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Our First Week Was Awesome!

The first week of the 2011 season has been packed full of action and fun. Our 8th and 9th Graders will be pulling into camp soon, after awesome adventures at Acadia National Park and Whitewater Rafting on the Kennebec River. Our first “S” Day was a rousing success as Saco/Kineo had a blast at Splashtown, the Allagash/Baxter Beach In-Camp “S” Day and Beach Party was one for the ages and the 7th graders had a ball at Sea Coast Fun Park. Of course everyone enjoyed Bumper Tubing all day long with Roger driving one of the Mastercrafts. We’re on for a great “A” Day tomorrow: Baseball, Tennis, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Climbing, Crafts, Crew, Theatre, Fitness and so much more! It’s hard to believe that we’re a week into the season…and there’s all kinds of fun ahead!

All Systems Go!!

Even though we arrived just a short time ago, the action is in full swing at Laurel South! After our annual Moosestomp Day, we were knee-deep into full program. We had our first rotation of “A” and “B’” Days, and we can’t wait for our first in-camp “S” Day!!! Tomorrow, our 8th Graders head out to Acadia National Park for an awesome camping trip…our CIT’s are getting ready for their exhilarating White Water Rafting experience…Intercamp games and Tournaments have begun and, of course, the sun is shining. It’s a beautiful day in the state of Maine!!!

Here We GO!!

Another Amazing Laurel South season has begun!!! After an incredible First Session, we were excited as could be to greet our wonderful new and returning campers for Second Session. Thursday was Arrival Day, and what a day it was. Campers arrived in cars, buses and planes from all over the United states and the world until, finally, we were reunited on the shores of Crescent Lake! After an awesome Cookout Dinner, each campus headed out for their own active Evening Program. Friday is Moose Stomp Day. Schedules will be created, bumper tube rides will be given, auditions for the two camp musicals will take place as well of a host of other activities. Of course, the best part of the day will be spending time with old friends and meeting new ones. The day will be capped off by our Opening Ceremony Council Fire celebrating fun and friendship. Saturday programming will begin and the summer is on!!! Oh what a beautiful day in the state of Maine!!!

First Sessions Wraps….and We Gear Up for Second Session

We had an amazing First Session! It’s hard to believe so much fun and excitement could be packed into less than a month. Departure Day was wonderful, as many of our families had the chance to visit with us and meet friends, campers, cabin-mates and counselors. While we were sad to see our First Session campers depart, the excitement for Second Session couldn’t be higher. We’re counting down the hours until our Second Session family is reunited on the shores of Crescent Lake. See you soon!!!

Moosebowl!

Tuesday night was one of the best nights of the summer….our First Moosebowl!!! This exciting football game between the Rattlesnakes and the Black Bears of Rangeley became far more than just a game. It was an event to match the Super Bowl! While the two teams battled it out on the field, we tailgated, had balloon animals, tee shirt slingshots, dancing, singing, half time contests and more. In the end, the Black Bears prevailed 18-13, and the men of Rangeley all felt victorious knowing they were the pioneers of a game which will only grow in stature for years to come!!!

Wednesday was our first ever Laurel South Invitational 5-K, as friends from many camps arrived to race the fastest campers Laurel South has to offer. We all enjoyed ourselves and raced admirably. Thursday we headed to Funtown for our final incredible “S” Day of the Session. We are down to our final “A” and “B” day of the season and busy preparing for our Dance and Gymnastic Shows. Where did the time go?

Great Weather…Great Fun

What an amazing day we all had at Canobie Lake Park!  The weather was beautiful, and we all had a blast. From the exhilarating rides (Untamed was awesome!) to the snacks, from the musical entertainment to spending time with friends, an awesome time was had by all.  Sunday was the 5 Year Club Trip, and they all enjoyed lunch and a movie. Tonight is our second Council Fire, and we are so excited to showcase the talents of both campers and staff. Tomorrow…it’s Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Waterskiing, Crafts and so much more!! It’s hard to believe First Session is over in a week…

MT. VERNON AND CASCO – Home of the Laurel Camps

If you know Camp Laurel or Laurel South, you’re familiar with Mount Vernon or Casco. You might think of them as way stations on your way to or from camp – but they’re much more than that.

Elizabeth Arden health spa hereMount Vernon is a gem in the Kennebec River valley. The tiny beach next to the community center; the former church with Victorian stick-work; the 200-year-old gristmill; the brick general store selling everything you could possibly think of (from bait to pesto) – all make it worth more than drive-through on the way somewhere else.

Filled with artists, writers, educators, farmers and retirees, it’s got a quirky, eclectic but very real community feel. It’s also got plenty of history. Elizabeth Arden built a health spa here. Her guests included Eleanor Roosevelt, Judy Garland and Ava Gardner.

Olde Post Office CaféMount Vernon has a “hippie sensibility” – really a spirit of independence and self-reliance – that dates back to the 1700s, Downeast Magazine has written. With only 1,500 residents – along with moose, deer and bald eagles — the town packs a lot into its hilltop meadows, wooded valleys, ponds and lakes.

If you have time for only one thing in Mount Vernon, head to the Olde Post Office Café. It’s the unofficial town center for breakfast or lunch. You won’t regret it.

Casco, in the Sebago Lakes Region, also dates its founding to the 1700s. It too was a mill town. In the 1840s, steamboats on Sebago Lake and the canals carried tourists and freight. The lake – since 1938, part of a state park – helps shape the town’s character, and provides plenty of recreational opportunities.

Sebago Lake, Casco, ME

Point Sebago Resort offers many of the amenities of Laurel South (for those who are not of camp age), while the town itself – about the same size as Mount Vernon – has a variety of good restaurants. One of our favorite stops is Webbs Mills Variety just down the road from camp. It’s meatloaf sandwich is a favorite. And how about Crescent Lake? It is truly one of southern Maine’s most beautiful. There’s really nothing like it.

Blacksmiths WineryYou also can’t leave Casco without a quick stop at Blacksmiths Winery for a sip on the famous Porch or in the Tasting Room.

Casco’s not far from Portland – providing a nice counterpart to city and ocean tourism for anyone heading back and forth from Laurel South.

So, join us at camp this summer for a visit…and get a taste of the local color in Mt Vernon or Casco.

Non-Stop Action in Casco…

It appeared to be any other casual lunch on Tuesday afternoon. As we finished eating our delicious meal, we headed back to our cabins for any other Rest Hour. Suddenly, a roar was heard all over camp. It was our amazing CIT’s breaking the 2011 Spirit Days!!! For the next day and a half, the Green Ninjas and Blue Pirates battled it out in friendly competition from CIT CHAOS to the Moosehead Relay, the Tug of Ohana to the Closing Ceremonies with songs and Cheers, an amazing time was had by all. In the end, as the camper’s put so well in their cheers, “Blue and Green are one big team!” Today, our 8th Graders departed for their new trip to North Conway, New Hampshire. Our 6th Grade girls embarked on their overnight camping trip. Everyone is getting psyched for a full day of program today and then Canobie Lake on Saturday. Yes!!!!

Happy Fourth of July!!

What an amazing Independence Day we had. The day started off with our movie morning, as every camper was able to choose an appropriate movie to watch with their friends and counselors. We arrived back at camp just in time for lunch, and followed that with a relaxing “S” Day Elective afternoon. At 4pm, we had our annual Camper Variety Show, and what talent we had on display!! Campers sang, danced, told jokes, played instruments and impressed the crowd with their unbelievable talent. Dinner was a Fourth of July picnic, followed by Ice Cream Sundaes. Of course, tonight will be the greatest fireworks show in all of Maine. It was a great July 4th at Camp Laurel South!!

First Week = Smashing Success!

The first week of the 2011 season has been packed full of action and fun. Our 8th and 9th Graders just pulled back into camp after awesome adventures at Acadia National Park and White Water rafting on the Kennebec River. Our first “S” Day was a rousing success as Saco/Kineo had a blast at Splashtown…the Allagash/Baxter Beach party was one for the ages, and the 7th graders had a ball at Joker’s. Of course everyone enjoyed Bumper Tubing in the morning with Roger driving one of the new Mastercrafts. We look forward to another great “A” Day tomorrow. It’s hard to believe we‘re are a week into the season. The fun just never stops…

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