Like I promised on Tuesday, I am ready to tell you guys about the top 5 activities of Senior Camp. Our teen campers are always looking for an activity that will keep them entertained. A favorite counselor or the participation of other friends play a major role in some of the choices our teenage campers make. We do our best to provide a learning and challenging experience during these activities to encourage a commitment to the chosen activity.
Top 5 Activities of Senior Village
High Ropes – Each day, campers get to pick form a couple of different high ropes events that have been prepared by our high ropes staff. The most popular courses are the Jacob’s Ladder, the Climbing wall, and as I like to call it the Stair Way To Heaven! All of these events are pretty high off the ground when completed, which is why our campers must wear the proper safety gear, such as helmets, harnesses and the proper ropes tied to them. Personally, I am afraid of heights but none of the campers I witnessed seem to be at all afraid of trying. They climbed those courses without a problem. A few of the campers reached a point were they wanted to give up, but the other campers and counselors who are not climbing cheered them on the whole time and guided them what to the finish. I think campers like this activity because it feels very good and gives them a sense of true accomplishment when they make it to the top.
Tennis – Like Junior Villages, Tennis is one of the most popular activities amongst Senior Village campers. I never found tennis fun until I came to this camp. I started to play tennis because campers are always playing and I thought I would give it a try. Now I can’t stop playing either. Our campers choose to play tennis during their free time instead of doing other things. The tennis courts are always busy with someone playing tennis. Maybe the reason why campers enjoy tennis so much is because of Alina. She must make tennis fun for everyone. One of the campers was telling Alina that next year he’s going to enroll in the half-day tennis clinic. Maybe in the future, there will be a famous tennis player who learned tennis for first time at Camp Friendship.
Badminton – Badminton definitely became one of the most popular activities. Badminton is kind of like tennis in my opinion, so maybe that’s why campers enjoy it. Campers make teams of two and have a little tournament everyday. Campers get pretty into it and get a bit competitive, but our counselors always remind the campers that it’s not about winning, but about having fun!
Lake Swim – How nice is it to be by the lake to cool off in the heat of the summer. Friendship Lake doesn’t only have water, but we have the slide, zip-line, swing robe, floating dock, paddle boats, beach volleyball, and most importantly tanning. Our campers take full advantage of the lake every day. Thankfully we’ve been having awesome weather so far this week, so campers were able to really enjoy the lake.
Target Sports – Like I said in junior villages activities, I think campers like archery and riflery because it’s not something they get to do a lot at home. In both activities, campers are well equipped with goggles and arm guards in archery, as well as goggles and ear muffs in riflery. The activities are taught by trained counselors and cover how to aim and the correct positions in which to shoot. There are some campers who can hit bull’s eye rather frequently now. Our counselors must be good teachers or our campers are just naturally talented.
I think it’s great that the campers get to enjoy so many activities they can’t do on a regular basis at home. Hopefully the weather will continue to be sunny and perfect so campers can enjoy rest of their stay at Camp Friendship.
Posted by Cris Higginbotham