Posted by: Birch Rock Camp

“Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. “Mankind.” That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: “We will not go quietly into the night!” We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!” – President Thomas Whitmore

The day has finally arrived: the Fourth of July! And to celebrate one of the most important days at Birch Rock, CIT R.J was kind enough to give the campers a rousing rendition of President Whitmore’s speech from “Independence Day”.

After the alien threat was exterminated, the day went off without a hitch! A long inspection allowed everyone to make their cabins ship shape, and clean maroon shirts were donned by lower camp in preparation for the Waterford Parade. Our boys carried themselves with poise and confidence as we belted out “The Chant of the Chesty Child” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” while marching through the center of town. Birch Rock continues to be the most impressive act in the parade, and we look forward to maintaining our title next year!

Back at camp, everyone tucked into a patriotic meal of ribs and corn (followed by copious amounts of moist towelettes and toothpicks). Once we were all full and happy, P.T Farnham came out of the lodge and announced to the camp that his carnival of wonders had arrived at Waterford, and everyone was invited!

The afternoon was filled with slip and slides, water balloons, cornhole, face painting, and even more! Activities were being filled by every camper around, and tickets were being given out faster than they could be earned. It was truly a spectacle to behold! Some of the grand prizes given out included a pizza party at Onie’s and a Get Out of Instructional Swim pass, how luxurious!

As dinner came about, everyone eagerly awaited banana splits for dessert and then shuffled down to the boathouse for a screening at the BRC Cinema! (a High School Musical sing along soon broke out; how much more patriotic can you get?) To top it all off, the Rock was given a special treat by our good neighbors as we watched some stellar fireworks from the Disco Deck. This has truly been a quality Fourth of July, and we’d like to thank all of the community of Waterford for making it so memorable. Thank you all, and God Bless the United States of America. Stay tuned for more!


Best Cabin: Eagle’s Nest

Best Bed: Gus L

Super Camper: Archibald C

Blog Writer:  Gage Wheeler