There were a couple “firsts” at camp last week. Wednesday we had our first Dutch Auction in both the Junior and the Senior camps.
For the Dutch Auction, each camper brought an item of her choice to work with and everyone was divided into groups. Groups were given scenarios and had to make up a skit or advertisement using one of the items at their disposal. For example, maybe they were asked to pretend they were being chased by a bear. From that they might have to figure out how to get away based on using the item they brought. The group would chose someone’s item and create a skit.
One group had the book The Catcher In the Rye on hand and said in their skit, (almost a Public Service Announcement), “If you see a bear in the woods just read this book and it will put the bear to sleep.” Then they acted it out.
The counselors voted and the teams with the most points won a special treat— a little bit of candy at the Camp Store, shower passes, or buffet passes.
It was a huge hit! As you can imagine whenever the skits get going , there were plenty of laughs. But most of all the quick thinking and team work necessary to deal with the scenario, match it to an item and a concept and pull together a performance called for cooperation, strategy and the art of entertaining others in a convincing fashion. It was a blast!
Last week we also had our first ever snack break in-between morning classes. All campers and counselors met on the blacktop where we shared a carrots, Nutrigrain bars and orange juice. Everyone loved it—yes, we heard lots of compliments on the healthiness, variety and flavorful bites— and we’ll be doing it throughout the summer.
And while outdoor snacks are awesome, nothing quite beats that first lunch under the apple tree. The sun was out and it was a beautiful hot day. Topped off with peppermint patties.
–Elizabeth Shreckhise, Assistant Director