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.
It's been so crazy around here I haven't even had time to update this! Tuesday was a very rainy day at camp. It is definitely not fun when it is cold and rainy but we assured the kids that it was raining all over the state so they were not missing sun at home.
In Rec, the campers had a game day with basketball, ping pong and board games. It was too rainy for waterfront of course so the kids did different activities. I heard there was even a fashion show with a couple cabins. In crafts, we made beaded necklaces or bracelets.
During general swim time, the campers set up for the night's carnival. Each cabin is in charge of a booth. They decorated their areas with streamers and posters and made them look great!
After supper we had the carnival. There was ring toss, bean bag throw, a fishing pond, basketball, bowling, and the can throw. I did some face painting and Dan had an arm wrestling booth. Do you know that some kids have beaten Dan 10 years in a row? He better start lifting weights over the winter!
The campers take turns working in the booth while the others go around and play all the games. It was such a fun and busy night that I didn't even take any pictures!
Wednesday morning started off a little cloudy but the sun did eventually come out. It was a busy day because we had a film crew out at Camp. They are making a commercial for the North Dakota Elks and wanted some video of all the activities at Camp. We were learning about film making and getting the perfect shot. Cabin 8 had to raise and lower the flag many times until the film crew got it just right. I can't wait to see the finished commercial sometime this winter.
We did get in for general swim in the afternoon. It was nice to see the sun for awhile!
We had a special treat for the night activity. Two bands made up of local teenagers came out to perform for us and we combined it with a favorite activity, pajama dance! The campers more their pajamas and danced to some awesome music. These are some very talented area youth and it is so awesome that they come out and share their talents with us. The campers loved it! They surely slept well after so much dancing and probably still had music ringing in their ears!
We have had a busy and fun Monday. We are back to our normal routine after the weekend and everyone seemed a little tired today. In Rec today, we played water games like egg toss but with water balloons! Lots of people were a little damp so they must have been hard to catch. In crafts, we did tye dye! It was fun to pick out our patterns and colors. We are looking forward to wearing them soon.
It cooled off a little in the later afternoon and the wind was cool on the waterfront so we did not go swimming. We did our free throw shooting that we didn't get to finish at Special Olympics. After that, we played a game of camper vs. staff basketball. The campers won! We had some awesome shooters - even a couple 3 pointers! And the defense was pretty intense from both sides.
We had a busy evening too. The Mandan Indians came out to visit us. They are a group of Shriners who come out to Camp and show us some traditional Native American dances. They show us how to do them and then we all join in to learn. They were also kind enough to bring us some ice cream treats and make a donation to Camp Grassick. We really appreciate it!
We started our activity early so we had time before bed so we did a quick scavenger hunt and went all over camp looking for "Y" shaped sticks, pine cones, heart shaped rocks and all kinds of other things. Some things were very easy to find and others, like a snake skin, we didn't find (and we were probably glad!)
Cabin 4W has their camp out tonight and I think everyone will sleep well tonight whether they are in their cabins or in a tent!
We had a busy and full weekend at Camp! Saturday morning we had a few classes to fill in the morning before the non counseling staff left on their day off. We had leftovers for lunch - leftover day is always a hit out here since it's a second chance at some of our favorites!
Saturday afternoon we planned to spend in the water. We did get to swim for awhile but then a little rain shower went through and we didn't get back in after trading post. Instead, everyone took an early shower and then we did an impromptu coloring contest
Today was another beautiful day at Camp! It was warm and sunny with a nice breeze to keep away the bugs!
The campers got to take some pontoon rides during their swimming time so they were all pretty excited for that. I heard some reports that the lifeguard wasn't so good at parking but she is learning fast! We had a good time at general swim too with many campers swimming and some taking kayak rides with staff.
Tonight's activity was Special Olympics. We had so many participants that we only had time for two events tonight! It was great to see everyone doing the events and cheering for their cabin mates and friends. We did the standing long jump first. Our record was Mikey with 79"! I'm pretty sure he jumped farther than I am tall! Our next event was the softball throw and boy do these kids have arms! I'm glad it was our rec staff out fielding those balls and not me! We even had Cabin 4W show up in matching purple bandanas - they had some spirit!
We will have to finish our other events another time - we still have basketball and races to look forward to! Tonight is Cabin 24's camp out and I know they are excited!
Jeepers it was a good day at Camp today! We started the day by sleeping in because we had a late staff meeting last night. That meant that the staff probably got a normal amount of sleep and the campers got extra sleep so they were all ready to go today!
In swimming, the campers attempted to swim through a hula hoop! Sounds tough to me but the kids could do it! There was flag tag happening in Rec and finger painting in crafts! Always lots to do at Camp!
Dan and I were just about to cancel general swim since it was getting cool and cloudy but suddenly the sun came out and it was a beautiful day to swim. The lake was like glass so a few campers and staff took the kayaks out for a spin. Our pontoon was getting a few repairs done so we just got that back today. We are looking forward to pontoon rides in the next few days.
Our evening activity tonight was Minute to Win It. All the campers took turns playing fun little games. We had cup stacking, ping pong ball tossing, balloon popping and a hoop shoot along with many others. The best part is that the campers are so encouraging of one another and cheer everyone on. Win or lose, it's fun to hear everyone cheering for you!
Tonight the Cabin 5 boys have their camp out. They get to roast marshmallows, sing songs and sleep out in our brand new tent. It's such a quiet night that I can hear them from here and it sounds like they are having a blast!
We are already half way through our first week! Time flies when you are having fun! Today was a little cooler and we had a few showers. It was nothing too major, just enough so that we had to have rec inside for part of the day and play some musical chairs. Some groups also built sand castles since it was a little cool for swimming.
Since we didn't go in for general swim, we started a movie in the rec hall - The Croods. It was a big hit with a lot of laughter. It's a silly movie about a family of cavemen but it also has a good message about not being afraid of new things and always following the light to tomorrow.
We finished the movie after supper with the non-counseling staff while our counselors hid for "Find Your Counselor". After the movie, the campers had to play a camp wide game of hide and seek to find their staff members. The counselors had some pretty good hiding places - under the decks, in the bushes and even in garbage bags by the trash cans! We couldn't even find some of them but luckily they all came out when we rang the bell!