Girls Sing SING SING!!!

There seems to be a vibe on camp that is quite contagious. As we are quickly approaching the last ten days of camp, there is a renewed appreciation of where we are. We are all noticing how fast our summer is going by so we aren’t sweating the small stuff here. We are trying to stretch the days and lengthen the nights. With each bugle that rings it means that time is passing and soon we will be heading home so we are getting it all in while we can and making every second matter. Friendships are becoming deeper and more meaningful by the minute. In just two weeks from today, we will be in our own living rooms and not in our bunks. We will be searching the camp website, reliving each moment through all the videos and pictures. It will happen in a blink. It’s unreal that what we experience here everyday has to end in just fourteen days but what we are left with are hearts full of great memories and a summer that made us each better people.

“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs 

Senior Boys Soccer – CAW 1 vs. Wayne 5

Super Boys Tennis  – CAW 2 vs Tioga 3
Super Boys Basketball  CAW 47 vs Tioga 44
GC/CIT Boys Baseball – CAW 6 vs Wayne 7
GC/CIT Boys Softball – CAW 12 vs Wayne 16

The night was all about Girls Sing and it was spectacular. The pride, the joy and the honor of this night is tremendous. Each division worked so hard and it showed. When boys side can sit in awe for 2 hours, you know something special is happening. The support boys side gives girls side is just breathtaking. From our adorable freshmen through our crazy talented CIT’s, they all brought the house down. I could never bring justice to describing the bonds these girls have with one another but watching them up on stage perform together allows us all to witness it for ourselves.  They have all created a sisterhood that will follow them throughout their lives.  Each division picked a theme, danced and sang from their heart. The emotion that was felt by every single camper and staff inside Shield’s Hall could have moved the building. There were chills upon chills as each division wrote and sang their alma mater to a very captive audience. The held hands and did it together and by the time the CIT’s performed an extremely heartfelt performance, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

It was hard to pick a winner of both lower camp (Freshman – Inters) and upper camp (Collegiate – CIT’s) but the winners were Inter Girls for their Inter WarZone theme and CIT Candyland. The Inter Girls dressed in military garb represented the armed forces with serious pride and amazing talent. They delivered a performance that was sensational. The CIT’s left us all speechless as they performed an absolutely adorable and incredibly visual candy explosion. It was everything Candyland and our CIT’s performed from their heart. They dazzled us with a unique and heart warming performance and ended with a picture slide show of each one from their first summer that flashed across the screen. They sat on the stage arm in arm and cried their eyes out as the end is near. Their days as a camper is now ending and everyone in Shields Hall felt what they felt. We all cried with them and watched as this group of amazing girls took their final bow.

I am now writing this not as a Camp Director but as a Mom of two girls who have gone through this experience with a group of amazing young women who I have watched grow together summer after summer. Each summer is different, some better then others, some more dramatic some less but all equally important in shaping these young girls into young women. I have watched this group have their ups and their downs, their highs and their lows but in the end, I have watched something spectacular happen to my own children. They have created a sisterhood that will stay with them for the rest of their lives and tonight on that stage, holding each other so very tight they performed their final Girls Sing and in the Camp world, this was a biggie. There will be no more Sign and Songs, no more Olympics, no more Girls Sing for them but what they are left with is heart so full it shaped who they will become. So please take it from a mom who has watched their highs and listened to their lows and let them navigate this great experience to a place where it all makes sense and changes who they are for the better. It was love on that stage tonight and it was beautiful to see. A perfect end to a long and windy road that will stay with each and every one of those CIT girls forever!

Chenny out