We still can’t believe that we’ve arrived on this most sacred of Birch Rock days, the end of season banquet. The last week of camp often features plenty of reflecting, not only on celebrating the achievements of each summer but also looking ahead to a fun and action packed week.
In a final half day of activities many of our campers who have been working all summer on some of the most challenging badges in camp managed to finish those tall tasks. Nathan S finished his advanced soccer, Eric T finished his advanced mountain biking, Cole D finished his advanced canoeing, and Eyob G earned his American Archer. Not only were advanced badges flying off the walls but Massi E also swam his loon today! These achievements are the culminations of a summer of hard work and are by no means small feats.
What do you do when you need to celebrate a summer well spent? You feast! After spending the afternoon on a number of little projects such as cleaning, new campers going out to pick lacapodium, and decorating the lodge. All to set the scene for yet another amazing meal cooked by our kitchen. Mike unveiled the new staff shirt quote, “New Experiences, Old Traditions”, a reference to how this years staff (and the campers!) have been marked by a balance of new and old Birch Rockers. Following that, the camp retreated out to the Old Grove for the award’s ceremony, a chance to recognize not only their own accomplishments but their peers as well. There was much rejoicing.
The highlight of the night however, was the unveiling of this year’s plaques. Every Birch Rock camper’s name now etched into the history of the camp where it will be forever. Staff member Matt Rotman worked very hard this summer getting the plaques exactly right and the 2018 edition is a fitting addition to the lodge walls.
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