July 4th, 2009
Wow, the time is flying by! Since the last posting we have had lots of fun at camp. We had our very first All Camp Day, which included painting paddles in the morning followed up by a boisterous afternoon of Water Olympics. It included lifejacket-diaper soccer, beach ball relays, and color cheers. After the excitement and spending time in the refreshing water, we all gathered in our nature center for hot tea, guitars, and our songbooks to warm up our bodies.
Hard to believe it is the 4th of July already. Early this morning Trout Lily hiked their way out of camp to begin this 10-day hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail. We look forward to seeing them again on their re-supply on the 8th of July, and then again back in camp on the 12th of July.
We welcomed this celebratory Holiday day with the hanging of the American Flag in our Main Lodge and singing the National Anthem Star Spangled Banner. Our meal ended with beautiful renditions of This Land is Our Land and Amazing Grace. The morning activities include canoeing and outdoor cooking. The afternoon includes varnishing our paddles, making pinwheels, and making floats for our very first 4th of July water parade!
We heard from the Penobscot White Water Kayaking group that the weather has not stopped their adventures. They have been practicing their rolls and wet exits, navigating and running the river, cooking great meals, and thoroughly enjoying each other’s company. Unfortunately, however, one member of their group had to return home due to a sickness that progressively got worse. On Doctor’s recommendations, she has now returned home and is working on healing. We all hope to welcome her back for our final celebration and possibly for another adventure with us in the future.
The Allagash girls had their resupply on June 30th. The news reported back from the food drop was that all of them were in good spirits, healthy, and enjoying their journey. Resource Woman, Jen Reis, will be meeting them on the shores of Scofield Cove today to share her expertise and passion for native crafts and traditions. Bridget Beesaw, Chewonki’s Girls Camp photographer, will also be joining the group to collect images to add to our catalog of imagery. I imagine the group will be very excited to have both of these wonderful women joining their group for the day (especially because they will be bearing gifts of peanut butter and mail!).
Happy 4th to all Chewonki families! Enjoy the holiday and know your daughter(s) are in good hands and great spirits.