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Cookout is one of campers’ most favorite night activities. It didn’t take me long to remember why. As I was walking back down to all the fun after airing up some trailer tires, I could hear our campers laughing and playing in the area we call the “Front Yard”. It made me smile and think about Mimi and Daddy Earl (my grandparents who dreamed up Camp Huawni). I had this feeling they were smiling too, watching kids play in 2013 just like they did that first year in 1965.

Caleb cooked camp hot dogs, and were they ever so good. Counselors Matt Gillham and Christian Lay got karaoke going and soon all of camp joined in. The legendary Mr. Mike Adams, the greatest story teller behind Daddy Earl, told the story of the Blue Wolf, Joe Shields, and the Wild Woman. We hopped on the trailers just as the sun was setting, and enjoyed a beautiful night under the stars and crescent moon. On our way back to campus, I looked up at one point marveling at how bright the stars were…even with the moon low in the sky. And yes, we did see the wild woman!

We ended the evening with a traditional Sing Song at the pool and sang You Are My Sunshine, When I First Came To This Land, I Still Do, Froggy Went a Courtin’, Preacher and the Bear, Soldier, Long Black Veil, Home (the song I sang to my beautiful bride Mandi at our rehearsal dinner), Summer, and the Camp Song.

The kids ended the evening with birthday cake oreo cookies as a midnight snack. Lily Pad was so worn out that they missed their snack!

I encouraged the kids tonight at Sing Song to give all they have these last few days of camp. Our one-week sessions fly by, and I can tell you that our counselors will be missing this group a whole lot.

Well, it’s past my bedtime. If you’re reading this tonight….go to bed too!!