Registration was a breeze as all but one camper was in their dorm by 2:10pm. A light rain turned into a heavy rain by the time the group was gathered and stretching in the gym at 2:30pm. One of the orientation games we played was the "Name Game"… all of the campers and coaches have new nicknames. Just to name a few… Looney Logan, Eggplant Eva, Flyin' Ryan, A-lot-of-Awesomeness Ali, Talented Tasha, Zaney Zack, Lovely Lina & Shelberto Tombo. By the time we finished our orientation it had stopped raining so we all headed out to the Eliteam woods for some low element challenges.
The campers were broken up into five groups of nine, and each one headed off to a different station. Two of the five groups were able to swing across the pod of Nitro-Acid and balance safely on a 2×2 platform. The other groups were almost there, but ended up crashing and laughing. The Spider Web proved too easy as the groups worked together and communicated well enough to pass all team members through in less than 1 minute.
The Fidget Ladder of Doom was a group favorite as one by one they balanced, shook, and breathed their way up. Lots of great action and many different techniques.
After the challenges, the group was ready for the obstacle course. The course is the same as the Europa Cup course, except for the fact that we added the nasty hill climb to the start. Fifty vertical feet of mud, roots and dirt that the campers literally claw up. Good action and lots of dirty shirts.
After a spaghetti dinner it was time for some agility work. Coach Andrew led the group through 45 minutes of extreme coordination drills. There was the ordinary high knees, grapevine, tuck jumps and hops. There was also the pony ride, skipping, and incredibly hard "high knees & butt kicking combo." The finale of "quickfeet drills" was both tiring and entertaining. Not only were the campers exhausted, but bellies were sore from laughing.
At dorm meeting we read the personal letter from Lindsey Vonn to the Eliteam campers, then it was bedtime. All is quiet in the dorms.
Tomorrow is a great day… high ropes and leg routines.
Check out pictures from today in the "Camp Photos" section of the site.