Not-So-Mean Machine

Posted July 27, 2013 • Share: “Just call on me brother, when you need a hand. We all need somebody, to lean on!” That famous song lyric sums up the best aspect of a summer at Camp Matoaka. You are never truly alone, you are part of a larger community that provides an endless amount of support for one another.  As our Friday Night prayer states, “We are no longer alone, we all live in one place.” At our best and our worst, we are family. That sense of community was evident more than ever yesterday. Our initial plans for a trip day were interrupted by inclement weather, so we had to adapt and make some changes. Our Juniors spent the morning bowling and the afternoon at the movies. Our Inters spent the morning bowling as well, but played “Deal or No Deal” on camp in the afternoon. The Seniors did the reverse, playing Deal or No Deal in the morning, and bowling in the afternoon.  Typically, anyone would be a bit disappointed to trade in a harbor cruise or a day at the water park for bowling, but not our girls! It was an incredible day of fun and excitement! The girls who went bowling enjoyed dancing and singing to music under a disco ball and blacklights as they bowled. The Juniors laughed hysterically at the movie “Turbo” and it’s snail who dreamed big! And the Deal or No Deal contestants were thrilled with the fantastic prizes they won for their bunkmates! Spending time with friends and bonding with bunkmates and counselors is what camp is all about, and yesterday was a great opportunity for that. Later that evening we gathered in the PAC for our weekly Friday Night Services. This week the service was led by our male staff, the Mean Machine. There was nothing “mean” about them, these role models gave heartwarming speeches about their camp experiences that showed how special this place is to them. There were a few tears shed, but what everyone gained was the reminder about “how lucky we are to be at camp with each other at our sides”. Not only did they address the camp with words, but they also sang many songs that conveyed the same message of love. “Lean On Me”, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”, “The River”, “What a Wonderful World” and “It’s a Great Day To Be Alive” all reinforced the themes of love, family and cherished memories that camp provides for us.
It really was a “Great Day To Be Alive”. But then again, so is EVERY day at Matoaka!

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