Tuesday, July 28th

Today is the 3rd and final day of Color War. It’s been a fierce but friendly 3 days of competition between the Heroes and the Villains. Last night’s Rope Burn was close up until the very end. The staff built strong fires and it was neck in neck until the grey Villains rope burned a few minutes sooner than the blue Heroes. With Rope Burn points and daily decorum points calculated, this morning at breakfast the Heroes were still in the lead. However, the lead was only by 11 points so it’s still either team’s game to win.

This morning we had team meetings and then went into the last day of sports. Here’s a list of the sports the kids played in different groups: dodgeball, tchoukball, gaga, soccer, basketball, softball, touch football, water basketball, and SCB (snatch club basketball which is a combo of soccer, kickball, basketball, and steal the bacon). The overall winner of the sports this morning was the blue Heroes, and by just a hair. As of lunch the blue team was ahead by only 23 points. Is this a close Color War or what?

After lunch we had team meetings and then our big Apache Relay. The apache takes several hours and involves a few hundred campers on each team. They run all over camp and tag in each department to do multiple events before tagging to then run to a different department to perform more events. The apache is a big camp tradition and involves lots of fun tasks such as eating saltine crackers and whistling Yankee Doodle Dandy, running around the baseball field bases backwards, singing the camp alma mater over the PA system, etc. Our staff has some difficult tasks too, such as doing 100 push-ups or hitting a baseball over the fence on the ballfield. The apache finally ends with everyone on the gym bleachers watching a camper from each team make a half court basketball shot. Jackson Stone broke the Island Lake record today when he made the half court shot in his first try. He beat his own record from last summer when he made it in 2 shots. Go Jackson!

In the end, the Villains beat the Heroes by about 5-10 minutes in the apache. The Villains made an overall comeback and they are currently in the lead by 77 points. Today’s special feature is the APACHE RELAY! To see more photos from today just check out our daily summer photos via CampMinder

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, some cry, and while the final scores are tallied we play the camp Alma Mater so everyone can come together and sing.

And finally, once the scores are all tallied up, Trip, who is in charge of Color War, stands on the theater stage and announces the winner of the Sing and of Color War overall. The winning team will jump up and scream and go crazy with excitement. The other team will be sad for a moment but they’ll quickly get over it by the time they head to canteen (Lol!). Since this blog is being posted prior to Sing, tomorrow I will post the winner for all of you. Until then, ILC U THERE!

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