Catoctin Quaker Camp Session 2 News

By July 22, 2013 January 6th, 2016 CQC

Catoctin has been in full swing during this busy second session. Campers made new connections, did chores, sang, played games, swam, hiked, and more.CQC Hands

Despite record-breaking heat, campers stayed cool. They traveled to swimming areas around the mountain, and stayed in the shade as much as possible. Unit 4/5 (ten-year-olds) hiked to Blue Lake and enjoyed a pirate-themed visit to a local farm, where they met a pirate farm-owner named Aaron. Unit 3/4 (eleven-year-olds) canoed on Antietam Creek, and the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Not a single boat capsized, though they did make time for swimming. Unit 2/3 (twelve-year-olds) hiked along the Catoctin Trail to Greenbriar State Park, where they ate popsicles and swam. Unit 1/2 (thirteen-year-olds) hiked faster than they thought they would, and arrived with extra time at Caledonia Pool. Unit 1B pushed themselves with hiking, only to be met by the bus and taken to a Frederick Keys minor league baseball game; they collected 34 souvenir cups for camp. Unit 1A continued on their ten-day trip, and are almost done with canoeing on the Shenandoah River. We look forward to welcoming them back on July 24th.

During Friday’s Special Day, camp was infiltrated by Super-kind-heroes. These friendly visitors trained campers in superhero abilities, including flying skills, agility, and cape folding. In the afternoon, campers used these new skills to perform acts of kindness around camp, including painting bunks, cleaning out the Goon, and making bird feeders and stepping stones for the garden.

Sunday was a day for visits to attractions on the mountain. Some campers went to Dharma, a local Buddhist community, where they chanted, meditated, and learned about Buddhism. Other campers tested their rock climbing skills at Fishing Creek. Some even made it to the top of the Sunday Climb, earning themselves an ice cream sundae. Some campers stayed back at camp to swim and play games.

We are gearing up for Project Week trips, which will include a Spooky Trip, an Animal Trip, a Get Dirty Trip, and a Service Trip. Campers from 4/5 to ½ will have a choice about which trip they go on, and will be with campers of all ages.

If you are picking up your camper this Saturday, please arrive between 10:30am and 12:00pm, and be sure to sign them out before they go. Campers who are staying for third session have options over Changeover. They are welcome to stay at camp or join you for an afternoon away from camp.

The second session has been full of challenge and growth, and we look forward to several more weeks of fun and adventure. We will miss those campers who head home, and are excited about another fantastic session.