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This week has been one of the most spirited weeks yet! Over the weekend, we held the final event of Triple Crown, BPN (Bunk Plaque Night.) Bunks took the stage together for one last time this summer to reflect on all of their favorite moments in the form of re-written songs. The bunk plaques this year also did not disappoint, with each reveal getting massive cheers from the crowd. There were two bunks up for the Triple Crown title this year: The Laurel Girls and The Waiters. In a moment that will be remembered for many summers to come, both bunks WON TRIPLE CROWN in their respective division! It was an amazing night for all and even now, campers and staff alike can be heard singing out the lyrics to their favorite BPNs of the night.
With BPN behind us and the days at camp dwindling, a looming force has been felt by all. Tribals was surely going to break soon. A few more fake breaks came and went, with more fairytale creatures appearing each time. Finally, on the day of The LT show, an ogre by the name of Shrek appeared before us. Outside of the garden, a paint party to end all paint parties occurred. Running around in their new heart-shaped sunglasses, campers attempted to avoid the colored water being sprayed in all directions. Suffice to say many left the party with new tie-dye shirts. Still… no break occurred.
The LT Show was just as good as always, with skits, rap battles, piano ballads, dancing, and even a watermelon eating contest. We were all cozy in the warmth of the Playhouse when the LTs announced an unscheduled final skit. In school uniforms, they marched out for a lip sync of a song from Shrek. By the end of it, fireworks could be heard all around the building and Shrek once again took the stage. In what seemed to be minutes, we were all at the climbing tower which had been ignited with bright red light and a fire breathing dragon. From there, we darted to the Rec Hall, and then the Dining Hall for ogre cookies and arrow building. In The Garden, the entire camp broke Tribals together! Following a Mohican tradition, we threw our broken arrows into a fire and celebrated the arrival of a legendary next five days.
Now, Tribals is officially underway. This year, we’ve seen the addition of new activities like inflatable laser tag, an inflatable obstacle course, a cooking challenge, alongside the return of camp favorites like steal the bacon, bucket brigade, and Carter’s Challenge. The days are now breezing by and the excitement for sing and the plaque reveals (courtesy of our phenomenal art staff) is building.
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What a week! It all started with all 3 bunks being brave on the stage and singing their BPN while proudly showing the camp their plaques. We also went to 6 flags! Despite the rain we all had a very fun time going on rides and playing arcade games! The LT show was great and to top that off tribals broke!!
The apple girls have still been singing their bunk cheer around camp! The bunk have been enjoying the water slide… sliding down really fast trying to get further than each other. Volleyball has also been another hit for the girls as they’ve been practicing their serving and receiving.
The birch girls have been participating well in schokarts and have lots of fun zooming around the track. They have all been improving their kicking at kickball while trying to score a home run!
The ash girls love dance and continue to do so in their campers choices. They have also loved cooking this week with chief Hess and chief Marta.
The rest of the week has been special as the girls are continuing to connect and bond. Tribals is super exciting for all as they once again split into green and white and have a great time. We’ve had an incredible summer and are all constantly reflecting on what we’ve done and achieved. I am very lucky to have spent it with such amazing girls!
Super Junior Girls
The Super Junior Girls had an incredibly fun and busy week!
On Saturday we had BPN! It was such an amazing night!
The Hazel Girls presented ‘Hazel Home’ to ‘Dancing in the Dawn.’
The Hemlock Girls presented ‘Heard from Hemlock’ to ‘1983.’
The Cherrywood Girls presented ‘Cherrywood by Chance’ to ‘Raging Fire.’
Last but not least, the Fir Girls presented ‘Funky Firs’ to ‘God’s Plan.’
On Sunday we hosted ‘Super Junior Girls slay day.’ It was an afternoon full of special activities. First we made some ice cream from scratch! Then we did an egg drop challenge. In groups of 5 the SJG’s protected their eggs with all sorts of materials such as, cardboard toilet paper rolls, cotton balls, tape, straws and balloons as parachutes. They were dropped all the way from the top of the climbing tower!
We also had a huge game of steal the bacon which included sponges soaked with paint! We finished the game off with a paint fight and water balloons!
For night activity on our special day we headed to the tennis courts for some stargazing meditation and a dance party with glow sticks and munchkins from dunkin!!
It was an amazing day enjoyed by all of the super junior girls and staff!
On Monday we headed to Six Flags Great Escape! It was a day full of extreme roller coasters and fun games!
Tribals has begun, and it’s sure going to be a great final week at Schodack for the Super Junior Girls!
Super Junior Boys
It was a fun and busy week for the Middle Girls!
All of the middle girls enjoyed their last days of activities before Tribals broke on Tuesday night after a great LT Show! The Juniper Girls were ecstatic when one of their GLs, Mykayla, was announced to be General for the White Team! We are excited to continue the 5 days of fun!
All four Middle Girls bunks were amazing on Bunk Plaque Night! Congratulations to the Laurel Girls with Laurel Landing for winning triple crown! They are the first Middle Girls bunk to win triple crown in 20 years! Palm Girls with Palm Paradise came in second place. Their BPN is still getting stuck in my head! Mulberry Girls performed Made to be Mulberry and Juniper Girls performed Jammin’ out with Juniper, both of which were outstanding performances.
The Mulberry Girls enjoyed a fun Pizza Party which they were rewarded from winning Horse Racing during LT carnival.
The middle girls had an incredible time playing laser tag and on an inflatable obstacle course, both of which are new Tribals activities! They also loved stargazing on the hockey courts which was one of our night activities!
We are excited for the rest of Tribals and a great end to Summer 23!
This week was full of excitement for all camp, especially the Super Seniors.
The Super Seniors had a fun morning before getting ready for BPN. Both bunks had been practicing hard throughout the morning, with two great BPN’s. The Super Senior Goonsquad and the Super Senior Girls Rewind. Both plaques looked amazing. With a special shoutout to Jude Theodore and Brandon Reich for making the boys one look incredible. To round off the night, we all enjoyed canteen time with night snack.
Monday saw a fresh week at Schodack, with so many great activities planned. The Super Senior Girls and Boys split in two for the final trip day of the summer. The boys headed off to Six Flags, enjoying all the fun rides and making the most of their last trip. The girls headed off to Lake George for the first time. Here they enjoyed food and a good amount of shopping, all coming back with Lake George clothing.
The annual LT show was a huge hit with all of camp. It was soon time for Tribals to break, so after a late wake up on Wednesday we all headed to the first Tribals activity. The Super Senior Girls played an intense game of Steal the Bacon, with Cowboy Steve as their judge. The Super Senior Boys had a very competitive game of Basketball. Then we headed out to the pit to watch Hatchet Hunt, cheering on our Lieutenants very loudly.
In the afternoon we headed down to the lake all together. There was knee boarding, wakeboarding, banana boating and more. All the Super Seniors had a great time and loved being there as a whole division.
The end of the day soon came around and concluded with the Marathons, with some Super Seniors putting on an incredible display with some brilliant running skills. To finish our day, they all had canteen time and hung out together for the night.
The Super Seniors had a wonderful week here at Schodack and can’t wait for more fun, including Carters Challenge and The Relay!
The LTs began the week North of the border in Montreal with a fun-filled action-packed trip – easily the highlight is the Jet Boating on the Lachine Rapids, an experience recommended to any reader! Upon our return we were straight back into our roles of serving at mealtimes and looking after the entire camp in the evening as the staff enjoyed a night off. Bunk Plaque Night was terrific with both groups putting on terrific (and opinion-dividing) performances which will live long in the memory. Yesterday was the final trip day of the summer and the First Years thoroughly enjoyed their day in Saratoga while the second years were helping the younger campers navigate the delights of 6 Flags or, to those of a certain generation, The Great Escape up in Lake George. These words are being written just prior to the start of LT Show Day, when hopefully all the talents and efforts of this remarkable group will come together to put on a spellbinding show for the camp – even with everything else they have been doing.
After which we will be in the home stretch and enjoying all the traditional events that make the culmination of a camp summer, notably the LT Banquet at local restaurant Moscatiello’s where we celebrate the year and reminisce on the journey we have all been on. We are all very proud of this group and are confident that the skills they have learned will stand them in very good stead in the future!
More From The Week
The Super Junior Girls enjoyed an afternoon full of science and sweetness. First, they gathered under the Dining Hall tent for an ice cream making party. There, they filled sandwich bags full of salt and ice and added in ingredients for ice cream in a separate plastic bag. From there, the race to make ice cream was on! In duos, wrapped in towels, or tossed like a ball, the super juniors shook the ice cream until it reached an ideal consistency. After that, they raced over to the main lawn to build devices that could safely deliver their eggs from the top of the climbing tower to the ground.
Our final culture trip of the year was to the Clark Art Institute. Campers got to view the works of Edvark Munk, Claude Monet, and much more. One highlight of the trip were the Humane Ecology and Printed Renaissance exhibits. In the library, campers got to get crafty with several creative activities or nestled down into one of the many plush chairs for a bit of reading time. After that, we took a quick stroll through the Schow Pond which featured a rock path that campers could walk across.
The days until the end of camp are breezing by and it’s bittersweet feeling. We’re savoring each moment and looking forward to the events still to come!
Scoop Of The Week
Here is one of our most popular issues of The Schodack Scoop from this week!
And with that, you are all caught up on everything that has happened at Camp Schodack this week! We will be back next week with more including Celebration, The Burning of the Year, and the final days of camp!