Hello hello, camp compadres! Cara here, feeling over the moon after the rush of excitement from yesterday evening’s candy drop.
As you may have heard from our late night news update, just as we were settling into evening meeting, a plane was heard overhead. A rumble this loud could only mean one thing; a plane flying low enough to ensure the proper trajectory for the long awaited CANDY DROP!! There were Hershey Kisses, Jolly Ranchers, Starbursts and more. All of the candy was collected by cabin groups to be distributed starting today at rest period- yes! After the drop, we gathered back at the Gazebo to read some notes written by the AWACs during candy sorting that were found taped to pieces of candy. Some of the notes left us puzzled but the AWACs couldn’t seem to stop laughing… eh, must be an AWAC thing. We also heard from previous candy droppers on staff about how it feels to be up in the plane, what camp looks like from the sky, and the perfect candy dropping techniques.
We finished up evening meeting and enjoyed a bbq chicken dinner outside before heading over to the Rec Hall for the Staff Talent Show. Sam and Lucy DZ MC’ed the night, playing the roles of two young Brits who had been set up on a date and had a number of activities to do for the first date. Sandia and Dario performed a song from the musical “In The Heights,” Mads and Sara performed a favorite One Direction hit, and there was even a performance from an HVC boyband. Some counselors danced the Awkward Macarana, the horse staff sang a familiar camp tune with a horse-y twist, and Joe did some awesome impressions, including Luke the counselor and Luke the dog. The Rec Hall was full of laughter and cheers for all of our wonderful and talented staff.
We are now getting on with our sixth day of classes on this warm and sunny Bagel Sunday. After breakfast, we enjoyed some dulcimer playing from Meg and Tom to start off morning meeting, as is Sunday tradition here at Hidden Valley. Later on, visiting former Program Director Betsy Stein Kelder presented Peter with an award from the American Camp Association. He was awarded for visionary trailblazing to ensure that all campers have a supportive environment for them to be themselves and thrive. We sure are lucky to have a home away from home here!
Tonight is Cabin Night, where campers will do a special activity with their cabin group. Luna and I can’t wait to see what each cabin gets up to. Tomorrow, we’ll be back with updates from Cabin Night as well as our second Lazy Day of the session! The older half will be going to the Bangor State Fair while the younger half stays back on camp for the Crazy Auction!
For now, here’s the rest of the photos from the Candy Drop, and some photos from the Staff Talent Show and the trip to Seahorse Stables that some campers from our Horse program went on.
Over and out!