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What Did You Do This Past Summer?

i-5RZLrrf-SThat’s always the question when everyone starts school: What did you do this summer? And it’s always hard to answer with a simple: “I went to camp,” because camp means so many things to so many people.

Lots of kids go to camp. In fact, more than 10 million children across the country go to some kind of camp during the summer. It could be scout camp for a week; day camp for two weeks; baseball camp for a month; or even chess camp at the local elementary school. We think spending the summer at camp is the very best way to spend the summer for any child. It teaches children how to spread their wings, navigate differences, make good choices and grow into healthy and independent young adults.i-vVDwDfc-X2

So, when campers are asked what did you do this past summer, they really can say: “Everything.”

They made friends and made their bed. They swam in a lake and swam in a kiddie pool of jello (If they were in Chaos!) They got up on waterskis and sang songs. They learned how to live in a cabin with five, eight or even 12 other campers…and they learned to share.

They hung out around a campfire and made s’mores. They probably played in some kind of intercamp, tournament or performed on stage in front of the camp. They cheered and ran their hearts out during Spirit Days. And they even found time to write a letter — with an actual pen and paper — to their parents, grandparents or friends at home.i-WPwrGhX-M

As we fall back into soccer practice, dance class, music lessons, fantasy football, the World Series and the fall holiday season… campers always have much to say about what they did last summer: Camp. It’s a constant. It happens every year. You can almost touch, smell and feel the great memories.

We always tell our campers to hold tight to the memories of camp in Maine. It’s truly the best place in the world to go to camp. And to never forget the clear blue skies during the day, the loons at dusk and the crisp, starry nights.

We can’t wait to see everyone again in 10 short months on the shores of Crescent Lake.

An Amazing Summer

DSC_0025-2-X2We had an amazing summer!  The campers and staff built friendships and created memories that will last a lifetime.  We only wish it didn’t go by so fast.

While we’re sad to see the season come to an end, we’re already counting the days until the 2015 summer arrives!

Thank you to the most incredible staff and awesome campers anywhere. Thank you, also, to our camp families for trusting us with their terrific children.

DSC_0076-2-MWe will keep you updated throughout the year about our many new projects and program ideas.  Until then, have a great school year and keep your Laurel South memories alive.  Before you know it, we’ll be reunited on the shores of Crescent Lake.

Ending on a High Note

i-pjngBHH-MYesterday was our final “S” Day of the season, and Funtown USA certainly lived up to its name!  The entire camp enjoyed the rides, the games, the food, and, of course, time spent creating memories with friends.  The 4th Annual Moose Bowl more than lived up to the hype, with the Rattle Snakes edging out the Black Bears in a well-played, hard fought contest.  Today was our awesome Laurel South 5K Color Run, and this afternoon will be our first ever Crescent Lake Swim Challenge. i-QVZLSdQ-L

The next two days are our final Program Days of the session, filled with shows and exhibitions to demonstrate skills learned in just a few short weeks.

Just because we are close to the end does not, for a moment, mean the fun is over.  After our younger campers dazzled us with their performance of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on Wednesday, tonight is our older campers turn in the spotlight with their performance of Thoroughly  Modern Millie.  Tomorrow night is our Lobster, Steak and vegetarian Lasagna Final Banquet.

We may be nearing the end of the session, but the fun continues in Casco, Maine!

The Fun Never Ends!

i-sMcgKX3-M[3]We may be heading down the home stretch, but there’s still a ton of fun left to be had in the 2014 summer!  Tonight is our 4th Annual Moose Bowl.  The Rangeley men will battle it out on the field, displaying athletic prowess along with great Laurel South sportsmanship.  The entire camp will be involved:  from the tailgate cookout dinner to the campers performing the Star Spangled Banner (with campers’ rockets launched at the conclusion) to the t-shirt slingshots and halftime dance show.  This event truly has become one of Laurel South’s favorite traditions.

i-QqbM39S-X2[3]Tomorrow night will be our presentation of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, with Thoroughly Modern Millie taking the stage on Friday.  Sandwiched in between will be our annual excursion to Funtown USA.

We may have just a few days left, but we’re going to have as much fun as we can.  The fun never ends at Laurel South!

How Quickly a Session Can Fly

i-JZjNqfW-M It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming everyone back to our summer home, and yet here we are, gearing up for the final week and a half of the second session.  It’s already been an unbelievable season.  Intercamp games and tournaments are still in full swing.  We even had our first Paddle Board Intercamp today!  It was very cool!  Spirit Days was another huge success.  In the end, the winner was…Laurel South!  The debut of the Culinary Center has been amazing!

i-VSdgW8Q-MWe will be jam-packed with even more incredible events coming up:  Tomorrow’s Carnival and Camper Variety Show, two Theater productions (Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Thouroughly Modern Millie), the 4th Annual Moose Bowl, Funtown, Final Social, Banquet, Closing Ceremonies…the list goes on.  The action never ends at Laurel South!!!

Trips and Spirit Days

i-9j6VSH2-X2[1]What an amazing “S” Day we had yesterday!  The majority of camp traveled to Canobie Lake Park.  We had an awesome time!  The rides, the games, the food and, most importantly, the time spent with our cabinmates and counselors couldn’t be beat.  Meanwhile, our incredible group of CIT’s had a Magical Mystery Bus Tour that took them to exciting destinations such as Hacker’s Hill, Quaker Ridge, Old Orchard Beach and Old Port, Portland.  They had a wonderful time seeing the beauty of Maine while reminiscing about all the memories created over their lengthy camp careers!

When we went to breakfast on Tuesday morning, DSC_0123no one had any idea that Spirit Days would be breaking.  Our CIT’s decided that the breakfast break would stun everyone, and boy were they right!  For the next two days, the Blue Space Rangers and Green Cowboys will square off in the friendliest of competition.  The ball fields, waterfront and all areas in between will be filled with Laurel South Spirit and Pride.  At the end of the two day contest, we will be reunited as one, because, as the cheer goes, “Blue and Green are one big team!”  At the conclusion of our Closing Ceremonies, we will have the most amazing fireworks display in all of Maine!!  What an awesome way to end Spirit Days!

Excitement Fills the Air

Our 8th and 9th Graders returned yesterday from their trips to Acadia National Park and White Water Rafting on the Kennebec River.  They had a blast!  As great as it was, though, we’re all so happy to have the entire Laurel South family reunited in Casco.  We’re back in full-gear with programming, and all around camp excitement fills the air.  i-6NKPk26-LThere are incredible dishes being created in our brand new Culinary Center, the Athletics Instruction has been awesome, the creativity shown at the Arts’ Centers and Theater are second to none, and Crescent Lake is always a hotbed of activity.  Our first “S” Day was a hit:  the Saco and Kineo campers had an amazing time at Splashtown USA , the 7th Graders enjoyed Seacoast, and the Baxter/Allagash Beach party was a huge success!

Roger and Dagni had a fabulous time at dinner last night with our 7-Year Club members.  They had a wonderful meal while reminiscing about the campers’ experiences over the past 7, 8, and even 9 years!  Where have the years gone?

Tonight is Counselor Hunt, a favorite Evening Program and long-time Laurel South tradition.

The fun never ends in Casco!

Second Session Off and Running…

What an amazing start to the 2014 camp season!!!  The campers may have arrived less than a week ago, but the action has been nonstop.  Our 8th Graders left this morning for their awesome three day trip to Acadia National Park and our CITs departed for their White Water Rafting Trip.  They’ve checked in, and everyone is having a ball!  Our 5th Grade Day Trip to Aquaboggan was today as well.

i-vF9WpRz-MActivities, sports and programs  are in full-swing.  From the Ball Fields and Courts to the A&C Center  and Riding Rings, the new Culinary Studio to the Waterfront, the sounds of happy campers ring out everywhere.  Last night was our first Social, an we’re excited for our Drive-In Movie tonight.  Tomorrow is our first “S” Day.  Saco and Kineo will head to Splashtown USA, the 7th Graders will spend the afternoon at Seacoast Fun Park, and Baxter and Allagash will have their annual Beach Party.

The good times just keep coming.  What a beautiful day in the state of Maine!

Second Session Kicks Off

DSC_0023-2-M[38] Oh, what a beautiful day in the state of Maine!!  It was an amazing Arrival Day.  The weather was gorgeous, camp looked great, and, by the end of the day, the entire Laurel South family was reunited!

Old friendships were rekindled and new ones were forged.  All around camp you could see and hear how excited everyone was to be at their summer home. We all gathered for our traditional, first night cookout dinner followed by exciting Evening Programs.  At the end of the day, each cabin wound down, spending time bonding with their cabinmates and counselors.

DSC_0039-M[38]Today is Moose Stomp Day.  Each cabin will have the chance to bumper-tube, play team building games with our incredible Adventure Staff, chill at the Downeast Lodge with snow cones, audition for our two theater shows, make S’mores at the Outpost, take photos for Camper Books and get to know each other even better.  Tonight is our Opening Ceremony Council Fire.

Tomorrow is our first “A” Day and camp will be in full swing.  The action is nonstop at Laurel South and we’re so excited to be back!!!

First Session Comes to a Close

LSWhat an amazing First Session we had!!  The campers and staff built friendships and created memories that will last a lifetime.  We only wish it didn’t go by so fast. While we are sad to see the First Session come to an end, we are so pumped to welcome our Second Session campers tomorrow!  The staff is spending the day setting up cabins and planning awesome activities for the session.  Get ready for the summer of a lifetime!!  We can’t wait to see you tomorrow!!

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