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…’

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

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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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To those of you who may be available or in the Palmyra, VA area next month – Join us for our FALL FAMILY FUN DAY on October 18th from 11 am – 2 pm!