Waiting For The Fun
“What happen at the lake,
is then laughed about all year.”
The towering tree covered in green moss dripped heavy rain drops on our heads as we pulled our suitcases to the Windsor mountain summer camp. Us 60 boys were walking down the muddy path to get to our cabins. We walked down the path filled with trees and plants until we arrive in a large open field. The councilors starting showing us our cabins through little paths through the trees giving us cover from the rain. I thought that Windsor Mountain was going to really boring because it was just going to be us doing team building activities that would give us skills that we would never need to use in real life, but I was wrong.
Our advisory walked into our cabin and we all sprinted to find the best bed. The cabin had hard wooden cracked floors, 5 different bunk beds spread throughout the small cabin. The cabin had high wooden ceilings with metal railings all along the walls of of the beds. Mr. Cribb and us 8 boys all threw our bags under the beds and than the sound of a huge bell filled our ears. All 9 of us ran outside into the mud and sprinted into the meeting hall. It was a massive wood room with a stage in the front. It had 50 windows surrounding the room so we could look out and see the rain. Through one window through the cracks in the trees you could see the shining silver of the lake. I didn’t know at the time but going on that lake was going to be the best part of the whole year.
The whole grade filled up the meeting hall and the huge room suddenly felt small. We all laid down carpets on the floor to sit on. To start off the meeting we played a knee tag. When I first heard that we were playing knee tag I was like how are we going to have 60 boys run around screaming trying to grab each other’s knees in this tight of a space. I thought that this game was going to be complete chaos, and that is exactly what it was. Everyone was just chasing after each other bumping into other people. “We should go around and bump into other people,” shouted Jimmy from the other side of the room. Jimmy and I starting running around screaming and bumping into other people while trying to grab their knees. By the time we were done we had knocked over three of our friends. After the meeting I still wasn’t sure if I was going to like Windsor Mountain, but the trip was just beginning.
After the meeting we had low ropes. Our group of eight kids walked over to a different meeting spot. On the way we saw towering pine trees. The rain had stopped and the sun was starting to come out. This other meeting hall was right next to the lake, I couldn’t wait to go in the water. In low ropes we had to work together to try and get from one side of the room to another only using wooden planks. We were not doing the activity really well, all eight boys were screaming at each other and Jimmy starting pushing people off the wooden planks so he could be the first one across. “It’s not that hard” Jack screamed at the group after we had been failing to complete the activity for an hour. In the end we were never able to finish the activity, then the second bell rang.
“Free time”, shouted Will Hickey. All eight of us sprinted back to our cabin and put on our bathing suits. It was a race to see who would get to use the bathroom first and get changed. We all got in our cabin shoving for the bathroom door. After a while in the cabin everyone was changed and we ran down to the lake. The wet wood chips and rocks poked in my feet. I tried to avoid the rocks while a sprinted down the long hill down to the silver shining lake.
By the time I got down half of the grade was already in the lake. I ran down onto the dock and saw a huge blue mat with at least 15 boys wrestling on top trying to the only one on the mat. There was a huge trampoline with vibrant yellow and blue stripes going down the side. Liam splashed me while I was in the dock and I could feel the freezing cold drops of water trickle down my back. I jumped in and a rush of cold water hit me. I wanted to get out because the water was so cold but I knew it would be fun if I stayed in. I jumped on the blue mat and I see Ben Lisa start running at me. He picks me up off the mat and throws me in, I knew then that I probably shouldn’t go on that mat again. On my way swimming to the trampoline I saw a rope swing. I didn’t know then but this was going to the best part of the whole trip. I swam as fast as I could to get to the shore, flailing my arms because I’m a terrible swimmer. I ran across the rocks and sticks with sagging maple trees drooping over me. Finally I reached the rope swing the tall wood ladder led up to a big platform with ten boys screaming and yelling. I quickly climb up and see Ben Doty jump off with rope clasped in his hands trying to hold on the best he can until he splats in the water and face plants. After waiting in line it was finally my turn. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it because I have been afraid of heights for a while but I didn’t want to show my fear. I grabbed onto the second knot on the rope and slowly inched my way towards the edge of the platform. I jumped off and it felt like I was in the air forever. It felt like it was all a dream and in my head just for the few seconds I was in the air. I slammed my face against the freezing cold water and I immediately wanted to jump off again.
After going off the rope swing a few more times and gone back to the cabin and had fun with my friends I had realized that Windsor Mountain was actually going to be a lot of fun. At first I thought the trip was just going to be the teachers throwing us away to play some games and be miserable while they could relax, but in the end it turned out to be a lot of fun. When the grade was leaving we all walked out to the bus wishing that we could have done this trip again