Thursday was a real summer day.  It was more like a summer’s day in Alabama, but summer is summer.  I don’t think anyone was complaining.  The regular instructional activities took place during the day with a few modifications.  For instance, the 2nd period riding class turned into a free-swim class for campers AND the horses. We adjusted the evening program to take advantage of the hot weather.   We had Open Waterfront.  Campers had their choice of every imaginable water activity.  There was playing on the windsurf boards, SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding), Sailing, a Pontoon trip to the sandbar across the lake, ski boat rides, kayaking, playaking, and even, well swimming.  Wow.  Not sure if anyone made it through the evening without getting wet.  That was a good thing.

There’s more Wilderness Trip News.  Yesterday, Cabin 1 Porch 1left for their three day trip to Lake Andrusia and today Cocoon and Tikinigan both took 2 day Mississippi River trips.  Also this afternoon, four lucky horseback riders headed down the road for a riding overnight.  Unfortunately, Kamaji’s trip program was negatively impacted by the big, bad outside world this week. You may have heard the news that the Minnesota state government has effectively closed down.  It seems that the governor and the legislature cannot agree on a state budget, so rather than reach a compromise, they many state services have just stopped.  What does that mean to Kamaji?  Well, every Minnesota state park has been closed and unfortunately, a group of campers were scheduled to take a three day Lake Superior climbing trip to one of Minnesota’s state parks. The result was that we had to cancel the trip.   We’ll try to reschedule if the parks reopen, but who knows when that will be.  Oh well, some things are beyond our control.  The trip program will take a short break for the 4th of July weekend and then resume at full speed on Tuesday.

Today was another warm, summery day.  Regular activities were the order of the day.  Just before dinner, a light rain began to fall.  We had planned an outdoor evening program, but at the last minute had to come up with a different evening program.  We pulled out the old fashioned bingo wheel with bingo cards and markers for everyone.  After every bingo game, everyone moved from the dining hall to the lodge for a bit of dancing.  It seemed that with each game, the  dancing grew more enthusiastic.  By the end of the evening, it was hard to tell who was having more fun – the campers or the counselors.  Some things never seem to get old.

So that’s what has been going on the past couple of days. While we can tell you what the campers are doing, it’s hard to explain what camp “feels” like.  The most memorable thing about the past couple of days is how excited the campers are so many things we do.  We wish you were able to see the past couple of evening programs.  The joyous noise last night at the waterfront or tonight’s wild dancing would have surely brought a smile to your face.  What joy.  We’re sorry you missed it.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend.  We planning on doing the same.

Mike, Kathy and Kat

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