Hello Week 3!
Tonight may be the last and Final Campfire has been put out, but it was a joyous three days here at McGovern. We got a super special delivery of professional dye for our colourful campers to use, and we're all excited to see the outcome tomorrow morning when everyone gets to unfurl their shirts. For some reason, somebody's keeping their tie-dye wrapped up in the fridge and I almost mistook it for rainbow ice cream!
Thursday's dinner was a beautiful lasagna with caesar salad (my favourite, oh my) and garlic bread. The camper I'm supporting had about four pieces of garlic bread and I had a mountain of salad. I don't know what it is about Italian food that brings out the silly side of McGovern, but we had another One Utensil Meal.
This time we got the campers in on it by only letting them use butter knives as the kitchen staff handed out all kinds of cooking utensils to the staff. Our friend Heddy from Bruce Grey Child and Family Services got to see just how ridiculous our meals can get. She took her elbows off the table real quick though, so she's getting a hang of the McGovern spirit.
I got lucky -- again -- with a pair of tongs but Greyjoy met her fate a second time with the almighty whisk. Maybe it's meant to be, but she certainly doesn't think so. Minnow had a can opener about the size of an eraser, but I think he did alright. Urb got straight to business and shoved his face into his plate. Who needs facial hair when you have spaghetti sauce, I mean really?
One of our campers showed up on Wednesday desperate to go back home and now he has made Twist pinky promise to call his mom and confirm that he is staying until October. I don't know who his counsellors are going to be, but I guess we'll find out! The squirrels and chipmunks won't be that great at supervision, but I'm sure they'll learn eventually. There's always room in the McGovern Family!
I hope that you all have a relaxing weekend and that your campers come home with some really good stories.
It’s been boiling up at McGovern the past couple of days and our campers and staff are doing their best to beat this heat. Four glasses of water before leaving the dining hall, McGovern Family!
Last night the LEAD campers led a fantastic game of Capture the Flag, with their own personal twist. The rules were: if you’re on the opposing side and somebody gets you with a super soaker, a wet sponge, or taps you, you’re out. Obviously this led to a gigantic water war on the soccer field, with pool noodles and water flying every which way.
Each team had to deck themselves in crazy face and body paint, creatively donning their side’s colours and wacky hairstyles. Aslan and Linoleum were particularly beautiful yesterday evening. The night ended with a cool breeze and after snack, everyone went to bed. I was up late doing some belated spring cleaning, but I got a good snooze anyway.
While cleaning the office, I grabbed a box of old photos and a handful of us spent some time looking through them. Urb, Nightwing, and Marvel found some vintage gems that had us laughing. Even though it’s been a long time since the photos were taken, the magic and spirit of Camp McGovern was the same, filled with years of games, memories, and connections.
Also, we found one of Marvel’s old cabin photos and it was spectacular. Rock on, Marv.
Tonight Spinach has planned an American Idol-esque lip sync battle for the campers and staff. There will be four guest judges and the different cabins will face off with an array of pop songs, ballads, and Disney classics to see who will win the title.
It’s currently Activity 3 right now, but before that there was a nail polish party in the Activity Forest, where glitter, stripes, and loads of colours were painted on. All of McGovern is sparkling!
I hope you’ve been having a wonderful week and that you remember to stay hydrated, McGovern Family!
Goodbye, Session 1! It was a full week of campers at McGovern and the entire staff is still buzzing with energy from all the fun we had. Pterodactyl had a line of flower crown donned campers following her everywhere and I’m sure Acyrlic still has paint all over her (I know I do!). After a year, our ropes team finally got to run the amazing challenges that everyone always talks about.
Our good friends Nightwing and Strum showed up, and there was an uproar in the Hallman with both their arrivals. How do you stop a talent show? Unveil a Strum. Nightwing will be with us for the summer, settling back into her kitchen domain and cooking up a storm. Get ready to lick your plates clean, McGovern Family, if you haven’t been already with Coach and Graphic’s delicious entrees. Saturday’s danishes and croissants left us all drooling.
The Space Chickens landed once again, surfing down in their canoes — I mean spaceships — and causing a ruckus. You think paint in your hair is bad, try special Space Chicken fuel. Who knew jello, flour, and water could carry you away to the stars? I’m sure Crispy and Spicy are back at home in the Big Dipper, safe and sound. Polaris can probably point them out if you can’t see them twinkling up there.
There were many a campfire this week and Acoustic finally got to put herself to work, singing and playing her guitar. My one-on-one camper was in Guitar this week and all of us in her class had a great time learning a handful of chords, strumming patterns, and clapping a thunderstorm with different rhythms. I’ve been playing piano for ten years but I still found myself stumbling on those sixteenth notes, so have no fear if you’re a beginner, Acoustic’s got you. If guitar isn’t your thing, join Ohana and pluck away with her on the ukulele. She taught me how to make a chord progression and I even wrote a song! Creativity flows in the back room of the Hallman, McGovern Family.
Urb worked hard all week to craft the legend of the Goat Man, and while the fire was burning low he became McGovern’s own bard and weaved the tale through the campfire smoke.
This week’s Stick It to the Pie results ended in a tie with Spinach and Linoleum both facing off in the hopes of receiving a whipped cream delight to the face and not a mouthful of mayonnaise. It got a little out of hand as they gave each other new hairstyles with their pies, but both campers and staff were on the floor laughing at Linoleum’s reactions. I’m sure that will end up in his next comedy routine.
We wrapped up the week with a One Utensil Meal, a scrumptious spaghetti dinner attempted to be consumed by the staff, who wielded different strange cooking utensils. I got lucky with a pair of tongs, but Boost and Greyjoy were struggling with mammoth sized whisks. The Greyjoys do not sow, but they absolutely do whisk!
After a long night of sleep, the McGovern staff is ready for our Session 2 campers to come. They’re a couple of hours away but it’s like we can already hear them sailing down the hill in the bus. I’m going to go dig into some leftover pasta salad, but I’ll see you all again soon.
Staff Week is coming to an end, Camp McGovern, and we welcomed our new friends with a #ThrowbackThursday camp wide game and the long awaited naming ceremony. It took hours to find the right names for our team members, but after much debate and several votes we came together to give the staff some well earned names (looking at you, Spinach). We've all worked very hard this week to learn new things and form a team that everyone could be proud of.
Between First Aid training, programming, team building, games, and campfires, the McGovern Family has had an exciting week.
Today has been filled with a flurry of paint covered staff, making a beloved part of camp fresh and new again. I won't tell you where, just know that it's a place I used to spend almost every day in my first two years on staff. All our campers will definitely be excited to see it all bright and beautiful.
I want to list all of our staff members so that you know who I'll be talking about this summer:
Everyone is bursting with excitement and ambition to start the summer sessions and our old friends have been telling so many stories to help each other learn the spirit of Camp McGovern. Pull out your water shoes from the back of the closet and start singing camp songs, it's time for an unforgettable summer.
Hello Everyone - this is your trusty Director Twist. All the staff are here now and we're busy getting ready for campers. We have just 3 days until they arrive!
This evening in The Hallman (previous known as the dining hall) we taught a favourite camp song, Green Green Green, to our new friends. It was a riot! We laughed and laughed!
We want you to know how excited we are that you're coming. Tomorrow is our annual Naming Ceremony and it's shaping up to be a good one - I want to call one of our tallest staff "Clearance"....we'll see what happens. I'm sure Pepsi will write a blog post for you about it so you'll finally hear about our new friends.
Take care, we'll see you soon.