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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Wild Wild West (and other Wild Happenings at CTT)!

Hi friends and followers!

Apologies for the late post as we’re experiencing some blog technical difficulties. But fear not! Though virtual things are wonky today, all things at camp in *real* time are fabulous! So fabulous, in fact, that our bubble within a bubble all tested negative for Covid (for the third time), and we’re one big bubble! Woohoo!

Today’s highlights of the day included a late sleep, yummy cinnamon buns for breakfast, LOTS of practice for Junior Lip Sync which happens tomorrow night, and our CAs beginning their TIMBER TREK! That’s right, our oldest campers interested headed out on a canoe trip down the Mighty Delaware this morning. They’re totally independent — cooking and camping and living off the land (okay, the living off the land thing is an exaggeration, but they *are*roughing it). They’ll be back tomorrow night! We’re so proud!

Tonight for evening program we played Wild Wild West! There have been Most Wanted posters plastered all around camp of all of our staff, and tonight, it’s a counselor hunt! Led by our 10th graders, scampers will have to find the counselors and bring them to jail for a reward! The fun never stops here in Greeley!

Stay tuned for more wiiiild happenings tomorrow!

 

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It’s TIMBERWEEN!

The only thing better than Halloween in October is TIMBERWEEN in July! 

We always tell people that the highlights of camp are often evening programs, and it’s true. But some evening programs stand out even more than the rest! Some evening programs have been Timber Tops tradition for as long as we can remember! Some evening programs have kids talking and planning for days in advance… Tonight, our evening program checks all of those boxes and more! Timberween is finally here! 

Timberween involves dressing up in costume (some campy, some not), costume parades, and, of course, Trick or Treating for candy! Tonight, there are rumored to be head staff lookalikes, care bears, animals, wacky hats, the statue of liberty, Flo the Progressive lady, and so much more! It’s going to be a great night in Greeley! 

Make sure to check out CampMinder photos tomorrow to see us in action! 

In the meantime, here’s a photo from today. Another awesome CTT once-upon-a-time camper turned counselor with her girls. We are the luckiest! 

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Live from CTT, It’s Saturday Night!

Good evening!

What a day! What a life! It’s been a great one at CTT with tonight’s Jellybean campfire as the cherry, um, or jellybean, on top! We’re so excited to meet our secret admirers/Jellybeans!

We loved virtual visits from our full-season camper parents today, and we can’t wait for more tomorrow. Don’t worry moms and dads: there’s a chipwich waiting for your happy camper on the other side of the zoom to ease back into camp. Why a chipwich, you ask? Well, it was another most-requested Visiting Day item! This weekend we also had homemade rice crispy treats, yet another Visiting Day request. So that’ll round it out! We have loved replicating Visiting Day things, but we’ll be okay moving on and into second session camp life too. Why? Because everyone knows that it’s when all the good stuff happens at camp! 🙂

Today, camp was hoppin’ with mountain biking, painting, outdoor cooking, lake fun, tennis and basketball lessons galore, improv, and lots of swim! It was a regular ol’ day of programming, but there was nothing regular about it! The sun was shining, and despite the warmer temperatures, there was a cool summer breeze that kept us feeling good all daylong. We are so happy to be together at camp! How lucky are we?

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