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Week 3 at Elmwood

Elmwood Ten in a Week!

Week 3 was Elmwood’s best week yet. Yes, it was hot, but there was no rain. We thought it would be fun this week to look at how the Elmwood Ten was put into action!

The Elmwood Ten is a set of ten goals that we have for every camper and staff member at camp. Each day, we are very intentional in how we help our community members attain these goals. Here are a few examples!

Be Kind

This is an all day every day goal at Elmwood. Our counselors work with campers on this by encouraging and then recognizing kind behavior. In athletics, one goal that we had for our specialists was asking campers to cheer for everyone. They told campers that people love when they are supported and believed in regardless of their skill level. Knowing someone is there for you can make all the difference.

Build Friendships and Relationships

This week, in the Group program, Division Heads led an activity called the Friendship Circle. In this activity, each camper gets his or her name written on a piece of paper. Each paper gets passed around the circle and each camper writes a compliment about the person or says why they admire the person. This is a great start to recognizing that everyone has good in them. It also helps new friendships form.

Develop Independence

Now that we are in week three, counselors are really encouraging campers to take care of themselves when possible. They teach them how to apply their own sunscreen, pack their own bag and most importantly advocate for themselves. Even our youngest campers are now speaking up and announcing what they need and feel!

Try New Things

This week, our fourth graders had their “Pick Your Program” days. They spend 2 hours every day working with an expert teacher really focusing on skill development. The activities were advanced ceramics, fencing, baseball and hip hop dance. All of the campers tried something new, worked hard, and made great strides.

Work Cooperatively

Many of our second grade campers went hiking at Bear Mountain this week. This was no easy hike. Jerry, Elmwood’s Hiking Director, is very focused on having campers help each other. There is one very rocky section that requires campers giving each other a hand for balance. This challenging experience illustrates the importance of cooperation and teamwork.

Communicate Effectively

As campers become more comfortable in their summer home, it is natural that some conflicts will arise. Counselors and Division Heads worked with campers this week on problem solving, expressing feelings and positive language. One of the great parts of the Elmwood experience is the downtime that campers get in the morning and the afternoon. These are the times when campers learn to relate to each other at a high level. Counselors guide campers for sure, but the real magic happens when campers are able to fully navigate these times on their own.

Participate Actively and Develop Skills

This was the week of progress at the pool. Campers are all working hard learning new strokes, refining other strokes, increasing stamina, and pushing themselves toward the next level. They are doing all of this by the side of our swim and group staff. At Elmwood, skill development is easier because children have amazing role models along for the ride with them.

Accept Yourself

Part of accepting yourself is learning that one might not always like to do what their friend likes to do. It is okay to have your own interests. The goal of our morning club program is to allow campers to leave their group and explore what is most interesting to them. Some of this week’s choices included: Dancing the Decades, Yoga, Sports Around the Wood, Slime Time Live, Soccer Superstars, Music Master, Paper Airplanes, Cars at Woodworking, and the Royal Party. The best part is that they get to return to their friends at the end of club each day!

Accept Others

At our Monday all camp meeting, there was a lip-sync battle for team spirit day. On Thursday, staff participated in the Emoji Cam Game. Campers got to see many of their counselors acting very silly. Even when we are ridiculous here at camp, we learn to support and celebrate each other. In fact, this is what allows us to feel comfortable to be silly in the first place!

Have Fun

Pajama Day, gymnastics trips, circus arts for 2nd graders, Team Spirit Day, parent visiting and of course pool dancing! A super fun week for sure!

The Elmwood Ten does not end this week. It is an eight week journey, and we are almost at the halfway mark. We look forward to sharing more of the Elmwood Ten magic with you later this summer. For now, we wish you and your family a GREAT weekend!

Suzanne’s Recipe of the Week: Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat oven to 350. In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and eggs until creamy. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes until edges are golden brown. Let stand on cookie sheet for 2 minutes.