WAKE FOREST — For a third summer, Kerr YMCA brought its summer camps, Camp Kerr and Camp High Hopes, together for a week of field trips and activities. The week ended with a Day of Awesomeness held on the campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
The Day of Awesomeness is a field day full of games, dancing, a hotdog lunch and more than 350 children running around in the summer heat. To unify the two camps, children were separated into eight different teams, competing for points in activities and challenges such as limbo and water balloon tosses. Though a winner was chosen at the end of the day, the focus was on getting the children to cheer for their own team, teaching them support, good sportsmanship and participation.
As the camps are primarily for children in kindergarten through middle school, there was a large mixture of ages in each team. Ninth and 10th graders also participate in the camps and activities as CILTs(Campers In Leadership Training). This summer, 16 out of their 22 staff members were former CILTs, which is a testament to the impact that the camps make.