Category: Special Events
Camp North Star is steeped in traditions. The two most recognizable are the RICHS and Eco- Challenge. The most creative tradition occurs every Wednesday morning at breakfast when it’s time for Wacky Wednesdays. It’s the time of the week for our campers and staff to dress up in silly and creative costumes. There’s a theme for the week to give everyone a little direction on what to wear as well as adding some variety week to week.
You never know what you’ll see every Wednesday morning as the cabins file into the dining hall. You’ll typically see everything from TuTus to wigs to to animal onesie pajamas to complete Halloween costumes and everything in between. Dressing up isn’t mandatory. But it’s definitely something campers and staff look forward to each week. And some cabins put a lot of thought into their costumes and get very creative with matching outfits.
We are excited to announce the weekly themes for the 2018 camp season:
Week 1– Sports
Week 2 – Red, White and Blue
Week 3 – Twins
Week 4 – Schools Spirit
Week 5 – Clash
Week 6 – Tie-Dye
Week 7 – Decades
The weekly themes aren’t a requirement. We still encourage campers to use their own creativity. The themes are beneficial to new campers and their parents when it comes time to shop for camp clothing and pack up their duffle bags.
Two of this year’s themes were intentionally chosen to foster collaboration between friends and within the cabin – Twins and Decades. We are looking forward to seeing campers team up to dress in costume with one of their friends to be twins for the morning. For the final Wacky Wednesday of the summer, each cabin will choose a decade and dress up in that genre. Luckily for our campers and staff, we have a full costume closet waiting to be used every Wednesday.
Wacky Wednesday is another opportunity for campers and staff to step outside of their comfort zone and use their creativity and imagination. Camp North Star is a place that campers can feel comfortable when they want to be a little wacky or silly in front of their friends and counselors.
Camp North Star campers, staff and alumni don’t need to be “under the pines” in Poland, Maine, to feel our camp spirit. It’s certainly not the same feeling however, as when we are together as a camp family during the summer. Over the course of the school year, we enjoy looking at photos of campers and staff seeing each other and reconnecting. And just like that it’s as if you are back at camp with your camp friends. While everyone is back home, there are always signs that tell us all that you or your friends are from Camp North Star. You know you are from Camp North Star when…
1. All the clothes in your closet are dominated by the color of your Eco Team – green, white, blue, or red.
3. Everything you own has your name written or ironed in it. You still find socks with your cabin mates initials embroidered onto it.
4. Throughout the year you are constantly rewriting songs in your head to make them appropriate for camp Sing Out.
5. You hear the number seven and you can’t control your hands banging on the nearest table.
7. You know all the words to “Wagon Wheel”. When you hear it you will belt out the chorus without missing a beat because it takes you back to all those times you were together with your North Star family around the campfire.
8. The disappointment you feel when keep a spotless room all week, and your family doesn’t give you a golden dustpan award.
9. Your alarm ringtone is a bell ringing. You can’t start the day without the sounds of a loud bell because you know that if you wake up to anything else it’s a betrayal to your summer camp self.
10. Your favorite place in the whole world is located under the pines on 200 acres in Poland, Maine.
This week Camp North Star celebrated the 4th of July in style. We spent two days participating in some of our favorite patriotic traditions. The festivities started a day early on Monday evening. Campers and staff boarded busses for the short drive to beautiful Poland Spring Resort to watch some breathtaking fireworks. Every summer Camp North Star is lucky enough to be the only camp invited to this display, and this year didn’t disappoint. We spent the evening playing traditional backyard games like Kan Jam, cornhole, frisbee, and ladder ball until it was finally dark enough to watch the spectacular show light up the sky.
4th of July breakfast was a sea of red, white and blue. Campers and staff wore red, white and blue for Patriotic Dress Up Day. Chef Steve’s breakfast menu was Belgian waffles with strawberry and blueberry toppings along with whipped cream. Dinner was a traditional American style barbecue cook-out. Chef Steve treated us to some delicious burgers and hotdogs with all the fixin’s and red, white and blue popsicles for evening snack.
Traditions and rituals are an essential part of our camp community and everyone enjoyed celebrating one of our favorite days of the summer.