Thursday, July 8, 2010

Camp- Days 7 and 8

We awoke to a very messy rain on Tuesday morning-- the day of our planned all-day field trip, including a picnic! However, we are very blessed with campers determined not to let a little rain stop their fun and counselors willing to help make everything run smoothly no matter what, and we ended up having a great day. The kids really enjoyed the morning's planetarium show-- a new experience for most of them. Each group spent time listening to stories in the library while the other half of the campers had their turn in the planetarium, and both group's behavior during this wait was excellent. We were so proud!
We found a park with picnic shelters, and the skies cleared enough to make for a pleasant, if cloudy, lunch. The junior counselors did a great job of serving Ms. Judy's delicious sandwiches. The afternoon's outing to the skating rink was a great success as always. My favorite part is watching not only the counselors, but even many of the older campers take turns helping the younger kids skate around the rink.
On Wednesday, we took turns visiting the Museum of Art in City Park. We started with the Amistad exhibit of African- American artists, but the kids also enjoyed seeing Native American art and some amazing glassworks as well. We then had time for a quick walk around the lagoon-- lots of ducks to watch and a few trees to climb.
Back at camp, the kids learned about the value of friends in helping you stand up for the right thing. After an experiment with jello (which the kids found is not very good at standing strong), they started working on their friendship bracelets. In Journeys, we began our study of the Civil Rights Movement. They painted their clay suns in art. One of the most exciting parts of the day for each camper was finding out their part in the drama program. It's one week away!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Camp- Day 6

We have enough adult volunteers this week to add a daily sports session. The kids practiced their yoga, did some ball-handling relays with the basketballs, and enjoyed some extra time on the playground. Our wonderful junior counselors spent time in the morning cutting out hundreds of circles for the beautiful pastel planet art pieces the campers made. In Journeys, the older campers graphed constellations onto poster boards that will later be outlined with Christmas lights, and the younger kids played a version of Simon Says to learn the difference between rotating and revolving- at least until we all were too dizzy to play anymore. The sun finally stayed out long enough for us to cook s'mores in our solar ovens. Delicious!!! Jenny taught about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and their dedication to God and His ways. The kids decorated dog tags to show that they too belong to God. The older campers made progress on learning their dance to "Hot! Hot! Hot!" and the younger kids are working on their "Lion Sleeps Tonight" song.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Camp- Days 4 and 5

Highlights of Thursday and Friday

More Yoga/ Dance-- A huge hit with all the kids
Nine on Nine Basketball-- Organized and refereed by the boys themselves. There were so many kids playing that passing and dribbling were not even necessary.
Edible solar systems-- Lifesaver ring Saturns, pixie-stix sugar asteroids, and red hot red spots on marshmallow Jupiters
Charcoal Still-lifes-- A surprising hit with the campers
Scrabble Tile Pendants-- Illustrating the talents that God has given each of our children
An almost-perfected finale in drama
Taco Pie for lunch and birthday cake for dessert!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Camp- Day 3

Day 3 highlights were a series of physical challenges, Mondrian paintings, card and board games, and yet another power outage. The younger campers went to Theo's Pizza--the walk-in refrigerator and giant ovens and mixers were a big hit, as was the pizza made by the kids! The older kids went to Whole Foods for a tour with the amazing Ms. Amina, lots of delicious samples, and a couple of slices of pizza.

It was the kind of day that gives us a whole new appreciation for our adult volunteers who are so generous with their time. One of our camper's mothers rescued us from the pizza place when it appeared our planned walk back to church would turn into a swim thanks to Tropical Storm Alex. Dana drove back and forth three times to help get everyone get back to the church. The campers stayed dry, but she ended up soaked. Daphne, our incredible camp costumer and the mother of one of our counselors, cooked for the third day in a row. She then had to serve the meal in the dark as the power went out shortly before lunch began. It all went off without a hitch. Daphne's older daughter Dessiree, a former camper and counselor, also spent the day helping us out. Imelda, the mother of two of our campers, helped Daphne and somehow even managed to reorganize the kitchen shelves amid all the chaos. Finally, Angela, Carrollton's secretary who is perhaps better described as the mama bear of our Hollygrove campers drove back and forth to Whole Foods twice to help give all the kids an opportunity to enjoy that outing.