“These are a few of my favorite things…” – Julie Andrews, Sound of Music
Day 31: The Littlest Birds Sing The Prettiest Songs
Attention! Attention! Junior Special Day came to Tripp Lake Camp! What exactly does that entail? Well, after Rest Hour, an announcement went out over the PA calling all Juniors to meet at the Spahn House steps. Their collective squeals of excitement could be immediately heard from campus. Due to a thunderstorm watch, Junior Special Day was held in our activity space at Under The Dining Hall. The weather didn’t take away form the fun as Juniors played Twister, made friendship bracelets, took fun photos, made candy art, and played a water balloon game.
Click on the video short below–recorded exclusively for the TLC Daily Blog– and enjoy:
Finally, the latest edition of the camper-created TLC Times was published yesterday. We here at the TLC Daily Blog wanted to share a particular article simply called, “What We Love About Tripp Lake.” Here, younger campers in different age groups tell us the reasons why Tripp Lake is so special to them:
“Tripp Lake is special because it’s a place where memories are formed. You make new friends, and get to spend time with them. At Tripp, you get to try new activities and improve on them. You might find your new passion, or new best friends. Every day you learn something new. I love Tripp Lake because it helped me discover who I am. TLC is a place like no other.” – Sadie, Sub
“I love it when you find out your team; your heart starts beating with excitement and you scream and shout when you hear the Captain read out your name. When they are finished, you go to your Team Tree and begin learning cheers.” – Carly, Junior
“One thing I really love about Tripp Lake are the team games. I love dressing up in crazy team clothes. I also really like yelling team cheers across the field. Even if you lose, your team will still cheer you on. I have a lot of special memories from team games.” – Hannah, AJ
“Who cares about the clouds when we’re together? Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.” –
Dale Evans, American writer, film star and singer-songwriter.
Day 30: Life’s A Happy Song, When There’s Someone By Your Side You Sing Along
Sunday was met with nearly a whole day of rain. It is as if the clouds “held their collective breath” over Parents Visiting Day Weekend (see previous post), only to then release all their rain the following day. Not to fear, Long Trips for Inter Is, Senior Is, and Senior IIs still departed in the morning and are all dry, safe, and sound.
Even with half the camp out exploring Maine, Tripp Lake Camp still has quite a good amount of energy coming from the Juniors, AJs, Subs, Inter III’s, and Inter II’s. The Dining Hall cheers are still just as loud, while all camp activities are running at full steam.
Today, I was assigned to supervise the Inter III’s at the Gaga court as their 5th period activity, but something, which I consider quintessential camp , organically sprung up out of nowhere; we started singing. More specifically, we started conversing about their recent age group play, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I was reminiscing about how the counselors did that same play in 2006. We compared roles–which counselors played which characters–and our favorite songs from the musical. Suddenly they started singing, and at times, recreating their choreography. As they belted out songs, passing people would occasionally pop their heads out of their respective activities and smile in approval. It was just pure joy.
I tried my best to record the moment (click on the links below), though I know it doesn’t quite capture the build up, energy, or magic of the moment. Believe me when I say, it was one of those great life affirming camp moments that remind us why a place like Tripp Lake Camp needs to exist.
If you’re a fan of children singing, click on the audio links below and enjoy:
“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” – Jane D. Hull, Governor of Arizona
Day 28: Visiting Day & Long Trip Week
Today marked the second and final day of Parents Visiting Day here at Tripp Lake Camp. Parents and loved ones reunited upon the hallowed grounds of Poland, Maine. The weather–though mostly overcast with gray clouds– thankfully stayed dry, which made for an enjoyable Saturday.
Families came decked out in Big & Little Team colors and casually toured their camper’s activities. Girls were given the opportunity to showcase their talents on the tennis courts,waterfront, sing from their respective musicals in OTW, as well as their artistic creations in the Art Shops, to name a few.
Below, alumnae visiting TLC on Saturday gathered at Baffie’s Garden to take a group photo. The TLC Daily Blog was there to capture this wonderful gathering, which connected the many generations in our Tripp Lake Family.
For 1AB, Visiting Day is a bittersweet event. On one hand, they’re excited to share their camp experience with their parents, grandparents, and siblings. On the other hand, at the end of the day, the goodbyes Under The Trees become extremely difficult and tear-filled. To quote a 1ABer, “It’s the beginning of the end.” Hyperbole aside, Parents Visiting Day marks the halfway point through their ultimate summer and awakens the realization camp will be ending in three weeks. To come to terms with this fact can be difficult, but not to worry, they know never to take a single moment in the Promised Land for granted. Terms such as “last summer,” “..when camp ends,” or “when you go home,” seem harmless to most, but for these older girls spending their final summer at Tripp, those terms come heavy hearted.
But not to worry, because any Visiting Day tears were quickly dried. After dinner, the Long Trip Snake Dance took place in the middle of campus. This fun tradition revealed which counselors would be escorting the Inter II’s rafting, Inter I’s to Camden, Senior I’s to Bar Harbor, and Senior II’s to Quebec for the upcoming Long Trip Week which begin tomorrow. In addition, the whole camp gathered in front of Cliff House for a huge princess themed DJ’ed dance party.
TLC would like to extend a big thank you to all our visitors for making the trip up to spend the weekend with us. We greatly enjoyed your company. 🙂
“A personal journal is an ideal environment in which to ‘become.’ It is a perfect place for you to think, feel, discover, expand, remember, and dream.” – Brad Wilcox, Author
Day 27: 1AB Journaling
The TLC Daily Blog had the pleasure to speak with Kaley, a Senior II. We sat down with Kaley–once under the Climbers’ Team Tree, and then later on the steps of Mahony Manor–to talk about why journaling has become such a necessary tradition for the girls of 1AB.
There’s more to this story though; Kaley is taking journaling to a whole new and interesting level. Sure, she’s recounting her days’ highlights, but instead of recording them in a standard written journal, she’s composing them into letters, to which she then mails to her home address everyday! So why would she do this?
Click on the audio interview below with Kaley, who talks about the importance of camp journaling as a whole, as well as her unique summer writing project and what it means to her.
Finally, Barrie Schneiderman, a five-year TLC counselor and former camper, spoke at tonight’s Friday Evening Services. Her topic of reflection? Finding true friendship in the least of likely people. Click on the audio link below to hear her speech:
Today, Tripp Lake Camp was lucky enough to have a number of “small” visitors come to The Promised Land. It was Rookie Day, where prospective campers and their parents not only visit TLC, but were also invited to sample some of the activities Tripp Lake Camp has to offer. The Rookies, who are given a customized purple TLC shirt and lovingly referred to as “The Giggles,” flexed their creativity in the Art Shops, spent some time on our beach playing volleyball, and scored goals in Soccer. The little ones were escorted around camp by our wonderful counselors and Senior IIs, who kept them company and talked about some of camp’s most beloved traditions, like Big Teams, Sing-Song, Over The Wall, and cheering in the Dining Hall.
Charlotte Hawkins was there to record some of today’s events exclusively for the TLC Daily Blog. Please click on the link below and enjoy a glimpse into Rookie Day. 🙂
The night wrapped up with the Inter III’s fun-filled performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in OTW. If you were curious to what it looked like, just imagine your typical high quality Broadway revival, but with much smaller and much more adorable actors. When the play ended, all campers returned to their bunks, where they brushed their teeth, tucked themselves in, and slept with excitement for Visiting Day Weekend.
Note: For those parents & grandparents planning on coming for Visiting Day Weekend, we have attached the weekend forecast below. We are all very excited to see you, but please plan and pack for a strong possibility of inclement weather. TLC has a rainy day schedule, if necessary. In the meantime, we will be hoping for a bright and sunny TLC day. Safe travels and see you all very soon!
“Pleasure is first found in anticipation, later in memory” – Theodor Adorno, French Writer
Day 25: Anticipating And All That Jazz
We, at the TLC Daily Blog are not known to boast, but today’s weather was absolutely gorgeous. There, I said it. Tripp Lake Camp sent three buses of our girls out to Takajo, to meet up with their brothers and cousins. Takajo was celebrating “Carnival,” a fun-filled day with bounce houses galore, snow cones, cotton candy, and all the bells and whistles that make children absolutely love life. Outside of that, today was one of those rare days when things ran as “normal” as can be….but, not to fret, there’s much on the horizon.
Come Friday & Saturday, the Tripp Lake Camp Family is going to grow with the upcoming Visiting Day Weekend! It marks the halfway point of our camp season, and what better way to celebrate it then having our campers parents & grandparents swing by to hug and share in their kids’ Tripp Lake experience.
Immediately following Visiting Day Weekend, Long Trip Week begins! The older age groups will head out on separate adventures; it’s part fun, exploration, camping, and bonding. To keep in line with today’s blog’s theme of “anticipation,” I’ll write more about this later next week, so get excited! 🙂
Before we go, the TLC Daily Blog wants to share a couple of simple moments from this past week:
Earlier today, we recorded a bus full of girls singing Thunderation as we drove down Tripp Lake Camp Rd. For those alumnae that have fond memories tied to this tradition, I implore you to click on the link below, turn your speakers all the way up, and sing along.
Last, but certainly not least, Charlotte Hawkins created another video exclusively for The TLC Daily Blog. She spent her Tuesday Trip Day with the Juniors as they explored the Desert of Maine (yes, there’s a Desert in Maine).
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
– Dr. Seuss, Author/Artist
Day 24: Seven Years Oblivious
Today, Tripp Lake Camp went about its daily ebb & flow under thick, blue skies. It was Trip Day, so age groups went out and had fun at such places like Splashtown, USA (Seniors), The Desert of Maine (Juniors), Pleasant Mountain (AJs), Lost River (Subs), or took in a Sea Dogs baseball game (Inter I’s). We could easily fill today’s blog talking about all the fun our campers had, but instead The TLC Times Daily Blog would like to hit the pause button and focus it’s spotlight on a single individual.
Ruby is a 1ABer, who’s a devote Senior Cubbie Manager and role model for all younger campers. Ruby is a special individual, who excels at expressing herself both in painting and music. This year, she surprised her fellow 1ABers by performing a song she wrote for them during OG-NOG, earlier this summer. It was quite a moving moment. Just picture her seated crosslegged in the center of the OTW stage, as her fellow Senior II’s sat around her in a half circle, holding hands with some putting their heads on each other’s shoulders as they listened to her sing.
Last week, Ruby came into the Tripp Lake recording studios, located in the Art Department’s Video Shop, to record this beautiful track. With her permission, we would like to share and dedicate it to all fellow TLC alumnae. The song is titled, “Seven Years Oblivious.”
Finally, for people missing those infamous TLC “picture perfect” sunsets, here are two taken by video counselor, Charlotte Hawkins. We know there’s no substituting for the real thing, but we can only hope these may bring back a rush of memories for you.
(Click on each individual photo to see it enlarged version)
“However great your dedication, you never win anything on your own.” – Rafael Nadal, Athlete
Day 23: Intercamp Tennis Comes To TLC
Tripp Lake Camp was honored to host the 67th annual Intercamp Tennis Tournament. Earlier this week, TLCers vied for a position on our coveted Intercamp Tennis Team in hopes of playing in this highly competitive and time honored Tournament. Visiting camps included Fernwood, Pinecliffe, and Walden. Matches included singles and doubles’ matches, with all match wins counting towards team points.
It was a tough, hard fought battle with plenty of back-and-forth matches. The weather played a factor as the heat provided plenty of humidity, and players did all they could to stay hydrated and cool. Campers not participating came down throughout the tournament to cheer on and show their loving support for their fellow Tripp Lakers with handmade signs. In the end, Tripp Lake Camp came out victorious, edging out Pinecliffe by a mere two points! Again, a huge congratulations to everyone– Fernwood, Pinecliffe, and Walden– who participated and gave it their best. We loved having you visit.
Finally, The TLC Times Blog would like to share a couple of written pieces, originally published in our camper-written weekly anthology distributed every Sunday. This week’s theme was the “Fiction Issue.”
“The World of T7 – A Short Story” by Morgan, AJ
One day, an Inter III girl called Monica was walking around the circle of bunks and noticed that one tent stood out amongst the rest. This ten was T7. It wasn’t beside the other bunks. She thought it was a Senior bunk, so she did not go inside.
The next day, Monica was feeling brave so she decided to venture inside. As she stepped inside, she saw a light at the other end of the tent. She figured it was just the light from outside. Monica walked towards it, and heard a sound. The sound was becoming louder and louder the closer she got to it. She soon realized it was a glowing door. She went through the door, and saw a whole new world, with hells that stretched for miles. She did not want to get lost in this world, so she left.
The next day, Monica went to T7 to go explore the new world once more. She soon realized the world was just brooms and buckets in a storage closet! Monks learnt a lesson that day – she never went into someone else’s bunk without asking.
“The Lake” — A lovely poem, written by the talented Eden, AJ
“Family is the most important thing in the world.” – Princess Diana
Day 22: Our 1AB Family Tree
This morning, we were greeted by overcast and rain, but not to fear, there was metaphorical sunshine on the horizon; former campers–1AB 2013–came to visit Tripp Lake Camp, their home away from home. Traditionally, former campers/staff who return to visit The Promised Land are acknowledged at lunch. The whole dining hall is quieted by 2015’s Sing-Song Leaders and then the visitors’ names are read aloud for all of camp to hear. Consider it a way of saying, “Welcome back, we missed you dearly.”
Of course, TLC has a physical presence here in Poland, Maine, but its metaphorical reach is immeasurable; it can be found nestled in the many hearts of the girls & women which have come and gone here. Tripp Lake is described as a family, and it’s a term we don’t use lightly. The friendships we make here are a tight bond that always keeps us close, help guides us in our life decisions, and is always there for support long after we continue down our life path. Tripp is a welcomed contradiction: It changes (new girls, refurbished buildings, etc.), yet stays exactly the same (cheering in the dining hall, Kitty Car, plays in OTW, Big Teams), and that’s highly comforting to any former camper who comes to visit us.
The TLC Daily Blog decided to sit down with the young women of 1AB 2013 to reflect on what it means to be back in Poland, Maine, and, more importantly, how TLC helped shaped who they are today. Below are some selected audio quotes from our conversation. We invite you to click on each and enjoy.
Re: The life lessons Tripp Lake Camp has taught them:
“Being true to yourself never goes out of style.” –
Legally Blonde: The Musical
Day 21: Pink is the New Black, You Guys!
Over The Wall was “over the moon” as the Inter I’s came out fashionably in tune and on fleek. Tripp Lake Camp was given a standout performance of the hit musical, Legally Blonde: The Musical. There was pink, OMGs, Harvard lawyers, and, let’s face it, more pink. The show’s fun and energy was palpable as the OTW audience fell head over heels for the Inter I’s commanding execution. The whole cast and staff deserves full snaps. Omitted, way to go, you guys!
Finally, Dylan Block, a former camper and first year counselors, gave a wonderful speech at tonight’s Friday Evening Services looking over the TLC hill. She spoke to campers about not to worry too much about always “being in the moment” but rather just “being.” We invite you to click the mp3 link below and give it a listen.