Folks, this one will be quick. Today was a day of regular schedule with highlights including TIMBER TOPS TUESDAY spirit, baked ziti for dinner, a horse show, a final canoe trip on the Delaware (today, for 7th and 8th graders), and an evening of Old Timers and New Timers!
OLD TIMERS CLUB IS THE BEST! First, let us assure you that new timers have a fun-filled, active, awesome pool party of their own, complete with a delicious snack and merriment, so fear not, moms and dads. They don’t even know what they’re missing. But, here’s the truth: Timber Tops girls REALLY look forward to being Old Timers (which is what we call campers who’ve been at camp for 3 or more years).
The old timers party starts with a walk to the 10-year tree where 10-year old timers are inducted onto the tree by our head staff members. This year we even have a certain special mother/daughter pair! At the 10 year tree, each person is honored and spoken about. It’s a great and emotional ceremony where Timber Tops’ finest are given a moment in the spotlight.
Next? ICE CREAM PARTY TIME! Old timer campers AND counselors storm the dining hall, sit by year at camp, and basically sing every single camp song and cheer (including past Olympic and Pioneer Day songs) in recent (and not so recent) memory. They’re called up to the sundae bar by year at camp (longest at camp goes first and eats sundaes off of plates, naturally), and they sing into the wee hours of the night. Is there any other Timber Tops way? OH! Old timers get a special gift too (this year, a hat)! And 8-year old timers get a special old timer’s shirt! And plaques! Old Timers get PLAQUES! We love a good tradition.
Life is good in Greeley!