The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the highly anticipated annual Camp Starlight Olympics Apache Relay. When Reveille blew, the Blue Invaders and Epic Whites squared off in a race around camp that involved more than 270 events and the participation of every camper. It was an EPIC INVASION!
For those who are unfamiliar with the Apache, it is no ordinary relay. It’s more of an adventure during which campers have the opportunity to showcase everything they’ve learned at camp over the summer—a summer at Camp Starlight in an afternoon, if you will. Every area of camp is incorporated in a race that combines athletics, hobbies, and the arts to create a medley of tasks at which everyone—not just the strongest and the fastest—has a chance to shine…and shine all of the campers did!
The Epic Whites took an early lead in the boys race and were able to maintain a healthy advantage until about halfway through the race, when the Blue Invaders caught up to them and the two teams were briefly neck-in-neck. White was able to pull ahead again, though, and from that point they not only maintained but steadily increased their lead for the rest of the race to emerge victorious.
The girls Apache was much more closely contested, coming down to the final seconds. Although the Epic Whites took an early lead, the Blue Invaders were there to win and overtook them, though the two teams were so close that it was too difficult to call who was in the lead for much of the race. The judgment came in the final moments when the teams dueled off in singing the Alma Mater. The Blue Invaders were the first to give a perfect delivery, defrost their shirt, climb into bed and wish David and Allison goodnight to claim the win for girls side.
In a show of good sportsmanship and in true Camp Starlight Olympic spirit, all teams congratulated each other on a hard fought battle and a great race.