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July 19th

Another absolutely gorgeous day here in Bridgton, Maine. The temperature stayed in the upper 70s and lower 80s throughout the day. Today was as perfect a day as we will ever get at summer camp.

Today, I spent a lot of time at the waterfront spotting on the wakeboarding boat, to helping out with fishing on the pontoon boat, and lifeguarding. On the wakeboarding boat, it was awesome to see a ton of the campers get up on the wakeboard, waterski, and kneeboard for the first time. Oftentimes, campers will have to try a couple times before they get up but it’s always great to see them persevere. This is one of the many lessons that we try to get across to the campers at BSC. When life knocks you down, get right back up. Koop has a saying that goes, “what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” One of my favorite parts about camp is seeing a camper try something until they succeed because they know that regardless of what happens, as long as they gave it their all, there is no way they can fail.

Tonight was also our first cookout of the session! Campers and counselors enjoyed sausages, hot dogs and hamburgers while sitting outside around the lineup area.  After dinner, campers had free time until heading back to their dorms for the night.

Our first trip day is coming up as we will be going to the Portland Sea Dogs game on Saturday evening. Go Dogs!

 

Until next time,

Ethan

July 18th

An absolutely exquisite day up here in Bridgton, Maine. Today was our first full day of activities as campers went to their five scheduled periods until dinner time. Majors were in full force as campers are now accustomed to the coach’s routines.

The temperature stayed in the upper 70s throughout the day making it the perfect weather to play sports in. After dinner, we had another night of BSL where campers played kickball, cricket, and handball. We have some great weather coming up the next few days.

Today was only the third full day of camp. As Koop always says, “the days are long but the weeks fly by.” I always try to appreciate my time here at BSC anytime I can because before I know it, camp will be over. Tonight, we had the opening campfire where a few campers spoke about our five core principles at BSC: sportsmanship, teamwork, friendship, kindness, and loyalty. These concepts are what we, as a staff, try to preach to the campers. If campers exhibit these qualities in life and in sports, regardless of the outcome, they will succeed. After the campers spoke, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak as well. As mentioned before, I enjoy taking time to appreciate my surroundings. When I got up to speak, I encouraged all the campers to do the same. They are only here three weeks out of 52 so they should make the most out of their brief time at BSC.

Counselor Profile: Drew Rosen

Where are you from and how old are you?

I am from New York, New York and I am 18-years-old.

How long have you been at BSC?

I have been at BSC for eight years. I was a camper for five years, a CIT for one year, and I have now been a counselor for two years.

What keeps you coming back each year?

What keeps me coming back is all of the great relationships I’ve made over the past eight years at Bridgton. I feel that now, as a counselor, I’ve made friendships that will last a lifetime and have made a positive impact on the younger generation of campers.

What are your sports?

My main sport is soccer. I will be playing Division I at St. John’s University in Queens next year.

If there is one thing you could change about camp, what would it be?

I wish there was an easier way to stay in contact with the campers and counselors year-round rather than just the three weeks we have here at camp.

July 16th

Session two is officially underway! Campers received their daily schedules at breakfast this morning before jumping into the day. After clean up at the dorms, campers headed to their first period major and minor activities. It was great to see everyone competing right away as the campers met their coaches and fellow major participants.

The weather was perfect and it was a great day to kick off the majors. Campers were excited to get moving and worked really hard at their major sports. It’s always awesome to see how much each kid wants to get better at their sport from day 1.

In the afternoon, hockey majors were finally able to get on the ice after carrying their equipment to the locker rooms in the morning. Everyone got a chance to skate as both age groups had their hockey period majors in the afternoon.

After dinner, we had our first night of Bridgton Sports League (BSL) of the session! BSL is where the whole camp is split up into different Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Ivy League teams. These teams then compete over the course of camp until a winner is crowned in the final week. Tonight, campers played in games of gaga, kickball, and handball.

After BSL, the night concluded with some free play for some of our pros and seniors, while the rookies (and even some pros and seniors) went to the Wolverine Den to hangout. We have a pool table, ping table, board games and a snack at night. Tonight was special because the home run derby was on, which campers were able to watch in the Den.

Many more exciting days of camp to come!

Until next time,

Ethan

July 15th – Session 2 Begins!

And just like that, we’re on to session two! Campers and their parents arrived today. It was great to see so many returning faces, as well as tons of new ones. Parents had the opportunity to set up their kids’ dorms as well as explore campus. When the New Jersey / Boston bus rolled into camp around 5, parents started to say their final goodbyes and camp officially began.

After getting settled in, we blew a whistle and campers headed up to the lineup area. Koop gave his yearly welcome speech and all staff members introduced themselves. Campers and their respective divisions then went to the upper fields where the rookies played a game of kickball, the professionals played ultimate frisbee, and the seniors played handball. From there, everyone went to dinner to enjoy a meal of chicken tenders, french fries, and corn on the cob.

Once dinner was over, the three divisions split up again and got tours around camp to learn where everything is. Division leaders explained what is to be expected of every camper during their time here at BSC. Campers then had about an hour of free time before heading back to their dorms for the night.

Stay tuned to the blog as we’ll keep you caught up with everything you need to know about camp over the course of the next three weeks.

Until next time,

Ethan

That’s A Wrap – Bring on Session 2

Earlier Today: From the Desk of KOOP

In the next 30 minutes the bus will be arriving back in NJ, most flights will have landed, and most of session 1 campers will be home.

I’m sitting in the office preparing for session 2 and I have a few minutes to think back over the past 3 weeks. Last night, we had our closing campfire. I was so impressed because almost every camper got up and spoke about the goals that they achieved this summer and what BSC, as a whole, means to them. I’m always so proud watching this because I know that 3 weeks ago many of these campers would not feel comfortable enough to get up in front of a group and speak from the heart.

Thanks to our coaches & staff, you will see huge improvements in their major sports, but more importantly, they are coming home more confident young men and well versed in the BSC values of sportsmanship, kindness, teamwork, loyalty and friendship.  It was pleasure having this group here this summer and I can’t wait to see how much more they will grow over the next 10 months.

I hope you all have a great rest of the summer!

Koop

July 13th – The Last Day of Session 1

Today was the last day of color war and the last day of session one here at BSC. What a day it was. The day began with the final event of color war: the whacked-up relay. Campers competed in events such as gaga, around the world in basketball, mummy wrapping, and pie eating. In the end, although the Capitals won the pie eating contest, the Warriors took home the color war title by a score of 371-352. All campers from the Warriors stormed the court when the scores were announced making it a fantastic end to a great three days of competition.

The afternoon consisted of free play and packing before campers and counselors headed up to the dining hall for the final banquet. After enjoying a steak dinner, raffle prizes were awarded to random campers, shout outs were given to the kitchen staff and division leaders, and a video was played on the TV highlighting the best moments from an incredible session.

Once dinner was over, everyone headed to the lineup area for the final campfire. The final campfire is always special as campers share what their goals were for the summer and what camp means to them. Everyone who wanted to speak got a chance, including both campers and counselors. The campfire is always a perfect end to a session here at BSC. At the end of the campfire, campers headed back down to their dorms for their final night of the 2018 summer.

Thank you for an unforgettable session campers.

Until next time,

Ethan

July 12th – Nearing the End!

Today was the second day of color war here at BSC on a beautiful Maine day. In the morning, campers briefly went to their majors to wrap up what they’ve learned over the course of the past three weeks. After majors, everyone headed to the ice rink to watch the highly anticipated Warriors v. Capitals hockey game. The game lived up to the hype. Midway through the second period, the Warriors held a 6-0 lead. Unfortunately for them, this didn’t last as the Capitals went on a 9-0 run to take the lead 9-6. Then, in yet another turn of events, the Warriors scored four goals in a span of two minutes to regain the lead at 10-9. The Warriors would hold and go on to win the game as they mobbed their rookie goalie after the final seconds ticked off the clock.

The afternoon consisted of the three age groups rotating between a cook-off, dodgeball, and track and field events. In the dining hall, campers were tasked with making a creative and delicious dish based on mystery ingredients. At track and field, campers participated in events from tug-of-war to the 100 meter dash, to a football throwing contest.

At the end of day two, the Warriors hold a 30 point lead. There are still over 100 points to be given out in tomorrow’s whacked-up relay. By the end of it, a winner will be crowned! Stay tuned to find out who will take home the cup.

Until next time,

Ethan

July 10th – Trip Day

Hey Guys – Trip day is always a great day at camp. Our rookies and pros went to Funtown Splashtown, the seniors went white water rafting, and the CIT’s went to Boston for the day. To talk about the trips, we got a camper from each trip to tell you a little bit about their day. Here is what they had to say!

Funtown Splashtown USA

My name is Brody and I am a pro camper. Yesterday, my fellow campers and I took a trip to Funtown Splashtown. Starting in Funtown, me and the six other campers in my group made our way through the park. Eating candy, going on rides, and waiting in lines occupied us for the next 2 hours until check-in. After check-in, my group made our way to Splashtown. After an hour of waterslides and swimming we finally stopped, ate dinner and recapped the day. Then, we loaded into the busses and left the park. The highly anticipated color war announcement occurred on a very fun boat ride where the admin announced the teams, passed out candy, and played some games.

White Water Rafting

My name is Stelio and I am a senior camper. Yesterday, I went white water rafting with the rest of the senior division. We had to wake up at 5:30 a.m. and be on the bus by 6, but we got extra sleep on the ride there and when we arrived we couldn’t wait to get on the rafts. We got our life jackets and helmets and waited to get on the next bus to load up on the rafts. When we got there, we split into groups and started to carry the rafts to the river. The rafting started off crazy with tons of rapids but soon calmed down when the water was calmer. Then we stopped to get the food and cooked it on a mini island in the middle of the river. The food was great, and afterwards we calmly went down the river to the end. After we all changed and got back on the bus they told us we were stopping at a random location, which turned out to be the start of color war. The whole camp took a ferry ride around Naples and announced the teams for color war.

Boston, MA

My name is Kyle and I am a CIT. Yesterday the other CIT’s and I went to Boston and saw a Red Sox game. We got to sleep in late, until about 11 am, then we ate a late breakfast and left for Boston around noon. On our way to Boston we stopped for lunch at Bridgton House of Pizza. We got to Boston early and were able to walk around and go into a few shops before getting dinner and heading into the stadium for the seven o’clock game. We had great seats and were in one of the field boxes down the first base line. After watching the game for a while we walked around the famous ballpark and even got to watch from the green monster for a little while. In the end the Red Sox won the game 8-4 and we headed back to camp, stopping for some food on the way. We finally returned from our exciting day, exhausted, around 2 am.

 

July 9th – The Final Stretch

Another beautiful summer day here at Bridgton Sports Camp! Today was a regular schedule that began with bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches for breakfast. After cleaning up their dorms, campers headed up to the fields and down to the waterfront for their first three periods of majors and minors. It’s been awesome to see how much each camper has improved in their respective sport since day one. We think you guys will see big improvements when they get home.

When lunch concluded, campers headed back to their dorms for rest hour before resuming their normal Monday schedule in the afternoon. At choose up, we had the first night of the BSL playoffs! In the opening round, the younger campers competed in games of newcomb while the older campers played kickball up on the turf. The competition was extremely high as every camper is vying for the coveted BSL trophy that I, myself have been fortunate enough to win.

In the evening, I spoke to a few campers about what they are looking forward to most during their last week of camp.  Here is what they collectively thought:

With only one week left in the session, campers are excited for the numerous events that will be taking place over that time period here at BSC. After talking to some of them, the campers say they are looking forward to funtown splashtown, color war, the final banquet and campfire, the last couple days of their majors, being in a higher age group next summer, and seeing their parents.

Until next time,

Ethan

July 8th – Final Sunday of Session 1

Today was our last lazy bones Sunday of the session. Campers were able to sleep in before heading up to the dining hall where donuts were being served for breakfast. After breakfast, we had a brief lineup and from there, campers and counselors of all ages competed in a camper v. counselor soccer game! Anyone could come watch or play in the game that was held on the turf field. It was great to see the campers testing out the new skills they’ve learned in soccer major against the older guys!

Due to the schedule being modified a couple times this past week, today’s afternoon consisted of periods four and five from the Tuesday schedule. We did this so that campers could have the opportunity to go to periods that they may have missed such as wake-boarding and waterskiing.

From period five, the whole camp gathered for another lineup as tonight was the last night of the BSL regular season. The rookies competed in handball while the older campers took part in a game of cricket. The competition was extremely high as the playoffs are right around the corner. Then, after dinner, all campers received their phones for the evening activity tonight as they do every Sunday.

Campers are still anticipating trip day on Tuesday as well as the start of color war which is soon to come!

Until next time,

Ethan