Greetings from Camp Nakanawa!
This last week of camp has been full of so many adventures and smiles and we wouldn’t have it any other way! This session is coming to a close but plenty of brilliant memories and moments were made here and we hope that plenty more will be made next season! We can’t wait to see you again next year!
Monday brought the second to last day of classes here at Camp Nakanawa. Girls were preparing for the Final Events that would start on Tuesday and continue throughout the rest of the week. Drama put the finishing touches on their play. Wall climbed at the Outdoor Wall. Nakanawa Outdoor Adventure held fire-building competitions. All the girls enjoyed the chicken patties for dinner! The highlight of Monday were the "Specials" Rock Meetings in the evening. Each team met on their respective rocks, and the girls got to read letters to their teammates communicating how special their team and friendships are. This was a very tender evening for each team, and the girls enjoyed the chance to share kind words with one another after a summer back together.
On Tuesday, classes continued, but special events were held throughout the day. In the morning, girls competed in the Sailing Regatta, a race around the floating dock. Golf also held their Medal Meet. After lunch, all of the girls who helped aide in the Dining Hall and in activities were invited to the “Aides’ Party” with special treats in the Dining Hall after lunch. It was a great way to reward all the campers that have worked hard and devoted time to helping out around Nakanawa. In the afternoon, the Archery Meet and the Wall Meet took place. Right before dinner, girls ran the 5k Fun Color Run. Evening Entertainment was full of giggles as Tent Row presented their Bunk Stunt parodying “Shrek” to end another busy and exciting day at Camp Nakanawa!
Final events continued all day Wednesday. The Horse Show kicked off the day in the Riding Ring. Campers showcased both their talents and Camp’s beautiful horses. Next, spectators gathered at the Tennis Courts for the singles and doubles Medal Meets. The Final Swim Meet followed down at the Waterfront! Girls glided through the Lake in the Cake Race for the chance to win a cake for their cabin! Nakanawa Form swimmers gracefully showed their skill in the water hoping to win Form Medals. Finally, we saw speedy laps from the Competitive swimmers. The afternoon brought the Riflery Medal Meet as well as a lovely Diving Meet. The day culminated with the Canoeing Meet and the Fencing Meet. Girls were excited to attend Council Ring after dinner where counselors recognized campers for their outstanding work in the activities for the week. Campers returned to their cabins for Devotions and lights out. The Amazons quietly walked through camp singing songs to honor their fellow teammates, captains, Ladies of the Cup and Valkyrie friends in Amazon Serenade.
Tent Row woke camp up with their traditional chants and cheers Thursday morning. Pep Meetings were held in the morning for Valkyries and Amazons to prepare for their Varsity Soccer Meet. Valkyries processed in from the Kiosk, chanting in their chain. Amazons performed their opening procession as well on the Games Field. Apple Break was eaten on the field at half time. After the game, campers ate lunch and relaxed during Rest Hour. Following Free Swim was Fine Arts Day. Drama performed their rendition of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in the Little Theater. Next, Handbells performed with Choir in the Wigwam. Dance and Aerobics showcased their numbers in the Kiosk to the delight of Camp. The Table Tennis Medal Meet wrapped up the afternoon before lunch. The night ended with the Slide Show in the Kiosk where campers met in their pajamas to watch memories of this year and years’ past at Camp Nakanawa. Counselors sang campers to sleep, walking through the cabin area by candlelight for Counselor Serenade.
After Tent Row Wake Up, campers canoed and rode the bus over to Junior Camp to watch the much-anticipated Operetta, “Oklahoma.” After returning to Senior Side, campers met with their Apple Break in the Wigwam for the Lost and Found Assembly before heading back to their cabins to begin packing. Inspection Runners Up and Winners enjoyed special treats and lunch at the Big House for their hard work this summer in maintaining their cabins. All of Camp met back in the Wigwam again in the afternoon for the Final Assembly. Campers were recognized for the Clubs they had earned in their activities throughout the summer. Valkyries and Amazons met on the Games Field for their Pep Meetings and the Softball Meet. Girls cheered on their bunkies and teammates, jumping up and down with spirit. The evening ended with Final Rock Meetings where Teams revealed their Silver Letter Girls for the summer. The Joint Rock Meeting was held on Amazon Rock. Amazons, Valkyries, and counselors met to hear both teams’ Silver Letter Girls announced and sing together before the “Goodnight Song.” Octet sang Taps for the night, serenading the newly selected Silver Letter Girls.
Luggage was set outside cabins first thing in the morning. Camp gathered for the last Flag Raising before heading into breakfast. War Canoe Drill was held immediately following. Intermediate and Senior boats from both teams performed their Drill routines to music out on Lake Aloaloa. Campers then had some free time to spend their last day enjoying Camp and their friends. Second-Year Seniors prepared the Dining Hall for Banquet, before meeting with Tent Row in the Wigwam for the Rite of Passage. Campers and counselors enjoyed a “Charlie Brown” themed Banquet. Chicken nuggets, cake, and ice cream were served before campers let loose on the dance floor. Tent Row performed their dance one last time on the Waterfront for campers to enjoy. Trophy Night was held in the Kiosk where awards for the summer were given. Campers tearfully hugged each other goodbye as counselors loaded cars with luggage before they left through the gates, carrying their new memories with them and looking forward to the next summer when they can come back to Camp Nakanawa.
Thank you for sharing your daughters wth us this year. See you next summer!
Your Intermediate and Senior Counselors