Fun, learning fill campers’ days

By Sam Oldenburg and Emilie Milcarek

Friendships and fun are as much a part of SCATS as classroom learning. From the moment they wake up to the time they go to bed, residential campers spend much of their time with hallmates — the other campers in their counselor group. Counselor Jake Inman is responsible for eight boys who room next to each other in Northeast Hall. With a mix of new and returning campers, his group has quickly bonded. On Tuesday, June 9, our photographers spent a full day with his group to see what a typical day looks like for SCATS campers.

Counselor Jake Inman looks at a drawing made by one of his campers Tuesday morning before breakfast. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Counselor Jake Inman looks at a drawing made by one of his campers Tuesday morning before breakfast. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Campers walk from Northeast Hall to Downing Student Union, where they eat breakfast at Fresh Foods. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Campers walk from Northeast Hall to Downing Student Union, where they eat breakfast at Fresh Foods. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Campers choose from a wide variety of breakfast items available at Fresh Foods. On week days campers eat breakfast in Fresh Foods, and on weekends breakfast is served in a tent outside Northeast Hall. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Campers choose from a wide variety of breakfast items available at Fresh Foods. On week days campers eat breakfast in Fresh Foods, and on weekends breakfast is served in a tent outside Northeast Hall. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Campers Eric Eastman of Bowling Green (left) and Caleb Cummings of Imperial, Mo., eat breakfast with some of their hallmates Tuesday morning in Fresh Foods. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Campers Eric Eastman of Bowling Green (left) and Caleb Cummings of Imperial, Mo., eat breakfast with some of their hallmates Tuesday morning in Fresh Foods. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Campers from counselor Jake Inman's group eat breakfast together in Fresh Foods Tuesday. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Campers from counselor Jake Inman’s group eat breakfast together in Fresh Foods Tuesday. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Keegan Pendleton of Hopkinsville gives a classmate a critique of his monologue performance during Acting class Tuesday. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Keegan Pendleton of Hopkinsville gives a classmate a critique of his monologue performance during Acting class Tuesday. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Griffin Salsman of Springfield, Tenn., works on a project during Mixed Media Multicultural Art Experience Tuesday. Students created rubber stamps that they would use to stamp a pattern on fabric in order to make Japanese Carps. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Griffin Salsman of Springfield, Tenn., works on a project during Mixed Media Multicultural Art Experience Tuesday. Students created rubber stamps that they would use to stamp a pattern on fabric in order to make Japanese Carps. (Photo by Sam Oldenburg)
Counselor Jake Inman gets a hug from his former camper, Luke Parsons of Antioch, Tenn., as the campers return from class and check in with counselors Tuesday. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Counselor Jake Inman gets a hug from his former camper, Luke Parsons of Antioch, Tenn., as the campers return from class and check in with counselors Tuesday. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Jake Inman holds a hall meeting with his campers including McGregor Lakes (left) of Berea. Jake meets with his campers every day after classes in his room in Northeast Hall.  (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Jake Inman holds a hall meeting with his campers including McGregor Lakes (left) of Berea. Jake meets with his campers every day after classes in his room in Northeast Hall. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
After a loud noise was made, Cole LaDow of La Grange points at MacGregor Lakes of Berea in hopes of not getting in trouble with his counselor. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
After a loud noise was made, Cole LaDow of La Grange points at MacGregor Lakes of Berea in hopes of not getting in trouble with his counselor. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Cole LaDow of La Grange rips up napkins to make them into other things while waiting for other campers to finish dinner in Fresh Foods. All campers leave Downing Student Union together to return to Northeast Hall. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Cole LaDow of La Grange rips up napkins to make them into other things while waiting for other campers to finish dinner in Fresh Foods. All campers leave Downing Student Union together to return to Northeast Hall. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Campers charge their phones and call family members to tell them about their day at camp during their 30 minutes of phone time Tuesday. Counselors gather phones from the campers at the beginning of SCATS, and time is set aside for phones to be handed out for calls home several times each week. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Campers charge their phones and call family members to tell them about their day at camp during their 30 minutes of phone time Tuesday. Counselors gatheedr phones from the campers at the start of SCATS, and time is set aside for phones to be handed out for calls home several times each week. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Eric Eastman knows what is about to happen in their game on Tuesday during optionals and tries to see if his fellow camper next to him knows as well. During evening optionals, counselors plan several options for activities campers can sign up for. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Eric Eastman knows what is about to happen in their game on Tuesday during optionals and tries to see if his fellow camper next to him knows as well. During evening optionals, counselors plan several options for activities campers can sign up for. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Cole LaDow of La Grange debates with counselor Ben Guthrie during a close game of Knights of the Round Table during optionals Tuesday. Ben ended the debate by starting a new round. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Cole LaDow of La Grange debates with counselor Ben Guthrie during a close game of Knights of the Round Table during optionals Tuesday. Ben ended the debate by starting a new round. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Campers in Jake Inman's group join other campers outside Northeast Hall for community time.  (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Campers in Jake Inman’s group join other campers outside Northeast Hall for community time. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Cole LaDow of La Grange gets onto a bed while relaxing with hallmates before bedtime Tuesday. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
Cole LaDow of La Grange gets onto a bed while relaxing with hallmates before bedtime Tuesday. (Photo by Emilie Milcarek)
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