Note: this post was for last week, and I'd written a good portion of it already, so if the wording is written as if it was still Session 2. There also might be a few repeat photos, but plenty of new ones, too! Session 3's post is expected to be up Thursday or Friday. Have a lovely day, McGovern Family!
Good evening McGovern Family!
Session 2 has been in swing since Sunday and it feels like these campers have been here for three weeks, that's how much fun is being had! Our July bunch of LEADs and LEAD2s arrived this week, and they are learning lots of leadership skills with Anakin, Spike, Greyjoy, and Pingu. Anakin and Spike took the LEADs to the pond for their first canoeing session and Anakin said it was great to be back at canoeing, she definitely misses being the activity head. Shortz is holding the fort, I mean pond, down for her though.
If I had to count how many stickers I've given out this week I couldn't even begin to guess. At camp you can get stickers for any number of things but I specifically give campers 3-6 stickers if they come for their medication on time or early. Chimney is usually the first one to show up at my door at 7:40 and then the rest trickle in before breakfast. I lost my favourie earring last week and this morning during Sparkle Time, Boulder found it so all the girls got stickers as well.
We're having our campers help out with dishes this summer so that they can learn more responsibility and also help out our kitchen team, and today when I told Knobhill that they were on dishes duty at lunch, the groans could be heard all the way to Mulock Rd. Nonetheless they rolled their sleeves up and washed the dishes before heading to activities.
The activity periods have been booming this week. We took a break from High Ropes for a couple of days but everything is up and running as usual. Everdeen and Snaps are our Archery duo this summer and this week they ran what they called the "Holiday Challenge," where they had different destinations, travel options, and how long they'd be staying in certain places. For example, you could travel to the Activity Shed with Parfait for six weeks on a boat, or fly to Disneyland for an hour with Einstein.
There was lots of excitement throughout the week, especially at Canoeing when they were able to catch a turtle in one of the nets! We always let our pond friends go, but we love to study them first and get to know the nature of McGovern. We have lots of little turtles in the pond as well as our big friend Mossy, the snapping turtle. She’s shy and stays in one corner of the pond, so we don’t see her too often. There’s also a few different types of fish, water snakes, and frogs. At nighttime if you walk past the pond it sounds like there is a choir burping, but it’s just the frogs singing.
The LEADs and LEAD2s this week played around 400 games of cards in their off time, roping in any staff member they could, when they weren’t doing their scavenger hunt or helping to take photos. We have one really talented LEAD2 who has his own photography portfolio, so he usually takes my camera out for a spin and contributes to the blog.
On Wednesday was our weekly cookout, where the campers get to roast hot dogs on the fire and s’mores for dessert. Bumper went and checked out the Villa campfire, where the LEADs and a few boys cabins were eating. The hot dogs sure looked yummy and even I can’t help but drool at all the s’mores they must have eaten. After dinner came to an end, everyone gathered at our fire pit down by the skate park where Everdeen led them in a proper singsong campfire.
She wrote me down a list of songs that they sang and for those of you who’ve never been to camp or heard camp songs, they are pretty silly. There’s one that all the counselor’s beg Everdeen not to teach until the last day of camp because it’s all the campers want to sing. “Moose, alpaca, moose, moose, alpaca, unicorn!” over and over and over! I never thought another song about a moose would come to McGovern, but times change and I’m sure every bus ride home is going to be filled with an older camper leading “Moose, Alpaca.”
Besides “Moose, Alpaca,” they sang “Coca Cola” (which I think is pretty rude, personally), “Little Jeep,” “Around the World,” “Scat,” “Great Big Moose,” “Little Piece of Tin,” “Boa Constrictor,” “The Penguin Song” or as it is now known “The Pingu Song,” and “Al-away-a.” After the songs were all done, the campers sat down to listen to Everdeen tell “The Story of Timmy the Inflatable Boy.” She’s pretty amazing at story-telling, too, so it was a great end to a great campfire.
In this week’s cabin challenge, Grimm and Everdeen tasked the cabins to build a shelter for an egg, so that when it was dropped from a height (the skate ramp) it wouldn’t break. The cabins went about naming their eggs, making them little homes, and wrapping them in bubble wrap. The eggs that survived the height challenge moved onto the next phase, which was to watch after the egg for the rest of the day.
The bubble wrapped egg found it’s way to the office to hang out with Portions and I, and when Everdeen caught a camper coming back for it she said: “Egg sitting was not in the rules!” We all had a good laugh about that one. Chimney’s egg fell off a shelf and splatted all over Stamp’s luggage, so I guess they didn’t do a very good job taking care of it. Pines’ egg did not make it past the skate ramp, but most cabins were able to keep their egg safe until the end of the challenge. Throughout the day there was constantly counselors reminding their campers to bring their eggs to and from places, and each egg had its own spot at the table.
Tie-dye was a hit as always and our campers created beautiful t-shirts this week. Our shirts this year feature the night sky with the Big Dipper, a cabin, a river, and a forest. We like to print the camper’s shirts with white ink so that when they dye them, the design shows up. It’s part of the #McGovernMagic! There are a few campers who come back several times a summer so they are pretty skilled tie-dyeing now and help us teach others.
Other highlights from this week include a rousing game of Capture the Flag and Dodgeball on the large soccer field. I think the campers played for like three whole hours, they had so much energy. It’s always hard to tell from the office who wins those games because it’s usually an all out battle between evenly matched teams, and the campers have fun regardless of winning.
Stick It to the Pie was absolute MADNESS this week with over 400 stickers on both Parfait and Greyjoy. Greyjoy technically had more but we couldn’t resist giving our campers a double act. Moonlight and Stamp were Spinach’s lovely assistants while everyone sat in front of the stage to watch Greyjoy and Parfait get pied. I don’t know how but literally every time Greyjoy gets pied it all goes in their hair and not on their face. Parfait didn’t escape that fate, however, and was very much covered in whatever beautiful concoction Spinach made up. I think I heard her say leftover oatmeal at some point, but honestly, who knows what that lady’s up to!
We finished off the week with a touching Final Campfire, another activity, and a talent show in the morning. Our campers left Friday afternoon so we were able to squeeze in some more fun before the bus rolled away. There was lots of singing, instruments being played, dance parties, and of course, Miss Frizzle with his shoelace tying expertise. I can’t tell if it was more or less tame than our staff talent show.
Session 2 was a hoot and we are so excited to see those friends again, either this summer or the next. Lookout for all the hilarity of Session 3 and have an amazing evening, McGovern Family.