Smiling Faces :)
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 1st Session Campers. You know.... just in case :)
Thursday Night the Homestead Campers had a Jungle Themed Ice Cream Social in the Dining Hall. Adam and Annie played lots of fun music. The specialists helped them to each build a Sunday.
The Pioneer and Pathfinders had a Neon Lumberjack Dance in the Pioneer Pavillion. There were lots of blacklights, neon and plaid.
Today will be super full of packing and skit planning and practicing Eucharist Parts. We are excited to welcome Father Tom from Christ Church, Milford to celebrate with us. And while we're sad to leave our new friends - we're excited to see our families tomorrow.
One Wednesdays at camp the kitchen closes and EVERYONE cooks out dinner - even the Specialists!! We asked the Counselors in Training to collaborate on this post about their evening in the post below :)
Homestead Cabins head out to the homes in the woods at Outpost and each group cooked out burgers. H1 counted all their collected pieces of firewood and were happy to report they gathered over 500 sticks. H2 had fun playing Quack, as well as Giants, Wizards and Elves. They were also super proud to top off their burgers with homemade pickles they made in the Environmental Center with Paul and Drue. H3 played lots of games too and did their hand print Christian Education activity in Outpost. H4 had a survivalist block with the Environmental Center where they learned how to make shelters, so H4 made their own shelter and practiced lashing. H5 learned lots of riddles and enjoyed Mexican S'mores and baked apples for dessert. H6 went to High Ropes before heading to Outpost and sang lots of Down By The Bay. H7 went Banana Boating earlier in the day and then made Banana Boats for dessert at their cookout. H8 played Heartbeat and Bang and spotted a lot of frogs while collecting firewood. They also made Mexican S'mores, but renamed them “S’MACOS” and made up a dance about them. H9 lashed a bench at their campsite. H10 learned the Stick Dance. H11 had a surprise visit from the Office Manager Matt and feasted on s'mores.
Day Camp One cooked out on main camp at the Boys Homestead Unit Leader Shelter. They played tag and lashed. They were so excited for cookout they collected enough firewood for the next group to cook out with too. Day Camp Two cooked out on the beach. They enjoyed the company of Misty - one of camps favorite dogs.
The Pioneer Units had a Brinner (Breakfast for Dinner) Potluck. P1 made trainwreck, (a combination of potatoes, bacon, sausage, eggs, onions and peppers). P2 made funfetti, chocolate chip, chocolate chip banana, and apple cinnamon pancakes. P3 made PBJ stuffed french toast. P4 made rosemary thyme potatoes. P5 made monkey bread in a Dutch oven. P6 made crazy breakfast quesadillas and P7 made caramel apple crisp.
The Adventure Pathfinders prepared rotisserie chicken and clams and mussels they caught in the Bay. And, last but not least, the Specialists made fish and chips.
All is well
Matt and I are going to write more about Wednesday Night Cookout tonight - but I wanted to quickly let everyone know we weathered the storm quite well last night.
Several groups got back to their cabins in time and played Apples to Apples or Uno. Some Pioneer Groups were together in the Pioneer Pavillion and many groups played games in the Dining Hall. A new camp favorite is Angry Birds. You build structures with Jenga blocks and then take turns flicking crumpled up paper at the towers trying to knock them down.
The rain came down pretty hard for about 45 minutes. There was a spectacular light show and a few loud booms. Some of our campers were a little nervous but EVERYONE was totally safe and secure. It did rain some more after bed time but the temperature drop made for pleasant sleeping weather and a beautiful Wednesday.
Hot Fun in the Summer Time :)
It's first session and we are BACK IN ACTION :)
Yesterday the waterfront was bustling! H2 and P5 went seining in the bay - catching loads of fish and other things in their nets for a closer inspection before, of course, releasing it all back into the Bay. H3 and H7 went canoe swamping - It's like regular canoeing but extra fun because they use buckets (and a little luck) to try and sink each other. P3 did their ice breakers and getting to know you games in the Bay. H4, H5, H6, H8 and H11 all attended a super hero bonfire at the beach last night. Some campers sculpted a beautiful mermaid in the sand and others enjoyed peanut butter s'mores.
The Craft Shop and Low Ropes were really busy too. H1 went dragon hunting on the low ropes course and scaled the Climbing Tower to save Princess Lauren (one of our Adventure Staff). P1 made windchimes out of clay and P6 glazed tiles at the Craft Shop. P2 learned about Biblical Stories of Hope on the Low Ropes Course. P4 walked the Highway of Hope - a mandatory Christian Education Activity. It's made up of 4 stations around camp that explore hope and prayer.
H9 and H10 sang their hearts out on a hayride last night. P7 made pickles with Paul and Drue at the Environmental Center and had a drum circle with out Outside Crew Chief, Jack last night in the alumni plaza. The Adventure Pathfinders (APF) watered and fed our chickens yesterday and cooked out breakfast.
Today is supposed to be a hot one - but never fear! Our delightful Dining Hall Supervisor, Darryn is setting up cold water stations around camp today to help us all keep cool and hydrated. We are also excited to welcome our Advisory Committee to Camp this afternoon. They will get to tour camp before their meeting and join us all for dinner tonight.
I hope your day is just as JOYFUL!
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