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Summer 2023 Zeitgeist

Trevor Gardner — November 1, 2023


The 107th summer at YMCA Camp Takodah was quite a success! Though we endured more rainy days than we would like to admit, had an unusual amount of turtles hatching at camp, and sustained a brief closure of the lake, the staff and campers had a memorable summer. From Opening Campfire to CT Cremony and everything in between, our days were filled with trying new things, enjoying time outside, and making lifelong friends. 

This summer, 1,270 campers and 157 staff lived together amongst the trees. Making candles and friendship bracelets in the Hobby Nook, conquering the rock wall and the vertical playpen on the Adventure Course, swimming across and sailing around Cass Pond, competing in the first-ever Takodah Spelling Bee, mountain biking in and around camp, hiking an actual mountain (Mt. Monadnock), and that was just in their morning classes. 

Throughout the summer, we saw campers conquer fears of being away from home, strengthen their self-confidence on the TPAC and NoPAC stages, build independence while getting to classes each day, and foster connections with friends, both old and new. This summer, campers and staff let out a collective sigh of relief as they settled into their home away from home at Takodah. This summer, it was more evident than ever that campers need a place where they can be kids; we are honored that Takodah continues to be that place for so many. 

We’re already counting down the days until the 108th summer! We can’t wait for all our campers and staff to return home to camp so we can make more memories together. We’ll see you next summer!