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!