Monday, June 28

What a start to camp! Monday was the first full day for Session One of BSC, and campers and counselors got into the action right away. After some delicious breakfast, including chocolate chip pancakes and bacon, we headed to our major sports to kick off a summer of hard work and fun. But not before applying some sunscreen and chugging some water with the weather being nearly 90 degrees on Day One!

Our hockey players moved their equipment up to the rink and learned the rules of the ice, and our basketball majors had a great first session on the new outdoor courts. Of course, our lacrosse, soccer, and baseball majors also put in some valuable work and got familiar with their coaches on Bridgton’s great fields.

After majors, campers took care of some housekeeping before the session really gets rolling. Each age group headed down to the lake for some much-needed time in the water, taking their swim tests to ensure a fun summer of swimming. As campers and staff can now confirm, it doesn’t get much better than jumping in one of Maine’s gorgeous lakes to escape the summer heat. We also met at the lecture hall to go over the ground-rules of BSC, and to hand out schedules for the campers. The wait is over!

The afternoon brought more of the same, with campers finishing any unpacking they hadn’t done after lunch. But the real highlight of the day might have been Bridgton Sports League, an intramural league of sorts, where campers are divided into teams and compete during the session in games like Gaga ball (a rookie favorite), Spikeball, Kickball, Dodgeball, and so on. At the end of the three weeks, we’ll have the playoffs and crown a champion, with a sweet prize for the victors. So the season is still young, but if a competitive opening night is any indication, it’s going to be a good one.

To end the night, campers wound down with some time getting to know each other. There were card games in the dorms. Some campers went to the Wolverine’s den, had a night-time snack, and played some ping-pong and board games while Game One of the Stanley Cup was shown on TV. The seniors got to watch the Hockey game, and some of the Suns-Clippers NBA Playoff game outside their dorm on a projector screen, enjoying the finally-cool weather.

Overall, we had a great start to the summer, and can’t wait to see what comes next!

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