Mission to Space, Pioneer Days 2019: The Final Day!

It’s the final day of Pioneer Days 2019! We can’t believe how fast it’s gone, but it’s been among our best ever. Truly! Today is marked by flagpole activities (including lemon sucking, watermelon seed spitting, butter churning and so much more) and rope burn. This afternoon brings individual activities and the judging of campsite and team meal! Each team has built a campsite in the woods and will make the judges a gourmet meal over their campfire! It’s truly amazing. Tonight, it all comes down to the song, banner and tall tale (a sort of comic take on and occasional roast of all things summer 2019). It’s sure to be among our most memorable days and nights of summer! Follow along!

Pioneer Days 2019
Mission to Space

Day 3 – Monday, August 5th 2019
7:45 CA’s wake up campers
8:10 Junior breakfast; Senior clean up
8:40 Line-up
8:50 Junior clean up; Senior breakfast
9:00 Captains meeting in the dining hall
9:25 Team meetings: Select participants for flagpole and individual activities
9:45 Line-up at the flagpole for FLAGPOLE ACTIVITIES + ROPE BURN!
12:30 Junior lunch; Senior recall
1:00 Junior canteen and rest; Senior lunch and canteen
1:30 Teams begin meal preparation 2.5 hours before judging time
2:00 Team meetings: Finish selecting participants for individual activities
2:30 Report to various activity areas for individual activities!
3:45 General Swim: Everyone to the pool
4:00 Judging- Meal and Camp Site
4:00 Yellow (Lower tennis court) (1:30 prep)
4:40 Blue (Lake) (2:10 prep)
5:20 Red (Pool) (2:50 prep)
6:00 Green (Lower parking lot) (3:30 prep)
4:30 Showers
5:30 Junior dinner (SILENT)
6:00 Line-up
6:10 Junior recall; Senior dinner (SILENT)
Committees continue working on projects
6:30 Final preparation
7:30 Line-up at flagpole for the finale – Outdoor Theater
Team Song
Tall Tale

Followed by the closing awards show for Pioneer Days 2018!

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Mission to Space Pioneer Days 2019: Day 2!

Welcome back, friends! It’s DAY 2 of Pioneer Days! There are all kinds of smaller committees working as hard as ever, but today’s big events are THE ADVENTURE COURSE in the morning (all participate!) and A SWIM MEET this afternoon! And tonight we highlight our smaller committees of barbershop quartet, dance, cheer, and totem pole! It’s one of the best days of summer. Follow along, won’t you?

Pioneer Days 2019: Mission to Space! 
Day 2 – Sunday, August 4th 2019

7:45 CA’s wake up campers
8:10 Junior breakfast; Senior clean up
8:40 Line-up
8:50 Junior clean up; Senior breakfast
**Tall tale must perform at lunch today.
9:00 Captains meeting in the dining hall
9:25 Team meetings: Select participants for tug of war, ridic relay, swim meet + bike relay
10:00 Report to the adventure course prepared to participate (sneakers!)
11:45 Tug of war/ ridiculous relay – meet at upper field
12:30 Junior lunch; Senior recall
1:00 Junior rest; Senior lunch
2:15 Swim meet ————– Bring sneakers for dodgeball too
Bike relay dodgeball
4:30 General Swim: Everyone at the pool
5:00 Showers
6:00 Junior dinner (SILENT)
6:35 Line-up
6:45 Junior recall; Senior dinner (SILENT)
Committees continue working on projects
7:10 Team meetings in preparation for tonight’s evening activities
7:45 Line-up at flagpole for tonight’s evening activities
Cheer — a gymanstics/cheerleading team from each color!
Quartet — each time has been practicing and will perform a barber shop quartet!
Totem Pole — each team designs a totem pole!
Dance — each team presents their dance team!
“Props” — it’s a camp thing!
9:00 Junior bed time
9:30 Junior lights out; Senior bed time
10:00 Senior lights out
Pioneer days OD – rest up for tomorrow’s activities! 🙂

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Pioneer Days 2019: Day 1!

Pioneer Days 2019
Mission to Space

Day 1: Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
7:45 CA’s wake up campers
8:10 Junior breakfast; Senior clean up
8:40 Line-up
8:50 Junior clean up; Senior breakfast
9:00 Captains meeting in the dining hall with Kate Page
9:25 Team meetings: Red- Oak, Yellow- Palm Court, Green- Redwood, Blue- Willow
Sign up for: Lakefront Activities, Jug Band, Upper field activities, Dance, Cheer, Song, Banner, Meal, Quartet, Camp Site, Totem Pole, Freeze Frame, Hat, Tall Tale, Props

10:30AM Lakefront activities: all campers to the lake!
Be ready to participate and cheer!
Begin working on: Jug Band, Quartet, Freeze Frame, Hat, Dance, Cheer, Totem Pole
** Committees organize schedules Props
Begin working on camp site
12:30 Junior lunch; Senior recall
1:00 Junior rest; Senior lunch
2:00 Captains meeting in the dining hall.
2:15 Team meetings: Select participants for Upper Field Activities
2:40 Everyone to the upper field! ** Each team bring: laundry bag, zipper bag, jeans, button-up shirt, socks + tie shoes

4:30 General Swim: Everyone at the lake
5:00 Showers
6:00 Junior dinner (SILENT- save your voices! They’ve been working hard!)
6:35 Line-up
6:45 Junior recall; Senior dinner (SILENT- save your voices! They’ve been working hard!)
7:00 Committees continue working on projects
7:15 Team Meetings
7:45 Line-up at flagpole for tonight’s Evening Performance – Outdoor Theater
Jug Band
Freeze Frame
9:00 Junior bed time
9:30 Junior lights out; Senior bed time
10:00 Senior lights out/Sr. & Couns. Overnight
Pioneer days OD – rest up for tomorrow’s activities!

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Blueberries, Nature Walks, and SOPHIE BEEM!

Friends, this will be short. There’s so much happening that we can’t keep it all straight, but here are today’s happenings and highlights:

  • Funfetti pancakes for breakfast and mac & cheese for lunch. We’re here to tell you that dreams really do come true.
  • 5th graders went blueberry picking at a local blueberry farm! And they ate blueberry ice cream! And they they came back and made blueberry muffins!
  • 6th graders returned from their (optional) campout! It was a great night!
  • Those in outdoor rec took a hike in our woods today! There’s so much to explore right here in our own backyard!
  • Gorgeous drawing and painting happening in A&C!
  • Kickball on the lower field!
  • Lacrosse on the upper field!
  • Mike’s aerobics, bigger and better than ever!

And tonight, we’re ready and waiting for our special visitor: Sophie Beem! Google her! She was on X Factor, she was signed by Beyonce… I mean, this concert at the Timber Theater is going to be MAJOR! We gotta go! There’s a meet and greet, and this blogger doesn’t want to be late!


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August!? What!? Say it Ain’t So!

Wow. This whole August 1st thing has us appreciating where we are and who we’re with even more than we normally do. Today it felt like we were singing a little louder, laughing a little harder, and doing our best to make each and every moment count. And it was a great day for diving into all things camp! There was so much to do!

This morning our Polar Bears headed out into Lake Selma and enjoyed their dip in the lake (with a side of hot chocolate and cookies) before the rest of us even opened our eyes. And though today was an S.F.A. (Supervised Free Activity) day, there were SO MANY THINGS to choose from, it felt even busier than usual. So much for a “lazy day!” This morning there were friendly hi-senior competitions happening against the boys of LOC! Our girls were INCREDIBLE, participating in soccer, basketball, lacrosse and tennis doubles. And we had the best time! And Owego wasn’t our only out-of-camp adventure today. We sent out another hiking trip to Raymonskill Falls and our hi-seniors got their turn at Costa’s!

In camp today, in addition to a delicious grove lunch, special activities were everywhere we looked! In cooking, “dirt cups” (more delicious than they sound) were a hit, in Zumba there was a Zumba dance-move competition (hey, we take our Zumba seriously around here), in fitness there was a grueling (but fun!) fitness challenge, and in mountain biking there was a “learn to ride a bike” workshop! So much to do, so little time!

Tonight, the seniors will enjoy a social with Lake Owego and the juniors will play a longtime camp favorite activity: jukebox!

Oh, and chants of “We want, we want, Pioneer Days! Pioneer Days”” have filled the air over the past few days. You may want to sleep with your shoes next to your beds, friends and followers. It (our version of Color War!) could happen any moment!

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Polar Bears, The Camper Scamper, Costa’s and So Much More!

As a surprise to no one, it was another GREAT and busy day at camp!

This morning, many of us began the day with a cool, 6:30AM dip in Lake Selma as part of THE POLAR BEAR CLUB! Our Polar Bears elected to wake up before the sun, jump into the lake, sing three songs, and run back to shore all for bragging rights, hot chocolate, cookies and, if they do it three days in a row, a Polar Bear Club t-shirt. We just think it’s amazing that the majority of our campers here opt to participate! SO many participated in the first half of the summer, the second half of the summer, or both!

Then, it was breakfast and our next happening: The Hughie and Selma Black Camper Scamper 5K! The Camper Scamper is a tradition, hosted by Pine Forest Camp, which includes PFC, LOC and CTT, all founded by Hughie and Selma Black! And we sent TWO BUSES packed with campers to race. Have we already said that Timber Tops girls are amazing in this post? Timber Tops girls are amazing! Some ran for bragging rights, others for fitness, hey some ran for the t-shirt (do you sense a theme?), but it was an awesome morning of spirit, fitness and fun. But aren’t they all!

And then Costa’s! That’s right, our juniors spent the morning at Costa’s! Our Seniors spent the afternoon! Why? Why not?! Ice cream, water slides, bumper boats, mini golf and so much more at our local family fun park was just what the doctor ordered.

All this amidst a continued regularly scheduled program made for a busy, happy day at camp (and just beyond)! To top it all off? Trips to Emily Island during general swim!

The fun never stops here at CTT!

Have a great night, folks!

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Timber Tops Tuesday!

Did you know that during the school year, many of our older campers use their social media to post #timbertopstuesday pictures of camp each Tuesday? Well, the real thing, Timber Tops Tuesdays at Camp Timber Tops, are the best Timber Tops Tuesdays of the year! And today was no different.

We started the morning off with a CTT favorite, eggs, French toast sticks, whipped cream, blueberries, and it only went up from there! This morning we hosted a friendly dance competition at our very own Timber Theater! Our dance team was phenomenal with both individual and group performances, and we’re so proud of each and every participant!

The rest of the day was business as usual around these parts, but we did have a few wilderness sightings: a friendly beaver in the creek, a toad at lineup, and a wild turkey far off in the woods! Hey, we’re in the mountains, alright! And speaking of mountains, our Timber Trek, the CA canoe/hiking/camping trip returned this evening, and they were absolutely amazing. We hope memories from their adventure will feel them with confidence. They can do anything!

The evening program tonight is twofold, and there’s a whole lot of excitement in the Greeley air. First, the final performances of our Timber Tops Idol from the other night! Sadly, a storm cut it short, so we’ll look forward to starting where we left off. Then, after that, it’s SENIOR LIP SYNC! We love a good Timber Tops lip sync! It’s going to be a great night of performances in Greeley. It’s good to be a Timber Tops girl!

That’s all, folks! Have a great night!

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Busiest. Best. Brightest. Day. Ever.

Good evening, friends!

It was THE BUSIEST, BEST day of camp ever. It all started with a late sleep but there was nothing lazy about it. Before 9AM, we’d already packed up our 10th graders on a two-day adventure called the Timber Trek! Our girls will canoe, hike and camp out in an awesome adventure they’ll remember for a lifetime. But adventure isn’t reserved for our 10th graders alone. We also sent out two climbing trips today, one to Rick’s rock, and one to the Pine Forest adventure course! So many opportunities for climbing and fun!

Speaking of Pine Forest, today we competed against our sister camp in vollyball, newcomb, soccer, flag football, basketball and more, all at every age level. It was AWESOME! And let’s not forget that we hosted a gymnastics meet! Yes! A gymnastics meet with 4 other camps all here at CTT!

Throw in horseback riding, waterskiing, a Top Cooks trip and you’ve got yourself one of our busiest days of camp yet! And those are all just OPTIONAL events that took place at camp today. Many of us went on with our day just as planned, and it was a perfect day to play practice, mountain bike, Zumba, jewelry make, Gaga, and so much more!

Tonight, it’s “Are You Smarter Than the Head Staff,” a new evening program which will surely become a fast favorite.

Are you tired just reading about our day of fun? We hope not, because there’s so much more in store this week.

Have a great night, folks!


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Sunday Funday at CTT!

Good evening, friends and followers!

Apologies for the nighttime edition of Timber Talk! This blogger was more than just blogging today, and the day got away from her! What a day! What a life down the winding road!

Where to begin! First, a note that tonight, live in Greeley, Pennsylvania, on the Timber Theater Stage is none other than Timber Tops Idol! Similar to the lesser known “American Idol,” there’s a vocal contestant from every age group, a few funny acts, and a whole lot of Timber Tops cheering for bunkmates and friends performing for all of us. Who will be the winner of Timber Tops Idol? Only time will tell! But it’s sure to be a great Greeley night. Anyway, this is just to say that today there was a whole lot of singing in the air to complement an already gorgeous, breezy, perfect CTT day.

But we’re not just singing down the winding road, friends. First thing this morning we sent girls out to a track meet that happens each summer at our local Wallenpaupack Area High School. It’s a serious track meet in an amazing venue with many other local camps in attendance and guess what?! We came in second place! Our girls were awesome! And it was great preparation for our upcoming 5K, the Hughie and Selma Black Camper Scamper, which takes place on Wednesday with our sister camps, Pine Forest and Lake Owego. You will be amazed by how many Timber Tops girls participate.

Speaking of participation, we’re looking forward to a day of inter-camp games tomorrow at CTT: basketball, vollyball, newcomb, soccer, lacrosse and so much more! We’re always asked what kind of camper goes to CTT, and though there’s no one kind of Timber Tops girl, of course, and though no one has to play, we love that so many of our girls feel comfortable enough to participate! They try new things! They play! Have we mentioned how fun it is here?

Other highlights today included lemon bars in cooking class, the high zip line in adventure, more of the ever-popular creek stomping, tie dying, paddleboard yoga, fishing, and our news team out in camp interviewing campers about the past week in the life of a CTT camper!

And the clincher? Tomorrow it’s late sleep! We’re tired but happy, friends and followers! It’s good to be a Timber Tops girl, especially when there are ice cream sandwiches for dessert.

Good night, folks!

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Hi-Senior Spirit Night! (RED OUT!)

Good evening, folks! It’s been another beautiful day down the winding road. Pancakes with blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream for breakfast, biking (up Lily Lane) and belaying (in Arnie’s Adventure) and basketball (hey, we don’t have a name for our courts!) in the morning, chicken tenders and fries for lunch, and media (we made polaroid mobiles!), yoga (partner yoga!), play practice (rehearsals for our Broadway review!) and so much more all afternoon! Oh, and many of our second session campers (and our full season campers, of course) went CREEK STOMPING for the first time which is a beloved Timber Tops activity…Stomping and playing around in our very own Mitchell’s Creek! We also made s’mores on Emily Island in the middle of Lake Selma! SO cool! We are definitely keeping it campy today at CTT!

Today we also welcomed 16 happy Explorers for 24 hours of fun-filled camp, well, exploration, and we hope to see many of them back next summer! We’ve loved welcoming so many tours, play days and Explorers this summer and can’t wait for our final Explorer program next weekend!

But back to our CURRENT campers, tonight our juniors have a POOL PARTY in this perfect weather, seniors will play FOOD FACTOR, a Greeley favorite, and tonight we have a pretty major event happening under the Greeley sky: our Hi-Seniors are headed over to Pine Forest Camp for our annual CTT vs. PFC girls basketball game! It’ll be a “red out” with Timber Tops girls in all red and white. They’ve made signs and cheers and have planned dance-off moves…Camp spirit to the max.  It’s a highlight of every summer, and we have a good feeling about our odds! But at Timber Tops it’s never if we win or lose but how we play that counts. And how we cheer, of course!

Most importantly….

Week 5, the movie! It’s out! What are you waiting for?!

Have a great night, folks!

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