13 Jul 105 Years Strong

Don’t forget about our 105th Anniversary Reunion at Camp July 23-25, 2010.

Registration materials are available HERE.

Photos from Capture the Flag, fun at the Lake and other events coming later today!

13 Jul Team Dance-off and “Celebrity” Co-ed Activity

After Capture the Flag on Saturday, the Boys Camp hosted a wonderful Team Dance-off.  Cabins were given the task to choreograph a dance and perform it front a panel of esteemed judges a la “American Idol.”

After mind-blowing performances featuring the best in wacky costumes and the tops in creativity, the boys from Palace narrowly beat out Cabb Inn for the Team Dance-off Championship honors.

11 Jul Capture the Flag

On Saturday, July 10th, both boys and girls gathered down the Hill for Camp-wide Capture the Flag.  Teams hid their flags and then set up defenses to protect it from the invading opposition.  Both teams tried to advance in their opponent’s territory but were sent to a “jail” if tagged.  Check back as we add more photos to this gallery!

10 Jul Highlights from S4G

The girls participated in many of the same activities mentioned in the previous post, but they are ecstatic over the newest addition to their facilities:  a brand new beach volleyball court!

10 Jul Highlights from S4B

In addition to the normal complement of clinics, Orange and Blue games and those activities pictured, the Boys had an opportunity to ascend the Climbing Tower, play miniature golf at Creek Bend and go on an overnight at a camping site.  There are even more special activities for the next two weeks, so check back soon!

10 Jul Sarah Murdoch Wins at BTC Event

On Friday, July 9th a group of boys and girls campers competed at a Binghamton Tennis Center event put on by Jerome Kilmer.  Sarah Murdoch was victorious and is seen here with S4G Head Tennis Counselor Mia Kent, accepting the 2010 Kilmer Junior RR Girls Singles Champion trophy.  Great job, Sarah!

06 Jul Andrew Hano’s Fourth of July Address

We are here this afternoon to celebrate an important event in the history of the United States of America and mankind. First, I believe it is necessary for us to recognize the institution that has brought us all together on this hill top. In honor of 105 years of Camp Susquehannock I would be honored to lead us in a Susquehannock cheer to camp.

On July 4, 1776, the United States of America stated it would no longer be ruled by the King of England in a document known as the Declaration of Independence. Like all events in history there are many stories that led to what happened in Philadelphia 234 years ago.

Many thought that either John Adams or Benjamin Franklin would be assigned the job of writing the declaration to be sent to the King of England. To the surprise of many, Adams gave the job to a young man from the colony of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson had no interest in writing this document, and felt there was more important work in need of his attention back in Virginia.

Rather than arguing to be released from his assigned duty, Jefferson locked himself in a room and went to work. The Declaration of Independence he wrote sits today as one of the most important statements of the rights of man.

This story came to mind because of something that happens almost daily here at camp. Activities are announced, “This afternoon the Cowboys will be playing basketball officiated by Drew Hano,” and the groans from a few begin, “I’m terrible at basketball. Why do we have to play basketball? Can we please do something else?…I’ve got to referee basketball again!” Then, after rest hour, those who complained show up at the court ready to do all they can to avoid playing.

We probably have all done it. Now let’s put ourselves in Thomas Jefferson’s shoes. He accepted a task he was not excited about. He set his mind to completing the task with his best effort. He wrote a document that has lasted for over 200 years.

So, next time you play a sport, even one you are “no good at”, give it your maximum effort. Realize that every game you play is an opportunity to be your best ever.

05 Jul Fourth of July Field Days

Both Camps gathered on the Hill for a special Fourth of July Field Days festivities.  After remarks by Cannie Shafer and an address by Andrew Hano, teams competed in events like Apple Bob, Egg Toss and Tug-of-War.  Following an afternoon of spirited competition, we had a tie for first place between the teams from Annex/Cabb and Palace/one-half of Peek.

27 Jun 2010 Opening Day

Our 105th summer at Camp Susquehannock opened with wonderful weather and joyous reunions.

Campers moved into their cabins and were immediately involved in pick-up games and events down at the Lake.  After dinner, both Camps gathered on the lawn in front of the Boys’ Lodge for a warm welcome from Directors Win and Cannie Shafer, the Senior Staff and counselors.

The boys and girls then went to their respective camps for further counselor introductions and Staff Heads Tim Kent and Trica Pearson and then were able to do some fun evening activities!

05 Aug 2009 – Issue III

Second Session Opens With Great Enthusiasm and Special Arrival!
Win and Blake Shafer began hiking the Apalachin Trail in March 2009, hiked all 2,178 miles, and made their triumphant return to Camp with an assist from longtime alum, Dave Reeve – who joined them for the last section known as “The 100 Mile Wilderness”. Even under the cover of night, our three intrepid travelers were greeted with loud cheers by campers and staff alike.

Both Camps launched right back into their respective Programs with World Games, Team Cheers, Clinics and of course, the Orange and Blue competition.  S4B and S4G joined together for a special game of “Kluster Fluster Kaiser Ball”, an exciting new game developed by two Boys Camp counselors, Garner “Bobby” Kaiser and John Lloyd. Combining elements of Angleball, Soccer, Dodgeball and Tag, the new game was a hit for the Boys during First Session and was embraced enthusiastically by both boys and girls as a great new tradition. The event counted for Orange and Blue competition.  

Junior campers are allowed to use “powder bombs” (a handful of flour wrapped in tissue paper) to tag couselors out, who must then report to the referees in the center of the field before resuming play.
As in years past, Camp Susquehannock did its volunteer and local civic duty when over a dozen of our Staff gave blood at the annual local Red Cross Blood Drive.
The final week is full of exciting events, including our Horse Show, Villa Hunt, Camp Open Doubles, Counselor Skit Night and plenty more – check back for the final recap of yet another magical summer here at Camp Susquehannock!

Also, please check out the Camp Susquehannock homepage for details about our closing ceremonies on August 14th.