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Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My!

Saturday, July 4th, 2015


Good morning, folks! Olive Oyl here with lots of camp news for you!

We had a fabulous jungle dance last night with tons of amazing costumes. There were many jungle animals– lions, tigers, bears, leopards, and zebras, just to name a few. There was also plenty of jungle foliage, with leaves and flower-people (some were even poisonous!). We also had tribe people and the fruit loops toucan! Plus some owls, a ladybug, and guy that had been lost in the jungle for forty years! Campers and counselors were super creative with their outfits and fit right in to our pseudo-jungle for the evening. We danced the night away, painted our faces, went on the Tarzan zip line, and made rain sticks. We also had snake tag, a slip n’ slide, a wild safari (tractor rides around camp), and monkey basketball (similar to horse). It was an awesome night full of lots of wacky costumes and fun games galore. We can’t wait to find out the theme of the next dance!

We’ve been having a fantastic, sunny morning full of some candy drop speculations. It was French Toast day, which is an extra special breakfast here at HVC, and was made complete by whipped cream and sweet strawberries on top. We also noticed some counselors and PDs sporting their “Top 11 Reasons Why the Candy Drop is Today” t-shirts, which is always a strong sign. It’s also a beautiful, clear day…perfect flying weather…

Today is also a special day here at HVC as it’s the fourth of July! We were all encouraged to wear t-shirts with the names of places all over the world. There were shirts from Germany, Costa Rica, New York, California, Portland, Maine, Portland, Oregon, and right here in Freedom, just to name a few favorites. We also had some patriotic-looking folks– be sure to check out the pictures!

Our teen program, Community, has also been having an amazing time up at Blodgett house. Yesterday, they hiked up to the Log Cabin just past pine grove, where they spent all day learning about nature and the history of camp! Today, the group is journeying to the local Farmer’s Market to enjoy some good food and local culture! Tomorrow, Community will be enjoying the fast-pace fun-times of the Unity Raceway! After that, they’ll come home, prepare a delicious meal (as they always do), and help lead a fantastic cabin night program for one lucky main camp cabin! But that’s not all they’re doing to make main camp just a little more magical; Community has also just assumed the role of anonymous pen pal for homesick main camp campers! Still on the horizon for Community is their trip to Acadia, and the evening program they’ll be hosting for the entire older half of camp at Blodgett in exactly one week!

That’s all for now! We’re off to enjoy another awesome day of classes and celebrate this wonderful day!




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