A week full of adventure

  • “Life was meant for good friends and great adventures” – A quote which perfectly represents week three here at Camp Tel Noar.

    There were clear themes that emerged when writing this week’s blog post, which were inspired by each and every bunk at CTN. These themes included determination, bravery and in particular, adventure!

    Within the short space of just a week, our campers and counsellors have taken part in brand new activities, pushed themselves completely out of their comfort zones, and most importantly, created memories to last a lifetime.

    A week full of adventure, our campers have enjoyed trips to Attitash Mountain Village, Canobie Lake Park, Three Rivers Whitewater and Project Adventure. Four different activities, each allowing our campers to have fun, bond with each other, and experience something a little different to our regular programming.

    On Tuesday morning bunks 7 and 17 headed out of camp and travelled to the picturesque mountain village of Attitash. Taking the opportunity to explore the local area, the two bunks headed outdoors for hikes, enjoying both waterfalls and picture-perfect views along the way. A big shout-out to Teddy and Maya for rocking their strenuous hikes, even when it seemed a little tough at points (the beautiful views definitely outweighed the challenging walk!).

    After an evening of bonding games, bonfires and astrology lessons, which included the building of telescopes, constellation boxes and planetary bracelets, the bunks headed to bed to get some well-needed rest, ready for the next day’s adventure.

    On Wednesday, the Attitash group enjoyed taking part in the many activities on offer, including a rollercoaster ride down the mountain, an alpine slide, a bungee trampoline and, for the particularly brave-hearted, an airbag jump which reached the height of a five story building (I think we can all agree each participant deserves a huge pat on the back!).

    For bunks 8 and 18, Tuesday and Wednesday consisted of a trip to Three Rivers Whitewater for an adrenaline-filled afternoon of river rafting. To start the day’s adventure, the group enjoyed taking part in lake swimming, hikes, and an evening filled with Ping-Pong and Washers (a new game which Swedge is determined to bring to camp).

    After a big breakfast to fuel the day ahead, the group headed to the river for an afternoon of rafting, where the bunks tackled big rapids, which they expertly navigated for over two hours. Strenuous steering called for a relaxing river ride, where campers were able to jump in the river and swim through mini-rapids. A game of Rodeo began, where the boat’s steerers quickly paddled in a circle, while competitors stood on the front of the boat, aiming to stay on for as long as possible. Some campers may have gotten a little wetter on the trip than others… but each and every camper impressed with their sheer determination and enthusiasm.

    While bunks 8 and 18 enjoyed fun in the water, bunks 5 and 14 enjoyed a challenge in the air, at Project Adventure’s adrenaline-filled high ropes course. Dividing themselves into four groups, campers began their day with fun games to encourage group bonding, and a low ropes course to inspire teamwork. After getting to grips with the belay system, the two bunks were ready to reach for the heights, and head high up into the trees.

    Pushing themselves out of their comfort zones, campers tackled the course with incredible determination, completing the Vertical Play Pen, a course which involved climbing ladders, nets and tires to reach the top of the course, and the Catwalk challenge, where the group to walk across a pole suspended 35 feet in the air!

    Each and every camper challenged themselves mentally and physically by completing the Zipline – an activity which made Michelle incredibly proud. A huge shout-out is deserved to the girls of bunk 18, who rallied around Emily and Eliana, who, after a little extra encouragement, both completed the Zipline – an incredible achievement and a memory which the girls are sure to treasure.

    Determined not to miss out on all of the adrenaline-fueled fun, the rest of camp headed down the road to Canobie Lake Park, for an action-packed day filled with rollercoasters, water rides, and enough Dippin’ Dots and cotton candy to last a lifetime.

    Each bunk spent the day with their counselors, travelling on the Canobie Express train, relaxing on the Lazy River, feeling dizzy on DaVinci’s Dream, and getting soaked on the Log Flume (a very refreshing way to cool down!). A huge highlight of the day included watching Dylan and Madison approach the Boston Tea Party water ride with nervous anticipation, which soon turned into beaming delight and high fives once they’d successfully completed it.

    After a busy couple of days apart, the whole camp was reunited for CTN’s Northern Lights Beach Party where the whole camp danced the night away under the stars – a perfect ending to four action-packed adventures.

    With so much fun being had in such a short space of time, it’s impossible to fit all the action into just one weekly blog post. To ensure you don’t miss out on all the CTN activity of week 3, including the bunk 18 girls playing softball in bat mitzvah dresses, the Media department’s photo field trip to Portland and Portsmouth, and of course, the fun of Bunk Night and Casino Night, be sure to check out our Week 3 Instagram highlight here.

    As we get ready to head into Shabbat, we are thankful for the fun we have had, opportunities for growth provided, and friendships we have continued to form. Wishing everyone a wonderful Shabbat from the campers and counselors of Camp Tel Noar.

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