After a beautiful opening day filled with lots of smiles and sweet reunions, the girls woke up bright and early ready for a Merri day! With a new week beginning at camp, each cabin made sure to be on top of their chore game in hopes of winning the cabin cake at the end of the week. After we brushed our teeth and finished our chores, we were ready for breakfast. Breakfast was a camp favorite meal, cinnamon rolls! The oldest cabin, Sunnyside, led camp in the morning songs, including “Boom Boom” and “Down by the River” After breakfast we headed to chapel, where we heard from Camp Director Adam B. about how our God is a loving father who wants us to truly know him.

The first period bugle rang and the girls were off to their first activity of the session. Today in cooking we whipped up a fresh batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies. It was a very special PAWS because the new girls got to meet the puppies and work on new tricks! In Riding the girls learned all the safety procedures and the different parts of the saddle. Up on Windy Hill, the mountains were filled with the beautiful sound of girls strumming away in guitar class. Today in soccer, the girls learned ball control and how to juggle. After a wonderful and busy morning, our tummies were beginning to rumble, and it was time for lunch. Campers were overjoyed when they read on the menu board that today’s lunch mini corndogs and mac and cheese! When lunch was over, the evening activity director Elizabeth O. announced that tonight’s activity would be inferno! The girls were so thrilled that they jumped up onto their benches and began hooting and hollering for their tribe. After all that cheering, the girls headed up to their cabins for a short break before trading post.

Meanwhile, Sarah R, Lizzie H, Eleanor P, Hayden W, Julia B, and Holly H. were having a blast on their two night backpacking trip! All six of them are doing great and discovering and experiencing new things on their trip. Back at camp, it was time for third and fourth period. Celia S. kicked off third period by completing two target sheets for her gold in riflery. In kayaking, we worked on our wet exits, and Olivia B. got her roll! In backpacking, we learned the safety procedures and mastered the lower ropes course. As activities came to a close, the girls ran up to their cabin to put on their whites for a camp picture. Then they changed into tribe jerseys and painted their faces for Inferno. Tonight’s dinner of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans fueled us for our intense tribal battle. Another beautiful day has come to a close at Camp Merri-Mac, and we are looking forward to what the rest of this week holds. Thank you for sharing your girls with us this summer and for giving us as counselors the incredible privilege of getting to know them.


“From This Haven…”


Olivia Wiggins

Rainbow Counselor