It may seem as though camp has just begun, but the action is non-stop!!! A little liquid sunshine may have altered our 7th Graders plan to spend the night camping at Camden, but the next morning was beautiful, so the group had an amazing day-trip seeing the sights of one of Maine’s most famous destinations. This morning, the 5th Graders left for a day-trip to Aquaboggan, our 8th Graders departed for their incredible trip to Acadia National Park, and our awesome group of CIT’s headed out on the first of many memorable excursions… their exhilarating White Water Rafting Adventure!
Back at camp, the activities are going great. From the ballfields to the theater, the waterfront to equestrian, camp is filled with the sounds of children having the times of their lives! Intercamp games and tournaments have begun as well.
Tomorrow is our first “S” Day! Our Saco and Kineo campers will spend the day at Splashtown USA, the 5th and 6th Graders will have a wonderful beach party and our 7th Grade Nation will be off to Seacoast. Then we are right back into our A Day schedule, and by dinner, the 8th and 9th Graders will return with awesome memories that will last a lifetime.
As you can see, the action never stops at Laurel South. Oh, what a beautiful day in the state of Maine!!!
Finally: Arrival Day is upon us!!! Camp is now filled with the sounds of fun and laughter as campers and staff rekindle old friendships and forge new ones. We’ve been waiting all year, and we’re so excited to see everyone reunited at their summer home.
Tonight will be an awesome Cook Out dinner, followed by Evening Programs designed to help build cabin and group bonding. Tomorrow is Moose Stomp Day. We’ll mix some “getting to know camp” items with tons of fun. Campers will Bumper Tube, get Health Checks, Make S’Mores at the Outpost, audtion for our fabulous Theater Shows and spend time getting to know each other. By Saturday, we’ll begin our regular A and B Day schedules.
We couldn’t be more psyched for another fantastic Laurel South summer of fun, friendship, laughter and memories that will last a lifetime! Oh, what a beautiful day in the state of Maine!!!
What a beautiful day in the state of Maine! Staff Orientation has gone very well. The cabins are set, the fields are lined, the staff is trained. All we need now is our amazing campers. Everyone is now literally counting down the hours until the campers arrive! The weather looks spectacular for Arrival Day, and we can’t wait for the planes to land and for the buses and cars to pull in through the gates. We are all set to welcome our campers coming from 26 states and 16 countries. Soon camp will be filled with the sounds of campers and staff cheering, singing and having the time of their lives!!!
Another magical Laurel South Summer is about to kick off! No camp, of course, can succeed without an amazingly dedicated staff. On Wednesday, 225 enthusiastic young men and women arrived to begin their week long Orientation. Over the course of the next week, they will learn about the culture that makes Laurel South such a special place. They will meet with the Directors and Campus Leaders to learn how we take care of children and work with the Program Director and Area Heads on curriculum and development. Most importantly, each staff member will hear that, whether in the cabin or out on the fields, we want to instill in each camper a sense of independence, community and pride.
We’re very excited to see the awesome returning staff members working with the eager newcomers. The staff seems incredible, and they are counting down the days, hours and minutes until the campers arrive!!!
When you think about summer, most of the images that race through your mind probably include two things: sun and water. Whether it’s laying out by the lake or beach, running through the sprinklers, zipping through the waves on a boat or jet ski, or contemplating life’s mysteries while casting a line out to fish, the summer is meant to be spent in the sun and cooling down in the water. This is why so many campers enjoy sailing at camp. Sailing is an exciting water activity that allows campers to work as a team to reach a common goal. It’s also a great way to spend the afternoon, and creates a bond between sailors that can’t be created anywhere else.
Campers who learn to sail aren’t just learning how to maneuver a large vessel through the water — however, that’s a big accomplishment! Everything about sailing is a learning opportunity. Math and science are weaved into the fun and challenging sport of sailing. Sailors learn about the importance of aerodynamics when it comes to the position of the sail. They learn to “read the water” and become confident navigating their way to and from a destination without the help of the GPS on their smartphone. They learn to solve problems quickly, to be observant of their surroundings and find a new appreciation for mother nature. Campers who try sailing leave with useful skills and practical information that will help them for the rest of their lives.
Even if they never have to deal with air pressure or thinking about the curvature of a sail, campers will learn to work as a team, follow directions and appreciate the serenity of being on the lake. Sometimes children and teens have a hard time dealing with quiet moments, or feel anxious when they don’t have something to entertain them at every second. Sailing is good practice for just sitting back and enjoying nature, and is a great way for campers to learn to be comfortable in their own silence. All camp sailing adventures are guided and supervised by certified instructors, so everyone is kept safe while they’re having fun.
The beauty of Crescent Lake is a reason all on its own to take up sailing. The view from the sailboat can’t be put into words, and campers often write home how much they love spending their afternoons out on the lake.
Campers have hundreds of opportunities to try new things at camp and learning to sail is another great way to expose them to something they may never try at home. Sailing gives campers a sense of accomplishment that they can succeed at anything they put their mind to.