Here at MCS we live for weekends. After a fun but tiring week, it’s great to relax and have a more laid-back schedule for two days.
On Saturdays, you have no chores (unless you are on farm chores like my cabin, Gordy Hall, is—then you still have to wake up by 6:40) and breakfast is at 7:30, fifteen minutes later than usual, something that we MCSers are extremely thankful for. Then you usually have an activity that typically lasts until lunch, like a field trip to Pemaquid Point or an informational session on wilderness trips. After that, you are free until dinner, which you can volunteer to help make and when you do, the food you make seems to taste ten times better due to the fact that you put effort into it. (And the food here is mouth-watering anyways so imagine that level of deliciousness…) A dish crew plans our meal as well as our Saturday night activity, easily the most looked forward to part of the weekend. So far we’ve had a blast with the campfire talent show, flashlight game, (which Will and Nelle have told you about already) a photo-scavenger hunt, another campfire, and last Saturday, a karaoke night complete with our brightly colored costumes and late night dance party.
Sundays are equally as great, but in a different way. This time, you don’t have to wake up until before brunch at 10:30, which, let me tell you, is unbelievable. We take sleep very seriously here. And if you wake up early, you appreciate the late morning start just as much. It’s amazing how quiet and beautiful the campus is in the morning and you can take the extra time to reflect on your week, read a book, or even get an early start on your homework. Then you have the entire day until dinner at 5:30 to do whatever you please. Although we have study hours on Sunday nights, most of us spend a little bit of the day doing homework to lighten the load for the night. But with all of our free time, there are so many things we can do. You can go on a run, get a group together to go on a hike to the Point or a trip to Shaw’s (You can never have too much candy in your cabin) or you can just simply hang out.
The weekend rejuvenates and prepares us for the rest of the week. We catch up on sleep, work, and have fun. Spontaneity seems to be the key for a good time here. In fact, this weekend we decided to have a “mud rove” which involved running to the waterfront and completely covering ourselves in mud. If anybody had any skin or clothing showing, someone would immediately and graciously help cover them in more mud. Although that was a day ago I think I still have some mud in my ears and hair…
All in all, we’re having a great time. Weekends definitely add a lot to our experience and I am looking forward to more. In fact, next week my dish crew (Number Five!) will plan all the activities which means I have even more to look forward to next week!
-Weldon Lummus, Atlanta, GA