Color war is a friendly competition between campers at Forest Lake Camp. Campers are divided into teams, each of which is assigned a color. Our Boys’ Camp is divided into Red and Blue and our Girls’ Camp is divided into Green and White. The teams compete against each other throughout the summer in challenges and events to earn points. Typical color war challenges include tug-of-war, cane rush, capture-the-flag, canoeing, relay races, cheer-offs as well as more contemporary sports such as soccer, basketball and tennis. The games’ durations can range from a day to several weeks throughout the summer. The winning team is the one with the most points at the end of the summer. Typically, our color wars consist of several events that are worth insignificant amounts of points, and then one large final event called Marathon that is worth enough points to win or lose the entire color war for the summer.
Color war usually begin with a surprise ‘color sort’ at the beginning of the summer, at which point new campers are sorted into their respective colors. Campers have meetings and team time periods throughout the summer to plan and strategize for the larger competitions at the end of the summer.
Cheers are made up by members of the teams and teams come up with songs to sing.
For many campers, it is our color war that brings them back summer after summer to help lead their team to victory!
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