Thursday, August 20, 2015

Inter-Camp Olympics- Part 4: Red Rover

Hello future readers,

Well this is it, the last event in our inter-camp Olympics! So far, the girls are ahead 2 events to 1, and today will decide if we win or if we tie with the boys. For this event, we went over to the boys' camp, since they're main field is bigger than ours. Now since you don't see Red Rover on the Olympics, or ABC's Wide World of Sports on television, you may be wondering how we play this game as a sports event. Well let me clue you in. Each team has 3 players. On the girls' side are Shante', Jennifer and April. On the boys side are Kevin, Kyle and Jason. Each player gets to run to the other team's chain to break it. If they can't break it, they get 2 more chances. Each break counts as a point. The side with the most breaks after each team has tried 3 times, wins. Get it? So Kerry had to lay down some safety rules to the players.

Each player had to run with their hands straight up in the air. That way, no one could say you cheated by punching your arms down across someone's wrists to break the chain. And absolutely no one was to run and jump into the chain, hitting someone's wrists with their whole body. Kerry warned all the players that if any of these things happened, she'd stop the game right there, and the girls would win 2 to 1. Once everyone understood the rules, both teams lined up. The girls called first.

"Red Rover, Red Rover, send Kyle right over."

Wow...he didn't even need another chance.  The boys called next.

"Red Rover, Red Rover, send April right over."

Rats, she ran 3 times, and didn't break the chain. Girls turn.

"Red Rover, Red Rover, send Kevin right over."

Uh-oh! This wasn't good for our side! Kevin broke through, no sweat. I started the girls chanting ,"Echo Hill! Echo Hill! Echo Hill!" over and over again.

While poor Danny, the only boy NOT playing, had to scream super loud "Wilderness! Wilderness! Wilderness!" Man, was he ever outnumbered!

"Red Rover, Red Rover, send Shante' right over."

ARRRGGGHHH! She couldn't break through either. Right then, Kerry stopped the game, and announced that since the girls hadn't scored a single point, Jennifer got to go next.

*sigh* Well, we knew how that would turn out, darn it! Even though the boys already won, Jason got to take his turn.

Well, sports fans, there you have it; the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat. Actually no one lost. The boys won 2 events, and so did the girls. So like I said before, we proved that we're just as good as the boys. My mom said that's what Women's Lib is all about, so I think we were outta site!

Congratulations guys!

Until next time, future readers,
Your friend,
Julie Newman


  1. Well girls, you tried. At least this way, no one is a loser, you're all winners!

    1. Yep, that's what I think too. And if any of the boys try to get smart...I'll just remind them who creamed them in Tug of War and swimming!

  2. Julie,
    Have you ever seen the old movie from 1950, "Annie Get Your Gun"? The competitions this week have reminded me of the song, "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better" from that musical. Someday get your mom to tell you about the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Billy Jean King and Bobby Riggs in 1973. Today in 2015 we have two women, one from each party, who are campaigning to become the President of the United States. So as you can see, girls CAN do anything as well as boys.

    1. Nope, I've never seen that movie, but I have heard that song before. I do know about Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs 'cos my friend Susan has an older sister Cathy who plays tennis. My mom talks to me about Women's Lib and how it's wrong for women not to be paid as much as men or get the same jobs they do just because they're women. Just remember guys, if it wasn't for women, you wouldn't be here! HAHAHA!

  3. Congratulations on winning two games.

  4. I like your attitude, and there can always be a rematch next year!

    1. I try not to be a sore loser, but it's really hard sometimes, y'know?