The average afternoon on a Shrine Mont summer day is beautiful, generally ten degrees cooler than Richmond or Washington, D.C. but sunny enough for a dip in the pool after lunch. But sometimes, summer storms move quickly, and the mountains make it difficult to predict exactly where and when rain will come. All camps at Shrine Mont create a plan B, C, and D for sudden rain, and work during staff week to build their toolbox of instant activities that can be pulled out to fill in time while new plans are made.
At a recent rehearsal under the Happy Pavilion, Music and Drama campers were surprised by a sudden downpour. They are at MAD camp for a reason, and responded in characteristically dramatic fashion: there was much squealing and gnashing of teeth, and the rain on the tin-roof of the pavilion was a percussive cacophony. The counselors sat the campers down, and led them in a rousing rendition of baby shark (doo-doo, doo-doo-doo). The campers were quickly engrossed in shouting loud enough to overcome the sound of the rain on the roof.
Zaccheus the tax collector sings "Grow in Me" by Alan Pote.
After a few minutes, the worst of the rain subsided. Every MAD camper knows the show must go on, so they resumed their rehearsal. Campers only have a week to learn and memorize their musical, and rehearsal time goes by quickly, so campers quickly regained their composure found their places.
By David Churchman
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