It's a rare cool day up here, McGovern Family!
As I mentioned, Session 6 was buckets of fun, with the August set of LEADs and Squares arriving. The size difference between the two groups is pretty funny, with 3 Squares and 10 LEADs filling up the Hallman. We had to change the seating arrangement because they didn't all fit at one table, whereas the Squares were quite cozy sharing their meals with the Roots. Throughout the week the leadership campers of course got to help run some programs and shadow staff either during the whole day or at activity areas.
The cabin challenge this week was a themed fashion show where the campers had to dress, accessorize, and paint their counselors to align with the two themes: Safari and Under the Sea. Stamp was terrifying, that's all I have to say, and Everdeen's favourites were Burly and Scoops.
They had music playing in the Hallman while each "contestant" of the fashion show paraded around the stage for the judges. Considering the costume closet has had the same crop of clothing and accessories in it for years, it's always amazing what the campers can put together differently every time. I do miss the "banana suit" though, which was just a bright yellow suit jacket with matching pants that Sherwood used to wear for Talent Show.
Einstein always manages to make an appearance when there's judging to be done, as he's usually on the sidelines of our Lip Sync Battles, Minute to Win It, or Talent Shows. Last I saw, he was looking out the tuck room window having alone time to think. Maybe he's sad that the summer is nearing it's end and he's trying to soak up the view before having to stay inside all winter. He looks after camp for us when we're away.
.Wednesday Cookout got a bit wild down at Opening Campfire, where the boys built a...structure? out of tall sticks, using it to pose and play around with. I think there was some intense dedication put into it because of how many boys were stationed around it in all the photos. I don't think whatever silliness the Villa Cookout got up to could compare to the those down at Opening.
Greyjoy thankfully got to avoid another hot marshmallow on their leg, I do love when no one has to visit my hut for injuries, but just stopping by to say hello is always welcome! If I'm not in the Med Hut I'm in the office typing away, or walking through the Hallman telling people to come take their meds. I have the worst short term memory but I still manage to remember more than they do!
On the field there was probably the first outdoor Lip Sync Battle of the last decade, where many male counselors decked themselves in dresses and sang power ballads to each other. The LEADs were the largest lip sync band I've ever seen at McGovern, with more than 10 people.
Burly came to grab an ice pack from me beforehand and as he exited, wistfully sighed: "Another day, another dress." He looked absolutely beautiful in his sparkly blue halter dress overtop of a crewneck shirt and shorts. We're all about fashion at McGovern.
This is a PSA, if you see Stamp's water bottle lying around camp, feel free to throw it in the river. I swear I see it at least once a day in some random spot, so I pick it up and return it to Stamp, who always says: "oh, that's where it went!" It's usually about twenty feet away from her and I told her last week that if I find it one more time it's becoming part of the Saugeen. My two theories are that it's following me or she's just really bad at remembering her water bottle when I'm around. Who knows.
Moonlight and Parfait had a very fun week because they finally got to be co-counselors in Chimney, as we had a very full week of boys cabins. Last year Chimney rotated as a boys cabin all the time, but Stamp and Sequins have held down the fort thus far this summer. I had to keep reminding myself that it was part of Boy's Camp this week because I kept wondering when Stamp and Sequins were going to show up for meds, then I'd hit myself in the head when I realized it was Parfait and Moonlight.
With only two girls cabins, their tie-dye was a very quiet event! Sprocket had his hands full handing out bottles of dye to the boys, I'm sure. The results were amazing, though, with every week of campers producing more and more beautiful swirls, stripes, bullseyes, random patterns, and sometimes fully pink shirts. We all like to express our #McGovernMagic in our own way.
The staff also prepared some of their own shirts to dye over the week and now there is a handful of colourful Americamp Canada shirts walking around.
On Tuesday one of our favourite visitors, Alicia from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Georgian Triangle, came for a walk around camp and sat down to lunch with Twist and some other friends. Whenever someone is on the phone with her, it's so easy to tell because of how much laughter is part of the conversation. Sometimes Twist will be chatting with her and I'll go: "Is that Alicia? Say hi for me!" She's probably had enough tours of camp now to start doing her own! See you again next year, Alicia!
We spent the end of the week doing some pre-tidying for the Poker Run on Saturday, our biggest fundraiser of the summer. Every donor that attended the Run got a handmade card from a camper, a nice hot meal, and got to watch a beautiful and inspiring video about camp made by Spinach, Anakin, Pingu, and a handful of others. It featured campers at their activities, some of the best photos from the blog, and quotes from campers about their experiences at McGovern. Gratitude Time isn't just a part of the Amazing Race, it's something we practice every day here at camp.
Award for my favourite photo of the week goes to what I like to call the "Yu-Gi-Oh! Squad" with Moonlight, Parfait, and Bumper challenging their campers to a d-d-d-d-d-duel! The only knowledge I have of Yu-Gi-Oh! is my brother's deep love of the TV show, so you'll have to ask the boys who won.
The week ended with a triple-pie event! Snorlax, Greyjoy, and Tink met their sticky, smelly foes on the stage. I think Greyjoy holds the record for most pies recieved out of anyone at camp, I honestly feel bad for them sometimes. But, they do manage to make mayonnaise look like the perfect hair gel.
A big special thank you to our LEAD friend Prometheus who took tons of photos for me this week, as well as all the others who shrugged and said: "sure!" whenever I chucked my camera their way. It let's me discover the hidden perspectives around camp that I never get to see.
Have a lovely day, McGovern Family, and I'll see you (hopefully) tomorrow with the Session 7 post.