Session 5, Week 2
Treasured Moments from our Pirate Campers
Our session with the Bunnies has been a blast! During the first week, we spent a lot of time visiting the animals at the Barn. We loved seeing the miniature pony, Angel. We also enjoyed feeding the goats. By the end of the week, all the Bunnies were comfortable kicking with a kick board at the pool and putting their heads under water! The best parts of our week were the waterslides and ice cream truck!
During the second week, the Bunnies went on nature walks and enjoyed the beautiful weather! We loved seeing the animals at the reptile show and the 100-pound tortoise was our favorite. We even got to touch it!
We enjoyed our time with the Bunnies, and hope to see them again soon!
These past two weeks have been filled with so many fun activities! During the first week, the Ducks faced the heat and got a chance to feed carrots to the goats and the miniature pony, Angel! All of the campers loved learning about the different types of animals and their lifestyles here at Burgundy Farm. Throughout the second week, the Ducks quickly became accustomed to the busy schedule and routines of the day. By the end of the first week, every single camper was comfortably getting into the pool and putting their heads under the water. One of the highlights of the session was being able to attend the reptile show. All of the children were thrilled to touch and learn about the various reptiles.
The favorite book of the week was Froggy Learns To Swim by Jonathan London. We would read it every morning and the Ducks would always repeat back, “Bubble bubble, toot toot!”. One of the favorite daily activities was dancing to the song “Animal Action” from Kids in Motion. To close out the week, we had a limbo competition and had a dance party! We are upset that the summer's almost over, but we are excited for the fun that is to come in the next couple of weeks!!
Another great (and busy) week has come and gone here with the Foxes! The reptile show was a great success Tuesday, we loved seeing all the snakes, frogs, and the 100-pound tortoise! The campers had a great time cheering on their counselors Tim and Matt at the staff basketball game on Thursday and they really enjoyed watching Summer Stage's performance Friday morning! In-between all the new excitement, we continued to frequent the various shady playgrounds around Burgundy, learned how to make and float paper boats in science, and have discovered that the favorite book in the Fox classroom is Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs (Just in time for Pirate week here at Burgundy!)
Ahoy, mateys! This fine week, the scourge of the seas, the mighty Chipmunks rode the waves all the way to that treacherous maelstrom called Bouncy House. Earlier in the week, we encountered some legendary beasts from the bottom of the sea at the Reptile Show. We sailed through the abyss and afterwards travelled to see the Clash of the Titans: the staff basketball game, where our raucous chants spurred the Burgundy Big Ballers to victory! Yes, it was a crazy week, but such is the life of a pirate sailing under the Chipmunk flag!
Week two of our session was a great one for the Dinos! While attending all of our fun-filled Resources and enjoying delicious ice cream and bouncy castles, the Dinos also attended the counselor basketball game to watch Coach Jasmine and her skilled Red Team with counselor Liam sadly lose to the Yellow Team with other counselor Victoria. The campers made signs, cheered loud, and rooted for their counselors even after defeat. Along with that, the Dinos also saw many reptiles at the reptile show and even visited a good friend of theirs, Ruby the goat. They loved all of the animals that they encountered and had a blast getting to learn more about them.
Thanks for a great week!
Jasmine, Victoria, Liam, and Gabe
Our two-week session with the Raccoons has been a blast!
We have enjoyed exploring all the parts of Burgundy and doing different activities with the campers in our Resources and special events each week. Last week we explored and played like superheroes, while this week, we thundered around campus like pirates! In Sports & Games we tried to throw balls to knock over the other team’s pins, like cannon balls! Arts & Crafts gave us the opportunity to create and draw our own pirate scenes on the high seas. We got to feed the barn animals and exercise on the Dome playground with all of its ship-like ropes during Science. Then, the Raccoons played “Clams” in Music and pretended to be various animals to a bunch of different tunes. Everyone loved guessing the animal from a clue and then moving around the room like that one. They sang about Princess Pat and Captain Jack who sailed across the seven seas too!
On Thursday, after enjoying water slides, the campers enjoyed making signs and cheering for Matt and Matt in the counselor basketball game. We loved all the pirate costumes on Friday and were happy to hand out treasure from our treasure chest to our awesome Raccoon-pirates!
We hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Abby, Noah, Matt, Matt, and Steph
The Hawks had a great two weeks! To kick off Summer Superhero Week, we honed our paper airplane skills and designed our own super paper airplanes! We took a little time everyday decorating and folding the best super paper airplane we can. It all came together on Friday with our best of three "Super Hawk Paper Airplane Contest." We had super planes in all shapes and sizes, some even flying all across the Hawk room. In the end, the final series ended in a tie because the finalists' airplanes landed in the same spot during the last round! It was a nail biter of a tournament!
During Treasure Hunter week, we had a jam-packed week with the reptile show visiting us on Tuesday and the annual Counselor Basketball game on Thursday. Niña and Taylor helped us make a huge yellow sign for Jaelen so we could all cheer him on during the game! We also supported our friends in Summer Stage by seeing their Dress Rehearsal right after the pool. We had a great time going to all these different activities. Since the weather was so nice out, we made sure to spend as much time as possible in all the different playgrounds at Burgundy, voting on which one we want to go to every time so we all had a say in where we wanted to play.
Niña, Taylor and Jaelen
This week we participated in many fun activities. On Monday we went to the playgrounds and absorbed the sun, played kickball in the gym, and made construction paper sunflowers in Art. On Tuesday we went to Science, where we visited the barnyard animals and fed carrots to the chickens, then we went to the reptile show and got to touch snakes, lizards, and turtles. On Wednesday we played rhythm chief and Polly Pocket, then we read a story about helpful humans. Later that day we went to Sports where we played bowling pin dodgeball. On Thursday we went to Art, then to the moonbounces and the staff basketball game, where we cheered for our counselor friends. Friday was Dress Like a Pirate Day, so we wore our best pirate/parrot costumes and told funny pirate jokes all day. We had Science and Music in the morning and then we joined parents and friends for the premier of the 2017 Summer Stage camp production! Like every week at Burgundy, we got to enjoy daily pool and playground time. This has been a great session and we are excited for the next two weeks!
Our campers have spent the last two weeks hard at work memorizing songs and choreography for our performance "Ocean Sensation." Campers were involved in writing the script, creating original choreography, painting the background, and making creative under the sea costumes. We also helped each other by watching everyone's scenes while providing thoughtful compliments and criticisms. Summer stage challenges young actors and actresses to create diverse characters and sometimes wacky scenarios, giving each child a chance to explore their creativity.
This session in Lego camp was an adventurous one. Overall the kids had a great time, and showed an ability to focus and work together. The first day we gave the kids the challenge to build the tallest tower they possibly could; as they learned how to build clever supports and structures in order to keep their tower up in the clouds. The second day the kids had the challenge to build a boat strong enough to carry weights. Meanwhile, the campers were astonished that their own designed plastic boats actually floated in the water, as we applied weights all the way from 3 ounces to our Campbell's tomato soup can weighing in at 11.6 ounces.
The third day at Lego camp they had the challenge to create a car made to race down the ramp in order to go the farthest distance. The kids showed great interest and focus when creating their cars; to make them as Aerodynamic as possible. The fourth day of camp we decided to surprise the campers with small yellow mason jars that resembled their own Lego head for them to design. The fifth day at camp we threw a challenge that would be the most challenging of all to the campers, which was a Lego relay race where the kids had to use all of their previous skills they picked up from other challenges to compete with their other camp-mates.
Starting off the second week, we built massive Lego cities that encouraged campers to work together to complete the challenge. The second day we played Lego bingo. On Wednesday we built Lego targets for kids to drop an egg drop from the deck outside of the classroom. On Thursday we had another Lego relay race which the kids seemed to love, as they competed with their other camp-mates. On Friday campers got to free-build and create whatever they wanted and presented it to the class. We concluded at the point where we were confident the kids had earned their own Lego Master diplomas, which they received at the end of camp!
This was bio week in Science. On Monday, we dissected owl pellets and learned about the skeletal system. Each camper took home their favorite bone. Tuesday, we learned about the respiratory system and made our own lungs using paper bags and straws. On Wednesday, Upper Division campers watched Bianca dissect a cow heart and then dissected their own sheep hearts. Middle Division campers were able to observe and touch the hearts from morning session. Thursday was DNA day; we learned about DNA and extracted the DNA from strawberries. On Friday, campers learned about the digestive system and as a group simulated the process that food goes through in this system.
This session in Burgundy Outdoors, we had a lot of fun with the weather permitting. During the first week we had to spend some time inside because of the heat and air quality warnings. Nevertheless we went on a nature hike to collect leaves in order to create a nature journal, we did water olympics, we created solar ovens to bake cookies, and we went to Hemlock to do some teambuilding activities. During the last week of session 5, we had to get all ready for our camp out. We created forts using sticks up by the Racoons building, we went and saw the reptile show, which the campers enjoyed, we had a tent competition where we saw which tent group could put up their tent the fastest. The whole session was a success! The campers had fun and we got to do a lot of activities.
These past two weeks have been amazing! The campers learned the components that make a great photograph. They learned about composition, perspective, contrast, lighting, and capturing the moment. With these tools, campers were able to create beautiful photographs. In photography the campers created collages, iMovies, and stop-motion animation. They also learned about the history of photography and the different photographers of National Geographic. It has been an amazing two weeks!
The biggest World Cup in Burgundy history! More than 30 kids played for the title, with France winning in great fashion, just like the 1998 World Cup team, playing with flair and passion. All teams worked and played hard earning thousands of points with color and fact day. Week 2 brought together new teams but with the same determination as week 1. New players worked together showing teamwork in games and scrimmages. Friday brought us flag day which was a huge success with Iceland and Mexico bringing in the smallest and biggest flags of the summer. With the biggest World Cup of the summer in the books, as a whole it was a great success.
The Nature Navigators had a blast this session! We explored every corner of Burgundy and even made some animal friends along the way. Snappy the Turtle became our honorary class pet, and we spent extra time with the goats and the chickens. We also made our own class pets in the form of pet rocks! Our favorite part of the session was working as a team to construct a giant map of Burgundy!
This week we started working on brand new games. The morning camp got to make their own Brick Breaker games, and the afternoon camp made a point-and-launch-style game, similar to Angry Birds. Both camps took home USBs on Friday with everything they worked on over the course of the week.
This week our younger campers were very busy. We discussed Mexican Folk art, and they made Mexican mirrors. The other projects we made were Aboriginal dot paintings, and art trading cards. The older campers made several canvases over the two weeks, as well as Mexican sugar skulls, artist trading cards like the younger campers, and crazy slime.
Our superheroes and pirates had so many adventures in their two weeks here! Hope to see you next session!
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