Catoctin Quaker Camp Session 3 Report

By July 31, 2017 August 1st, 2017 CQC, General

Dear Families,

Catoctin is brimming with life; staff and campers have been working and playing hard, creating joyful noise, deep Meeting for Worship, beautiful singing and goofy games. Campers have recently returned from their trips:

  • 4/5/6 hiked, rock-climbed, and swam all while they searched for their missing counselor who had left behind a string of limerick messages to help them find him. When they returned to camp they were happy to find he had returned unscathed (from a restful days off).
  • 3/4 hiked the Appalachian Trail, taking on a steep mountain and persevering! They were rewarded with a beautiful view from the top of Annapolis Rocks and then spent the day rock-climbing and rappelling.
  • 2/3 paddled the Antietam Creek and scenic Potomac River in canoes, and took on a number of exciting rapids where not a single person capsized! They tasted Harper’s Ferry’s treats and took in the wildlife including siting of a bald eagle.
  • 1/2 showed their merit hiking a 36 mile chunk of the Appalachian trail and C&O path over the course of their three-day trip.
  • And Unit 1B launched out on their 10-day trip. While weather delayed the first day of their canoe portion, they blazed ahead on the AT and took to the beautiful Shenandoah on Saturday.

In camp we enjoyed activities like miniature architecture, soap hockey, watercolor painting, t-shirt redesigning, the run-around camp game of “Jugs”, and, of course, capture the flag. Visiting day brought us many families ready to participate in camp. Thanks to all of you who were able to come and enjoy singing, games, and a camp tour. The food, as always, was quite a treat.

Fire circle this session has been full of thoughtful messages and beautiful singing. On Sunday night, camp was asked to reflect on how we deal with newness whether that be new people, places, or experiences and how we support each other in that experience. On Thursday we gathered to share stories and thank-yous from the trail. It was full of wonderful stories of beauty and friendship, we are so lucky to be in this place full of people taking care of one another and sharing about it.

Next week we are gearing up for another amazing round of trips, for Monday’s Star themed special day, and a visit from Slim and the Sunshine Band for one of the annual Catoctin hoedowns!


  • Pick-up is Sunday the 6th of August between 10:30 and 12:00.
  • Please be sure to check your children for ticks as there is a prevalence of LYME disease in this area. And check in about this with your healthcare provider if your child becomes ill as medical staff outside of this region don’t always think to check for it.
  • Be on the look-out for your post-camp quick-survey coming soon to your inbox. We want to know how this experience was for you so please take a few minutes to give us feedback, suggestions, and testimonials!

Our summer has been wonderful, full of energy, love, light and joy. We are so lucky to be together, celebrating nature, community, and the magic of camp. Thank you for your support, your well-wishes and most importantly, the amazing young people who are part of our community.