The First Day of Camp!!

Campers have arrived and we are ready for another great summer of fun friendship and faith! We are excited to celebrate our 70th summer of awesome programming!

As soon as the kids were off the bus we divided into cabin groups to play some “get to know ya” games learn each other’s names and then move into cabins. Once everyone’s beds were made and suitcases unpacked campers toured around camp checking out all of the activities playing games in each program area and talking about the week ahead.

Dinner was sub sandwiches, potato salad, pasta salad and chips and then it was time for more touring and games. On Sunday nights campers sign up for the three individual activities they will do each day for one hour. Campers choose between arts and crafts archery/slingshot/tomahawk canoe/kayak fishing dance drama sports campfire cooking and swimming. Cabins also sign up for activities that they will do as a group (including the activities listed above as well as options for low ropes creating a talent show act theme activities or nature). Campers are very busy during the week!!

At 7:30 we headed to the Friendship Circle for our opening pepfest! We watched some hilarious counselor skits that taught us about the history of CYC (Father Jack Sweeney started CYC in 1947) about the 5 Cs (courage charity cooperation Christ and community) about the cabin spirit award (the most prestigious award at camp awarded to the cabin that best follows the 5 Cs all week) about the camp store (open twice daily) and of course, get SUPER pumped up about the week ahead!!

After the campfire it was time to lower the flag and then head into evening praise and worship at the chapel. At CYC we have 5 C’s which are our values and how we live our lives at camp. The 5 C’s are courage cooperation charity Christ and community. Each day has a different ‘C’ and on the first night of chapel besides talking about all 5 C’s overall we focus on courage since it takes courage to come to camp and meet new friends try new things and have a new experience. We sang praise and worship songs (CYC has a very talented Jam Band that keeps the music flowing!) listened to counselors talk to us about the ‘C’ of the day (courage) and ended chapel with the CYC prayer.

Dear God

Please bless and watch over our community as we gather in faith.

Help us to be courageous to try new things to be charitable by sharing with others and to work together in cooperation.

Let us always meet each other with kindness acceptance and an open heart.

Keep us safe today as we learn grow and play in your creation. Amen.

 Campers are already filled with spirit singing enthusiastically and it is definitely going to be a super fun week!!

Keep up with our adventures this week on our photo site- https://www.ultracamp.com/gallery/photogallery.aspx?idCamp=257&campCode=cyc

"Not once did I EVER hear put downs. And CYC is the best camp to be at!!! And I bet this year will be even better." - Isabel

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