It was another intense day of competition as the campers got into their games. Our camp was a sea of Blue, Red and Gold. Faces were painted, tutus were in full force, tube socks were a plenty and spray painted hair was all the rave. The race was so close that only 50 points separated the first and third teams as the morning began. Every camper was giving it their all. It was all about the TEAM today. After a morning of games, it was off to song practice. The teams practiced their Cheer, March and Alma Mater and you could hear these homegrown songs in every corner of camp today. Mid afternoon it was off to the track field for an afternoon of races. The campers poured their heart and soul into every competition, every race, every softball throw and their spirit was intense. All three teams wanted the win today and it showed. After all the physical competitions were over, we all entered the Lodge for what was to be this summers INSANE dinner. Every single person inside the lodge was singing on the top of their lungs for the biggest karaoke sing-a-long party of this summer. Don’t get me wrong, we sing and dance at every lunch and dinner but tonight was incredible. We all let go tonight and it was a party like no other. Every song was better than the next and after 2 and half days of intense competition, we all had the absolute best time singing together at the very top of our lungs. When the last song finished, the entire Lodge was chanting, “ONE MORE SONG…ONE MORE SONG!” The kind of singing you do in your car or in the shower when you think nobody is listening, it was that kind of singing but instead of nobody listening….everybody was listening and there was absolutely no fear of letting go and being in that moment. We all shared that moment together tonight and it was AWESOME. One that I know nobody in the lodge tonight will forget.
The Olympic games ended as all three teams presented their songs, banner and plaque inside Shields Hall. Now it was in the hands of judges as the decision of who would win Olympics 2016 was about to be announced. Shields Hall was packed with our campers dressed head to toe in their team colors waiting on bated breath and all at the edge of their seats. The time had come and the judges had a balloon popping race that declared the winner. It was Blue New Zealand who took the Gold tonight!!! This was one close race.
- Blue New Zealand – 1905
- Red Chile – 1885
- Gold Singapore – 1845
What we learned from these games were that we all played hard, respected the game, supported each other and believed that in the end it wasn’t just about getting the win but being there for one another. Two and half days ago, we began as Red Chile, Gold Singapore and Blue New Zealand and tonight we are back to one camp family.