That’s what I heard a lot today. No one could believe it was our last full day at camp. Oh, but it was a good one. It started out with a great hike to the top of the Double at Mad River Glen. The group spread out on the hill with the intense speed-hikers leading the way, and the chatty strollers taking their time. It was nearing the cut-off time to head back down and one group had not yet made it to the top. Several in the group voted to turn around early, but it was camper Paul who rallied the troops by saying, “This is not Quitters Camp, this is ELITEAM camp.” That inspired the troops to keep moving and they all made it to the top!
Following a great lunch of breaded chicken breast patties (the real deal, not chicken parts), we hopped in the vans and headed to the Sandpits for the Vitamin Water Sandpit Challenge. We added a few gates for this week’s course and it proved to be a true test of endurance, agility, and risk. After a couple of training runs, it was “on” and most had near-perfect runs. Mark, a rookie to the pits, took the boy’s race, while veteran ELITEAMer Tayler won it for the girls. I was very impressed by all of the competitors as they hammered down the near-vertical slope.
Then it was off to Folger’s pond to cool off (and wash off), followed by an intense cleaning session in the dorms. The vacuum was out and working hard in a couple of boy’s rooms. The messiest room award, by far, was that of Jameson, Paul, Josh and Andy. It took a bit of work to get it under control. The girls’ dorm was in pretty good shape to begin with, but most of the girls were dragging their feet when it came time to start packing their clothes. Packing up means camp is almost over and they said it was too sad a task.
The folks on dish duty had some excitement tonight. Someone forgot to close the front of the Hobart dishwasher before starting the cleaning cycle. In a matter of seconds water was flying everywhere and I’m sure the shrieks of excitement could be heard in town! After the coaches regained control of the situation, the consensus among the kids was, “Best dish duty ever!”
After dinner is was a dance practice to warm us up for Andrew’s Crazy Relays. After 14 years I thought I had seen Andrew’s best, but he took it to another level tonight… a great combination of exercise and humor. From the infamous Chicken Walk to the dowel spin, to quick-feet craziness, it was the highlight of the day for me. The Jello Drop ended the evening and a camper team crushed the competition (and the coaches) to take the win. Congrats to Mark & Connor.
See you all at the Olympics at 10am tomorrow.