Day 49

Day 49

Today was a very emotional day at camp as all of our campers are getting ready to go back home. This morning we had all our annual awards, with Girls Side gathering on the Island while the boys reunited at the Pond for their ceremony.

This evening we all joined together as one camp at the Playhouse where the “Mr/Ms” awards and camper and counselor of the year awards were announced in front of the entire camp. We enjoyed our final video montage and the CITs had the opportunity to share what camp really means to them after all of these amazing years and present their own CIT video montage.

After singing an amazing final group Alma Mater as one, we all headed down by the Island to see our traditional “2016” numbers, symbolizing another year at camp that has come and gone, and say so long (after all, it’s never “goodbye”) together as family on our last night at Pontiac.

The awards were as followed:



Camper of the year: Hayden Fabricant

Athlete of the year: Jonny Farber

Spirit and Sportsmanship: Jacob Chapman

Special achievement: Jordan Roth

Waterfront award: Ian Szerencsy

Fine arts award: Jakey Pine

Overall Humanitarian award: Jordan Sanders



Camper of the year: Andrew Ismailer

Athlete of the year: Sam Ismailer

Spirit and Sportsmanship: Asher Worman

Special achievement: Dylan Freedberg

Waterfront award: Jake Fagelman-Walker

Fine arts award: Mikey Ofsie

Overall Humanitarian award: Matthew Brecker



Camper of the year: Zachary Pero

Athlete of the year: Russell Schmell

Spirit and Sportsmanship: Harrison Morgan

Special achievement: Cody Zamat

Waterfront award: Chris Acosta

Fine arts award: Justin Fells

Overall Humanitarian award: Henry Hurvitz



Camper of the year: Sean Ernst

Athlete of the year: Ethan Taerstein

Spirit and Sportsmanship: Devin Shell

Special achievement: Eithan Hayim

Waterfront award: Jordan Badler

Fine arts award: Tyler Schneiderman

Overall Humanitarian award: Ben Chapman



Camper of the year: Jesse Polsky

Athlete of the year: Josh Chostaka

Spirit and Sportsmanship: Noah Sadler

Special achievement: Zach Pierce

Waterfront award: Ethan Feldman

Fine arts award: Dean Dauplaise

Overall Humanitarian award: Ian Brecker



Camper of the year: Jack Schpeiber

Athlete of the year: Gavin Ostrow

Spirit and Sportsmanship: Charlie Goodman

Special achievement: Brandon Doren

Waterfront award: Jalin Belli-McCue

Fine arts award: Griffin Conte

Overall Humanitarian award: Jamie Black



Camper of the year: Benny Udine

Athlete of the year: Ryan Seidner

Spirit and Sportsmanship: Jordan Tucker

Special achievement: Justin Kingsley & Jakob Feldman

Fine arts award: Spencer Brown

Integrity award: Mason Fabricant

Overall Humanitarian award: Austin Brown



Camper of the year: Dylan Srebnik

Athlete of the year: Dylan Dubler

Spirit and Sportsmanship: Chase Duke

Special achievement: Dylan Nelson

Waterfront award: Carter Pivnike

Fine arts award: Bryce Gellman

Overall Humanitarian award: Dylan Nelson



Camper of the year: Amit Dahan

Athlete of the year: Mickey Goldberg

Spirit and Sportsmanship: Nick Disanti

Special achievement: Sam Bailin

Waterfront award: Andrew Bonchick

Fine arts award: Jack Nathan

Overall Humanitarian award: Jake Busch





Camper of the year: Brooke Kata

Athlete of the year: Jordana Wohlleben

Spirit and Sportsmanship: Tory Magelof

Special achievement: Alyssa Kessler

Waterfront award: Logan Fleissig

Fine arts award: Summer Pollach

Overall Humanitarian award: Logan Ferencz



Camper of the year: Gracie Grans

Athlete of the year: Hazel Kaufman

Spirit and Sportsmanship: Isabel Feldman

Special achievement: Katie Fox

Waterfront award: Skylar Mindich

Fine arts award: Kendall Bassett

Overall Humanitarian award: Isabella Mauskopf



Camper of the year: Sami Anes

Athlete of the year: Riley Chisarick

Spirit and Sportsmanship: Devin Ross

Special achievement: Alexa Wohlleben

Waterfront award: Elana Rosenblatt

Fine arts award: Brooke Manoff

Overall Humanitarian award: Meredith Haber



Camper of the year: Jordan Hoberman

Athlete of the year: Emily Stangel

Spirit and Sportsmanship: Vanessa Pliskow

Special achievement: Julia Hyman

Waterfront award: Sunnye Berman

Fine arts award: Lauren Fox

Overall Humanitarian award: Kelly Lopez Flores



Camper of the year: Emma Halper

Athlete of the year: Emma Schwarzwald

Spirit and Sportsmanship: Maya Schnier

Special achievement: Illana Saltzman

Waterfront award: Blake Goodman & Lexi Garelick

Fine arts award: Madelyn Mardel & Isabel Lagnado

Overall Humanitarian award: Britney Gramajo



Camper of the year: Jade Volper

Athlete of the year: Jamie Moss

Spirit and Sportsmanship: Drew Nathan

Special achievement: Arielle Rokshar

Waterfront award: Brooke Goldenberg

Fine arts award: Dani Kaniuk

Overall Humanitarian award: Ryan Shukat



Camper of the year: Carly Dinowitz

Athlete of the year: Zoe Farber

Spirit and Sportsmanship: Kendall Singer

Special achievement: Brynn Goodstadt

Waterfront award: Sydney Rothschild

Fine arts award: Emily Zaroff

Overall Humanitarian award: Skye Cohen



Camper of the year: Carly Dvorin

Athlete of the year: Baylee Delmonte

Spirit and Sportsmanship: Phoebe Siegal

Special achievement: Julia Grossunger

Waterfront award: Rachel Hornig

Fine arts award: Biz Herman

Overall Humanitarian award: Ava Judelson



Camper of the year: Chloe Findling

Athlete of the year: Nikki Eisen

Spirit and Sportsmanship: Amanda Cavaliero

Special achievement: Amanda Messing

Overall Humanitarian award: Melanie Solomon

Day 48

Prom Night!!

Today was a really nice though hot day at camp. Campers had the opportunity to relax but also to enjoy a few activities including some time in the pool. This morning, boys lower camp watched movies at the Paramount and in the Cubs Den while our girls did the same at the Playhouse. Both sides of camp also prepared for their trip back home.

This evening, we had our annual Prom Night, where all campers and counselors from lower to upper camp dressed up to enjoy to a fun dance party in the Canteen and finished their night with a delicious ice cream party. Before going to their prom later in the evening, our CIT boys and girls helped serve ice cream to the lower divisions at the Dining Hall.

Tomorrow we will continue to pack and spend some quality time together before having to head home on Saturday morning.



Day 47

Day 47

Today, after a very busy Color War week full of action, we finally got a chance to unwind a little. We started this morning with a well-deserved late wake up and indoor activities because of the rain. Later on, with the sun shining, campers were all around camp having fun, including the Junior boys who completed their League final with an exciting water basketball game.

For evening activities, the boys and girls middle camp hung out together as the Juniors played ultimate frisbee on the turf while the Inters enjoyed some bingo.  The lower camp girls enjoyed some ice-cream; at the same time, the Braves shot some hoops in the Palace. The Senior girls rounded out the evening by having a great time at Treetop with s’mores and games.

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Day 46 (Color War Day 05)

Color War Day 5 brought us another wonderful day of Color War activities! We are nearing the end of the most exciting time of the summer and the Pontiac spirit is everywhere.


Girls Apache Relay: Every female camper was set up and ready for the campus wide multi-event relay. Campus was cleared and the excitement was palpable. The Apache saw a great competition full of cheering and after a great event lasting over an hour, Red crossed the finish line first.

Boys Apache Relay: After the Red Empire took the Counselor Apache Relay following the Girls Apache, roads and paths again were cleared and every found their event stations around camp. The race started very tight and neither team allowed the other one take the lead for too long. But after an incredible back-and-forth performance, the Red Empire took the lead for good late in the race and ended victorious.

Later today, we had the Girls Boating Regatta; campers had a fun time competing side by side kayaking across the lake.

Tonight, after five days and one of the greatest and most intense Color Wars we’ve had in years, Camp Pontiac came together in the Playhouse for Color War Sing and and plaque presentation. Red took the Alma Mater while White ended up winning the overall Sing competition with an exciting March. In the end, after the Red Empire closed the gap on the final day of competition, it was the White  Force who emerged victorious by the slimmest of margins!

Congratulations to both teams for their amazing performances!

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Day 45 (Color War Day 04)

Day 45


Today saw an action-packed day Day 4, with around 60 Color War events taking place. This morning, while the Freshman Girls played tee ball, the Juniors and Subbies had their Swim Meet where every camper in those divisions gave everything they had to earn points for their team.

The boys took on one another in their Boating Regatta; campers had a fun time competing side by side kayaking across the lake.

In the afternoon, the Braves engaged in an extra innings baseball game at our new Pop’s park Baseball field, while the Sophs and Inters played flag football on Pontiac’s heaven fields. Across camp, at the same time, representatives from both Red and White closed in on locating the elusive hatchet. Ultimately, the Red Empire hatchet hunters team found their prize hidden underneath a flower bed by bunk 7 on girls side, concluding an exciting Hatchet Hunt.

At tonight’s line up, the Red Empire remains within striking distance: approximately 200 points separate the teams with the White Force continuing to lead…

For tonight’s evening activity, the entire camp attended to the Super/CIT Red and White Girls street hockey game. It is hard to believe that Color War concludes tomorrow night.



Day 44 (Color War Day 03)

Color War Day 3!!

We have just passed the halfway point of Color War and the campers, staff and officers are continuing to enjoy the competition.

Today we witnessed an amazing day of events including:

Girls Side:

Swim meet, T-Ball, BBK, Track Meet,  Soccer, Newcomb, Water Basketball, Street Hockey, Kickball, Volleyball and the Climbing Competition.

Boys Side:

Football, Tennis, Newcomb, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, Street Hockey, Volleyball, BBK, Dodgeball, Swim Meet and the Climbing Competition.

During the Evening Lineup, the 2016 female generals were called up to “Endure the Pour”. Last year’s Red Buccaneers Color War general Sam Pelinger was honored to conduct the pour in which milk covered the red team’s general, indicating a continued lead for the White Empire.

Day 3 saw our traditional Rope Burn as the main evening event. After a very dramatic contest and one of the most intense events this Color War, the White Force emerged victorious!


Day 43 (Color War Day 02)

Color War Day 2

Today was yet another amazing Color War day at Pontiac.

This morning, after line up and the respective team meetings, activities started with a busy morning for all campers: on Boys Side, we had soccer, hockey, Basketball, Newcomb, Football as well as a Track Meet for the Juniors, Subbies, Senior, Supers and CITs.

On Girls side, we started the day with an amazing Lower camp Track Meet on our turf field, Volleyball, Basketball, Newcomb, T-Ball, BBK, Tennis and a Swim Meet for the Senior, Supers and CITs Girls as well as a Gymnastic Competition.

After lunch, we held the Girls Marathon all around camp.

Before a silent dinner all of our campers gathered on Girls Side for the evening Lineup, where all team members for the Male Supers/CITs Color War Basketball Game were announced.

Today, we also had our Annual Alumni Day, where campers, staff and Pontiac family members from different years assisted at the event as guests, bringing back good memories and refreshing that “something about old Pontiac”.

Thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed this great day with us.


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Day 42 (Color War Day 01)

Color War Day 1!!

Today was the first full day of Color War activities at Pontiac. Red and White were the protagonists of the day.

Competitions were exciting and full of passion at every moment in every game.

After an early wake up, we had our first morning line up in which the four generals took the Color war hatchet signifying the beginning of Color War.

On Boys Side, the events of today included:

Kickball, Football, Dodgeball, Volleyball, Hockey, Tennis, Soccer, Track meet, Basketball & Baseball.

On Girls Side, the events included:

Kickball, Soccer, BBK, Water basketball, Soccer, Street hockey, Street Hockey, Newcomb,  Volleyball and Tennis.

After a great day of activities, we all gathered for the evening Lineup and the stars of the day where announced. After a few announcements, the scores of the day were announced. Lindsay Pelinger, 2015 Color War general for the White Armada poured white milk on the red lieutenant signifying the lead of the white team.


For the evening activities,Camper Generals were introduced at our traditional Tug Of War; everyone was so excited to participate!

Staff Games: Men’s Soccer and women’s volleyball.

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Day 41

COLOR WAR!!!!!!!!!

Today was one of the funniest and busiest days at Camp Pontiac.

This morning we started on Girls Side with a “Gitchy Gummie” All Female campers had an amazing relays competition around camp.

On boys side we had the “College Game Day” finals, after weeks of great sport competitions, sportsmanship, cheering and a lot of passion. We congratulated the Maryland team, who ended up taking the first place trophy.

After a great day of fun, sportsmanship and a tasty dinner, CIT’s had their traditional Color War fake out who unknowingly gathered all campers at Fenway for the actual break out.

White Force and Red Empire are the names for the teams, the best for both!!

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Jeremy Block
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Day 40

Today was a GREAT day at Pontiac!!

Today we had a great morning full of regular scheduled activities for all of camp.

At Outdoor Adventure we had our yearly Climbing Tournament today, in which we ended up victorious after a tough competition, congratulations to all participants especially to our Pontiac winning team.

An evening of entertainment was held at the Play House Theater, all campers enjoyed the “Around the World in 30 Minutes” play put on by our lower camp.

After the play, special recognition was given to those campers who have been part of the Pontiac family for 5 years.