Ben was amazing. He was super attentive to the kids, partaking in numerous ping pong games and playing video games with the boys...and playing with Chica whenever she asked. He was polite, easy going, funny and just a joy to have around. Clearly, establishing a relationship/friendship with his host family was important.
For fun, we took Ben to play mini-golf and ride the go-carts after bringing him to Five Guys.
The week was hot and I was so proud of how Luke hung in there without complaint all day long...where there wasn't much shade to be had. He was truly a sport! At the end of the week the kids had some fun with 'crazy hair/clothes day' and also 'dress the coach day'. Poor Ben got stuck with Chris' hot waiters.
The always anticipated World Cup on the last day of camp didn't disappoint. The kids were invited to spray the coaches with water. Ben surely was a good sport.
The kids said their goodbyes to Coaches Alex and Jack and we brought Ben home for a couple of bonus days. He was going to be working at a camp nearby and decided to stay with us for the weekend instead of heading back and forth to Rhode Island in between. So we hung with Ben and dragged him to a couple of baseball games of the Casagrande Tournament that Jack and Ben were playing in. Ben must have been the good luck charm because the kids made it to the Championships one extremely hot Saturday and ended up winning the tournament for their age group!
What a great way to end our visit with Ben! We were sad when he had to leave on Sunday to head to his new host family. But we are glad that with today's technology we can keep in touch with him and certainly hope to see him again some day!