Sign & Song 2017

It was another picture perfect day at camp. Hard to fully fathom that we get to live in this place for the entire summer, surrounded by such beautiful nature alongside the kindest and most caring people. There is just no place like it and there is no wonder why once you are here you just don’t want it to end. Even our newest campers who just arrived only 5 days ago have made themselves right at home. Chenny has that effect on anyone and everyone who comes through our gates.

Now that all the tryouts are completed, its time to play.We had a few Wayne County games and our athletes were busy playing. Congratulations for games played hard and more importantly, played with integrity.

Collegiate Boys Hockey – CAW 0 vs. Starlight 16

GC/CIT Boys Basketball – CAW 75 @ Morasha  25

There are camp events that truly define what Chenny is all about and Sign and Sing is one of those traditions that has lasted through time. It is a camp staple that you look forward to and tonight didn’t disappoint. Since we all rolled into camp, the first big event is Sign & Song and girls have been practicing their dance for days. Each bunk on both girls and boys side creates a bunk plaque with a creative twist to their bunk letter. Every camper and counselor’s name is on it and that plaque will forever stay inside their bunk. It is a reminder for years to come that they were here in summer 2017 and left their mark. We have alumni that come and visit and the first thing they ask to see, is to try and locate their plaques. You can’t imagine the joy when you are a 35 year old father, touring camp with your soon-to-be camper and have come back to Chen-A-Wanda and the first thing you need to do is find your plaque. It is a reminder that you were here and you were part of the fabric of this amazing place. Well tonight was our night and it was incredible. The energy inside Shields Hall tonight was absolutely insane. It was a packed house and with every dance girls side performed, they were cheered on and encouraged. It is an incredible sight to see an entire community come together in support of one another. This event does name winners for best plaques and best dance and tonight’s winners deserved every accolade they received.  Best Plaques went to: Girls Bunk F (lower camp) and Girls Bunk T (upper camp) and on Boys side – Boys Bunk E (lower camp) and Boys W (upper camp) won the big awards.  But tonight is all about the dances and boy do we have incredibly talented girls. They danced their hearts out and loved every minute of it. Tonight’s winners were Girls Bunk J (lower camp) and Girls Bunk W (upper camp). Over the last decade, we have seen so many incredible performances but tonights dance by our CIT’s (Bunk W) took our breath away. These girls put on show unlike any we have ever seen. The crowd went crazy and stood on their benches screaming “W” after their performance. There was no doubt that this group of CIT’s left their mark forever as the all time greatest Sign and Sing dance we have ever seen.

There was such joy inside Shields Hall tonight. Tradition ran strong and there wasn’t a camper who didn’t have the time of their life being a part of true Chenny history. No matter if this is your 1st or 8th summer, you become part of this experience that forever bonds us together. Camp traditions like this define why there is just no place like Chenny.

Chenny out.