Happy Fourth of JulyStrength. Independence. Unity. Appreciation. Home. These attributes are not only ideals Americans commonly associate with the Fourth of July holiday, but they can easily be applied to a camper’s experience at camp. At Matoaka, we are a family that serves as a home-away-from-home for many girls, while at the same time we foster strength and independence in our campers. Yesterday’s Independence Day holiday was a memorable one for all of our Matoaka campers. The weather was warm and sunny, and for one day only, red, white and blue replaced pink and purple as being the camp’s favorite colors. It began at breakfast when our campers spontaneously began singing “The Star Spangled Banner”. Then, at lunch everyone was dressed from head to toe in our Nation’s colors. After the meal, girls sat on their porches and watched our first-ever July 4th parade! Bunks 14 and 15 decorated vehicles and led by Bunk 8 they paraded around the bunkline for the rest of the camp to see! Then everyone followed the parade up to the July 4th Carnival set up on the front lawn. The Carnival this year was bigger and better than ever! Each bunk set up a game on their porch for others to enjoy. The highlights were definitely the Spin Art booth, a balloon dart game and a ring toss game! On the lawn there were several inflatable bouncy games, a dunk tank, a photo booth and a ton of food! The girls received two food tickets each to “buy” popcorn, fried dough, pretzels, popcorn, and snow cones! With the warm weather, the snow cones were by far the most popular!
At the end of the carnival, we set aside some time for an hour of Waterfront activity! Each bunk was assigned to either the lake, the pool, water ski, or small crafts to cool off and splash around before dinner. It was the perfect end to a fantastic holiday!