Pioneer Days 2021: Day 2!

Pioneer Days: Day 2!

Highlights include: Adventure Challenge in the morning, Swim Meet, Bike Relay, and Dodge Ball in the afternoon, and cheer, barbershop quartet, totem pole and dance tonight!

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Pioneer Days 2021

Pioneer Days 2021 is finally here! And we think we caught the camp by surprise (woohoo!), because it was a day earlier than rumors would lead you to believe! And though mumblings of “fakout” echoed through the Timber Theater once suspicious music started playing after the Broadway Review, once we saw the tiki torches and golf carts turned into monorails leading us up Lily Lane, we KNEW this had to be the real deal. A huge Cinderella castle right in the middle of the basketball court set the stage for what we think was the best breakout ever! Head staff dressed up in Disney characters, acting out various scenes, videos made and played of each Disney park, Fireworks over the castle to round out the night, Mickey and Minnie ears and glow sticks and “Timber World” bracelet passes…It was pure magic!

Maybe the swim meet is your thing. Maybe it’s jug band or banner or butter churning or campsite or Tall Tale. These three Pioneer Days are more magical than anything Disney. Filled with adventure, teamwork, silliness and heart, they’re the stuff of childhood memories that stand the test of time. Just ask anyone who’s been down the winding road before. And, of course, this moment is bittersweet, since Pioneer Days marks the beginning of the end of summer. These next few days we’ll come to appreciate this place a little more, run a little harder, sing a little louder, and make every moment count.

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August 4, 2021 at CTT!

Hi Friends and Followers!

It’s been a busy few days at camp as Greeley Games continued! Yesterday we played water polo and flag football, and we even had competitions in climbing, dance and canoeing! Nafis took a group of juniors out to hike local waterfalls, and some of our awesome seniors participated in a sign language performance of Romeo and Juliet!

And today was another great day. The morning started with a FAKE BREAKOUT! Pioneer Days is in the air, and it must be coming soon! And the 2021 Hughie and Selma Black Camper Scamper (our version of a 5k) had us running first thing. We had almost 100 girls participate! And this afternoon we played lacrosse and soccer to round out the Greeley Games. We even had a fishing competition at LOC! Oh, and how could we forget! The grand finale was the Greeley Games version of Timber Tops Idol: Greeley Idol!

We have to say that this bubble is just about as happy as can be. And tonight it’s Jukebox for juniors and 6th graders and a social with the Lake Owego boys for 7th graders, seniors and hi-seniors. The theme is “hometown.” So while you may see some high school shirts and sports teams represented in photos, you may also see some CTT shirts on display. The truth is, for many of us, even in 10 days once we’re “home,” our summer home here at Timber Tops will always feel like home. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: we’re making every moment count.

Life is good in Greeley.

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Greeley Games Continued!

Good evening from the happiest place on Earth: CTT!

Today was another great one. First, LATE SLEEP! At this point in the summer, when we’re taking in every opportunity, making every moment count, it’s important we rest up! Late sleep was very much needed! But there was nothing lazy about this late-sleep day.

Greeley games brought newcombe, flag football, volleyball, softball, basketball, field hockey, a track meet, a gymnastics competition (pictured below! we won!), an art competition (yup, you read that right!), and a chess competition! There was also a Top Cooks class, riding lessons, play practice, and practice for tonight’s highly anticipated evening program: the senior lip sync! We’ll post videos of those in the coming days on the YouTube channel!

We’re not missing a beat here at camp, and they’ll be more fun tomorrow. Stay tuned!

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Timber Idol, Top Cooks, Greeley Games & So Much More!

It may be Sunday, but we’re busy as ever here at camp! And it may be the first day of August, but we have no intention of slowing down. We’re just getting to the good stuff!

Last night was Timber Tops Idol! A camper was selected from every age group to participate, and there were a few additional wild card acts. One of our “wild cards,” Maddie K., won Timber Idol with an original song she sang and played on her guitar. Maddie became a singer/songwriter during the pandemic, and we were so amazed by her last night. She was among SO MANY talented, extraordinary performers participating in Timber Tops Idol. Congratulations to each of them!

And today started off with the Polar Bear Club! Self-selected polar bears woke up at dawn to jump into the lake, sing three songs, and hop out for their reward of hot chocolate, cookies, bragging rights, and a CTT Polar Bear Club t-shirt! Sounds good to us! A Top Cooks class today made homemade soft pretzels complete with different sauces and toppings – YUM, and the big news is that the Greeley Games are back!

Today’s Greeley Games competition against Pine Forest Camp for Boys and Girls and Lake Owego Camp for Boys include: soccer, basketball, flag football, lacrosse, a swim meet, tennis and archery! Like we said, we’re busy here in Greeley!

And tonight we’ll be even busier with a CTT favorite evening program: ESCAPE FROM CTT! In “Escape,” as its nicknamed, campers are placed in pairs (one junior camper and one senior camper in each group) and must complete a list of activities around camp (think shooting a basketball, kayaking around a buoy in the lake, doing forward rolls in gymnastics, etc.). The first 10 pairs to complete their checklist “ESCAPE” for ice cream! (This year, the ice cream will come to them! In the counselor tent! WOW! No kids are EVER allowed in there!) But wait- there’s a catch. While your happy campers are scampering around camp trying to “Escape from CTT,” there are “powder puffs” (counselors stationed around camp trying to whack kids with a sock filled of corn starch) trying to freeze kids who can only be unfrozen by “hydro helpers,” (counselors who squirt frozen campers with water toys)! It’s complicated, and this blogger isn’t doing it justice, but here’s the gist: it’s going to be an AWESOME night at Timber Tops.

Oh, and when it’s all over, the CAs will be boogying down at a SILENT DISCO! The fun never stops!

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July 31st, 2021!

Okay, folks. Normally, we do a lot of talking. But since it’s Saturday night, how about some entertainment! Junior and Intermediate Lip Sync videos are up on the CTT YouTube Channel!

And here they are:

Bunk Hickory, Bunk Poplar, Bunk Elm, Bunk Palm Court, Bunk Juniper, Bunk Spruce, Bunk Redwood, Bunk Sassafras, Bunk Banyan, Bunk Pine, Bunk Baobob, and Bunk Mimosa! We hope you enjoy!

Also up today is the Week 5 video! Say it ain’t so! We can’t believe how time is flying.

And today was a beautiful day at camp! Yes, the weather was perfect. Yes, many of us participated in a Polar Bear plunge into Lake Selma this morning at dawn. Yes, camp pizza lunch days are delicious. Yes, because tonight is Timber Tops Idol…But it was an especially spectacular day at camp, because we got to honor someone spectacular!

Sarah “Smaller” Maller, the Division Leader for our Intermediate campers (in grades 7 & 8), is celebrating her 20th summer at camp this year. And today, we named a beautiful waterfall in camp after her. The waterfall at Arts & Crafts will, from here on out, be known as Sarah’s Falls! We are so grateful to Sarah for her many years of hard work, dedication and love for CTT and its inhabitant. We hope that you’ll get to know Sarah and stroll over to A&C to visit her waterfall someday!

That’s all from Greeley! More tomorrow where things are busier than ever. But more on that soon!

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Switch Day, Part 2!

Today’s another great one here at CTT, under the Greeley sky. This morning started with our 9th graders heading out on their Delaware River canoe trip, and it was a perfect mountain day for it. It doesn’t get much more beautiful than it’s been today at camp: mid seventies, sunny, breezy – glorious!

And after a morning of regular activities, the junior and intermediate boys from Lake Owego Camp for boys came to participate in choice activities, and our senior and hi-senior campers headed over to Lake Owego for some switch day fun! So now all campers have had the opportunity to play at LOC, and all LOC campers have had the opportunity to play here at CTT! We love a good switch day, a hallmark of second session here in Greeley, PA!

Tonight, after a busy day of fun in the sun, our youngest campers have a cookie bake and movie night to unwind, and our intermediates, seniors and hi-seniors have a pool party with the Lake Owego boys! The intermediates will all be together here at CTT, and the seniors and hi-seniors will be at Lake Owego!

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: we’re making every moment count!


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SFA, Timber Records, and Fort Building (OH MY)!

Dear Friends and Followers,

We hope you saw last night’s photos from Timber Madness! It was an awesome night on the basketball court, one that’s sure to become a tradition.

And it was another great day at camp! (Are we getting redundant? We hope not! But it’s just the truth!) The morning started with an SFA: Supervised Free Activity schedule followed by an afternoon of rainy day programming, including the most beloved one: FORT BUILDING!

During SFA this morning, campers had the opportunity to compete in CTT Records, our version of the Guinness Book of World Records! Can you beat the CTT Book of Records time for hoola hooping, holding pitchers of water, running up Lily Lane, or standing on one leg? Ask your camper if she tried! It was a wild and wacky day at CTT!

Tune in tomorrow for another great day down the winding road!

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Orange Wednesday, Switch Day, and Timber Madness!

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, and here it is, folks:

It’s ORANGE WEDNESDAY! What’s Orange Wednesday, you ask? It’s when we dress in orange! Why? Because the CAs told us to! We’re not sure how the tradition started, but it’s one of those Timber Tops things!

It’s also SWITCH DAY! This morning started with a late sleep and supervised free activity (AKA free time!), and it ended in juniors and intermediates from CTT heading to Lake Owego to participate in activities there with boys the same age. And the older campers from Lake Owego coming to CTT to do the same! What a fun and wacky day in Greeley!

Other happenings today included play practice, the 10th grade canoe trip on the Delaware River, and tonight’s main event: TIMBERMADNESS! It’ll be a basketball tournament for the ages with the entire camp watching. Think games, slam dunk contests, three point shooting, a halftime show, a counselor/CA game and an all-star game. It’s going to be a great night under the Greeley stars, and we can’t wait!

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Timber Tops Tuesday!

We LOVE a Timber Tops Tuesday, and it was a great one at CTT. The weather was gorgeous: the sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and though special activities like Top Cooks and the Timber Trek were in full swing, we enjoyed a regular ol’ day at camp. But, as we always say, there’s nothing regular about a regular ol’ camp day!

Gaga was the place to be today with overtime matches galore, and the pool was hoppin’ with pool games and instructional swim. Tennis lessons looked great, fitness was jumping, and newcomb/volleyball was looking intense as ever! So was four square! And oh look! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s the high zip! Our girls are at it again! But it’s not just the zip line in motion, so many high elements are challenging us and giving us more and more confidence every day. Timber Tops girls are busy!

Speaking of busy, the play is in just over a week, so we’ve got a lot to do in not a lot of time, but we’re here to tell you this insider’s tip: you won’t believe your eyes! This musical review is nothing like you’ve ever seen.

And while we’re on the play, Frozen 2, the first session play, is up on our YouTube page! Check it out here! 

Stay tuned for video to come from tonight’s JUNIOR LIP SYNC! The fun never stops in Greeley, PA! Phew! We’re exhausted! Tune in tomorrow for a special day, SWITCH DAY, at CTT! What’s that? You’ll have to wait and see!

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