There’s really nothing like July 4th at Camp Timber Tops. We know, we know: some travel far and wide for the perfect beach escape or summer weekend adventure, but there’s just something in the air in Greeley that makes July 4th here unforgettable, dare we say the best place on earth. Once you’ve spent July 4th at Timber Tops, a little part of you will always be at Timber Tops on July 4th. Alumnae everywhere would agree!
The day starts with a much-needed late (8:45AM) wakeup, though CAs wake up the camp with fury, and we hit the ground running. Clad in red, white, and blue (and international staff in their own colors and flags!), we gather around the flagpole for dancing, singing and cheering to patriotic songs! After a louder-than-usual pledge of allegiance and raising of the flag, we bolted into the decorated dining hall for a red, white and blue (sense a theme?) breakfast of especially delicious creme brulee french toast with blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream on top.
Our first official activity this morning is an all–camp photo scavenger hunt! We ran around camp! We took photos! We showed off our July 4th outfits! Next up? The American vs. International staff soccer game. USA! USA! USA! We cheered! We laughed! We cried! Well, we didn’t cry, but International staff won, so we’ll challenge them to a rematch next year. After the game, we enjoyed a special grove lunch picnic under the pine trees. It was a warm, beautiful day at camp!
The afternoon may have been even more awesome. After rest hour, bunks set up stations and create their own carnival games (which they’ve been planning) including limbo, ring toss, skeeball, tic tac toe, “dance party,” hula hooping, and more. We believe in homegrown, campy carnival fun, but we also brought in the real deal: a few HUGE inflatable obstacle courses and slides and circus stations on the upper field! We spent the afternoon at the carnival, at the pool, and enjoying this special, relaxed day at camp! Oh, we enjoyed the root beer floats and kettle corn, too! YUM.
And the pièce de résistance? FIREWORKS! Fireworks at camp are just one of those childhood memories you carry with you for your whole life. That and “firecracker” ice pops, a Timber Tops 4th of July staple. It doesn’t get much more magical than this.
To life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We’re getting good at celebrating our independence every day down the winding road!