Day Joe Boy Cow Happy!

Today is arguably the best day we have here at Camp Timberlake. Its crazy, wacky, and different than any other day we’ve got and it really gets counselors and campers alike excited like few other things can. It’s Cowboy Joe Day and the theme of the day is backwards. The schedule is backwards, we wear our clothes backwards, we talk backwards, and we even drive our golf carts around backwards. It is organized chaos in the truest sense, and it is glorious.

The best part of the day is in the morning, where campers are treated to an extra hour of sleep. Little do they know, they are about to be woken up in a way they never have before. Myself, Director Dan S., CIT Director Davis B, and Cabin Area Directors Will H and Charlie R begin our rampage through the cabins armed with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, chocolate milk, and a megaphone. This is how it goes down: the five of us charge in blowing whistles, yelling out of the megaphone, and throwing doughnuts and milk cartons at each and every camper and counselor. In keeping with the backwards theme, we scream “DAY JOE BOY COW HAPPY!!!” It is truly a sight to behold and it is so fun to see the combination of excitement, bewilderment, and a tinge of fear on the campers faces as they realize what is happening.

Once the rampage is over, campers get to enjoy their nut doughs and milk chocolate (catch the backwards words there?) in peace before putting on their backwards clothes and heading down to the evening activity (in the morning).

Ford L, Wait M, Scott R, and Tyce P and a host of others turned in extremely impressive performances in battle ball that we play down on the lower tennis courts. What a better way for boys to start the day then to get to throw some rubber balls as hard as they can??

After battleball, it was off to 2nd period, where campers were working hard towards bronze silver and gold bars in each and every one of their activities.

Once those activities had finished up, it was time for a great lunch of meatball subs!! Everyone loves meatball subs, and the day only got better (at least for the counselors) with the announcement of REST HOUR instead of the usual 30 minutes. Trust me, the extra 30 minutes makes all the difference, especially on Cowboy Joe Day. Some normalcy was restored after rest hour with the customary trading post and 3rd and 4th periods.

After activities, we all got to enjoy a thanksgiving dinner of turkey, gravy, and stuffing. Toward the end of dinner, I got to don the red helmet and scream out “LITTLE CHIEF!!” The Little Chief ceremony is one of the best events we do at camp, and it rewards campers young and old who have truly been investing in this wonderful and beautiful place. Campers don’t even know it yet, but they’re about to get to play one of the greatest games of all time, COMMANDO, A water balloon fight on steroids. The fun never stops here, and we can’t wait for what tomorrow has in store.


Brandon Chase

Program Director

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