Camp is BACK!
It was a glorious sunny day, but the even better news is that campers are back at Timanous! After 687 days apart, returning campers and new ones were welcomed by the pine trees and friendly counselors who have been preparing all week to meet them. From as close as Raymond, Maine, from as far as Tokyo, Japan, and many places in between, boys and their families turned onto Plains Road and then into camp, starting what's sure to be an unforgettable summer.
With full vaccinations or negative PCR results in hand, it was a quick health check with our nurses, a family hug and goodbye, and then a trip down to the bunkline with a cabin counselor to settle into places like Mallards, Herons, Ravens, and for a handful of lucky older campers, a bunk in the Crows nest.
Each cabin was able to spend the afternoon together, including lots of fun activities around camp like swim, soccer, basketball, frisbee, and the ever-popular GaGa ball. Old friends got to reconnect and catch up on not one but two years of this past "offseason", and new campers got to meet so many new friends in a comforting and supportive environment.
Our first meal as a full community added a new special element -- dining al fresco at Timanous! The extra tent space allows us to spread out a bit more, and enjoying the breeze off the lake on a warm evening is a big silver lining.
The evening activity brought all the cabins together on the field for some ice breaker games to get to know each other better and have a ton of fun the first night of camp. Garth recognized all of the returning campers for keeping the spirit alive through our year off in 2020, and led a warm welcome for all of our new campers as they join the Timanous family.
As the temperature dropped and the sky turned dusky, campers and counselors alike filtered down the bunkline path for the first evening together in the cabins. With lanterns lit and everyone settled into their bunks, the loons started calling, a perfect end to a great first day back at Timanous.
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