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.
Hello Camp McGovern! Sorry for the delay on the Session 5 post, Session 6 was just so much fun that I got caught up in it all.
I hope everyone has been beating the heat this past week and half! The Kitchener bus drop off on Saturday morning was particularly sweltering. The nighttime cold balances it out, though, and you can find me after curfew snuggled up in my bed listening to folklore podcasts. #PepsiPastTimes! Every morning Snorlax comes into the hut with his campers that take meds and shivers until he leaves. Did I tell you about how Scoops thought it only snowed up north? I showed her a picture of my home in April, with two inches of snow!
The best word to describe Session 5 was adorable, with the majority of our campers being 4-9 years old. Chimney was the youngest cabin and the campers barely reached Stamp's elbows. I kept calling them the "Two Scottish Moms and Their Seven Dwarves" because there was always a line of seven little girls following after Stamp and Sequins. Madeline meets Snow White, ha!
Popcorn's daughter got to have a special week up at camp hanging out in the Everybody Cabin with Everdeen, Portions, her mom, and one of our volunteer campers. We like to invite our Squares and LEADs back to camp for volunteer opportunities (usually to help them with their high school hours), and Twist said we needed to figure out a name for them, as they aren't fully staff yet. After some debating, they are now the Square Roots or Roots for short.
Miss Karley With A K, past Squares Maddy and CJ, past LEAD Prometheus (he named himself #lol), and another friend are helping out in the kitchen as well as with some of our campers that need support. Karley spent last week supporting a camper in Pond and she's shining in Lookout this week when she isn't playing basketball or in Girls Camp visiting Buttercup.
Session 5 was only a four day week so we jam-packed all the fun that we could into that short time. We had our usual round of Capture the Flag and Dodgeball on the soccer field.
The second set of July LEADs went on their canoe trip down the Saugeen, spending the night at Saugeen Cedars roasting s'mores and probably teaching the entire campsite Moose Alpaca. I think they had about 2 canoes tip, but other than that they did a great job on the river. I asked Pingu if he had anything notable to say about his week and this was his direct quote: "Pingu was nooting awesome , like 24/7."
Spinach learned how to solve a Rubix cube and also spent some time walking to the bathroom in slow motion like a turtle. I thought the wildlife here was good enough with just Pingu but I guess we're hiring turtles now, too; next Mossy the Snapping Turtle will be running Archery with Everdeen.
Portions spent the week making Super Mario and dog themed colouring books for campers who liked to take breaks on the porch to themselves. She learned quite a lot about the Super Mario universe thanks to them and now has an eye for the perfect line art to colour in. She also got a nice run up the hill with a camper who needed to let off some steam. I'm sure Portions would have taken him for her usual jaunt down Concession 6 if she could and show him the sweet Elmwood sights.
Also, Happy (so very belated) Birthday, Portions! We've had a handful of staff birthdays this summer: Twist, Lino, Everdeen, Snaps, and Portions. She kindly shared her cake with the staff table.
Activities went on as planned this week, although Biking and Archery had some restrictions on them because of our smaller campers who wouldn't be able to safely participate. We do have smaller harnesses for High Ropes, though, so they still got to experience that fun! I still bristle at the idea of going up there so I'm always super proud of the campers who do it no problem. Teach me your ways!
Grimm finally learned how to do tie-dye and got to head down to the Pavilion to cover shirts and probably herself in fun colours instead of just hanging out in the laundry room.
Portions and Twist began planning the Stock Exchange game, where each staff member has a "company" and there's a Camp stock market that the cabins get to play. Portions and I spent time beautifying each of the envelopes for the different stocks. She originally only had six marker colours to work with, but then I pulled out my full set and we were flying. I'm in my element when I get to doodle. If you visit camp, make sure to look at the mailbox labels for the staff!
My favourite photo moment from the week had to be at Games when they were playing with the giant rainbow tarp, titled "Nap Time With Scoops" where half the campers are just lying against her asleep. I laughed pretty hard when I first when through those photos, as more and more campers would creep into the frame and fall asleep as the activity period went on. They also played the Cat & Mouse game, where one camper crawls around under the wavering tarp (the mouse) and another is on top trying to catch them (the cat).
An exciting event at McGovern this week was that one of our campers lost a tooth! I had Miss Frizzle grab me a toonie from the Swear Jar, wrote him up a card, and packaged up the tooth for when he went home. I hand out toothbrushes and toothpaste all the time so I guess it makes sense that I can play the Tooth Fairy, too.
Besides that, Session 5 was full of glittery plasticine thanks to Arts & Crafts, Amazing Race, and a pizza night. Honestly I didn't know New Orlean's Pizza made pizzas the size of a table. Honestly gigantic, and there were leftovers so I definitely had a post-curfew pizza party in my hut later that day. Parfait said about the week that he really enjoyed supporting his camper Jax, and that the two of them grew really close in such a short amount of time.
I hope that everyone has a lovely Monday and I look forward to seeing you with the Session 6 post. Apparently there are a ton of photos!