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Camp Friendship celebrates 4th of July with our famous color wars

 

IMG_8125At camp we kicked off Fourth of July celebrations on Thursday at our IndepenDANCE. Campers dressed up in patriotic attire and happily danced the evening away in our gymnasium. During celebrations a surprise guest appearance was made from Mother Earth who had briefly greeted campers at morning flag and returned to a sound track of thunder with Zeus, Poseidon and the Vulcan goddess to announce that the next earth leader would be chosen at Fridays Color Wars. Two captains for each Gods team were elected and dreams of color wars filled the mountains.

For those who haven’t heard of color wars, I’m referring to a huge competition between three teams that takes part at camp each year and has become a famous camp tradition. As Morning events kicked off, team members gathered in their head quarters where they addressed who would take part in the lake or land activities, after designating rolls team members ran to their lake or land activity. Participants of land activities dodged their way to victory in dodgeball and volley ball whilst chanting for each other. In lake activities campers took part in the water melon relay and canoe activity.

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Campers headed next to silent lunch, that’s right, speaking will dock off points from your teams result and impressive performances may add a few points to your score! Counselors got up and performed a spot of synchronised dancing as campers communicated with hand gestures trying to resist the temptation to answer any of the supervisors trick questions. Blue team performed a Mexican wave performance in a bid to secure points. Members of each team stood up to do ‘the wobble’ before joining the conga line to dance to one directions you don’t know you’re beautiful.

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To follow the rest of today’s story and see our highlights don’t forget to tune into our special color wars edition of our weekly camp video update !

Get a feel for Camp in our Week Three Update.

There is no calming feeling like the one you get when you escape from a busy day to find yourself at one of camps more peaceful areas. If you’ve ever taken a right turn before our pool area and looked past the trees surrounding our gymnasium, you will have had the pleasure of stumbling upon the Media Cabin. This is a chilled zone where our digital photography students spend time reviewing and editing their photographic pieces. Our media cabin is the perfect retreat for campers to practice art and take a break from the more physical activities around us. Digital Photography is the answer to a balance of tranquility amongst the lively atmosphere at Camp!

Campers have been exploring the beautiful nature and wildlife that our mountains have to offer. Campers have enjoyed discovering the interesting shapes and textures to incorporate into their creations. Digital Photography tutors have been encouraging campers to choose a themed outcome for their work such as a photo album or photo cube.

3ablogpostHere is one of our Senior Campers reviewing images and trying out different retouching methods.
On Monday evening, campers played the Counselor Hunt activity. Starting at our flag point, campers excitedly explored Camp in order to uncover the hiding places of counselors. The winning team were the Riding Dudes And Dudettes who found a grand total of fifteen counselors stationed around camp. Campers waited eagerly outside Scott hall whilst votes were counted in secrecy by Ashling, our target sports supervisor and Peanut our Lake Supervisor. The winning prize was first prize for activity swap although as a consolation prize every participator received a high five from our judges.

IMG_8395revisedIn senior activities, campers strapped on their running shoes for the Tri-cone activity, where the aim of the game is to take a cone from the opposing teams and not get caught returning that cone to your base area. Well done to the green team who were the over all champions of the evening.

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In other news, campers have been working in the variety of Arts and Crafts programs we offer at camp. These include panting, drawing, pottery wheel and more ! This week we have seen some campers moulding clay models of their counselors or creatively making patterns on their finished cups or pots. What’s for sure is that each camper has their own unique vision of what they want to create and there is an interesting diversity around the Arts and Crafts studios.

3AblogaacDon’t forget to tune in to the next update of our Camp Blog this Friday and keep updated with Camp Photographs on Camp Minder.

Writing to Your Child at Overnight Camp near Delaware

Do you know what children love about overnight camp? Besides all of the activities, friends, and adventures, campers at Camp Friendship LOVE to receive mail from family and friends. Sending something to your camper can help ease feelings of homesickness; cheer them up on a bad day, or just a nice little surprise. Keep on reading for some ideas of what to send to your son or daughter while they are away at our overnight camp near Delaware this summer!

  • At Camp Friendship, you cannot send care packages to your camper. We don’t allow care packages in order to reduce the animals and bugs in the cabins, the probability of a fellow camper having an allergic reaction, and to save you money! The best way for a camper to have an awesome experience at overnight camp is to not have distractions from “outside world”. This helps them better adjust to a typical day at overnight camp and being away from home. With that being said, we ask that you only send letters and flat magazine-sized envelopes to your camper.
  • The best way to stay in contact with your son or daughter at overnight camp is to send them a letter! In the letter, ask questions that prompt the camper to write you back. For example, ask about any new friends they have made or how they are enjoying the overnight camp activities. In the letter, keep a positive attitude about overnight camp and them being there. Don’t write messages like “…the house is really lonely without you here,” this will likely cause feelings of homesickness at overnight camp.
  • Send some photos to your camper. Since campers can only receive letters and flat magazine-sized envelopes, photographs are a great option. Campers really miss their family and friends while they are away at camp, and an old family photo, new photo of the family pet, or some photographs of friends are a great addition to hang on their bunk!
  • If you receive a letter from your son or daughter where they express that they are upset or missing home, don’t be alarmed. Homesickness at overnight camp is extremely common and unavoidable. Write back that overnight camp will be over before they know it and how proud you are of them for going. If you’re concerned at all, please speak with an overnight camp staff member or your child’s counselor. They are here to help and want to give your son or daughter the best possible experience at overnight camp this summer!

Just remember that your son or daughter will love and appreciate whatever you send to them! If you’re looking to send your son or daughter to the best overnight camp near Delaware, contact Camp Friendship today at 434-589-8950 for more information or to schedule a tour!

Zombie Virus Outbreak At Camp Friendship

Anyone who’s been at camp over the past few days will have spotted cryptic posters scattered around villages by our junior boys counselors. The messages were headlined ‘Camp Friendship is set to be swarmed by a lethal strain of the FFX-1966 VIRUS’ and urged any campers and staff to speak to junior boys counselors if feeling unwell, to which they were greeted with stories about the zombie virus outbreak. Zombie Apocalypse CF

 

As campers prepared for the zombie apocalypse dance which took place on Thursday evening, Cody became the first counselor to be captured at lunch break by Alex, our high ropes expert and new found zombie disinfectant agent. Campers rose from their chairs with excitement as the junior boys counselors ran across the dining hall in full costume screaming ‘he’s got me.’

After a day of activities campers entered the hall for dinner feeling excited. Some campers were already dressed up for the evenings activities and some went back to cabins to prepare their makeovers.2AA

The Zombie Apocalypse Dance went down a storm. Against the sound of beating rain there was a wonderful atmosphere of chaos and fun. Campers did the limbo, had a chance to have a dance with the whole of camp and admired each others costumes whilst telling each other their characters stories.IMG_6992 2ABOur junior boys counselors delivered a skit performance delivered by Ben who acted as a news reporter. Ben began the skit by reporting on the zombie outbreak around camp, closely followed by an outbreak of disinfectant agents that came into the audience from various store cupboards to seize the crowd. This performance made a tremendous impact on not just the evening but was the finale of this weeks themed activity.

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In other news, during activities on Friday, some of our campers enjoyed the fencing program by taking part in a game of roundheads and cavaliers. This is a game where campers split into two teams and can battle anyone on the opposing side. In this case one camper put up a good fight when he took on the challenge of defeating three remaining opponents.

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Today we look forward to performances at our weekly closing camp fire before opening for week three at camp.

Also don’t forget to check out our weekly video which will be released today.

What’s new in week two of Camp?

Week two is well under way and since arriving at Camp, campers have been smiling from cheek to cheek. On Sunday we enjoyed some special Camp Fire performances, including a junior girls rendition of Katy Perry’s firework. A dodge ball slow motion ballet performance from the junior boys counselors was a unique sketch that received a special camp ‘O’vation. For those of you that don’t already know, this happens when a performance is outstanding and members of the audience raise their arms up into an O shape.

Senior village decided they were staying seated when they got down to the stage, where they acted out hand movements onto a table in fast unison. This was a particularly notable act, leaving the crowd ready to go forward into the weeks activity and also considering their own camp fire performance for our next camp fire which will take place on Friday.

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Go Senior Village!

As they have began to explore our activities and enjoyed settling into camp life since Sunday, campers have been spending time by the lake, enjoying the sun and getting the chance to enjoy water activities around camp. Many campers have had their first attempt at rope swing and others have teamed up to paddle their way under the bridge at canoeing. Our fishing activity has been more popular than ever and there have even been a few catches down there! Good work.

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Catch of the day.

Stepping away from lake activity, Our ESL teacher Becky has been leading the way in interactive language teaching and our international campers are enjoying the opportunity to experience a lesson that defies straight forward text book teaching. Becky makes memorable language classes by encouraging campers to connect with each other by asking each other questions then deciding whether each question belongs in the present, future and past tense section.

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Campers decide where they stand on each phrase.

So what’s next? Moving into the later half of this week campers will enjoy dining outside at our cook out events tonight before preparing to get scary at the Zombie Apocalypse dance tomorrow evening. Don’t forget to check out our photography gallery at camp in touch, and watch out for our new video release this Friday which will be available to view on the camp friendship youtube and vimeo.

Tips for Homesickness at Overnight Camp near Maryland

Being away from home for the first time can be a scary experience for children. At overnight camp, it is often a child’s first time away from home and their family, which makes feeling homesick extremely common. Feeling homesick at overnight camp near Maryland, is extremely common and inevitable. After over forty years in the overnight camp industry, we like to think we are the experts at dealing with homesickness here at Camp Friendship. So we have come up with a few tips to prevent your child from being homesick at overnight camp this summer!

  1. Positive Thinking- Parents, we know that you are just as nervous about overnight camp as your children are. But don’t let them see that! Speak positive about overnight camp and all the fun that they are going to have! Talk about all of the overnight camp activities they are going to learn and that they can show you once they come back in a few weeks. Whatever they do, don’t let your son or daughter see that you are stressed or upset about them leaving for overnight camp. Children will often pick up on these feeling and make leaving home even more difficult.
  2. Be Prepared- One of the best ways to get ready for overnight camp is to practice. Now how do you “practice” for overnight camp? Have your child spend a weekend away from home and from you. Ask a family member or a friend if they would make their own little overnight camp for the weekend and send your son or daughter there. Start off the experience by packing for overnight camp (for the weekend) together. Then once they are there, have them practice following a similar overnight camp schedule for the weekend.
  3. Tours- The best way to prepare your son or daughter for overnight camp is by touring the campgrounds. This will give your child a chance to get more comfortable and familiar with the layout. Allow them to explore the different overnight camp facilities and where they will be living.
  4. Staff- The number one source for any questions is the overnight camp staff. Many of the staff members have dealt with children who have felt homesick or had trouble adjusting to overnight camp in the past. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to speak with them.

Hopefully these tips can help your child feel better about going away to overnight camp this summer. Just remember, after the initial first couple of days children usually adjust to being at overnight camp and have tons of fun!

If you’re interested in sending your son or daughter to the best overnight camp near Maryland, contact Camp Friendship today at (434)-589-8950 for more information or to schedule a tour!

3,2,1, Jump !

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Imagination continues to run wild at Camp Friendship as we dive into summer.

We could not be happier to see the smiling faces of children from across the world come to life as they begin to select and take part in the activities that they are going to enjoy over summer.

Have you been wondering what’s been happening around camp over the past few days?
Campers have been diving from boards, swinging from ropes, getting out arts and craft supplies and tying the first friendship bracelets of Summer 2015. In this update of our Friendship blog I am going to share some of this weeks activities with you.

Our campers took part in either our chip cup activity which combines a crazy combination of catching plastic chips in a cup before swapping them for water or got muddy at our slip and slide activity. (There was not one person left uncovered by the end!) These activities took place during our afternoon sessions and were a great way for campers to bond by letting their hair down and their inhibitions go.

Campers then danced their way into Wednesday evening at our camp cook outs. Our team of dedicated counselors prepared different locations around their villages and welcomed Campers to enjoy our outdoor dining experience. Camp cook outs give villages the opportunity to bond with each other and their counselors. Junior girls and boys enjoyed their camp cook out in their pavilion areas whilst senior village set table at the lake side!

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On Thursday I caught up with some our campers and asked them what their favorite thing about camp is; and here’s what they said,

Activities. Friends. Food. Ponies. Riflery. Camp Fire. Canoeing.

Everyone loves camp!

Don’t forget to check out our exclusive camp video upload including a taste of our Royal ball evening activity, our video update will be available to you on youtube and vimeo.

It’s one not to miss!

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Campers prepare for our Summer Ball by making accessories in our arts and crafts facility.

Camp Friendship is once again filled with the sound of summer.

Each year at Camp Friendship we welcome returning campers and new campers into our community with open arms. That means every member of camp, from our founder Chuck Ackenbom, to all those working behind the scenes, unite with campers at our opening camp fire. As Campers walk down a torch lit path towards the stage, we mark the start of each individual Camp Friendship journey. This year we had some acoustic guitar and village skit acts to set the mark for our summer performances.

Here are some of our Junior boys campers introducing themselves at our camp fire !

Here are some of our Junior boys campers introducing themselves at our camp fire !

So you might be wondering what it feels like to be at camp right now?  The best way to explain the vibe at camp is to give you an insight into what we can currently see happening around our villages. You can keep up to date with camp activity by viewing the photos on our Camp InTouch site. Also watch out for our camp video which will be available to view on Friday via our Vimeo and Youtube accounts. As children laugh and smile whilst making friends and sharing stories, there is a united feeling amongst campers and staff that ‘nowhere is better than camp.’  That’s just one of the reasons we have kicked off our 49th Summer here at Camp Friendship ! We celebrate the best camp experience together as a community whilst focusing individually on campers needs. We know that choosing Camp Friendship secures not just life long memories but also builds core development skills, and that’s why many of our campers return and even become staff members here at camp.

Some of our Junior Girls Campers have been enjoying Arts and Crafts activities.

Some of our Junior Girls Campers have been enjoying Arts and Crafts activities.

In other news, last night some of our campers took part in the ugliest counselor evening activity where campers turned their counselors into their character of choice. The ugliest counselor activity enables campers to work in teams and use their imaginations to create an ‘ugliest counselor’ entry. Starting this activity near the lake, campers then moved into the flag room to watch a cat walk performance and take a vote on their favorite makeover.

Summer 2015 has officially begun !