The End of an Amazing First Week at CampJuly 7, 2013
Yesterday was the end of an amazing first week at Camp…so today we began the start of our fabulous second week! This morning we all slept a little later than usual. After a leisurely breakfast Evergreen had its first intramural sports league game of the season. Each team is named after a different candy (of course a peanut free candy!), and is comprised of campers of all ages and counselors of different units. Over the course of the summer the Candy Bar League teams will get to play each other in soccer, softball, street hockey, kickball, and volleyball. It’s another great way for campers in the different age groups to get to know each other, and have a lot of fun playing sports.
Just after Candy Bar League Kenwood’s Junior Camp went out to play its own intramurals, called “Watermelon League”. This 10-team softball league will play games regularly throughout the summer. The trophy for first place will be a massive watermelon that the winning team gets to devour. Just like with Candy Bar League, Kenwood’s Watermelon League is one more way we help make sure that our campers and counselors in different units have a chance to build strong relationships.
Also during the morning each age group in Kenwood and Evergreen had their Unit Meetings (also called Camper Councils). This is a time when the members of the unit gather together to discuss the events of the past week, their achievements, their goals, and what lies ahead on the schedule. It’s also an important time for campers to give their counselors feedback on whatever is on their mind. Besides helping to make Camp a better place to live, Unit Meetings give our campers the opportunity to grow comfortable sharing their opinions, learn how to give (or hear!) constructive feedback, and even take a leadership role in their age group. In everything we do we are trying to help our campers develop those crucial 21st Century/non-cognitiive life skills!
Then, during a delicious lunch, there was a surprise. A group of counselors dressed as 1840’s prospectors and villains ran into the dining hall. They put on a funny skit (complete with our piano counselor creating a live soundtrack of theme music!) and the entire dining hall was laughing and cheering. This signified the start of one of our favorite annual events: Gold Rush. After Rest Period the campers dashed around the campus searching for gold-painted rocks, which they were able to redeem for camp dollars at the “Bank” (in honor of Phyllis many referred to it as “The First Dank of NH”). After dinner, they were able to increase their money by playing games at a “casino” set up by our senior campers. Each bunk then pooled their money and used it to bid on special Camp-only experiences that were up for auction. It was great watching our bunks work together to determine what special adventure sounded most appealing to them. Some wanted the trip with Adventure Dave to visit the Frog Pond; others wanted the campfire and sleepover at Jacki & Bob’s house; some wanted a tubing party on the waterski boat; some wanted a special evening at my house or Scott’s or Phyllis’; others wanted an afternoon together on the 27-ft inflatable waterslide. In the end, each bunk won an experience that they will not soon forget!
Today we entered the start of our second week of the summer. Thus far it has been an incredible experience for everyone here. Already I see new campers who have made deep connections with peers in and outside their bunks. I also see veteran campers with even stronger camp relationships than they had last summer. I see counselors throughout Camp who adore the kids that they are working with, and who feel fortunate to have 6 more weeks to continue the incredible work that they have been doing here every day. To all of our Camp parents I can only say thank you for lending us your child. We love having each and every one of them here!