Despite arriving to a spell of wet and drizzly weather, campers’ spirits remain lively and undampened. Mud walks, puddle jumping, and frog-catching are more popular than ever. Hikes to Balanced Rocks, among other trips into the Adirondack wilds, have had soggy but enthused participants. Fairy houses, artfully constructed with twig-thatched flower roofs, decorate the Children’s Garden. Campers have begun riding lessons and are passing their rafters and clothesliners. Fans of Mumblety-peg have successfully gained their required skills in knife safety and have earned their camp knives.
As they explore the natural rhythms and routines of life at Treetops, the children are also busy connecting with friends and counselors both old and new. Though brimming with excitement, these first days at Camp can prove a bit challenging for first-time campers in particular. Homesickness is not uncommon. After an active day, it is often the quiet moments, such as being tucked into bed, when these feelings arise. But learning how to be away from the familiarity of home and family goes hand-in-hand with forming deep connections to one’s tentmates and counselors. Everybody knows the feeling of missing home. The encouragement and support provided by counselors and friends helps children form meaningful bonds that make for an unforgettable summer. As they learn daily routines like tent cleanup, singing together at council, sharing meals, and reading at bedtime, campers connect with each other and homesickness fades.
Our community is excitedly preparing for Treetops’ annual 4th of July bonfire. Junior campers are creating colorful and imaginative hats for their parade, Supers (our oldest campers) are rehearsing their Super skit, musicians are tuning their guitars, and campers are practicing songs in preparation for when we gather on the Lake Hill to share our first all-camp evening of the summer.