Yesterday on our last full day of camp. Guides swam, boated and then challenged themselves to hike to the Bluff on a hot day. Pathfinders and Rangers started their day with the sunrise hike to the bluff challenge (an early rise) and swam the waters of Lac Bouchette across the lake to the farthest shoreline and back (Long Lake Swim) in the afternoon. There is a rock across the way that says “Long!” on it and as I bobbed in the water I heard one swimmer say “I never loved a rock so much” and she touched it and turned around to swim back.
Their evening ended with an Iron Chef challenge to which they were given their main ingredients and then allowed to pick from a table of leftovers in the fridge to create their own masterpieces in teams. It wasn’t an easy task but it was a job well done for some very tired campers.
Once again Wa-Thik-Ane has done its job of teaching young ladies that they have skills they never thought they did. Its waters encouraged them to go further distances in strokes and higher in jumps. Its campfires encouraged campers to sing songs they were not familiar with, its meals encouraged hungry campers to try new things, its nature and skilled volunteers taught them leadership, life skills and survival skills. All of this while making new friends, greeting old friends and making memories that will last for years to come.
A huge thank you goes out to all the volunteers that passed through the gates this season; you have given a gift of time and heart to these young ladies — one they will take with them as they hike their trail in life.
As we close this summer camp season on our 90th anniversary, I think back to what it must have been like to camp here in those early years. Thank you Wa-Thik-Ane for all you have taught women young and old.
Super Eagle signing off,