As Week 1 of Summer Camp begins, both our counselors and our campers are excited to get started! There is always chatter in the dining hall from happy children returning and seeing their friends. The newcomers are sometimes shy, but eager to make friends and get to know their new counselors.
I’ve been here 2.5 weeks so far, and every day is a new adventure for both campers and myself. Watching children grow and expand their skill-set has been a wonderful experience for the both of us. Becoming involved with camp is one of the best things I have chosen to do in my life, and one I definitely will not regret.
At Camp Friendship, every day has the possibility for children (and staff!) to make their own decisions and find what they love to do. Counselors and staff members get to know the children, and help them build confidence in themselves, as well as the opportunity to make many new friends.
Activity Highlight: Target Sports & Ashling Trainor!
Camp Friendship offers a variety of activities and the kids choose what classes they would like to take, the fan favorite this week being target sports. Target sports supervisor, Ashling Trainor, finds ways to keep children both happy and safe during archery programs here at camp. Children enjoy having the experience of shooting targets with bows and arrows. Children always leave the range happy with the experience, and often cannot wait to come back!
Ashling Trainor, the Targeting Sports Supervisor, has been involved with target sports and wilderness camping for many years. She began in Ireland, and has traveled all over Europe camping through mountains. Archery is by far her favorite subject to teach, and she specializes in teaching children/young adults. She also teaches children with disabilities archery as well, specializing in children with Autism. Ashling is a caring, loving individual with a passion in seeking challenges.
Ashling Trainor, seen assisting a child in archery
In archery, children are taught how to safely use a bow and arrow, and the program instructors get involved with the kids and show them how to have better accuracy and range. Everyone is involved together, and it stays a fun and safe experience for the campers. Kids shouting “I can’t wait to come back tomorrow!” whilst leaving the archery range is common, and gives campers an opportunity to bond with the other children in their class. Photographing campers’ smiling faces when they begin to understand and do well in activities (as well as the learning process) is one of the best parts of my job.
As the first week of camp continues, children become happier, more self-confident, and more excited every day. Nothing is as delightful as watching a child experience something new, and see the pure smile across their face as they realize that they can do these things. Camp is a wonderful experience, and Camp Friendship makes it an exciting and interesting place to be for campers of all ages.
Upcoming Event: Superhero Dance!
This Thursday, June 16, campers and counselors will be taking part in a theme dance, Super Heroes! The dances held by Camp Friendship for the campers get everyone involved (even support staff and interns, yay!) and in tune with their creative side. Personally, I’m excited and cannot wait for what the campers have in store for us! Campers, counselors, and other staff get involved and come up with some great costumes, and the dance gives us all an opportunity to have fun together.
Stay tuned for more information and photos later on!