Spirits high at second summer camp session

posted Mon, Aug 17, 2015 by Jon Buzby

FRANKFORD — A mere six days after more than 100 campers and counselors from Special Olympics emptied out of the Camp Barnes complex, another 100-plus arrived for three days and two nights of summer camp fun.

The weather was warmer, the breeze not as stiff, and the humidity higher than the previous week. But the smiles seen around the complex were just as broad, and contagious, as the previous camp.

“This is my favorite time of year,” a grinning Elizabeth Nolan said. “I love everything about camp.”

For many campers and counselors, it was the last activity of a fun-filled summer.

“This second camp is always bittersweet,” shared returning counselor Kathy Denny, a special education teacher at Delcastle High School. “I enjoy being here but it also means that going back to school is just around the corner.”

After the first day of field day activities, swimming and a camp fire where everyone renewed and created new friendships, Day 2 began with the traditional Hammer Walk, a 1.5 mile jaunt down Camp Barnes Road.

“I feel good,” an exasperated Maura Ganc said, smiling. “But I’m tired.”

A hearty breakfast followed and then campers headed out for a day full of activities including swimming, kayaking, arts and crafts, archery, and a variety of sports activities.

“I love the boat and archery the best,” Carol Bak shared, grinning ear to ear. “I love trying to pop the balloons with my arrow.”

The pontoon boat ride Bak referred to is one of the newer activities at the 15th annual camp, thanks to the efforts of North Bay Marina, which the past few summers has donated the use of the boat and the gas to power it. After piling onto the boat from the dock on Miller’s creek, campers were treated to a relaxing ride into the Assawoman Bay. Passengers enjoyed the sights and sounds that come with being on the water in the summer.

“It’s really a neat ride,” counselor Dave Manwiller remarked. “The views of the osprey nests are remarkable. It is cooler out there than inland and is just a relaxing way to spend an hour.”

For the more than 100 folks at Camp Barnes, the three-day adventure was a great way to spend the waning moments of summer.