You think we’d have done it all in 20 years, but today we had two firsts. It started early with the 14 year-olds heading out at 6:30am for a first ever morning swim workout at the Bridges Resort. Coach Chad is the Head Lifeguard there and put the group through a fun water workout. On campus, the rest of the campers were jumping rope, dynamic stretching, spinning or running.
After a quick run-through of the dance, we entered the “Circuit Zone”. Outside it was well into the 90s but in the gym it remained relatively cool so we could all push it. With the music blaring, all 45 campers and 15 staff worked hard while rocking out to Coach Gunnar’s sweet tunes. Especially hard were the tuck jumps and push-ups.
The final Rock Wall climbing group finished their climbs before lunch, and because of the heat, they were having trouble holding on with sweaty hands. As Kristina was struggling to make it past the overhang, Sadie hopped in for support. “I’ll walk you through it. Next put your left hand on the orange hold…” A few campers had breakthroughs including Cassidy as she set the goal of halfway up the wall, and just 6 minutes later, achieved her goal. “I am completely freaked out by heights, but I did it” she told me.
As temperatures peaked, the campers competed in the first ever ELITEAM Biathlon. Each person on the 7-member teams had to sprint through an Obstacle course and then shoot a paintball gun at targets. If you knocked down all five targets, you could tag your next team member. If you missed any targets, you had to pay the price by performing 10 jumping jacks per upright bottle, which eats up energy, as well as time. It was a huge hit and a most campers improved their shooting from the practice round to the race round. Amazing what breathing and focus can do! Congrats to Zane and Tayler K for hitting 4 out of 5 targets.
Then things got crazy as Thursday is dress-up night. The theme this year was Platinum, Wild Hair, and Wacky Shorts. The kids went all out. (Check out the pictures in the photo gallery.) Following ice cream and a limbo contest, it was over to the gym for Movie Night… “Remember the Titans”.
Costume Night VIDEO