Summer 2021 is in the books
It's hard to believe, but the summer at Timanous is officially complete. Campers departed on Wednesday afternoon, the staff spent all day Thursday putting everything to bed for the offseason, and on Friday the last cars pulled out onto Plains Road for the trip home. Bittersweet as the end of camp always is, this year more than most it was easy to find a sense of gratitude for the fact we were able to have camp at all. Even more important was that camp was as great as ever, when campers needed a year to be outside and with friends more than ever.
As you are hearing stories about the summer that was, you can go through all of the great photos throughout each week and all of our camping trips on the Shutterfly site here. Everything is now uploaded, including a few sets of professional photos taken from both sessions, as well as those capturing the final days at camp. Campers had a few more activity periods to finish up awards, or just to take advantage of the opportunity to go for a sail around the Timanous cove with newfound camp friends. On Monday afternoon, we held our annual "Fastest Man" races and crowned champions in the lower bunkline, upper bunkline, and counselor divisions. To cap off a great day, the Twilight League championship game was won by the Hairy Potters.
On Tuesday afternoon, we had our final Green vs. Gray competition in the annual Watersports competition, which includes a variety of events of all of our water-based activities, like canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and more. Every camper participates to their level of ability and in events that celebrate and recognize the skills they developed while at camp. It was an absolutely gorgeous day, with the warm sun glinting off the still waters (until, of course, campers dove in and churned through to the other end of the docks!). In between participating in various events, the campers enjoyed hanging out with each other along the waterfront. The spirit of camaraderie was clear all around.
Tuesday evening brought the world premier of the 2021 camp movie, entitled "Mouse-ahh-touille", with an amazing cast of camper actors from the youngest to the oldest cabins. Lots of effort was put into the project and everyone had a ton of fun, which was well rewarded with rapt attention from the entire audience and frequent waves of laughter and smiles going around. We set up a projector in front of the office and arranged the camp in the natural amphitheater above it. Afterward, we watched the final slideshow of the summer. It was a meaningful time to relive the moments that made the summer that was.
For the final morning of camp on Wednesday, we were fortunate to be in the Barn for Banquet, where we could celebrate the accomplishments of all the campers in this traditional setting with the Halls of Fame from the last 100 years adorning the walls on all sides. After all the awards that were earned were distributed, Garth recognized the many staff members that have now been at camp for 10 or 15 years with the \T/ service medals. Medals were also given to the camper who exemplified the most skill, accomplishment and helpfulness in each activity. To cap off the ceremony, the 2021 Hall of Fame was revealed, with categories like "Most Courteous", "Best Sport", and "Greatest Improvement" recognizing the campers that demonstrated these values that we teach and promote here at Timanous.
As we noted at the very beginning of camp, we thought this would be a memorable summer, and it certainly was. Garth, in his Banquet speech, remarked on how the most gratifying realization for him was not that this summer was different or special in any particular way, but rather that it was exactly as camp should be in any normal year. The fact that everyone was able to have this experience together in the year 2021 is something we can all be grateful for.
Thank you, campers and counselors of Camp Timanous, for an amazing summer!!
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