Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Camp - Day 2

Day 2 of camp included vegetable prints, stir-frying a rainbow of vegetables, a discussion of making good choices, and then practice through a role-playing game. The highlight of the day was a visit from Ms. Beth, an actual yoga teacher. The boys and girls each had an hour-long session of not only yoga, but also flexibility and strength training, as well as a lot of fun just dancing and moving around. Ms. Beth was amazing; even a power outage during the girls' session did not slow her down.

One of the things that is already standing out to me about this year's camp is the great sense of community that is developing. At one point during the yoga sessions, the kids took turns going to the middle to do a "move, any move." The boys, who ranged in age from 5 to 18, were all completely engaged in encouraging, laughing with, and dancing along with whoever had ended up in the middle. It was great to see the interactions between these kids from different neighbohoods and schools, between old friends and the kids who have just met each other, between our youngest campers and our most senior counselors.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Camp, Day 1

Our first day of camp was packed full of singing, making lava lamps, dancing, reading books, four-square games, designing bean mosiacs, and eating different plant parts (The consensus is that beets are beyond disgusting, but the root beer floats seemed to make up for it!). Every single one of the 38 kids in attendance are either camp veterans, their younger siblings, or participate in one of our school year programs.