Written By Nora E., Social Media Coordinator
Resting on the docks of Scrub Island, our campers arose with excitement as the staff boat played “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen over the radio. Happy Fourth of July! The campers had some time in the morning to walk around Scrub, get a breakfast sandwich or juice, and get ready for the long day ahead. Then, we did a quick hike to the other side of the island to a beach. There, we played “Sharks & Minos” and the kids had a blast before getting ready to set sail.
Today was race day! So, around the back of Scrub Island we had our starting line, and each boat had to pace between the rib (our smaller motor boat) and the island until the starting horn blared. I had the pleasure of sailing with Y Nissi today and their amazing crew. I got to see all of the kids take charge and I noticed they were all really wanted to win. The “finish line” was to pick up a mooring ball at Blunder Bay Marina and tie the secondary line (a line that connects to the mooring chain from the boat for safety).
The winner of the race today was Mile Hi! The Tango crew really showed everyone how great they are at sailing. As we moored at Blunder Bay, we met up with our Mega friends for the first time since being with them at Cooper Island. It was so good to see all of the campers together and to see the Mega staff as well.
For our Fourth of July celebration, we started with a barbecue buffet that the marina staff helped with. The kids could order fun virgin drinks and hit the dance floor. They danced and hung out by the bonfire for awhile before it was time to head back to boats and rest easy after a fun and celebratory day.
The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.