Woody’s Word 29th July 2023

Posted: July 29 2023

“People will forget how fast you did a job, but they will remember how well you did it.”

40-33 was the final score in favour of Kawaga. A valiant fightback on day two of the competition was not enough for us to close the significant gap between us. Having won only three events on day one, it was quite remarkable that we managed 30 wins (to Kawaga’s 26) on the second day. That slow start on the rain-delayed first day cost us badly. Oh well: we live and learn to fight another day. For many at camp, this was their first taste of defeat in this competition. No team can win forever, and even the best teams have their off-day, and so it proved for us. We were simply no match – at times – for the superior play of our opponents. While we were busting ours to kick theirs, we sometimes forgot to catch the ball; sometimes to forgot to get into position; sometimes forgot to get our hands up, and when you do those things, you lose games. But both teams did themselves, their coaches and respective camps proud, and we look forward to doing it all again next year.

It was a long day (hence the reason why I could not write at 11.15pm) and the boys of both teams showed tremendous stamina and resilience to last that long. The weather stayed good throughout the second day, and that allowed us to get everything played, even if 16A softball came to a conclusion in virtual darkness. Everyone got involved in some way, and everyone had fun. In the end the best team won, and now it is time to get on with the rest of the summer.

And what does that look like exactly? Well there will be plenty of Green and White coming up very soon, and tonight we are socialising with the ladies from Chippewa Ranch Camp. Indeed, we are just saying goodbye to them as I am writing this. Saying goodbye might take a while as there are a lot of them. Our theme this evening was Kentucky Derby Day. The Senior cabin were the horses on a specially built track in the gully, while the younger boys from cabin’s three and four were the jockeys. This was a larger, more exciting version of Horse Racing Night that we do in first session. Even the Senior girls from Chippewa joined in to. It was great fun.

And so we get close to the end of another week. Where did that go? Tomorrow is Lazy Day, and a lie-in until 10am if you want to.

To those of you who left today I want to take this opportunity to wish you well, and to thank you for coming to, and enjoying, camp this summer. And to all you parents who trusted us to take care of your boys these past few weeks, an especially big thank you. If you want to do it again next summer, please know that enrollment is already open.

With the last bus of girls about to pull out, and all our boys accounted for, I am happy to say that all is well, so let’s all safely rest.

Goodnight everybody.

As ever…WOODY!

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