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Winding Down….

The clock is winding down. We had an UNBELIEVABLE week of College Days….last night was the Lobster and Steak Banquet, Reprise and Highlights Video…today is Packing Day and Rec Activities followed by the Closing Ceremony by the Lake…and then we get up early tomorrow as the buses pull out for the airports and we head home to Manhattan, Westchester and Long Island, New York…Fairfield County, Connecticut…New Jersey…Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Palm Beach, Florida… Los Angeles and San Francisco, California… Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore… It’s been an incredible summer. We miss you already and can’t wait to see everybody next year!!

College Days 2010

College Days broke Saturday to an amazing concert of Julius C…no wait…that was the fake! Then we went to sleep…had some morning activities…and spent lunch wondering when it as going to come. Finally, we headed back to campus for mail and we all found Rally Towels in personalized envelopes , giant Lollipops and notes leading us to the Upper Fields where we found the guys from Julius C…Ice Cream Trucks…Dove Bars…Giant Beach Balls…and College Days 2010 begins!! What a time it’s been so far. Perfect weather…Climbing and Ping Pong…Hockey and Bucket Brigade…Chaos and Track…Swim and Balloon Stomp…Apache Relay and Chaos! Last night’s Tug was amazing. Tonight is Rope Burn and Fight Song. Lots to come and it’s anybody’s game. Lets go Alaska, Maine, Hawaii and FIU!!

Sports…Arts….Dinner Parties…Bumper Tubing…and More

Friday night started off another fantastic weekend here at Camp Laurel with the annual Jr/Sr Bec and Bago dinner party. Jem and Debbie dressed up as butlers and served hors d’oeuvres at Alliquippa to the campers followed by an authentic Italian meal in the Dining Hall. Saturday was a busy day with eight tournament and intercamp teams out during the day and Sports Night and socials in the evening. On Sunday, campers had a chance to display the projects they’ve been creating all summer in Ceramics, Crafts, Studio Art, Rocketry and Metalsmithing at our annual Art Show. It was amazing!! Sunday also saw the return of our Super Seniors who were gone for the past week rafting and traveling all around Maine and New Hampshire. They loved every minute of it. Monday was an incredible S-Day with lots of bumpertubing, Baxter Olympics, trips to the movies, and ice cream and mini golf. There’s still lots more to look forward to this summer and College Days is just around the corner. We can’t wait!

Great Maine Days and Nights…..

What an amazing week!! Our oldest campers are having a blast on the seven-day extended trip. Senior Bec and Bago returned last night from their Montreal journey – always a summer highlight. Last night was our annual bowling night for Senior Baxter and Sequoia who left for the evening to hit the lanes at Lucky Strike. Today was another busy day filled with Crack of Dawn Fishing, lots of intercamps and tournaments, and awesome evening programs. Today is an exciting S-Day with lots going on — Sequoia kicks it off with our annual Sequoia Olympics where our 5th and 6th grade boys compete in various Olympic-style events for gold, silver, and bronze medals. Acadia and Apache have a Gymnastics Show in the morning and hit the town to catch a movie in the afternoon. Should be a great one!

Montreal…Sunday river…Boston…Rafting and More

What an incredible weekend! Saturday was Visiting Day and families came from all over the country to visit. We were thrilled to show our parents, siblings, cousins and grandparents Camp Laurel as they had a chance to play tennis, swim in the lake, jump on our Aqua Glide Water Trampoline, make s’mores over a campfire and much, much more. Campers had a blast showing their parents all the incredible things they’ve accomplished over the summer and introducing their families to their counselors and friends. On Sunday, we jumped right back into regular programming from Crack of Dawn Fishing in the morning through Sports Night at night. Yesterday, we sent out extended trips for all of our oldest campers. Junior Bec and Bago are in Boston; Senior Bec and Bago left for a four day trip to Montreal, and Super Seniors are gone for seven days traveling all over the great state of Maine. Everyone arrived safely and we hear they’re already having a great time.

Visiting Day awaits…..

A perfect weather day in Maine. All trips and intercamps have returned as we begin the arrival of Parents Day tomorrow. It was an amazing week filled with fun and friends….trips and activities….shows and tournaments…laughter and fun. Tomorrow we eagerly anticipate greeting our parents and siblings from all over the country. Last night was our annual Group Sing in the Hockey Arena. It was incredible. Tonight we gather around the Council Fire and get an early nights sleep to welcome our visitors tomorrow. We can’t wait!

Time Flies….

Time sure flies when you’re having fun!  This weekend was awesome! Traditions Day kicked it off…we woke up to watch the beginning of Bec Swim, where the ladies of Bec broke the long-standing record for most laps swam in a day.  They broke the record!! The guys of Bago completed their Bago Sprint around Echo Lake! Congratulations Bec and Bago.  Then we saw Jem and Debbie and ten of the campers’ favorite staff members get wet and dirty during our annual Chaos.   Each of the age groups then participated in their traditions, including the  Baxter Car Wash for charity.  We finished the day with our first Dance Show where the girls who have been working hard all summer long got to show off their moves and boy, did that work pay off.  We then headed to the Council Fire for an all-camp campfire led by the Super Seniors.  Saturday was a busy program day with intercamps and camping trips and Sunday was the Luau for Acadia and Apache where our youngest campers danced the hula and limbo-ed the evening away on the waterfront to some breezy Hawaiian tunes.  Monday was Western Day and we brought in a professional square dance caller to teach some moves.  We also had our annual Gold rush – definitely a camp favorite.  Visiting Day is just around the corner but we have plenty to do before then including our first musical production of the summer…Once On This Island.

From Rockets to Traditions to Campfires…

Wow have we been busy this past week! We had 14 intercamps and tournaments the past three days including our annual Climbing Invitational with nine other camps in attendance. It was non-stop action capped off by some flag football and basketball wins at Andro and Winnebago…a great Boys Tennis Tournament with seven visiting teams; an overtime under-9 girls 2-2 soccer tie vs. Vega; a 9-8 loss against Caribou in boys U-12 lacrosse….and much, much more. Overnight camping trips are going out almost every day taking campers to the most beautiful state and National Parks in Maine. Yesterday was our first rocket launch of the summer where campers who worked hard the last few weeks building and designing model rockets blasted them into the Maine sky. Last night was the annual Five-Year-Club trip where campers who have been at camp for five or more years received personalized t-shirts (lime green this year) and a trip to the movies. Today is our annual Traditions Day featuring the Bec Swim, Bago Sprint, Baxter Car Wash, Super Senior Campfire and so much more. The Laurel Spirit lives on!

The Action Never Stops….

Another wonderful weekend at Laurel. Friday night was our annual Carnival and everyone had a blast with rides galore, fried dough and ice-cream cones, games, face painting and so much more! Saturday was busy as usual with seven different intercamps and tournaments going on and two camping trips out. The older campers danced the evening away at our weekly Saturday night social while the younger campers hit the fields for Sports Night. On Sunday, Senior Bec and Bago left on their overnight whitewater rafting trip down the Kennebec River and we hear they’re having the time of their lives! Sunday night was Festivus—the celebration of all holidays at once. Today, we sent out trips all over the state of Maine. Senior Acadia and Apache went out to Aquaboggin and Bec and Bago stopped by Funtown/Splashtown to beat the heat at a couple of Maine’s finest water parks. Baxter and Sequoia hit the shops and sights of Boothbay Harbor, while Frosh and Junior Acadia and Apache went to Rummels for some afternoon ice cream and mini golf.

Program in High Gear!

What an awesome week of camp with nearly perfect weather every day – low 80s and sunny. On Tuesday, we sent the whole camp to the Maine Waterparks because it got really hot. A great time was had by all!! We had an incredibly busy week with great programs and activities. More than 25 intercamps and tournaments…flag football, basketball, baseball, 6 v 6 soccer at Manitou…girls softball at Vega….soccer at Andro and the list goes on. It’s the Laurel Boys Tennis Tournament today with seven visiting camps on site. More than 40 campers were on Adventure overnight camping trips…Super Seniors began their first community service initiative at Camp Sunshine…and the new hypnotism show was a huge success with 20 staff members doing hilarious acts under a trance for nearly an hour!! It was unbelievable. Tonight is one of the most exciting nights of the summer—our annual Carnival! We have bouncy rides, face painting, fried dough, ice cream, and tons of other carnival games. We can’t wait!

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