First Saturday – Session 2
Suit Up Saturday might be one of the most popular days at camp. We start of the day with a strong late wakeup – 8:45am. Hopefully everyone used the extra hour wisely and went to bed early and slept until the whistle. I definitely did! After breakfast, we have an extended clean up to end the week. Every room needs to be a perfect 10 before going to activities.
The activity whistle blows at about 10:15. From there everyone heads to their majors where they will be for 2 hours straight until lunch. We call it Suit Up Saturday because this is the only day that the counselors also get in full gear and participate. Obviously there are safety rules put in place for the counselors. It’s so fun though because the campers love seeing these older guys and girls play their sports. Nothing cooler than seeing some division 1 hockey players glide on the ice in full gear. Same goes for Lax, Soccer and Baseball.
Every major was going really well and we finally got some cooler weather today. Campers were working really hard and the directors were running some great sessions. Tons of cool drills and mini scrimmages were happening. The last 30 minutes of the period we had some full field, ice and court games going on. I loved watching and was enjoying every moment.
After a pulled pork and mac & cheese lunch, we hit the dorms for a much needed rest hour. In the professional dorm we were all hanging out and doing some Mad Libs! Some very funny stories came out of this.
At the activity whistle, it was time to hit the fields and the waterfront for a strong afternoon. Arts & crafts, soccer, archery, basketball, canoeing, waterskiing, fishing, weight training & fitness, flag football, gaga, field games, ice hockey. All were running! What an afternoon it was. After a strenuous morning, it was nice to see the campers take it easy a little bit and just have some good old fashioned camp fun. I jumped on the boat and got to see some pretty sweet wakeboarding and tubing.
Every Saturday night, we have movie night for the campers. The youngest campers, the rookies, head down to Koop’s house to watch and eat some snacks. The professionals head to the lovely air conditioned humanities center to eat and watch their movie. The seniors hangout in the senior lounge and do their thing. It was a great ending to a great day.
Tomorrow is Lazy Bones Sunday and in the afternoon…Carnival Day!
Goodnight from Bridgton!
Camp is in full force as we entered our 4th day of Session 2. Everyone is making friends and enjoying their activities. Campers are working really hard at their major sports and having a ton of fun at all the different minors. Counselors have tons of energy and are making sure that all activities are going smoothly.
The past 2 days have been very hot and humid. Not your usual perfect Maine weather. The key words have been Water & Sunscreen. When the heat rises it is super important to stay hydrated. I joined the Basketball major this morning with the famous Coach Whit. He was working the kids hard and going through tons of drills to help improve their game. We finished off with a little scrimmage. It went really well and everyone left the court pretty tired.
2nd period I made my way down to the waterfront for a little fishing lesson on the pontoon boat. It was amazing to be on the water. There was a nice breeze and we even got to jump in and go for a little swim. It was a good day to fish, we caught about 12 fish. It would be fun to bring them back to the chef, but at camp, we throw them back in the lake.
For lunch, we had chicken caesar salad wraps. They were delicious. Finished off with a nice little cup of chocolate pudding and whipped cream. After lunch, everyone went back to the dorms for rest hour. Because it was such a hot day and we were all working hard, most campers took a nap. It’s always a good time to just chill out and prepare for the afternoon.
4th and 5th periods went really well. Activities were a little calmer than usual so no one got too tired. The temperature started to drop a little bit and some clouds rolled in. This made the rest of the day really nice. During choose up, we hosted a spike ball tournament that a lot of kids got involved in. It’s slowly becoming one of the most popular lawn games in camp. It’s a game of athleticism & teamwork.
Thursday night dinners are always a cookout. The dining hall staff fires up the grille outside and we all get to hang out and eat. Burgers & Hot Dogs are always on the menu along with a bunch of sides. The sun was setting as we sat around the grass and enjoyed a great meal and some solid conversations.
The evening activity was just some good old fashioned free play. Gaga and the Basketball gym were going strong as always. It was a nice night chill night that we all enjoyed.
Everyone seems to be pretty tired after today. I think we are all going to fall asleep early and get a great night’s sleep.
Excited to see what’s in store for tomorrow!
Session 2 – Day 1
Hello and welcome to our session 2 campers! Goodbye to our session 1 campers, you will be missed.
It was a beautiful morning here in Bridgton, Maine. The sun was shining and the temperature was a perfect 73 degrees. Like every morning, the whistle blew at 7:45am and all throughout camp you heard, “Goooood Morning Bridgton!! Everybody up! It’s a great day to be at camp!” – The classic wakeup call from our fearless leader, Koop. Heading up the hill to the dining hall were tons of new faces. New 8 year olds and new 15 year olds walking together to see what was for breakfast. And what better than chocolate pancakes and bacon for opening day. Don’t worry though…for the healthier ones, there is always a yogurt and fruit bar available.
Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer. Those are the “majors” here at camp. Every camper majors in one sport and then minors in different sports and activities. Majors are comprised of skills and drills. The kids buy into their sport and really want to improve over the next 3 weeks. The directors of each sport are masters at their craft. All of them come from division 1 college backgrounds and really know how to lead and teach.
The first day of majors are always awesome to watch. Campers and counselors come out hungry and are eager to get going. The energy is at an all time high. Everyone wants to give 110% and prove that they are there to get better and to work. Our Lax program had the best major period I have ever seen. The enthusiasm and level of play was incredible. Every single person on the field was running hard and listening to the coaches and director. It was impressive. The other majors were all the same. At our 6pm lineup, each director stood up and gave a recap of the major and there was not one negative thing that was said. All upbeat positive attitudes. Good vibes over here for day 1!
Every coach wants their players to be well rounded athletes. Hockey coaches want their players to play sports like lax to improve on their hand-eye coordination. Basketball coaches like their players improving their speed & agility on the soccer field. In addition to their majors, everyone also minors in different sports & activities. When at the minors, it is always game play. On the first morning of every session, we give our campers a weekly schedule with every single period laid out for them. This is important to us, because it allows us to make sure that there are always enough campers at the minor periods to play a full game.
At our core, we are Bridgton Sports Camp. However, we pride ourselves in being a perfect mix of a sports camp with traditional camp values. In addition to our sports, we offer an array of activities that allow our campers to try new things and take breaks from the sports.
Our waterfront always has some of our most popular minors. Waterskiing, wakeboarding, canoeing, and fishing are always running every single period. Maine has beautiful lakes and amazing weather, and everyone loves getting in there. Many of our campers have never been waterskiing or wakeboarding before and it is awesome when they get up for the first time. This year, we got a brand new pontoon boat that we use during fishing periods. Today, one of our campers caught the biggest fish of the entire summer. It was sick! Don’t worry, after looking at it, they threw it back in the water and we did NOT eat it for dinner!
In addition to the waterfront we offer many other activities. Arts & Crafts is a great place to go and cool down and make some pretty neat stuff. Street Hockey & Tennis always get intense. We have a great weight training & fitness / speed & agility program that aligns perfectly with our campers major sports. There are solid workout regiments that campers can work on during these periods that will help them improve on the court field, and ice.
After dinner, we have evening activities. Most of the time, it is Bridgton Sports League; aka BSL. We also have free play occasionally. Additionally, we have special events and trips. One night we have casino night. Other nights we do ice cream sundaes. One time we even go to a Portland SeaDogs minor league baseball game. Tonight, we kicked it off with BSL.The way it works is every division is divided up into different teams. Because we are a sports camp, our divisions are college conferences. ACC & Big Ten. Last session our 2 winners were Clemson & Ohio State. Games of Gaga, Newcomb, Volleyball, Handball & Kickball were played on the fields. As it became dark, the games came to an end.
Our youngest campers, the rookies, head straight to showers and start hanging out and getting ready for bed. The older guys have a little more freedom. The middle division, the professionals are able to play in the gym and hang on the fields until 9:15. After that, they head to their dorms to shower and prepare for bed. Lights out for them are at 10:30. Because they are the oldest in camp, the seniors are ables to stay out of the dorms a bit later. We don’t have a “shower time” for them. As high school students, they know that they need to shower and wash up before lights out.
So concludes our first day of camp. We hope that you follow us on Facebook & Instagram for some sweet photos from around camp.
Until next time…Goodnight from Bridgton!!
A Bridgton Sports Camp Staff member
2 successful days of color war are in the books. Our 3rd and final day is tomorrow, and at the end, a winner will be crowned. Currently, the Warriors are beating the Penguins by 70 points. A close margin with plenty of events left and many points still to be won. Every year, our two color war teams are the winners of the NBA Championship VS the Stanley Cup Champions. The teams are led by 2 of our oldest campers; the senior captains. Their assistants are the younger, professional captains, who help take the lead on controlling the professional division. Then, we assign a counselor captain to each team to help maintain order.
Day 1 – Wednesday
Day 1 was filled with tons of drama. All 3 divisions were split up amongst themselves around camp for different games and events.The day began with Seniors playing an intense game of soccer, while the Rookies played kickball and the Professionals split up between cricket and basketball. From there, there was a rotation of games throughout the day. Handball, Flag Football, Gaga, Wiffle Ball were being played. Kids were having a blast and really getting into it. There was a real competitive nature in the air. We stress to our campers and staff that while it’s fine to be competitive and want to win, the most important parts of color war are sportsmanship & respect. Stay humble when you win, and keep your head up when you lose. Treat your teammates, the referees, and the opposing team with respect. This is something that all of us can continue to work on every single day.
Track & Field
Also during day 1 of color war, we hosted one of my favorite events of the summer; the track & field. Each division had their own event. We set up a track on one of our fields and host races such as the 100 “meter” dash, the 800 “meter” run, the “mile” run, and more. Two of my favorite races are the 4 x 100 “meter” relay and the 4 x 400 “meter” relay. It’s so fun to watch the kids race and pass the baton to their partner. There is also a baseball toss and a football toss. The culmination of the event is an all team, best of 3, tug of war. Check out the website and Facebook for some awesome pictures of the event.
Nighttime – Day 1
As 6pm rolled around, we had our first color war lineup. We went over scores for the day and discussed the importance of sportsmanship and respect. There were some fantastic recaps of the games that were played and some great shoutouts to campers. We ended lineup with a few rock paper scissor challenges for points. It was awesome to see everyone rooting on their teammates in such a simple game. After dinner, we took a break from color war and enjoyed some organized free play activities.
Day 1 – Thursday
The Morning & Hockey
Today we expereinced a bit of rain and some cold weather, so we had to tweak the schedule a little bit. Due to the long and tiring day 1, we had a late wakeup this morning. 8:45am, so just an hour later. After breakfast and cleanup, the entire camp made their way up to the ice hockey rink for our annual color war hockey game. It is always one of the most intense and exciting games of the summer. And today, was no different. The Warriors jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, but the resilience from the other side was so impressive. The rest of the game was an outright battle. The Penguins fought hard and clawed their way back into the game. With only 4 minutes to go in the game, the score was 7-5. The music was blasting during stoppage and the crowd was going nuts. Everyone in camp was in the arena and cheering on the players on the ice. After a sweet backhand goal that put the Warriors up 8-5, they didn’t look back. They put in 2 more quick ones, and the game was over. It was incredible way to finish the hockey season at camp. Always so proud of all of our hockey majors and seeing how much they improved over the summer.
Top Chef & Dodgeball & Jeopardy
The rest of the day was similar to yesterday. Each age group split up amongst 3 different events and rotated. Again, due to the weather, we had to switch to rainy day schedule. One event was of course, a camp staple…dodgeball! Games are always intense in our gym. The 2nd event that took place was Camp Jeopardy; another camp favorite. Love seeing our campers use their knowledge in order to win points for their team. Our assistant director, Wade, does an amazing job putting this event together. And our 3rd event of the day, was perhaps my most favorite. Year after year, our rookie division leader hosts this event and it is always one of the best. It is BSC’s very own version of Top Chef. Each age group goes one at a time and splits up into 6 different teams. 3 Warrior teams & 3 Penguin teams. Each team is given 3 base ingredients that must be used in the meal. Today’s base ingredients were beef jerkey, string beans, and strawberry frosted cookies. YUM. There is then a table of other ingredients that campers are allowed to come up and select a few to add to their dishes. Some of these include, vanilla pudding, string cheese, apples, pringles, rye bread, jelly, and so much more. Everyone is given 30 minutes to come up with the most creative and unique dish. They are then presented to our counselor judges. They decide the winners based on a bunch of different categories. What an incredible event this was.
The day finished strong with our senior basketball game after dinner. Just like the hockey game, the whole camp was in the gym watching. It was super intense and competitive, and the sportsmanship was the best I’ve seen so far. In the end, the winning team won by 8 points. It was an unbelievable game to witness.
As the sun sets, we go into our final day of color war, and also, our final day of session 1. I can’t believe how quickly these 3 weeks have flown by. Tune in tomorrow for a recap of our whacked up relay!
From Bridgton, Goodnight!!
Rookies & Professionals go to Funtown Splashtown, USA
My favorite amusement park in New England. I’ve been a frequent visitor of the park since I was 8 years old. Today was the day! Our 8-13 year olds woke up at 8:45am and went to breakfast. The school busses rolled up to the dining hall and campers and staff jumped on board to head to Funtown Splashtown USA! The bus ride was filled with excitement. Returning campers were busy planning their day and telling new campers which rides and what games are a must do. Counselors get different camper assignments, and they are able to explore the park as groups. Per usual, we started the day at Splashtown; hitting some of the best water rides the country has to offer. After lunch, it was time to change out of bathing suits and head into Funtown…
Funtown has some pretty cool rides. The log flume is always a crowd favorite. On a humid day, it’s nice to get a little wet. The best part of the flume, however, are the pictures taken when the log heads down the steep drop. There are definitely some funny faces to look at. The most popular ride in the park however, is probably Excalibur. An old school wooden roller coaster with a sick drop at the end. (This ride also takes great pictures at the perfect moment.) I myself didn’t muster up the courage to do this ride until I was 11. In addition to the rides, there are a ton of games to play. Basketball shooting, ring toss, balloon popping, water squirt racing, and so much more. Almost everyone leaves the park with either a goldfish or a stuffed animal that is anywhere from the size of a baseball to the size of a camper!
Dinner at the park is also really fun. Options include burgers, hot dogs, pizza, chicken fingers and more. Of course, there are also tons of snacks throughout the park that our campers love. Fried dough, candy, frozen lemonade, and we can never forget…Dippin’ Dots! What is there not to love about this day. Before we left, we had one more surprise in store.
A voice came over the loud speaker asking everyone from our camp to all meet in a certain place. Everyone was confused, but headed to the spot and gathered around. When we arrived, there was a police officer waiting for us. Everyone became silent. The officer went stern and began telling us that a bunch of our campers were disrespecting the park. That we weren’t behaving and that we might not be allowed back again. It was clear that people were upset and didn’t know how to react. After a 5 minute lecture from the officer, he stopped talking. He looked around, and all of a sudden his stone-cold face turned into a huge smile and broke out into laughter. He yelled as loud as he can “COLOR WARRRRRR!!”…….Relief and excitement spread throughout the campers and staff. We boarded the bus to come back to camp and are eager to begin color war tomorrow 🙂
Seniors Wake Up Early & go White Water Rafting
The boys were woken super early at 5:45am. After a quick breakfast, they were on the road by 6:15. It was a long bus ride to the Kennebec river. Almost instantly, everyone was sleeping on the bus. I don’t blame them! As the bus got closer, the campers were woken to the sweet sweet sound of some counselor karaoke. Seems a little more fun than our every day whistle. This certainly wasn’t your average wake up, but it was hilarious. Campers joined in and the bus ride camaraderie grew quickly. Everyone was singing along and getting pumped up for the day ahead.
When we arrived at the river, we were greeted by our friendly guides. They gave us instructions and a rundown on safety and how the day was going to go. Pretty quickly, we were split up into groups and on the river. It was a really fun experience. We had everything from calm and relaxing currents to class 3 and 5 rapids! Super adventurous and challenging at times, and some campers even took a little dip.
Rafting came to a close and everyone got off the river together. We walked over to the campsite with the rafting staff to recap the day. Everyone shared their experiences and what they thought of the morning / afternoon. The day ended with a really nice chicken & steak meal right on the riverbank. It was a perfect way to complete the trip and hangout as a group. It was time to hit the busses and venture back to camp….Oh yea, and on the way back, the bus driver pretended we had a flat tire and once everyone was off the bus, he held upon a sign that read “BSC COLOR WAR 2017!!”. It Is ON!
CIT’s Head South to Boston
As their final journey as semi-campers, our CIT’s traveled down to Boston today. I was lucky enough to join them. It was a day filled with bonding and reminiscing about their time as campers at BSC. We shared many stories and many laughs throughout the day.
After a quick Dunkin Donuts breakfast, we arrived in Bean-town at about 11am. We started the day off by touring around Harvard University and Harvard Square. It was a beautiful morning and a great way to explore the incredible campus. We obviously had to by some Harvard swag before leaving the area. From there, we ventured to Newbury street. We started at the very top and worked our way south, We grabbed some lunch and went into about 1 million stores. I think the group favorites were the Harry Potter Shop and a hidden sneaker store called Bodega (if you like sneakers and are in Boston, GO! It’s behind the vending machine…)
Newbury street ended and spit us out into Boston Common. We explored the beautiful park, took some pictures and just hung out. We made our way to Quincy Market and shopped a little more and chilled by the water. At around 5:15, we sat down for a group dinner. Our last stop for the day was to go see Blue Man Group. The show was excellent. We were all entertained and were active during the show. One of our guys even got chosen to go on stage as a helper.
It was an unbelievable way for this group to finish off their camp careers. Every single one of them has grown tremendously while at BSC over the years, and we are so proud of the young men they have turned into. We hope that many of them return next year as counselors.
With only 3 full days of camp left, Color War is upon us. It’s going to be a great finish.
Until Next Time….
Final Weekend – Session 1
As the sun set on this Sunday evening, our campers received their cell phones after dinner. This would be the last time they can call their parents, because by Saturday, the session will be over. These last few weeks have flown by and I can’t believe we only have 5 full days remaining. The end of today marked the final weekend of the session. It was jam packed with activities, sports, intercamp games and more…
I’ve never experienced weather quite like what we have had. It was sun all day, but finally it was a bit cooler. Since our last little storm last week, it has been perfect outside. Allowing us to go about our normal schedules. Saturday morning began just as every morning does. We had an extra hour to sleep though. After breakfast, we went straight into major periods. We go for a little over 2 hours at majors doing a mixture of skills, drills, and game play. Everyone was working really hard.
Intercamp – Indian Acres Basketball
While camp was running smoothly, we had a basketball tournament to attend to. This was our favorite basketball tournament of the summer. The Indian Acres 16 & under. We were an underdog this year, but we sent our best team to see what we can do. Our coach said to the team that if we were going to win the tournament it would be because of our defense. Win or lose, we would be the hardest working team on the court. Our first round matchup was a tight game from start to finish. It was our first game playing as a team, so we were getting all the kinks out and learning to play with each other. The court was outside and the sun was shinning. With 2 minutes to go, one of our campers hit a go ahead 3 pointer to put us up 2. From that moment, everything clicked and we didn’t look back. We had a steal on the last possession of the game and we won by 3.
Our second game was interesting. It was against one of our rival camps; Wigwam. The tournament style was a 2 game round robin with 8 teams competing. The top 4 teams would move onto the semi-final. The seeds were determined by overall record & point differential. Going into game 2, we had an opportunity to claim the 1 seed in the playoffs. We needed to beat the other team by a significant margin in order to do so. Coach spoke to the team and explained the situation. Everyone understood what needed to be done. Our captain took control of the game and got everyone going. Our defense was perfect and that turned in to fast breaks and really solid offense. We scored 82 points in the game, and it was enough to give us the 1 seed.
The semi-final game was against Camp Winaukee. A very skilled but much smaller team than we were. For the first time all day, our players really felt like we had the opportunity to win the tournament. We came out really strong in the first half. We kept everyone fresh and used our whole 10 man roster to win the game. From the opening tip until the final buzzer, we were laser focused and in control. We won by 10 points and were heading to the finals. This would be our 4th trip to the finals of this tournament, but we’ve never taken home the trophy.
When the home team, Indian Acres is in the finals, the place gets rowdy. The game takes place in their indoor hardwood gym and the entire camp is in attendance. It becomes a pretty hostile environment. However, Freyburg Academy took Indian Acres to the limit and beat them by 3 points in their semi-final matchup. They were a really good team with some amazing shooters, especially one kid who must have been averaging 6 3-pointers per game. Before the game, coach told one of our players that his only job for the entire game was to face-guard this kid and make sure he did’t touch the ball. This camper worked so hard and only allowed this kid to take one shot the entire game. It game late in the 3rd quarter and he missed. Our captain, and point guard had an unbelievable game in what would be the final game of his camp career. It was so important to him that we won this game. And that’s exactly what we did. As coach said from the beginning, we will win this tournament because of our defense, our hard work, and our hustle. For the first time in BSC history, we were the champions of the Indian Acres 16’s basketball tournament. It was a sweet day and an unbelievable drive back to camp where we would present Koop with the trophy at lineup. It is now sitting in our dining hall.
Saturday Night at the Movies
A camp favorite. Saturday night at the movies! Every Saturday night, the different age groups spread out around camp and watch a movie together. They get snacks and soda and it’s a great way to hang in pajamas with your friends! Koop hosted all the rookies at his house where they snuggled up on coaches and on the carpet and watched their movie. It was a super cute scene to see!
When the movies were over, everyone went back to the dorms and went to sleep. It’s okay to stay up a little late on Saturday’s since Sunday’s are…..Lazy Bones Sunday!!! That means late sleep in and buffet breakfast! Woo
Sunday was a great day. If you forget what we do Sunday mornings, check out our past posts for some knowledge! After our 10:30 lineup, we went into some organized free play. There was an 11 & under soccer tryout too. One of our veteran counselors led a gaga tournament for some of the younger kids. Ultimate frisbee was also going on at the football field. It was a nice and relaxing morning. Everyone was out of the dorms and enjoying the day.
After lunch, we had a nice treat. We had 2 hockey scrimmages against local youth teams. The games were a ton of fun. The first game was for some of the older kids and the second game was for younger campers. The games got really intense! Mostly every camper and counselor from camp went into the rink and watched the game. There was a ton of chanting and cheering going on for our teams. It was a really cool thing to see. Everyone was into it and the players loved playing for our crowd. The players harnessed the energy of the crowd and were victorious in both games. Nothing gets the camp camaraderie going like hockey games!
Right after hockey and before dinner, we had our first night of playoffs for BSL (Bridgton Sports league). To remind you, BSL is a league where campers in different age groups are split into teams and compete in camp games. Games include cricket, capture the flag, volleyball, gaga, handball, newcomb, kickball, and more. For the rookie division, we had our semi-final matchups tonight. Everyone played newcomb. The games were intense and the competition was high. After all, the winning teams of the league get a pizza part at the end of camp, and their team name engraved in the BSL Cup! While the rookeis squared off on the newcomb court, the professional / senior league was playing cricket. It was awesome to see the entire camp up on the fields having fun and competing.
After the games, it was straight to dinner and then kids were given their phones to call homes. The night was done, and so was our final weekend of session 1. It has been an incredible few weeks and we have so much left in store for the final days!
Goodnight from Bridgton!
Gooooood Morning Bridgtooooon!!! Everybody out of bed! Up up up up up up up! The sound of Koop’s voice woke up the camp as it does every single morning. We made our way up to the dining hall for breakfast where fluffy blueberry pancakes and scrambled eggs were waiting for us. Baseball & Wimbledon highlights were all over Sportscenter. Our waterfront director is loved by everyone in camp and almost every meal, the campers start chanting his name. This morning was no different.
We had 2 big intercamp tournaments today. 15’s street hockey at Camp Micah and 13’s basketball at Indian Acres. Both are very popular tournaments. There are about 6-8 camps that attend. The structure is usually a round robin style and then the top 4 teams advance to the playoffs. Our basketball team performed well in the round robin stage. We lost the first game but won our second. Because of point differential and other scores, our record was good enough to advance to the playoffs. It was a hard fought battle, but in the end, we unfortunately lost in the semi-final game. Our sportsmanship was on point and we are proud of our boys!
Now on to the street hockey tournament. We went undefeated in the round robin stage, winning 2-1 in our first game, and 4-0 in our second game. Our record and point differential was good enough to land us the top seed going into the playoffs. We defeated our semi-final opponent pretty easily and it was on to the finals, where we would play the hosts, Camp Micah. This was a wild game. There was music playing and they probably had their entire camp in the stands watching the game. It was a hostile environment for the away team! It was a hard game to play. With 5 minutes to go, we were down 1-0. We didn’t have much going for us on the offensive end. Out of nowhere, one of our oldest senior captains comes running down the rink and take a wicked slap shot the zipped past the goalie into the top left corner of the net. It was now 1-1. With 70 seconds to go, one of our campers whips around the back of the opposing goal and finds one of his teammates right in front of the net who puts it home! 2-1 Bridgton. 15 seconds later, we catch a nice bounce and go on the break to put one more in to make it 3-1. As one of our coaches said at lineup, it was the cherry on top. We came home with the trophy!
Every summer, we host a casino night for our campers. We bring in poker tables, blackjack tables and many other fun games for the kids to play. Cotton candy and popcorn machines are always a must. We hand out fake money and we have an awesome time. Everyone gets dressed up for it too. Campers and staff looked GOOD. Hair was gelled and combed to perfection. Button downs were crisp. And sunglasses were definitely worn. Each age group gets an hour at the casino, starting with the rookies. Koop always makes a guest appearance and deals a little blackjack. I for one, manned the rock papers scissors station for a little bit. I was tough to beat, but kids liked to wager a lot of their money against me! Oh, and our lovable waterfront director was in charge of music for the night. It was a funny and incredible night.
We only have one more week of first session. The summer is flying by and we don’t want it to end! We have an amazing last week ahead of us filled with trips, intercamp, color war and more. Stay tuned for more daily recaps! Until then…..
Sun Sun Sun!! Another incredible day up in Maine. We love these type of days. Normal schedule was in full effect. The day started off as we usually do. Koop walked by the dorms at 7:45 and blew his whistle to wake up our campers & counselors. Everyone made their way up to breakfast. As always, the younger rookie campers sprinted up the hill to be first in line at the dining hall. A few minutes later, the professionals trotted along, not really caring where they ended up in line. Lastly, as a single unit, the seniors came strolling up, some of them barely awake. Cheesy eggs, hash browns, sausage, blueberry muffins lined the buffet line. Off to the side, our usual yogurt & bagel bar stood proudly! As campers sat down, Sportscenter was turned on so that they can see some of the results from the previous night’s sporting events.
From breakfast, everyone made their way back to the dorms for our 15 minute daily cleanup. Remember, the dorm rooms with the best room scores gets to go into town for ice cream at the end of the week on our brand new pontoon boat. Yes, I guess we have to bribe our campers to clean up, but hey, it makes them feel responsible for the tidiness of their room and the need to be organized & clean!
At 9am, the activity whistle blew and the day was fully underway. Some campers made their way to the gym for a basketball period. Others headed up to the fields for baseball, field games, volleyball, soccer or lacrosse. Archery was going and so was arts & crafts. The waterfront was busy, with pontoon boat fishing, canoeing, and waterskiing periods all taking place. It was a really fun morning and there was tremendous energy around camp.
First period is a shorter period, so it’s always minors. Majors happen 2nd & 3rd periods. Once 10am rolled around, some campers were off to major periods (Basketball, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse & Baseball), while others had more minors. As with every single period, the waterfront was running! Majors continued into 3rd period and then it was time fro lunch.
What might be my all time favorite camp lunch was today. Grilled cheese & tomato soup!! Not much better than dipping that crispy golden brown melted cheese sandwich into a nice bowl of warm tomato soup. And what better to wash it all down with than a glass of our famous chocolate milk. Don’t worry though, our daily salad bar & fruit bar were around also! Rest hour was definitely needed today. Even I took a solid 15 minute nap.
Every year, Indian Acres Camp hosts a few intercamp tournaments throughout the year. Today was the 16 and under soccer tournament. We sent a team. We have been to the finals for the past 4 years and have even won a few times. Today was our 5th straight finals appearance. Unfortunately, we were beaten by the host team. Our boys played an amazing tournament and had standout sportsmanship. We are super proud of them for playing their best, but are even more impressed with how they handled their loss. They lost with grace and after the game, accepted defeat and shook the other teams hands.
The rest of the afternoon was great. All activities were well attended and everyone was playing hard. Every Thursday night we have a BBQ for dinner. The chefs grill hamburgers & hotdogs outside. We allow everyone to eat wherever they want outside and hang with one another. I love the bbq because it gives everyone a chance to hangout with other people and walk around and mingle.
The night went on with free play after dinner. Campers were playing gaga, basketball, soccer and much more. Some were even just hanging out playing cards, fooseball and ping-pong in the Wolverine Den. In there they were also able to watch a baseball game on the big scream and munch on an evening snack. As it became later it was time for bed. It got quieter around campus and everyone started going to sleep. It was another awesome day at BSC, and per usual, we cannot wait for what tomorrow has in store for us.
The 4th of July
Happy 4th of July BSC Families and readers!! I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday weekend filled with water activities, hamburgers, hot dogs, fireworks, and time spent with their families. To me, spending July 4th in Bridgton is the best. For the third day in a row, we had some perfect Maine weather. I apologize for not writing yesterday, but we were crazy busy all day and didn’t return to camp until late last night. Below is a recap of how we celebrated the holiday here at camp.
4 on the Fourth (of July)
Every year, the town of Bridgton hosts a 4 miles run around town called 4 on the Fourth. And every year, we send a handful of campers & staff members to participate. At 630am, these brave BSC-ers woke up, laced up their sneakers and made their way up to the dining hall for a nice yogurt & fruit buffet breakfast. Everyone was a little sleepy, but excited to begin the run. After eating and a brief stretch, we made our way into the center of town. Once there, we joined 10 other camps and local Bridgton runners. After some kind words from the organizers and a heartfelt rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, the starter gun went off and the race was underway.
We had a wide range of campers running, and they all finished strongly. One of our oldest 16 year old campers finished in the top 5 for the 16-20 age group. Quite an accomplishment! He finished the race in 26 minutes. Equally as amazing, one of our 12 year olds finished in the top 10 in the 11-13 age group. He completed the race in just under 29 minutes. After everyone was finished, we hung out by the finish line eating watermelon and drinking water & Powerade while listening to the race results.
Morning & Early Afternoon
Those of us who ran the race got back to camp, had something to eat and joined everyone else in the morning activities. All of our majors were underway and the day was moving. Ice Hockey was going full force, Basketball was running hard, and Soccer, Baseball and Lax were doing the same. The day’s schedule was a little different, because after rest hour, the whole camp was heading to Portland for the SeaDogs minor league baseball game.
At around 3 in the afternoon, dressed in our Bridgton Sports Camp Carolina Blue, we boarded the busses to make our way to Portland. After a decently long bus ride due to holiday traffic, we arrived at a park close by the stadium. While there, we separated into groups and handed out pizza for an early dinner. Like the rest of the day, the weather was perfect and our campers had a really nice time hanging out amongst friends and eating.
We pulled up to the game at exactly 530 and made our way into the stadium. As a surprise to our campers, we were all escorted onto the field! We got to watch players warm up, shake some hands, and even got a few autographs and baseballs. As a camp, we got to hold a giant American Flag while Boston Legend, Rene Rancourt sang all four versus of the National Anthem. It was a really cool moment for all of us!
We made our way to our seats (we all sat together) and the game began. The first inning was rough for the home team, walking in 3 consecutive runs! They never fought back 🙁 Campers were allowed to travel in groups (with their counselors) to the concourse and purchase food & souvenirs. 9 innings of baseball went quickly! Everyone had an absolute blast. When the game ended, we got to enjoy an awesome 20 minute firework display at the field.
Back onto the busses we went and traveled back to camp. Campers were a bit hyper in the beginning of the ride, but things changed quickly. As we rode along, a silence rolled in, and almost everyone was sleeping on each other’s shoulders. It was a peaceful ride and a nice ending to a perfect day.
Enjoy your shortened work week!
The Bridgton Sports Camp Staff
Lazy Bones Sunday
After some strange weather, today was a gorgeous day. From the second we woke up until we closed our eyes, the weather was perfect. The morning air was crisp with a nice breeze and there was not a cloud in the sky all afternoon. Tonight we were able to sit on the fields and see the stars.
Lazy Bones Sunday is a bit different than every other day. Instead of our usual 7:45am wakeup, campers & staff are allowed to sleep in late. Breakfast is available to everyone from 9am-10am. Many of our younger campers typically get up before 9, so quietly (without waking their roommate!) they are able to head outside. They can play gaga, shoot hoops, have a catch, or even go for a run and then eat breakfast as they please. Sundays are always great days.
At 10:30, the whistle blew and the whole camp met at the lineup area. We usually meet there right before dinner to go over the days events and give shoutouts to standout moments from the day. Lineup is always super fun. After recapping the day, we give campers a chance to take the stage and share stuff they want to talk about. The end of lineup always culminates with a camper coming to the center and giving a joke of the day. If it is funny and we get some laughter, a counselor gives a tip of the hat and the camper sits back down. BUT, if the joke is not funny at all and there is silence from the crowd, the counselor gives a wag of the finger and the camper ends up with a nice bucket of water on the head! Today’s morning lineup was fairly similar. We recapped some of yesterdays events (since yesterdays lineup got rained out), gave camper shoutouts, and did a joke of the day.
After lineup, we had some tryouts for intecamp games coming up. Flag Football, Kickball, and Soccer tryouts were going down. There was tremendous attendance in all 3 activities. Campers were focused really hard and performing extra well so that they can be on the teams. It was a fun few hours to watch.
The Afternoon & Carnival Day
It’s carnival day here at BSC. After rest hour (the hour after lunch) campers came up to the fields for our annual carnival day. Each age group had their time at the carnival while the other age groups participated in Gaga tournaments and Home Run Derby’s. It was a really crazy but really fun afternoon. Carnival activities included a 30 foot blow up water slide, a blow up boxing ring, a bungee race, an obstacle course, a pretty nifty photo booth (pictures coming soon!), and of course, a laser tag course! The music was blasting and the campers were having an awesome time.
The day went by quickly, and really soon, the carnival was over and it was almost time for dinner. There was a little free play before our evening lineup. We had a little rock, papers, scissors competition to see which age group would go to dinner first, and I swear, one of our youngest 8 year old campers beat our oldest 15 year old camper in a best 2 out of 3. The crowd went absolutely wild and it was great to see. The rookies got to make their way down to the dining hall first.
Tonight – Phone Calls Home
After a great dinner, the evening activity was phone calls home. At the beginning of camp, we collect everyone’s cell phones. On Sunday night, every camper who brings a cell phone with them, gets it back from 730pm – 9pm. They must call home first, but after that they can check out Snapchat & Instagram if they must 🙂 Come 9pm, we re-collect all phones and campers go about their typical nights. They are given a snack and then it is time to head back to their dorms to shower and go to sleep.
Week 1 of camp is in the books! We had an awesome week and are super excited to get going on week number 2. Tuesday is July 4th and we are going to a minor league baseball game that night. We have tons of intercamp and other exciting events this week.
Goodnight from Bridgton!