Timanous has been quite the exciting place to be recently! The last stretch of camp is absolutely packed with special events. In a typical year, we would send a contingent to the annual Casco Days for a 4 mile road race and festival afterward. This year, we put on our own "Congo Days," named after our Mallards cabin and Handicrafts head counselor Mike "Congo" Congleton. It was a carnival with the camp touch, including traditional lawn games like corn hole, to unique events like tossing tennis balls onto the giant tent trying to get them to funnel down into a series of bins below. And, it wouldn't be complete without a little fried dough! Our campcraft counselors, excellent chefs in any situation, had the most popular station of the day serving up a variety of goodies. There was lots of spirit all around.
Another tradition that got a 2021 twist was Horse Races, our annual night of counselor skits. Instead of doing them in the Hall, we ventured outside to the hill beneath the basketball courts. The field was transformed into a race track, where "horses" (counselors, each assigned a number, 1-6) would "race" to the finish line based on the roll of the dice, moving ahead one space if their number was called. The main focus, though, are the introductions of each contestant, where each takes a few minutes to do a skit for the whole camp. Names like "Turtle Watch" (pictured winning his race below), "Zee Zee's Secret Amalgamation", and "The Scottish Landsnake" provide just a glimpse into the creative and hilarious talents of our multi-talented staff. They had the campers laughing all night, and once again provided a highlight of the summer.
Yesterday was even more full of special events. In the morning, we played "Junior Granddaddy Gorilla", similar to the giant hide-and-seek game we played in the first half, except this time the campers hid, trying to evade the counselors on their search for the full 30 minutes. While most were eventually found, three campers were able to successfully evade the seekers, and will certainly enjoy their hard-won candy bar reward!
In the afternoon, we played some very exciting games of Capture the Flag. The Green team has been ahead for most of the year, but the Gray team came roaring back to win two games. The season rivalry is neck and neck heading into the final week of camp, and everyone is looking ahead to Water Sports, our final Green vs. Gray competition which will settle the 2021 score for all. We came together as one camp in the evening for the Timanous Dance. There was a bit more room since we didn't have our sister camp Wohelo with us as we typically would, but apparently that didn't stop the energy for this annual tradition. Campers and counselors donned the craziest outfits they could come up with, and had a blast hanging out together on a beautiful Maine evening as the sun went down behind the pines. (For those less dance-inclined, we also had some fun games going on the field and by the Barn!)
Even with all of these special events, there is more in store. Over the next few days, we will host the TimanOlympics, with some events similar to those being held in Tokyo, and many more that they are certainly not holding, like the slippery watermelon race! Everyone is also incredibly excited for Beach Day tomorrow, where we will go to Scarborough Beach State Park for our annual pilgrimage to swim in the ocean. Stay tuned for photos and stories from these and other closing events of camp.
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