Saturday, July 31, 2010

Special Show

Slightly overcast skies and cooler temperatures made for a great day for powerboating cruises, playing the course at golf, and attending a special Magic Show by The Amazing Andy (aka Dr. Schneider, a long-time volunteer physician). There was a great crowd at the late afternoon show and the Program Center was the perfect venue. Later on there was no better way to end the day than to have fun with friends then head to the Talent Show!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Fabulous Friday!

Highlights of the day: Sailing with the SG racing team; soccer drills during Land Exchange day; Motorboating takes the Big Kahuna Cup; and the Swim and Dive show after candy!!

Sailing Wins the ACC!

Campers enjoyed an incredible week of enthusiasm and fun programs, as each activity competed for the Activity Challenge Cup title. With the help of campers as they supported their favorite activities through participation and achievement, Sailing took the cup this summer!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Catchin' the Big Ones

Campers have been very successful hauling in some big fish. This week, campers working on their upper fishing ranks enjoyed our own "Little Rock" fishing tournament.
Fishermen of the Big Rock... look out!

Band at the Dance

Our second session campers enjoy the thrill of a live band during their third dance.

Off to the Races

Campers have enjoyed our new peddle go-carts, racing them during cabin nights and free hour.

The Big Kahuna Cup

During the third week of 2nd session the Seafarer staffs have been striving to attract campers to their activities. They are graded on a variety of areas such as enthusiasm, creativity, the number of campers at the activity during the day, cheers in the dining hall, etc. It has been a blast for all of us as the staff members have tried to out-do each other this week :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Third Week Fun!

We kicked off the week in style with a Vespers service led by our super CILTs, skits galore, and creative enticements to attend activities. The Mariners II campers have hit the ground running and are already having fun and earning ranks.

Activity Challenge Cup (ACC)

Today kicked off our 6th Annual Activity Challenge Cup competition. This awesome week-long event gives each activity the opportunity to showcase the best of instruction, creativity and fun. Campers support their favorite activity and the leaderboard is updated each night at dinner. We'll keep you posted throughout the week.

Bill Adams Regatta

This weekend Sea Gull hosted over 100 alumni and friends for the 3rd Annual William J. Adams, IV, regatta. Our alumni teamed with campers and staff for an afternoon of high wind sailing excitement on the water. The end of the pier was packed with spectators cheering on the fleet.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Rockin' Saturday

Big Kahuna fever is heating up and skits in the dining hall are getting more creative by the day. The temperatures have also been higher than usual, prompting more time at water activities and icee pop runs by the nurses. Even the horses think an icee pop is a good idea!

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Fun has Just Begun

Although it was toasty today, campers enjoyed a fast ride down the Otter Slide...and the motorboaters kicked off The Big Kahuna challenge in style with a Harry Potter-themed experience.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Two weeks gone already?

It's hard to believe that the first session of Mariners is over. Not only were there some great accomplishments, the campers made lots of new friends, learned some new skills and had fun! A closing campfire with s'mores was the perfect ending.

Beat the Heat

Campers enjoy a variety of special activities set up to help
cool them down on hot days.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Love those Optis

The wind was perfect for every kind of sailing today - from the largest boats to the smallest. Here campers work on sailing skills in their Opti clinic while the staff coach from nearby.

Improving swim strokes

We were fortunate to have Brooks Enser from the Y of the Triangle Swim Team here today to work with the Seafarer swim team.

Sea Gull Winds are Blowing!

Campers enjoy an exciting sail out aboard the Southwind, one of our larger cruising sailboats. Take note of the camper at the helm. That's good stuff!

Slingin' Mud

Campers enjoy getting messy on our special Jeep trips!

Side Docking Drill

Campers practice their side dockings on a course set up out in the river as
they work on their Motorboating ranks.

Shooting for Fireballs

Camp I campers line up to try and score a basket on their Head Counselor.
Those who are victorious win 5 fireballs!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Packing those suitcases full

It was a beautiful, breezy, FUN day at Seafarer. Cooler temperatures kept campers busy earning ranks and having fun with their friends. Even the horses enjoyed the weather today!

and we danced!

The traditional line-up at the flagpole for inspection prior to the dance. We had a little rain, but lots of happy campers!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Liquid sunshine

Although some summer thunderstorms rumbled through last night and delayed the SG/SF dance, everyone was excited about "Plan B". Sunday services led by the Head Counselors started our day off right this morning and though there is liquid sunshine in the area at this time we are hopeful to have the dance tonight!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Achievement Swimming

This morning during Achievement Swimming time campers could test for higher swim bands, or could test for the Advanced Swimmer and Seaman Survivor ranks. In addition, there was a stroke clinic offered and an opportunity for swimmers to work on their endurance. The Aquatics CILTs assisted swimmers, lifeguarded and served as the #1 cheerleaders for everyone!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Gone Fishin'

Campers are impressed with the fish that can be caught right off the end of the pier.

Tee it up

Power Hour

After a full day out on activities there is almost nothing more fun than having "candy store" then hanging out with friends during power hour (free hour for you old-timers). Looking forward to movie night in Huts!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Lightning Clinic

Jon Guth is a former camper and counselor who races in the Lightning Class competitively. He has competed in numerous Lightning North American Championships and last year raced in the Lightning World Championships. Today, he visited Sea Gull and conducted a Lightning clinic for all our campers in Lightning Training.

Sharks Tooth Pile


Campers enjoy the new knuckleball table at the Program Pavilion at Sea Gull.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Super Night!

After cook-out half of the staff worked activities while the other half enjoyed playing with their cabins. Strong, steady winds made it perfect for sailing on the Scots.

Starting out right!

Every activity was off and running at full steam with lessons, classes and individual instruction.

In Full Swing!

After swim assessments, cabin pictures and orientation, Camp is in full swing and going strong!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Another great day

The swim lake has always been one of the most popular places at camp. Buddy-checks and sand castles are standard fare.