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)