During a Senior Term, our campers receive over 2000 awards. And every one is earned. Nobody at camp gets an award just for showing up or for being in a cabin.
Campers compete primarily against themselves – and they try to do better than they did last summer or last week. Better than when they fell trying to do a dock start on one ski, or better than their best barrel race time on their horse. When they reach the goal that they set for themselves, they “win” without their friends having to lose – and vice-versa.
So children at camp tend to build supportive relationships rather than competitive ones. We all sit side-by-side at "6:00 News" and cheer for each other's accomplishments, and when we have the inevitable setback, we encourage each other to try again.
Awards are presented throughout the term, and major awards are presented on the last night of camp at Awards Night. The final ceremony in every Senior Term is a candlelight service under the shelter of the pines accompanied by the notes of the Lord's Prayer.
The counselors put on Campfire. The campers play games and perform skits! Sometimes Indians show up. Sometimes Pirates, or Time Travelers, or Harry Potter, or Super Heroes – even NASCAR fans! You never know what’s going to happen at Campfire! But you do know that, in the Senior Terms, we’ll all hear the story of Old Man Taylor’s Eyes!
In the Junior Term on Carnival Night, we play games of skill, we play games of not much skill, and we win prizes for both! We get our faces painted to the sounds of circus music and we get our pictures made in the photo booth and we eat fresh-popped popcorn!
Ringling Brothers may be gone, but Carnival Night lives on!
Get out your Game Day gear and head to the Rec Hall! It’s College Night! We put up the banners, we play the fight songs, and everybody who pulls for your team joins you out in the middle of the dance floor and rocks the house with your team’s cheer! The season starts in a few weeks, and right now we’re all undefeated!
We cook our hot dogs and beans and marshmallows over the fire, we tell stories, we make our s’more – and then we tell stories s’more! In the Junior Term we go back to our cabin and we go to bed – but in the Senior Term, we hang up our hammocks or roll out our sleeping bags under the stars, and we spend the night out in the National Forest!
The 4th of July has always been a special day at camp!
We start the day off with a bang. Everybody wears Red, White and Blue, and we get the old 1923 T-Model out to lead the big parade! The parade ends in the Quadrangle, and we send 1,000 firecrackers up the flagpole! The Safari Crew is on duty standing by to make sure everything is under control - but having things under control isn't really their thing....
The festivities end with a big fireworks show over the lake! Don't worry - we celebrate the 4th of July in the 3 Week Term, too - so nobody misses out on a minute of the fun!
You never know when Lazy Day might be. But one night, in the Senior Terms, at 6:00 News, the announcement is made:
“Oh, by the way, the day after tomorrow is Lazy Day!”
The next night, we all go to the tennis courts for a Country and Western Party with a live band! We have cokes and cookies and a camp-wide Scram! The 8th grade campers stay up late and watch a movie outside under the stars.
We sleep as late as we want the next morning, have a special morning Canteen and a Lazy Day Movie. The Pool is open for swimming or just laying out, and the Sports Area is open just for fun!
And while all that is going on, the oldest campers have a private Ski Party at the lake with a Picnic Lunch out on the deck!
Sunday Night is Movie Night!! When you hear “Mooovie Call!” sifting through the pine needles, it’s time to head to the Rec Hall or the Little Theater and get ready to lay back and watch one of your favorite movies on the 12-foot HD screens in Dolby Surround Sound!
Party Night is a camp-wide Rec Hall where everybody dresses nice, we introduce the Party Night Court, we crown Camp Mac’s King and Queen, and we dance to the songs in the Camp Mac Top 20 Countdown! But the best part is going up to the front of the Dining Hall and getting refreshments! You can’t go wrong with chocolate chip cookies and Hawaiian Punch!
Saturday night. Boys vs. Girls. Winner take all – all the Country Cones at the Canteen, that is! We open up for a special Canteen on Sunday morning! Winners will rule, losers will drool – but that’s cool, ‘cause we’re all in the pool!
In the Junior Term, we get out our tackiest clothes and we mix ’em and match ‘em and make ‘em even more tacky!
Then we go to the Rec Hall – and we sing like nobody’s listening and we dance like nobody’s watching!
At Talent Night, the campers are the stars of the show! If you sing, dance, play an instrument, tell jokes, put on a skit with your friends, or anything else you can think of – you can show whatcha got to the whole camp! Every cabin will have an act in Talent Night – bring your stuff and be ready to perform!