Monthly Archives: August 2016

Slumber-Bowl Monday!!!!

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Bowling time!!!

Hi everyone! Curly Q back again to report last night’s happenings as well as today’s fun!

Last night the final sharing night of the summer took place as campers took the stage to show off what they learned during the last two weeks of classes. Some of the acts included performances by the Rockbandguitar class, contemporary dancehip-hop, guardians of the garden, pump it up, comics class, improve games, ukelele classes, and painting!

In the middle of sharing night campers and staff watched on as Dan C. burned down the sculpture he built for Avalon as their wheel prize!

Today was the last lazy day as younger half took a trip to go GLOW BOWLING and older half stayed on camp to have a SLUMBER PARTY! Glow bowling was a success and our very own PD, Grace, who went on the trip, described it as fantastic and amazing! As for the older half, they enjoyed the beautiful weather and hung out in the backyard enjoying all that the slumber party had to offer. This included card games, nail painting, coloring, and bed time stories to name a few!

A very exciting day all around and a great note to end lazy days for the summer on. Tonight’s evening program is the Alive Show and tomorrow is FAIR DAY! More news to come on both of these events.

Thanks for reading!

Last class blues

Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Great job crew!!!!

Great job crew!!!!

Good morning, folks! Humming Bird here with your daily update on the LAST DAY OF CLASSES!! The sky may be crying for the impending end of the session, but our campers are nothin’ but smiles! And why shouldn’t they be– there’s so much still to come! But before I get to all that, let’s take a look back on last night’s performance…

The cast and crew of the show gave us an INCREDIBLE performance of Wicked– it was unbelievable!! Check out the photos! The ninjas did an amazing job with the set, the actors did a thoroughly convincing job telling the story, and our ropes crew did a safe and spectacular job flying Elphaba above the crowd! We spent our night transported to Broadway, thanks to our talented group of campers and staff!

This morning at Meeting we had a special guest performance from Pete the Conqueror and Prince Daveed II! The two, who have been at odds all summer, found out this morning that they are, in fact, BROTHERS!! Check out photos of their epic fight and emotional reunion!!

Looking forward, tonight is Sharing Night! We have some incredible acts to see, so stay tuned for photos of all the hard work our campers have put into their classes these past two weeks!!

Tomorrow we’re looking forward to our LAST TRIP LAZY DAY! Keep checking in for more updates as camp begins to draw to a close!

I’m off to prepare my Sharing Night act!

Humming along,

Humming Bird

But first…. a message from our sponsors!

Saturday, August 13th, 2016
Thanks crew and cast!!

Thanks crew and cast!!

Good morning, folks! Humming Bird here with your updates! But first…

A message from Peter and Meg…
Reading the blog, you are now aware of the tremendous effort that staff put into community activities at HVC.  These events are fabulous and fun, nearly impossible to produce outside the world of camp, and – in the absence of the “color war” activities at more traditional camps – enhance our efforts to create a meaningful, positive group life here. We have long believed that these positive community experiences – taken back in to the “real world” – are an ideal for young people to aspire to in their daily lives.
Even more importantly, we see so much individual growth here. Some campers are spending their 6th or 7th summers at HVC and not only are they taller, but these children have truly become themselves, making contributions all over camp, acting as role models and demonstrating that values of love, friendship and mutual support can truly be brought to life. And our brave new campers have shown that they too can make contributions – as together we build “family” life in the cabins, learn skills all over, etc. – while establishing creative independent identities away from home.
So, there you have it…  Independence and Interdependence, both at once!  Our thanks go out to counselors and instructors who have set the stage for so much success. And hats off to our campers, a truly generous, comfortable and open-minded group, always thinking outside the box, but not too far!  –  MEG & PETER

Thanks, Meg and Peter! And now, for some updates about our programs! The play last night was BEAUTIFUL! Our cast of four did a spectacular job bringing the vampire bunny’s story to life! Bravo, actors! Check out photos!

And in sports news, our basketball game went perfectly! The campers beat the counselors by a landslide– good job campers! Team X played valiantly, but alas our pro-player campers ultimately took home the W, led to victory by their fearless coaches, Will and Zach! A riveting game, thanks to all our players! Check out photos!


Today we’re enjoying some slightly cooler weather, which is just in time for DRESS IN THE DARK DAY! Check out photos of some of our crazy ensembles! Tonight we’re looking forward to the musical, Wicked! Our cast and crew have been working tirelessly on the show for the last few weeks, and we are all so excited to see the outcome of all their efforts! Stay tuned for pictures tomorrow!

The session may be drawing to a close, but the camp spirit is still alive and well here in the Valley! Stay tuned for all the exciting things we have upcoming: the musical and sharing night, one last trip lazy day, and of course Fair Day! Lots of exciting things happening here at camp, so keep checking in right here!

I’m off to find my most clashing wing accessories– you can’t really dress in the dark on dress in the dark day (it takes much more attention than dressing in the light, really!)

Humming along,

Humming Bird

Bowling, and grossness and electives! Oh my!

Friday, August 12th, 2016
Bowl on, Shangri-La!

Bowl on, Shangri-La!

Good afternoon, folks! Humming Bird here on this disgusting day! Why is it so disgusting? Well, because it was Gross Day, of course!! Here we go…

Gross Day is the magical younger half Lazy Day when our campers get to roll around in repulsive goop! We had a Gross Obstacle Course, Condiment Twister, Shaving Cream Hairstyles, a Yucky Slip ‘n’ Slide, Color Balloons, and a Messy Mural! Of course, we also had a Tranquility station for our less-gross campers. Check out photos of the MADNESS!!

While the younger half was embracing their yucky side, the older half took a trip to Sparetime Bowling Alley, for some GLOW BOWLING!! Check out photos of our campers bowlin’ strikes and eatin’ fries!!

Now that we’re all together back on Main Camp, we’re enjoying our pool activities! What a relief it is to take a dip on a hot, hot day like this!!

After the pool and dinner, we’ll gather in the Rec Hall to enjoy the play, Bunnicula!! Our actors have been working very hard on the show, and we’re so excited to see what they’ve prepared for us!

And speaking of evening programs… last night was Electives! Check out photos of the night! We had pizza making, a Mama Mia dance party (which turned into a pool party!), a lake walk, a Nalgene destruction challenge, and more!

For now, I’m off to fly through pool activities and cool my wings a little bit! I’ll be back tomorrow with photos of tonight’s show!

Humming along,

Humming Bird

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