Dear Chippies, Parents, Family and Friends,
Today is Monday. Monday Staff Show, is everybody happy? Well I should say…
These are lyrics of a song that is a longstanding tradition at CRC. It is a song that is sung at the Final Staff Show each summer, and it is a song that brings the mood from loud, silly and crazy to heart wrenching and somber. But it is true, today is Monday, and so we must face the harsh reality that the day after the day after tomorrow, we say “Bye Bye, Chippies.”
Fear not though TSD readers because we have definitely made the very most of this final Monday at #TheRanch2022. This morning, despite the chilly weather, we had regular B-Day activities. Campers were zooming down the zipline at climbing; shout-out to Scarlett C who fearlessly flew across the South Field as I was walking by. And at the high ropes course, Molly L bravely went down the TruBlue as her friends were cheering her on. Down at waterskiing, Lilah L and Haddie I got up and around the lake on two skis. Even at swimming, campers were excited to jump in for what may have been their final dip in Dam Lake.
This afternoon, we had a very special event- Miss Rodeo. Miss Rodeo is the annual riding show in which our most advanced riders show off their skills. Jacklin R, Makenzie M, Sophia G and Hazel J impressed us all with their insane talent on horseback. I was truly amazed at their courage to ride while 300-plus Chippies watched in admiration. Horseback riding has been around at Chippewa since 1946, and although not every camper rides horses, it is such a cool part of our overall camp program. I love that once a summer, we all trek out to the stables to honor those who have dedicated so much time and effort to horseback riding. The entire show was incredible and the four campers who participated should be very proud of her work and performance!
Following Miss Rodeo, in addition to one more activity period, Tans and Whites met to solidify their plans for Pony Express…the final Tan & White game (which will be tomorrow). Lasagna dinner and canteen created a great deal of excitement prior to everybody getting ready for this evening’s Staff Show. There were lots and lots of highlights from tonight and I am going to try a new format to share those with you…a list…I know, very creative :).
Staff Show Highlights:
The program concluded with the entire camp singing five sad but appropriate songs, and naturally plenty of tears. Overall it was an outstanding day and night. It was filled with plenty of laughs and happiness but there was also a healthy dose of tugging at the heart-strings.
So yeah, that was our day. It was happy and it was sad but it was certainly marvelous. Just another amazing day on Dam Lake. And don’t worry, there is still plenty of camping left! Thanks for reading- have a great night!
Happy Camping and Love,