Monthly Archives: October 2017

Costumes at Camp and Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Two witches enjoying a cabin night dress-up photoshoot!

BOO!! Did I scare you? It’s just me, Cara B., here with some super photos featuring lots of costumes sported by campers and counselors throughout the summer!

It’s getting chilly up here! I hope everyone is having a lovely autumn full of jack-o-lanterns, apple cider, and hay rides; just one more night to perfect our costumes for trick-or-treating! Halloween isn’t the only time of year to dress up at when you spend your summers at HVC. We have a ton of activities that involve costumes.

For events like Sharing Night, Valleyfest, and the Staff Talent Show, we always have awesome counselor MCs, dressed up as whacky characters who guide us through all of the fantastic performances. Theater productions are a no-brainer. Campers involved in the play and the musical adorn themselves in costumes and makeup for their fabulous shows. Each session, we have two dances where everyone is encouraged to dress up according to a theme, and boy, do campers get super creative! In the past, we’ve had themes such as under the sea, outer-space, and many more.

Some evening programs require some major costume skills. For Candy Crush, our amazing AWACs cover themselves in orange and green paint to become candy-swiping oompa loompas. The Wheel of Misfortune, a crowd favorite and perhaps the nuttiest event of each session, has a different theme every year for lots of fun with costumes and stage makeup. Speaking of makeup, we can’t forget about the face paint booth on Fair Day!

Many campers and counselors choose to dress up on normal camp days too, (if you can call any day at Hidden Valley “normal.”) On aloha Tuesdays, we all show off our best floral shirts. On Dress in the Dark Day, we pull out all the stops with mismatched patterns, random color combinations, and lots of layering.

It’s so fun to be in a place where everyone can feel comfortable wearing whatever whacky garb tickles their fancy, knowing that others will think it’s totally awesome. Lots of campers find HVC to be a great place to let their guard down and explore who they are away from home- how cool is that?

That’s all for now folks! Check out the photos below, and stay tuned for more updates coming your way.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Halloween!

Cara B. Ner

 

Autumn Leaves and Summer Memories!

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Beautiful leaves reflected on the lake!

Hey there, everyone! Cara here with an autumn update.

Fall is finally upon us here at Hidden Valley! While the temperature has remained fairly warm, the trees have been undergoing a beautiful transformation. The leaves are changing in fantastic shades of yellow, orange, and red- I can totally imagine campers stomping through crunchy leaves on their way to the lake and building big piles for jumping in the backyard. How’s that for an interest group?

We have lots of great photos to share that capture the gorgeous fall foliage. The woods that surround the horse pastures, home to horseback riding lessons and our Brumby program, are now freckled with colorful leaves. The walk up Tipi Hill has also had an autumn makeover, which reminds me of all the new beginnings that have been celebrated at opening Pinegrove just up the hill. Nature art classes would have lots of new material to work with, and I wonder how the llamas feel about the change of scenery…

That’s all for now, my friends! Be sure to look out for an upcoming post about projects around camp and news and photos from the camp reunion in November! I can hardly wait.

Wishing warm sweaters, happy pumpkin carving, and yummy apple treats to everyone at home!

Cara B. Ner.

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