Family Camp Week and a Farewell

Hi camp friendship community. The last time I posted an update I mentioned that this week would be our family camp issue and I’m happy to start off by saying that we’ve had a super fun week. S’mores have been toasted in villages and the lake has been a particularly popular spot for families this week with the wonderful weather we’ve had in Palmyra. Moms have been flying off the zip or getting lost in the forest with a good book whilst their kids try out archery with our experts. You really get the opportunity to mold your own dream day with us during the family camp week.

So what does the family camp schedule look like ? Candle making, rifelry, ice cream social, fireworks and many more exciting activities and events are on the weekly program. We also enjoyed an intense dodgeball match and held our wish boats closing ceremony on the beach with an and of week slideshow highlighting memories from this week.

I’m going to share a few photographs below this post and I should mention that this is my last blog post for camp friendship, oh nooooo. I’d like to thank each and every one of you for following the stories of our beautiful summer and contributing to our ever growing family. Also do keep in the link to see memories posted throughout the year. As a final note I just want to say that although camp is over for the year, we can’t wait to have everyone back next year.

 

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Well done to all the participants of our triathalon. After an early start campers either took part individually or teamed up to swim, cycle and run the circute drawn up by our wonderful Co-ordinator Colleen. Great team work to all those involved.

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After our basket ball game we set foot onto the ropes course. Night ropes were a weekly highlight and definately lit up the forest with laughter and good times. We offered a variety of bridge and wall challanges and had an unforgetable night.

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Slip n Slide was a highlight for the kids, adults cheered them on from the sidelines, however some parents decided to face their

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own challenge at our water polo game. Staff vs Campers. There were some serious moments in that match but it has to be said that it was all in good spirit and all players left laughing as they headed to the gymnasium for our candy land dance.

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And finally, it’s the wishboats. I have to say it was a personal highlight of my summer as campers who had visited earlier for kids camp returned with their families excitedly watched with families who had spent their first week at camp. Some of our families have been coming to camp for over twenty years so it’s always amazing to see their welcoming spirit at these bonding times. It was enlightening to see this years beautiful floats made by many. We knew we would never forget summer 2015 as the reflection from the candle lit floats burned brightly into the night.

Animal antics at our jungle gym dance and camp fire excitement. It’s week 9 at camp friendship.

So somehow we’ve hit that time ! It’s Friday, and not just any Friday. It’s our last summer camp day of the season. That also means this is my last blog post on summer camp happenings. I hope I’ve given you a taste of how life changing camp is, and for anyone who’s spent time with us here this summer, I think it’s safe to say it was special and timeless to us all. I’d also like to remind you to check out this space next week to find out what goes on at family camp. That’s right ! We welcome some slightly older campers next week and I can’t wait to share my update with you !

So to start this off, I have to say the sun is shining brightly on friendship way and today is already shaping up to be one of the best days of the season. This morning as some campers enjoyed shooting balloon targets on the archery range or swimming in the lake, others set off on a pony trek. After junior lunch, kids jumped and danced around to music as we played our top 2015 tracks, many of which flooded in amazing memories from this week and past weeks. Kids then gathered together and headed into the sun room for video productions premiere of ‘cabin 13’ a horror spoof that has been filmed and produced by our campers with the instruction of our junior boys counsellor and media expert Alex. Dinner and a show was enjoyed by all and it really showed as campers smiled and danced around the dining hall.

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This evening is all about one thing, it’s our closing camp fire. So to prepare for that, four of our program classes have spent time this week building on performances. Participants are set to dance, sing and act their way onto the stage. A variety of other acts will also appear including our junior girls counselors who have been seen practicing harmonies to never be alone by Shawn Mendes. Set to be a tear jerking performance for many.

So what else has been going on ? In Thursdays day activities canoe enthusiasts got into the jungle feeling with the jungle keeper game, for those that don’t know this challenge involves capturing a variety of floating animal figures that are worth between one and ten points. Catch those critters !

After this, at around 7:30 we headed down to the gymnasium for an evening of fun. Think monkeys hanging off shoulders, packs of dancing tigers and even bear grylls made an appearance. Another canoe extravaganza took place…this time indoors ?! Heads turned as Indiana jones guided campers on a voyage through our gymnasium in a mysterious canoe that proved to be a dance highlight ! Juniors loved making up stories around this area whilst seniors jumped around to our resident DJ Fernando’s mix tape !

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So to close this post I’d just like to say I hope you’ve enjoyed keeping up to date on our program information and latest news and don’t forget to follow our updates throughout the year. That’s all for now !

 

 

Campers excitedly exit our opening camp fire to see what week nine has in store.

Summer 2015 has been beyond amazing so far. We’ve welcomed many returning faces and new friends from all over the world onto our camp grounds. With two eventful color wars, countless standing O-vations rewarded at our camp fire performances and so much else going on in activities, we couldn’t be prouder of the Camp Friendship community and I’d like to kick off this update by thanking every parent, camper, staff member and friend for making this summer so special for our campers.

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Let me take you back to Sunday night for a second. After our last set of campers arrived there was a village race to get down to camp fire for front row seats. Excitement for the evening took over as the crowd formed in villages. Our hosts Fernando and Lauren announced each act onto the stage including a variety of musical numbers performed by village counselors. One of our favourite acts was brought to us from a Junior girls team, or in this case junior ‘bro’s. A team of our JG’s took to the stage in sock hats folding their arms and leaning on each other in a comical fashion. They then made a second appearance at our junior village activity camp friendships got talent on Monday evening. The girls gave a shout out to junior boys village before performing a comic skit discussing parkour and their daily ‘bro’ activities.

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Whilst on the topic of Monday evening, our senior campers had an amazing time taking part in the noodle hockey activity. Campers waved their noodles around whilst attempting to capture the soft ball and pass it through the gymnasium to their goal. Music was played and instead of just waiting to be shouted for their next round, campers danced by the sidelines supporting fellow village friends.

Moving further into the week we look forward to our cook out tonight where campers will make the most of our beautiful surroundings by dining outdoors. Cook out always promises a night of singing, stories and bonding. Tomorrow evening we will look forward to our jungle gym dance after a day of fun at our daily activities.

So to end this update I’d like to remind you to check out our Facebook page and keep updated with our photo gallery.

Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, I smell week eight at camp friendship!!

At the end of my last post I talked about some secretive events that would unfold later into this week, I also mentioned the tremendous energy and team spirit around villages and I have to say that momentum has just grown since then. So to kick this update off let me uncover some of what’s been kept mainly between supervisors and take you back to Thursday mornings flag ceremony, just one day ago.

My story for today begins with a squad of masked individuals who unexpectedly invaded camp after our flags were raised. The doctors (as we call them) ran onto the scene capturing counselors and dragging them away from the flag area. Attendees were left confused and waiting for an explanation to this curious event. We next spotted these odd looking characters at lunch time, where campers clung to fellow campers and counselors as they were taken from tables and introduced to a test area in our sun room !

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IMG_5456After once again crashing the stage, this time at the end of our drama production of Jack and the beanstalk the doctors surrounded performers and grabbed some of our much loved village supervisors. Their final and most notable appearance was at our Hawaiian dance last night where we let ourselves in for more than just the grass skirts and floral necklaces. A video of a news program staring two of our super-visors Steph and Angela was screened before all of camp. Six of our counselors took centre stage in teams of two and it was announced that colour wars would return today (Friday.) I am telling you the crowd went wild, the atmosphere was unmissable.

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If you didn’t read my earlier post describing our last colour wars let me quickly explain the day to you. There are three teams, in this case purple, red and green. This is the one time that teams are made up of members from multiple villages across camp, meaning everyone gels together. Points are rewarded for playing games and team spirit. Dive boarding, volley balling, unique floats and so much more are all on the agenda for colour wars.

So today our Super Heroes, Super Villains and Super Naturals have taken part in a variety of land and lake activities. In one of our lake activities campers got into teams of twelve in order to try and sink their canoe as quickly as possible by filling it with water. Other tasks included an interpretive dive where we saw Spider-Man fly across the lake, no really ! And our old favourite, the watermelon relay. It was great to see teams supporting each other until the last contestant achieved their goal. We love you camp friendship !

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In other colour wars news it had to be said that our dining hall was a little on the quiet side today.. almost silent in fact. That means one thing, our silent lunch made it’s second annual appearance. The silent Jigga dance was performed by the red team at junior lunch whilst at senior lunch the supernatural (purple) team got inventive and delivered purple roses that some campers had hand crafted through the day. Our riding squad loved this token of love and might reward a point or two for their efforts.

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Going further into the day contestants competed in a series of land and games including our super relay which took part at stations across our grounds. Campers took part in tag activities such as popping balloons on the archery range and scoring three free throws in the basketball court. The relay finished with a contest to burn through a rope by creating a fire. Whilst two counselors from each team competed, campers cheered from the sidelines chanting and dancing, well done not just to the winning red team but to everyone who took part and supported teams.

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Going into tonight we look forward to seeing a song, dance and float from each team and of course to our week eight closing campfire where the colour wars champions will be announced ! That’s all for now but check this space next week for our final summer camp weekly update.

Our Famous Soccer Match Commences ! Week eight is officially in business.

Hi Friends. Now that it’s come around to posting an update It’s hard to know what news to tell you first. I guess I should start by saying that you might be thinking with less than two weeks of our summer camp season to go that we might finally be starting to wind down…   It really is the opposite. Currently it has to be said that we’re laughing, running, flag carrying and fantastic. Village time is pure crazy, with talk of chanting spreading it’s way around us all, campers have began to guess what secrets might unfold in the coming days.

And that chanting was released (extremely loudly) at our head to head soccer game on our lower fields today. At seven O’clock ‘The Haka’ was performed by our entire team before kick off.. After this we didn’t stop singing our well known Camp Songs until the final whistle blew. Anyway, I’ll come back to more on soccer towards the end of this post because I have been waiting to share the stories of some of our exciting cabin rewards that some of you may not know about.

Picture cabin life. The perfect bonding space for campers to play card games and chill out in their free time. Bunk beds, and of course new friends who will be part of their life changing experience with us. Pretty exciting !

However with several people in one place we have to admit it can ALMOST get a little cluttered in our wooden homes from time to time. There’s one big reason our campers don’t want this to happen and that’s the opportunity to pick up the cleanest cabin reward ! What could possibly make my kid want to clean their cabin ? you may be wondering. Well, the prize for seniors is breakfast in bed. And I can promise you that the chance to not move a foot before first period Is very appealing after a week of activities and fun. It has to be said that competition is fierce as campers have been known to go as far as making their own curtain ties and natural flower arrangements.

For junior campers the reward is a little different. A night time ride to the stars led by our Junior Boys Supervisor Chris Dunn. So what’s on the agenda for this little trip ? After leaving our torch lit campfire Chris heads to junior boys HQ to set up a cart and pick up any necessary supplies for the trek. At this point the counsellor and campers inhabiting the most spick and span hut of the village join Chris in the cart as he rides down to our old air field, where the view of the nights sky is beyond dream like. In our latest trip one camper actually said ‘This is the best thing I have ever seen in my life’ as he pointed to the moon, and in such a beautiful surrounding it was clear that everybody there felt the magic of the night in that moment.

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Those unforgettable camp memories.

Whilst talking of late night sites, I have spotted some hard work going on in our dance pavillion, which has been lit up over the past fortnight as dance recruits practiced the half time dance for today’s game. It’s the CF soccer match 2015 ! Think cheering, competing, laughter and general randomness. Campers cheered from the sidelines, getting up to dance and support some of their counsellors ! Staff showed support with customised shirts, CCC our local day camp once again visited our grounds for the big event and even joined in the pizza man dance with our campers and staff. I’m going to dive straight in by saying that whilst we did not gain victory today we gave it a good go ! and came close as 1-0 was the final count ! CCC, We can’t wait to see you guys back at Camp Friendship next time !!

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Amazing work to the whole team and of course our coach (pictured in live play above). I couldn’t end this post without drawing attention to our unbelievably hard working Sports Supervisor Anthony Shinks who motivated staff to attend soccer practices at 6AM to prepare for the big game. And finally the magnificent Lauren Lyons who has been working doubly hard leading the way in our half time dance and working on our Jack and the Beanstalk Production.

So what else is happening this week ? tomorrow we look forward to our weekly dance and our drama production and on Friday it’s that secret event thing that happened some other time this summer ! Completely confused ? I hope you are. Check back later in the week to get the scoop.

 

 

Why Should Kids Attend Summer Camp?

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Summer camp, the highlight of children’s summers everywhere! If your son or daughter hasn’t gotten the chance to experience going to summer camp yet, now is the time. Making the decision to send your son or daughter to a summer camp near West Virginia, like Camp Friendship, guarantees that your son or daughter will have the best summer of their life! Not to mention all of the benefits that come along with it!

  1. Kids Stay Active- During the school year, children are constantly thinking and moving. But when it comes to summer vacation, it can be hard for them to spend their time being productive. But by participating in various summer camp activities, it is a guarantee that children will always be mentally and physically active.
  2. Gain Life Skills- From the moment that you drop your son or daughter off at summer camp, they learn what it is like to live on their own. Children gain independence every single day at summer camp. With the help of our amazing summer camp staff, campers will become more mature by the end of the summer.
  3. Time Outside– One of the great parts about summer camp is that campers get an opportunity to reconnect with nature and the great outdoors. Children will spend hours outside every day exploring with their new friends.
  4. Meet New People- While speaking of new friends, children will get to meet new people every single day. Children will work together as a team, gain social skills, and leave at the end of the summer with a ton of new friends and memories to last a lifetime!

Are you looking to send your son or daughter to the best summer camp near West Virginia? Then contact Camp Friendship to give your child the best summer ever! Call Camp Friendship at 434-589-8950 for more information or to schedule a tour today!