Today AdVill was lucky enough to play in the creek with MAC Boys. Mac is our mainstreaming at camp program for campers with developmental disabilities. This was an excellent opportunity for our AdVill campers to learn about diversityh and for our MAC campers to learn about one of AdVills favorite activities. Some other lucky campers got to push their limits on the Giant Swing.
In the afternoon the village split into groups, one group got to take a ride on one of our ziplines; another group got to test their skills on our mountain boards. Our last group got to partake in an Adventure classic, a meeting of The Council. Afterwards everyone headed for the water! Campers usually get to choose between going for a dip in our lake or cooling down in the creek.
After a filling dinner, our campers got to challenge each other in a friendly game of Mortal Noodle. As the full moon rose over Wildcat Mountain everyone headed to bed to rest up before a full day of hiking tomorrow.
At last! Our pottery studio is up and running. I stopped in and found some of our Pokey girls getting a demo and testing out the new wheels. Check out the pictures!
Frost Valley YMCA’s Summer Camp Counselors-in-Training facilitated a game rotation for Camp Wawayanda’s Lakota village, 11 and 12-year-old female campers. Games included duck-duck-goose, kung fu, and 20 questions! Campers and CiTs had a blast with these simple pocket games!
Session three is here and the girls are having a blast at East Valley Ranch! The past two days have been full of games, activities and of course….HORSES! After all of the girls were dropped off on Sunday and all of the decorations for the yurts were set up we went for a tour of EVR. The girls got to see where everything was and get an idea of how things would work before dinner. After that it was time for showers before our very special evening activity planned for the night- OPENING CAMPFIRE! Sitting around the fire the girls all talked about what they were most excited for and what their goals for the next two weeks are. After that it was time to make s’mores over the fire and enjoy our yummy treat! Then talents were shared with the group and everything from singing and dancing to Donald Duck sounds bounced around the campfire. We even had a few staff members and campers pull out guitars to have some sing along songs! It was an eventful night leaving everyone to rush to bed excited for Monday morning.
When the girls woke up in the morning to head to flag raising there was no doubt that all of the girls were excited for their EVALUATION RIDES! During breakfast it was all anyone could talk about because they knew just after that we would all be headed to the barn for the day. The girls were split into three groups, done by yurt. So while one yurt was doing their evaluation ride, the other groups were going through grooming and tacking, leading and tying as well as barn rules and introductions to the horses! It was a busy, busy, fun filled morning down at the barn, and the evaluation rides went amazingly!
After each yurt had a chance to do everything down at the barn it was time for lunch, followed by rest hour. A game was played quickly and then it was time to head back to the barn to turn out all of the horses to the field and do chores! To cool off we decided to surprise the girls with a hay wagon ride down to the farm to go swimming! The waterfront at the farm is a natural water hole and the girls got to splash around and laugh after a long day at the barn, it was so much fun! We got back to East Valley Ranch just in time for dinner! Evening program was paper bag skits and the girls did an AWESOME job! All of the girls were split up into five different groups and each group got a bag filled with random props. They had to come up with a skit using every item in the bag and then preform it for everyone else. It was so funny! The girls enjoyed it so much that we ended up doing it a second time, but without any dialogue so we all had to guess what was going on!
This morning after Yurt 5 wrangled, brought the horses in to the barn, everyone met at flag raising to celebrate what they had enjoyed the day before and to hear a ‘Pearl of Wisdom’, our inspirational quote of the day. Breakfast went quickly as all of the girls were excited for the news that followed the meal….who their horses and instructors are! Today all of the girls are riding their horses for the first time, and everyone is excited to meet them! Half of the girls went down to the barn right after breakfast to groom and tack their horses before riding. The other half are out doing their ground lesson on Parts of the Horse, followed by arts and crafts!! After lunch and rest hour the groups will flip flop so the girls who haven’t yet been down to the barn will go there for their lessons and the other group will do their ground lesson and craft! All of the girls will then meet up for turnout and chores before it’s dinner time! The evening activity for tonight is a NIGHT HIKE! It’s going to be so much fun, with games and some beautiful spots on the way!
It’s been a fun-filled, action packed first few days and we’re so excited to see more!
WE <3 EVR!
The first day of camp is always filled with a bit of anxiety. Campers wonder how they will fit in with a new group of people their age and whether or not they will make friends. Our counselors take special care in planning activities that will help the campers get to know each other better. Staff members are trained to lead basic team building games and also work with the campers to set cabin expectations so that all members of the community are on the same page.
Now that we’ve moved on to the second day, cabin groups have newly formed bonds that slowly turn into long lasting friendships. Budding friendships can already be seen in so many cabin groups.
Advillians have begun to settle into their new surroundings today. After breakfast the madness of Monkey Monday started to kick off! Campers had split up into four groups. The first group went to our High Ropes course to challenge themselves on the Leap of Faith. Other Advillians took part in The Ministry of Standard Walks. Campers explored the different types of walks. Some campers decided to go Creekin’ an Advill staple. And our final Advill group went for a bushwhack around Frost Valley property.
After lunch Advillians rejoined and as a group went back to the village. Once at the village they learned all of the Advill Cheers. The late afternoon was spent at the water front for a quick orientation and to play in the lake. Then it was time for dinner.
For the evening’s programming Advillians played a round of French Revolution on the Castle lawn. After that campers returned to the village for Devo and bed.
Who knows what adventures they are in store for tomorrow!
It was a leisurely morning for Habitat Catskill as they only had a half an hour drive to Kenneth L. Wilson campground. Campers had breakfast in the Frost Valley’s Thomas Hall. The rest of the morning was spent doing some last minute packing and then they were off! Because Habitat Catskill is a front country “car camping” trip campers are able to eat more freshies “not dehydrated food” than other trips so they spent the late morning and early afternoon planning meals and going to the grocery store. Tomorrow will be the first day of work with Ulster County Habitat for Humanity and everyone is really excited!
Campers and staff of Adirondack Rambler had an early morning bagel breakfast. This morning consisted of some last minute packing and then they were off! After a long, but scenic, drive the campers made it to their campsite at Lake Durant in the heart of the Adirondacks! Everyone is really excited for rafting tomorrow!
Cabin photos are coming! They’ll be posted by morning! We had another beautiful day here!
Raccoon poop and Hemlock tea! Well, actually it’s just melted chocolate chips and tea. Campers partook in the opening ceremonies with Adventure Village this evening. They got the chance to sample some of nature’s finest local treats while they sing songs and watch counselors do cooky skits around a fire. The most popular song they sing is a call and response song about “THREE BLIND JELLYFISH!” It’s a showstopper.
Everyone seems to be settling in well. Our head counselor pulled me aside and remarked about how he has a really good feeling about this session. You can’t go wrong with a mature group of kids who love to have fun.