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.