My Week at Camp
Sunday April 5th - Home again, Home again .....
Camp is over, the bus Came and off we went. I met so many new people this week and have so many new friends, what a wonderful adventure. All was wonderful, we did crafts, sang campfire songs, experienced S'MORES, played lots of games and MORE. I saw people I have known from before and this week I saw how much I liked them!!! I can hardly wait until next year!!
In the end we had to keep score, but they are fun scores. Here is what happened ---
The Cabin that scored the most points was Cabin #1 Vienna Coup 16,082. There was a chance that someone could catch up, but with the Crudens claiming first place in Sunday competition, they had a lock!!
The Cabin claiming second place was Backwash Squeeze with 14,362. Most of their points was because of the efforts of Trish and Evelyn and all their great imagination in costumes and decorations. Imagine, Evie came almost every day with a NEW flag for their cabin - twinned, backwards, and in a foreign language!! Trish of course had the "Sugar Twins', and today the little Irish leprechaun along with his pot of gold. These two were geniuses of creation.
Working hard with masterpoints, and team spirit were the members of Cabin #3 - Kamikaze NoTrump. Credit has to go to Albert & Pierre along with Nancy Fraser for some creativity for their cabin. And let us not forget all the efforts from the Shaws - Terry worked hard to keep their cabin together, along with Marcia. I think Terry attended all games that he was eligible to play in. And of course the Counselor is ever indebted for the bouquet of flowers -- they are now on my table.
Cabin 4 - Smith Echoes started off big but we suspect they rested a bit on their laurels. They forgot to make a fire for Campfire days. But Menashe gets an honorable mention for composing their 'original' camp song. Beryl Higgs was top Masterpoint getter, but Marta and Jessie were the best contributors for Spirit points, and of course we cannot forget Victor, our youngest participant, who was well dressed, well mannered and an ambassador to the game.
All in all it was a great time. As HEAD CAMP COUNSELOR I that each and every one of you. One hundred and sixty tables for the week, good fun, good food and new friends, what more could you ask for from a week at camp.
Saturday April 4th - midnight
I am writing this quickly as I have my flashlight on, and it is past lights-out, the my counselor catches me I will have to do all the dishes tomorrow -- oh no!!
Yesterday's Regatta was so much fun. But the water water was very cold. The Backwash squeeze cabin won the big race, and two of our brand new campers Carol Weir and Margie Knickle were so excited. The old pros at this; Marta, Jessie, Derreck and Trish were second. The good news is that everyone won something.
Lunch was your typical beans and wieners, with fruit salad, but since we were so hungry from all the work it tasted good. A few campers shared their letters they were sending home, can you believe Hazel forgot her stamps and it never got mailed. Oh yeah, and Nancy spells as badly as I do!!
Tomorrow is our last day and we are having International Day! Should be fun, I have to dig out my African outfit.
When the bus leaves camp a bunch of us decided to go out for dinner, I hope you don't mind I will be late getting home.
Friday's can be very exhausting. Starting out with the Practice Play gang, then the afternoon game which had 15 tables, busy, noisy and fun! But talk about fun, the evening Individual was tons of fun. Nobody know how anybody played and we just had to play by the seat of our pants. It was so cool to just "play bridge" without worrying about partner's "system"!!
Vienna Coup is still leading the gap is closing, as Backwash Squeeze has more players out for the team game on Saturday. Thelma Connors has been grabbing anyone on the red team and coercing them to come and play. They had a variety of Camp Songs at campfire tonight, good, but not the best. Oh yeah, Bill Cruden helped with the Cabin 1 lead by winning the individual tonight.
Smith Echoes had an original song for their cabin, thanks to Menashe. Unfortunately they did not make a campfire (not gaining any points for that). Beryl Higgs had good games this afternoon and this evening to earn points for Cabin #3.
Backwash Squeeze is coming up. Nice mini-campfire earning them several points. But the rendition of "Bill Grogan's Goat" gave the Cabin extra bonus points. The downside is that the Camp Director knew that song very well, and decided to show that she could sing it backwards.... leaving no doubt in anyone's mind why she NEVER participates in Karaoke!!
Kamikaze Notrump keeps getting closer and with a good showing in Saturday's team game they have a shot of moving past 4th place.
Did I mention the latest recipients of the "Red Badge of Courage". Well it is quite a story, I will tell you tomorrow.
Thursday April 2nd
What a day for the Vienna Coup Cabin. They seemed to have won every event, picking up twice the masterpoints as the other cabins. Of course having Ruth Cruden bring all her craft items was helpful as well. And a little birdie told me that Thelma has some camp songs up her sleeve for today.
Cabin #3 Smith Echoes has slipped to 2nd, as they only picked up 581 masterpoints for their cabin. But they have some new recruits as of last night. Victor Lamoureux brought a REAL camp craft to assist in Spirit points for the cabin.
Backwash Squeeze collected most of their masterpoints in the evening when newcomer Phyllis grabbed 173 for them. Trish Hattie and Evelyn Campbell of course had great crafts, I hear Evelyn is going into the "crafty" earring business with her daughter. Anyone want edible earrings?
Kamikaze Notrump is sneaking up the pack. Last night Colleen and Phyllis S. brought in camp crafts, Colleen Murphy Jones has been working on hers all last weekend. Only a couple of hundred points behind Backwash. Who knows, their knowledge of camp songs might bring them ahead tonight.
PS - There were two clever moves today - Vienna Coup brought in a cake that was quite crafty (!) and it was enjoyed by all with our evening snack. And Terry and Marcie of the Kamikaze Notrump cabin softened up the Camp Director with some flowers. Who says you can't buy points???
Wednesday April 1st
It is a great race, every one has had a chance at being in the lead. Today Cabin #3 Smith' Echoes is in the lead.
As of April Fool’s Day the
Cabin scoring the highest scoring
Cabin is Smith Echoes – this is largely accredited to the large Masterpoint
takeover in the NEW Wednesday morning game and again on Wednesday Evening.
Get your players out there to participate in
the games – all they have to do is place and your cabin gets 10 x
the masterpoint value. Masterpoints have their value, but the outfits
help. Thank goodness on Tuesday
night Fred and Hal, Dianne and Trish had the foresight to come not only as twins
but they could have been quadruplets.
As of April Fool’s Day the Cabin scoring the highest scoring Cabin is Smith Echoes – this is largely accredited to the large Masterpoint takeover in the NEW Wednesday morning game and again on Wednesday Evening. Get your players out there to participate in the games – all they have to do is place and your cabin gets 10 x the masterpoint value. Masterpoints have their value, but the outfits help. Thank goodness on Tuesday night Fred and Hal, Dianne and Trish had the foresight to come not only as twins but they could have been quadruplets.
Backwash Squeeze has GREAT team spirit.
It is a race between Evelyn Campbell and Trish Hattie for most
Backwash Squeeze has GREAT team spirit.
It is a race between Evelyn Campbell and Trish Hattie for most
came together on their cabin decorations, and with the
Shaws, Pierre and Al doing their best to keep the cabin going they must rally
their troops for more input into “Camp Finesselot”.
I am not sure if the Kamikaze's have noticed, but there is a little touch up for
you to wear courtesy of their Cabin Leader Nancy Fraser.
Kamikaze NoTrump came together on their cabin decorations, and with the Shaws, Pierre and Al doing their best to keep the cabin going they must rally their troops for more input into “Camp Finesselot”. I am not sure if the Kamikaze's have noticed, but there is a little touch up for you to wear courtesy of their Cabin Leader Nancy Fraser.
The Vienna Coup Cabin are blessed with the Bill & Ruth Cruden giving
their all. Not
only did they bring the original cabin decorations -- they have a 'pottie'. Yes,
on Backwards Day they even made sure they entered the playing site walking
backwards. We noticed a new addition to their cabin, some crafty work by I
think Jean Cooke.
The Vienna Coup Cabin are blessed with the Bill & Ruth Cruden giving their all. Not only did they bring the original cabin decorations -- they have a 'pottie'. Yes, on Backwards Day they even made sure they entered the playing site walking backwards. We noticed a new addition to their cabin, some crafty work by I think Jean Cooke.
9:30 - Supervised Bridge with Jill & Steve. Win prizes for your Cabin, can you build a house of Cards. Team Colours, and logos will win extra points as well.
12:30 - OPEN Stratified Pairs - Club Championship. Lunch will be served - Hot Dogs
7:00 - 0-300 Stratified Pairs - Club Championship. Stay for Hotdogs (boiled not roasted over the campfire though)
9:30 - Shuffle & Play with Jill. Mystery Board Prize and a Special Campfire Prize
12:30 - OPEN Stratified Pairs- Club Championship
7:00 - INDIVIDUAL - Club Championship - Campfire songs win prizes!!
Let us make some SMORES!! You cannot have campfire without SMORES!!
10:00 Pro/Am Team Event. An Annual Upgraded Championship Game that can get your Team up on the wall!! 6 rounds of 6 boards. Each team MUST have at least 2 Players with fewer than 200 Points.
Lunch will be served - Camp Style!! (NO - we will not serve stewed prunes)
12:30 STRATIFIED OPEN PAIRS -- If we have enough tables we will make it a Strati-flighted game with C & B and A & X.
4:00 - CLOSING CEREMONIES - Prizes for Cabins and overall winners. It has become customary for players to meet for dinner after the game - Restaurant undecided - but please join us
The Bridge Studio Sanctioned Games promotes
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