by Charlie Paige on November 20
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 84 days since Camp ended. Aside from the summer, fall is my favorite season at Camp. The fall rains bring main campus’ grass back to life. Camp is quiet and its critters come back out now that their camper friends have left. The lake is cool but still warm enough for a morning dip. But it isn’t until the leaves change that summer for me is completely over. Eight weeks of bells, bugles, games, meals, Camp songs, track meets, big shows, and barbeques is always a lot to unpack. Camp’s new sounds and colors signal the end of a summer and the beginning of the next one.
It’s never too early to start thinking about next summer, right? For those of you who aren’t counting, there are about 260 days until the buses arrive. 260 days is less than 365 days so we have that going for us! From now until our first Sunday spaghetti dinner a lot of us have several months of winter, loads of school assignments, and trips that don’t involve bug juice or s’mores.
Soon Camp will be covered with snow and it’s hard to imagine Gaga and Steal the Pineapple being played at this same place. To help with the countdown, I like to think of all the activities and fun I will have next summer. My summer doesn’t start until I get in the lake for the first time. What’s the first thing you’ll do when you get back to Camp? What activity did you not get a chance to try this summer? By the time you read this it will be less than 260 days until Camp and we’re that much closer to another summer at Camp Mishawaka. Have a great winter and remember that Camp is anxiously awaiting our return.
Counting Down, Charlie Paige Boys Camp Director