There is no doubt that the summer just keeps getting better and better. Week 6 was the best week yet and perhaps the best Elmwood week ever in our 60 years of summers. Five days of sunshine meant five days of great progress for our campers at swim, friendships everywhere, amazing activity instruction, a ridiculous amount of smiling and so many special programs for kids of all ages. It was as perfect as camp can get!
At our all camp meeting, Gregg and Hillari honored staff who have worked at camp for 5 and 6 summers. Each staff member was thanked for their contributions. The campers listened and cheered for the staff. Gregg and Hillari then went on to talk about the Project Morry Swim-a-thon. All day long, campers swam laps to help raise money for Project Morry, an organization that provides free summer camp and year round educational programming to under-served populations. It was wonderful to see Elmwood campers giving back and helping spread the camp feeling to all children.
The highlight of the week was yesterday’s Day of Wonder. Campers and staff came in wild costumes centered around mystical and imaginative characters. The story of the day was that Mr. Magic and his henchmen came to Elmwood to steal the wonder away. Of course, there were lots of WONDERful characters at camp too such as a Jedi, Harry Potter, a Pokemon and Tinkerbell. Working along with the characters, campers were able to keep the wonder alive at camp. Activities for the day included Jedi Training, Pokemon training, and making a fairy-dust jar. The energy and spirit in the camp is truly indescribable. It was a very special day!!
Top Ten Other Reasons That Week 6 Was the Best!
10. Third Grade Camp Within a Camp! Choices included Fencing, Board Game Creation, Decathlon, and Write Your Own Play.
9. Tarplin Games: the ultimate event to learn about teamwork, sportsmanship and healthy competition. Every group was a team and at the end of each event, 2 scores were given: one for winning and one for sportsmanship. Campers competed in relays, soccer, Steal the Bacon, trivia and other challenges. All campers worked on being good sports and playing fairly. It is definitely one of the highlights of the 2nd grade experience.
8. 4th Grade Tye Dye Party: A 60s themed party where all campers and staff made Tye Dye shirts, listened to music and had fun with friends.
7. Many amazing hikes! Campers said, “The view at the end of the hike of the city was really cool” and “GORP is yummy” and “I like how down to nature it was!”
6. Nine in the Air introduced at Athletics this week. It is like upside down box ball and campers and staff love it!
5. Quesadillas, Rice and Beans for lunch!!
4. K Club. What could be cooler than or five year olds getting introduced to electives at Elmwood? Their counselors leading their clubs!!
3. Seniors trip to Woodmont Day Camp where they got to go mountain biking and on the zip line!
2. 4th Grade Overnight to Camp Schodack: Campers said, " Best night ever" and “so cool to celebrate my birthday with friends away from home and I just loved everything!!”
1. Edible Cookie Dough at cooking: see recipe below!
Suzanne’s Recipe of the Week: Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons vanilla
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 8-12 tablespoons water
Cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl. Stir in the flour, salt, vanilla and chips. Add the water, one tablespoon at a time until you have reached a cookie dough consistency.