Monthly Archives: July 2018

A Full Moon in the Sky, a Half Moon on the Stage!

Friday, July 27th, 2018

Taj loves the HMJB!

Hiya, bloggers! Cara here with an update on this beautiful sunshine-y day.

Yesterday afternoon while the older two thirds of camp watched a movie, the younger third did some awesome cabin activities. Here’s what everyone got up to:

Gimme Shelter and French 1/4 did a workshop with the Half Moon Jug Band

Loons made fantasy maps

Down Under made mermaid versions of themselves out of clay in the pottery studio

Avalon played theater games

Paquatahnee made glass pendants

LCH made post cards

Coolio! After evening meeting and a Mexican style feast, we headed to the Rec Hall to hear the Half Moon Jug Band perform. And boy, did they rock the house down! They performed an original song written with help from Gimme Shelter and French 1/4 and sang some Half Moon favorites like “The Cat Came Back,” “Lobster Pot,” and “Jug Band Music.” They also sang some awesome covers of “Country Roads” and “Louie Louie,” and ended the night with everyone’s favorite- “Tuna Noodle Baby,” a song about tuna noodle casserole that has a super fun dance to go with it. Once we were positively pooped from all the boogie-ing, we headed back to our cabins for a good night’s rest.

We woke up this morning to a delicious egg bar breakfast with tater tots and bacon. At morning meeting, ropes director David gave a public service announcement reminding everyone that the scrumptious tots are a food that can be eaten with any meal, and shared the proper way to prepare them in the oven (evenly spaced on the pan, rotate half way through cooking). We heard our thought de jour, sang happy birthday, and were sent off by forbidden summoning the spirit of sleeping in late and missing first period!

Good thing no one actually slept through their alarms, because today is the fourth day of classes! Campers in dance and music classes are hard at work practicing songs and routines, projects are coming along in the glass studios and at the Buckhorn, and sports teams are bonding and practicing their skills. We are certainly in the swing of things over here!

Tonight is our first dance of the session- a rock theme! Rockstars, The Rock, rocks themselves, you name it! It’s gonna be a rockin’ time! Mama Iguana will be sure to give you all the details tomorrow. For now, enjoy photos from the Half Moon Jug Band and cabin activities.

Peace out, cub scouts!

Cara B. Ner

Electives, Game Shows, Movies, and More on our First Lazy Day!

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Avalon on PK’s Secret Tour!

Hey howdy hey! Cara B. here with all the latest on our first lazy day of the session!

Last night was Electives, and boy, did we have some fun! Electives is sort of a choose-your-own-adventure evening program- counselors and pro staff all run super awesome activities for campers to choose from. After a delicious Chinese take-out style dinner, we headed over to the soccer field to hear our options. The campers were then split into three groups, the quietest of which was dismissed first to run walk briskly to the Elective of their choice.

There were some of the classics, of course, like glass beads, baking cookies, tie-dye, Peter’s forbidden tour of HVC, and a huge game of capture the flag. There was also a Disney sing-a-long, pizza making, a life-size game of Hungry Hungry Hippos using skateboards and plastic balls, and an Elective that involved testing out Flex Tape by sawing a kayak in half, putting it back together, and trying it out in the lake! We gathered back in the Rec Hall to hear the results from capture the flag (everyone both knew the rules and didn’t know the rules, followed the rules, cheated, didn’t care about the rules, and remembered to forget them, of course), but were interrupted by the spontaneous parade Elective! We heard back from the Flex Tape group that the tape really works! To end the evening, Meg led us in singing The Farthest Field- a beautiful and peaceful song that got us all feeling ready to snuggle in bed.

This morning, everyone had a loooonnnggg sleep in- score! We headed over to the dining hall and enjoyed breakfast sandwiches on croissants before going our separate ways for the day. The youngest third of camp headed out on a trip to the movies to see Hotel Transylvania 3, while the older two thirds of camp stayed onsite for Game Show Day! After a big cabin clean, the older campers headed into the Rec Hall for the games to begin. The camp had accidentally-on-purpose quadruple booked Alex Trebek, Vanna White, Steve Harvey, and Bob Barker to host the games. There was a masking tape challenge, an “are you smarter than a counselor” segment, a round of Family Feud played by siblings on camp, two Minute to Win it challenges involving Oreos and M&Ms, HVC trivia, a rock, paper, scissors challenge, and a huge “riff off” singing challenge where cabin groups went head to head. The Roots Branches band from Late Night played throughout the show and did “name that tune,” and we ended the games with a huge balloon challenge and a dance party! It was the perfect way to stay out of the schvitz and still have a blast.

After lunch and a long rest period, the youngest third of camp are now enjoying special activities with their cabin groups (stay tuned for those photos tomorrow!) while the older two thirds are watching a movie on camp. Gimme Shelter and French 1/4 are doing a special workshop with tonight’s performers- the Half Moon Jug Band! After we join back together as a camp for evening meeting and eat a yummy dinner of tacos and burritos, we’ll head back to the Rec Hall to see them perform- I can hardly wait!

That’s all for now, everyone! Enjoy photos from Electives and Game Show Day!

‘Til next time!

Cara B. Ner

Not Our First Rodeo, But Our Second!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Water balloon toss!

What’s kickin’, little chicken? It’s Mama Iguana back again to tell you all about Meg’s Rodeo (Yee haw!) and the rest of our evening last night!

During evening meeting, there was lots of chatter about the candy drop. When is it? Who will be in the plane? Will there be more than one candy drop? Hmmm… so many questions! There was talk about the candy drop being in exactly seven days because it was Aloha Tuesday, there are seven letters in Tuesday, Aloha comes from Hawaii, the i’s in Hawaii upside down = exclamation points = excitement, there are ten letters in the word excitement and there are also ten AWACs, and seven of the AWACs in the candy sorting picture have their eyes closed sooooo… the candy drop is in seven days?!? Let’s see if they’re correct. Mark your calendars for the 31st, everyone!

Alright, what we’ve all been waiting for, a Meg’s Rodeo update! Meg’s Rodeo is one of the first evening programs every session where cabins rotate in groups to different activities. There was a crazy obstacle course that involved spinning, throwing three sticks, and lots of running, dizzy bat where you spin around a bat five times with a cup of water on your head and then have to run to the bucket, a game of rock tree bridge, sculpting clay with a blindfold, and trying to make a counselor llama laugh. After finishing up the stations, everyone gathered on the hill for the counselor wake up challenge. One counselor or AWAC from each cabin was nominated to lay in a trash sleeping bag, hop on over to get on their clothes for the day, run over and eat a bowl of cereal with no hands, and then spell the alphabet backwards. Our winner was Mitchell the AWAC from Gimme Shelter! It was a one wacky morning for all those counselors and AWACs.

Today is the third day of classes! The candy drop chatter has continued, there’s a debate whether this cloudy sky is “flying weather”. I guess we’ll have to wait and see! Tomorrow is our first lazy day! The lazy day will start off with our first electives of the session tonight and a game show and movie day tomorrow! Stay tuned for an exciting update from Cara B. tomorrow!

For now, make sure you check out all the photos from Llamapalooza last night! Enjoy!

Gotta bounce!

Mama Iguana

Aloha Tuesday and Day Two of Classes!

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

Wombles goes for a swim!

Aloha, friends and fellows! It’s me, Cara B., back again with the latest at HVC.

Last night was the first Cabin Night of the session! Cabin Night is a super awesome evening program- each cabin does a special activity with just their cabin group. It was the perfect way to get to know our cabin mates a bit better as we begin our month together. Here’s what everyone got up to:

Loons swam at the lake and made s’mores

Gimme Shelter did an egg drop

Down Under did tie-dye

French 1/4 made glass beads and flamingo beaks

Paquatahnee went on a treasure hunt that led to banana boats

Avalon swam at the pool

LCH had a birthday party!

Shangri-La went on a scavenger hunt that led to a spa night and hot cocoa

Wombles made waffles

Camelot splatter painted a cabin flag and had a camp fire

Wabanaki did an art project in the Animal House

Chateau Fiasco swam at the lake and made s’mores

Valhalla did Tipi Zip

Fiddler’s Green did a cookie baking challenge (the camper doing the mixing couldn’t see, the camper with the recipe couldn’t speak, and the camper giving directions couldn’t hear!)

Bermuda Triangle made their own burrito dinner and camped out at Tipis

Forbidden Planet cooked their own dinner as well

Taj Mahal had a big circle night and celebrated national hamster day

How amazing does that sound?? We headed back to our cabins as the sun went down for a good night’s rest. This morning, we put on our best whacky tourist floral shirts and flower garlands for Aloha Tuesday! On our way to breakfast, we saw that photos of the AWACS and candy bags had been hung up around camp. The campers knew right away what this meant- the candy drop candy has been sorted! The dining hall was buzzing with candy drop conspiracy theories as we munched on yummy french toast with strawberry sauce. During morning meeting, campers shared some of these theories. French 1/4 believes that the drop will occur three days after the overcast weather clears, while Gimme Shelter believes that what we should really be focusing on is when Junk Food Day will be. I’m sure we’ll hear even more theories at evening meeting after the candy drop conspiracy discussions continue during interest groups. Even the spirit animal of the day was candy drop related!

Today is the second day of classes! Campers are settling into their daily routines here; working on projects in stained glass and wood shop, getting to know their teammates in basketball and soccer, swimming and paddle boarding at the lake, and cuddling with all of the animals! Tonight is Meg’s Rodeo, a fantastic fun-filled night with lots of different activities. Mama Iguana will be sure to give you the full scoop tomorrow.

That’s all for now! Enjoy photos from Cabin Night and Classes!

Climbing away,

Cara B. Ner


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