Camp Kawaga Blog

Yesterday we celebrated with a special theme day honoring our long time Assistant Director, Fred Geraci.   For those of you new to camp, you know Fred as our tennis instructor and the “old guy” at camp.  But For those of us who have been involved in camp at all for the past 20+ years, we know Fred, the Wise Elder, for being an amazing friend and trusted advisor, not to mention a classic source of fun personalities and personas.  So yesterday, for a theme day, courtesy of the mind of counselor Aaron Rosen, we celebrated 20 years of Fred in the form of the “Geraci Open.”

We started the morning by surprising Fred with a re-creation of his wedding and a stroll down memory lane of all he has brought to camp over the years.  The BIG surprise was we flew in his wife Gail, who has also contributed much to camp, and had her walk in from behind the Rec Hall and surprise Fred for the weekend.  It was quite the moment as the two hugged on the Omni.  From there, the campers were split up into 12 teams, all received T-shirts, and the teams with themes from Fred’s made up characters or his work over the years, such as Freddie Fresh, Noodles Nadal, and Mustache Fred. The campers competed in fun Fred themed games, many tennis and golf related, such has been his work over the years. Kids had blocks in the morning and afternoon and in a relaxed day, enjoyed what is best described as Fred Appreciation Day.  Every meal was full of Fred cheers as we continued to embarrass Fred throughout the day.  Finally, at the end of dinner we said a few personal thank yous, and presented Fred with a plaque commemorating his 20 years at Kawaga.  Great time had by all…

Starting late yesterday, into today, a cold front has moved into the area. It is only in the mid-50’s today and overcast. But we have the boys dressing warmly, staying out of the water, and still enjoying activities. It is supposed to be this way through the weekend, but it will give us a chance to slow down for a bit before the home stretch to end the summer.  Camp just moves TOO fast.

More to come…

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