“I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.” – Charles Swindoll, Author/Educator
Those of us that have spend a summer in the Promised Land know the final couple of weeks of Tripp Lake Camp carry with it a full calendar of special events. The past couple of days are perfect examples of this.
Last night, we honored the oldest girls at the annual event known as Senior Party. It’s an evening occasion, where Senior I’s & II’s get dressed up and are served dinner in Cliff House, which is decorated with fairy lights, colored table cloths, and themed centerpieces. Leslie Levy hosted the dinner, along with other Admin Staff, and five non-Senior bunk counselors, who are invited by the Senior II’s. As a gesture of goodwill and thanks, the invitees and Senior bunk counselors present speeches to the Seniors, who take this moment to collectively reflect on their time at Tripp Lake Camp. This year, the two 1AB counselors, Terri Harrington & Kimberly S, presented two “movie trailers” as one part of their video gift to their girls. We have uploaded them for your enjoyment below:
There were tears, laughter, and hugs all in name of love for the people we’ve come to bond with at this small patch of land we endearingly call home. The night ended with everyone gathering in a circle, linking hands–right over left–and singing the five traditional songs. Anyone who has ever attended this event can attest to it’s importance and special meaning.
Today also marked the 3rd and final Swim Meet of the season, as well as Big Team Canoe Races. The Canoe Races consisted of action-packed relay races between the Climbers, Cubbies, Tigers, and Giants. To get into the spirit of the races, each team decorated their canoes using balloons and flags. Some races include:
- Canoe for Form
- Kayak races
- Canoe races with broomsticks for paddles
- Tips & Dumps
- SUP races