Thursday, August 15th- Color War Day 3

Today is the 3rdand final day of Color War.  It’s been a fierce but friendly 3 days of competition between Wonderland and Oz. Last night’s Lip Sync Battle & Music Videos were FANTASTIC!  I kid you not, these campers and staff did a stupendous job choosing songs, choreographing them, and then performing them for their peers.  The videos were adorable, light-hearted, and fun.  Both teams did a superb job with this evening activity so it was extremely difficult for our judges to choose a winner. Ultimately, the winner of the Music Videos went to the Wonderland (grey team) and the winner of the Lip Sync Battle went to the Oz (blue team).

The overall winner of yesterday’s sports was the Oz team (blue)! The point differentials for day 2 decorum were extremely close with just 5-points between the 2 teams.  Ultimately, the team who received those 5 extra points and won the decorum points overall was team Oz.

Yesterday’s big winner leading into today’s final day of color war is,…….drum roll please,……WONDERLAND (grey)!  Wonderland is leading Oz by a score of 2049 – 1926. That was the score as of this morning at breakfast with a difference of only 123 points.  Color War can still go to either team, as it will all come down to the Sing tonight.

Today’s weather report is sponsored by Glinda, the good witch of the south, making hearts warmer, brains smarter, and campers courageous.  J  This morning we woke up to beautiful blue skies and warm temps reaching the mid-70’s. This afternoon the weather remained fantastic for the Apache Relay.  We had beautiful blue skies with temps hitting the mid to upper 70’s.

And now back to Color War. This morning we held our last day of sports.  Here’s a list of what everyone did:

Group 1:  Boys- Fishing Challenges       Girls- Crazy Games

Group 2:  Boys- Kong Pong                    Girls- Gaga

Group 3:  Boys- Chess Tournament        Girls- Chopped

Group 4:  Boys- Touch Football               Girls- Giant Foosball

Although it was very close overall, the winner of this morning’s sports was Wonderland (grey team)!

After lunch we had team meetings and then our big Apache Relay.  The Apache spans over the course of a few hours and it entails a total of 167 tasks for each team to successfully complete.  The kids run from one location to another throughout camp and tag a child in a specific department to do an activity/task.  Once complete, they then tag another camper either in the same department or someone to then run to a different department to tag a child and perform another activity/task somewhere around camp.

The Apache is a big camp tradition and it involves all of our departments here at camp.  We include a whole lot of fun tasks such as unrolling and then re-rolling toilet paper before tagging another camper to run to the next department listed on the schedule. Other fun activities in the Apache are kayaking around the floating dock in the lake, filling a cup of water using a teaspoon, saddling a horse, beading a bracelet, typing “Island Lake Rules” in different languages in the video room, self-hit a homerun on the baseball field, run to pioneering with a jalapeno pepper in their mouth (Oy vey!), drop in on the half-pipe in the skatepark, deflate a tire in mountain biking, sing the camp alma mater over the PA system in the office, and much, much, much, much more.  Our counselors also have some difficult tasks to perform such as doing 100 push-ups or hitting a baseball over the fence on the ball field.  The Apache Relay finally ends with all campers and counselors in the gym sitting on the bleachers watching a camper/CIT from each team successfully shoot a half court basketball shot.

The Apache Relay represents a special thrill and excitement as an Island Lake summer camp tradition! It’s all about fun during this event here at ILC, and it shows.  In the end, team Oz (blue team) took home the win.

Color War closes tonight with our annual Sing.  Each team is judged for their creative entrance into the theater. They then take turns performing a March/Fight song, a Comedy song, a Skit, an Alma Mater song, and then they present their team’s Plaque.  The entire night is bittersweet and somber as Color War comes to an end.  Everyone hugs, many cry, and while the final scores are tallied, we play the camp Alma Mater (“Keep The Moment”) so everyone joins together to sing.  Since Color War is taking place at the very end of the summer, it’ll be that much more depressing for everyone.

And finally, once the scores are all tallied up, Oliver will stand up on stage and thank everyone for their participation these past 3 days.  A special thank you will be extended to the officers who worked day and night, night and day, to organize their teams and bring on a victory.  She’ll then announce the winner of the Sing and the overall winner of Color War.  The winning team will jump for joy, scream like crazy, and go wild with excitement. The other team will be sad for a moment but they’ll be over it by the time they head to canteen.  Since this blog is being posted prior to Sing, later tonight I will post the winner here on the blog, Facebook, and Instagram.  I didn’t take any photos today because I know there are tons available to you on Waldo.  Until later when I present to you the overall winner of Color War, ILCUTHERE!!!

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