Boys from all five divisions of YPC recently traveled to Connecticut for a weekend of singing, games and friendship. They left very early on Saturday morning for the retreat, and arrived to a beautiful fall day in New England. Camp Jewell is located on Triangle Lake, and some of the first sights the choristers saw were the giant slide, the brand new wiffle ball stadium, and the climbing wall. Needless to say, they were very excited to jump right in!
The choristers were divided into four teams with boys from every division on each team, and they competed in different tasks and challenges throughout the weekend and were able to win stars for their team's flag with each success. At the end of the weekend all the stars were counted and a victor emerged!
In addition to their challenges, the choristers were in rehearsals, theory and vocal technique classes throughout the weekend. They also enjoyed many of the outdoor activities that they don't get to do in the city: canoeing, archery, the climbing wall and giant slide, and the petting zoo, complete with Stanley the 600 pound pig! That evening the choristers had a campfire where they roasted marshmallows and made s'mores before retiring to their cabins for what was inevitably a short night's sleep.
The choristers had a great time, and many wanted to stay at Camp Jewell rather than return back to New York City the following day. We can't wait to go back next year!