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What a Summer!

session8a92The past eight weeks have positively flown by, but there is no denying it- this is the last week of summer 2016. Although we are nearly done, there is still fun to be had this week at Camp Friendship.

Last Friday, everyone participated in our second Color Wars of the summer. The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows theme meant that the teams were the Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone and Invisibility Cloak. The Elder Wand, captained by SV1’s Claude Kirton and JG’s Antonia Lanaras, wore green all day. Meanwhile, the Resurrection Stone team was led by JB’s David Ross and JG’s Amy Pedlow and favored white. The day included a surprise for me, as I was one of the captains of the Invisibility Cloak team along with JB’s Daniel Hajdar. Our team sported purple throughout the day.

session8a97The day was full of fun competition, even with on-and-off rain throughout the morning and early afternoon. In the morning, campers played dodgeball and volleyball, competed in lake events and worked on the songs, dances and floats for their teams. They earned more points for their teams during silent lunch, with groups of campers and counselors performing silent dances and skits to entertain the supervisors. In the afternoon, it was time for the House Cup relay race. The race ended at the edge of lower fields when the team captains built a fire to snap a rope suspended off the ground. Following the relay race, the teams met at their headquarters so that everyone could learn the songs and dances. After a break for dinner, it was time to head to the drama theater to show off the songs, dances and floats.

session8a98After performances in the theater, everyone headed to Campfire. After acts from various activities and campers, it was time for the big reveal. The captains were called down onstage and the supervisors revealed a Sorting Hat. The Sorting Hat announced that, after a day of fierce competition, the Invisibility Cloak team had won!

There is a lot more to look forward to this week. In addition to the production Beauty and the Beast being staged on Thursday, we have an Olympics-themed dance and the final closing Campfire of the summer coming up.

A Little Competition This Week at Summer Camp


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Competition is in the air here at Camp Friendship this week! Last night, Friendship FC squared up against Triple C in a good-natured soccer friendly at lower fields. Tomorrow, we will have our second Color Wars of the summer.

The soccer game was an enjoyable night for everyone! The counselors who played for the team ran out to the song “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” earning cheers from campers and other staff members. session8a95While the game raged on, campers enjoyed burgers and dogs and rooted for their counselors to defeat Triple C. Although in the end Friendship FC was unsuccessful, it was a competitive matchup. Sports supervisor and team captain Antony Shinks scored a goal for Friendship FC, heading it into the net off of a corner kick. At halftime, a music mashup was played and campers danced around, keeping the energy up for the team.

session8a98We may be done with the soccer game, but we certainly aren’t done with exciting events this week! Many of the counselors and campers have been very excited about last weekend’s release of the script of J.K. Rowling’s play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This excitement exploded earlier today, when the theme for tomorrow’s Color Wars was revealed. As everyone filed into the dining hall for breakfast this morning, they were surprised with Harry Potter themed decorations. Meanwhile, supervisors were dressed as witches and wizards, complete with their own wands.

Tonight’s 90s-themed dance is sure to hold more surprises about tomorrow. Stay tuned for more information about Color Wars and closing campfire in the next blog!

Fun Adventures at Summer Camp

session8a92As impossible as it is to believe, we are already into Week 8 at Camp Friendship. Although the summer is slowly but surely drawing to a close, we are still having as much fun as ever! With plenty of activities to choose from and fun events throughout the week, the campers are always having fun.

One popular activity area is the ropes course. The high ropes activity, reserved for senior campers, consists of several different elements like the Pamper Pole. To conquer the Pamper Pole, the campers must climb up the long pole to the platform at the top. Once up there, they can jump and try to grab hold of a bar several feet out. In addition to the Pamper Pole, campers can try other elements like the Stairway to Heaven or Jacob’s Ladder. Throughout the week, ropes-trained instructors like Junior Girls supervisor Lauren Lyons teach and encourage the campers to challenge themselves and conquer the elements. It is no surprise that high ropes is quite a popular activity among senior campers!

session8a97Performing arts supervisor Cody Payne and Junior Girls counselor Kerry Lester are already hard at work preparing for next week’s drama production, Beauty and the Beast. With all the roles filled, campers are beginning to learn lines and get into character. Cody and Kerry are also hard at work developing the set and special effects. The play is sure to bring down the house!

Tomorrow night the Camp Friendship soccer team will square up against the Triple C soccer team in a match down at Lower Fields. The squad, consisting entirely of staff members, has been practicing together all summer to prepare for the game. Campers and other staff members will enjoy a cookout on the field while they watch the game and cheer on their counselors, supervisors and support staff members. With friendly competition and good sportsmanship, it is sure to be a fun night for all!

The week’s fun will not be over after the game, however. On Thursday night we will enjoy a ‘90s themed dance in the gym, and Friday is sure to be full of fun events as well.

How to Pack for Summer Camp

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Can you believe that our first session at Camp Friendship is less than two weeks away?! Hopefully, you’ve begun or maybe even finished packing by now. But if not, don’t freak out! We completely understand that packing for summer camp can be a super stressful and frustrating experience, but don’t worry, we’ve all been there! And to help, we have come up with a few tips to help when it comes to packing for our coed summer camp in Virginia!

  1. Get a trunk. Look for a trunk that is guaranteed to last for a couple of future summers at camp. Many of our camper’s live out of the trunk all summer. There are also trunk organizers that you can purchase that make packing a lot easier. Try and personalize the trunk too with some stickers, paint, or vinyl to make it feel a little more “homey”.
  2. The worst part. Start packing. See if the camp has a summer camp packing list or parent packet that you can follow. Follow this list because it is everything that the camp believes your son or daughter will need to have the best summer camp experience.
  3. Labels are a MUST! Every single item no matter how small should be labeled. Many of our families recommend using a laundry marker or waterproof labels. By labeling everything, it helps reduce the risk of an unwanted trip to the lost and found on pick up day.
  4. What summer camp activities will your child be participating in? Find out if he or she needs to pack any kind of equipment or specific clothing.
  5. Medications. If your son or daughter will be required to medications at camp, speak with our Health Center. Our Health Center is one of our summer camp facilities that has certified and experienced health personnel who are there 24/7.
  6. Invest in a shower caddy or waterproof basket. This will ensure that your child will not forget anything when they go to the showers. We encourage good personal hygiene at camp and a shower caddy often helps with that.
  7. All liquids should be packed carefully in some kind of plastic or Ziploc bag. No one wants to have their socks soaked in shampoo.
  8. Feeling homesick at summer camp is completely natural. To help your son or daughter to fight these feelings, pack some reminders of home. A stuffed animal, blanket, or photographs are common items that children will associate with home.
  9. NO ELECTRONICS. Personal electronics that can connect to WiFi are restricted at camp. It takes away from the experience and children will likely be too busy having fun to look at their cell phone! We do however allow older iPods and MP3 players that don’t connect to WiFi to listen to music. But to protect your child’s possessions, we encourage you to keep valuable items at home.

If you’re looking for the best coed summer camp in Virginia, contact Camp Friendship at 434-589-8950 to schedule a tour or for more information today!

Refreshing Activities at Summer Camp

session7a93On the hot summer days we get here at camp, all anyone wants to do is jump into the pool or lake to cool off. For some lucky campers, this is an everyday reality: one activity, waterskiing, allows campers to spend all morning at nearby Lake Anna.

Waterskiing is a half-day clinic run by SV2 counselor Rebekah Pirie and Junior Boys counselor Hagen Abbott. The campers leave at breakfast and head to Lake Anna, where Rebekah and Hagen take them out on the boat. Before any campers are able to try it out, Rebekah and Hagen go out and demonstrate the fundamentals of waterskiing. After that, campers take turns out on the water for several hours.

Throughout the week, campers learn and practice until they are able to stay up in the water. When it isn’t their turn, campers can relax in the boat and enjoy the lake. On Friday, as a special treat, they go tubing instead of waterskiing.

Campers don’t have to leave camp to enjoy aquatic activities, however. Every day, each village has a free swim in either the pool or the lake. In addition, the pool runs water polo and pool swim throughout the day, while campers at the lake can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, lake swim and fishing.

The lake is divided into three sections of water: red water, yellow water and white water. While red water is typically used only for swim checks, the other two sections are full of fun activities. When yellow water is open, campers can fly off the rope swing and shoot down the slide as well as relax in tubes in the water. White water includes the floating dock, diving board, high dive and zip-line. With so many fun options in the lake, there is no going wrong!

session7a92One of our most popular evening activities, slip and slide, also includes water. The slip and slide is stretched out down the mountain boarding hill and covered in water. Campers take a running start and slide down the tarp, shooting off onto the grass at the other end. There is no denying that everyone gets muddy at slip and slide, but that’s all part of the fun!

There is a lot of fun left in the week here at camp. In the next few days we will have a Hawaiian luau dance as well as a horse show. Stay tuned to hear all about it!

Get Ready for Summer Camp near North Carolina

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sessions left for our summer 2016 camp season! We know its stressful to try and cram everything in at the last minute! Stress can pile up easily during this time. From last minute packing to anxiety about leaving home, we have some tips for you to prepare your child for our summer camp near North Carolina.

  1. Living on their own. – Speak with your son or daughter about living at summer camp and taking care of themselves while away at summer camp. Obviously our amazing summer camp staff will constantly supervise campers, but it probably won’t feel the same without a parent being there. Talk about good hygiene and the importance of taking care of themselves. In our summer camp cabins, campers will be living with each other in a smaller space. Go over what it means to be a good roommate and to respect other people.
  2. Summer camp will be over before you know it. – The only downside about camp, is feeling homesick at summer camp. We can’t guarantee that your child won’t feel homesick, but we can do our best to help them adjust to a typical day at camp and camp life. With one-week sessions, summer camp will be over before you know it and we want campers to have the most fun possible. We have found that most campers get over feelings of homesickness on the first or second day of camp and go on to have a great time at summer camp.
  3. Start packing early.- One of the top tips we receive from parents is to start packing about a month early. Hopefully, you have begun packing for summer camp by now, but if not, you can read our tips for packing for summer camp. In short, follow the summer camp packing list, label everything, and keep valuable items at home. Any electronic that can connect to WiFi is restricted at our summer camp.

Now, relax. Remember that your son or daughter will have an amazing summer at Camp Friendship this year. They will make tons of new memories and friends that will last a lifetime.

If you’re looking for the best summer camp near North Carolina, contact Camp Friendship at 434-589-8950 for more information or to schedule a tour today!

 

Wild West and Charlie Make an Appearance at Summer Camp

session6a-295Another week has come to an end, and we are still having a great time at Camp Friendship! After the excitement of Camplified earlier this week, the past few days have been nice and relaxing. On Wednesday, the seniors enjoyed a movie night for evening activity, while the juniors had a pool party. The activities offered the perfect way to unwind after a busy time at camp.

session6a-296It has certainly been busy! Campers in activities like drama workshop, dance and school of music have been preparing all week to perform at closing Campfire tonight. In drama workshop, campers learn some of the fundamentals of drama and acting, play improvisation games and rehearse a skit to perform for everyone else. In dance, campers learn a choreographed dance routine throughout the week. Set to popular current songs, the dances are always a hit at Campfire. Finally, in school of music, campers get to choose a song or selection of songs to sing at Campfire. With all of the preparation going into the acts, they are sure to be showstoppers tonight!

Meanwhile, some of the counselors have been hard at work practicing for the soccer game against our rival camp later in the summer. Sports supervisor Antony Shinks, acting as team captain, has been coordinating the practices and preparing for the game. The contest is only a few short weeks away.

session6a-294Last night we enjoyed the Wild West-themed dance. Riding Camp decorated the gym to perfection, including saloon doors at the entrance and hay bales scattered around. Although almost everyone dressed in cowboy or Western outfits, there were a few outliers- such as a wild Kanye West and a wild Adam West! The dance was a hit, as everyone enjoyed songs like the Cotton Eyed Joe.

Though it’s already Friday, we still have a lot of activity left in the week! After dinner, everyone will head down to the theater to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Following the play, we will see more performances at Campfire. After the performances are over, everyone will join in a couple rousing renditions of the Friendship song. At the end of Campfire, supervisors will sing everyone off to their villages with “This Little Light of Mine,” the perfect way to end another perfect week at camp!

Annabel

Games, Music, and Friends at Summer Camp

session6a93The past few days have flown by, so it’s hard to believe that we are already halfway done with Week 6 at Camp Friendship! Our campers have been very busy with all sorts of activities as well as yesterday’s big event, Camplified.

Throughout the summer, various musicians join Camplified and tour at camps across the country. Yesterday was Camp Friendship’s turn to welcome the talented musicians. The event proved to be a big hit with campers, who enjoyed the music, freebies and meet-and-greet. In the afternoon, campers were able to participate in Camplified activities. The juniors loved the record-painting station, where they were able to choose an old record and decorate it as they wished. Other activities included Frisbee, sound-mixing, dancing and a photo-booth. When campers got tired, they could relax in blow-up chairs with a free bottle of Hint water.

session6a96After dinner, the entire camp headed up to the gym for a concert. With music from Jagged Row, Pom Oak, Tyson and DJ Kiss, everyone enjoyed the night. In addition to original music, the bands played current hits like Shake it Off and Stitches. Campers and counselors demonstrated their own talent to the Camplified visitors by showing them the classic Everytime We Touch dance.

Following the concert, there was a short meet-and-greet opportunity. The musicians signed posters and papers and even posed for photos with the campers. It was a great way to end a fun day full of music and activities!

session6a99The week is not over quite yet, though. With the Wild Wild West themed dance and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory coming up, there is more to enjoy coming up at camp.

Anabelle – former camper, former cit, current counselor