The second week of Camp was just great! After a patriotic Three Day Weekend in honor of Independence Day, campers and counselors were anxious to get back into the Camp routine!
The week started off with our Senior Camp Challenge opening ceremonies. Cherokees and INA’s were divided into teams of Green and Gray, with everyone receiving a special t-shirt.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, we had our annual lollipop hunt, divided by Division. Over the long holiday weekend, fireworks went off above the Upper Field, dropping lollipop seeds everywhere. When we arrived on Tuesday morning, junior campers discovered that lollipops had sprouted and we needed to collect them so we could play ball again! Freshly picked lollipops always taste the best!!!! On Tuesday, middle and senior campers enjoyed their Lollipop Hunt, with as slightly different twist. Campers collected and sorted the lollipops into colors, receiving points for the most pops collected. Congratulations to the Cheyenne C boys, Cheyenne A girls, Comanche D boys, Comanche A girls, Cherokee C boys, Cherokee A girls, Apache Girls and Navajo Boys for being the best lollipop pickers in camp. As a reward they will each receive a super yummy S’mores Roast!!!!
On Tuesday, July 5th, all our 2nd year campers received the traditional Camp Hillard banner, and on Wednesday, July 8th, 3rd and 4th year campers received their specially designed and highly coveted t-shirts! On Thursday, campers and counselors sported the traditional white Camp Hillard shirt and their best and brightest smile for their Group Pictures.
Marshmallow Roasts began with the INA boys and the Chickasaw and Huron girls this past Wednesday. It was a very messy, but delicious affair. The Chickasaws followed suit on Thursday and they really showed us how to really get messy!!!!!
The Apache, Iroquois and CIT boys and girls embarked on a fun-filled trip to Playland on Thursday, July 7th, where they enjoyed various rides and attractions and games of skill of chance. The hot weather was actually a hit rather than a hindrance; smaller crowds, shorter lines, more fun!
On Friday we started our summer tradition of Music at the Pools during the afternoon free swims.
It has been an amazing first two weeks of camp fun, but we still have lots of special events to look forward to. 5th year campers can get psyched for their Ice Cream Party on Monday; the boats are out of dry dock and are being shined and polished for Junior Camp Boat Rides and Middle and Senior Camp Boat Races ; the INA Boys are heading out to the ballgame on Tuesday, for a Rockland Boulders Minor League game; preparations are already in high gear for our Festival of Fun and our second Tribal Color Day on Wednesday; the Cherokee boys are gearing up for their Visiting Evening on Wednesday; and 6th year and more campers will enjoy a bountiful breakfast buffet and a special gift on Thursday! All of this in addition to more marshmallow roasts, ice cream parties and more….Phewww! What an exciting week coming up!