Heat and humidity don’t bother us at Elmwood. Nope, they only make us more jazzed and excited about the magic of camp. Week 7 was such a special week even though we know our summer is nearing its end. While our program was filled with special activities this week, the essence of week 7 can be described in just two words: teamwork and togetherness.
Monday and Tuesday were the Levy Upper Village Bowl at camp. Third and fourth graders and their staff spent two says in intense competition while learning and experiencing teamwork, cooperation, spirit, hard work and fun. There were so many different events including soccer, running races, sculpture challenges, robin’s nest, relay races, trivia, swim meet and of course the cheer off. It was amazing to witness the Elmwood counselors being so committed to everyone on their team. They did not rest for a minute. At every moment during the two days, we saw counselors cheering for, coaching, helping and supporting their campers. Counselors ran along side their campers pushing the boys and girls to be the best that they can be. This set the example for all of the Upper Villagers and the entire camp. Elmwood is a team, and we support each other when challenged and celebrate our success collectively. That is what it means to be a part of the Elmwood community.
Carnivals are fun. What’s not to like? Games, rides, and silliness. What is it then that makes the Elmwood carnival that much better? It is that we experience the carnival together. Campers and counselors see the rides on the Elmwood fields and one can’t tell who is more excited: the child or adult. The truth is that while the rides are fun they may not be as exciting as the ones at a theme park. However, how often do kids who have spent the past 7 weeks forming unbreakable bonds along with their favorite counselors get to jump on a bounce house all together? After the bounce house, they can play fun games led by campers or get their face painted or eat a yummy churro. The Elmwood Carnival is the perfect way to announce that every moment of Elmwood gets better and better because we are together. The power of the Elmwood relationships are perfectly illustrated on our Carnival day. We can all be who we are meant to be when we are all together.
A Few More Fun Facts About Week 7…
Lower Village clubs this week included: Go Gaga for Gaga, Party Paint Platters, Fabulous Frames at Woodworking, Broadway Superstars, Sweet and Salty Selections at Cooking, Ancient Egypt Time Travel and Kickball!
Five year olds got their second taste of Electives at K Club which included: Birdhouses, Sleepover Club, Gardening and Sports!
Third graders and our seniors each got to experience the magic of water-parks this week. Third graders went to Splashdown Beach and the seniors went to Camel Beach. The looks on the camper’s faces as they got off the bus said it all. The look was wow, just wow!
Suzanne’s Recipe of the Week: Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
- ⅓ cup oil
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips (or to taste)
Preheat oven to 350. Stir eggs, bananas, oil and milk until well blended. Add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir until just moistened. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into greased/sprayed pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes.