World Cup Wednesday

It was truly a David vs Goliath affair, ironically with the DWIs having all the 'Goliaths'

Every Wednesday, deans like to break up the monotony of the everyday schedule and become creative with their Wednesday schedules. Usually it starts with an extra half hour of sleeping in, then breakfast, morning chapel and finally a morning full of games and activities.

Today, we had two teams square off in the Delanco Camp Open Invitational World Cup Classic, the DWI: David’s Wandering Israelites and the Iron Weasels of Norway.

First, on the soccer field, we played a game of soccer with an oversized ball. The DWI took an early advantage with a quick goal by Kevin Strauch, our assistant cook for the summer. But, the ferocity of the Iron Weasels kept them in the game when the speedy feet of Geraldo Colon tied the game up. When all was said and done, the DWI took the win and the 1-0 lead before heading to our second event.

This game’s a little complex. Teams were divided into two, five were sent to the dock and five stayed on the beach. Those on the beach had to swim to the dock, tag a teammate’s hand, then they had to swim in, spin around 10 times, then throw a frisbee near a bucket that had to be knocked in by an opponent. First team to complete this with all ten players earned the point.

Let’s just say, many people struggled with the spinning ten times and a few people wiped out on their way to the frisbee toss but, after a close match, the Iron Weasels pulled out the victory and earned the sudden death, winner take all, ever crucial third match: a boat tug of war under the bridge.
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Water Balloon Insanity

In keeping with the theme of beating the heat, today’s planned recreation was a game of Nukem with water balloons. To explain the rules of Nukem (I’m connecting with my inner child to describe this game.), it’s like volleyball, the server starts behind the line. But, instead of serving the ball over the net, the server has to throw the ball…er, water balloon, over the net. If you fail to catch the water balloon or it bursts on or near you, you were out of this round. But you got wet, so in the end, you really won.

We played a few rounds, girls versus guys, in which the girls won two out of three and counselors versus campers, which split their two games. After that, a massive water balloon fight took place…naturally. Teams were set on the fly, alliances were born, opponents were realized and the battle lines were drawn. I’ll be sure to keep you posted throughout the week if any battles start up throughout the week.

James spoke tonight about sacrifice, using the clip from LOTR: ROTK (that’s Lord of the Ring: Return of the King for those who aren’t fans of the series) where Aragon led the charge against the bad guys (okay…I don’t really know that much about the trilogy) to distract that big eye on top of the mountain from Frodo who was on his way up said mountain to drop the ring. He said we all make mistakes and we all must sacrifice to prevent us from falling into sin repeatedly.

We’re on our way to snack and a night game as Scott Rambo has just asked for us all to head over to the Dining Hall. Good night.


Beating the Heat

Rachel and Turtle duke it out for a chair in a game of 'Never Ever Have I Ever'
I feel like this title will be a common theme for the week. It’s supposed to break 100 degrees a few times.

Today is the first full day of Junior High 1 and, what a fun, eventful day it was. We had a swim test, we took our camp photos and we had ham for dinner. A great dinner it was.

The lake was the popular activity of the day as everyone was looking for a way to beat the heat, including the Permanent Staff (and yours truly) who jumped into the lake after all the campers were dismissed to their dorms to get ready for dinner and the evening service.

Our speaker, James, talked about Paul and his journey, relating it to Anakin from Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith as Paul and Anakin took similar journeys except opposite ways. Paul ran toward Christ and Anakin toward the Dark Side. His reasoning for showing the clip besides the fact that it related to his sermon. We got to see a little green dude, referring to Yoda, throw two enemy soldiers against a wall. It was pretty neat.

Speaking of James, he has chosen to use a more human microphone, his golden pipes, his vocal cords over the more electronic microphone. So, for this week, we will be unable to bring you the sermon recordings but, I’ll try to give you a pretty detailed description of what he spoke about.

Have a good night,