Friday, July 10, 2009

Week 3 - "Sail the Silly Seas"

It has been since the year 2001 that we had Wacky Book of Records Week. Here’s how it goes: Each group in camp has 2 days, Monday and Tuesday to set their group’s “Wacky” record. For the rest of the week we put 1 record from each group up on the backboard and each group in camp can try to break the records set back on Monday and Tuesday.

We started the week with lots of new campers joining us. Time was spent at Circle Time introducing them to the group, assigning them a buddy for the day and making sure they get their orientation both in the group and at all of the areas of camp. We started with a counselor Task, which we continued each morning before Circle Time. The counselors set the first record – 103 consecutive beach ball hits. We’ll see what the record will be by the end of the week.

By Wednesday each group had set at least 1 record to enter into the Wacky Record:

Group, Official Record, Record
Cubs, Simon Says, 11 minutes
Bunnies, Jumping Jacks, 32 min. 9 sec.
Raccoons, Spinning in Circles, 6 min 35 sec
Butterflies, Handball bounces,1100
Chipmunks, Hula Hoop,46 min. 2 sec.
Wolves,Ping Pong bounces, 75
Swans, Somersaults per minute, 46
Ravens, Pushups, 52
Coyotes,Beach ball Rally,68
Doves, Swivel Hips on the Trampoline, 9
Fawns, Balance arrow on finger, 3 min. 8 sec.
Cardinals, Tennis ball bounces on racket, 452
Grizzlies, Caterpillar at Adventure – Ropes Course,45 sec.
Eagles, Ping pong Rally,230
Roadrunners, Basketball passes in 30 seconds,34
Palominos, Seat drops in one minute, 62
Mustangs,How many words can be made from a sentence, 108

On Wednesday, we divided the camp into 2 Divisions: Ages 5 to 8 and Ages 9 to 13 and set out to begin breaking records. Every group got into it and words of encouragement and cheering were heard coming from campers and staff alike. Our “Wacky / Tacky” Dress-up was a huge success and a FUN time was had by all who participated. Groups worked together to support the efforts of individual campers and lots of pictures and videos were taken. Check them out on Flickr and utube!

Thursday was Specialist of the Week with awards going to many campers who were really putting forth great effort and perseverance in the tasks at hand, whether it is consecutive Tennis ball bounces, the Caterpillar climb at Adventure or Swivel Hips on the Trampoline.

Friday’s, Campers of the Week were happy at Circle Time. The Bus Cup Challenge winners were ecstatic at lunch. At Snack Time we announced the Winners of the Final Wacky Records. Campers went home with certificates and their name went into our Wacky Record Book, to be brought out the next time we bring back Wacky Book of Records Week.

The whole week was building up with excitement to the Boy’s only overnight! The boys are looking forward to 2 hours of free-time with Horseback riding, Go-Carts, Target Sports, Rock climbing and a variety of other areas open for free choice. After free-time is the “all you can eat” Pizza party followed by a swim party, skit planning and campfire. The campfire is a real highlight of the evening with funny skits in which each camper will participate in and silly stories. Bedtime snack of Martha’s homemade cookies and hot chocolate is the perfect ending to a great day. Bedtime will be on the main camp lawn outside the lower offices with all night supervision. Older campers are allowed to stay up and play in the “Tackier Town” and Game Room for awhile longer than the younger children.

In the morning our fabulous cook Martha will be back for breakfast, followed by more free-time. In the morning we open up one of the camper’s favorites – Bamboo Forest! Snack-time and Lost and Found bring the overnight to an end. Camper’s get on their buses and pull out of the parking lot at 10:00AM and will be home to their drop-off points promptly. We promise they will come home tired, hopefully with all of their overnight gear, full of funny stories from the campfire and SMILEING!

Week 4 is next – “Sail the Silly Seas”: A fun-filled week of Water Games, Races and Relays. On Gilligan’s Island Day the Staff and Team Leaders Dress up as Characters from Gilligan’s Island. Camper’s can too if you would like to join in with the festivities. Thursday is “Pirate Day” with Treasure Hunts and a Gold Doubloons Contest. On Friday we culminate the week with “Back to the Beach” with Beach Dress-up, Beach Games an all camp Surfer Dance and the Girl’s ONLY Overnight!

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