Session 5, Week 1
Shout-Outs from the Superheroes!
The Bunnies had a great week! We enjoyed the water slide, ice cream and visiting the animals at the barn. On Friday we had a mini water day with the Ducks! We played with a sprinkler and water toys. We’re looking forward to seeing the Bunnies again next week!
This week the Ducks had another amazing week at Burgundy!! On Tuesday we played with the scooters in Sports & Games and made boats! All of the kids enjoyed having turns pushing and riding on the boat. It had become a tradition that we do yoga and some stretches every morning to get ready for our day. We cannot wait for another great week at camp next week!!
The Chipmunks had a wild week; just ask the Dinos! We had a great dance party with them where we showed off our awesome dance moves. Along with dancing we had an indoor scavenger hunt during Science searching for purple flowers and wild strawberries. We can’t wait to start again next week.
This week, the Foxes had a great time finding turtles and frogs in the pond, drawing their own superheroes, and continuing to expand their love of the wooded playground! Our increased number of campers means we have had the best rounds of musical chairs and freeze dance yet and our block towers are becoming more elaborate each day!
The Raccoons have had a SUPER first week of our two week session! Our campers enjoyed a variety of activities, including: enjoying all the different playgrounds on campus, getting a good workout in Sports & Games with some fun games (Spiders and Flies, Torpedo, and Octopus Tag), exploring their creative sides in Arts & Crafts by drawing themselves as superheroes, singing and listening to lovely tunes in Music (and watching Rhapsody in Blue from Fantasia!), and investigating the outdoors in a nature scavenger hunt in Science. Everyone, of course, enjoyed ice cream day and water slide day as well as our beautiful pool. We were blown away by the awesome and creative superhero costumes everyone wore on Friday. We cannot wait for another great week with our Raccoons!
This week Dinos enjoyed Freeze Dance with our neighborly Chipmunks on Tuesday. We also enjoyed a huge music session with the Chipmunks on Thursday! Although it has been a hot week we got into our superhero spirit as we dressed up Friday!
The Hawks embraced this week's theme by making superhero airplanes and flying them in a paper airplane competition! They worked hard all week perfecting their paper airplane skills and drawing their very own superhero logo. It was a ton of fun!
This week the Eagles escaped the heat by learning some origami inside with our counselors. Later on Friday we helped to cool down our counselors by tossing them into the pool! We can’t wait to continue this awesome session next week!
Photography has been working really hard to become great photographers. The campers are learning the basics of taking a good photograph. They learned perspective, contrast, and composition. Campers then explored the campus and practiced their skills. They created museum-worthy work! We are so excited for next week!
This week in Lego camp we built towers, boats, and cars. Then we had our race car challenge. On Thursday the campers designed their own Lego head and on Friday we had a Lego relay race.
This week was Chemistry week!
Monday: We explored endothermic and exothermic reactions by making ice cream using milk, sugar, vanilla, ice, and ice cream salt.
Tuesday: We found the pH of several common household substances and learned more about acids and bases found in the home.
Wednesday: We investigated surface tension through bubbles. All campers made bubbles wands that created giant bubbles. Upper Division students were encased in a bubble!
Thursday: We discussed solubility and saw different properties using Kool-Aid and sugar.
Friday: We learned more about non-Newtonian fluids and make slime that campers took home.
Campers lab books will come home at the end of session 5 with recipes for homemade ice cream, bubbles, and slime.
A notable event in soccer this week was Fact Day, where the kids brought in 3 facts about their World Cup country. The most interesting fact was how Mount Everest is named after a Welsh person!
Engineering for Kids
This week we've been doing game design. The Middle Division has made a game similar to a Tower Defense game, but they pilot a Hero who runs around the field and stops the enemy from reaching their home base. The Upper Division has made a more classic Tower Defense game, where they use resources to strategically place towers around their map to slow down the enemies rushing towards their home base. Both divisions learned about different components of gaming, such as designing sprites and making conditions for their game by writing code.
This week we played team-building and outdoor-related games. We also went on a nature hike, collected leaves, and made rubbings with them, and turned them into nature journals. On Thursday we went to Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook, and on Friday we enjoyed the water olympics.
This week at camp we beat the heat in shady spots at the Dome playground, in the forest building forts and with the animals at the barn! We met a new box turtle friend who we named Snappy and even drew maps of all the corners of campus we have explored!
This week at MathTree, we are adding many new skills! In the morning camps (Bean Counting 101 & 102) campers are learning their sums to 10, differentiating between odd & even numbers, understanding place value, all while using REAL beans, blocks, & cubes. In the afternoon camps (Multiplication Matters & Roots) campers have learned quick tricks for their multiplication facts. They are also learning how to divide as well as climbing the “MathTree” as the work at their individual skill level. We can’t wait for next week at MathTree!
This week in Summer Stage campers learned improvisation games, created group scenes, and learned the importance of character development. We are working hard on our musical production, where campers are challenged to act, sing, and dance.
This week our younger campers learned how to draw sea turtles and then turned them into a larger watercolor seascape. We also created hand self-portraits -- instead of faces. This taught them some basic art principles as well as helping their self-esteem. With the older campers we made hand-built clay plaques and cups, then painted pottery. Along with this we drew with fluorescent oil pastels and finished off with some watercolor.
Fittingly for a group of superheroes, we had a super week to start this super-sized two week session of camp! See you next week!
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