Our Big Team games started today! With music blasting, the campers went all out with their costumes, cheering and friendly competition. We would expect nothing less from our seasoned Tripp Lakers! Don’t be fooled by the fun costumes and cheering though. These girls take these games seriously and they definitely came to play. We love to see the genuine effort and sincere enthusiasm they display in front of their peers. It was also wonderful to witness true sportsmanship on full display at the end of each game. You wouldn’t have known who won because all the girls on each side of the court or field were embraced with big smiles on their faces. That’s the Tripp Lake way!
It was also Day 1 of our two-week Tennis Academy! Tripp Lake has always taken the tennis program seriously, but we wanted to take it up a notch this year. With 18 tennis courts to boot, we have an opportunity to really show these girls the beauty of the game of tennis and why it’s a sport they’ll be able to play for the rest of their lives. We are lucky to have Aaron Hyde running our first tennis academy this year. Aaron is currently a teaching pro and Junior Clinic Director at Milford Indoor Tennis in Connecticut where he manages a team of eight pros and coordinates the program for 150 junior players. From 2016 to 2019, Aaron was head varsity coach at Ridgefield High School where he mentored 14 first-team all-state players. In 2018, he was the conference Coach of the Year. With his experience and enthusiasm, Aaron has jumped right into running a fun and challenging tennis “boot camp” focusing on fundamentals, drills, strategy and match play. He’s brought great enthusiasm and energy to the court and we know our girls will love working with him.
Soccer pro Mike Turtle continued another day of intensive soccer skill development with all our age groups. Our youngest campers showed just as much drive and skill development as our oldest ones, and we know they’ve come away with great knowledge and experience from these days with Mike. He’ll be back again on Monday for more fun in the sun and on the field! It would have been a shame not to take full advantage of the most picture perfect day on the lake, so we’re happy to share that we saw our girls having a blast down at the waterfront in all the activities offered!
Many of you had a chance to speak with your daughters today and learn about their time here at Tripp Lake so far. We saw many campers come away with big smiles on their faces afterwards! We want you to feel like you are a part of your daughter’s experience while she is here and we hope these calls provided you with a little bit of that. You are as much a part of our Tripp Lake family as they are, and we thank you for taking the time to listen and share with them. It means so much!
This perfect Maine day came to a close with a beautiful compilation of singing, dancing and memorable performances by our lovely Seniors. This annual event known as the “All Star Review” is the first of our age-group shows performed in OTW (Over the Wall). The Seniors have been working hard to prepare and it paid off. We’re incredibly proud of them for stepping up on stage and providing all of camp with a night to remember. A highlight of the show was when our Seniors IIs (1AB) reenacted scenes from previous age group shows they’ve performed over the years in front of a projected screen of the musicals behind them. It was really something special to see the growth of these girls from their first year on camp to their last. The final performance encompassed both the Senior Is and IIs. It was very emotional for a lot of our oldest campers and you could see how much this place and this experience has meant to them. More photos will be shared soon! We’re so glad we still have 5 more weeks to these girls live out all their Tripp Lake Senior dreams. There is so much more fun to be had by everyone.
Leslie and Katie