As we head toward the end of November, lots of talk on campus has revolved around the upcoming holidays and the plans for these festivities. Inevitably, at some point in these conversations, the word tradition is used. Traditions play an integral role in many family events, whether it means making Great Aunt Millie’s cornbread stuffing for the hundredth time or continuing a reign of victory in a friendly family flag football game.
Traditions are also important at camp, and as campers move from unit to unit, they look forward to participating in the various traditions each summer. Special days or theme days are a part of every junior camper’s summer. Events on these days revolve around a unit’s name for the summer, and the special activities are kept under wraps until the big day. Even lunch and snack are related to the unit’s theme, and campers enjoy activities such as creating tie-dye t-shirts, making puppets, or participating in an extra swim session for their unit. The pinnacle of these theme days is the Unit D overnight when campers spend the night on campus.
The Unit D overnight provides a springboard for the traditional overnight off campus experience that senior campers have each summer. Echo Hill Camp is a favorite destination of campers, and campers explore and learn about the environment as well as participate in activities that require collaboration and consensus in order to complete physical tasks. Senior campers also participate in weekly day trips during the summer. Popular trips include laser tag, river tubing, rock climbing, and bowling.
Summer would not be complete without camp’s annual Fourth of July parade. Campers in each unit create noise makers, banners, flags, etc., and everyone participates in a parade around the campus. Last summer we added an extra event to the festive day: our First Annual Fun Run/Walk, and parents were invited to participate with their child/children. Each finisher received a medal, and cheers echoed across the field as the runners and walkers raced to the finish line. This event is one that will certainly become a tradition.
Other camp traditions include the end of camp Vaudeville show, the two day Maryland Madness competition, Fun Friday festivities, and weekly special assemblies and events during morning gully. What camp traditions are your child’s favorites? Which one or ones is he/she looking forward to this summer? Leave us a comment!
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