Friday, August 5th

Hi Island Lake families! Today we had a beautiful morning in Starrucca, PA. The skies were sunny and the temps hit the mid 70’s. Perfect camp weather! By afternoon the clouds slowly rolled in but the temps stayed warm and camp proceeded per usual.

This session we are going to once again play CAMP OF THRONES. No, it’s not the Game of Thrones; rather it’s similar to the game of Risk. I’ll try to explain it without it sounding too complicated. The goal is to be the kingdom (department) to acquire the most territory on camp by the end of the summer. Each camper has an opportunity to choose which kingdom they’d like to pledge their allegiance to. The kingdom head (department head) will appoint a Royal Family to be the official decision makers of the kingdom. The Royal Family will choose a kingdom name and appoint citizens to create a Kingdom Crest (flag).

Once the kingdoms are decided upon, they may declare an invasion on a neighboring kingdom (i.e. tennis can invade theater but not horseback riding because horseback is not located near tennis). Invasions can only occur at specific times of day and there will be challenges set up for the citizens (campers) of each kingdom. The challenges must be appropriate to the defending kingdom. If the challenging kingdom wins, they acquire the entirety of the defending kingdom, including their territory, royal family, and all of its citizens. If the challenging kingdom loses, they forfeit their citizens to the defending kingdom.

A kingdom can decide to ally themselves with one other kingdom over the course of the game. The game is meant to be played only in fun. Our goal is to have our campers show off their talents and encourage one another to excel. We’ll keep you posted on how it goes!

Today our 8th and 9th grade girls tennis team went out of camp to play in the Wayne County semi-finals. Guess what? That’s right, you guessed it, they won! Our girls are now in the finals! Go Island Lake 8th & 9th grade tennis girls! We’re so proud of them!

Today’s special feature is dance, cooking, video, and science! Tonight’s evening activity is a Staff Magic Show. This is an opportunity for our Island Lake magic counselors to show off their abracadabra skills and entertain the camp with the wonderment of the magical world. They’ll mix some stage magic with illusion to astonish our campers and leave them in amaze. Rumor has it that halfway into the magic show we’re going to break out into Revival Night. Shhh, don’t tell your children! For those of you who don’t know, Revival Night is one of our campers’ all time favorite evening activities. I’ll let your children tell you more about it when they get home from camp.

In the real world we hear it is now officially the weekend. We lose track here at camp, but enjoy your weekend and until tomorrow, ILCUTHERE!

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