Greetings from Camp Nakanawa! It is hard to believe that this is our last week at camp! We are enjoying every minute that we have here! Here is a look at the happenings of last week!
Monday, July 12
Monday marked the beginning of the last full week of classes, and all the campers started with their summer goals in sight. Many campers are working hard at reaching an achievement like American Archer or Dolphin for Form Swimming. Everyone was excited for tacos at lunch! The night included Rock Meetings with sixth grade Junior Campers as each team’s special guests. It was a wonderful opportunity for the older campers to mentor the younger girls in the traditions of Senior Camp Rock Meetings. At the end of the evening, the Valkyries held their Ice Cream Social at Ann and Pepe’s house where they got to enjoy special ice cream treats with their teammates.
Tuesday, July 13
Tuesday brought another sunny day to Camp Nakanawa as girls hurried off to classes. Tent Row was thrilled to finally depart for their much anticipated Canoe Trip at Apple Break. Meanwhile, girls in Wall ziplined across the lake with huge smiles on their faces. Intermediate War Canoe boats could be found on the lake practicing for the big race on Sunday. The Amazon and Valkyrie soccer teams were also gearing up for another Soccer Meet on Saturday. With Tent Row gone, the Second Year Seniors took the lead of Camp and put on a special Evening Entertainment. All the Second Year Seniors dressed up in wacky costumes and hid around camp for a giant game of hide and seek! It was a hit with all of the girls, and everyone went to bed tired and ready for a good night’s sleep.
Wednesday, July 14
Wednesday started sleepily for all of Senior Camp. Girls got to enjoy delicious biscuits and bacon as a buffet breakfast in their pajamas! After breakfast, girls changed into their Free Day clothes and got ready for the third free day of camp. Some got to shoot at the Riflery Range while others enjoyed free swim and hanging out on the Docks. Many girls started playing their tennis matches for the Tennis Medal Meet. War Canoe boats hit the lake for another hardy practice in preparation for the big race on Sunday. The day concluded with a Grunch dinner and then Cabin Night! Cabin Night was the perfect Evening Entertainment for all the bunkies and their counselors to bond and enjoy a fun, chill night. Cabin Night activities included stargazing, night swimming, spa nights, card games, and other activities. It was a great free day at Camp Nakanawa!
Classes met Thursday morning, solidifying skills developed throughout the summer. Diving practiced on the boards for their upcoming meet. Wall classes went on the Big Swing, and their shouts and laughter rang through camp. Tent Row returned from their Canoe Trip at Apple Break. After a hamburger lunch, Rest Hour, and Free Swim, campers headed back to classes. Handbells rang out sweet melodies from the Wigwam. Sailboats moved peacefully on the Lake, and Octet practiced in the Library. Following dinner, campers and counselors met at Council Ring to celebrate the week’s achievements. After songs, games, a legend, and more Camp returned to their cabins for Devotions and lights out.
Friday morning brought more classes. Canoeing went adventure canoeing to the coves of Lake Aloaloa. Archery worked on scoring and continued improvement and progression in difficulty levels. Campers enjoyed Free Swim during the warm afternoon before returning to their classes. Campers rode horses in the Riding Ring. Dance practiced routines in the Kiosk, and Table Tennis played matches out at the Pavilion. Evening Entertainment wrapped up the day with Former Rock Meetings. Amazons and Valkyries welcomed former campers on the counseling staff to their Rocks for the meetings, uniting past and present Team members.
Amazons and Valkyries met Saturday morning in Pep Meetings to prepare their cheers for the morning of Meets. First came the Waterfront meet. Canoeing held a JV War Canoe Race, followed by a Tent Row special War Canoe Exhibition that included one lucky camper tubing behind the canoe to the glee of the audience. Diving followed up with synchronized diving where partners performed together. Swimming finished the Meet with Form and several races. Apple Break was held on the Waterfront before campers changed and headed to the Games Field for the Senior Soccer Meet. Senior Amazons and Valkyries competed even through there was a light rain as their teams cheered them on proudly. In the afternoon, campers enjoyed an extended Rest Hour before preparing for the Valkyrie Surprise Party (VSP)! VSP was held at Valkyrie Point, where Tent Row Valkyries performed their skit, delicious biscuits were eaten, camp songs were sung, and the Valkyrie Captain presented Ann and Pepe with the Necklace to be awarded on Trophy Night.
The long-awaited War Canoe Race was held Sunday morning. Campers cheered on Intermediate and Senior boats as they competed in one of Camp’s favorite traditions. The Race was followed by Cabin Cleanup and then Counselor Church in the Kiosk. Cake and ice cream were enjoyed in the Dining Hall after a fried chicken lunch. Mass was held for Catholic campers during Extended Rest Hour. Following our afternoon snack, Tennis Medal matches were held as campers and counselors cheered on enthusiastically. The Archery Medal Meet was held in the afternoon as well, testing both skill and form. Grunch was served in the Dining Hall for dinner. The day ended with Valkyrie Vespers held In the Wigwam with beautiful songs from the Valkyries and Tent Row. Campers and counselors faced the Lake as the Alma Mater was song, before returning to their cabins for the night.
We have had a wonderful summer with your daughters!
Your Intermediate and Senior Counselors