Hello Camp McGovern! Sorry for the delay on the Session 5 post, Session 6 was just so much fun that I got caught up in it all.
I hope everyone has been beating the heat this past week and half! The Kitchener bus drop off on Saturday morning was particularly sweltering. The nighttime cold balances it out, though, and you can find me after curfew snuggled up in my bed listening to folklore podcasts. #PepsiPastTimes! Every morning Snorlax comes into the hut with his campers that take meds and shivers until he leaves. Did I tell you about how Scoops thought it only snowed up north? I showed her a picture of my home in April, with two inches of snow!
The best word to describe Session 5 was adorable, with the majority of our campers being 4-9 years old. Chimney was the youngest cabin and the campers barely reached Stamp's elbows. I kept calling them the "Two Scottish Moms and Their Seven Dwarves" because there was always a line of seven little girls following after Stamp and Sequins. Madeline meets Snow White, ha!
Popcorn's daughter got to have a special week up at camp hanging out in the Everybody Cabin with Everdeen, Portions, her mom, and one of our volunteer campers. We like to invite our Squares and LEADs back to camp for volunteer opportunities (usually to help them with their high school hours), and Twist said we needed to figure out a name for them, as they aren't fully staff yet. After some debating, they are now the Square Roots or Roots for short.
Miss Karley With A K, past Squares Maddy and CJ, past LEAD Prometheus (he named himself #lol), and another friend are helping out in the kitchen as well as with some of our campers that need support. Karley spent last week supporting a camper in Pond and she's shining in Lookout this week when she isn't playing basketball or in Girls Camp visiting Buttercup.
Session 5 was only a four day week so we jam-packed all the fun that we could into that short time. We had our usual round of Capture the Flag and Dodgeball on the soccer field.
The second set of July LEADs went on their canoe trip down the Saugeen, spending the night at Saugeen Cedars roasting s'mores and probably teaching the entire campsite Moose Alpaca. I think they had about 2 canoes tip, but other than that they did a great job on the river. I asked Pingu if he had anything notable to say about his week and this was his direct quote: "Pingu was nooting awesome , like 24/7."
Spinach learned how to solve a Rubix cube and also spent some time walking to the bathroom in slow motion like a turtle. I thought the wildlife here was good enough with just Pingu but I guess we're hiring turtles now, too; next Mossy the Snapping Turtle will be running Archery with Everdeen.
Portions spent the week making Super Mario and dog themed colouring books for campers who liked to take breaks on the porch to themselves. She learned quite a lot about the Super Mario universe thanks to them and now has an eye for the perfect line art to colour in. She also got a nice run up the hill with a camper who needed to let off some steam. I'm sure Portions would have taken him for her usual jaunt down Concession 6 if she could and show him the sweet Elmwood sights.
Also, Happy (so very belated) Birthday, Portions! We've had a handful of staff birthdays this summer: Twist, Lino, Everdeen, Snaps, and Portions. She kindly shared her cake with the staff table.
Activities went on as planned this week, although Biking and Archery had some restrictions on them because of our smaller campers who wouldn't be able to safely participate. We do have smaller harnesses for High Ropes, though, so they still got to experience that fun! I still bristle at the idea of going up there so I'm always super proud of the campers who do it no problem. Teach me your ways!
Grimm finally learned how to do tie-dye and got to head down to the Pavilion to cover shirts and probably herself in fun colours instead of just hanging out in the laundry room.
Portions and Twist began planning the Stock Exchange game, where each staff member has a "company" and there's a Camp stock market that the cabins get to play. Portions and I spent time beautifying each of the envelopes for the different stocks. She originally only had six marker colours to work with, but then I pulled out my full set and we were flying. I'm in my element when I get to doodle. If you visit camp, make sure to look at the mailbox labels for the staff!
My favourite photo moment from the week had to be at Games when they were playing with the giant rainbow tarp, titled "Nap Time With Scoops" where half the campers are just lying against her asleep. I laughed pretty hard when I first when through those photos, as more and more campers would creep into the frame and fall asleep as the activity period went on. They also played the Cat & Mouse game, where one camper crawls around under the wavering tarp (the mouse) and another is on top trying to catch them (the cat).
An exciting event at McGovern this week was that one of our campers lost a tooth! I had Miss Frizzle grab me a toonie from the Swear Jar, wrote him up a card, and packaged up the tooth for when he went home. I hand out toothbrushes and toothpaste all the time so I guess it makes sense that I can play the Tooth Fairy, too.
Besides that, Session 5 was full of glittery plasticine thanks to Arts & Crafts, Amazing Race, and a pizza night. Honestly I didn't know New Orlean's Pizza made pizzas the size of a table. Honestly gigantic, and there were leftovers so I definitely had a post-curfew pizza party in my hut later that day. Parfait said about the week that he really enjoyed supporting his camper Jax, and that the two of them grew really close in such a short amount of time.
I hope that everyone has a lovely Monday and I look forward to seeing you with the Session 6 post. Apparently there are a ton of photos!