Here we are on the first night (for the fifth time this year) at CYO Camp! What an amazing journey this summer has been so far. Each first night has some similarities but each is unique to the campers and the staff who make CYO Camp come alive.
Certain things can be counted on for a first night of camp. We know we will have chicken for dinner. We know we will take tours and swim. We know will play a scavenger hunt type game (tonight's theme is Animal Planet: Find Nemo), go to campfire, have a canteen (snack) and then head to bed.
We also know we will be surprised in many ways by the campers who come. Each week our doors open to a new group of about 200 campers. They fill the place with laughter and joy beyond description. The fist night can be one of the best...so filled with anticipation. I think the middle of the summer anticipation could be the best part of week 5. These campers are smack dab in the middle of summer! You see it on their eager faces as they arrive. The are filled with an energy that has been building since school ended and now they have arrived to have their week of being loud, singing songs, exploring faith, meeting friends and just being a kid.*sigh*
In the long history of Camp Rancho Framasa may first nights have come and gone. For each camper sitting at the campfire circle on this first night it is the best one of the summer so far. It is the one that counts the most to the first time camper and the camper who has been around a few years because they know it is their time, their turn to soak it in and be at camp.
Angi K Sullivan
CYO Camp Co-Director
A few photos from our night...