What a beautiful Sunday at Merrie Woode! Everyone slept in an extra half an hour before gathering in our Sunday Whites for breakfast in the Dining Hall. After time to clean cabins and trunks, we met in the beautiful Chapel by the lake. Our special guest speaker Liza Bance spoke about what Merrie Woode has meant to her in her own life and encouraged everyone to spend their last few days appreciating this incredible chance we all have to be surrounded by nature. Glee Club performed “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac—it was beautiful!
We had lunch (fried chicken, of course!) and Rest Hour before everyone got ready for our afternoon activities. Cabins were split by age group; half went to Bingo in the Dining Hall while the other half went to decorate Plaques on the Waterfall Field. Every cabin designs a plaque together to commemorate their summer and add their name to this session’s home. You may have seen these plaques in the cabins on Opening Day—over the course of several decades, they have collected in each cabin to mark every camper who has once called it home. Everyone was excited to get painting this afternoon! After the first group had finished their plaques, they switched places and went inside to play Bingo while everyone else finished their own plaques. It was a marvelous afternoon followed by a great Cookout dinner on the Waterfall Field.
Tonight’s Evening Program was Follow the Gleam, our King Arthur pageant that is performed on the last Sunday of every session. For decades, I have watched this pageant from the trees and then followed the girls as they carry candles to the lake. Campers and counselors have come and gone, camp has grown and changed in many ways, but the words of the Gleam continue to resonate through our place of rarest beauty:
“We are bid by the One whom we call the Light of the World to let our light shine that others may find the way. And so we set our lights afloat on the lake to symbolize our desire to forever follow the gleam.”