On Saturdays, we get to sleep in an hour which is always a nice treat. After breakfast, we had a few classes before the non-counseling staff left for their day off. The groups that had speech made up stories using Story Cubes. In reading, the groups played UNO. It is always fun to do some different things on weekends.
Lunch was leftovers - this is always a favorite meal for campers and staff because we get another chance to have all the great food we had all week. We are blessed with wonderful cooks and if you go away from meals hungry, you are doing something wrong! We encourage the campers to try new things at meal times and we often see campers discover that they like different foods that they didn't think they would like.
After rest hour, everyone played a big game of kickball. Then it was time for swimming again. Dan's daughters came for a visit during swimming with his 5 grand kids - the little ones were a huge hit with many of the kids and there was a constant supply of entertainment for them as the campers offered to play in the sand with them, swim with them, or just make goofy faces, hoping for a smile! We took a break for Trading Post and then swam some more. Our new picnic shelter by the trading post is wonderful for sitting in the shade and taking a break with a treat.
Our evening activity was a movie. We watched Inside Out and many of the campers said that they really liked it. We also got some yummy popcorn and a caffeine free drink for our night treat during the movie.
It was a full day and I saw quite a few sleepy campers heading off to bed after the movie!
Friday was another hot day! Everyone really enjoyed their swimming time. Our lifeguard was gone today, but most groups still went swimming with their counselors. The lake was also busy for "Tom Time". Tom is one of our staff members who does things like boat rides and fishing. He told me the fish were hungry today and at least a couple campers caught good sized northerns. We are strictly catch and release though, so no fish for supper!
We enjoyed general swim again and it was a beautiful day to be in the water. Since it was still so warm, we decided once again to have an evening swim for our evening activity. Judging by the cheers and yells when the announcement was made, this was a very popular decision!
This is a photo of some of the counselors during Find Your Counselor - proof that they hid in the dumpster (or proof that they're crazy!)
Boy, I'm really slacking! After being gone and thinking I got all caught up on Wednesday, I realized that my post didn't publish! Darn technology!
Wednesday was a hot one! The kids kept cool by playing water games in Rec. Everyone was also very excited about their swim time! In crafts, they made tote bags. We all enjoyed general swim time in the heat. Even the lifeguard and I had to take a quick dip to cool off!
Our evening activity was scheduled to be Minute to Win It, but since it was still quite warm and it was such a beautiful night, we opted for an evening swim instead. It was absolutely gorgeous on the lake with just a very gentle breeze. I can't believe more boaters weren't out enjoying the lake. We had several campers and staff that took the kayaks and paddle boats out for a ride.
Everyone was ready for a good night's sleep after so much time in the sun and water. A great day at Camp!
Hello Everyone! This is Jenny, the Assistant Director at Elks Camp Grassick. I know I promised you an update every day, but unfortunately, I was called for Jury Duty and was gone from camp for 3 days. It was an interesting experience, but let me tell you, I would have rather been at Camp!
Sunday we were excited to welcome all of our campers. The staff is always very excited to greet old friends and meet all the new campers. It was a nice day and everything went very well. Sunday night after supper, we introduced ourselves to one another. The campers did so well at telling us their name, where they were from and their favorite hobby. It's hard to talk in front of a big group of people sometimes and they all did great! Dan even quizzed us, asking questions like "which staff member is from California?" or "name all the sets of twins at camp". We had a lot of good listeners and it was a great way to get to know everyone.
Monday was the first full day of camp so there were a lot of routines to be learned. In crafts, the campers made token pouches to carry their tokens in and decorated cups to keep in their cabins. They learned their buddy board numbers in swimming so that everyone was ready for general swim. It was too cool to swim during general swim time so we started the movie "Up". The evening activity was the Welcome Dance which is always a favorite. I'm sorry I missed it because I know we have some awesome dancers!
Tuesday was a warmer day so we got to go in for general swim. It's so good to have nice days that allow us time in the water. We worked with clay in crafts. It needs time to dry and then we will fire it in the kiln which is always a pretty cool event and the campers get very excited waiting to see their "baked" project. In Rec, there were some exciting games of Lightning and Kickball. I hear that Cabin 5 got very into their games - great competitors! The evening activity was relay races. It's always fun to cheer for our teams and see what goofy races that Dan comes up with such as balancing a frisbee on our heads!
Wednesday was another warm day so the Rec staff played some "Splish, Splish, Splash", this is like Duck, Duck, Goose but with water! A little water, a little water, a little water and then a big splash when you pick the person to chase you. This is always a camper favorite and fun to play on a hot day. In crafts, we made picture frames and got our pictures taken to put in our Super Hero frames. I heard that there were even a few "poses". Tonight's evening activity was Find Your Counselor. The campers and non-counseling staff finished watching Up while the counselors looked for the best hiding spots. The kids looked high and low for their staff - in trees, under row boats and behind bushes - but they were very hard to find! We finally found all of the counselors hiding together...in THE DUMPSTER!! Everyone had a good laugh at that one because no one expected that hiding place! I'm glad I didn't have to crawl into the stinky trash and there are sure to be lots of hot showers tonight!
I'm glad to be back at camp and hope to keep posting all the fun things we are doing. I will also try to post some pictures later.
Tuesday was a big, big day with lots of fun activities. We started out the day with our usual schedule of classes. It was a nice day and I heard there was some splish, splish splash being played in rec. In crafts, the campers made little books out of scrapbook paper and sticky notes that are super cute.
In the afternoon, we had our water carnival during our general swim time. This is always a fun activity. We started out with a coin dig. Dan buries change in the sand and then each cabin group gets a chance to dig around for the buried treasure! Even the staff likes it - we call it our bonus!
Then we do relay races in the water - running, pulling each other on noodles, etc. The next activity was the giant raft. Campers tried to balance on the raft first and then went for a wild ride while staff spun, bounced and splashed. It was like our own version of white water rafting. There was a lot of laughing and screaming and only a couple people went "over board"!
After that, we threw pop into the water for the kids to find. We found out that some root beer floats so those were easy to find! After that, we had a greased watermelon contest. This is basically like a football game in the water with a large, greased watermelon as the ball. Each team is trying to be the first to get the melon to shore while keeping it out of the hands of the other team. The staff begs to have their own battle for this one!
For our evening activity, we had bingo and hay ride. What a fun night! Dan drove the hay ride and took the kids over to the Stroh farm. Kristen Mimnaugh Stroh is the OT instructor at Camp and also Dan's daughter. She and her husband and kids live just down the road from camp. The kids got to get out and see the sheep and baby lambs in the barn. They even got to see some being bottle fed. It was a special treat as I'm sure many of the kids have never had the opportunity to pet and hold little lambs.
While one group was on the hayride, the other group stayed in the dining hall and played a few games of Bingo. The campers always like to win a prize. We also got to have the pop that we rescued from the lake during the water carnival. All in all, it was a very exciting day!
I was just doing Tuesday's post and I realized this one was empty. I don't understand computers; I'm sure it was here before! I will try to remember everything we did!
Sunday - Happy Father's Day! We had a good day out at Camp. It was our visitor's day so we had a lot of families and friends stop by for a visit or take their kids out and about for the day.
In the morning, we had some free time and just enjoyed the beautiful day by playing in the park or at the basketball courts. After lunch, we had a short kickball game but it didn't last very long since it was hot out there!
After trading post, we enjoyed swimming for the rest of the afternoon. It was a great day to be at the lake. Lots of campers were in swimming and we also took out the kayaks and paddle boats.
That evening, we had our church service in the rec hall and then had a campfire. Everyone loves singing campfire songs and you can't beat the smell of a fire burning on a beautiful summer night.
Monday was a little cooler. We had our regular classes through out the day but we didn't go in swimming. During our swim times, the campers wrote essays about why they love Camp Grassick. I can't wait to read all of them - it sounds like we had some awesome writers!
During general swim time, we had some races. Boy do we have some fast runners! Glad I didn't have to race anyone - I would have been left in the dust!
For our evening activity, the campers watched some short videos while the non counseling staff hid Easter eggs. I know we are out of season, but a giant Easter egg hunt was pretty fun! The eggs were hidden all over the play ground and rec field. The campers had to look high and low because the eggs were hidden everywhere from in the trees to buried in the wood chips on the playground! The eggs even had small prizes in them so it was a good night!
I am slacking on my updates again! We just have so much going on all the time!
Friday was our usual day of classes. It was nice out again so rec disassembled the hockey arena and moved back outside. In crafts, the campers made message boards and took their pictures to go into the picture frames they made on Thursday.
We got to go in swimming and it was a beautiful day, warm and sunny. After supper, since it was so nice out, we went back in swimming! It is fun to have an evening swim once in awhile. The lake was so calm that it was a perfect night for a kayak ride.
The weather kept us on our toes later Friday night but we were very lucky and did not get the bad storm. Bismarck had very strong winds so we were prepared to go to the storm shelter if we needed to but thankfully, the storm dissipated before it got to us. There was some booming thunder and lots of rain but I think the majority of the campers slept right through it! It is nice to know that we have two storm shelters that are very safe if we need them but I would rather not have to use them!
Saturday was a nice relaxing day at Camp. We slept in and then had a few classes in the morning. After lunch, we did do a little work. First, we cleaned our cabins. There is a clean cabin trophy on the line so everyone really tries to get their cabins all spic and span. This week's winner was Cabin 8! After that, we had a camp clean up. The campers helped to pick up sticks, pine cones and any garbage or other debris throughout camp. It helps so much to keep Camp looking nice and the kids take pride in it. After all, it is their home too!
We went swimming in the afternoon. It was a bit windy but the sun kept us warm.
Our evening activity on Saturdays is always a movie and popcorn. Our movie was Paddington. It is a newer movie but many campers and staff had not even heard of it so it was new to most people. It is about a bear from Peru who finds a home with a family in London. It has a lot of crazy parts in it since Paddington tends to get himself into lots of trouble. The kids really enjoyed the movie and of course the popcorn and pop!
Move over Ralph Engelstad, there is a new hockey arena in North Dakota! Since it was another cool day and there were a few small rain showers this morning, our super cool Rec staff Ashley and Jessie built a hockey arena in the rec hall. I didn't join in but it sure looked like a lot of fun! (This is floor hockey of course - Dan just won't let us flood the rec hall!)
In crafts today, the campers made shrink art. This is always a favorite activity and the kids love watching their projects shrink "like magic". It was too cool for swimming again so some groups watched videos in the dining hall during their swim time. Dan brought over his Andy Griffith videos but I don't think those were the number one choice for campers OR staff.
Our evening activity tonight was a new one. We had a Lip Sync battle. There were 3 teams and a jeopardy style board with the musical categories Oldies, Country, Disney, Pop and Grab Bag which was a random assortment. Members of each team competed against each other by lip syncing, singing and dancing and our judges awarded points based on their performance. It was a fun activity and we hope to do some more songs another day since we didn't finish all the categories tonight.