Sunday, June 25, 2017

"That's the sugar and carbonation. Is this a stumbling block for you? Can you handle this?"

Watch out world-- Lizzie is back. After a wild tour of New Zealand and Australia, Liz Koch has returned to Camp Tecumseh for the next three weeks. She'll be part of the CILT family for Session 2 while Grace and I take turns leaving for running and YL things. We're thrilled that Liz is here.


We had so many visitors that we love on the Longhouse porch today. We got to see Miss Emily Painter of Session 2 last summer. Colleen Leonard and Shannon Flynn both dropped off their little sisters.



Check-In days are full of all your favorite things-- head checks, swim checks, cabin and village photos, dining hall procedures...


Meet Choctaw...


Abnaki...


The Kiva...


and Hopi...


At Opening Campfire the entire CILT family represented 49 of the 50 states. I'll let you figure out which one we're missing.


I dressed up as my grandma Mary Keeley who lives in New Hampshire. As we wall mingled around the flagpole we got to see our LV friends like Tanner and Jillian...


Sarah, Kendall and Natalie...


Ed and Anna...


Sarah, Mary Kate and Corinne...



There are moments when I slow down for a second and realize that I am just so darn lucky to be here and to be surrounded by people like Emma and Liz every day.


Kristin, Ellyn and I are gymping strong into week 3. Check us working on our 5-string twists and trying to get that membership in the very exclusive GLA.


The Mayor of Camp Tecumseh would like to wish you all a very happy week 3. Make it the best week of the summer yet my friends. 


Saturday, June 24, 2017

"If I'm facing this way than North is in front of me. Your North is different because you're facing that way."

As far as friendships go, I admire this one between Sarah Ryan and Lauren. I love how they take care of one another, cheer one another on and support one another being 100% themselves. 


This morning was a camp classic: Enoch.


Did you know I get to live with Enoch? I'm the luckiest.


Saturday mornings are all about good-byes. Honestly, I used to have such a harder time saying good-bye to campers at the end of each Session, but I've learned that people who want to stay in touch will make it happen. You can be present in people's lives even when they live miles and miles away.


There was an epic reunion this morning when I got to spend time with BOTH Fazzio sisters and BOTH Odle sisters. Lives overlap my friends, lives overlap.


Session 1 CILTs-- thank you for the past two weeks. I have loved getting to know you, see you in action, and live the dream with you. I'm so proud of how you've grown and have such faith in all that you will do.



I miss you all already. We'll stay in touch my friends. Can't wait to see you in December.

Friday, June 23, 2017

"Did they add a new verse to Tecumseh?!"

The CILTs spent the morning writing their graduation song that they'll perform at Closing Campfire tonight. 

To Count On Me by Bruno Mars

If you ever find yourself in the middle of the Richard G, I'll gladly be your buddy
If you ever find yourself lost in the dark of the OT, I'll shine a light to guide you
We found out what we're made of, when we did RFAJWD
Singin' what a time to be alive at Camp T

Session One is Session Fun
We wish we had more than two weeks together
Cause there's no place I'd rather be oh yeah
Ooooh oooh ooh yeah


If you ever find yourself makin' a real solid meme, I'll grab the sword to knight thee
You might have noticed there's a new CILT color around, cause grey is the new brown
We found out what we're made of, 4 Pillars helped us gain some grit to lead
Singin' what a time to be alive at Camp T

Session One is Session Fun
We wish we had more than two weeks together
Cause there's no place I'd rather be oh yeah
Ooooh oooh ooh yeah


Wish God could grant us more time by your sides
We have to let go, have to say good bye
So we all sing what a time to be alive

Session One is Session Fun
We wish we had more than two weeks together
Cause there's no place I'd rather be oh yeah
Ooooh oooh ooh yeah

Thank you for the best years of our lives


Did you know that all of these girls had been Kristin Gleason's campers in the past? Neither did I. But what an incredible crew of humans.



Last week we played Pickleball with J. This week we played basketball with Kyle. It's the summer of sports.



It's Disco Night at Tecumseh...



My favorite part of the whole day was easily the end of Trading Post time when I was with this crew of CILT girls in Main Field. They started singing Fix My Eyes and it turned it into a singing and dancing songfest right there by the tetherball court.



I will miss these girls-- they're phenomenal and so much fun.


We practiced the song on the porch again. This is my favorite setting for the CILTs to sing it together because it's just for them and they're just being silly and loud and it's so good.


We joined the Horse Parade to Closing Campfire...


And found a seat at the far side of the benches. I'm so thankful for this whole CILT family.


Molly Henry is here! And so is her niece Reagan!


A huge shout out to the Camp T media team for capturing our memories and supplying us with the most pictures we could ever want...