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Day 2 - Gallagher and Collins

Day 2 - Gallagher and Collins 

We left YMCA Camp Seymour on Sunday morning, driving further down the Key Peninsula, to arrive at Camp Gallagher. Gallagher was formerly a camp within the Catholic Youth Organization and is now privately owned.  Our teens toured its breathtaking, rustic beachfront property on the Puget Sound.

We learned that Gallagher’s camp culture starts in the kitchen, including food made with love. One of their cooks, Haley, was our guide for the morning. Kids come to Gallagher to be themselves and have FUN, with games like trashcan soccer, putt-putt golf, and Gallagher's spin on capture the flag!

After leaving Camp Gallagher we drove our Y bus, nicknamed "Gerty" to Oregon. Some of our teens have never been out of state, so crossing the Columbia River into Oregon was an epic milestone for them. We stopped near Portland for popsicles, ‘cause it’s been HOT outside. We rolled up to YMCA Camp Collins right on schedule. Camp Collins is part of the Columbia-Willamette (Portland) Y Association.

Shout out to our host, Sam (aka Finny), the Summer Camp Director, who commented that our team looked sharp in their matching Expo tee shirts and name tags. Apparently we are making good first impressions! Our teens ate dinner with and asked thoughtful questions of the Camp Collins leadership team then toured the camp property. We were impressed with the camp's areas such as the Treetop Village and the newer challenge course elements.

We then participated in the Camp Collins opening campfire, with our own call-and-response chant, and a FLICKER mosh pit with their Counselors-in-Training (CIT) teens at the end of Campfire. Tomorrow, we share breakfast at Camp Collins then hit the road toward Ashland, Oregon. Stay tuned for tomorrow, when Alex will create our Day 3 blog post!

— Josh 

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