We experienced all kinds of different weather today at Sebago Leadership Camp. The morning run felt like a brisk fall morning. By mid-morning the sun was shining and the sunscreen was in demand. By mid-afternoon there was a crazy thunderstorm that briefly knocked out power, and finished with hail the size of walnuts dropping for ten minutes. During the Rosary, which we moved to the DeWitt Center to stay dry, there were rainforest conditions outside. Our reward at the end of all that, and a perfect lead in to our night games, was a spectacular double rainbow in the eastern sky followed by a breathtaking sunset in the western sky.
It was actually one of the most memorable days in thirteen years if the camp. By shifting around our classes, free time, and sports schedules we were able to get in a full days worth of activity and not miss any time outdoors. Because of the lightening the lake was off limits, as was the climbing wall and archery range, but the basketball courts and the gaga ball pit definitely got a workout.
The meals continue to please. Who doesn't enjoy a pancake breakfast with bacon? For lunch we had salad and chili stuffed baked potatoes, and dinner was a pork loin with rice capped off with ice cream sandwiches. Michelin recently awarded the cafeteria here a coveted third star.
The competition for the Sebago Cup has really heated up. Today Ebago Island rallied from eighth place to overtake the Donaldville Diamonds in a very tight race among all 14 cabins. Cabins earn points at sports for winning and for sportsmanship, for clean and creative cabin inspections, for writing articles for The Anchor, our camp newspaper, as well as for our capstone Friday day game and the talent show. We still have a long way to go!
Tonight during the gigantic Sharks and Minnows game we spotted Bigfoot lurking in the woods. The campers eventually cornered him in one of the cabins, but he miraculously escaped and is still at large. We suspect he may resurface during the bonfire tomorrow night.
Sad news. The fiendishly elusive murderer claimed two victims during the day. Tucker Tuffile, a fine young camper with a bright future, met his demise near the giant chessboard. And Andrew Ortiz, our dedicated engineering teacher and Sebago camper interviewer died a dramatic death which fortunately did not prevented him from working on their suspension bridges in class. But we are confident that in the end justice will prevail.
We all enjoyed our bedtime snack of milk and cookies, and after our examination of conscience set off for bed after another action-packed day. The sweet sound of taps wafted through the summer night at 10:30 on the dot, and a lot of sleepy heads hit the pillow to dream about tomorrow's events.
Monday at Sebago Leadership Camp was one for the ages. With the arrival of Paul Mahoney we are now at our full strength of 82 campers, 14 Senior Counselors, 14 Junior Counselors, and 5 Counselors-At-Large. Along with Bob Sylvain, Paul Reilly, Fr.Joe, Doc Barravecchio, and Coach Pacific, we top out at 120 people, our biggest camp yet!
After an invigorating morning run and a breakfast of french toast, sausage, cereal, fruit, bagels, yogurt, orange juice, and toast, we were ready to start our day. First up was cabin cleanup, followed by Mass at the DeWitt Center. All the campers then spent the rest of the morning rotating through our three classes. The engineering class meets in the Arts and Crafts building, and the first project is to build a tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows, with the winning tower the one that can support the most weight. Andrew Ortiz and Mike Williams are guiding the boys through the design and execution of the design.
The Geography class began with each group selecting a mythical country and developing a plan to acquire the resources they need to overcome whatever natural disaster the roll of the dice sends their way. But it's not all disasters. Roll a 3 and you get an additional natural resource. By the end of the week we will have our country's future diplomatic corps fully trained. Mike Casey and Gabe Ohligher are teaming up to teach the class.
Finally, the boys meet with Conner Reilly for a catechism review in a room overlooking Lake Quacumquassett, one of God’s beautiful creations.
After a lunch of salad, chicken fingers, and fries the boys had a talk on Perseverance from one of the Senior Counselors. Then the sports competitions began! Our record size means each team plays 3 of our 7 sports each day. This year the sports are whiffle ball, soccer, gaga ball, kickball, basketball, ultimate frisbee, and handball.
During free time many of the boys took the swim test and began to enjoy swimming and kayaking on the lake. We launched Donny’s barge, and the flotilla was off! Other boys went to the archery range, the climbing wall, the basketball court, the gaga ball pit, and more. Several campers humbled Bob and Fr. Joe at tether ball.
Before dinner Fr. Joe gave a meditation to half of the campers in our Blessed Sacrament chapel above the cafeteria. Then came pizza night, followed by cabin meetings to prepare for the parade of flags later in the evening.
Cabin C led the Rosary at the shrine to Mary we set up in the newly-renovated outdoor amphitheater. Whichever team is in the lead for the Sebago Cup has the honor of watering the beautiful flowers decorating the shrine.
Then we had our long-anticipated Parade of Flags, when cabins debut their cabin name and cheer and show off their customized flags. That was a great lead-in to a hard-fought game of Manhunt. The game ranged over most of the 70 acre camp! After a bedtime snack and an examination of the day – was I cheerful, did I learn the names of all my cabin mates, am I praying for my family while I’m away, have I tried my best and persevered, everyone was ready for bed at 10:00 PM.
Lot's more coming tomorrow!
The camper have chosen their cabin name and designed their cabin flag. We had a very impressive parade of flags yesterday before the night game. Here are the rosters:
CABIN A – AGITATED APPALACHIANS
Patrick Flaherty – Senior Counselor
Tim O’Brien – Junior Counselor
CABIN B – BESTONIAN BARBARIANS
Christian Francis -Senior Counselor
Dan Warner – Junior Counselor
John Paul Buckley
CABIN C – CONFEDERACY OF COWLUMBIA
Thomas Rezendes – Senior Counselor
Pedro Gallino -Junior Counselor
CABIN D – DONALDVILLE DIAMONDS
Chris Sullivan – Senior Counselor
Derek Schirripa – Junior Counselor
CABIN E – EBAGOS ISLANDS
Domenic Bettinelli - Senior Counselor
Tristan Brehany – Junior Counselor
John Paul Devaney
CABIN F – FEROCIOUS F’MERICANS
Bauti Gallino – Senior Counselor
Jack Reilly – Junior Counselor
CABIN G – GORILLAVILLE GANG*’S
Daniel Hufnagle - Senior Counselor
Luke Ronayne - Junior Counselor
CABIN H – HUNGARY HUNGARY HIPPOS
Juan Perdomo – Senior Counselor
JP Rezendes – Junior Counselor
CABIN I – ISLES OF ILLUMINATI
Luke Young – Senior Counselor
TJ Nolan – Junior Counselor
CABIN J – JUNKYARD JANITORS
Matt Ronayne – Senior Counselor
Ethan Falcao – Junior Counselor
CABIN K – KILLER KOALAS
Mark Cheffers – Senior Counselor
Paul Casey – Junior Counselor
CABIN L – LUCKSEMBOURG LEPRECHAUNS
John Towey – Senior Counselor
John Francis – Junior Counselor
Etienne Du Halgouet
CABIN M – MASKED MILITIA
Javier Arellano – Senior Counselor
Bern McGrath – Junior Counselor
CABIN N – NEVERLAND NEANDERTHALS
Zach St. Thomas – Senior Counselor
David Baughan – Junior Counselor
Jim St. Thomas