Today as we participated in Friday Evening Services, a time to reflect on the week, our friendships, and our lives, seven Seniors gave us something from their hearts we wanted to share with all of you. Today will be the first of seven blogs. We know you will enjoy these as much as we did today. Happy 4th of July weekend!
How are we old enough for this?
How am I old enough to be in 1AB?
Ever since I was 9 years old as a JR1 in 18A, I always looked up to the older campers as the leaders of camp. As I worked my way up the bunk circle, I realized how much of an impact camp has had on me and how it has shaped me into the person I am today. Now, sitting in a bunk circle during cookouts, wearing 1AB clothing around camp, and living with my 18 best friends it has finally hit me that this is my last summer in the Promised Land. After spending 9 incredible summers here, it saddens me to ask myself, “How am I old enough for this?”
As we stand here today looking our at all of you, we’re still wondering how we’re old enough for this.
A long standing tradition at Tripp, for as long as anyone can remember, is the announcement by the Team Captains of the Big Teams for Summer 2016. Every camper at TLC is a team member on one of four teams. These teams bring together girls of all ages under one of four banners. Katie is the Captain of the Climbers whose team colors are red and blue. Caroline is the Captain of the Cubs and their colors are red and white. The Giants have Caleigh as the Captain of the blue and whites. And the Tigers whose colors are black and orange have Maxine as their Captain. Each team will enjoy the spirit of Tripp in playing land sports, water sports, swimming and of course let’s not forget ‘Sing Song’! Rehearsals for Sing Song begin the next few days and the girls are already preparing their ideas for songs and music. Each team will select one song in the following categories: team, spiritual, spirit, folk and a camp song.
At Tripp there is fun for every age! The JRs, AJs and Subs are looking forward to the announcement of Little Teams. Stay tuned!!!
You know it’s summer at Tripp when the girls are at the lake, the softball games are on and the friendships abound! And did you notice those smiles?! The girls are doing wonderfully, enjoying the activities while learning new skills. One of the best parts at Tripp is learning while having fun. Why can’t school be this much fun?
All day the air has been filled with excitement and anticipation for the Election of Team Captains, a long standing TLC tradition held this evening. Finally, the girls filled Over The Wall to meet the Seniors. The trophies were passed, the ballots cast and the votes counted. And the Team Captains for 2016 are……Caleigh, Katie, Maxine and Caroline!
Dear Tripp Lake Families,
We are off to a great start for Summer 2016! Starting with a new addition to the Tripp Lake birthday song written by 1A-B sung this morning at assembly.
You would be very proud of the girls as they successfully swam the rectangles and tips-and-dumps. Their smiles were as big as they are at cookie line!
The highlight of today has to be the Return of the Shield, which the girls have been prepping for since last night! The shield will be displayed in the lodge, in keeping with one of our most important traditions. After this event, we will be singing our traditional songs around the flag pole.
What an exciting day! All the buses are in and the campers are here! Even after 17 years as Director, I still feel the same excitement and awe on arrival day as I did when I was a TLC camper and counselor. To see the girls, even new campers, get off the buses and meet their TLC sisters with hugs and cheers is always a great way to kick off the summer. It is so much fun for everyone here to see how excited the girls are to see each other at camp. Meeting at camp on the first day is different than meeting anywhere else…that classic jump up and hug each other while feeling the happiness is a TLC favorite for campers and staff.
I know the memories and friendships made at TLC will last a life time!
The girls are already talking about Captain Elections and Big and Little Team Announcements! These activities will take place in a few days so stay tune for more news from Tripp Lake Camp. Guess what was one of the first questions asked this morning? “What’s the cookie today for Cookie Line?” And as you all know, that is one of the TLC surprises every day!
What’s Happening at Tripp Lake Camp: 105th Anniversary Weekend
They are coming! Alumnae and mothers of current campers are spending the weekend in Poland, Maine. Generations of Climbers, Cubs, Giants, and Tigers are sharing their memories, songs, and cheers. The weekend is built around new and traditional activities. We started with three activity periods followed by Friday Evening Services and the Story of Tripp Lake. Wish Night on the beach was presented by the Inter II’s and wishes were read by campers from six different decades. Fireworks ended the day’s fun.
Saturday’s festivities started with assembly at the flagpole. After many nostalgic camp songs, announcements were given by Head Counselor Janet Nash and Camp Director Leslie Levy and a full camp picture was taken. The rest of the morning was filled with current campers and alumnae playing basketball, skiing with their friends, creating enamel necklaces, and swimming in Tripp Pond.
Even lightning could not keep the Tripp Lake spirit down. OG-NOG participants practiced all afternoon in Over the Wall. Songs, skits, and even a gymnastics routine were part of the fun. Thanks to our OG-NOG hosts and all others gracing the OTW stage once again.
As the weekend came to a close, we reflected on our time spent here in the Promised Land. How fortunate we are to sit with our friends under the trees, in the bunks, or around the table in the dining hall. Tripp Lake Camp is always in our hearts; our treasure to be shared with girls for years and years to come.
As camp comes to a close, we look back over the days we have spent together during Tripp Lake Camp’s 105th summer. The days passed quickly and events sped by at the speed of light.
Arrival Day. Meet the Counselors. Return of the Shield. Tips and Dumps. Seven Friday Evening Services. Ropes. Required Canoe. OG-NOG. Six Trip Days. Five Pajama Breakfast. Swim Trials. OC-NOC. 4th of July Ceremony. Four Brother-Sister Days. Rafting Trips. Intercamp Tennis. Seven Pizza Cookouts. Mike Turtle Soccer Clinic. Age Group Nights Out. Dance Parties. Six Interteam Tennis Tournaments. Three Swim Meets. Two Point Trips. Fitness with Beth. Senior Serving. Two Snake Dances. JR/SR Bingo. AJ/Inter I Kickball. Forty-eight Olympia Trips. Twenty-seven Kitchen Permissions. Seven Bunk Bondings. Three Camp Sunshine Trips. Seven Age Group Plays. Special Day. Big Team Archery. Little Team Archery. Spelling Bee. Intensive Tennis. Tired yet? We’re only halfway through the list. Intercamp Tennis. Seven Campfires. Takajo Carnival Brother/Sister Event. Super Duper Clean Up. Parent’s Visiting Days. Sibling Extended Stay. Seven BBQ Cookouts. Long Trips. Junior Special Trip in Camp. Little Team Swim Meet. Jocko’s Jamboree. Fourteen Letter Days. Soccer, Field Hockey, and Tennis Mini Camps. Rookie Weekend. Fireworks. Senior Party. Canoe Meet. Wish Night. Fun Trip Day. Good Shepherd Food Bank Trips. Sail Races. Swim Across the Lake. Little Team All Star Soccer. Sing Song. Dance Show. All Star Softball. Wacked Up Relay. Gym Show. Team Feast. Health Checks. 105th Anniversary Picture. Cake Cutting. Bunk Plaques. Brigadoon. Pajama Dinner. Art Show. Film Festival. Pancake Breakfast. Senior Takeover Day. Memory Night. Senior Serenade. Packing Day. Four White Caps. Shield Night. And these are only the big events. We also had 200 activity periods including swim, canoe, kayak, sail, ski, tennis, volleyball, riding, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, theatre, field hockey, softball, ropes, rocks, pottery, arts and crafts, TLC Times, fine arts, video, photo, silver, enamel, nature arts and crafts, gaga, newcomb, badminton, archery, and kickball. Up every morning by 8:00 AM (unless we are having a rare late breakfast). Morning cleanup with a daily inspection. Meals at 8:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 6:00 PM. Mail at 12:30 PM and TLC Times on Sunday.
When you read the list above, it seems insane. But all these events, and the hundreds of campers and counselors, make up this crazy, wonderful world of Tripp Lake Camp. We may be saying goodbye to Summer 2015, but we will remember it well and cannot wait until we are reunited again in the Promised Land. Until then…
“Note, please…” – Tripp Lake Camp Sing-Song Leaders
Day 40: Sit up straight and enunciate….
The girls were dressed in their traditional minis, with hair tightly braided, and team ties knotted: Sing-Song 2015 came to Tripp Lake Camp. There was a buzz in the air tonight, as all the hard work, practice, and community team effort forged together under the roof of OTW. The Senior I’s–who head the Sing-Song committees and are in charge of choosing & writing the songs performed–witnessed all their hard work come to fruition. To say tonight is an emotional night for any Senior is an understatement; tears were shed and hugs were exchanged. Before entering OTW, counselors, dress to the nines, applauded all the children’s hard work in anticipation for a beautiful performance.
Sing-Song asks each Big Team–Cubs, Tigers, Climbers, and Giants– to perform FIVE types of songs: Camp, Traditional, Team, Spiritual, and Folk. Their songs are then scored by our five esteemed Sing-Song judges: Janet Nash, Eric Bell, Liz Kahn,Barrie Schneiderman, and new addition, Stephanie Greenwald. After the performance, the judges are whisked away to discuss scores, song choices, craft, and song execution.
Tomorrow, The TLC Daily Blog will upload a song from each team to share with you. For now enjoy some of these photos:
As Sing-Song came to a close, the judges returned to announce a winner. The TLC Daily blog has decided to withhold the winning team name for now, because we feel tonight, the focus should be on the accomplishments and hard work displayed by ALL the Big Teams.
Tonight, they were all winners.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for another beautiful evening, girls; it was magical.
“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.” – David Henry Thoreau, Poet
Day 39: Wish Night
Tonight, the Inter II’s hosted Wish Night down at edge of Tripp Lake. Using photography as a metaphor, the Inter II’s talked about the journey many Tripp Lakers make as they progress from Junior to Senior, slowly gaining a stronger bond and love with camp.
The night is complimented by a roaring fire, as each age group–as well as each individual 1ABer–write a wish about camp and what they hope will carry forward for years to come. Each wish is read aloud for all to hear, and is then represented with a small candle that is gently nudged out from Tripp Lake’s shore.
It’s a wonderfully reflective night that is attended by both counselors and campers. You’re invited to watch the video below–exclusively made for the TLC Daily Blog–which captured some small moments from tonight’s heartfelt special event. Enjoy.