‘The difficulties and struggles of today are but the price we must pay for the accomplishments and victories of tomorrow’. William J Boetcker.
What a beautiful day to bring the slip n slide back! A 75 foot piece of plastic sheet and some soapy water, and hey presto, an hour of fun in the sun. As fun things to do at camp go, this must be one of the best. The sun shone and half the camp went up and down the hill in their swimsuits in the late afternoon, and we could have gone longer had dinner not intervened. You will see from the pictures that are going up as I write that the boys had a blast. We will see the slide again as the weather promises to remain good for a while yet.
This morning we started our instructional programme, the Big Ten. The boys sign up for their chosen activities, activities in which they want to learn more about and get better at. The Big Ten we do in the morning and then we get into the MCAA in the afternoon where the boys can then put into practice the things they have been learning about in the morning session. We have counselors here who can teach the boys how to kick a soccer ball with maximum effect, to guys who know how to rig a sail boat, climb the wall and shoot a bow and arrow. If the boys want to learn they can do so in a safe and fun environment. More than half of them now know how to slide down a slippery, wet piece of plastic sheet, and that has to be worth the price of tuition!
Our campfire this evening was Soccer Celebration Night. Each cabin had to celebrate the scoring of a goal in an original and funny way. There were some very funny skits indeed, including one cabin who ran out of the door celebrating and returned 10 minutes later still celebrating as we wound things up. Very funny.
I noticed that yesterday morning at 6.30 there were a lot of boys – 25 plus – out playing. This morning I counted just two! The camp exercise and fresh air is already working, and all is well, so safely rest.