Every summer I sit back in reflect on that summer and then name and describe my top five things about that summer.
So, in no particular order, let’s plunge into my faves of Summer 2015!
1. My Songbook Challenge
I decided I’d do a Songbook challenge where anyone could challenge me to sing a song with all the right words, and if I didn’t get it right, they would have some sort of funny thing I’d have to do.
The first one was the challenge of going down the slip-n-slide if I didn’t get the words correctly to “One of the Grays.” Well, I didn’t know that one very well, so down the slip-n-slide I went the next day, during a light rain shower in front of all of camp!
The other ones I lost had me doing cartwheels down the center aisle of the Play Hall during Assembly, and wearing three corn rows in my hair for a full day. It was really fun and funny and kept me on my toes while secretly helping to promote singing at camp — a win win even when I “lost.”
2. Opening Days
Opening Days are wildly exciting to begin with — the anticipation of new campers, the energy of the staff, the camp filled with laughter and reunions.
On the Opening Day of 1st term I was so thrilled that it was handled so smoothly despite the crazy circumstances of high water in the river that made crossing by the Barge impossible. If you missed that blog entry, catch up with it here.
On the Opening Day of 2nd term I was utterly delighted that we didn’t have to usher everyone in the way we did 1st term! This was such a breeze compared to 1st Term that I couldn’t help but relish the easiness of it all! Ha Ha!
3. ACA Accreditation
As I just wrote in detail on the blog, the American Camp Association accreditation process was smooth, went well, and is expected to be a resounding success. Still, it takes a lot of review, especially on any brand new standards, and I can’t help but be glad that we did it, but also that it’s over now for another 3 years 🙂
4. Assembly skits
This year we decided to have the counselors perform 1-2 skits during morning Assembly, just to liven it up and change things up a bit. I felt it was so successful, and the skits were hilarious and creative! Some of my favorites were Keeping Up with the Dawsons, the Von Trapp Family’s Farewell, and a video of several DubSmash videos strung together.
I loved the creativity, the risk-taking, and showing how theatricals can be brought into camp life (and any life) not just on dramatic production days, or at special campfires, but just anytime! What fun!
And, it’s always a treat when my parents jump in and make a cameo in a skit, which you can see in the photo above when they pulled out their old schtick as Sonny and Cher — so hilarious!
5. The counseling staff!
This year the counselors went above and beyond in really pushing our mission of, “Inspiring growth through honor, loyalty, and friendship.”
Many of them commented, in various ways, about how they really saw the growth in their campers, and that that was such a rewarding aspect of the job.
As a camp director, this is AWESOME to see in my staff, and is proof that our unique training and cultivation of the staff works well. But this is because we have great staff to work with in the first place — what a team!
We always have a wonderful summer team, but this year’s commitment to cultivating high ideals was a little something extra!
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls