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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Camp Susquehannock First Session A Rousing Success!
We pick up the story with clinics and Orange and Blue competition heating up. Our program features team and free choice clinics in the morning, Orange and Blue games in the afternoons (and sometimes evenings).
One of the highlights in the Boys camp is the Gigantusball game, which is a multiple field Angleball game that every camper and counselor participates in. Free choice clinics also include time in our Craft Shop and Wood Shop.
Jeff Lyon of Your Eco Solutions gave a presentation on the conservation of water during rest hour. Camp Susquehannock has fully embraced the increased awareness with regards to our environment and launched a Going Lean and Green initiative this summer. We learned that the world population was approximately two billion in 1973 and now in 2009 it is seven billion and steadily increasing. He asked us to think about the impact of the exponential population growth on the world’s water resources, which are being depleted daily.
By the year 2025, 66% of the world’s population will experience a shortage of water. The average American citizen uses 100 gallons of water PER DAY as opposed to 26 gallons in Europe. The campers then did a relay race of carrying buckets of water, demonstrating a small portion of a daily ritual for many people in third world countries. Every drop spilled makes a huge difference and Jeff told us several simple things we can do to conserve, such as turning the faucet off while brushing teeth.
The Annex in S4B and Cabb Inn were treated to a special treat after winning the First Session Cabin Inspection awards. The girls in Cab Inn enjoyed an ice cream feast at nearby Creek Bend Miniature Golf Course while the boys in Annex had a meal prepared by our chefs Greg and Adam.
A summer at Susquehannock is not just about winning ribbons or getting accolades, it is truly about how campers are changed as people for the better. On behalf of all the Staff, we truly hope to see you back next summer! 2010 will be a particularly special year, as we will be hosting an Alumni/Family Reunion Weekend, celebrating our 105th year. Check back here for more updates from the rest of the summer!
First Half Ends With a Flurry of Activity
The last week of Camp is always full of culminating experiences such as The Loyal Guard Chicken Feed and Camper Skit Night as well as the Camp Open Doubles coed Tennis Tournament, the Gold Medal Tennis Tournaments, Swimming Regattas and Decathlon.
Then there are special events in each camp like S4G’s Villa Hunt and S4B’s Gigantusball. The last days are important as we finish the Orange and Blue competitions and enjoy the Chicken Feeds, award the Golden Broom for cabin inspections and have wrap up with our special Team Spirit Camp Fire (S4B) and Candle Float (S4G).
The first half campers are sadly packing to go home – they are going to be “camp sick” and the full season campers all packed up to go on a midseason trip overnight to Camelbeach near Tobyhanna State Park!
Stay tuned – and say hello to the second half campers and more good times at Tripp Lake!
S4B Orange and Blue Final Standings:
S4G Orange and Blue Final Standings: