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Everyday at the Waterfront is great, but some days stick out more than others. Today was one of those days. 

This morning oldest Onondaga, O-3 and O-4, came down for Paddlesports. We started off the period in war canoe. We were able to fit all 20 rambunctious Onondagans on the long canoe and we started paddling. Now, war canoeing is not quite a favorite activity of the campers. However, sometimes it's necessary to do based on the amount of campers and wind speed. 

These Onondagans loved it. They were singing and laughing and paddling and just having great time. Their enthusiasm infected their staff who began to join in. After a bit, we pulled the canoe onto shore by Poop Rock. Poop Rock is a big rock near shore that's sticking out of the water. Birds will often land on it and use the bathroom since it's land in a big lake. 

Once everyone was on land, the oldest Onondagans began to swim close to shore. A few counselors and I joined them in the water. I don't remember how it started, but I became a walking target for seaweed. I had seaweed in my hair and down my life jacket by the time it was done. It was a lot of fun for everyone involved, including myself. Eventually we had return to camp as the morning came to an end.

I've rarely experienced a group of campers so wholly excited and positive about every activity. I look forward to when O-3 and O-4 return to the Waterfront. I'm sure it'll be a blast.

Noah Salomons

 

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