“A tradition like no other”, sports announcer Jim Nantz’s words describing the Master’s golf tournament could just as easily be applied to 6 square at SpringHill. Yes 6 square. Everyone has heard of 4 square but at SpringHill we play a faster, more competitive and highly skilled game of 6 square. It is a long-standing tradition that campers highly anticipate each year.
On my walk around our Michigan overnight camp yesterday afternoon I stumbled across a couple of hotly contested 6 square games being played in Copper Country. I was reminded of what makes camp so much fun and memorable. Kids are able to do things that they normally don’t get to do at home (who plays 6 square at home?) in a place that is different from their day-to-day enviroment, within a community of new friends and fresh voices that can speak into their lives in transformative ways.
We love 6 square because it provides the maximum number of kids participating while a smaller number of kids are in line waiting to play. Kids are in the game longer before being knocked out and on the side line for a shorter period of time. Many of our cabins are 7 campers and 1 counselor meaning only two are waiting in line to fill a spot of someone who is knocked out. In other cabins it is a 5 to 1 ratio which means the entire cabin can play at the same while any other extras can join in.
If you have never played a game of 6 square you need to try it. It is “a tradition like no other”.