‘God sent children for another purpose than merely to keep up the race. He sent then to enlarge our hearts and make us unselfish and full of kindly sympathies and affections. They are here to give our souls higher aims and to bring to the fireside bright faces, happy smiles and loving, tender hearts. Children are the future – our future – so we must nurture them and raise them well’. Mary Howitt
It was a cool day in the very literal sense of the word today. The jet stream was not kind to northern Wisconsin. It was more like an Arizona winter than a Northwoods summer. However, it did not rain, so the show went ahead as planned. Not much will stop us playing outside and once we get running around we are fine. So we started the day with a huge game of Capture the Flag in the gully. The camp was split evenly in two and hostilities commenced. The prize on offer – aside from the general pleasure one gets from winning – was to get to eat first at lunch. This was embraced by everyone and that definitely lent a more competitive edge to the game. As an added incentive, the campers took on the counselors, in what appeared – on paper – to be a total mismatch. But no, the campers won!! And oh how they celebrated.
We continued with our leagues this afternoon and then got into a new game – Around the World – this evening. This was a bit like orienteering but with a few modifications. It was only for the stout of heart as it required a lot of running all over camp. But the boys took to it, such is their desire to compete and win, and they had a blast.
We blew Taps at 9.40 – an early night compared to 24 hours ago – and it is the perfect evening for sleeping. It is clear – I spy a full moon out across the lake – and cool (low 50s), and all is well, so safely rest.