It’s hard to believe that it’s the last full day of the summer. In the Camp Song we sing “how days looked to are now the past, and how good it is that memories last.” That line rings true this morning.
Here’s a recap of what we’ve been up to as we near closing day.
Last night we celebrated the session with The North Country Fair. The Huawni Staff transformed the front yard into fair grounds, as campers enjoyed bounce houses, bobbing for apples, face painting, ring toss, root beer floats, cotton candy, and dancing. It was a memorable night and a special way to end the session. Celebration was a new special event for our first-time two week campers, and seeing them enjoy it was icing on the cake for this session.
This morning all of camp hiked down to the archery area for summer tree. Summer Tree is about a 20 year old tradition that my father, Mike Adams, started. This summer I began to share the poem we read on the blog, as it gives a great descriptive picture of what Summer Tree is all about.
The Legend of the Summer Tree
I was birthed in the days of the Indians, So my summer number more, Than the youthful eyes who gather, ‘Neath my boughs to share their lore, I yearn to send my wisdom down, So innocence is spared, But innocence and wisdom, Together found are rare, So I’ll offer just a moment, When truth is uttered here, By those who stand beneath my limbs, And share with others dear. No false word can be spoken, As time is frozen still, To ’neath here another day, To remember, to embrace until, The hearts are made to laugh again, And say the thoughts they feel, A dream come true, a special time, No other place so real. My listening limbs do cover, These youthful souls so free, I cradle for time the friendships born, I am the Summer Tree.
What I love about the poem, and about what happens at summer tree, is that true things are shared. Campers get a glimpse of what it looks like to share true emotions with one another on a very authentic level. Campers and staff are vulnerable, and relationship happens on an extraordinary level on this morning. Tears were shared. As the breeze whispered through the trees, you could feel the weight of a loving family sharing things that mattered.
We will miss this group when they drive out the camp gate tomorrow. You have remarkable children!
The gate will open tomorrow, Saturday, at 9am and we’ll load up your luggage between 9am and 9:45am. Closing Ceremonies starts at 10am. Please be patient as you’re in your car— this year we will actually have your child’s luggage ready to go and we will load it in your car for you as you drive up, before you get out of the car. So, it’s worth the wait. Once you get out, you may go to the Dining Hall and check out. Your camper will meet you at the Dining Hall at 10am, at which time we’ll start closing ceremonies. You should be on your way home by 11am!
If you have questions, please call us at 936.254.3223 and/or email us at .
See you tomorrow!