Living the Dream: Weeks 3 & 4

IMG_8798 The blur of Week 3 was centered mostly around the traditional SING performance. Counselors for each age group changed the words to popular songs to remind us of all the things we love about Watitoh…and the funny things too! Campers practiced each day, learning the songs and the tunes, only to perform, on the Friday night before Visiting Day, a memorable show.

Intercamps continued with the Romaca Tennis Tournament, the Cadets and Scouts Friendly afternoon of Non-traditional sports, and the ultimate win of the summer…taking first place at the Greylock Coed Swim Meet! Hip hip hooray!

Birthday Banquet on Tuesday was a wonderful night celebrating all of our campers and IMG_8110counselors who DO NOT have summer birthdays and the 80th birthday of Camp Watitoh! The dinner was followed with a performance by Tom Carroll, a local Berkshire music legion, who always leaves with a standing ovation.

As many of you know, Visiting Day was incredible. We couldn’t have ordered a better weather turnout for all of our visitors to enjoy. The Oval was packed with happy campers sharing “their” Watitoh with parents, siblings, and extended family! A wonderful performance was enjoyed by all in the Social Hall and, once the parents departed, an impromptu water balloon fight broke out on the Oval! Within an hour, all campers were settled back into their summer home and the routine of camp was back underway.

IMG_8844Week 4 was non-stop. Sunday kicked off the week with Pan-Am Day on Boys Camp. David Akinsanya (Brazil), Jacob Marsh (Argentina), Zach Quick (Chile) led their teams in sports competition. With an extraordinary performance, Chile won the Apache Relay while Brazil took home the gold overall. We were all very proud of our Upper Senior Boys for their leadership and of our Waiters for organizing and executing the entire day. The girls loved their Capture the Flag morning followed by a swim meet in the afternoon.

Sunday night we welcomed back longtime camp favorites, Cliff and Senta Broder, for our annual Square Dance. Dressed in country western style, campers and counselors promenaded around Boys Court while chanting “into the middle with a great big yell.”

Monday, the Rangers, Juniors, Senior, Upper Senior boys traveled to Cooperstown, NY for the Baseball Hall of Fame. They enjoyed their day at the museum and exploring the local town. At the same time, the Scouts went to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, for an afternoon of sport’s history.

IMG_9585Tuesday night was a fan favorite, Cabin Feud. Boys vs. Girls in the 2ndround of the Townsend Cup. It was an exciting night, with scores back and forth, that led to a 3rd summer win for the Boys!

The week continued with trips, trips, and more trips. Our Inters girls went on a tour of the Crane Paper Factory in Dalton, MA and learned how to make paper! The Juniors enjoyed their day off camp at The Clark Museum in Williamstown and a stroll around town. Not only were these day trips underway but intercampus continued with the Danbee Gymnastics Meet, TICS soccer at Romaca, a USTA tennis tournament at Winadu, Debs/Inters soccer at Danbee, and Greylock 6th grade soccer.

Thursday was another memorable day at Watitoh. Our sailing team went to Lenox for the Berkshire Cup, IMG_0004Counselors Tom and Daleen coached their team to a very close 2nd place finished. A victory that exemplifies our incredible Waterfront instruction and dedicated campers. At the same time, the girls had a swim meet at Danbee and the Waiter boys played an exceptional basketball tournament at Greylock. Night time was filled with an all camp campfire where campers and counselors performed songs, dances, and shared stories. S’mores were enjoyed by everyone!

Friday was a typical morning at camp with a special event afternoon. A Sports-a-Rama Apache relayed was a hit with everyone followed by the Sports-a-Rama Name-that-Tune competition at night! It was the kick off to a beautiful weather weekend filled with regular activity and our crowd pleaser evening activity, Las Vegas Night!

Sunday was bittersweet, filled with some sad goodbye’s to our 4-week campers and exciting welcomes to our 3-week campers. We miss our 4-week friends and are excited for the next 3-weeks filled with amazing programming, special events, trips, and evening activities. There is a lot to look forward to in these upcoming weeks and we can’t wait to share it with all of you!