What a weekend! We had central on Saturday which had a good old fashioned State Fair theme. So the corn hole was out, the freedom fries were flowing and the waterfront was full of campers running around in the great weather.
Walt set up an inflatable obstacle course and another bouncy castle for the campers to play in, which was a smash hit with people racing with all they had to reach the end. There were a number of stalls set up to entertain the kids as well such as; whack the skunk, football toss, a photo booth, skee ball, water balloon catapult from the water tower and the famous dunk tank.
Most of these stations rewarded participants with state fair dollars, which they used to buy sailboat rides, funnel cake, and face paint and fortunes from the great beyond. Overall, it was an amazing day and with all our campers and staff getting into the festivities, it was very successful central.
Monday brought more excitement with 4th of July festivities taking place first thing in the morning. The whole camp headed to the beach at 7am, to watch a goofy role play created by the Waterfront and Environmental staff. The section of the declaration of Independence was read as our resident British man, Luke (or King George) was put in the stocks. The whole camp then proceeded to walk to the front of camp to the dining hall, led by Walt and his drum. Once there- the national anthem was sung and an improvised salute commenced as the American flag was raised.
Chapel followed breakfast at an alternative and exciting location- The Pool lead by the Sailing Pathfinders. Will, the SPF’s Counselor, stood in a canoe holding an American flag on a thick branch of Burch. Chapel
commenced with a patriotic medley and ended with all the SPF’s jumping in the pool and Will gracefully exiting the canoe without getting his hair or the flag wet.
The afternoon was met with rain, but we all made do and opted to cook the BBQ dinner at the dining hall. It was a merry occasion with everyone eating burgers and hot dogs on their paper plates, and the
ice cream afterwards hit the spot. Later, all of camp headed down to the waterfront again to play volley ball, play ladder tennis and sit by the bonfire. Glow sticks were handed out as the sun went down
and all of the beach was filled with the iridescent glow of red white and blue. Fireworks lit up the sky across the bay and campers sat watching on the dock and water tower. It was a great end to an epic day full of American Pride and Camp spirit.
This week has been great so far, with the tasties (4 day campers) arriving yesterday, as well as the rest of Homestead. Camp Arrowhead is full of campers. H-5 is in the middle of disc golf around camp, trying to make par, but everyone is just trying to hit the 7th hole without missing, it’s a bit tricky. Today the craft shop is busy, with P-1 making watercolor artwork with Maddy and P-2 and H-7 making tie dye outside on the picnic tables with Molly. Those are going to look so cool when the rubber bands come off.
P-5 are doing Archery and came back from their overnight along with the rest of men's pioneer last night this morning looking ready for another day. H-6 is also doing Archery this afternoon and then free swim. H-2, H-4, and H-8 are also joining them at the pool for some water aerobics, octopus tag and free swim time.
The Environmental Center is full of animals, with two giant wolf spiders that were found a few days ago by the Adventure Pathfinders and a black rat snake that was eating an egg out of the chicken coop. P-3
was there this morning learning about the animals around camp and P-6 is going to be there this afternoon to explore the nature trail with Paul. H-1 is also going to be there learning about the chickens and also exploring the nature trail with George, the Environmental Assistant.
The Waterfront is all go too, with P-4 sailing this morning with Matt, the Waterfront Assistant. The Sailing Pathfinders are also out on the water. After cooking out lunch, they ventured to Treasure Island (actually Thompson's Island, but Treasure Island sounds way more adventurous) yesterday, which is a beach across the bay, it usually takes an hour to get there, but the wind was on their side and they made great time. H-3 are canoeing this afternoon before their free
swim and P-2 was out this morning with Oliver, the Sailing Instructor.
Finally, the low ropes are being used by H-9 and they are heading to the Labyrinth after to talk about how their group rocks and working on making a fun and positive environment. H-10 is heading to the rock wall his afternoon to climb the wall and go down the zip line, its great weather for it and the zip line has a great view into the bay.
Maddy the Office Manager
First Wednesday Night Cookout of the 2016 season!!!
On Wednesday June 29th the everlasting tradition of Wednesday night cookout continued at Camp Arrowhead with all of camp cooking out their dinner.
All of our Homestead campers travelled out to their own ‘home in the woods’ in an area known as Outpost. Outpost is a woodland area adjacent to camp which contains 13 campsites. Each site has a fire pit and all of the cabins carry out everything else they need to cook out their dinner – burgers!! Then they headed back to main camp for free swim!
H1 had some extra preparation for outpost by transforming into ancient warriors at the craft shop before starting their adventure. H6 helped prepare for outpost by cooking out English muffin pizzas for lunch so they were full of energy for their outpost adventure and a second cookout of the day! H3 later stated that their Wednesday night cookout was the highlight of their time at camp.
In Pioneer everyone cooked something to bring to the pioneer pavilion for a big ‘potluck’ dinner which left all bellies full. This week’s potluck theme was ‘around the world’. P1 cooked up potatoes with various toppings, which included old bay (a personal favorite). P2 made a dish known as ‘gado gado’ which contains pasta, soy sauce, hot sauce, peanut butter, onions and peppers. P3 provided some peanut butter and jelly churros. P4 served three different types of quesadillas – beef, chicken and vegetable. P5 dished up fruit kebabs which included peaches, pineapples and apples. These were accompanied by a yogurt and oatmeal dip. P6 made greek lettuce wraps which were served with a tzatziki sauce.
Both Pathfinder groups had a potluck of their own at the newly built DCF pavilion. (The Delaware Community Foundation provided a grant for its construction.) Their feast included homemade guacamole and salsa, lots of quesadillas and a seven layer taco dip!!!
Thursday night saw all of homestead gather with P1 and P3 for an ice cream dance party social in the dining hall. After much ice cream and dancing they all proceeded to the council ring for a circus themed bonfire. The bonfire included juggling, “tightrope” (laid on the ground) walking, “plate spinning” and a “snake charmer!” The bonfire included a skit from each unit and a big shout out must go to H4 who provided powerful motivational messages to everyone. H9 also shared their musical gifts by singing a song they wrote whilst banana boating.
Friday night saw the first pioneer dance of the summer! The pioneer and pathfinder units assembled in the pavilion and danced away in the superheroes and villains themed event!
In Other News….
H2 paid a visit to archery to shoot at monsters on the targets which they had previously made at the craft shop. Many of targets ended up featuring less lovable spiders and insects. H5 had a busy time at camp which included an awesome time banana boating and became fans of playing kickball. H7 started Wednesday morning bright and early at 5.45am in the middle of the bay jumping of the boat whilst enjoying the beautiful sunrise. H8 had an awesome trip to the waterfront which included canoeing. The girls also attempted to ‘shipwreck’ each other’s canoes which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. H9 became ninja masters after playing many many many games of ninja. They also took some time out of their busy schedule to reenact a scene from the Lion King.
H10 started their week off with a bang by cooking out a hearty breakfast of breakfast burritos on the FIRST DAY OF CAMP! This year our Christian Education theme is ‘Love God, love your neighbor’ and H10 used this as an opportunity to make some refreshing lemonade and shared it with other members of the camp community. H11 ended their week of by winning the final cleanest cabin prize of the week, rumor has it there superhero costumes assisted in their cleaning ability. Men’s pioneer unit leader Sam taught H11 some vital personal survival skills in the woods. H3 were other strong competitors in the cleanest cabin competitions and made signs for the outside of their cabin!
In pioneer all units are required to cook out one meal a day. P1 used this to sample many of the classic camp meals such as cowboy mac for the first time. P3 had a great week and had a really great time playing disc golf and also managed to lash a swing at their site. P2 and P6 went for an overnight on Thursday evening and had an amazing adventure! P6 cooked out stir fry for dinner and P2 cooked burritos for dinner. Both groups then woke up early to watch the sunrise over the marsh together.
P4 had a memorable time seining in the bay and also used some downtime to find their spirit animals. On Wednesday morning P5 woke up early for some sunrise yoga at the waterfront with women’s pioneer unit leader Michelle. They then successfully cooked out ‘eggs in a hole’ at the beach before chapel. Adventure Leadership Pathfinders started their Friday off with a massive canoe trip around the bay and arrived back to a lovely lunch cooked by the waterfront staff at the beach. SPF have had a steady week learning to sail and have now mastered Sunfish and have now moved on to Hobie Waves.
Friday morning all of our first week mini campers went home. It's left camp really quiet for the weekend and given us the opportunity to do some fun things with the Pioneer and Pathfinder campers that are here for the whole two weeks. Overall it has been a very busy start to the 2016 camping season!
Stephen C (Our Irish CIT Leader this summer)
It was a great start to the week at Camp Arrowhead yesterday, all around the hum of excited campers filled the air.
We always start our weeks with group activities and team building exercises, so the low ropes course was the place to be! Stephen, the Adventure Director and his crew were keen to get started and meet the new campers. Adventure Pathfinders spent the morning learning how balance their whole group on a wooden plank while singing their favorite camp song. P-3 and H-6 spent the middle of the day climbing across the spider web and learning how to help and spot others, finally, H-3 spent the afternoon on the rope vine and got everyone across the dreaded lava pit.
The Low Ropes weren’t the only ropes being used today, the High Ropes and Rock Wall were also in action - with the new and improved zip line up and ready for some adventurous campers. P-6 was first to try the rock wall and zip line, with all the campers waiting eagerly for their turn. The high ropes was met with a few daunting stares, but was overcome by the brave H-3 boys, who took it on with all they had.
The Craft Shop was in a constant bustle. Our craft shop director, Maddy,
was eager to get out all the colors for tile painting and watercolors. H-1 was in first to see what new colors were available for their camp tiles, followed by H-2 who choose to paint a combination of pictures, random colors and awesome landscapes. P-2 decided to make water color paintings to decorate their pioneer unit after they finished their tiles, which might help them win cleanest cabin. H-11 then finished the day off outside the craft shop by making dinosaur-superhero costumes to wear to dinner.
Due to the great weather we got yesterday, the waterfront was another great place to be. Spencer, the Waterfront Director was keen and ready too, with the life jacket rack stocked, the sailboats lined up along the beach and two brand new paddle boards waiting to be used.
H-7 started their morning getting ready for chapel by making prayer cards on the dock, PFS also spent their morning learning how to make all kinds of knots, like the bowline and clove hitch at the picnic table. H-4 and H-8 headed out in the afternoon in the canoes for a paddle around the bay. H-10 was the first group to try out the banana boat, and although the bay was a bit chilly, all the girls pulled the banana boat out to the boat which was waiting, they all jumped up and were pulled around the bay by our boat driver, Stephen. H-7 also went walking in the bay to find crabs, which was assisted by the Environmental Director, Paul. Although they came back unsuccessful, they learned about the animals that live in the bay.
Out in pioneer, P-1 cooked out breakfast at their site yesterday and lashed a few benches together to sit and eat their meals on. P-5 cooked out lunch and worked on their site afterwards, P-4 cooked out dinner and worked on their end of week skits for the campfire.
Maddy (The new Office Manager from New Zealand)
Monday was a very exciting and busy first day of this final session!
I know you're all bummed we didn't get a chance to post 4th Session. I'm super bummed about it myself. Time just did not allow.... but I promised at least one awesome Mom I'd write a mega post complete with pictures :)
We've had a record number of campers this summer - including a PACKED 4th Session. We boasted a record number of 2 week Homestead Campers (over 60), EIGHT full Pioneer Units and a two super groups of Pathfinders - (18 and 15 campers). Below are the Unit Photos for anyone who may have misplaced theirs or simply just wanted to see the other groups.
Our Sunday Central was our 18th Annual Color War - Elemental Evolution. The Teams were Earth - Captained by Paul & Maddy, Fire - Captained by Ellie & Becca, Water - Captained by Michelle & Grace, and Wind - Captained by Stephen & Jocelyn. The Ad Staff were judges and Team Spirit for the events.
All of camp is split into four teams - that begin to meet Friday to plan out their team cheer, song, costumes, flag, banner and Presentation as well as who will compete in each event. Presentations are made to all of Camp after Eucharist Sunday morning. Three rounds of events play out in the afternoon and the day culminates with an enormous Relay Race all over camp - where every team member plays a part. They pass a set of matches from the beginning to the end of the race and are done when their team builds a fire and burns through their rope. It's pretty exciting. This year was particularly "breathtaking" as Team Wind came back from 4th place to win the relay - but ultimately, Water won the War.
Below are some photos of the teams, the banners, flags and fire builders - a coveted position to hold in the relay race.
There was a CRAZY rainstorm during Wednesday Night Cookout the 2nd week. All our staff had to put their wet wood fire skills to the test. And as you can see - even the smallest of campers (our Taste of Camp Boys) managed to grill their burgers over a fire and enjoy their cookout just the same :)
Overnights are a true gift of the 2 week session. Having more time to get all the regular camp activities done totally creates the space to head out into the woods, cookout several meals in a row and sleep in tents!! The Adventure Pathfinders slept over in Outpost the first week and got to take a 2 night overnight at Trap Pond the second week. All of Pioneer went on overnights in Outpost the second week. And several Homestead cabins went on Outpost overnights during the first week. The Adventure Pathfinders also went on a long canoe trip from our waterfront around Herring's Landing and into Wolf Pit Pond - across the street from Camp's Exit Road. It was low tide upon their return - and, well, it got a little messy :)
Our sailing Pathfinders learned how to rig and sail Sunfish, Zumas, Hobie 16's and Hobie Waves down on the bay. Below is the whole group being instructed by Becca.
We also had some special visitors with us this session. Bishop Wright joined us for dinner one night and lead a song with a super fan and Assistant Counselor, Declan. Father Calhoun Wick, a member of Christ Church, Christiana Hundred, visited camp with Mr Hal Haskell - a lovely gentleman that actually helped to purchase camp for the Diocese in 1954. Father Jeff Ross, from St Peter's in Lewes celebrated Sunday Eucharist with us. And Father Max Wolf from All Saints, Rehoboth and Saint George's Chapel came to celebrate Closing Eucharist with us Thursday night. Theresa Stamegna and Bess & Jim Landolt came to man our Alumni Booth and Jim filled in as a guest musician at Eucharist with his son, Sam - our Boys Pioneer Unit Leader.
I sign off with my deepest apologies for how long this took to write.... but I HOPE it really is better late than never.
Camp is feeling pretty small while we wait for our small Taste of Camp friends to arrive Tuesday. We took this opportunity to try a new program for our Sunday Central.
Arrowhead is a decentralized camp - that means that our counselors are assigned to the same group of children for their whole stay and that unit travels around to activities together, eat their meals together and live together. It's paramount to how we "do" community. And the gift of a two week session is the opportunity to host a whole camp (centralized) program. We even call it - Central. Fourth Session we famously host our Competition (Color War) Central. In our other two week session we often host themed carnivals or themed dance parties with a decorated hayride and/or house that campers visit. It's always amazing to see what a few sheets, some cardboard boxes and spry paint can transform into.
So we decided to try out an AMAZING RACE - Through Time. We split all of the Pioneer and Pathfinder Counselors into 8 teams (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Black & White). Al of our specialists, administrative staff and un-occupied counseling staff created 13 stations around the property. Each station's activities were timed and the lowest 8 scores were tallied for the teams cumulative time. The teams decorated flags that served as their team passport and allowed them to "time travel."
At High Ropes, we had 1949 and Area 51. Campers were challenged to knock down shield generators (coffee cans) with flying saucers (frisbees).
In Girls Homestead we went back to ancient Egypt and challenged campers to hieroglyphic sudoku.
At the instructional pool, Christopher Columbus and his friends hosted a 1492 boat race. Campers were given materials to build a boat and get it across the pool without getting in the water.
At recurve archery, Robin Hood and his friends from Shrek hosted a dragon slaying adventure. Campers were challenged to hit the dragon's head, heart, (MOVING!) wings, leg and tail.
The craft shop hosted a Detour - campers could choose between throwing a piece of pottery on one of our new pottery wheels OR making a giant God's eye. Most groups chose to throw pottery.
P1 traveled back to the 1690's and the Salem Witch Trials. If they answered camp trivia correctly - they could win tinder to start their fire and were timed in burning through a rope.
A group of Hippies hosted Woodstock tent pitching out in Pioneer. Apparently, Hendrix was slated to hit the stage in 20 minutes so campers needed to hurry and set up their campsite.
Out at P4, campers visited the Bling Man's Feast during the Great Depression. Half the team was blindfolded and instructed by the other half to set the picnic table and then they got to feast on watermelon.
In the parking lot, we traveled to the year 3030. Campers were given sand bags to knock down a set of 25 crates and then had to put a puzzle of a robot (attached to the crates) back together.
The Chapel went back to the American Bandstand era. There were buckets with 1, then 2, then 3 and then 4 scrambled words from camp songs in them. Campers had to unscramble the lyrics and then sing the camp songs.
The waterfront hosted the 1804 launch of Lewis and Clark's expedition. Campers lashed two canoes together and then canoed out to collect flags on buoy's and back to shore.
And the Climbing hosted a Detour called Gold Mining or Gold Rush for the 1849. They could choose to each climb to the top of the front of the wall and retrieve individual bags of gold OR perform a relay in pairs running gold out to the ballfield and back while their partners climbed their side of the wall.
Grape Soda (The Purple Team) won the gold. Electric Lightning (Yellow) won silver. The Raging Tigerz (Orange) won green medals. And the Black Snakes won wood medals. (All wooden medallions made by Walt & Nancy!!)
We wrapped up the day with a barbeque cookout down on the beach and a free swim before bed. And we believe everyone (except Day Camp) enjoyed this morning's well earned sleep in!
Recap of Session 3, Week 1
We were very sad to see our homesteaders leave us this morning (Shout-Out to my cabin H11!), but still looking forward to tomorrows central event, all next week with our Pioneer/Pathfinders and the new Taste of Campers.
Fun fact about me: I LOVE LISTS. What my project was for this week was to write down one really fun thing that each cabin did for each day. Below is a list of these activities from Tuesday through Friday, please let me know what you think in the comment section! (Also for all you Homestead parents, ask your camper about what they did because they can tell you more than I can!)
DC1 - Nature walking, Tile painting in the craft shop, Waterfront exploring, and Tie Dying t-shirts
DC2 - Tile painting in the craft shop, Banana boating in the bay, Nature walking, a fantastic Lunch Cookout in Pioneer
DC3 - Highway of Hope (Christian Education activity), Beach obstacle course, Deep sea diving in Rehoboth Bay, Knot tying lessons
H1 - Dropping eggs off a tower without breaking them, Learning how to pray in color, Making ice cream from scratch, Banana boating in the bay
H2 - Silent swimming in the pool AKA "Monk Swim", Weird science lessons, Rock wall climbing, Nature walking
H3 - Finding your spirit animal, Beach obstacle course, Dropping eggs off a tower without breaking them, Silent swimming in the pool AKA "Monk Swim"
H4 - Recurve archery, Story telling lessons, Human battleships (your camper could tell you more about this), Canoeing in the bay
H5 - Volcano building, Human battleships, Friendship bracelets, Overnight camping in the Camp Arrowhead outpost
H6 - Learning about the chickens, Banana boating in the bay, Puppy playtime with Ellie, Canoeing in the bay
H7 - Arrowhead Hunting at the beach, Rock wall climbing, Silent swimming in the pool AKA "Monk Swim", Sailing in the bay
H8 - Overnight camping in the Camp Arrowhead outpost, Yoga in the Pioneer, Camp History walk-about, Seining for bay creatures
H9 - Seining for bay creatures, Weird science lessons, Banana boating in the bay, Yoga class
H10 - Tubing behind our speed boat, Nightime hayride, Banana boating in the bay, Conquering our fears at the high ropes swing
H11 - Paddle boarding in the bay, Overnight camping in the Camp Arrowhead outpost, Nature walking, Canoeing in the bay
P2 - Jumping off the plank, Clay pottery creations, Survival tactics for when they become lost, Bird feeders for feeding birds
P3 - Fire building lessons / competitions, Banana boating in the bay, Feeding our camp turtles, Lashing together a shower (Or what will be a shower when they are finished with it)
P4 - Compound archery, Kayaking by the bay, Making pickles and tea, Fire building lessons / competitions
P5 - Camp crafting (that's something you're going to have to ask about), Walking through our high ropes bridge course, Sailing on the bay, Knot tying lessons
P6 - Person of hope symbol (Christian Education activity), Learning how to use the clay pottery wheel, Walking through our high ropes bridge course, Making kale chips in the Environmental Center
P7 - Knot tying lessons, Chapel skit planning (it was one "hot" skit), Walking through our high ropes bridge course, Compound archery
SPF - SAILING... Astronomy lessons, Learning how to use the clay pottery wheel, Lashing projects, Paddle boarding in the bay
Keep in touch campers, hope to see you back next summer!
Not that it would happen to you or your camper -but sometimes Unit Photos get rained on, or crumpled, or misplaced or even left behind.... Below is an album of all of our Happy 2nd Session Campers. You know.... just in case :)
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