Today was a day full of cheering, reminiscing, and celebrating as we closed out Second Session here at Camp Timberlake. We invited all our families to join us for a special closing ceremony this morning in The Mark. Our hope is that this ceremony offers our parents a glimpse into the world that their campers have experienced throughout the session. We share highlights from our activities, our tribes, and our cabins. We sing together, cheer together, and hold our breath together as the most highly anticipated announcement of the summer unfolds: the Banner winner. This session, it was the mighty Iroquois who reigned victoriously!
As many of our campers packed up to head home, I was struck by how many took time to give their families tours of their cabin and favorite activities, or to introduce them to their new friends or favorite counselors. The evidence of a session’s worth of friendship and adventure could be seen encapsulated in these small moments and interactions. And while there is always sadness when closing a great chapter in any story, the overwhelming emotions of the day for the campers were pride from all that they’d accomplished, and excitement as they already began anticipating the great times that will be had next summer.
It’s the kind of day that makes you wish you could slow down time to let it all soak in just a little bit longer. We as a staff will miss this great group of guys, but as we sing in our camp hymn “we’re Timberlake one and all”.
It is bittersweet for us as we say goodbye to a great group of campers–but we are thankful for all the great times had this session and we look forward to seeing these campers back next summer!