Tuesday, July 1, 2014

At 4-H Camp, TUESDAY is Hump Daaaayyyy!

Wow! It's hard to believe today was our half-way point for camp. Parents, you should be proud. This year's counselors and campers have been the best yet!  Really!  Honestly!  Thank you for sharing your great kids with us!

Breakfast started out with some rousing songs and entertainment by our counselors.

Today was Sparky's birthday, so his mom made sure we had treats to celebrate.

Our counselors enjoyed a break during the afternoon while campers were busy learning about good nutrition and healthy food choices.

Sparky and Lil Moo helped get the Sno-Cone machine ready for tonight's parade.

Claydough found a special part of nature. :) See it?

In tonight's parade, each camper made a signboard. They were very patriotic and shared some great messages.

The deer pack had quite the sense of humor. (and artistic skills!)

Great Bear served as our Grand Marshal of the parade.

4-H is a partner agency for the national CHARACTER COUNTS! movement. These campers featured the pillar of respect, encouraging everyone to treat others the way they wish to be treated.

What's a parade without a police escort? You can see the lights, but can you hear the siren?

What an enthusiastic bunch of campers!!!

Again, as part of citizenship, each pack elects a "Little Bear". This camper is the leader of the pack and gets to carry the pack's flag wherever we go at camp.

For a bit of flair, we had a reverse parade. The audience (adult volunteers) threw candy to the participants. Tootsie Pops, Gobstoppers, mints, Twizzlers...yum! (Don't worry, parents, only a couple pieces per camper. We do have to get them to bed at some point tonight!)

Check out the drawing talent of this Rattlesnake pack member!

We love it when our campers share their talents. This young lady prepares to sing our national anthem.

Shown here is the coveted Spirit Stick of camp. All of the packs' colors are represented. Packs earn bear claws (points) for good deeds and participation throughout the day, and each day the spirit stick is awarded to a new pack.

Campfire starts as the day is ending.

We are fortunate to be in such a beautiful location! 

Thanks for reading!!!  Tomorrow's a new day!  And a hot one! We're pushing lots of water, and our educational programs are really focusing on hydration. Lots of camper emails have been coming in and our campers love hearing from home. Please remember to keep the messages positive and encouraging. Campers need to know you love and miss them, but focus on the great opportunities camp affords and the chance for independence campers are gaining.

Good night!