Friday, August 3, 2018

Session 2 Super Senior: East Coast- Niagara Falls, Cedar Point, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hershey Park, and Morry’s Camp

The super seniors hit the ground running with their skills checks on Sunday shortly after arriving. Following an Early Morning Riser wake surf session on the first full day of camp, we packed and headed to Lake George for some laser tag and go-carting after dinner. The evening ended with an ice cream stop at Martha’s and the it was back to camp for the night. Tuesday morning we hit the road after breakfast. Following lunch on the road we arrived in Niagara Falls where we immediately headed for the Maid of the Mist boat tour. Everyone enjoyed the view of the falls while getting soaked! We headed to our hotel, relaxed and dried off and headed to the Rainforest Café for dinner. Following breakfast Wednesday morning, we hit the Niagara River on a jet boat; we enjoyed the beautiful views of both the Canadian and American sides of the river while experiencing the drops, bumps and power of class 3 and 4 rapids. After drying off, we hopped back in the vans and headed for Ohio where we arrived in time for dinner and a trip to Wal-Mart.

We woke up Thursday morning and headed to Cedar Point amusement park (in time for early entry), home to some of the largest roller coasters in the world! We enjoyed a sunny day full of high speed, adrenaline rush, rides. After a brief break and pizza dinner in the late afternoon, we headed back to the park and enjoyed more rides until closing time.

Friday morning we enjoyed sleeping in and a nice breakfast at Cracker Barrel before heading to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Everyone enjoyed seeing memorabilia from some of their favorite artists and learning about the history of Rock and how it has helped shape some of their favorite genres today. After the Hall of Fame, we headed east and arrived at our hotel.

Saturday morning, we headed to Hershey Park where we enjoyed learning about how our favorite Hershey’s candies are made before heading into the park and enjoying more rides! We headed to the hotel to relax for the afternoon and then headed back to the park where we took advantage of shorter lines on the rides.

Sunday it was off to Morry’s Camp! We arrived mid-afternoon and were immediately greeted by many Morry’s Camp campers about the same age as the Super Seniors. Everyone was so excited to see camp and exchange camp stories and traditions over a friendly game of basketball. Sunday evening at Morry’s Camp is BBQ dinner night; we enjoyed eating some delicious food with many of our new friends while swapping more stories. After dinner, we were able to have a campfire with Dawn Ewing, executive director of Project Morry, where we learned more about Project Morry, Morry’s Camp and how important camp and education are to all! The super seniors asked some very thoughtful questions, which sparked a great, reflective conversation with Dawn. We woke up Monday, ate breakfast and headed to first period activities. The Super Seniors were split up into groups where they played with some of the younger Morry’s Camp campers. The girls went to dance, and the boys split between media and land sports. We said our goodbye’s mid-morning and hit the road back to camp.

Tuesday we had fun volunteering some community service hours with Champlain Area Trails cleaning up and cutting some hiking trails around the Champlain Valley (near camp); we even met a friendly golden retriever puppy! After returning to camp, we packed our bags and enjoyed a beautiful evening on the lake tubing and hanging with Scott on Southwoods’ new custom pontoon boat, the SS Ellie Mae, complete with 2 floors, water slides, music and all around fun!

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