Session 5A: Virginia My Second Home

Sunday

Today we met all of our new campers for Session 5A, which means we’re already over half way through our summer season! Time is really flying, but this week showed just how special and lasting a mere six days at Camp Friendship can be. Campers that meet on Sunday go home with new best friends on Saturday, with newly-discovered skills and maybe even a new love for a life away from technology… maybe!

We started off the way we always do with our opening campfire; highlights included the Junior Boys’ ‘Magical Frisbee of Camp Friendship’ and the original song written by some of our previous counselors, ‘Virginia My Second Home’.

Monday

We raised the American flag on Monday morning and then began a full day of activities. We have our newly added ‘Land Sports Ultra!’ running this week- campers get to try lacrosse, rugby, ultimate frisbee, gaga ball and many more sports all throughout the week. In the evening, each village had their weekly cookout. Hamburgers, hot dogs, taco skillet and s’mores all round!

Tuesday

Tuesday started off sunny and bright as everyone headed off to their activities. We have some incredibly talented campers with us this week, arts and crafts is full with amazing portraits, paintings and pottery projects! Later in the day we had some lovely liquid sunshine (known elsewhere as ‘rain’) which meant us combining activities and giving everyone the chance to try something that isn’t normally on their schedule. Evening activities ran as normal, juniors got to try ‘Minute to Win It’, a fast-paced game that presents a new challenge every minute. Our seniors took part in Mock Olympics and represented their country while competing in epic battles such as ice skating using paper plates as skates!

Wednesday

Another camp day and everyone is mastering the skills they are learning here. We had loads of fun during free swim and snack bar, as well as some much-needed chill time in the cabins. Wednesday also brought us the incredible ‘Hoedown of Horrors’ dance night! We had zombie cowboys, spooky scarecrows and a headless horseman! I think Wednesday night was the most people we’ve ever had on the dance floor for ‘Cotton-Eyed Joe’, led by the fantastic Riding Camp counselors!

Thursday

As we near the end of Session 5A campers are already talking about next year, “Will you be coming back?” “Will you be my counselor again?” “Maybe we’ll be in the same cabin again!” It’s amazing to see how much our campers end up meaning to each other after just six days. Aqua Zumba (a 2018 addition to our activities) has proven so popular that even our director team took part today! No matter who you are, there’s always time for a bit of fun here at camp. This week Volleysquare has become camp’s new favorite game. We’ve played it in the pool all week and then moved it to Overlook Hill for the seniors’ evening activity, Slip N Slide! Our juniors headed to the lower fields for an intense and very funny game of Powder Fairies.  

Friday

We begin every Friday with a musical breakfast, including a compulsory ‘Cotton-Eyed Joe’ flashmob dance for Riding Camp. Today is the first Horse Show of this summer. Our Equestrian staff and campers work tirelessly to put on a show for the parents and showcase the skills they’ve learned over these 2 weeks. The show came together brilliantly and everyone was very proud of our campers and their horses! The evening brought us our closing campfire; we had many skits from campers this time around, as well as some funny counselor acts! Knowing that tomorrow will bring a lot of goodbyes makes everyone sing our Friendship song a little bit louder. Session 5A, you’ve been a blast!

Session 4A – Let me see your Funky Chicken!

Sunday

Session 4A started off with a pretty amazing campfire: we performed some classic skits including  ‘If I Were Not A Camp Counselor’ and ‘1,2,3,4′ also known as the ‘Funky Chicken’. A memorable moment during this performance was Gary (our SV2 Supervisor from Ireland) dancing around the stage like a leprechaun trying to find a pot of gold! Our new campers learnt how to ‘Jigga’ and give a ‘standing O’ (short for standing ovation).

Monday

Mondays are always exciting at camp – it’s the first full day and our campers get to try out their schedule of activities for the first time. During free swim and snack bar, the campers got to spend some time with their new friends, both in their cabins and from other villages. In the evening, every village had their own campfire and cookout and then it was time for bed to experience another full day of activities tomorrow!

Tuesday

The sun is shining today at camp! Aqua Zumba (one of our new activities this year) has proved massively popular, with two full classes running this week. We can’t wait to try it during Family Camp this summer. The juniors took part in ‘Camp Friendship’s Got Talent’ for their evening activity, where each cabin performs an act for our judges: Balthazar the Wizard, the Dairy Queen (our Junior Girls supervisor in a cow onesie!) and Spiderman! Our senior campers joined together for an SV3 pool party which involved music, inflatables, pool noodles and lots of smiling seniors!

Wednesday

Half way through our week and our campers are progressing nicely in their activities! Our performing arts areas are working on campfire skits for Friday and Glee club is creating a spooky Friday 13th themed mash-up for us. Evening activities were Pool Olympics for our junior campers (biggest splash, smallest splash, most creative synchronized swimming routine!) and a Noodle Hockey tournament for our senior campers.

Thursday

Thursday marks our weekly dance night at camp. This week’s theme was ‘Back to the Future’, where campers and counselors could come dressed as a caveman from the past, or maybe an alien from the future! We also had Marty McFly turn up from the actual film, hoverboard and all! We danced the caveman conga, as well as rocking out to ‘Johnny Be Good’ and of course all the other camp favorites we love.

Friday

It’s Friday, and everyone is getting their friendship bracelets finished to give to their new-found buddies; our media students are finishing up their photography and video projects so they have something to take home and our sport-lovers are making the most of their last day running around playing ultimate frisbee! Our evening activity is of course our closing campfire where Glee got to show us their amazing monster mash/ ET mash-up and the dance classes received standing ovations when their hard work paid off. Our Equestrian campers are lucky enough to enjoy another full week of riding, with the much anticipated horse show coming up on Friday of next week. 

At the end of each Friday night campfire, we celebrate our 5-Year Campers by welcoming them on stage for a giant high five and a well-earned 5 Year Pin. We also sing our bittersweet song ‘Linger’ which shows just how much camp means to everyone that comes to their home away from home.

‘Mmm-mm, I want to linger, mmm-mm, a little longer, a little longer here with you…’