Summer 2019 – 90 Summers on Laurel Lake
Greetings from Laurel Lake!
The Summer of 2019 was a great one! 147 girls from different parts of the country and the world joined us for fun, friendship, and adventures.
As always, the waterfront was a busy place with girls learning to swim, paddleboard, waterski and kayak. Girls had great fun playing on the water mat and floating in our huge inflatables, as well as swimming to Flat Rock and taking on the challenge of swimming The Triangle. The arts were popular choices, with girls creating beautiful projects in stained glass, sewing, and ceramics. Many girls worked on perfecting their skills at the archery and riflery ranges. While all of these traditional FDL activities were highlights for campers, some girls chose to try out two new activities at camp – music, and fire-building. In music, the girls were introduced to new songs including the melodies, harmonies and percussive accompaniment and then performed them for the camp. Fire-building was a hit with girls learning how to lay and light the fire, and then enjoyed their accomplishment by doing a bit of outdoor cooking making s’mores and banana boats.
Special Events are always a highlight of camp and this year was no different! There’s nothing like crazy games and cotton candy at the Carnival, gathering gold and eluding bandits in Gold Rush, or ranging far and wide to win the prize in Capture the Flag. EPs included some old favorites – FDL Auction, Talent Show and Air Bands. The Fields added their own creativity and hard work to these special times with their plays – the Juniors with “The Lorax” and “The Little Prince”, the Mids with “Finding Nemo” and “Toy Story” and our Seniors with “The Wizard of Oz” and “Ella, Enchanted”. The CTs created magic with their CT theme dinners Vegas Night and Space Invasion Night. We even introduced a new EP, “Fireside”, a campfire in the Mid Field with the whole camp sharing stories and singing together in the quiet of the evening.
And of course, all the traditions of camp were alive and well, from the big ones of Campfire, Coronation, Cathedral, and Galilean, to the simple ones of starting each day with Password, singing at every meal, and ending each night with Evening Circle and Taps.
In some ways camp is like a kaleidoscope – colorful, changing, and complex. So much happens every day, it’s hard to pick out the best day or favorite moments. As I reflect on the summer, the things that touched my heart most were simple ones that the girls did daily – trying new things, laughing over silly jokes, holding hands as they walked the road, comforting a friend, playing in the Fields, sharing their stories, and just “being” in our beautiful camp, Fleur de Lis.
Best wishes for a wonderful year,