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THURSDAY

Thursday is always the last day of classes here at Camp. The boys wrap up with all of the hobby activities, ready to go home with new ideas about Model Rockets, Battlefield Strategies, and Catholic Doctrine.

It was pouring all morning, the sound of the rain on the tin roof was almost like being in a hail storm under a kettle-drum. But it certainly made for a memorable Mass! Fortunately, by late morning the rain had let up, and we were able to launch some rockets and get in a full slate of sports outdoors.

The games continue to be tight, and the point spread between the cabins in first place and 12th place is razor thin. Since every point counts, cabins are working diligently to submit articles to The Anchor, the camp newspaper, which brings them points.

Every year the bonfire is one of the highlights of the camp, and this year was no exception. There was a lot of speculation all day long that the heavy rain would force us indoors for the first time in the history of the Sebago Leadership Camp. But that was not to be! After gathering firewood all day long and stockpiling it at the firing near the center of the junior unit, By 7:15 the skies had cleared, the rain had stopped, and the time was ripe for a great bonfire!

Out came the marshmallows, the graham crackers, and the Hershey bars. S'mores! After scrounging in the woods for suitable sticks on which to roast the marshmallows, there was silence, relatively speaking, and munching for a few minutes before the songs begin and the stories started to be told.

After about half-an-hour, the 6th and 5th grade boys went off with the junior counselors to play foxes and wolves while the older boys stayed with the counselors for ghost stories. Trust me, never sleep alone in a house with a clown doll....

We had our snack, examination of conscience, and then off to bed, to dream about tomorrow's World Cup, day game, and talent show!

WEDNESDAY

It's hard to believe Wednesday has come and gone, and we are already past the halfway point for Sebago 2018!

It was another gorgeous day at the camp. The classes are all going well, and the boys are looking forward to wrapping up on Thursday. If the weather holds, we will do the model rocket launches, otherwise we will wait and launch the rockets on Friday during the day game. Catechism class at the Boathouse is on a beautiful porch overlooking Lake Quacumquasset where the boys can really appreciate the beauty of God's creation. And the Civil War battlefield class is now looking at the Vicksburg campaign, And the boys are seeing the role that the mighty Mississippi played in that battle.

One of the water tank pipes failed in the late morning, so for about an hour we had no running water on campus. But we grabbed 1000 bottles of water from the nearby Walmart, so everyone stayed fully hydrated. Water was back on by the start of sports period.

The sports matchups continue to be competitive and lots of fun. Every cabin over the course of the week gets to play each sport, and lines up against every other team, so that every boy has the chance to engage with every other boy on the camp. After sports, the gaga ball pit continues to be a hub of activity. They're was an epic tether ball game that lasted for more than an hour, possibly a world record! And this year Donnie brought several battery powered remote control racing cars That the boys are having a blast with

American chop suey was a big hit at dinner, topped only by the fudge bar stick dessert. This evening was the first time we were able to have the rosary at The Grotto, now that the beehive has been successfully moved. After the Rosary, the treasure hunt began! There are 12 clues scattered around the campus, and each cabin needs to find each clue, decode the clue (they are written in wingding script), and then move on to the next clue. Over the course of 2 hours, the cafeteria is a nerve center of activity. There is music blasting, teams running in and out with their newly decoded instructions to the next clue location, until finally, one team emerges Victorious! The prize: a treasure chest full of candy!

But today wasn't over yet. It turns out that Sasquatch does have a cousin, who appeared just as we were beginning our examination of conscience before night. He remains at Large.

Also still at large is a camp murderer. Sad to say, for the 14th straight year, we have been victimized by a ruthless killer who has been mercilessly Stocking innocent campers. Hopefully he will be caught before he does to much more destruction....

That's all for now. Stay tuned for more updates tomorrow.

TUESDAY

Tuesday was another great day at the Sebago Leadership Camp!

The boys are well underway now with their various classes. The boys have assembled their rockets, and I now working on customized paint jobs so that the rockets really stand out as they fly hundreds of feet into the air. We're looking strong for our rocket launches coming up this Thursday. Catechism Jeopardy so far is a big hit, overlooking beautiful Lake Quacumquassett. No settings yet of the Quac Ness monster! And the Civil War battlefield strategy class period, with the boys all gathered around the sandbox to explore the terrain of the battle of Gettysburgh, has really brought that piece of history to life.

Everyone enjoyed making burritos for lunch, and the post-lunch talks given by the counselors again came off well.

No sightings of Nessie yet, but the big news is yesterday, after a wild chase through the baseball field, the campers finally captured and subdued Sasquatch! It turned out to be an imposter, one of the Counselors-At-Large dressed up in a costume. Who would have believed it? Word is, however, that the real Sasquatch might still be in the neighborhood. Beware!

The sports competitions are still going strong. Yesterday featured many close games, and even a couple of ties. The cabins can sense the cup is in their grasp! It's also been impressive to see the great sportsmanship, even as they fight hard for the cup. So far most of the cabins have garnered the maximum number of sportsmanship points. And there's lots of talk about the upcoming World Cup Tournament slated for this Friday.

There was an active wasps nest at The Grotto, so tonight we said the rosary on the beach. But the nest is now gone, so we'll be back at The Grotto tomorrow.

Tuesday's night game was an epic version of Manhunt! The boys gathered at Alumni field and divided into teams 4 about 90 minutes of intense action. The evening snack was a welcome sight, followed by our examination of conscience and lights out. Another day in the books!

MONDAY

The days are already flying by here at the Sebago Leadership Camp! Since arrival on Sunday, the boys are organized into cabins and have selected cabin names. Yesterday after lunch we had the annual Parade of Flags and the presentation by the boys of their cabin name. It was an entertaining half an hour, to say the least!

Cabin names and rosters coming soon!

The day began with our traditional morning run, led by Coach Pacific. After some stretching in a jaunt around some of the sites of the camp, the boys gathered at the dining hall for a waffle and sausage breakfast accompanied by yogurt, bagels, cereal, toast, and various juices. Then it was off to win some points toward the Sebago Cup by presenting a clean, odor free, entertaining cabin for the Counselors At Large as they did their inspection. The entire camp then went on to Mass at the hangar, where Fr. John preached about being open to meeting new boys and making new friends.

The three classes this year are model rocket building, Civil War Battlefield Strategy, and Catechism Jeopardy. The boys attend classes and groups of four cabins and are already excited about the impending rocket launch this coming Thursday.

After our chicken nugget and tots lunch, and a virtue talk given by one of the Senior Counselors, the boys began the sports competition for the cup. This year we feature gaga ball, basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and wiffle ball. The competition is intense, but there's also a lot of sportsmanship, which makes all the games enjoyable for the boys.

At 3:30 we begin the free time. Today the boys made full use of all the venues here at the camp. Several went down to the archery range, some went to the climbing wall, a big group went over to the lake for the swimming test and were able to splash around between the docks,. A big group can't get enough gaga ball! And finally there's always basketball and soccer going on. Boys are following the World Cup, and getting ready for our own World Cup Tournament this coming Friday.

Last night's night game featured Capture the Flag. We were originally scheduled to play Sunday night, but because of the rain we ended up in doors at the hangar, where we played a great game of Torpedo Alley. No bad weather can stop the Sebago Leadership Camp!

Stay tuned for more daily updates!


Junior Counselor: Dan Hufnagle (Massachusetts)
Michael Corra (Massachusetts)
Thomas Gaziano (Massachusetts)
Max Lyman (Massachusetts)
John Marcucci (Massachusetts)
Augustine Prieto (Massachusetts)
CABIN N
Senior Counselor: Gabe Oligher (Pennsylvania)
Junior Counselor: Dan Hufnagle (Massachusetts)
Michael Corra (Massachusetts)
Thomas Gaziano (Massachusetts)
Max Lyman (Massachusetts)
John Marcucci (Massachusetts)
Augustine Prieto (New Hampshire)
CABIN N
Senior Counselor: Gabe Oligher (Pennsylvania)
Junior Counselor: Dan Hufnagle (Massachusetts)
Michael Corra (Massachusetts)
Thomas Gaziano (Massachusetts)
Max Lyman (Massachusetts)
John Marcucci (Massachusetts)
Augustine Prieto (New Hampshire)
CABIN S
Senior Counselor: Joe Pakuluk (Virginia)
Junior Counselor: Michael Belger (Massachusetts)
John Paul Buckley (Massachusetts)
Peter Crumley (Massachusetts)
Carlo Gulia (Massachusetts)
Blake Martini (Massachusetts)
Hilton Peabody (Massachusetts)
CABIN S
Senior Counselor: Joe Pakuluk (Virginia)
Junior Counselor: Michael Belger (Massachusetts)
John Paul Buckley (Massachusetts)
Peter Crumley (Massachusetts)
Carlo Gulia (Massachusetts)
Blake Martini (Massachusetts)
Hilton Peabody (Massachusetts)