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Camp Baker’s 45th Session a Success

Campers from around Virginia enjoyed the 45th session of summer camp held at Camp Baker in Chesterfield County. The 2005 session was highlighted by fun-filled, rewarding camp activities and good times were enjoyed by 386 campers of all ages.

Pool time during hot summer days remained a favorite activity for campers. None of the Wednesday night pool parties were rained out, much to the delight of campers and counselors alike.

Throughout the week the campers worked on their performances for the weekly talent show at Thursday night's cookout. Talents and personalities shined in the group skits, songs, dance routines, puppet shows, guitar solos, and cheerleading routines performed by campers.

Canoe trips at neighboring Pocahontas State Park were among some of the favorite off-site activities of this year's group. At nearby Applewhite Farm, campers learned the fundamentals of grooming and feeding Joey the horse. They were rewarded with rides on Joey around the farm fields, building confidence in their abilities and having a good time.

In nature class, we started the summer with three (supposedly) male rabbits and ended with three adults and four baby rabbits. The campers enjoyed daily visits with the rabbits and tending to the camp pets which also included three box turtles the campers named Charles, Troy, and Nick.

Plans are already underway for summer camp 2006. Next year's Beavers, Fawns, Bears, and Bluebirds should find the 2006 schedule in their mailboxes sometime in October and camp applications will be mailed at the beginning of the year.