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August 15th, 2016

Camp Baco Counselor Toast 2016

I started to think about what I would say if given the opportunity to write the counselor toast about a year ago. I don’t think there is anything more intimidating and, for me, more emotionally intense than attempting to summarize my feelings and gratitude I have for camp. After thirteen summers, I still can’t even put into concise words what camp really is, but I think I have gotten close. Camp is not an amount of time or a place- the superdome, the lake, the bunks; they will all be here when we leave. Camp is a feeling: an emotion we all share. It is the pride we exude during a game, the heart we feel during Olympics, the passion we demonstrate during leagues, or just the simple goofiness we share during a free-play. It is always there, and we feel it course through our veins by just being in the presence of one another. But what is most amazing about camp, is that we have the power each year to define it. Camp is forever evolving, and we all add to the feeling of camp that already exists from previous summers. This summer, all of you have brought something unique to contribute and share. The way we defined camp this year fills me with the utmost pride, and I am so excited to see how you guys are going to define camp in years to come.

But camp, indirectly, has its downside too. It might be hard for you guys to understand now, but eventually we need to say goodbye to camp, the place. As each summer comes to a close, it gets harder to come back. I look at you guys and am filled the strongest sense of nostalgic envy and excitement. Your camp journeys have just begun, and there is so much ahead of you.

Maybe it’s fear of the unknown or being scared of change, but leaving camp is a hard truth to swallow. We grow up here and come into our own at camp. And when we need to leave, we start to feel lost and kind of like how we did when we were first-year campers who did not know what to expect, but then you start to think back. And the feeling of camp embraces you, and suddenly you can hear the basketballs bouncing on the court, the music from the shack, the cheering from a baseball game, and even the pattering of the rain on the roofs. You are brought right back to camp.

I think why I get so emotional is because I don’t want to let go. I never want to stop coming back. I speak on behalf of all the counselor staff when I say I am forever in debt to camp and what it has done for me, and I fear what is going to happen when I am not here to help shape camp anymore. But then I am comforted by the idea that I am not actually going anywhere. Just like the counselors before me, I have done all I can to instill camp into each and every one of my campers. The impact we have as counselors stays in camp even when we aren’t here. We are all a part of it.

To the waiters of 2012- I don’t think I have ever met a group of people that drive me crazier, and whom I love more. I feel honored to call myself a waiter of 2012, and seeing how we all came together this year in the face of tragedy makes me even prouder. To the counselor staff this year, I love you all and you amaze me every day for your love and dedication to camp and the campers. To the administration, thank you so much for your guidance over the years. You have shown us all how to be selfless and how to care. And finally, to the campers, the reason why we are here, I owe you my greatest appreciation for all you have taught me. All of you make me laugh harder, think bigger, and challenge me to be a better version of myself. What I am most proud of in life is being a good counselor. I, along with all the other counselors, was once a wide-eyed junior division camper just like all of you were or are, nervous to be a part of something foreign, and my counselors showed me how to feel camp- the traditions, the culture, how to be a part of something bigger than me, and in turn I do the same for you- the campers. Everything we do is for you. I feel so grateful to be a part of this very special community; to call myself a Baco boy.

So I leave you with this; take a deep breath and look around. Take it all in. Hold onto that feeling and never let it go.

I love each and every one of you. Baco Pride.

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 -Maxx E., Waiter 2012

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  • Best. Weekend. Ever. 💙💛 Thank you to everyone who came to help us feel like we were back in camp, even if it was just for a couple of hours. A big thank you to all the volunteers for all of your enthusiasm and hard work!!! Did you take any pictures at the Winter Games, or with camp friends after? Email them to allison@campbaco.com if you want them to be posted on social media. More of our pictures from the event will be online soon!! 💙💛 #bacochenawah #living10for2 #bestplaceonearth #12851 #bacochenawahbazaarwintergames
  • Our favorite Winter Bazaar Terrace Treats from @livingstonpretz are ready 🥨🥨🥨. We will see you all later at the Field House at Chelsea Piers. Check-in begins at 3:45PM. Campers, don’t forget to wear sneakers!!! 💙💛💙💛
  • 164 days until camp. Flashback to the marriage booth at the Bazaar in 1956 (in honor of the winter bazaar tomorrow)
Thank you to Allison Sacher for sending in so many amazing pictures. 
Thank you to everyone who has sent pictures in. All of our Fridays are going to be filled with camp memories 💛💙
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💙💛 Help us countdown to Summer 2018 by sending in pictures for #flashbackfriday 💙🎉💛 In honor of Camp Che-Na-Wahs 95th summer approaching, we want to celebrate with you every week by posting a #flashbackfriday picture of both Camps Baco and Che-Na-Wah. 💛🎉💙 Send all pictures and videos (from any year) to allison@campbaco.com with details and permission  to post. You can also post your own and tag #bacochenawah 💙💛
  • 🎉The official schedule for the 2018 Baco/Che-Na-Wah Bazaar Winter Games. We will have this hanging on every bulletin board we can find. 
Reminders:
💙💛 These activities are for “Winter Campers” - any future, current, or kids thinking about being campers at camp. The electives are for everyone-campers, parents, alumni, family, and friends. Tickets for Winter Campers are $30. You can still reserve your tickets in advance, and pay by calling the office. 💙💛 You can arrive at 3:40 PM to get checked in. The bell will be ringing at 4:00PM to start announcements with Greg and Amy. 💙💛 Winter Campers (or parents picking out campers clothes) please dress to play the activities. That means... SNEAKERS!!! 💙💛Activities are by age group (ages are written along the top of the schedule). But if you are 8, and in the same bunk as a kid that is 9, it is ok to go play with your friends. 💙💛If you don’t know how to play something, you’re going to learn!! Get ready to have the best time ever. (This is the only time our Lawn Games will include a bouncy castle) 💙💛If you’re interested in volunteering, or have any questions, email allison@campbaco.com 💙💛 #bacochenawah #12851 #living10for2 #bestplaceonearth #bacochenawahbazaarwintergames
  • 💙💛 Raise your hand if you pre-ordered your tickets for the Baco Che-Na-Wah Bazaar Winter Games 18 yet! You can pre-register and also pay before January 13 for the Baco Che-Na-Wah Bazaar Winter Games 18. 💛💙
If you are a camper, or future camper, or thinking about coming to camp, join us for a fun afternoon of camp activities!! 6 periods of camp fun (including Swedish relays, and kickball) at The Field House at Chelsea Piers in NYC!! To reserve or purchase tickets to play, follow this link 
http://www.campbaco.com/about-us/bazaar-winter-games/
You can purchase tickets at the event, but we recommend getting in advance to avoid long lines.
If you are not a current, future, or prospective camper, we will have plenty of things for you to do as well! There will be merchandise, snacks, arts and crafts, batting cages, and more!!! 💙💛
Follow the link above to also volunteer for the event. We are looking for activity leaders, team captains, and more!
If you are interested in donating anything for the event, or have any other questions, please contact allison@campbaco.com 💙💛The Baco Che-Na-Wah Bazaar Foundation is a not-for-profit 501C3 whose mission is to raise funds to donate to organizations that help provide needy children with a camp experience, medical organizations, and other charitable groups. 100% of the proceeds are directed towards charities. #living10for2 #bestplaceonearth #bacochenawah #bacochenawahbazaarwintergames
  • 171 days until camp. Flashback to color war (both Penn/Cornell and Blue and Gold) at Camp Che-Na-Wah in the 90s. 
Thank you to Gail Filiberto for sending in so many amazing pictures. 
Thank you to everyone who has sent pictures in. All of our Fridays are going to be filled with camp memories 💛💙
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💙💛 Help us countdown to Summer 2018 by sending in pictures for #flashbackfriday 💙🎉💛 In honor of Camp Che-Na-Wahs 95th summer approaching, we want to celebrate with you every week by posting a #flashbackfriday picture of both Camps Baco and Che-Na-Wah. 💛🎉💙 Send all pictures and videos (from any year) to allison@campbaco.com with details and permission  to post. You can also post your own and tag #bacochenawah 💙💛
  • Wishing this #bombcyclone was more like this... #dreamingofsummer ☀️>❄️ #bacochenawah #12851 #living10for2 #bestplaceonearth
  • Its almost time to get your Winter Game face on! 💙💛💙💛
A few reminders:
💙💛You can avoid long lines by reserving your tickets in advance.  Follow the link in our bio. 💙💛Did you reserve tickets already?  You can pay in advance, by calling the camp office with credit card info, or mailing a check made out to The Baco Che-Na-Wah Bazaar Foundation.
💙💛Not sure who can get tickets?  Tickets, and the games are for kids.  Current, future, or potential campers.  We’re calling them all Winter Campers.  1 ticket is $30.  It includes a full afternoon of camp activities, and 1 food voucher.  They’ll get their schedule when they check in!
💙💛Are you past “Winter Camper” age?  We still have plenty of things for you to do!  Arts and crafts, merchandise, snacks, batting cages, and a great view of all the games going on.
💙💛Do you want to help at the event?  Follow the link in our bio for more info.
💙💛Do you want to donate supplies, merchandise, snacks, or anything else? Email allison@campbaco.com 💙💛The Baco Che-Na-Wah Bazaar Foundation is a not-for-profit 501C3 whose mission is to raise funds to donate to organizations that help provide needy children with a camp experience, medical organizations, and other charitable groups. 100% of the proceeds are directed towards charities. #living10for2 #bestplaceonearth #bacochenawah #bacochenawahbazaarwintergames

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