With Blue Gold over, campers were able to enjoy the whole of camp. During morning leagues campers played in final championship games, deciding who wins the plaques. Then in the afternoon it was double block of Open Areas, with an appreciation station at the Mohawk powwow site giving campers a chance to really take in the beauty that is Camp Kawaga. Throughout the day campers were using their Kawaga cash to gain them various treats ranging from a late sleep through to a pizza party to Alexander’s. After dinner it was time for the final Big Powwow of the summer, with numerous campers gaining both Mawanda and Sachem feathers, along with first time Sachem entrants gaining their Sachem names. The Powwow gave the campers an opportunity to reflect upon their summer, their goals achieved, and what they learned during their summer 8/9/2017they want to continue with back home.
What a day. With it being the final day of the Blue Gold Cup, and the scores from last night showing only a 5 point difference, Campers were hyped for another day of competition. The end of the Blue Gold also means it’s time for the Super Duper Relay Race, one of the most anticipated and biggest events of the summer, where every campers is involved in an activity to make it from one side of camp to another, activities included; wheelbarrow racing, leap frogging, ball catch and some more obscure tasks such as; fire building and wood sawing. After the Blue team won the relay, it was time for all campers to sit at the side of the Omni and find out the final scores for the 2017 Blue Gold Cup, and after a super tight couple of days, The Gold Team took the win! After dinner, Campers headed up to the Rec hall, for the leaving staff show where all the counselors performed various songs and skits, both showing off their skills and talking about the summer. After the show, though campers thought they were about to go to bed, instead they were all told to line up along the edge of D1, for tonight was potentially the final Tapping Ceremony of the summer, Where numerous campers made Mawanda, Sachem, and two campers achieved Double Sachem, a real honor to have achieved. Campers then headed to bed after a long day, looking forwards to enjoying their final few days on the shores.
Reveille played as the sun came up on the final Saturday of camp. This meant a huge breakfast, and double leagues, which included some of the final games in the championships. After leagues the campers were in for a surprise, because on return to the cabin each camper found a Feather on their pillow, the color signalling which team they will be on in The Blue Gold Cup. Campers then met up with their team members and elected both a captain, and tribal captains before finding out which games will be played tonight. After dinner, the Mohawks set off onto their treasure hunt, the Chips and Sioux’s took part in capture the flag, and the Oneidas plays one round of Basketball, and one of Flickerhoops. Then most of the campers headed to bed, with the Mohawks finishing up their hunt, all campers excited for tomorrow and the big day of competition ahead.
A solid morning of clubs was rudely interrupted by an awful weather front coming in, and bringing a weeks worth of rain with it. This was not good news for our Ski team who were competing in Kawaga’s 44th Ski competition. Where Braves competed in; Slalom, Wakeboarding and, despite the weather doing its best to interfere, finished first place in Barefooting. Open A’s were rainy day activities, then after lunch campers had a great afternoon ahead of them. Chips headed out to Northwoods Wilderness Centre, Sioux’s had a very wet afternoon at The Waters Minocqua’s indoor water park. Mohawk A’s had a crazy afternoon playing a classic Kawaga game of Voccer out on D2, while the Group 1’s and CIT’s took their day to new heights at the Northwoods Zip Line. The Group 2’s arrived back from their two night camping trip after lunch, so spent their afternoon relaxing with a movie. After dinner, tribes split up for a rainy day EP, including a cards tournament, more Voccer and a huge game of Bingo. So despite the rain’s best attempt, the Kawaga Braves went to bed tired after another great day at Camp.
It was a typical day at Camp Kawaga, probably the last of the summer. Clubs this morning then led into open areas, and then lunch. During rest hour there was a huge game of International vs American Staff Soccer, which ended in a huge win to the favorites. At lunch, the Mohawk A’s returned from their exciting treasure hunt (Mohawk Madness), that led them all the way out to a theme park in Minneapolis. After rest hour it was back out for the first round of the playoffs in leagues, competition was fierce with no team wanting to drop after the first round. Leagues led into open A’s, dinner and then tonight’s EP which was organized and ran by the CIT’s. The EP Wheel of Fortune, was an instant hit with the campers and will definitely be returning next summer.
Monday signs the first day of the final week of clubs, with ski club being extra focused on the upcoming Ski Competition this week. This then led to Open A’s then on to lunch, in which the CIT’s modeled an interesting variety of clothing, purchased from a local charity store for their Runway fashion show. The Group 2’s then headed off for their trip, and the Mohawks are still out at Mohawk Madness. After lunch and a welcomed rest hour it was back out, for the first round in the Leagues Playoffs, so competitive spirits ran high. Then after an outdoor meal, which was almost rained off, it was onto tonight’s EP. Mohawks B’s took the boats to town to the local ball park for billy ball and grill out, Chips and Sioux’s had 4 on4 Final Four, and the Group 1’s had an intense tournament of pickleball.
Pick em’ up, put em’ down, and move em’ out, it’s another beautiful day at Camp Kawaga, a super long late sleep was welcomed by all after last night Midnight Movie. The campers then signed up for the final week of clubs, including a much anticipated, Mystery Club for the CIT’s! There was then a short period of Open A’s before a delicious lunch. After, Seniors went to Camp Timberlane and Juniors from Timberlane came over for a competition, where campers competed in; Soccer, Tennis, Softball and Basketball. The competition was fierce, but the Braves fought hard to a great success winning the overall competition. A delicious dinner then led into tonight’s EP, Counselor Hunt. In which, counselors had to hide around camp dressed as characters from the Mario Brothers each being worth a different amount of Kawaga Cash, with the goal being to find as many counselors as possible.
The campers and staff slept late again to recover from last nights late EP, which then led into a great brunch appreciated by all, this then led into the final clubs of the week. Where as tradition, each of the clubs did something a little special, including frisbee club catching off the high dive and wrestling club in the water. Clubs then led into a period of open areas, a late lunch, and then back out to more open areas. Then after dinner it was time for the first big powwow of second session, where all campers gathered with much excitement. During the powwow several braves received their Sachem names and entered the tribe of Sachem after reciting their oaths. Campers then headed to bed after another hectic day, not knowing that only a few hours later they were to be woken for Midnight Movie! Campers and counselors headed out on buses to the local cinema where they watched either Spider-Man and Despicable Me 3.
It was a huge day at Camp Kawaga, but the morning’s thunderous downpour threatened to cause havoc with the first day of the Menominee competition. Luckily with it being a half day, the rain died off just in time for the first round to begin. Over at Menominee the Intermediates had a competitive afternoon. Whilst playing with a home advantage, the Senior and Juniors crushed it in Tennis, Hockey and Volleyball. Perhaps the highlight of the day, was the Wrestling Meet at Menominee, with all the Seniors traveling over for the EP. The wrestling match was so close it came down to the last match, when the Braves won the celebration was massive. The excitement of which could only be matched by that of the Chips and Sioux’s receiving Root Beer Floats at tonight’s Beach Night EP. The day ended with the campers quickly heading to bed in anticipation of tomorrow’s full day of competition, with the score currently at 8 to 16 to Menominee.
As usual it was a busy day at Camp Kawaga, with the remainder of the Mohawks returning from their camping trip full of exciting stories, including those of Chocolate Chip Pancakes, just in time for today’s lunch time Pep Rally. The CIT’s leading the camp in numerous Kawaga chants, getting everyone hyped up for the big day tomorrow with Menominee.
Later, during pm open A’s the campers found out that tonight, Camp Kawaga would play host to the lovely girls from Chippewa for a Social, which then lead to much discussion about what should be worn to impress. After a outdoor meal the girls arrived, and everyone had a great evening catching up with both friends and family from back home. As the evening wrapped up, the girls headed home, and the boys to bed… Or so they thought. As tonight was the first tapping ceremony of the second session, with many proud campers making both Mawanda and Sachem.