While this past week has been particularly cold and rainy, it has not stopped the fun from happening at Camp Scatico. This week, we unfortunately had to say goodbye to our 4-weeker campers...
Although it seems like it has all been done before, there is still plenty to report on here at Camp Scatico. From an exciting Visiting Day to Carnival, it’s hard to believe that we’re halfway through the summer! Meanwhile...
Wild for Carnival!
Carnival, a coed fun afternoon of booths and games, is always a summer highlight. It was hard to believe that it could top last year’s Olympic theme but Dusty, Ken, and the CITs, who organized Carnival, thoroughly impressed camp. This summer's theme was Psychedelic Safari, and campers could be seen sporting their tie-dyed shirts and bucket hats. The classics, such as the Upper Seniors' haunted house, Senior girls' Marriage Booth, Senior boys' dunk tank, Subs' Zap Mail (campers deliver messages to one another in balloons), and Aziz’s psychic tent contributed to the afternoon’s excitement, along with “safari” golf cart rides all along the golf course, or “jungle”. As always the local ice cream truck was a smash hit, as was the DL horse race to close out the afternoon of celebration, with Center/Junior DL’s Lexi Schecter and Josh Trichon taking first place.
Tribes Take 2 (and 3)!
On Sunday, July 16th, an exciting second day of Tribes took place on girls side. The day included two divisional activities in the morning, a full-camp swim meet in the afternoon, and a Tribal “campfire” at night. The campfire featured an original “comic song,” a medley of songs which lovingly mock the problems in our camp (such as bugs, weather, etc.); a “rhythm band, in which campers act out a scene or activity using only sound effects with their mouths, and a counselor imitation. After two weeks of Tribes, Blazing Arrow is in first place, followed by Racing Wind, Flying Eagle, and then Thunderbolt. However, the standings are extremely tight, with Flying Eagle and Thunderbolt only one point apart! (Editor's note: Since publication, Blazing Arrow has emerged victorious...details to follow in a subsequent post.)
On boys side, this past week has been full of non-stop excitement. The boys have had a plethora of victories on tournaments recently - The Chess team won the Scatico tournament (other participating camps were Wah-Nee, Greylock, and Eagle Hill), a tennis team at camp Mah-Kee-Nac finished in 2nd out of 6 teams, and a rising 7th grade basketball team reached the finals at Camp Winadu, winning a 1-point game in the semi-finals on a foul shot with 7 seconds remaining. The sub-juniors in particular have been successful during the in-camp competitions, including the second full-camp Rock Paper Scissor competition (won by Sub-junior Josh Montvelisky) and a full-camp knockout, in which sub-junior Jake Zirolli defeated head counselor Cory Schwartz in the finals. Boys side has experienced tons of fun aside from all the games as well. The first overnights of the summer occurred for bunks 3-4, 7-8, and 9-10. An evolving outdoor mural on the road to the ballfields is almost ready for display at the mid-summer art show.
The Jinters had their first performance in the "Scatico Playhouse" when they starred in three mini-plays that were directed by the Seniors... The Inters ran a fun-filled "High School Musical" themed Lip Sync Battle evening activity... The Centers won the “All Star Division” award last week, an honor given by the Hill Staff to a division with exceptional athleticism and attitude on the hill... The Debs had their Waterfront Cookout with the Inter Boys... The Subs won the "Friends plaque" and were victorious on many tournaments... The Seniors went on their hike to Breakneck... The Soopers continued to have a blast leading Tribes, while also snagging a victory in the "Lip-Sync Battle."
The Sophs played an intense game of football in the rain... The Sub-juniors had "speed dating" with the Inter Girls... The Juniors played in a baseball tournament at Scatico and a tennis tournament at Timberlake... The Inters had their Waterfront Cookout with the Deb Girls... The Sub-seniors came out on top in a football tournament at Taconic... The Seniors ran the Dunk Tank at Carnival (a.k.a. the "Dank Tank)... The Upper Seniors gave Scatico a fright when they ran the Haunted House at Carnival
This morning, girls side woke up to what seemed to be a day like any other; however, little did they know that they were in for a special treat (no pun intended!). As breakfast came to an end, donuts were brought out frosted with the red, yellow, green, and blue Tribes colors, along with the emergence of the Big Chiefs and their drums, signifying that Tribes 2017 had begun!
The day is finally here. After waiting a long 10 months, campers put back on their green and white, experience the sights, smells and sounds of Scatico, and spend the next two months with their best friends (whether new, old, or both!). New campers are quick to inherit and embrace the traditions, spirit and relationships that make Scatico the camp we return to year after year.