Session 6, Week 2
Long-Lasting Fun for the Last Week of Camp
Bunnies and Ducks
We have had so much fun this summer in the Bunnies and Ducks! During the past two weeks, we have made so many new friends and learned a lot of new things. The Bunnies and Ducks enjoyed watching the talent show on Friday. They especially loved to watch and cheer on friends and siblings in other camp groups perform. In the course of the second week, the rain forced the Ducks and Bunnies to stay inside on Monday, but we got the chance to have a dance off with our friends! All of the Ducks and the Bunnies loved the opportunity to show off their moves. Their favorite song to dance to is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams!
Another exciting activity was putting together puzzles. We did a Construction and a Bug and Insect puzzle. The campers loved working together and getting to see the finished product! On Friday, we went to the amazing Summer Stage production. Everyone loved it! We have had a great summer together and hope to see everyone back next year!
This week we went nuts over the last ice cream and water slide days of the summer! In Sports we played spiders and flies and the trash can game. In Science we learned how to use microscopes to look at small things. On Friday, we went to the Summer Stage play. We hope everyone has a great rest of the summer!
Wow, 8 weeks of summer camp at Burgundy flew by! The Foxes always came ready to have fun and learn which allowed us to have an awesome summer! We are so sad that this is the last week but we had so much fun and made lots of memories. During our Science class on Monday and Wednesday, we learned how paper is made and how to make origami figures such as a fox, dog, and horse. Like every week the Foxes looked forward to ice cream day, water slide day, and the pool! This Friday the dress-up theme was favorite sports team/jersey and we loved seeing the Foxes show their pride for their favorite team! Also on Friday we had the opportunity to watch Summer Stage's amazing play that they put on. Lastly we like to thank you for such a great summer! We will miss all of our Foxes and will hope to see you next summer!
— Fox Counselors
This week in the Dinos we played musical chairs and duck-duck-dance-off, which the kids loved. In Art we made friendship bracelets and huge paper airplanes. The campers loved swimming in the pool, ice cream day and playing on the waterslides on Thursday. On Friday we went to see Summer Stage perform. We hope everyone has a great year!
The Raccoons had a great end of the summer! We all loving playing “What Time is it Mr. Fox?” in Sports and Games, making origami and learning legends in Science, and making friendship bracelets in Arts and Crafts. We also enjoyed doing yoga, celebrating a birthday, getting ice cream, and playing with bubbles with our friends. Thanks for a great summer!
Abby, Maggie, Matt, Jocelyn and Noah
Eagles and Hawks
The Eagles and the Hawks combined to form the Birds for a wonderful supergroup special event: musical chairs! Rain couldn't keep our spirits down this week. Balloons and shaving cream shenanigans proved to be too much fun. We bid farewell and wished safe travels to one of our counselors and played an exciting game of soccer in the gym.
This week we got to make and program our own Lego Robots! When programming them, we talked about what Graphic User Interface (GUI) is, and about different different programming commands like loops, switches, if/then statements, and how we can control our robots with sensors. We then made challenges and activities for our robots to complete, like playing Tug-O-War, roaming around the room without hitting walls, and wrestling with other robots.
Session 6 were our Earth Science and Physics weeks!
Week 1 was Earth Science week. On Monday we learned about types of rocks, how geodes are formed, and we attempted to make rock candy. We will see how well crystals formed on the last day of camp. Tuesday, we explored different types of pollution and talked about ways to clean up oil spills. Wednesday, we discussed different types of weather and saw a little of how things like rain drops, tornadoes, and hurricanes work. Thursday, we talked about our solar system and made our own planets to get an idea of how large the solar system is. Friday, we made our own volcanoes and learned how they are formed.
Week 2 was Physics week. On Monday we jumped right into physics by learning about density. Campers were able to use what they learned to stack liquids and make a rainbow. Tuesday, campers were challenged to drop an egg 20 feet without it breaking in a lesson on forces. All groups were very creative and most of the eggs survived. Wednesday, we learned about the 6 types of simple machines then did a scavenger hunt of Burgundy's Middle School building to find them in action. Thursday, we learned about traditional simple circuits, using a battery and light bulb. Then tried to light the bulb using something less common, lemon juice. Friday, we discussed how physics plays a role in many different sports. Then we were able to put it into action. Campers looked at how the rock candy formed. Unfortunately, there was not a lot, but campers have some to take home as well as a recipe to try it at home in their lab books. Lab books went home and also include a solar eclipse viewer for the eclipse on August 21.
Younger campers kept busy during the last week of camp by painting flower pots with acrylic paints. Kids also used tape to section off areas for added design flair. They studied two Great Masters, Joan Miro and Wassily Kandinsky. They created their own Miro drawings and designed Kandinsky concentric circles. Older campers learned abstract, surreal and zentangle art styles. After drawing their pieces they added watercolor for added pop and color exploration. They also painted canvases using acrylics and alcohol inks. Both groups ended their last wild week of camp by making colorful slime!
This week in Lego camp we built massive Lego cities which required a list of buildings that the kids suggested. The second day we played Lego Bingo. On Wednesday this week we had the campers make targets out of Lego bricks, to prepare for an egg drop. Thursday we designed yellow mason jars to resemble their own Lego head. On Friday we ended the week with free-building where the kids were able to make whatever their creative minds could produce.
This week marked the end of the World Cup Burgundy Farm 2017. With many ups and downs over the course of 8 weeks, this week has been competitive throughout. With teams pushing each other to improve and win games. The usual powers of the soccer world cup were present, Germany, France, and Portugal, with new comer Chad joining looking for an upset. Joke corner was a big hit for extra World Cup points. Each team laughed and enjoyed the week. A lot of sad faces were seen as they will have to wait till next summer for a chance to win the World Cup!
These past two weeks have gone by so fast because the campers have been so busy. During this session, campers learned the basics to create a beautiful photograph. They learned about contrast, perspective, and composition. Campers also learned how to edit and enhance their photos with Photoshop. In Photoshop they created collages that captured life here at Burgundy.
During our second week the campers learned how to produce a stop motion animation. With a series of photos and their wonderful imaginations, they created interesting videos. The campers also created imovies that highlighted the various activities here at camp. In our final days, campers created light art with the cameras. They used long exposure and shutter speed to create light art in the air. The campers have been very busy these past two weeks and we have had a blast! We will miss them and hope to see them next year!
This session in Burgundy Outdoors was an interesting week a lot of our campers had done the camp before so they wanted to do activities that we didn’t have time for. During the first week we made solar ovens and cooked s’mores in them, we made nature journals with leaf rubbings/ identified leaf types, we went to hemlock and had the campers work as a team to achieve victory over frustrating activities, and we played team-building games of the field. In the second and final week of camp we had to start getting ready for our overnight adventure, so we did an activity that taught the campers how to survive by themselves. We had the campers hike blindfolded with a partner guiding them. Then we had our campout up by the Raccoons building, when we cooked s’mores over a campfire, grilled hot dogs and burgers, and built forts out of sticks/logs.
The last session of the summer may have been the greatest for the Nature Navigators! We spent lots of time outdoors in the garden and by the barn hanging out with the chickens, goats and pig. We also got to go look for wild Pokemon and built magnificent forts! We can’t believe the summer is over. We had a blast! Have a great year!
At their performance Friday, the girls at Summer Stage showed Burgundy what real heroes look like. Our musical this session focused on the modern day heroes and the men and women who inspire us every day. The girls have were involved in every part of this process from choreography to costumes and more. Summer Stage is full of shining stars!
It was a bittersweet week - we all had fun, but were sad to say our goodbyes. Have a great school year, and we hope to see you next summer!
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