Adjusting to Life After Summer Camp

Although summer seems to have ended long ago, children are still adjusting to life after summer camp, their new schedules, responsibilities and mindset that start with the new school year.

Bedtime especially, may seem very lonely compared to your child’s summer camp experience. Late nights previously spent in group discussions, telling stories or confiding secrets with bunkmates now contrast in comparison to quietly laying in their own bedrooms by themself, trying to sleep. Gym classes cannot compare to Camp Friendship activities that ended the day with exhaustion, not to mention the fresh air, which both helped get a good nights rest.

Something else that may need time to adjust to is that at camp, there was probably always a friend, peer or counselor close by to run to with news or to ask for help, or to do something with. This may not be the case in school, or may not be as easy or accessible as it was at camp. Now, arrangements and efforts need to be made. Time, schedules, availability and rides have to be considered.

Support, understanding and a gentle nudge to keep your child engaged, will certainly help during the year and through all their changes and challenges. At Camp Friendship, we have tried to incorporate that in your child’s summer experience. Your children have learned many things at camp and have many wonderful memories that have hopefully helped them become better people equipped to face whatever comes next. One of the biggest and most important benefit of summer camp is giving your child the chance to recharge, and face the new school year refreshed and energized.

I hope your child will make the most of their school year. As someone having spent the summer getting to know many of your kids, I feel confident that they will.
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Still Horsing Around

WIMG_7444e’ve made new friends from all over the world this summer and we’ve reconnected with old ones. It has been a fabulous summer and we hope to see all of you next year. But before all that, we have to celebrate our last week at camp! Sunday was one of the best campfires of the summer, complete with our favorite Health Center and Snack Bar duo as hosts for campfire. Junior Boys outdid themselves with a classic youtube sketch and Junior girls took the stage with their impressive singing and acting talents; however riding camp took the show. Whinny the Horse made a surprise appearance at Campfire! The crowd was both shocked and thrilled!

IMG_7724Monday was a great first day of activities. One of the dance classes is already planning a performance for closing Campfire! A kayaking class played basketball in the red water and much much more! The Juniors were visited by the powder fairies down on the lower fields for a whimsical game of Powder Fairies. The challenges were difficult this week and the campers had to work hard to figure out what the secret sentence was in order to win the game. Up at the gym the seniors of SV3 and riding camp dueled in a game of noodle hockey. After several intense rounds the supervisors had the campers play a “silent” round in which the campers had to stay quite during the entire game and if they were caught making noise they would be tapped by a referee and have to sit down for 20 seconds before joining the game again. After several rounds we had to call it a night and head back to the villages for the evening to get ready for bed.

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Camp Atmosphere

One of the beauties of camp is the atmosphere. At camp there is a silliness that isn’t found anywhere else! We sing songs and dance for no reason other than we can! All day we encourage kids to join us in goofy camp games like Laser Eyes or Pterodactyl! Even in the more tranquil moments there is a certain feeling to camp that doesn’t compare to anywhere else. An evening making s’mores under the stars or Closing Campfire where the week’s talents are revealed is when camp feels the campiest. The atmosphere of the Triple C vs CF soccer game was definitely fun! Last night the counselors played hard and the kids cheered for their favorite staff members! The halftime performance stole the show! It was both an impressive mixture of talented dancing and a surprise appearance from one of the Bens as the Sugar Plum Princess which had the crowd roaring with laughter. Of course the game was followed by a friendly meed and greet with Triple C and an ice cream social. Camp had a blast lastnight with the game! And of course there is more to come this week! Today is the dance! And kids and counselors are busy perfecting their costumes! The theme this evening is Pirates vs. Ninjas. Some are gathering eye-patches and makeshift parrots and others are perfecting their ninja star aim! All in all it is sure to be a great evening in the gym with some fun costumes and group dances! Nothing else quite compares to the atmosphere of the Color Wars at CF, making a second visit to camp this camp season! The colors, teams, and themes won’t be released until tomorrow! Campers will be surprised tomorrow morning at flag with the announcement of Color Wars! Be sure to check our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for the most recent updates on Color Wars tomorrow at camp! Check by our photo galleries later for pictures of the campers in action!

Countdown to Game Time!

This week we hit the ground running from activity to activity! After getting to know our international campers a little better at our Flag Ceremony on Sunday, the campers walked down the hill to Campfire! Our Supervisors and Counselors acted, sang, and captivated the audience with both new and classic camp skits. The Music Man skit made an appearance for the first time this summer with a special thanks to our CITs and their lovely supervisor! The tune was stuck in everyones heads the next day!

Monday went by way too quickly! The morning started at Flag where activities were introduced and directions were given to campers. Then after a long exciting day of activities like fencing, pottery wheel, and drama the campers gathered around for the announcement of the Evening Activities! With a dramatic drum roll and cheers of excitement, the Juniors were released to the lower fields for a game of Capture the Flag and the Seniors hiked up the hill toward the gym. The Juniors proved in a Girls vs. Boys game that they were evenly matched! Up in the gym, the Seniors battled to intense music that made the dodgeball game that much more fun! At the end of the evening a camper vs counselor game ended in the defeat of the counselors – much to the excitement of the campers.

As Tuesday rolls around there is even more for our campers to get excited about! Tomorrow is the much-anticipated Camp Friendship Soccer Match! The Counselors have been preparing for weeks and are excited to finally show off their hard work for campers and staff alike. Complete with a half-time show filled with dancing and music, it is sure to be an exciting event for the campers to cheer on their favorite counselors as they face another local camp! All week camp has been abuzz with anticipation for the game! Just one day more!

The end of the week brings even more fun and activities for our campers! Be sure to check back in on Thursday to see what kind of surprises await our campers this week! For the most recent updates like us on Facebook! Don’t forget to stop by our photo galleries to see what the campers have been up to!

Camp Unplugged

Whether the campers are here for a week or for several, camp is a great place to appreciate nature! Thanks to our rural location there are hundreds of benefits for our campers! During Mountain Boarding this morning the kids found a “Social Butterfly” that landed on a few campers and staff. The butterfly stayed around long enough to show off its wings and then went on its way, leaving the class both excited and in awe. Digital Photography went on a nature scavenger hunt, complete with flowers, bugs, and frogs. The campers worked together to cross off the items on their list before the period ended. The villages engage in a friendly Cleanest Cabin competition in order for the chance to go star gazing for the evening – which is quite the reward. Out here and away from light pollution the stars are bright and beautiful to watch. It’s always too soon to pack up and head back to the cabins.

The Junior Girls appreciated a different kind of natural for their evening activity tuesday night. With their village spa night they buffed out their natural beauty with pedicures, nail polish, and oatmeal face masks, complete with cucumbers and Taylor Swift. TheJunior Boys on the other hand did what they do naturally and played a few rounds of kickball in the lower fields. The Seniors showed off their talent for a round of CF’s Got Talent. The winning act of the evening included a card trick that had the audience and judges alike cheering with wonder.

Additionally, this week’s dance has already come and gone. The theme this week was the Monster Mash. The most popular monster of the evening was Mike and Sully from Monsters Inc.; however there was a sizable Vampire population as well. The counselors outdid themselves with their costumes this week. The Junior Villages collaborated for a Harry Potter themed costume collaboration. The Senior Village counselors flaunted their creativity and went as the Loch Ness Monster. For more pictures check out our photo galleries!

Wednesday morning also brought a surprise for our campers in Fencing. New gear came in! The Junior Class got to try out the new foil grips while perfecting their form. The Senior Class go to try out the sabers – a different style of fencing. By the end of the class period the campers were already talking about the next skill they were going to learn. The campers and staff alike are excited about the new gear and new possibilities for the class.

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“Curiouser and Curiouser”

On Sunday we raised our International flags and learned where our campers are from this week and after that we went down to campfire for an evening filled with laughs! By the end of campfire the kids were pumped for the rest of the week, which is going to be a busy one! As if the normal activities weren’t enough fun for the campers, this week Drama Productions next performance is due to premiere on Friday AND another Horse Show is scheduled! Drama Production is into its second week of rehearsals for Alice in Wonderland! The campers as well as the staff are excited for the familiar and whimsical characters! And the Horse Shows are always an exciting events for camp! The lovely folks down in Riding camp get to show off their hard work in the ring for parents, family, and friends and rest of camp  gets to stop by and appreciate our lovely Riding Camp in action!

If all of that still isn’t enough there is the Monster Mash dance on Wednesday and our wonderful evening activities! Yesterday the Juniors slipped and slid penguin-style down the Mountain Boarding hill! To mix things up this week the counselors asked the campers questions as they slid down the hill! They answered questions about their favorite food and colors; however some were laughing too hard to answer. The Seniors played Three Cone Ultra, a game that is new to camp this year but has quickly become a camper and staff favorite. The campers sported face paint and game faces for several rounds! Be sure to stop by our photo gallery to see more pictures from yesterday!

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