(Steve, Tommy, and some of our campers, June 2005)

The first day of camp is like no other, even if it’s just a handful of kids piled into a borrowed VW van driving up to Eldora Ski Resort! It was 2005, and we called ourselves “Mountain Day Camp”. So many   first day activities still happen at camp: opening songs, sunscreen parties, cabin naming, get to know you games, and “On Top of Spaghetti” to close things out.

We had a lot of fun creating many classic “MDC” moments like “JJ’s Marshmallows” and Gorp Menus! During those few weeks, Steve and I worked with campers to make and fly kites, hike and cook on camp stoves, and play crazy games. Additional memories include: snow one morning, a planned visit from the Boulder Emergency Squad Rescue Truck, climbing in Boulder Canyon with “Mountain Mike”, and getting locked IN at the Eldora gate on our way to meet parents for our end of session party and skits! (We got out, but some off-roading was necessary!)

Here’s our original camp crew recorded in fall 2005 singing “On Top of Spaghetti”:

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