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Summer 2018 Recap – Baco Program Director

Helllllloooooo!!!!!  I hope everyone is doing well, settling in nicely at home and at school, as we all continue to count down the days until we are all together again at Camp.  I have a feeling this will be one of those “off-seasons” that fly by!  We’ll be back on the shores of Lake Balfour before we know it…

Looking back at the Summer of 2018…a few things come to mind, and I’d like to share these thoughts with all of you:   I’ve been at Camp Baco for 33 summers as a Camper, Counselor, and now Head Counselor & Program Director.  And although every summer is the “Sickest Summer Ever,” there are few summers during my four decades at Baco, that stick out as the very, very best.  What summers come to mind?  Well, my first summer (I barely remember it, it was so long ago…abababoooey!) was probably pretty awesome.  My Upper Kauser House summer was a special camper summer for me and my bunkmates.  Of course, my Waiter Summer of 1994… and Danny’s Waiter Summer of 1997.  All of these summers were magical for me….

But none was more fun, funny, and exciting than the summer we just had, Summer of 2018!!!   I think one of the reasons this summer was so amazing (HOW DO YOU KNOW???  BECAUSE THE WAITERS OF 2018 TOLD ME SO!!!), was because the special events we had this summer, were the best they possibly could’ve ever been.  And yeah, each day at camp is the best ever…we know that.  But when the special events max-out their potential…that’s when Camp has an extra layer of awesomeness.  Here’s some that come to mind…

WE WON 16’S!!!!!!!  And 13’s.  And 11’s (Baco vs. Baco Final in the Superdome!).  And 13’s Soccer…and on and on and on we can go.  There was something magical in the tournament air this year, and we won with grace and sportsmanship too.  The Baco Way.

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Olympics was SICK!!!  Remember how it poured rain right up until Olympics Broke (watch out for Mer-men on the slopes!).  And then, after 4 beautiful days of healthy competition, as we lined up for The Sing, the skies opened up, the rain drenched our campfire, but we made the musical magic happen in the Social Hall, where every team brought their absolute best, to close-out Olympics as strong as ever.

The Talent Shows!!!!  I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard, or been more amazed in my entire life.  Think back to the most entertaining acts from last summer.  I dare you not to fall apart laughing.

The Banquet!  Only Baco knows how to combine a massive meal with a full blown dance party celebration.  In all my years at Camp, this Banquet was the most special one I’ve ever been a part of.  Thanks to all of you!!



I could go on and on about the special events at Baco this past summer.  Thinking back to the magic of 2018 makes me laugh, smile, and proud of all of you.  But most of all, it gets me super psyched for Summer 2019!!!


With lots of love,

Greg Silver

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