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Blasting From the Past and Into the Fifth Day of Classes!

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

Swimming class with Cassie!

Hiya! It’s me, Cara B., back again with a super exciting update.

Last night, after a delicious dinner of fish, roasted veggies, and strawberry rhubarb crisp (my all time favorite HVC dessert), we headed back to our cabins to change into our costumes for the blast from the past dance! Campers really used their creativity with this one- some campers wore pj’s or the clothes they had worn the day before to be their past selves, while others adorned themselves in tie-dye and other ’60s garb, distressed denim and flannel shirts for ’90s grunge, or teased hair and jazzercise outfits from the ’80s. Some campers went wayyyy back, adorning themselves in togas or dressing as dinosaurs. There was dancing in the Rec Hall featuring some favorite throwback songs from The Spice Girls, The Jackson Five, The Backstreet Boys, and more! Outside the Rec Hall, there were so many awesome blast from the past activities. There was chariot construction and racing from Ancient Rome, a T-rex challenge that involved putting your arms in your shirt to mimic the tiny arms of mighty dino, Shakespearian sonnet writing, a “match the slang with the decade” challenge, ’80s makeup and vintage mustache face painting, a photo booth, and Bob Ross painting from the ’80s and ’90s. It was an absolute blast- the night ended with a big dance to “Don’t Stop Believing,” as per camp tradition.

After a good night’s sleep, we woke up to another beautiful, warm day of sun at Hidden Valley. We ate breakfast sandwiches with scrambled eggs, cheese, and ham or sausage before heading over for meeting in the front yard. Today is Saturday, A.K.A., predicted candy drop day. Campers sat at meeting with pillowcases in hand, surveying the sky for any suspicious activity. Peter read off the “top 10 eleven reasons that the candy drop is today” off of long time HVC-er, Leda’s shirt. Some of the reasons were right on- camp meeting was in a different location, there was a mini van parked outside of the office, and the AWACs were called for a mysterious meeting. However, we still aren’t sure if today is Skippy’s birthday, or whether the breakfast menu was any indicator of the % chance of candy precipitation during evening meeting tonight, we’ll have to ask Weather Guy about that one…

Today is also the 5th day of classes, which means sharing night is fast approaching! Music and dance classes are busy preparing their acts that they will share with the camp in just a few days. Art pieces in the buckhorn and in the glass studios are coming together, and campers in swimming and sports classes skills are looking fabulous. It is so exciting to be in the midst of the hustle and bustle of camp, Mama Iguana and I are over the moon!

Tonight is the staff talent show! We are so psyched to see our talented staff show us what they got. I wonder what everyone’s talent will be- Mama Iguana will tell you all about it tomorrow. For now, enjoy some photos from classes and the blast from the past dance!


Cara B. Ner

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