Everyone was a bit confused at the beginning of this week–where was the sunshine!? Luckily she didn’t stay in hiding for too long and has now graced us with her presence. Today was the hottest out of the five days thus far, and priority was placed on making sure campers and staff were wearing sunscreen and drinking lots of water! Almost everyone that came down to the waterfront was ready for a dip in the lake or wanted to be out on a boat. A mandatory rest hour was set after lunch and campers and staff were encouraged to lay and nap in the cool shade of their bunks. All in all, we keep reminding ourselves to be thankful for the sunshine because when its all said and done the sun is more fun.
Rain was the theme of the first night of our PAC & Windsong overnights. Both groups set out and over Wildcat Mountain to their respective overnight sites (Merrill Pavilion (P) & Pine Grove (W)).
To our campers this is a rite of passage and a very exciting and unique program that only our oldest villages get to do. The “Hike” still gets talked about by campers well after they have graduated on to their lives outside of Frost Valley. The overnight sites themselves are only used by the PAC & Windsong program and are considered sacred areas of camp.
As soon as our counselors arrived to their sites tarps were set up, camp fires were lit, and food was cooked (Pita Pizza’s the first night). The next day was activities and solo’s (all under the watchful eye of our campers). I arrived early this morning as they were preparing to hike back to camp (picking up the heavy stuff like sleeping bags, extra tarps, trash) the campers were excited about the hike back, to tell the tail of their hike to their friends, to create the memories that makes camp the magical place that it is.
Director of Camp Henry Hird
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Energy stayed high as our Winter campers rolled into their first full day in a snowy wonderland! Each one of the cabins spread out their activities today taking advantage of some of the great opportunities like snowy gaga! Some of the morning’s highlights were meeting and learning about Frost Valley’s residential raptors, climbing the indoor climbing wall, caroling, and making winter swag in arts and crafts.
In the afternoon some of the cabins headed out to the tubing hill and took their crack at broom ball! Indoor archery and capture the flag on castle lawn were also amazing. Today was great because anywhere we went on Frost Valley property we were overwhelmed with a wintery wonderland, which could only be interrupted by brief interludes of hot chocolate.
Tonight our campers split up. The younger half of camp prepared lip sync performances while the older half of camp loosened up for a good old fashioned game of peaceful toss and evade (dodge ball).
Throughout the day our director team conducted interviews for the CiT’s and JC. We will continue with the CiT and JC interviews tomorrow.
Outpost and Forest, two of Camp Wawayanda’s male villages, spent part of the afternoon playing silly summer camp games such as “fight the faucet” and “mortal noodle.” Campers were challenged to seal the water flow of one the spigots on Big Tree Field, which typically results being drenched – perfect for a warm day! While the challenge is difficult, a few boys managed to fight the faucet and WIN!!!
Campers also played mortal noodle, a two person game where players are blindfolded and must find a pool noodle and gently touch the opposing player with the noodle. The first camper to complete the challenge is the winner!
Forest and Outpost had a blast!
Outpost village got wet n’ wild in the summer heat with an awesome game of Boulder Dash! Campers, counselors, and CiTs crawled and crab-walked up two slip n’ slides, followed by an attempt to dodge soft, colorful orbs thrown by fellow campers. The boys had so much fun beating the heat!