Well we're half way through the week, and this is where homesickness might set in. The first year boys especially, many not having spent more than a couple days away from home or parents, get lonely. Things are very different for them at camp, their day is very scheduled. They have a LOT of fun, but if they are used to spending time in front of a screen, or having plenty of their own personal time, this is not that. If you have been sending emails to your son, keep doing so. If you haven't, NOW IS THE TIME! :) A nice email of positive thoughts, of how proud you are of them, how grown up they are, how you can't wait to hear about all the cool stuff they did at camp, etc. would be most welcome I'm sure. Keep it positive. Mail call is at dinner time. If possible try to send before 5PM. If it's after, we still will get it to them.
Yesterday evening activity time (brownies were served during activity assembly) the beach had the Narwahls (I think) for canoeing. We had planned to take them out, but the camp director (Dave) and the beach director (Joe) decided to take them instead. Fine with me! J and I had nice time at the beach, and entertainment to boot! It was windier so they didn't venture too far so they wouldn't have trouble getting back. The boys we just ahead of Joe and Dave and as they came in they said,
Boys: "We want to tip over".
Me: I don't think that's such a good idea. You'll get to do that when you take the canoeing MB.
B: yes, Joe and Dave said we could
M: oh. ok then!
They took their shoes off a the bathing platform and brought their canoe to the middle of the swim area and rocked the canoe until it tipped and filled with water. They were quite excited.
I heard from camp staff that the other younger patrols, A-Team, and Sharks had Work Duty during activity period. This is where they help with something around camp. A saw horse was needed - the camp only had one and they were using a chair for the other side which wasn't working well. So the boys measured and planned the cuts, and the camp staff made the cuts, and the boys built the saw horse.
The gun range reported that all the younger boys have visited the gun range for activity period and shot .22s. They all hit the target and the range staff felt they all followed directions well. As you would imagine this is an area where following directions is paramount.
Breakfast this morning was homemade (seriously!) donuts (plain, sugared, and glazed), oatmeal, apples, and bacon.
We're expecting hot and humid weather today. No better place to be then up north in the woods on a lake!! Sounds like though, where we were expecting the hotter today to be today, that it will be tomorrow and Friday. Friday we do a lot of wrapping up of details, merit badges are finished up, requirements are crossed off, etc. Saturday, even though we get going early, it is good for the boys to have the closure, to help with cleaning up the camp for the next troop that comes in. A team building type of thing. The camp staff and boys really have a huge ownership in this camp.
I"ll close this morning with a few pictures from last night (remember to send the boys emails!):