Well, it’s happened. We’re back in Kids’ Camp mode. Kind of. We are running three camps this week — Bravo, Aspire, and Grad.
Bravo is a Drama camp that’s been running the past five or six years, under Liz’s leadership. Since Liz is no longer our programming director, and is not here now, we have passed the reins into the capable hands of Natalie and Jordanne. The Bravo campers, kids between the ages of 11 and 15 with a flair for the dramatic, are working all week on a production of Beauty and the Beast, which they’ll perform on Friday afternoon, in amongst other typical camp activities like water sports and campfires.
Grad Camp is a rental group that has been using our facilities happily for decades, and continue to come back. They were a graduating group from the Christian Fellowship group, I believe at the University of Toronto, and were looking for a place to have a reunion. They’ve been back every year since, many of them bringing along their children and grandchildren with them now.
Aspire is a program that is new this year. It’s for aspiring leaders. It’s the first step in our leadership training programs. We’re looking to expand our leadership program, and this is one of the ways we’re doing that. It’s kind of like a precursor to our Crew program. Kids aged 13 and 14 are on site, working with Frank this week. They’re doing servant leadership training which involves team building, and practical leadership training in other various activities. They will be given opportunity to develop and hone their leadership tendencies through various tasks, whether individually or as a team. There are, of course, other activities for them which are kids-camp style, including water sports and campfires, among others. This program features an emphasis on developing faith, growing independence and self confidence, and leadership trough service of others, while learning about service from a Biblical point of view.
Here they all are, getting off the bus, ready for a week of awesome at Camp!
The weather has been downright lovely the past couple of days here, and is set to continue along this trend throughout the rest of the week, with a possible blip on Thursday, but we can handle that. We actually have humidex values into the 30s this week! Since it’s been quite chilly though, the leaves have begun to turn in varying degrees of intensity.
But when the sun shines so brilliantly, and there’s hardly any wind and not a cloud in the sky, as was the case Saturday, yesterday, and again today (though it’s a wee bit hazy and breezy today), the lake sparkles like it’s covered in millions of little diamonds.
This kind of sparkly water is inviting, even if it’s a little chilly. On Saturday, it encouraged Jared and Nat to do some hand fishing. I don’t think they caught anything, but they had fun anyway.
It also encouraged jumping in feet first off of the dock, for a refreshing dip in Ahmic Lake. It’s been a little while since I’ve seen people so eager to just fling themselves into the lake!
The other thing I observed this weekend, were some bona fide camp kids in the making. All summer, we’ve been watching Chris and Sherri’s kids, Madelyn and Isaac, along with Jay and Trish’s youngest, Danielle, just absolutely love life at Camp. Madelyn and Isaac went from being kind of shy and a little hesitant, to dancing around, loving life, banging on water cisterns (I think Isaac may want to be a drummer like his Dad), and getting right in there and comfy with our staff. Danielle is a girl I’ve seen dive head first into every single aspect of camp life, happily, and enthusiastically. The girl always has a smile on her face, whether she’s helping her Mom in the kitchen, sneaking in on a programming meeting, or just hanging out with some kids.
Check out this chipmunk I saw!
And as always, Camp sunsets never disappoint. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to the dock in time to get pictures as the sun was actually setting last night, but as my Mama and I sat on the dock just chilling until it was too cold to do so anymore, we watched the reflected colours from the sky turn the water a gorgeous orangey purple colour, that my camera failed miserably to adequately capture, but I took some pictures anyway.
Stay tuned throughout the rest of the week for pictures of Bravo and Aspire, and some updates about what’s going on here at Camp this week! We have a week and a half left of our summer season, can you believe it? Crazy.