Lets go…its time for day 3 of session 4. So I thought I would begin with introducing you to a typical schedule here at camp. As many of you know we are decentralized, so campers experience all the activities we offer with their unit, led by their conselor and CIT. We find that this is a great program as it promotes a strong sense of community and for me personally it is this very thing that made me feel so welcome during my first summer in 2009. I know that fellow staff (past and present) and campers can relate to this.
Our mornings begin at the sound of the wake up bell at 7.30am, followed by breakfast at 8am. This morning we enjoyed pancakes and sausage with all the trimmings and a cold glass of OJ, we also had the option of our cereal and yogurt bar too. Chapel is normally led by a different unit each day with the exception of the first full day at camp. This is led by a group of staff and with the aid of some wise handpuppets we introduced the campers to this year’s current theme, ‘Walkin’ in the Light’.
After chapel, programming begins, we split the day up into hourly blocks, 3 before lunch, 3 after lunch. Dinner is at 5.30pm after which campers enjoy free time followed by a final block at 8.15pm. (Free time is exactly what is sounds like - campers are able to decide which activity they would like to do – giving them a chance to revist their favorites) Around 9 units start their reflections and get ready for bed . Units use this time to reflect on their day and learn a little more about each other.
The schedule differs slightly on a Wednesday, as its Wednesday night cook out. Homestead campers visit outpost, their home from home in the woods. Each unit sets up a dining area using tarps and ropes, build a fire and cook their dinner. This is followed by roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. There will be more to come regarding our Wednesday afternoons/evenings shortly, I believe Ryan our Boys Homestead Unit Leader will be taking you through this week’s cook out.
Ciao Ciao for now.
Whit your Brit
(aka Whitty, Office Manager)