Written by Nora E., Social Media Coordinator
As the sadness of the last day loomed, the captains and mates awoke at 5 am to motor the boats from Trellis Bay to the Baths. The Baths is a National Park on Virgin Gorda Island where we do a ‘hikel’ (combination of ‘snorkel’ and ‘hike’). There are large rocks which we hike around and then snorkel through the rocks underwater. Kids get to see a lot of cool coral, new marine life, and get one last snorkel in before its time to head back to Hodges Creek Marina. As a photographer and social media coordinator, the Baths are so much fun to take pictures because of all of the cool nooks and crannies that kids like to explore.
Afterwards, the boats quickly got ready to drop their moorings and head to Cooper Island for lunch. Cooper Island is where we went for the first two days and it is right across the channel from Hodges Creek Marina. We love going there because the water is great, our scuba diving staff goes there, and there is a lot for the kids to do.
Once the crews were done eating, we started docking back at home base: Hodges Creek. Each docking went amazing! It was so great to see all of the students grow and understand all the important roles when it comes to docking.
After docking, the kids started to deep clean their boats, pack, and brainstorm their skits that they will perform. At the end of every program, we give the students a chance, as a crew, to perform a skit that portrays their bond and maybe some inside jokes they made within the last two weeks. Following our beautiful dinner of ribs, mac & cheese, and vegetables, the campers started to show us their skits! Some sang songs, some liked to imitate the counselors, and others performed commercials. Overall, they all made us laugh. Then, each boat earned an award and then we showed a slideshow of some photos from the last two weeks. Personally, I love showing the slideshow because I get to see all of the kids’ reactions to the photos I was taking.
This morning, we sadly had to say goodbye to our wonderful Alpha One’s and Tango One’s. It was a somber goodbye as we have had so much the last two weeks with these students. And, we hope to see them all next summer!
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.