It’s another season of friendly color rivalry as Blue–Gray competition remains strong at Ghany!
But as always we’re keeping it fresh. We’ve implemented a few new things this year that have re-sparked the interest and energy surrounding our Blue-Gray events.
The guidance of mentors
One of the most notable changes is that we have a counselor position called Blue/Gray mentors, with one counselor mentor per team. We’ve actually had this in place for a couple of years, but this year we really defined the position more and gave each mentor more responsibility.
This has been very successful, and this year’s mentors — Lizzie and Emma — are doing a fabulous job and working so hard with their teams. Of course, like all other counselors, the counselors’ colors are still not known to campers, so Lizzie and Emma remain neutral and are not necessarily working with the team they were on as campers. Think of them as Switzerland x2 in Blue and Gray!!
Pep it up
Because our competitions are such friendly fun, we added to the schedule Sunday pep rallies to get excited for the Swim and Canoe meets. Ghany girls love to sing and cheer and generally get pumped up so this has just been great.
The rallies happen like this: The teams meet on the blacktop and are met with a fun activity that’s been organized to focus their team excitement.
The last week of 2nd term, they made signs for their teams for the meets, and everyone put their handprint and signatures together for the signs. So cute and a fun way to nurture team bonding.
Emcee Dana Sparks in the house!
Another fun Sunday add-on is commentating the Swim and Canoe Meets. This summer it has been JC Mom Dana Sparks doing the commentating, which has been lovely. She adds an extra bit of fun to the meets with her blow-by-blows, shout-outs, and analysis which helps campers understand a little more about what is going on from the sidelines.
This year we’ve also tried a few new evening activities. They’ve been hit or miss, but it’s always fun to try new things. Marshmallow Paint Wars was a bit of a miss, but Sponge Wars was a hit!
Next year we’re looking to implement what we call Sportsmanship Points, where the teams can earn points for good sportsmanship in and out of competition events. Keep following the blog to hear more about that.
Until then, root for your color and stay tuned to find out who’ll take the title this year!
–Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls