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Another MAGICal day at camp!! (Hehehe!)

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

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Good morning, friends! Olive Oyl reporting for duty on another fabulous day of classes!

First off, let’s talk about the fantastic magic show we experienced last night with Peter Boie! After doing workshops in the afternoon with Wombles and Shangri-La, Peter wowed all of camp with his mind-blowing tricks. He guessed the right card, made iced coffee disappear, and squishy balls duplicate seamlessly. Crazy! We also witnessed him break free from thumb handcuffs, put the right halves of a cut-up playing card back together, and make a cut up rope un-cut before our eyes. It was an evening of mystery and wonder, and we all left the Rec Hall with the question “how did he do that?” floating through our heads. We were then off to bed early for a good night’s sleep as we’re back into the swing of classes today, starting to wrap up our projects and perfect our sharing night acts.

We had a special treat this morning when instead of our usual wakeup bell, we heard the lovely drone of the bagpipes and snare drum, thanks to Timmy and Chris in the dining hall. Due to the schvitz, we had morning meeting in the Rec Hall, where we heard a special message from Peter and Meg regarding the end of camp. Today’s the day for white books (blank notebooks that everyone receives to jot down addresses, other contact info, and goodbye notes) and camper addresses will be posted outside the Red Barn. We were reminded to cherish our camp friendships during the last few days and to make an effort to maintain these beautiful connections during the year. On the staff side of things, Meg came to talk at our staff meeting about counseling issues that arise towards the end of the session, the logistics of packing, plus all the fun and meaningful cabin activities that happen towards the end of our time together. At the end of meeting, Peter also met with our oldest campers on camp (13 and up) about their options for next summer, our amazing teen programs! There’s Alive!, our art-focused program, Community, based on simple living and community service, Adventures, an opportunity for wilderness camping and travel, and Apprentices, a chance to “intern” in a program at camp, whether that’s in an art studio or at the horse barn.

But next summer is waaaaaay in the future. For now, we’re super excited for our next few evening programs and special camp programs on the last few days. We’ll be watching the play, Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” tonight. Our campers have been working super hard on this production and we can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for us! Then we’ll have some other killer performances with Sharing Night and The Lion King the following night! And before we know it, it’ll be Fair Day! Can’t wait!

Quick community update: the group just got back from nearby Acadia, where they went camping and did some trail maintenance. It was a really awesome trip and the gang is now back on camp doing their thing (cooking meals, gardening, etc) up at Blodgett.

Well, that’s all for now folks! Be sure to check out the photos and stay tuned for more camp wind-down updates…

Lovingly,

Olive

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