Today was a beautiful day at camp: happy faces, sun shining, a breeze in the air. Olympic days are behind us, and though that does feel bittersweet, it’s nice to be back to normal around here. During Olympics, we branch out, we make new friends, we do extraordinary things. But like coming home after you’ve been away, there’s something special about bunk time, regular activities and business as usual at camp. Today is one of those days when we can take a step back and appreciate it all. So, in short, the regular schedule today feels a little bit more magical than usual. And delicious camp grilled cheese with tomato soup doesn’t hurt either!
Speaking of homecomings, tonight our 11th graders will arrive home in Greeley. They’ve had an awesome adventure in Costa Rica, but we miss them, and we’re incomplete without them here! Other exiting news today includes: our Top Cooks trip to the Culinary Institute of America (cool!) and our Old Timers/New Timers party!
OLD TIMERS CLUB IS THE BEST! First, let us assure you that new timers have a fun-filled, active, awesome party of their own, complete with a delicious snack, so fear not, moms and dads. But, here’s the truth: Timber Tops girls REALLY look forward to being Old Timers (which is what we call campers who’ve been at camp for 3 or more years).
The old timers party starts with a walk to the 10-year tree where 10-year old timers are inducted onto the tree by our head staff members. Each person is honored and spoken about. It’s a great and emotional ceremony where Timber Tops’ finest are given a moment in the spotlight.
Next? ICE CREAM PARTY TIME! Old timer campers AND counselors storm the dining hall, sit by year at camp, and basically sing every single camp song and cheer (including past Olympic and Pioneer Day songs) in recent (and not so recent) memory. They’re called up to the sundae bar by year at camp (longest at camp goes first and eats sundaes off of plates, naturally), and they sing into the wee hours of the night. Is there any other Timber Tops way? OH! Old timers get a special gift too. And 8-year old timers get a special old timer’s shirt! And plaques! Old Timers get PLAQUES! We love a good tradition.
Life is good in Greeley!