“Reunited and it feels so good!” Our entire family is here! The campers have all arrived, safe and sound, and Summer 2012 has officially started at Camp Matoaka!
Nothing can compare to the sheer joy and excitement when the campers pour off the busses and into each other’s arms and the squeals of joy echo across East Pond. Every camper, whether here for the first time, or for their seventh summer, was greeted with a giant hug and a smile.
The first flag lowering ceremony of the summer, with all of the campers and staff circled around the flagpole for the first time, linked at the arms and shoulders, was simply a beautiful moment. The weather was picture-perfect, and the excitement in the air was undeniable.
Then we all reconvened in the Dining Hall for the first meal as a new family. We feasted on comfort food, chicken tenders, tater tots, and all of our fantastic salad bar options. The campers’ sat with their new bunk-mates in a pink and purple paradise, as the Dining Hall had been decorated with streamers and balloons.
After the meal, I wouldn’t be surprised if all of Smithfield heard all the cheering that took place. The campers’ couldn’t wait to sing all of their favorite camp songs, and perform all their favorite camp cheers.
Then, to make a great night even better, everyone gathered in the Performing Arts Center (The P.A.C.) for our counselor show! This is a fantastic tradition that introduces our staff to the entire camp. The counselors performed songs and skits with their departments. The tennis staff put on a fantastic choreographed number with their racquets. The dance and gymnastics staff both showed off their unbelievable talent, and got everyone excited to learn some new skills this summer. Then the Office Staff closed off the night with an unforgettable routine to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” which is guaranteed to be the signature song and dance of Summer 2012.
The night concluded with everyone enjoying “cilk and mookies” (milk and cookies) before snuggling up in their pink cabins for the first magical night at One Great Place.