Banquet 2018 was a Journey to the Stars, piloted by the great Peak of 2018. Peak 2018 has amazed us all summer with their fine sportsmanship and warm relationship with all the younger campers. Tonight they brought the summer to a crescendo with an epic banquet. They will always have a place amongst the stars, and in our hearts.
Banquet is also the time to recognize the truly outstanding campers with awards both for this year and for their entire history at Point O’Pines Camp. We are so very proud of them and hope you will be too.
Best All-Around Equestrian Senior Lindsey
Swimming Hall of Fame Peaker Maya
Outstanding Athlete Peaker Alex G. and Peaker Jenna
Tennis All-Time Great Peaker Sammy
Distinguished Thespian Peaker Kayla
Sportsmanship Award Peaker Julia K. and Peaker Julia K. (Yes, you got that right 🙂 )
Camper of the Year Peaker Charlotte R.
Congratulations and thank you to all these deserving girls!
Collecting each year’s button from the five year campfire is a tradition at Point O’ Pines since at least 1989. Campers love to clip them on their jackets or camera straps to show the many years they’ve been at the Point. Our campers actually get to make designs for the button each summer down at Arts and Crafts. “The winning of the design made me learn to believe in myself…I can have a memory that will last a lifetime”, says last year’s button designer, Alex. The designer of this year’s button, Phoebe, shared, “I was really proud of myself to see my design. I really like it.” We love creative fun at camp and are so proud of all the talented designers who designed buttons. What will next year’s design look like?
As parents, what we really want is a future where our kids are happy and can achieve their goals. We look for the very best schools, help the kids with their homework, and expose them to engaging cultural experiences. School builds a strong foundation of knowledge, but their bright future requires more.
Camp is not just for the fun of it, it is an experience that complements education in school. School excels, of course, with facts and traditional subject matter, while Camp excels at providing skills for life, learning and creativity. When kids get out of the classroom and into the bunk they are collaborating, communicating and solving problems. These are skills for the future that adults rely on every day in the office, and again when we get home. Camp activities and events are built around creativity, flexibility, initiative and leadership. All these learning experiences are firmly embedded in every day of fun with friends.
Every year we think of new fun for their summer, but we are also creating opportunities for growth in every corner of camp. There are just so many reasons we really love camp!
How great is an experience that kids love, and yet is a vital learning experience that prepares our children for a bright future. They win, we all win.
There have been big additions to this year’s Wilderness, Adventure and Discovery (WAD) line-up. We are so lucky to be able to experience our Adirondack Mountains. Along with hiking, challenge courses, and outdoor cooking at the POP Farm, campers have been learning rock climbing at RockSport, conquering the tree canopy ropes course at Adirondack Extreme, white water rafting the Sacandaga River, camping out on the shore of Pharaoh Lake in preparation for climbing Mount Marcy, and canoeing down Brant Lake for delicious ice cream at our local eatery, The Hub. With so many options to choose, campers who are interested have many more opportunities to get out for adventure. The girls have been very excited about their new excursions, and these expeditions continue all summer!