Today was our second trip day of the summer which meant all but one of our age groups headed out for more adventures across the great State of Maine. We had a number of exciting day trip options available for our JRs, AJs, Inter Is and Inter IIs! The JR Is were the first group to set out on their trip to Range Pond State Park. With swimsuits and sunscreen in tow, they made their way to a beautiful beach where they had the opportunity to swim, play in the sand and eat lunch overlooking the water. The JR IIs also departed first thing this morning from Tripp for their day at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. The first stop on the garden tour was at the Troll exhibit! The girls were tasked with finding as many trolls as possible, which were indicated by footprints in the garden. After a relaxing lunch, they split up into groups and toured around the butterfly exhibit. When not touring the exhibit, they also had time to explore the gardens and soak up all the nature around them.
The AJs went to one of our favorite local spots: Pineland Farm. They started off at the dairy barn where they not only learned how to make ice cream but they also spent time visiting with the cows. The girls loved this and came back raving about how cute the baby calves were. It was very sweet. After their picnic lunch, they continued on for a light hike around the lush farm trails.
The Inter IIs were tasked with a challenging but very rewarding hike today. Long Mountain is a 5.75 mile hike and covers a variety of terrain. The entire age group was broken up into smaller groups which allowed our campers enough space to not feel crowded on the trails. Along the way, they made some short stops to relax and have lunch. When they eventually reached the top, they were delighted with the sweeping westerly views of Western Maine, Mount Washington, Mount Adams, the Presidential Range, and the Carter-Moriah Range. The pictures don’t do this view justice. Everyone raved about how beautiful and peaceful it was! We’re so proud of these girls for making it all the way there and back with positive attitudes all the way through! The Inter Is were happy to have a lighter day with a trip to Ferry Beach. Upon arriving at the beach, they found a designated basecamp for the day. From there, the girls were able to just relax, talk and play games. A few brave souls got their feet wet, but it was definitely more of a beach hangout type of day and they didn’t seem to mind one bit!
We currently have two groups off camp experiencing their first overnight trips of the summer! The Subs are in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, camping and hiking in the naturally formed areas of the Lost River. The Seniors are also on their first overnight of the summer. After some team time this morning, both the SR Is and SR IIs left camp for their white water rafting overnight. This is an important trip for the entire Senior age group to be able to bond as sisters and as the leaders of Tripp Lake. We’ll share more details on both group’s adventures upon their return!
Even though most of our campers were off-site for the majority of the day, that didn’t mean things were quiet here at Tripp Lake Camp. The Inter IIIs seemed more than comfortable having the entire camp to themselves for a while. As you’ll see from the online photos, they spent the morning across many activity areas including Tennis, Fitness and Riding. They also seemed to really enjoy themselves this afternoon down at the Tripp Lake waterfront where they were able to swim, ski and hang out. Other than our Subs and Seniors, all of camp came back together this evening for a pizza cookout and age group bonding activities. We are so happy to have more energy and excitement on camp going into a full day of activities tomorrow!
Leslie and Katie