Today started off with some exciting morning rec: canoeing! The Shads who participated in this early morning activity made their way to Sherbrooke Lake at 6:30 a.m. and got to see the sun rise over the lake.
Next up, after breakfast, Everett set up workshops for us, so we split into our rec groups and each went to our own station. The three workshops included canoeing, outdoor living/building a fire and even friendship bracelet making. Needless to say, all of them were super fun!
After our first round of workshops, we had some free swim time before lunch where SHADs got to cool off from the blazing sun. Following lunch, we had a shelter building competition, where all the rec teams had around 40 minutes to build their own outdoor shelter. These were judged later in the day by the PAs, but we have yet to receive the results of this exciting competition.
The SHADs got some more swim time before dinner where David got to conduct more SHAD water relay races. This time, SHADs were actually allowed to swim! These swim times were also the only showers we ever got.
After dinner, the SHADs ended off the night with an emotional campfire where we all shared what we’re grateful for. Tears were shed, and we all bonded over our common struggles and experiences at SHAD.
We were then tasked with finding thin branches to use for some campfire treats. Once we all found sticks, we enjoyed some delicious hotdogs (that Erin kindly cut into spider dogs) and smores. With full stomachs and even fuller hearts, we ended the night with some campfire songs. SHADs watched in awe as the blood moon rose above the lake, coincidentally celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Overall, it was a fun, emotional and very memorable day for all SHADs. We had our laughs and we had our tears, but most important of all, we had each other.