Camp Traditions

We have many storied traditions that campers and counselors alike come to fall in love with. Our traditions add a certain magic to camp. Here are some of our favorites.

Trojan/Spartan Games

All Champions campers are either a member of the Trojan or Spartan tribe. Each Sunday the two teams face each other in the Olympic-style Trojan/Spartan Games. The games are a great opportunity to build teamwork and sportsmanship skills—and they’re incredibly fun!

Flag Raising

Each day begins with the raising of the American flag and the singing of the national anthem. This gives us a chance to honor our country, share announcements, and start the day with a bang!

Cabin Inspection

Each day after lunch, campers and counselors make their beds, pack trunks neatly, sweep the cabin floor, and take out the trash to prepare for inspection. Everybody’s favorite thing? Nah—but it’s a great way to develop teamwork and responsibility. Besides, if your cabin passes inspection one day, you don’t have inspection the following day!

Torchlight

We end each day with our Torchlight ceremony. It’s a great time for the entire camp to get together as a Champions family to sing, cheer on the day’s Torchlighter (camper of the day), and wind down for the night. This is perhaps the most beloved tradition of all!

Vespers

Since camp was founded, campers have gathered wearing white shirts at the girls and boys sail point on Sunday evenings to reflect on tradition and character. Leadership members, counselors, and campers all have the opportunities to tell stories of wisdom to the rest of camp. Afterwards, campers get treated with Sundae Sundays (or Sunday Sundaes)!

Lake Swim

Since 1967, older campers have woken up early once a term to swim the Lake Swim. Campers swim to the other side of the lake and back to accomplish one of the highest achievements at camp! Lifeguards line the lake in kayaks and cheer on campers as they complete their goal. One of our founders, Hondo Crouch used to say “Swimming…you can’t find a better sport to save your life!"

Treat Time

Going through a full day of activities can be exhausting. That’s why every day after Halftime/Marktime campers gather at the Dugout and Acropolis for Treat Time! Campers get in line for our treat of the day which varies from cookies and brownies to goldfish.