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Another Amazing Summer

Another amazing summer has come and gone, and all we can do is wonder where the time went. We want to thank our amazing staff, wonderful camp families and, of course, the greatest campers anywhere for making the 2017 summer such a memorable one. We’ll miss you so much and hope to see you again soon. Now, let the countdown to the 2018 summer begin!!!

Oh what a beautiful day in the state of Maine!

All In Until the Very End

Where did the summer go? Can we really be down to just two precious program days before it’s time to pack up and bid farewell to all of our friends who have become more like family? Our summer theme this year was to be “all in”, and our campers and staff have truly done their part!

Tuesday night, we witnessed another Moose Bowl for the ages, as the Rattle Snakes scored a late touchdown to edge out the Black Bears in a game of fantastic plays and even better sportsmanship! On Wednesday night, we were treated to our younger campers incredible performance of “Annie”.  The talent on the stage was just amazing! Thursday we all headed to Canobie Lake Park for a day of rides, games, fun, friendship and food.

Tonight our older campers take to the stage for their rendition of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. Tomorrow night is our Final Banquet, and we’ll dine on lobster, steak or vegetarian lasagna! After packing on Sunday, we’ll have our Closing Ceremonies, when the Spirit of Fun and Friendship will take the flame and keep it safe until we are all reunited on the shores of Crescent Lake next summer.

And while we’re sad to see another awesome summer come to a close, we’re excited the countdown to the 2018 Laurel South summer will begin.

Down The Stretch We Come

How quickly a camp session can fly by! It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming everybody for the start of the summer, and yet, in what seems like the blink of an eye, we are down to our final week.

We’ve had so many wonderful experiences so far. The campers and staff had an amazing time at the Laurel South Carnival.The weather threatened to interfere with our afternoon Carnival, so we just changed it to the morning, and everyone had a blast!!! From the rides to the games, the food to the dunk tank, we all had a great time. Our 8th graders are on their trip to North Conway, and our 6th Grade girls are camping out for the night! Intercamp games and tournaments are still in full gear and program areas are building toward their culminating activities.

And while a week seems like a short period of time, we have so much to look forward to: Monday night is our Council Fire; Tuesday Night is the 7th Annual Moose Bowl; Wednesday and Friday are our theater shows (Annie and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee); Thursday is our final “S” Day trip to Canobie Lake. Of course, we have our Final Banquet and Closing Ceremonies coming up, as well.

While the session seems to fly by, the friendships we’ve forged and the memories we’ve made will last us the entire year…until we can all return again!

Another Spirited Spirit Days!!!

Tuesday morning started out like any other “A” Day.  We woke up excited for another day of programming, ate a delicious breakfast and headed back to cabins for clean-up. Suddenly the bell rang and rang and rang and rang. Oh, we were having our annual fire drill. Everyone headed to the Downeast Field, lined up by cabins. As Roger made his check that all were accounted for, each cabin had a brief skit to announce their presence. The very last cabin, Cedars, our CIT girls read a poem which ended with the announcement that Spirit Days 2017 was upon us. They were joined by the CIT boys, and everyone was ready for Spirit Days to commence!

For the next 2 days, the Green Army and Blue Navy took to the fields, displaying teamwork, effort and sportsmanship that makes us so proud. What transpired was the friendliest of competitions with everyone cheering for their own team, as well as the other, enjoying the contest, but never taking it too far. The closing ceremony was filled with awesome cheers, incredible plaques designed and made by the campers and unbelievable songs. In the end, when Adam read the final score, the winner was…Laurel South, because after 2 days we were reunited as one big team with memories that will last a lifetime!

Today, our Fly Fishing enthusiasts are enjoying a great clinic from an Orvis Fishing Guide. In the two years we’ve held these clinics, the number of Fly Fishing campers has increased, and their skill set is through the roof!!!  On Sunday, our 6th Grade Girls will depart for their camping trip to Mount Blue, while our 8thGraders will depart for their trip to North Conway!

We may be closing in on our final week, but we still have a ton to look forward to: Two Theater Shows, Moose Bowl, Final Banquet…the list goes on! We’ll fill every moment we have together with friends and memories that just can’t be beat!!!

The Halfway Point

It really does fly by that quickly. It seems like just yesterday we were greeting all of our amazing campers, and just like that, we are at the halfway point of the summer. As always, we take time to reflect back on the awesome memories we’ve made, and look ahead in anticipation of all the great things to come!

Today is our 2nd “S” Day, and our talented Program Director, Brad, put on the 2nd Annual Resort Day! After a late wake up, our campers were delivered a wonderful continental breakfast with muffins, croissants, Danish and so much more! In the morning, our 2nd-5th Graders had the opportunity to take part in a Tough Moose race, participate in a fishing tournament and a wide range of other activities. While this was going on, the 6th-8th Graders had control of Crescent Lake, bumper tubing, taking pontoon boat rides, swimming and paddle boarding. In the Afternoon, the groups flip-flopped.  While this was all going on at camp, our CIT’s departed this morning for a Magical Mystery Tour of Maine, seeing some of the sites the area offers, while doing some activities they have asked about for years. We could tell you more about it, but it’s so secretive that even we don’t know. We’ll ask them when they return!

One Week Down…Plenty Left to Come!!!

We’ve just completed our first week of the 2017 summer, and it’s hard to believe how much we’ve already done. Our 8th Graders had an amazing time on their Acadia National Park/Bar Harbor Trip. The 9th Graders kicked off their CIT summer with an exciting White Water Rafting Trip on the Kennebec River. Saco and Kineo went to Splashtown; Baxter and Allagash had so much fun at Aquaboggan; and our 7th Graders enjoyed their day at Old Orchard Beach. Roger and Dagni had a wonderful dinner, full of great memories and lots of laughs with our 7 Year Club, and Saco and Kineo went berry picking with our fabulous CIT’s who wanted to relive some of their favorite early camp memories. Program Areas are humming along…Intercamps and Tournaments are in full swing…and the weather has been spectacular!!!

And while you may think we’re running out of activities to occupy our days and nights, don’t worry!  We’re still looking forward to: Spirit Days, Moose Bowl, Two Theater Shows, Canobie Lake, Carnival, 8th Grade North Conway Trip… and the list goes on!!!  We pack so many great events into each summer, and the fun never stops!

We’ll continue to update you in future blogs, but right now it’s time to go have some fun. What a beautiful day in the state of Maine!!!

In the Groove

We may still be in our first week of camp, but the action is already humming in Casco! After Arrival Day and Moose Stomp Day, our campers jumped right into their regular “A” and “B” Program Days.  From Crescent Lake to the Ball Fields, Equestrian to Culinary, Adventure to the Arts…camp is filled with the sounds of children at play!!! Our 6th Grade Boys just returned from their amazing camping trip, and the 8th and 9th Graders depart in the morning for their own trips to Acadia National Park and White Water Rafting on the Kennebec River!  We know they’ll have an amazing time, but we’ll miss them greatly and can’t wait to have the entire Laurel South family reunited soon. Meanwhile, Wednesday will be our first “S” Day of the session. Saco and Kineo will spend the day at Splashtown. Baxter and Allagash will head to Aquaboggan, and the 7thGraders will depart for Old Orchard Beach! Intercamp games and tournaments are beginning as well. As you can see, we don’t waste a single moment at camp. Our time may be brief, but we pack it full of fun, friendships and memories each day!

We have so much to look forward to: Spirit Days, Moose Bowl, Theater Shows, Carnival…the list goes on! As always, it’s a beautiful day in the state of Maine!!!

And So It Begins…

What an incredible Arrival Day we had yesterday!!! The sun shined brightly as cars, buses and planes arrived from near and far to deliver us the finest campers anywhere. All day long the anticipation grew and by late afternoon – we were all back as the Laurel South family!

We were all together at Evening Cove as Roger and Dagni welcomed us warmly to another magical Laurel South Summer. For Dinner, we had our famous cook-out with hamburgers, hotdogs, BBQ chicken, veggie patties, chili and cornbread. Then we headed to Evening Programs with each group playing games to burn some energy and start the summer bonding off right. Once back to the cabins, everyone met their cabinmates and counselors and drifted off to sleep.

Today is Moose Stomp Day. We’re busy creating schedules, bumpertubing, taking photos for the end-of-summer books and making s’mores at the Outpost. Tonight is our Opening Ceremony Council Fire to officially kick off the 2017 Summer!

By tomorrow, we’ll be into our first program day. Before you know it, trips will be heading out, Intercamps and Tournaments will be in full swing, and all the sights and sounds of the summer will echo throughout camp. There’s nowhere in the world we’d rather be! What a beautiful day in the state of Maine!!!

One Story Ends…Another Begins!

Today we said goodbye to all of our incredible First Session campers.  We watched many depart in buses for destinations near and far, and we had many families spend Family Day with us at camp.  It was such a pleasure getting to see many of our returning families and to finally meet our newest summer family members.  The weather was great, and we had a blast!

Camp seems so empty now without the sounds of children laughing and playing, but our staff is hard at work getting camp for our Second Session campers! The anticipation for Second Session Arrival Day is already off the charts!

To our First Session campers…thank you for spending your summer with us.  We’ll miss you and can’t wait to see you next year.  For our Second Session Campers —  we’re so excited to see you Thursday.  Get ready for the summer of your lives!!!

Down the Stretch We Come

We’re down to our final Program Days of the session:  “A” Day today, “B” Day tomorrow.

Tuesday night was another incredible Moose Bowl! It was an amazing night: tailgate cookout, singing of the National Anthem, rocket launches, halftime dance show, the game itself and the dance party on the field after the game. We all had a great time! Wednesday night, we watched an amazing performance of Annie by our younger campers! The talent on stage left us speechless. Yesterday, the entire camp ventured to Canobie Lake Park for a day of rides, games, food and fun!!!

We can’t wait to see the older camper’s theater show tonight: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Tomorrow will be our awesome banquet with lobster, steak, or veggie lasagna followed by our Final Social. Sunday night is our Closing Ceremony, as we say goodbye to what was truly an incredible session!

We can’t wait to see many of our families on Monday, and, whether you’ll be here or not, we want to let you know how much we appreciate the trust you have placed in us, sending your children to us for a month. While we’re sad to see the session come to an end, as we tell the campers, we won’t be sad that it’s ending, we’ll be excited that the countdown to summer 2018 begins!!

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