Hello McGovern Family! Session 4 was something else, I tell you. The Squares went on the first canoe trip to launch this summer and had a wild time, I think one of the canoes tipped, but Greyjoy will tell you that it only "took on water." It happens all the time and all the Squares came back safely after a night of camping. I wonder if they taught the other people camping any camp songs or McGovern traditions!
When they came back they helped out with programs and did some more shadowing, as well as hanging out in the Villa with the new crop of LEADs that Anakin, Spike, and Parfait are with. Anakin went on the canoe trip with them, so Parfait stepped in to support the LEAD program, and I think after a few days of hearing the two of them talking over the walkie I can hear wedding bells in the distant. An English guy saying all of his walkie commands in a Alabaman accent is something...special.
Those two are also the only people at camp who say "over" when they talk to eac hother on the walkie. We all have our own special way of communicating though, so I shouldn't be surprised. I'd bet a pie in the face that Grimmauld will say "I am Grimm" anytime someone calls for her.
Session 4 was very, very rainy for the first few days so we spent some time in the Hallman watching The Lorax, playing card games, making so many bracelets, and busting out their pipes at Karoake night. It was like Lip Sync Battle on a sugar rush, I tell you, there was cheering, dancing, singing, yelling, costumes, dramatics, and so much more. Eventually when the rain stopped everyone poured out of the Hallman for fresh air before bed time.
I can't even joke about how many bracelets were made last week, it was like a fairy came along and blew bracelet-making glitter over everyone. Specifically, Kumihimo bracelets, which is a form of braiding and weaving string on a wheel type loom. All those white, flower looking, foam circles you see people holding are what they use to make all sorts of designs and colourful patterns. Scoops said she's already bought two 100 piece packs of string this summer because of how many she's made.
We had our usual Flag Making Cabin Challenge, where Pond tried to recreate Shortz's English flag that hangs above the door and Lookout drew what I can only describe as a Mount Rushmore type facade of Burly and Snorlax.
Thursday was a super exciting day because we got to welcome home an old friend! Pollen rolled in and we got the whole camp to wave and cheer to her. A few people held the Welcome Home sign, whooped, and all the old friends went in for a hug. Pollen works in England but is from Canada, so she's kind of like a reverse-international. She immediately got back into the swing of camp helping cabins and catching up with staff and campers. I wonder how long it took before she had tie-dye hands.
Our shipment of tie-dye meant that we now have a few more colours so instead of just fuschia-handed campers coming into the med hut, we not have smurfs running around because of the blue dye. For the first time this summer we had to do tie-dye in the evening due to scheduling changes and I kept calling it "Tie-Dye After Dark," McGovern's latest event.
Sprocket Jr the Giraffe made an appearance at Low Ropes, providing all the long-haired campers with hair ties when they were caught in a bind. Honestly, if you're ever at camp and you need a hair tie, it doesn't matter if you don't know Sprocket, he'll always have an extra hair tie to give you. Sprocket Jr is always decked out in a rainbow of hair ties, ready to give out at Ropes and other activities when he isn't fixing stuff up with his volunteer buddy, Austin.
Our farmer neighbour Mr Miller and his grandchildren came down one day with the dogs and the little Millers got to roast hot dogs at cookout with Lookout (ha!). Sometimes they come for a full week at camp but oftentimes the Millers just come down the road and hang out with us. Mr Miller is super handy when we're in a bind and need someone with a tractor. It happens often, I tell you.
In the office, our super star Matthew from Pines kept us company with his silent, amused presence. He read his book, helped Sandra shred things, and added commentary to all our ridiculous antics. He also hung out on the porch with some campers that had designated Porch Parties, playing cards, drawing pictures, and chatting all day. He even sat in on some Drama sessions with Stamp and laughed at Portions whenever she would start singing Disney songs.
With all the rain, our internet went out again so many times during the week. When I was on the phone with our internet company a few weeks ago I told him that our internet usually only goes out on rainy days and not when it's sunny, so I must have jinxed the rain. Sorry, McGovern Family.
Besides having to convince a couple of campers that the Intergalactic Space Chickens were in fact real and not just made up by Twist, the week went smoothly. There was uproar over the walkies as we had to keep telling the campers about how Spinach was captured by them in Staff Training. We got her back safe and sound but we are not letting that girl out of our sight when the Chickens land ever again.
Even though Crispy and Spicy visited the office to help convince the campers, they wouldn't believe us. Guess we'll just have to invite the Intergalactic team to McGovern in the next few weeks to make them believe.
Please thank Tinkerbell for all of his photo talents, he's been the man behind the camera recently and I love his eye for all things McGovern. I hope you all have a lovely rest of your week and I'll see you again when it's time to tell you all about Session 5. Spoiler alert: the campers are all very small and very cute. Wait until you see Chimney.
Leave seeds out for the Space Chickens and have a great Tuesday,