1,2,3,4, You Want Color War. 5,6,7,8, You Will Have to Wait!

  • It was just a week ago that we were preparing for the end of first session. In camp time, it feels like months ago as so much has happened in the past week. Our first session campers are now home with their families and our second session campers have integrated nicely into our camp community, with a warm welcome by our full season campers.

    Last Saturday afternoon was our first session awards ceremony followed by banquet. During the ceremony, department awards were presented, as well as waiter thank you gifts and 5 year mugs for our first session campers. Birya and Tel Chai worked hard all session preparing for their “Carnival” banquet. The evening included carnival themed decorations, food and games. Although the evening started with everyone in a festive mood, by the time we sang “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” everyone was in tears, so sad about saying goodbye to our first session friends. Two of those friends were so sad that by the time visiting day ended, they were back at camp extending to second session.

    Visiting Day went well. Business increased by 150% at local establishments like Parkers, Chrysanthi’s and the Pheasant Lane Mall. After returning from their fun day out with their families, our Tsofim/Tsofot and Bogrim/Bogrot enjoyed skating at Roller Kingdom and our Olim/Olot had fun jumping at Launch Trampoline Park.

    On Monday we greeted our second session friends and spent time showing our new campers around camp and bonding as bunk communities. After our traditional first day lunch of grilled cheese and french fries, our participants in the Jewish Arts Festival headed to Newbridge on the Charles to perform for the residents there, including Annebelle and Arnold Cohen. We were joined by performers from Camps Pembroke and Tel Noar and it was a great opportunity to practice the songs that we will be singing at the Jewish Arts Festival on Sunday.

    Tuesday and Wednesday were beautiful camp days. Perfect weather allowed for full days of regularly scheduled activities. Age group evening activities were held on both nights and included Counselor Hunts, Bar Mitzvah and Meshugana Games and campfires.

    As soon as second session begins, our campers start the chant “1,2,3,4, we want Color War. 5,6,7,8, we don’t want to wait.” In which I respond, “1,2,3,4, you want Color War. 5,6,7,8, you will have to wait.” The expected sighs of disappointment are short lived as everyone returns to what they were doing before the chants began. We do have a little fun playing the Color War theme song “Eye of the Tiger” on occasions. On Wednesday night “Eye of the Tiger” was replaced by the Water Country theme song and I loved hearing the screams of delight as we announced Thursday’s trip day. The Olim/Olot and Tsofim/Tsofot had an incredible day at Water Country while the Bogrim/Bogrot had a late wake up followed by an omelet breakfast and then an evening trip to Canobie Lake Park. Although not Color War, no one was disappointed and fun was had by all.

    Today was another beautiful day at camp and I look forward to our first Shabbat of second session.

    Shabbat Shalom,

    Mindee

     

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