Monday, July 25, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
It's been so hot and humid for several days in a row. Kate and I have made daily Gatorade rounds every afternoon to assure that campers are replacing electrolytes. And they are required to carry their water bottles...and drink from them...to every activity. These, tho, are missing in action and sitting on the lost and found shelf in the office. More than one camper isn't getting enough water!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Each girl received a special tee shirt and certificate acknowledging her accomplishment. Their names will also be engraved on the permanet Medallion Rider board mounted in the Dining Hall.
The girls then mounted their horses and rode off...not to applause that might have spooked their horses, but rather to the fluttering of over 200 Red Pine camper hands!
Monday, July 18, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
One of the end of the session traditions at camp is Banquet. The Leadership girls (oldest campers who want to come back as counselors-in-training) do all the planning and decorating for a formal dinner attended by all campers and staff. The theme they chose is "The Camp That Built Me." This camp experience is so important to these girls. They learn so much about themselves and about living with others. Life-time friendships are formed and skills are perfected that will help them all their lives. It was so much fun to see everyone dressed up with hair curled and make-up on. As an explanation, the man you see in this photo is Tom, one of the maintenance guys. He also teaches fishing to campers
Counselors sing special songs to the campers...
Special awards are given. For campers/counselors who have spent a total of 32 weeks at Red Pine, a blanket is awarded.
This is Christy receiving her blanket from her older sister, Ally, her younger sister, Juliana, and her best friend, Annie. They read a long poem that they wrote for her telling how much fun they've had being campers and sisters together, how much they appreciate all her wonderful qualities and how much they love her. I don't think there was a dry eye in the crowd. What a wonderful experience to be publically affirmed by those who love you most!
Red Pine girls who have been at camp 10 years receive a special wooden pine tree plaque inscribed with a poem. The Leadership girls did a fabulous job putting together a memorable night for all of us.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Soap dipping...a Northwoods term meaning to bathe au naturelle. Not as in skinny dipping, but as in bathing in a crystal-clear lake in your swim suit using biodegradeable soap and shampoo. This is the way that not only Red Pine campers clean up, but also everyone who vacations on the beautiful lakes of northern Wisconsin. Who knew?
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Red Pine Camp offers so many ways for girls to learn and stretch their horizons!
Monday, July 4, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
How do you keep track of dozens of girls swimming at the waterfront? By using the Buddy Board. At the beginning of camp, each camper is assigned a Buddy number. A metal tag with her number and her name written on tape, stuck to the back hangs on the Buddy Board. The girls file into the waterfront one by one, each taking her Buddy number and moving to a hook at the bottom of the board. The hooks are arranged by skill level. Counselors can tell at a glance how many girls are in the water and if they inspect each tag, they know who is swimming. When the campers leave the water, they again file out one by one and are required to move their Buddy tag up to the top. Again, counselors can quickly see if everyone is out of the water. If there is a tag left below, the lifeguards quickly begin to scan and search the water. Another use for the Buddy number....when it's time to open the candy store, a number is drawn out of a hat. The girl whose Buddy number matches that one gets to be first in line!