Picking up one final time… written 18/08/17…
Surprisingly, this fun filled summer does become a little monotonous after a while and we need a little bit of change from time to time. This is where the evening programmes, staff recs and two-day programmes come in.
There are too many evening programmes to mention, but one epic one was going over to the treehouse with the kids. The treehouse is this awesome, bespoke cabin on stilts on the other side of the lake, it’s all off angle and looks super cool. We got to go over there with our campers one night and make a bonfire. Sadly we didn’t find the firewood until after the kids went to bed, so although we had a great night of chats and staring into the fire and seeing interesting shapes, the kids never got to make s’mores. The counsellors had a great time though.
The most interesting staff rec was probably SplashBash, which saw quite a few funny stories come from. Like my shorts being pulled down on the soccer field, spraying watered-down paint at each other and of course, Brian throwing up on himself after being a bit silly. It also saw Caleb get booted as he was being a naughty boy and was having a drink beforehand.
There were two lots of two-day programmes this summer, these completely break up the normal scheduling and you compete for your team for honour and glory. The first of which started at Chapel which is the only time during camp that we all come together and reflect, these run every Friday. Once all of the speakers had said their part, the final speaker called his girlfriend up and proposed to her right there in front of everyone. We had a fake wedding a few days later on the beach, but it was gatecrashed by some Minions and we were split into teams of Smurfs and Trolls to fight to get the bride and groom back together. Sounds really weird on reflection but it was really fun and competing at the events was just what we needed. I was on the Smurfs team and we definitely won, but they announced that the Trolls won. It was a fix.
The second two-day was at the end of the summer, where following tradition, there was a two-day Olympiad compiled of loads of random sports and challenges between four teams. The opening ceremony is this huge fire-lit display on the docks and was magical to experience. It was also a huge privilege to be part of it; I was asked to take part due to my hard work and dedication this summer. I carried a flag onto the docks and knelt on the edge of the dock (nearly fell in) until the captains of that team collected the flag. The games included sports day like track and field, a swim meet – where I was part of the synchronised swimming team – and a great marathon to finish which was all over camp and a huge sequential marathon. My team may have lost as well…
A few last things I’ve got to mention:
- The outbreak of pink-eye a.k.a. conjunctivitis and gastro which half the staff contracted
- Laying in the boot of a car for two hours on the way back from a day off. So snuggly.
- Going on days off and having peanuts for the first time in a week – I had an amazing pad thai in town with prawns
- Loads of dancing on tables, lifting up chairs and singing to songs of the summer
Songs of the Summer
A few from the very long list include…
- Despacito – Luis Fonis
- Heart Won’t Beat – Aja9
- Be the One – DJ Kaleed
- Doctor Jones – Aqua
- Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
- Every Time We Touch – Cascada
- Humble – Kendrick Lemar
- Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
- Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus
- Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Sweet Transvestite – Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Good Morning Baltimore – Hairspray
- Status Quo – High School Musical
I’ve had a great time at camp this summer. It’s been magical.