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2017 Second Session, August 4, Day 17:


Homily for the day: If you want to see the sun shine, you have to weather the storm.

Domineaq (No Words Needed) has earned enough points in the Achievement program to be considered for the Outer Circle (Island honor society).  Now, Sir, it is up to you to continue leading by example, working hard and helping your cabinmates, whenever you can…Though they were both stung by wasps during the morning’s garbage row work project, Mathew and Jacob (Funky Fresh) gritted and shrugged through the pain and put in very strong efforts throughout the period…While work hour has never been high on Landinn’s (Tough Timers) list of Mayhew favorites – in fact, it has been easily at the bottom of the list – he chose to shift into a different perspective for this morning’s wood splitting project, working diligently throughout.  At one point, he remarked with delight and pride to his cabin counselor, “We’re really wrecking this wood pile!”…In fishing, Logan (High Koalaty) was a model of patience and persistence and cabinmate Trip netted a big fish, the first of his fishing career! 


2017 Second Session, August 3, Day 16:


Thaiyne’s (Tough Timers) idea for a wee change in the hiking program?  Take an airplane to the top of the mountain and then walk down.  Hmm, we don’t expect that to actually take “wing” any time soon but we’ll keep it in the future hopper, Sir.  On a completely realistic and more impressive note, Thaiyne shares that his goal is to earn his advanced ribbon in swimming during Achievements…In the Hackey-Sack Achievement, Logan (High Koalaty) made moves toward his advanced ribbon by doing a terrific job of teaching some basic skills to the beginners in the group…

Today was the big baseball game with our friends at Camp Pasquaney.  Playing at home, there were lots of impressive performances on the Mayhew team.  Domineaq (No Words Needed) pitched a fine game from the mound, earning the Coaches’ Award for his stellar play and sportsmanship…Domineaq’s cabinmate, Anthony, was also his battery mate, putting in a solid defensive game behind the plate…Angel (Tough Timers) started at third base, moved to left field for a bit and then returned to third base.  As for the game itself, it was unquestionably a defensive battle, ending in a 0-0 tie.  We thank the Pasquaney team – which included Mayhew Link Landon – for their great effort and sportsmanship!

At dinner, we hear about the Week 7 Link-Up canoeing trip.  It included a challenging 15-mile day, sightings of both a bald eagle and an osprey, some successful fishing and some cooling and and fun splash wars.  Damon did 600 strokes in a row at one point…Sylas arrived for the trip expecting it would be a biking expedition but he shifted into the canoeing without complaint and did a lot more than just “float” through the week…Brandon provided great energy…Noah encountered some personal roadblocks on last year’s trip but this year, during that 15-mile day, he was cracking jokes and helping everyone see the fun at the end of a hard and long day…Mayson got along well with everyone on the trip and, though he complained a bit about the early start one day (“I really need my sleep!”), he eventually shifted into a can-do mode…Xavier caught 2 fish over the course of the trip and was often there for others, offering to help them improve their paddling technique.                                                                                   


2017 Second Session, August 2, Day 15:


Homily for the day: “It’s not easy being green.” – Kermit the Frog

Over lunch with Funky Fresh, Mayhew Trustee Joe DiClerico chats up the boys, sharing a bit about what is involved in Board service for the program.  Along the way, he mentions the Board President Jay Buckley.  To which DJ (Funky Fresh) responds, “Who is Jay Buckley?  Can I meet him sometime?”  As a matter of fact, DJ, you’ll have an opportunity to meet Jay, to see Joe again and to meet the rest of the Board at next week’s Board meeting on Island.

At announcements we hear about the following impressive efforts:  Elias & Ahmad (both of No Words Needed) teamed powerfully during the morning wood splitting work hour, creating an impressive stack of split wood…When others took to arguing during the gravel-moving project, Kainan stayed positive and focused on doing what he could to be helpful…

Thank you to Program Extender Marcus joined Program Extension Coordinator Grayson Richey in tackling the overgrowth at the old tennis court site on the mainland.  They left the site looking a lot more presentable for Friday’s ribbon cutting ceremony for Mayhew’s new solar array, installed by Volunteer Extraordinaire Ivan Quinchia.  This is a project Ivan has led from the initial idea to its energy-saving and expense-saving reality. 

We’ll leave you with this cabin cheer: “No words.  Needed. Leaves you.  Speechless.”                                                                                                                                                           


2017 Second Session, August 1, Day 14:


Homily for the day: “If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

Emmanuel’s (Positive Palooza) favorite things at Mayhew so far?  Climbing, swimming and softball. As Emmanuel devours his chicken dinner, he nods over at the Super Chickens across the Dining Hall, “You know what?  The Super Chickens are eating their own kind [right now].  And we had chicken alfredo [another time].  They’re cannibals.”

Throughout the afternoon’s Baseball Team practice at Cantor Yards, Anthony (No Words Needed) was happy to throw himself fully into any role he was asked to play…Mathew (Funky Fresh) proved to be very knowledgeable during the fishing achievement period and was very helpful to less experienced anglers…Justin (Positive Palooza) was a fount of strategy and assistance during the chess achievement.


2017 Second Session, July 31, Day 13:


Homily for the day: Lighten the load.

It has been quite a session so far.  From the get-go, as a community, the boys have seemed to be very much geared toward achievement.  Five of the cabin groups have rowed around the entire Island.  The Free Time List is burgeoning with the names of those who have been setting new personal records with hikes and pretzels and pull-ups and solving the Rubik’s Cube and on and on. 

Domineaq (No Words Needed) has shown great dedication and effort in becoming the first member of the Milers’ Club (for those who have swum a mile’s worth of laps during free time at the Swim Cove)…Dominic (No Words Needed) went above and beyond in the gravel-moving work hour and earned full pay…The Tough Timers rowed around the entire Island during rowing practice and Angel was a positive and encouraging force in the boat. Down at Cantor Yards, Jacob (Funky Fresh) has been hitting balls further and further into the outfield.

Today marks the launch of the Humannn Chess Tournament.  Can’t wait to “check” out the competition as the session progresses!


2017 Second Session, July 28, Day 10:


Homily for the day: Trees that do not bend in the wind, break.

There are some budding Bombardiers on North Beach before lunch. Dominic (No Words Needed) is on the Soccer Bombs list, having kept the soccer ball aloft for a total of ten hits with his knees and feet.  Will Domineaq (No Words Needed) soon be joining him?  Seems so; he’s up to nine hits…

Here’s some of what you get during a High Koalaty meal…Felix would like Mayhew better if “we had hooded sweatshirts.”…Adam: “I was the first one this session to get an Advanced ribbon [he earned it in chess].”  Congratulations, Sir!...Table head Sarah Finley puts the call out when the regular waiter for the day has to excuse himself for a bathroom break, “I need a volunteer waiter,” advertises Sarah.  In an instant, Eric, Adam, and Aiden shoot up their hands to volunteer…If there were a movie about Mayhew, what would it be about?  Who would be in it? Felix: “I’d be the picky one [he says with a small bit of food going untouched on his plate].”  Alex: “I’d be the kid who eats everything.”  And some of the action roles?  Who would fill those?  Plenty of potential action heroes emerged during this morning’s activities…

In the gravel-moving work hour, Adam (High Koalaty) conscientiously reminded his cabinmates of the various safety commands and made sure to use them consistently himself…Domineaq and Nick (both of No Words Needed) had such great communication with one another throughout the wood splitting work hour that they almost didn’t need words…Continuing to g”row” into his many roles throughout the community, Emmanuel (Positive Palooza) hopped into the coxswain’s seat during the garbage row and shined…Ahmad (No Words Needed) helped make the morning’s Adventure initiative a success on many levels through his patient and respectful handling of some disharmony within the group and through his fun-loving attitude throughout the period…What a kick!  Congratulations to Aiden (High Koalaty) and Kainan (Funky Fresh) for showing everyone else on the soccer field the importance of perseverance and hard work during the morning’s Kickin’ Crayfish Soccer game.

Three more role models in the Athletics program are recognized for their session-long excellence and sportsmanship.  Domineaq (No Words Needed), Ahmad (No Words Needed) and Aiden (High Koalaty) are all named to the Mayhew Baseball Team during lunch announcements.  Following dismissal from lunch, Mathew (Funky Fresh) seeks out Athletics Counselor Roy Anderson and asks, “How do you make the Baseball Team, again?”  Clearly, Domineaq, Ahmad and Aiden have inspired Mathew to try swinging for the fences.


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