Hello Camp McGovern! Session 4 has just begun and I'm sure there's already been oodles of fun had since the campers arrived yesterday afternoon, but I'm here to tell you all about Session 3! Between all of the songs sung in the Hallman and LEADs taking over camp it was one heck of a week. This post's title is dedicated to our Squares counselor Pingu, named after the television program penguin, because when he is called upon during the Telephone song, always responds with the character's iconic sound: the noot-noot.
"Hey Pingu!" "No-noot noot noot!" "Hey Pingu!" "No-noot no-noot no-noot noot!" "You're wanted on the telephone!" "Noot noot noot Greyjoy, noot noot noot!"
If you're an old friend, please try and sing that to yourself, new friends you'll have to visit camp in order to get the full effect! Besides Telephone, the sheer amount of Show Us How You Get Down that went on was honestly ridiculous. We usually cap it at 3 dancing staff a meal but due to the overhaul of dancing Spinach made the executive decision that we could only get down 5 times per day. Today 3 out of 5 get downs were used at breakfast so I'm going to assume dinner will be a quiet event!
Bumper and Tinkerbell spent all of Friday capturing the Amazing Race, following a few cabins around their areas. During the Amazing Race, most of our programs run like High Ropes, Low Ropes, Archery, Canoeing, and Sports, but we also have Gratitude Time where our campers write thank you cards to our sponsors. If you're unaware, Camp McGovern could not be possible without the help of our sponsors and donors, so the campers show their gratitude by telling them about their time at camp and sharing memories, favourite things about camp, or beautiful drawings.
Both the LEADs and Squares spent Session 3 shadowing cabin staff, our Inclusion Facilitators, kitchen staff, and a few Leadership members. One of the Squares, Louisa, went around calling all her shadow staff "M'Lady" while tipping her hat to them. Her Villa-mate Savion is our superstar photographer and when he wasn't helping out in the kitchen he had my camera in hand. He loves helping out in the kitchen, though, so he spent a lot of time getting to know Mariposa and Uptown.
Karley-with-a-K (it's her official title, by the way) from LEAD is here for an extra week to volunteer and make even more #McGovernMagic with her jokes and dance moves. She looks stunning in a hairnet, I promise! Buttercup and Karley even wore matching outfits last week, which were quite fetching until they got doused in a water fountain fight. I don't even know how it started, all I know is that Scoops broke a pitcher and there were many damp staff walking around during Free Time.
Speaking of the kitchen, we had a mid-afternoon cookout at Opening and the Villa firepit, where many hot dogs and s'mores were consumed. Instead of doing a full sing-song campfire afterward though, our campers did Activity 3, went swimming, and then had dinner before a night of games. They did break out some Scat before the games, how could they not?
The LEADs ran what I can only describe as a mix between Capture the Flag, Dodgeball, and something to do with crawling across the soccer field on hands and knees. I think there was also wiffle balls involved? I honestly don't know what to call it! Our LEADership campers have been superb so far this summer with their initiative, they've already led several games throughout the weeks and got our campers energized with fun.
Bumper helped to tire them out afterwards with a game of Tag where everybody is "it" and then Screaming Banshees, a fan favourite. The Leadership team was having a meeting and Twist turned her head to say something just as all the campers started their run and scream, it was so funny I think our meeting was put on hold for ten minutes.
I visited Sequins in Crafts this week to root through her supplies to make a few things for my Secret Friend (shhhhh, let's keep it between us, McGovern Family) where many bracelets were being made. The bracelet of choice at camp is the staircase but some even went for the diagonal or chevron. Once you master the chevron, you can pretty much do anything. Sprocket made me a bracelet that says my name which is super cool.
Every time I found something cool at Crafts, a camper would ask: "Can I have that?" Although I used to run A&C in 2014, Sequins and Scoops hold the reigns now and it's up to them what the campers can use.
As usual Everdeen, Grimm, and Spin ran the cabin challenges: Humpty Dumpty/egg drop (it's a work in progress), and the cabin flag challenge. There weren't any flags that made me laugh quite as hard as Pond's Shortz flag, but they were still pretty good!
Linoleum, who has been working from home this summer, came up for another visit on Thursday after going to the dentist. He and Portions answered a bunch of phone calls, filled out paperwork, and all that other great stuff. If you've recieved a phone call or email at all this summer it's likely come from Portions, Twist, Linoleum, or Gobbles. They are email machines.
Speaking of visitors, we had Chris and Kat from Americamp Canada up on Thursday to take photos and video of all our lovely international staff. Shortz led some canoeing with them, then they built a fire with campers and sang songs. The McGovern Special, one could say. There was a sea of staff wearing their Americamp t-shirts, one might think it's the McGovern uniform now!
Today we got a delivery of new tie-dye mix and I'm sure the Session 4 campers are excited to do their own, with the Squares sporting their shirts they made in Session 2. Something to note: if you ever see staff or campers in photos covered in pink or red spots or hand prints, they were really silly at tie-dye and got it all over them. It washes off soon enough and isn't harmful, so nothing to worry there! I actually face-palmed when Bo-Peep came into the med hut with what looked like pink war paint all over her.
Bo-Peep also was the bearer of quite a beautiful rash on half her face last week after the Stick It to the Pie results came through. After she took an antihistamine and I cleaned off her face, her Phantom of the Opera rash was gone, but it was quite hilarious. Spike and Pingu had to hold each other for support when receiving their pies from Mariposa and Anakin; the Villa bond is strong with them. There was a lot of ranch dressing involved in those pies, it was pretty gross.
We ended the week with the traditional Final Campfire, where we sang songs, thanked campers and staff for an amazing week, and talked about what we were taking home from camp this year. Lots of campers said that they were taking home the knowledge that no matter who you are, you will always be able to find love and support. Also, being a little weird is always okay; here at McGovern we favour the strange and out of the box characters.
Speaking of weird, the office staff has got a bit funky lately naming our supplies. The printer was dubbed Ole Smokey last year, Portions decided our paper shredder was Sandra, and today Tinkerbell named the air conditioning unit Francesca. The office is definitely a funny place to be lately.
Thank you to everyone who has emailed in or said over the phone how much you love the blog, it really is lovely to hear, especially now this year that I'm not working in the office full time and don't have as many pockets in my schedule to sit down and write. The staff has helped me out tremendously by taking photos and giving me stories, and your support really fuels me to write my posts.
I hope you all have a lovely week and here's to an amazing Session 4!