A Beautiful Day
We may just have had the nicest day of the summer! The first bell at 7:15 rang in a clear, crisp morning, with dew on the grass and the sunlight just sneaking over the tall pines on the field for flag raising. It warmed up throughout the day, but never got too hot, with a soft breeze blowing and sun shining throughout. For anyone in Maine today, it was a good day just for that, but campers at Timanous got to have a full day of fun activities on top of the nice weather!
It's been a great first week of the second half. This past Monday, 59 new campers arrived at Timanous for their summer session. The full-season campers did a fantastic job welcoming them into the fold. After everyone got settled into their areas, we gathered for the first time as a whole camp for dinner, and then a really fun evening up on the field for introductions and cabin bonding. Even though it's only been a few days, it seems as if we've been together for the whole summer.
The second half campers went through their orientation program, where they got to try a bunch of different activities while learning the rules of the road and all about award systems and projects they could make. As we're a rustic, outdoor camp, we always have to stay flexible with the weather, like when a big thunderstorm rolled through a couple of days ago and put a pause on activity periods. Fortunately, it was a brief storm and afterward the sun broke through the mist and water dripping off the leaves, and we got right back to our normal schedule.
Much like the first half, we have a series of awesome camping trips that go out all over the state of Maine. This week, we have a group canoeing and hiking in Rangeley Lake State Park, and another group who just today climbed Mount Katahdin, Maine's tallest peak and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. We're excited to welcome these hardy trippers back tomorrow. As epic as the scenery is where they are now, there's just something special about the late afternoon sun sparkling on Panther Pond as you walk down the bunkline at Camp Timanous.
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