So a MILLION things have happened in the last few days.
I'll talk about our Session 1 campers in a bit, but first let's get through the last bit of Staff Training Week hilarity. I'll put a big list of all the new friend's camp names at the bottom of this post.
We had our first One Utensil Meal as a full staff team and there was some beautiful theatrics and strategies by all to eat their potatoes, peas, corn, and chicken. It was delicious but difficult. Sprocket had one of the giant potato mashers and just squished all of his food into it before eating it from the masher. Urban Legend, of course, used his beautiful face instead of a utensil. Someday I'll ask him about the skin benefits of One Utensil Meals.
We played a game of Attack of the Intergalactic Space Chickens for the summer, with Marvel, Hoola, Wombo, Greyjoy, Linoleum, and Ohana as our Chickens. Crispy and Spicy were taken down from their perch above Spinach's desk and paraded through camp. If you don't know what Space Chickens is, the short version is that it's a 100-person jello fight followed by a 100-person paper mache fight. It produces some beautiful photos.
Linoleum has been missing Spinach and during Chickens he put her photo in a plastic sleeve and taped it to his middle. She surprisingly lasted the entire game. For Stick It To The Pie, our pie in the face contest that we do every week at camp, Lino has Spinach on his tummy, so she's included if he gets pied. Sorry, Spin.
Friday night, before Final Campfire, we had a Staff Talent Show, where there were many serious and many silly acts. Greyjoy brought back a fan favourite - Be Brave - and a poem she read last year but revised for this summer. Our International staff put on a magic show full of sword swallowing, slight of hand, and Bambi was even cut in half. Bambi and Groot played the magicians' lovely assistants and wore quite fetching dresses.
Strum, Hoola, and Hoover sang Home by Phillip Phillips, I played Patience by the Lumineers on the piano, Ohana performed La Vie en Rose and The Moon Song on ukulele, Nyoom and Crush danced to Angel by Sarah McLachlan while wearing some interesting outfits, and Marvel learned the Sky Above, Grass Below song on ukulele! It was a jam packed evening. One of the last acts of the night involved some international friends acting as if they were on a rollercoaster, but the audience knew that they were ACTUALLY acting out being on the toilet.
Our staff Final Campfire was definitely interesting as there was a rainstorm that started right after I got the fire going. And I'm talking about a storm, like in the movies when there's rain beating down and the movie stars have hair flowing in the wind. It was like that except it was me in the middle of the forest attempting to keep a campfire alive. I managed it and we had a night full of singing, dancing, gratitude, and reflection.
Funny enough, on Sunday when the campers arrived it started raining again when I built the fire. It was beautiful. It lit up the forest. And then a small raindrop hit me and I thought "oh no" as it started to pour again. I had to put out that fire because we didn't want our campers in the rain but thankfully there's a fake campfire in the Hallman that we have for times like this. We plugged it in, made a circle of benches, and Linoleum led the camp.
We are jam packed with campers this week: with 5 boys cabins and 3 girls cabins plus our LEAD2 campers. There's only 3 of them but they take up a lot of space with their personalities. Marvel and Bambi have been running around with them as they do learning sessions, spend time with the campers, and do self reflection so that they can get to know themselves a little bit better.
Last night we had an actual campfire to make up for the one that got rained out, led by Marvel and her campfire committee. Denim and Marvel acted out a Horton Hears a Who skit, sang the Bear Song, and did Air Band Charades.
Today we had a camper with a birthday! I can't say who it is but they opened their present from home and got a beanie baby and a bracelet making kit. Afterward, the entire Hallman sang happy birthday. We had a very delicious grilled cheese lunch with veggies and lemonade.
Right now the boys are doing tie-dye and the girls are building the tallest tower they can, then it's time for Free Swim and Tuck. This week's Tuck is popsicles.
I'll be back again with more updates this week, but for now I must go and check how many stickers the campers have put on my face in the last half an hour.