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All Smiles and Some Schvitz on this Trip/Lazy Day!

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Howdy, folks! Special reporter Olive Oyl here with your Trip/Lazy day update! We’re experiencing some schvitz here at Hidden Valley so we’ve had to adapt to the wet weather, but that doesn’t mean we’re not having lots of fun! Unfortunately due to the schvitz, we’re experiencing a little bit of phone and internet interruptions, so if you’re trying to reach camp, bear with us and we’re expected to be back to normal tomorrow.

The older half is making the trek out of camp today for a morning at the roller rink where they’ll get the option to be modern or retro, with either rollerblading or roller skating. At the rink they’ll also be treated to a yummy soda and snack. The roller rink trip is definitely a highlight of the summer, whether you’re an experienced skater or are prone to falling on your bottom. While the older half is skating away, the younger half is being lazy here on camp. Because of the rainy weather, we had to accommodate our Gross Day schedule, so after breakfast we went back to our cabins for some cleaning and downtime, and then headed over to the Rec Hall for a movie (Back To The Future…the best!). After the movie we’ll have some lunch and if the weather clears up, we’ll have our gross day activities as planned. If the schvitz continues, we will have the Newspaper Fashion Show, where campers dress up their counselors or AWACs in outfits designed entirely out of newspaper to be modeled for the rest of camp. Either activity is sure to be a blast! Later on we’ll have rest hour and a super cabin clean, complete with cabin inspections, which are sure to be wacky. Tonight’s evening program is The Fantastic Mr. Fox, the play that campers have been working on all summer. I’m excited to see all the hard work that has been put in to this sure to be fantastic production!

Last night’s evening program was electives, where campers have many options for their evening plans. For those interested in being outdoors, you could go on a hike, creek walk, or play golf around camp. If you were feeling artsy, you could create and take awkward family photos, have a splatter paint party, sandblasting, or do light painting. For those with a sweet tooth, there was ice cream making and taste-testing and baking orange brownies. There were also the camp classics of capture the flag and Peter’s secret tour. Campers got to choose whatever tickled their fancy and at the end of the night we all reconvened in the Rec Hall to share what we did. Before we went off to bed we joined in on a few songs, with the help of Peri and her guitar and then Peter and Meg leading us in a three-part round. Nothing like some beautiful music to wrap up a wonderful day.

The past few days we’ve had the special treat of the Alive Talent Show, which has been a few performances after lunch. The acts have featured spoken word poetry, ukulele singing, and modern dancing, just to name a few. It’s been amazing to see the talents of the Alive teens, and it’s definitely gotten everyone excited for the Alive show, which is coming up in just a few days.

Camp has begun to wind down, as departure day is a week from yesterday…hard to believe! Peter and Meg spoke to this point at morning meeting yesterday, saying that while we have so much to look forward to, it’s also in the back of our minds that we’ll soon be leaving this wonderful place. Throughout the summer we’ve all gotten to know each other and create a community and soon enough we’ll be saying our goodbyes. Time really does fly when you’re having fun!

Make sure to check out photos from Dress in the Dark Day, extreme llama care, and electives!

Ta-ta for now




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