Being Silly and Wacky at Summer Camp
Summer camp is full of traditions. And Camp North Star is no different. From Eco Challenge…to RICHS…to songs at the campfire. Our traditions are woven into the fabric of our culture here in Poland Spring, Maine. Some traditions are more formal and structured, such as announcing the recipients of the RICHS at banquet. Others are more informal. Wacky Wednesdays would definitely be classified as informal, a little silly, and an opportunity for campers to express their creativity.
Breakfast in the dining hall is when Wacky Wednesdays generally occur. Cabin after cabin enters through the doors and the outfits worn by campers, counselors and directors are wacky, silly, crazy and zany. Some outfits will clash – think polka dots and plaids. Others will be more of a costume like animals or fruits. There are usually a few who fashion a sports themed look showing pride for their favorite team or school. Then there are the themed ensembles. Some campers go to great lengths to coordinate a theme with their friends – lumber jacks, cartoon characters, super heroes, onesie pajamas and more.
There are no rules or regulations to Wacky Wednesdays. Some campers and staff get a little wackier than others. To help guide campers to find a wacky look for each week, there is a theme for each Wednesday. The 2017 dress up themes are:
Week 1– Clash
Week 2 – Patriotic
Week 3 – Tie Dye
Week 4 – Sports
Week 5 – Crazy Hair
Week 6 – International
Week 7 – Pajama
The weekly themes aren’t a requirement. We still encourage campers to use their own creativity. The themes are extremely helpful to new campers and their parents when it comes time to shop for camp clothing and pack up their duffle bags.
Being wacky, a little silly, and stepping outside of your comfort zone is all part of the sleep away camp experience at Camp North Star. Summer camp is a place that campers should feel safe and secure to be silly and let their imagination go wild at times. Our campers have the confidence to know that there’s nothing wrong with being wacky on Wednesdays or any other day of the week because Camp North Star is a judgment-free community. Campers can be themselves , which means acting like a kid and enjoying doing that.