“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:
The Inter III’s posed for a picture afterwards: