This week at Elmwood was filled with joy, laughter, excitement, action and fun! It was the best week of camp yet, and it is hard to believe that we are at the halfway point in the summer. The entire camp community has formed unbreakable bonds that are unique to Elmwood. Everywhere one looks, there are acts of kindness, friendship, compassion and altruism. The goals of the Elmwood Ten Program are being reached every day, and each member of our community is seeing the benefits of being one’s self.
On Monday, we kicked of the week with our all camp meeting. Of course, the birthday bunch was there to celebrate the week’s birthdays. We were also able to highlight several staff by showing their baby pictures to the camp and had a guessing competition to see which staff member matched which baby picture. The meeting ended with Hillari and Gregg honoring staff members who have spent four summers at camp.
On Thursday, the entire Elmwood community went on a road trip throughout the USA. The day started with the campers learning that an important surprise package did not show up to camp. We learned that the packages had accidentally been shipped to Gregg’s relatives who live around the country. We met his Grandma, his Auntie, and his long-lost brother. Hillari and Gregg asked Jake and Vinny to take a road trip around the country to pick up the packages from Gregg’s family members. The packages were found at the end of the day and filled with beach balls for every camper.
We had our totally awesome 80s party on Friday. Campers and staff were decked out in 80s gear. A few highlights were Madonna costumes, a 1984 Reagan/Bush shirt, a Eurythmics t-shirt and more side ponytails than one could count. Friday’s pool dancing was an all 80s dance fest.
Stepping Stones News
Elmwood’s youngest campers had an awesome week at camp. They made extraordinary progress at swim, learned new basketball skills at Lower Village Garden, acted out stories with Mia, and got to play in Elmville and at Sky Park. The best part of their week was visiting the veranda with Nicole where it was book week. They made projects based on and .
Lower Village News
It was a great week to be a 1st and 2nd grader at Elmwood. Our G2s went to the Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk where they got to experience many fantastic hands on exhibits. B2B & B2D climbed Turkey Mountain, heard Jerry’s famous story and saw the spectacular views. All lower villagers went to Adventure Park where the platform drop opened. Vinny and Matt encouraged campers to jump off the platform, high in the sky. It was the perfect way for campers to take a very safe risk. The 1st graders and 2nd grade boys had evening visiting. Campers loved showing off Elmwood to their parents including playing with them in the Sky Park.
This week’s Lower Village Clubs included: Light It Up Science, Superhero Artists, Cheer Dance Squad, Tic Tac Toe Boards at Woodworking, Street Art, Fairies, Dragons, & Knights, Tricks, Jokes, & Magic, Sleepover Party Club, Baskets & Goals, Stanley Cup Hockey, Gagactagon Madness and Savory Sweet Sensations at Cooking
Upper Village News
What a week to be an upper villager. This was Pick Your Program Week for all 4th graders. Each day, they traveled to nearby Solomon Schechter to visit the state of the art campus and got to choose a week-long major in either Fencing, Baseball with Game on 360, Studio Art or Hip Hop Dance. The campers kicked off the week with a special celebratory lunch and ended the week showing off what they learned to other campers.
The 3rd graders had a great week getting ready for next week’s intensives’ finales. Final rehearsal for the show was happening while exciting League games were being played. Discovery campers built roller coasters and marble runs and SOHO campers created self-portraits and wire sculptures based on Calder.
This week’s 3rd grade clubs included: Superhero Comic Creations, Yogi Fun, Flag Rugby, Set & Costume Design, Tic Tac Toe Boards at Woodworking, The Science of Spying and Tie Dye.
Suzanne’s Recipe of the Week – Chocolate Chip Cookie
- 2 ¼ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat oven 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 un-greased cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes until edges are golden brown. Let stand on cookie sheet for 2 minutes.