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2012 Candleboat Ceremony

One of the long standing and most important traditions at YMCA Camp Bernie is our annual Candleboat Ceremony. This year’s ceremony is scheduled for August 16th at 7:30 PM; as always, campers, families, friends and alumni are all welcome to attend.


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This celebration commemorates the end to another summer at camp. Plans are beginning to take shape for this year’s ceremony and we’re excited to share a small preview of what you can expect. 
Firstly, our staff is working on creative and impressive ways to light the candleboat flame. In 2011, we lit the flame using a flaming arrow shot from the zipline platform. Clearly, the bar has been set high and this act will be tough to follow, but we are up for the challenge. The bonfire will be on the athletics field, and the ceremony will commence with a welcome, some cheering and singing, and performances from our various overnight camp units and the day campers in attendance. 
The ceremony will then shift into the awards section as we will be presenting our regular session D award winners and 5 year paddle recipients. Every session of camp concludes with specific campers being recognized for displaying high levels of character and spirit, namely the four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Also, one CIT is recognized for their work and is honored as the recipient of the “Spirit, Mind and Body Award”. Finally, we will celebrate the overall unit of the session with an award. 
From here, we intend to relocate to the pond area of camp for the actual candleboat ceremony. While we don’t want to reveal too much detail here, let’s just say that we are anticipating a beautiful, summer night scene with candles, luminaries, laterns and more. This is a perfect reflection on the season, the spirit of camp and our wonderful summer home. We do sincerely hope to see all of you join us at camp on August 16th. 


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