New York summer camp balloon message lands in Dighton MA

DIGHTON – It’s not the most efficient mode of human communication in 2022, but a short correspondence out of Rockland County, New York Statesent by balloon placed on the lawn at Dington Town Hall last Friday morning.

At around 10:30 a.m., Karin Brady, executive assistant to the Board of Selectmen and city administrator, saw what she thought was random litter on the lawn and came out to pick it up.

It was then that she saw a note, attached to a deflated balloon.

“I thought it was just garbage,” Brady said. “So I went out to pick it up, to clean up City Hall, but then I saw ‘Hi, my name is Tara. I’m 6…’ and we just thought it was too cute, a great idea. And we were surprised that he had come so far in one night.

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Where does the ball come from

It turns out that the balloon and the message came from a summer camp in Rockland County, as part of the camp’s annual Balloon Derby.

The balloon and message card, according to a camp spokesperson, took off at 3 p.m. the previous day, Thursday, July 14. A fleet of 250 balloons left camp that afternoon, all with a note explaining the Balloon Derby and asking anyone who found a balloon to take a photo and respond to camp via an anonymous email address. Since Wednesday, the camp says it has received seven responses, including the response from Karin Brady of Dighton Town Hall.

A fleet of 250 balloons with messages attached leave a summer camp in Rockland County, New York, as part of the camp's annual Balloon Derby on Thursday, July 14, 2022. One of the balloons was found at the Dighton Town Hall the next day.

“We thought it was a fun little thing to post on Facebook, and then it went kind of viral,” Brady said. news research.

Brady was surprised to learn that only seven of the 250 balloons were answered, but opted to look on the bright side in hopes that camper correspondence would not go unanswered.

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“Hopefully that means some of them are still traveling, and maybe someone will find them and answer. Hopefully they get some more answers. It’s exciting for the kids.

“We do this balloon derby every year as a fun and educational experience for kids,” the camp spokesperson said in the email. On Thursday, they said, “the whole camp gathered in front of our building with balloons in hand. We counted 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 BLAST OFF! and the 250 balloons were launched.

A message that was attached to a balloon and launched from a summer camp in Rockland County, New York, as part of the camp's annual Balloon Derby on Thursday, July 14, 2022. This message was discovered by two children while surfing.

“So far we have received seven responses, from Plymouth, MA, Warwick, RI, Bridgewater, MA, Milford, CT, Old Lyme, CT, Dighton, MA, plus one more from elsewhere in Rhode Island. 5 year old boy went out to water his garden and found the balloon hanging over one of his sunflowers!Two girls were surfing and found the note and the balloon on their surfboard!

The longest-travelling balloon, according to the camp, landed in Plymouth, a journey of more than 200 miles.

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