Happy first full day of 2nd session! It’s an absolutely beautiful day here in Starrucca, PA. Temps in the 70’s with little humidity made for the perfect day to run around and have some fun here at Island Lake. Our campers stayed busy with their 4-minors of auditions, level testing, and trying out activities that they’d like to sign up for as their majors.
Later this afternoon we held our special camp traditional activity,…Panic! I announce items from the bunk and the kids run in to retrieve them to bring out to their group leaders/judges in the middle of their campuses. The bunk with the most points wins LTB (Late To Bed). We get creative with examples such as 2 campers wearing last summer’s blue & grey Color War t-shirts doing leap frog from their bunk to the judges. Another item may be as simple as a red Island Lake canteen token. I play music after announcing each item so our campers can sing and dance along while playing Panic. It’s a fun activity for all ages.
Once Panic was over our group leaders went around to all of their bunks to sign up our campers for their majors. All of our department heads were in the office to assist in case of activity conflicts during the same major. We assist the campers with their schedule to make sure they can take every activity they’d like to. No camper is ever closed out of an activity.
We are so excited to announce to all of you that we will be starting something new here at Island Lake this session called “BUNK CUP”. Each bunk is its own team and they will compete against one another to see which bunk truly is the best. The winning bunk will be rewarded with a big pizza party. How it works is that the bunks can gain points by participating in designated events offered in each department and through competing in various special events throughout camp. They will be rewarded points for participation, teamwork, sportsmanship, & cheering. Bunks can challenge one another to gain points by playing intra-camp athletics, performing in shows, and competing in on-camp challenges. Campers are encouraged to get their counselors involved to join the wild and crazy fun, as well. This should be a blast for everyone involved so we are excited to see it develop throughout our 2nd session.
Today’s special feature is, BUNK CUP! This evening at dinner we had the opening ceremony of this special event. Our campers all dressed up according to their bunk’s theme. They created bunk flags and presented them in the dining room. Below are photos of campers dressed up and bunk flags.
Tonight’s evening activity is groups. Here’s a run-down of what each group is doing:
BOYS: Group 1- dodgeball; Group 2- campfire; Group 3- capture the flag; Group 4- kong pong; Group 5- Bunk Cup preparation (make team banners & flags in arts & crafts)
GIRLS: Group 1- gaga; Group 2- campfire; Group 3- “Fun Fair” (make decorations, do make-up, etc. in order to create a county fair amongst the group); Group 4- bunk videos (each bunk within the group will make a music video for bunk cup); Group 5- Minute 2 Win It
Wow, this was a long blog posting today! We hope you’re taking advantage of this and enjoying all the info we’re offering you. Have a nice Friday night (Wow, where did the week go?) and until tomorrow, ILC U THERE!