SCATS campers build community through mandatory fun

By Tucker Covey

Outside of their classes, SCATS campers have started to form friendships through a variety of structured and unstructured activities each evening. Most nights, counselors plan a variety of creative “mandatory optionals” for the campers. It’s mandatory that each camper sign up for one activity, but optional which of the fun choices he or she selects. Each evening also brings community time and hall time for campers to have fun with each other and get to know their hall mates.

Campers make t-shirts during the t-shirt making optional offered Tuesday, June 14. Campers used old SCATS and VAMPY shirts to make items ranging from new shirts to ski masks. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
Campers make t-shirts during the t-shirt making optional offered Tuesday, June 14. Campers used old SCATS and VAMPY shirts to make items ranging from new shirts to ski masks. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
Caroline Spencer of Bowling Green attempts to walk across the lobby of Northeast Hall while balancing a book on her head during the Learn to be a Princess optional offered Tuesday, June 14. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
Caroline Spencer of Bowling Green attempts to walk across the lobby of Northeast Hall while balancing a book on her head during the Learn to be a Princess optional offered Tuesday, June 14. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
Camper Lilly Mooney of Shepherdsville ties string into a fellow camper's hair during free time Wednesday, June 15. Due to rain, the mandatory optional choices were restricted to inside play. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
Camper Lilly Mooney of Shepherdsville ties string into a fellow camper’s hair during free time Wednesday, June 15. Due to rain, the mandatory optional choices were restricted to inside play. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
C.J. Johnston (right) from Leitchfield jokes with other campers and counselors during community time Tuesday, June 14. At the end of most days during SCATS the campers given community time where they are able to talk to their friends, play card games, read, or engage in other free-time activities. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
C.J. Johnston (right) from Leitchfield jokes with other campers and counselors during community time Tuesday, June 14. At the end of most days during SCATS the campers given community time where they are able to talk to their friends, play card games, read, or engage in other free-time activities. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
SCATS campers play Capture the Flag behind Northeast Hall during mandatory optionals Tuesday, June 14. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
SCATS campers play Capture the Flag behind Northeast Hall during mandatory optionals Tuesday, June 14. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
Counselor Ellie Hogg wears a unicorn mask while beckoning campers signed up for her optional Tuesday, June 14. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
Counselor Ellie Hogg wears a unicorn mask while beckoning campers signed up for her optional Tuesday, June 14. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
Camryn Mitchell (center) from Mount Juliet, Tennessee takes time to socialize during the t-shirt making optional Tuesday, June 14. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
Camryn Mitchell (center) from Mount Juliet, Tennessee takes time to socialize during the t-shirt making optional Tuesday, June 14. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
SCATS campers rush the sign-up sheets to select the mandatory optional they will participate in later in the night Tuesday, June 14. The optionals choices vary from day to day, ranging from capture the flag, to card games, crafts, and more. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
SCATS campers rush the sign-up sheets to select the mandatory optional they will participate in later in the night Tuesday, June 14. The optionals choices vary from day to day, ranging from capture the flag, to card games, crafts, and more. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
Counselor Lauren Pederson plays kiss the frog with campers during the Learning to be a Princess optional offered Tuesday, June 14. Campers were blindfolded and spun around then had to pin a heart on the frog. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
Counselor Lauren Pederson plays kiss the frog with campers during the Learning to be a Princess optional offered Tuesday, June 14. Campers were blindfolded and spun around then had to pin a heart on the frog. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
Lilly Jones (left) from Cincinnati, Ohio, jokes with camp counselor Matt Owen along with camper Addie Blankinship from Birmingham, Alabama, during the Learning to be a Princess optional offered Tuesday, June 14. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)
Lilly Jones (left) from Cincinnati, Ohio, jokes with camp counselor Matt Owen along with camper Addie Blankinship from Birmingham, Alabama, during the Learning to be a Princess optional offered Tuesday, June 14. (Photo by Tucker Allen Covey)

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