Goooooooooooood morning Camp McGovern! Apparently drawing Camp McGovern on the skate park has been popular this summer.
It's the last full day of our short week here at camp and we've already had a thunderstorm. Thankfully, we were able to have Opening Campfire outside, with an actual fire, for the first time this summer! I gave the camera to one of our LEAD2 graduates from this summer because who knew if nature would be this kind to us again.
Last week before campfire, Spin brought out the camera to take selfies with some campers, so I put those in with this week's Opening.
We have two super lovely LEAD2 graduates joining us for the remainder of the summer: Jalapeno and Snaps! They'll be doing some rotating but this week Snaps is supporting a camper in Pines and Jalapeno is on my Care team.
Yesterday was an exciting day: we had our usual round of activities, followed by water games in the afternoon, and tie-dye.
The river was too high today so Maps got out the hoses, pool noodles, buckets, and sponges for the campers to run around with. It looked a little chaotic, but it's nice that the grass got watered.
Not that we really needed that, considering that during Activity 3 there was a gigantic thunderstorm that lasted for about 10 minutes. There was thunder, lightning, and huge raindrops. Something super cool also happened: a bolt of lightning struck a dead tree and it fell over onto the road. Don't panic! It was far away from the campers and nobody got hurt; it was pretty neat because it still looked like an upright tree while lying down.
On Wednesday night Denim and Blitz's campers were hanging out in the office with Twist, brushing her hair and acting silly. The camper Denim is supporting has also been running around with my camera taking some artistic photos and portraits. At one point she locked me out of the office.
thursday activities in full swing!
There were some very dedicated cloud-watchers during Chill Time. We also had a camper lose a tooth yesterday! It's our first visit from the Tooth Fairy this summer, and there was a toonie and a note waiting for him under his pillow. Spinach led tie-dyeing with the girls down at the Pavilion and the boys ran around the field playing Confused Counselor with their staff.
Confused Counselor is when half the staff go and find a place to hide, think of a problem they need fixing, and act out their troubles to the campers. The campers have to figure out what the counselor needs (all the while trying to get them to a checkpoint) without them running away or finding other campers. When they get to the checkpoint, they are given a point towards the win.
Last year Mahogany needed a potato, so the campers said Spinach had one, and he walked right up to the checkpoint.
Since the Spring, Twist and Spinach had a surprise planned for the staff (inspired by Lino). They went to several different Value Villages to find around 40 onesies and the last couple nights Twist, Spin, Lino, and I have been hand picking and wrapping onesies for each of the staff.
Today is Pajama Friday (usually on Wednesday, but it's a short week) so we placed all their wrapped gifts at the breakfast table while the cabins lined up. Lino, Twist, and Spin did a Onesie Reveal - it's when you're wearing two onesies and then take off one to reveal the other - while I snapped pictures of the unopened presents.
The staff tore into their newspaper wrapped onesies and they all got soft, patterned, and ridiculous outfits to wear for the next three Pajama Wednesdays and cold nights to come. I'm sure more than enough people will don their onesies for Final Campfire tonight.
Twist may not look like Santa but it was definitely a Christmas in August kind of day.
I took cabin photos after breakfast and everybody is currently in Activity 2. Time to go wash some tie-dye shirts! I hope everyone has an amazing Friday.