This, the seventh Sunday of the Birch Rock 2018 season, was marked by a truly story-worthy set of events at camp. From sunup to sundown, it felt like the bell heralding the arrival of campers swimming their Whales never stopped ringing, as we had four – FOUR – instances of that much celebrated endeavor occur on this great day. Just after breakfast, we all ran down to the dock to cheer the arrival of Jake Z., and minutes later Eli P. pulled in at the end of his hard fought journey around the full circumference of McWain Pond.
It was then that a radio call which few will ever forget rang out over the airwaves. In a bold decision that some called hubris, camp director Mike Mattson gave the go-ahead to send out two more Whales. Just minutes later, campers Abe T. and Gus V. leapt into the lake and headed out on their own epic swims. The BRC community asked for a legendary beginning to the last week of camp, and these two delivered. Shortly after lunch, Abe and Gus made it back around the lake, both looking like they could readily do another lap on the drop of a hat.
It is obvious that the campers themselves earned their share of glory for this incredible accomplishment, but in seeing so many individuals achieve this coveted goal in a single day – not to mention the many Whale swims throughout the season – credit is due to waterfront director Curtis Whiting and the rest of the swim instructors for all the effort they have put in throughout the summer to make the Birch Rock swimming program as strong as it is. The infirmary treated an unusually high number of campers and staff with hoarse voices as a result of the endless rounds of Birch Rock cheers – but not a word of protest was whispered by any involved due to the jubilation that filled the day.
The celebration continued into the evening, as ten year veteran Birch Rocker Jack Duggan was awarded his Decade Club vest and all dined on the kitchen crew’s delicious Sunday feast with four Whale Cakes for dessert. As the sun set, we finally quieted down for the last Tree Talk of the 2018 season. Taking a moment to reflect on the great times we have shared here at camp, we prepared ourselves for the many adventures that remain in the week to come, before being lulled to sleep by the melodious sound of loon calls from across the lake.
Best Cabin: Eagles Nest
Best Bed: Jeffer V.
Super Campers: Gus V., Abe T., Jake Z., and Eli P.