It was a day full of celebrations and happy endings here at Timberlake. “See you next summer” was the call that echoed between all our boys as we closed out an amazing first session of camp. We invited all our families to join us for a special closing ceremonies 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, in the most closely contested Banner I’ve ever seen as director, it was the powerful Seminoles who reigned victorious!
As 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 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”.
Thank you for sharing your sons with us this summer and we can’t wait to see you back at camp next year!
Director, Camp Timberlake