Special Day and New Video!

Dear Parents & Friends,

We just finished our Sunday Service here at camp after another perfect GV day.  On Sunday’s we have Staff Rec which is when our staff gets together to socialize and share some food.  We hold it in two sessions so there is always 1 staff member left in the camper cabins.  This is a great way to keep our troops happy, give them some free time with just adults and eat some really good food.  They deserve it because they spend 24 / 7 with your children.

It’s been a great weekend and we held our Special Day today with morning and afternoon session of Big Board/Video Games.  This morning at breakfast we were visited by several video game celebrities all of whom I may have heard of but the children instantly knew which characters were in the morning skit that described their upcoming day.  Half of camp went through several water oriented games in the morning and the other half switched this afternoon.   Campers traveled with their cabin mates and I think there were at least 12 or 13 different stations that challenged everyone.  There were two giant Jenga games as well as Angry Birds, Ninja Cricket and many that tested our brains as well as our bold athletic ability (like jumping off the side of the Titanic into the cold North Sea)(you have to use your imagination).

It was such a fun day and the campers loved the fact that it was in a GV way kind of competitive with other cabins and everyone was so supportive no matter how you did at the stations.  Counselors were a part of all stations as well as cheering when things got challenging.  It’s hard to describe and give you feeling of a total camp day with everyone involved.  Many times it’s so spontaneous and you can’t  capture the magic in words, pictures, or on video.

I’ve been talking this past week about outdoor play.  Our play increases children’s physical activity level and we certainly did that today. Children who play outdoors are more likely to be active learners. Children who move and play when out of school are ready for the attention often needed for classroom learning. Time spent outdoors increases persistence. Outdoor games often require persistence. Children must try and try again if their experiment fails. If the branch doesn’t reach all the way across the stream or the bark doesn’t cover their fairy house, they must keep trying until they are successful. Persistence and resilience were certainly present today. And…. outdoor play is fun. Children who are happy are successful learners. Children are naturally happy when they are moving, playing and creating outside. This joy opens them up for experimenting, learning and growing.  We are playing outside and growing inside at GV.  Stay tuned!

PS – Click on this short video glimpse of the session so far, from the eyes of our videographer.  Just the  tip of the iceberg.

D Session Highlights Part 1