Today’s Carnival was yet another amazing special eventAugust 4, 2014
Today’s Carnival was yet another amazing special event
Today was another favorite annual Kenwood & Evergreen event, and a tremendous end to a weekend of non-stop fun. All morning our campers and counselors were working together to prepare for this afternoon’s Carnival. This year’s theme was Disney’s Frozen, and it had both campers and counselors very excited. As if we weren’t hearing it a lot already this summer, all day we heard kids singing “Let it go!” Just after lunch our Evergreen Freshmen campers got dressed up in all sorts of costumes, taking on the roles of Elsa, Olaf, Anna, Kristoff and so many others. They sang short, humorous songs that their counselors wrote for them about how great their characters were, and the entire girls’ camp cheered for each of our littlest performers.
In Kenwood our freshmen also took on the roles of the movie characters, but instead of singing individual songs, they put on a humorous skit for all of K&E in the hollow. Then a group of counselors came out and did their own funny sendup of the movie, complete with costumes and lots of silliness. As is tradition our Juniper girls put on a fantastic choreographed dance routine, and then all of the senior campers took part in husking the fresh corn that had just arrived from a local farm. And then the Carnival began!
The Junior Ball Field had been converted into a massive fairground. Counselors were serving cotton candy and snow cones, and later on popsicles and corn on the cob, steamed in our kitchen. There was a waterslide and the biggest slip-n-slide that you’ve ever seen (Walshy found this winter at a convention) and horse rides, too.
We also had a dunk tank, and the line to be dunked was just as long as the one to throw the ball at the target. There was skee ball and face painting, guessing games and donut eating contests, and both an obstacle and miniature golf course. There was loud, thumping pop music and friends running around together just having an unbelievably fun summer day, enjoying their unstructured time together. It was such olde school fun, and I loved that our kids were able to enjoy such a timeless event.
Heading back to the bunks to shower the food and mud off of themselves I asked a group of Kenwood campers what they thought of the day. One camper said to me “This was the best day ever. I had a corn dog for lunch, got covered in soap on the slip-and-slide, and I’m hoarse from laughing all day”. Exactly.
This weekend was our annual Homecoming event, and about 60 former campers and counselors traveled to Wilmot to visit their Camp friends. This community becomes a part of who you are, and after graduating out it can feel like a real loss to be away. We loved seeing so many people that we loved, and can’t wait to see them again. I’d like to give a special shout out to the many alumni who actively sought out the little brothers and sisters were paired them up with when they were in Hut 6 and Juniper. I loved how many campers came running up to me to say “my big sister came and gave me the biggest hug and told me that she missed me!” Our summer camp in NH produces so many great, lasting friendships.
Important note: tomorrow morning I leave with Kenwood’s Hut 6 for 2 nights and 3 days of fun and adventure in Canada. During that time I will likely not be posting any blogs. I will try to do a full wrap up of the three days when I return. Thanks!