‘If you wish to gain knowledge, you study; if you wish to gain wisdom, you observe’. WOODY
The first full day of the second session was picture day. We took pictures of the cabins and individual portraits and then we did the all-camp picture on the risers down at the waterfront. That took up a large chunk of the morning, so we finished off with some cabin activities, which included looking for a campsite for the Sunday night hot-dog cookout.
After a mighty lunch – the food is good and plentiful here – we had our first two rounds of the Final Four instructional activities. Final Four is when we teach the boys some of the fundamentals of the sports they want to play. So this is when they will learn how to kick a soccer ball like Beckham, swing a bat like Cabrera or sink a basket like Dunleavy. Hopefully. We are big on instruction and learning how to play the game the right way. Far better – we think – to win well than to lose poorly. Victories and defeats come in many different guises. Providing the boys have played the game the right way with the right attitude and in the right spirit then we have gone some way in helping them to understand what makes a true champion.
We started Twilight League this evening. This is our evening softball program that is one of the most popular things we do here at camp. Every boy is on a team, so everyone gets to play both at bat and in the field. All the teams have captains – usually chosen from the boys who have a few years experience of camp behind them – and these boys will learn how to lead and manage a team, (while being overseen by a counselor of course).
After a visit to the lake and shower – ‘you gotta’ be clean if you want canteen’ – we went into Wasserman Hall for Song and Cheer night. We didn’t linger long inside given that it was so hot and humid, but we stayed long enough to introduce a selection of songs and cheers that every alum’ will know and love.
Needless to say, all is well, so safely rest.