Day Two of Color WarAugust 11, 2013
Today was day two of Color War at Camps Kenwood & Evergreen and the weather was glorious. The sun was out, the humidity was low, and there was not a cloud in the sky. Scott surprised everyone at breakfast with 800 fresh bagels from a bakery in Newton, MA, along with a couple dozen pounds of lox and various flavored cream cheeses. The salad bars were filled with slice tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions, and the entire community jumped at the chance to make their ideal bagel sandwich. The Juniper Girls led the Camp in a cheer of celebration. It was a great morning and a great start of our second day of Color War.
Here are the schedules from both camps’ events today:
Green & Gold Schedule – Day #2
Maroon & Grey Schedule – Day #2
During the day I was fortunate to watch some fantastic sporting events, including an Evergreen Sophomore Kickball game and a series of Kenwood Inter Tennis matches. The kids on all four teams played their very best. I was extremely pleased to see that they were all great sports when their games ended, regardless of the final scores.
I spent most of my afternoon at the Evergreen Ballfield watching Evergreen Seniors play Softball, and then Kenwood Inters play Baseball. In both games there were terrific moments of skill and intensity, but also true hilarity. Our campers have learned this summer how to give their all in a game, and somehow maintain a really healthy perspective.
After the baseball and softball games I wandered over to the Junior Ballfield to watch the end of the Evergreen Archery matches, and the Kenwood Soccer games. It was an all around great day for sports at Camps Kenwood & Evergreen!
Walking back towards the Dining Hall I encountered a Kenwood Inter from NJ. He had been struggling with homesickness around the approach of Visiting Day, and thankfully during the last two weeks his anxiety had faded. He really seemed to have been enjoying himself. When he saw me he said “Jason, I’m just realizing that in one week I’m going to be home, and I must admit that it’s making me sad”. Then he remarked “but while I’ve had a great summer I’m also excited to be going home soon…I guess it’s kind of like taking off your ski boots. You loved your day on the mountain, but by the end you are excited to take your boots off and let your feet breath”. I knew what he meant, and loved that he was able to express his feelings in such a unique, articulate metaphor. I’m finding that as we reach the end of the summer campers of all ages are initiating these kind of conversations with other members of the community, and I love it. Its indicative of the many ways our campers have grown this summer.
There were many beautiful aspects of day two of Color War, including in the activities, in the weather, and in the conversations I was able to have with so many of our campers.