A messy good time at our brother-sister overnight camp’s carnivalAugust 3, 2015
This was the final day of our Homecoming Weekend at our brother-sister overnight camp. To close out this incredible weekend this afternoon we celebrated with our annual camp carnival. This special event goes back to our founding in 1930, and it is also a great day for fun, creativity, and good times with friends. After all of the excitement of yesterday’s Hollowpallooza music festival we slept a little late, and then began to prepare for this afternoon’s amazing special event.
Just after rest period the entire camp community gathered on the side of our soccer field called the Hollow. Our Freshmen boys put on a hysterical dance routine, and then our Juniper girls put on one of their end. Afterwards, a group of counselors put on a funny skit based on this year’s Carnival theme, which was all of the characters from Marioland.
Then we all made our way to the Junior ball field for an afternoon of olde school games, rides, food and fun all created by our campers. The whole area had been converted into a massive fairground. Counselors were serving cotton candy and snow cones, and later on popsicles and corn on the cob steamed in our kitchen. There was a waterslide, a dunk tank, and the biggest slip-n-slide that you’ve ever seen. Oh, and horse and pony rides, too.
Each bunk created their own special activity booth to entertain the rest of camp. The campers in the photo below spent this morning painting Mario and Luigi on this board, and then stood behind it while people took turns bopping them in the face with wet sponges.
The bunk below tied donuts to strings and ran contests to see who could eat them faster. It was a great day for creativity and silliness. It was also a great day for collaboration, one of the 21st century skills we teach here. Campers had to figure out how to work with their bunks to successfully plan and execute their booth’s activity. And in the midst of doing it they were having a ton of fun, so it just felt like one more exciting, funny day of camp.
As is tradition, our senior campers had a contest to see which bunk could shuck a bushel of corn the fastest. Then our kitchen team steamed them, and in the middle of Carnival we treated everyone to some fresh, hot, locally grown corn on the cob. As is also tradition, our counselors took great pleasure in announcing the call “FRESHMEN COOOOORN”.
We also had a dunk tank, and the line to be dunked was just as long as the one to throw the ball at the target. There was skee ball and face painting, guessing games, and both an obstacle and miniature golf course. There was loud, thumping pop music and friends running around together just having an unbelievably fun summer day, enjoying their unstructured time together. It was such olde school fun, and I loved that our kids were able to enjoy such a timeless event.
Like these two guys who just met this summer. They spent much of the afternoon covering each other in soap bubbles, and then riding on the slide and slide together. Until five weeks ago they had never met, and now they are more like brothers than just camp friends. Camp isn’t just fun — it helps you figure out how to be your happiest self, and that puts you in the right mindset for making the best friends of your life.