Community is built in the Washburn Lodge. Campers, counselors, and staff sit together as one big camp family. And keep your wits about you, because if you’re caught with your elbows on the table you may have to kiss Cleo the Moose! After eating, the singing begins. Individuals and whole cabin groups are called upon through a traditional song, "Have You Ever Seen...", and sing a song, perform a silly task, or show off a talent.
At the end of the meal, a few campers are chosen as volunteers to help the kitchen staff with the dishes. This is a dearly sought-after position, because the person who volunteers the most that week goes home with the prestigious Broken Plate Award.
"Inspectors" (VBYC staff) dress up as inspectors in crazy costumes to check every cabin for tidiness while being serenaded or entertained by each cabin group along their route, awarding honor tokens along the way. Camp clean up develops citizenship, leadership, pride, and community.
After-Meal Activity & Store
While KPs and kitchen staff clean up lunch, the store is open and the staff offer activities. (Don't worry KPs, you'll get there before the fun’s over). The store sells juice, pop, candy, snacks, t-shirts, sweatshirts, bug spray, film, batteries, stamps, envelopes, stationery, etc.
The day winds down with everyone joining hands and snaking their way to campfire bowl. Here the entire camp gathers to enjoy skits, stories, and songs, all prepared and performed by campers. Traditions are an important part of camp, and especially of campfire. For over 60 years we have ended this ceremony with campers standing in a friendship circle to sing Kum-By-Ya, Angels Watching Over Me and Taps.