lacrosse expert join us for clinics on Wednesday. Kim Richter, a former lacrosse player for Tufts University and a lacrosse coach in Philadelphia, led special lacrosse skills clinics for all the S4G campers. The campers and counselors enjoyed learning from such an experienced teacher and utilized their new knowledge and skills in the lacrosse game for Orange and Blue in the afternoon. Thanks, Kim, for being a part of S4G’s 25th anniversary!

This action-packed week also included an optional overnight at The Pines campsite. Participation in this overnight was overwhelming and the optional overnight continues to be a highlight for the campers and counselors alike. The girls enjoyed special Optional Overnight Banana Boats after hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner. The counselors also made pancakes for breakfast before everyone returned to camp for a morning dip in the lake to clean up.

This week we had our Gold Medal Competitions. The events include the Decathlon, Regatta and Gold Medal Tennis matches. Campers took advantage of the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in these events. Even in the midst of their competition, however, the girls cheered their friends and competitors in the tradition of Camp Susquehannock. The other big camp competition that took place on Sunday was the Horse Show. Campers from S4G and S4B showed off all the hard work they had done to learn while many other campers came to watch and cheer. We are so happy to have had these opportunities this week to give the campers the chance to learn how to compete with grace and display their sportsmanship in these competitions. The awards ceremony will take place in the final week of First Session and medals, ribbons and awards will be given.

There are so many other things that happened this week, the campers went to a Binghamton Mets baseball game, the S4B and S4G campers joined together in a brand new full camp Orange and Blue game, the older campers went on the Canoe Trip down the Delaware River, and even more! Be sure to check out the photo galleries to see even more of the fun that makes time fly at Camp Susquehannock.

18 Jul Third Week S4B Reflections

Head of Boys Camp Andrew Hano offers up perspective after the third week at S4B:

My family is a Susquehannock family, almost. During four of my 25 summers spent at Camp my two children have been here as well. My wife Erica is unable to spend the entire summer here because of her job. During the year she often gets lost at dinner conversations about Camp because we have a particular language all our own. How many of the following can you identify? Feel free to add to the list by commenting on this post or on Facebook, or on Twitter.

The Club and The T.O.
Bs and Cs
Bug Juice
Chicken Feed
Steak feed
MC Fireball
Gigantus Ball
Super Mongo Goofy Relays
Razzle Dazzle
Angleball
HRD
Gaga
“You Gotta” Regatta
King’s Cup
Susquehannock Dew
The White House
Soap Day
Energy Check!
Buddy Check
Words of Wisdom
DHC
OD & LOD
Savy
Dog
Rozy
Pitt
P-Moe
RK
TK
Buff
Younger
Bloomer
Reeveman
Winner
CFT
COD
The Circuit
The Shafer Arena
(The Importance of) Sundays and Wednesdays
Cinema Susquehannock
Zoomba
Villa
the Study Hall Ghost
Hugo
Hitching Post
Serengeti Plains
Sha La La
Lucky, Lucky
Loyal Guard

17 Jul S4Serengeti Plains

As mentioned on Facebook and Twitter, both Camps gathered for a special Saturday activity called Serengeti Plains.  Boys Camp counselor Seth Brownold was introduced to this game and brought it to Susquehannock for its inaugural playing this summer.

Co-ed teams called herds travel to various stations spread throughout the Boys camp, participating in these Challenge Course-style events.  Herds get points for successfully completing each activity.  Teams may complete a station two times, but not consecutively

Each member of the herd has a “tail” ticked into the back of their shorts that count for one point.  Three points are awarded for a completed station, five points for completing said station a second time.

There are also three predators roaming the plain.  Each predator has a territory that they will stay in.  If a team crosses into that territory on their way to an event, the predator will call a Predator Attack and will try to take the herd’s tails.  Team members can still participate if they have lost their tail, but if every member of the team loses their tail the herd becomes extinct.

Herds can also win tails back by visiting with the Sage once who will ask Camp trivia questions.  Teams may also win back tails by catching the Poacher who will also be roaming the plain.

The Stations:
-The Es-Cape of Good Rope
-Tripoli Mile Island
-Caterpillar Crawl
-Crossing the Sahar-aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh
-Shock-a-Zulu
-Molten Snows of Kilimanjaro
-Ghana Scores a Sene-goal

Get all that?

16 Jul Third Week Highlights

The incredible weather continued at Tripp Lake as both Camps enjoyed another amazing week!  The boys of S4B came down the hill for a special Capture the Flag Orange and Blue contest, won by the boys and girls of the Blue team.  We were also happy to welcome Kim Richter, Oliver Babcock and Mark Moeller, who offered special clinics in Lacrosse and Military Fitness, respectively.  Junior campers from both camps traveled into nearby Montrose to visit Chocolates by Leopold and even got some free samples!  The week ended with Decathlons and Gold Medal Regattas in both Camps.

There’s no time to rest because the end of First Session is rapidly approaching!

14 Jul Meet the Staff: Katie Farias

This is the last in our recent “Meet the Staff” feature here at TLT.  Campers were selected to interview new Counselors or Junior Counselors, asking them a number of questions so you, faithful reader, are more familiar with the newest members of the incredible staff at Susquehannock.

Katie Farias, interviewed by Lanelle Quzack, Jessica Strome and Charlotte Leggett

Q:  Where are you from; what college/high school do you attend/where do you work?
A:  I am from Wilkes Barre, PA and attend Georgetown University.

Q:  How did you find out about Camp?
A:  I was a camper back in 2004 and decided to come back to work as a staff member.

Q:  What is your favorite sport to play or coach? Why?
A:  Rugby.  Campers have not really been exposed to it and I think it’s cool.

Q:  Describe a role model in your life that inspired you to work with children.
A:  Any number of teachers from school.

Q:  What’s your favorite meal in the Dining Hall?
A:  Grilled cheese, biscuits, strawberry shortcake or coffee cake!

Q:  What’s your favorite part of Camp so far?
A:  Being outside a lot or playing Dodgeball.

Q:  Who is Hugo?
A:  On team Alaska, from Fourth of July Field Days. (Incorrect!  -Ed.)

13 Jul Meet the Staff: Paul Bendernagel

We’re been running a new feature this summer entitled “Meet the Staff.” Campers were selected to interview new Counselors or Junior Counselors, asking them a number of questions so you, faithful reader, are more familiar with the newest members of the incredible staff at Susquehannock.

Paul Bendernagel, interviewed by Noah Condiff

Q:  Where are you from; what college/high school do you attend/where do you work?
A:  I’m from Brooklyn, NY and I currently attend Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

Q:  How did you find out about Camp?
A:  I found out about it through my friend Walker Harrison.

Q:  What is your favorite sport to play or coach? Why?
A:  I’d have to say Ultimate or Soccer because I have the necessary understanding of these sports.

Q:  Describe a role model in your life that inspired you to work with children.
A:  Definitely my fourth grade science teacher Mr. Sebauw.

Q:  What’s your favorite meal in the Dining Hall?
A:  Beef Stroganoff – it is hearty and delicious.

Q:  What’s your favorite part of Camp so far?
A:  Being in a coaching position during Orange and Blue competition.

Q:  What’s your favorite baseball team?
A:  The New York Yankees.

Q:  Who is Hugo?
A:  The fourth in a long line of Winzers. (Incorrect! -Ed.)

12 Jul MC Fireball in S4B

While 1986 Day was celebrated in the Girls camp, the Boys camp played yet another game invented at Susquehannock.  MC Fireball, as it is played now, was developed by former camper and staff member Dan Logue.  The game features runners circling the bases of the baseball field while the other team throws soft Gator Skin balls to get them out.  Mats are erected at each base to provide a safe zone for the runners to catch their breath or work on strategy.

Like baseball, both teams have an opportunity to run and throw.  New point values are assigned for runners doing a Crab Walk, Piggy Back, etc. every round.

11 Jul Meet the Staff: Justine Shank

We’re starting another new feature this summer entitled “Meet the Staff.” Campers were selected to interview new Counselors or Junior Counselors, asking them a number of questions so you, faithful reader, are more familiar with the newest members of the incredible staff at Susquehannock.

Justine Shank, interviewed by Lanelle Quzack, Jessica Strome and Charlotte Leggett

Q:  Where are you from; what college/high school do you attend/where do you work?
A:  Berwyn, PA and I attend Conestoga High School.

Q:  How did you find out about Camp?
A:  My parents are friends with Tim Kent who recommended Susquehannock to me.

Q:  What is your favorite sport to play or coach? Why?
A:  Squash.  You can play it no matter what the weather.  I like to coach soccer here at Camp.

Q:  Describe a role model in your life that inspired you to work with children.
A:   My dad always coached sport teams and I thought it was cool that he helped their team win.  He definitely inspired me.

Q:  What’s your favorite meal in the Dining Hall?
A:   Pizza or Strawberry Shortcake.  The cook-outs are fun, too!

Q:  What’s your favorite part of Camp so far?
A:  The Fourth of July and World Games.  So, all the group activities.

Q:  Who is Hugo?
A:   Goes to the boy’s camp …yep.  Why am I being asked that?! (Incorrect! -Ed.)

 

10 Jul Second Week S4G Reflections

Head of Girls Camp Trish Pearson offers up perspective after memorable and historic week at S4G:

Camp is in full swing! Our second week opened with our traditional Fourth of July activities. The girls were divided into Red, White and Blue Teams for the morning and they did cheers, ran the “Yankee Doodle Dandy” fun run and made a human flag. In the afternoon, both S4B and S4G met for a Fourth of July address and the Pledge of Allegiance and then were divided into co-ed teams for the Field Day. The teams held a spirited competition with culminating in the Tug-O-War competition. After all that work on the fields under the sun, campers enjoyed a swim in the lake and cookouts.

This week the campers also went on their overnights this week. These camp-outs provide the girls with a fantastic opportunity to experience the outdoors in a special way. Cooking out, singing songs, telling stories and sleeping under the stars are the basic ingredients, but each camper returns to camp the next morning with their own story about the camp-out.

The biggest highlight of the week was 1986 Day. We chose this day to commemorate and celebrate the 25th year of S4G. Dede and George Shafer, Mary and Jim Powell and Cannie Shafer all shared some old S4G traditions and we all learned so much about how the girls camp was founded from the people who were there. Mary and Jim Powell led us in some classic S4G camp songs and we enjoyed a historical skit about the Pioneer Counseling Staff. Tarryn Rozen, a former S4G Head of Camp led us on a “Bear Hunt” to round out our 1986 Day morning meeting.

Another special guest, Shelly Flint, gave watercoloring clinics and the campers and counselors also created new posters for the S4G dining hall to commemorate 25 years of S4G. After lunch, the campers were divided into teams who then competed to create a raft from natural objects and four feet of twine The raft had to support one camper and bonus points were added for aesthetic qualities included in the construction of the rafts. The winner of the competition was the “Natural Beauty” team, narrowly edging out the “S.S. Marina.”

We invite all of the illustrious alumnae of S4G to send us your memories of camp so that we can share them in our celebration of 25 years of S4G during the second session of camp.

10 Jul Second Week S4B Reflections

Head of Boys Camp Andrew Hano offers up perspective after another amazing week on the Hill:

One of the most lasting experiences a camper will have is the friendships he will make at Susquehannock. Let’s face it, the camp community is an ideal environment for developing close and long-lasting friendships. After spending several weeks sharing a living space, eating and playing together, campers will form strong bonds. These friendships are unique because they transcend all boundaries; race, religion, home, language and even age.

I have few friends that are closer to me than my camp friends. Some were my cabin counselors. Some are the guys I worked along side of as a cabin staff member. Some were my campers at one time. Others are the guys I met upon returning to camp full time three years ago. They represent a diverse group; however, we have one thing in common, Camp Susquehannock.

In the grand scheme of things, spending three, four, even seven weeks out of a year with someone seems insignificant. There are ten months between the closing day in August and opening day the following June; more than enough time for a friendship to fade. Yet, camp friendships endure because the quality of the time spent together at camp builds relationships that are deep and meaningful. At Susquehannock we rejoice together in the highs, cry together in the lows, and share a passion for camp.

There is no magic elixir made from the clean, clear waters of Tripp Lake that we secretly add to the ice cream. The recipe is much less complicated. Simply add a bunch of boys together on a beautiful Pennsylvania mountaintop and allow them to mix for three to seven weeks. Afterwards, enjoy the friendships for the rest of your life.