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CHAMP Camp 2015

Well it’s been a month since CHAMP Camp ended, and it was a great week!

This year, I was with the older boys in Raymond cabin! It was a lot of fun…. The theme this year was “Still Chillin’ After 25 Years” and we celebrated Christmas in June. Of course, we consulted Clark W. Griswold (from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation) for our outside lighting plan. It was also the first time I’ve ever seen a Christmas tree on the roof!

Our welcome night activity was a drum circle which was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and then on Monday we started our trail group activities. Our first activity was at the Horses, where our campers got to lead some horses on ropes and take carriage rides. That afternoon we had a wonderful arts and crafts session. That night we had our camp wide dance in the Dining Hall. Of course, the Christmas theme was in full force, including a visit from Santa Clause himself!

On Tuesday, we went to the Zipline in the morning, and all the campers in our cabin had a great time riding down the zipline! In the afternoon, we went to the climbing tower with the younger kids and all of them either climbed or rode the basket up the tower. We even had one kid climb all the way to the top for the very first time! That night we had our evening activity at the waterfront.

On Wednesday, we went back to the waterfront in the morning, for a fun time fishing, boating, and canoeing. That afternoon we went to the pool, which is my favorite thing to  do! Again the younger kids joined us, and I was the victim of several gratuitous water attacks from some of the campers, but it was all in good fun. That night was our closing campfire, which is always a bittersweet  time when we celebrate the camp “graduation” of kids who are attending their final year.

On Thursday we had the traditional breakfast in cabin – It was certainly nice to be served breakfast by the camp leaders! Then we went down to the outdoor stage where the cabins did the skits they had well rehearsed over the week. Of course, since the theme was “Still Chillin’ After 25 Years”, all the skits were winter / Christmas themed.

All in all it was a great week, there was lots of Christmas decorations up throughout camp, and while my light flashy-circuit didn’t quite work the way it was supposed to, the fact that the lights were flashing on and off in a strange way added to the “Christmas Vacation” theme…

I can’t wait to go back next year!

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