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If I could go back to camp. . .

If you’re a summer camp alum, and you had some extra wishes lying around, would you use one to go back to camp? If you could go back today, what would you do? We asked and you answered, on Facebook and on Twitter. Here’s some of what your fellow camp alums had to say. We challenged them to finish this sentence:

If I could go back to Camp Laurel South, I would:

…not even know where to start… or what to do with myself!

…stay.

…ask for chicken patties.

…veg out on the docks with my feet in the water and watch the sunset with my favorite LS friends!

…challenge Agawam to a staff basketball game at Rest Hour and Win!

…sit in Sail Chair and soak it all in.

…ask for “chick p” for lunch, but only with chipotle mayo!

…I would probably start screaming CITS CITS CITS!

…never want to leave again!

What would you do if you could go back to camp today? Use the comments section to let us know!

Olivia

Program in High Gear…

It seemed like any other Tuesday lunch, as we ate casually with our friends. All of a sudden came a roar from all sides of camp as Spirit Day 2010 was kicked off by our incredible CIT group. For a day-and-a-half, Blue Ice and Green Fire challenged each other in friendly competition which culminated in Wednesday night’s cheers and songs. In the end, both sides won as we reunited as one camp family again. Thursday we were back in programming and inter-camp games and tournaments were held all over camp. From Fishing to Ropes to Riding to Fitness and Ceramics…we’re in high gear. Our 8th graders departed Thursday morning for their awesome trip to Six Flags New England and our 6th grade girls took off on their overnight camping trip. Tomorrow will be another amazing “S” Day as we will, for the first time ever, combine Movie Morning with Carnival Afternoon. Every day is packed with excitement and adventure at Laurel South…What a beautiful day in the state of Maine!!!

Fireworks…Baseball….Canobie Lake Park….Non Stop Fun!

First Session at Laurel South is flying by. The weather has been terrific and everywhere you look around camp, there are smilin’ kids and happy counselors. From the ballfields to the riding rings to the waterfront, climbing towers and theatre…the action never stops. Instruction is in full swing in every activity area. The new Tennis Center is buzzing. Intercamps and tournaments are raging. Fishing is out-of-sight and 4th of July Fireworks were unbelievable! Everyone donned their red, white and blue for an exciting day which culminated with the most amazing fireworks show in the county. It has truly been a magical first couple weeks of camp. Today we are off to Canobie Lake for our first amazing out-of-camp “S” Day. As always, it’s another great day in the state of Maine!

First Week: A Smashing Success….

It’s been an amazing week at Camp Laurel South! After completing our first week of program, yesterday was our first “S” day. Our 8th Graders are at Acadia National park having an amazing time. The 9th Graders just returned from their whitewater rafting trip as part of their Adventure Bound Experience. The rest of camp had a later wake up followed by our incredible “S” day breakfast of chocolate chip, M&M or blueberry pancakes, scones and cheese omelets…our Saco and Kino campers had the best time at Splashtown Water Park while our Allagash and Baxter campers enjoyed a cool beach party on Crescent Lake and our 7th graders headed off to Sparetime for an afternoon of bowling. Today we are back into regular program (baseball, basketball, tennis, waterskiing, archery, ceramics, horseback riding and so much more!) and, by tonight, our 8th and 9th graders will be back with their summer family. The schedule is packed full of fun. We can’t wait for the fireworks this Sunday! The weekend calls for magnificent Maine weather. The fun is non-stop in Casco!!

Off and Running…

Summer 2010 is finally here and it’s hard to believe we’ve been in Casco for nearly a week!!! We had an amazing opening day as the staff enthusiastically welcomed our First Session campers. Old friendships were rekindled and new ones began as the Laurel South family finally gathered as one. Friday was our annual Moose Stomp Day…schedules were created…s’mores were devoured…we bumper tubed on Crescent Lake…and we concluded our day with our Council Fire celebrating fun and friendship. On Saturday, full activity and program began. The ballfields, courts, waterfront, theater and Challenge Course were alive with activity. Our 7th grade girls just returned from an amazing camping trip and our 8th graders and CIT’s head out tomorrow on their Acadia and White Water Rafting trips. Intercamps and Tournaments began today and tomorrow is our first “S” day of the summer. The action never ends at Laurel South!

Staff Orientation is in Full Swing!

What a great Orientation were having!  The fields, waterfront, facilities and especially our brand new Tennis Center look amazing.  As all the camper luggage is unpacked and the program areas are prepared, the anticipation grows for another incredible Laurel South summer.  We can’t wait to meet all meet the campers on Thursday for First Session! Safe travels to Casco.  What a beautiful day in the state of Maine!

Camp is … just around the corner!

We’re so excited to begin the May countdown to camp.  The staff is hired…the fields are green…the new Tennis Complex is just about finished…and we’re getting ready to start moving beds and cubbies in anticipation of arrival day.  Believe it or not, our first group of “Pre Camp Staff” head to Maine in a couple weeks to work on opening preparations.

Max has been busy in the Gainesville office communicating with the 200 plus counselors and staff members who begin their journey soon from all over the country…and the world…to Casco.  We have counselors coming from more than 50 colleges throughout the United States.

Starting in early June, Laurel South becomes a beehive of activity as staff begin to arrive for departmental training programs. Counselors working in Archery, Equestrian, Waterskiing and Riflery will join us on Crescent Lake to fine tune their skills.  We’ll also be running our lifeguard certification program. In early June, the Adventure Staff (Outdoor Tripping and Ropes) join us for an orientation program with Inner Quest and SOLO Wilderness Expeditions, two groups from Virginia and New Hampshire which have been leading our adventure orientation programs for 15 years!   And a few days before the counselors arrive, the Campus Leaders come to work with me, Dagni, Max and Laz to get everything ready for Staff Orientation

We’ll check in from time to time to keep you updated with news from camp.

In the meantime, start laying out your clothes and gear for Summer 2010.  We’re psyched and can’t wait to see you soon!

As always, Dagni joins me in sending warmest and best regards,

Roger

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