Camp Kawaga Blog

As always, camp is just flying by. The boys are having a great time here. As I said to a group of moms yesterday during a tour of Camp Kawaga, we are simply a HAPPY CAMP right now. 180 boys (after a dozen went home from Rookie Camp yesterday) that are being led by a group of counselors who GET IT and a bunch of young camping men that are here to have fun, make friends and play every day. It has been a pleasure for Dewey and I as Directors this summer, and in particular during a fabulous second session.

This was never more evident than a hysterical camp moment that happened the other day during lunch. As some of you may know, we started a bit of stir in the Mess Hall last summer when we introduced 2 new elements to our Mess Hall. Literally on opposite sides of the dining area, we added a large commercial toaster and a wooden rack for sauces (aptly name Sauce Rack). And of course, in true camp fashion, you have to like one more than the other.  Well the other day, the Sauce Rack v. Toaster debate toasterwent to a whole new level as I watched the entire camp, EVERY member of staff included, rise up on two sides of the Mess Hall cheering for either Sauce Rack or Toaster at the top of their lungs. New cheers were created, funny ones at that, and there was no in between. You either are for us or against us, you either love the Sauce Rack with its choices of BBQ sauces, hot sauce and other condiments, or you simply appreciate warm toast and a bagel more than anything else in camp at that moment!!

hot-sauce-display-racksThe cheers were hysterical and full throated. And all of it had no meaning, it was just CAMP.  Pure, unadulterated fun, 100% participation, and not a care in the world that it was silly or who was cheering for which side. Just smiles, laughter and fun as I sat there and shook my head with goose bumps running up my arms because I knew this was one of those moments I would remember, yet could not explain to anyone who was not there to see it. If you have never been to camp, it is truly inexplicable how these things happen or why, or just how much fun CAMP really is
for your children. Yet it does happen – ALL THE TIME. In big ways and in small.

For me, I just appreciate that our boys have come together this summer in such a big way, and that they could have so much fun together in a moment of madness and joy.

And the debate will continue – Sauce Rack or Toaster – which team are you on???