Hey Camp McGovern!
Session 6 was another round of All Ages campers, from 9-16, and it was a pretty lively week. A ton of McGovern specials were served this week, not limited to the landing of Space Chickens, a Talent Show, a One Utensil Meal (spaghetti this time, though), and the Elmwood Fire Department.
Our LEAD Squares spent Sunday up in Cape Croker at the Chippewas of Nawash First Nations Annual Pow Wow that one of the LEAD girls invited them to. They all gathered into White Lightning for a fun road trip to watch the Pow Wow, dance along, look at the gorgeous landscape of Georgian Bay, and get some ice cream. When they all came home they had beautiful matching bracelets made by First Nations People.
At the Talent Show there were only a handful of acts but the ones that did perform made a lasting impression. Boost belted out the Pokémon theme song while one of his campers accompanied him on the piano. A couple of Squares got messy while acting out a popular skit here at McGovern; two people sit, one behind the other, and the one in the back can't see, but has to be the person in the front's hands as they go through a scene or daily routine. I'm pretty sure there was food thrown everywhere.
Urb, Linoleum, Zookeeper, Greyjoy, Polaris, Pterodactyl, Switzerland, Spinach, and Anakin chased our campers across the entire camp during Space Chickens. The jello fight was pretty impressive, I think it was the thickest and bounciest it has been all summer. Urb, Lino, and Spinach all got decked out in Space Chickens garb in the office and it was quite a sight. I'll post a few photos down below of their beautiful faces.
Exciting news, Crispy's wife, Spicy, finally visited from her home among the stars and they are now lounging peacefully about my desk.
The Elmwood Fire Department came and blasted our back field with the hose, creating mud and a good amount of chaos for campers to run around in. You really don't know dirty until you get tackled into a mud pit by another staff member (thanks, Zuko, circa 2014).
An old friend of ours, Merlin, visited camp on Friday and when he left I knew a lot more about random things than I thought I would. Thanks for the trivia, Merl. He donned a cape and walked with his sceptre up to Final Campfire. Friday was also the results of Stick It to the Pie, where I think around five people got pies. Polaris volunteered herself for the first full-body pie and it was...not cute.
Also, very exciting, last week was the first week that we made s'mores over the fire! I think it was a very sticky process, but everyone enjoyed it once their cheeks were stuffed with marshmallows. Fun fact: did you know that Urb can stick 17 marshmallows in his mouth?
I hope you've had some time to relax and munch on some campfire goodies. Until next time, McGovern Family!
Let the rain fall down, McGovern Family!
It was only for about twenty minutes, but we were all waiting for the heat to break a little and for some rain pitter patter on the roof of the cabins. While we wait for it to get drier, the campers and staff are huddling together in the Hallman watching a movie and eating their tuck. I, myself, had a peach popsicle and it was delicious.
Today the LEAD Squares have been running camp, while Shimmy and Lino run around acting like campers. Lino sat next to my desk this morning colouring and taking a break, wearing a housecoat belt as a scarf. I think I'm going to have to teach him how to use a bracelet wheel, too, but I don't know when. He's been a real handful, and last night while Nightwing, Urb, and I were hanging out in the Villa we got to see all his shenanigans. You can't sleep on picnic benches here, Linoleum.
Dawson shadowed Twist and sat in her office doing paperwork all day. We set him free just now to go hang out with the campers and his fellow Squares.
Shimmy declared that everyone should call her Meghan Trainor and spent breakfast sprinting around the Hallman while a bunch of teenagers chased her. I'm still giggling about a Square coming up to me, breathless, shouting: "Have you seen Meghan Trainor?!" She went inside eventually to eat an entire bowl of apples.
A whole bunch of staff members have had Squares following them around today, learning and demonstrating how camp runs. I'm sure it was quite an eye opener and we're all very excited for them to take some stands and really show their leadership here at McGovern.
Stay dry and enjoy a popsicle while I'm gone, McGovern Family.
Hey friends, it's Siblings Week here at Camp McGovern and the session is completely full of brothers and sisters. As usual, we started the week off with ridiculous campfires and tie dye parties. Our picnic benches are starting to look a little too colourful, wouldn't you say? Probably not Twist; I'm sure she talks about tie dying in her sleep.
Both Urb and I are in Pines this week (my second week in that cabin) with two fun campers and our table is getting a little squished with four staff members and nine campers sitting at it. I usually get the lucky chair at the end, though, sorry Urb. Last night we had roasted chicken, potatoes, broccoli and corn, which was of course very delicious. Today I made Coach a bracelet as gratitude for the chicken stir fry.
It's been a very warm week so far, but thankfully the river has been refreshing. Tech's lucky he hasn't been in yet, he'd probably be swarmed by all the campers. We haven't had a full week since Session 1, so it's nice to see the Saugeen full of smiling faces paddling against the current.
The LEAD2s have arrived and have already been doing sessions on how to be a great staff member, as well as running around with the campers. They were chasing them up and down the soccer field in a game of Capture the Flag yesterday. My first year on staff, I painted Superman and Green Lantern flags and I'm very suprised that they've lasted the dozens of games they've been used in. Camp McGovern magic, I tell you.
Tonight is the Talent Show and there is a long list of campers waiting to play the ukulele, guitar, and piano; sing, dance, or tell jokes. The camper I supported in week one could tell a mean knock knock joke; maybe Linoleum will do his stand up routine in that dashing Angry Birds onesie. No Direction is coming again and I think Greyjoy is going to bust out some moves to a Dutch song called Be Brave.
Someone told me that the Concession Six Boys were seen in Hanover yesterday, maybe they’ll make an appearance, too! The lineup is pretty impressive and I wouldn’t be surprised if the roof of the Hallman blew off from all the anticipation.
I'm going to go and watch our talented group but I promise to be back another day. Stay hydrated, McGovern Family!