“It’s the 4th of July…”
“It’s the 4th of July, there’s magic in the sky and we’re dressed in red, white, and blue…” so goes the camp song that reminds us all of a very special day at Camp Nicolet. A number of camp traditions emerge on this day beginning with the early morning cabin-to-cabin noisy wake up call by the Advanced Campers. No sooner does this cacophony subside when the pounding of hooves and shouts of “The Redcoats are coming!” are heard on the lake road. Paul Revere and the redcoats, a.k.a. riding staff, ride behind the cabins to complete the waking up process. Flag raising is performed by a camper representative chosen by each cabin in a creative ceremony. This year the special Betsy Ross flag was presented to the color guard by Paul Revere on horseback.
Independence Day traditions carry on throughout the morning with the National Bell Ringing ceremony and cabin competitions. This summer each cabin drew the name of a patriotic song and then decorated the front of their cabin and performed the song or a skit based upon the words to that song. Most entertaining!
After a Red, White, and Blue lunch featuring “roasted eagle”, minuteman potatoes, and a delicious fireworks chocolate cake by Chef Paul, a short rest hour was followed by 4th of July games on the sports field. The traditional events such as “dizzy bat”, trolley race, three-legged race, and more kept the Red, White, and Blue teams in tight competition with one another. The extremely active afternoon was brought to a close by a refreshing dip in the lake in preparation for an evening of food, fun, and fireworks at Red Arrow Camp. A most successful 2014 Fourth of July certainly ended with magic in the sky!