“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. 🙂