July 30, 2014
Camp Kesem IU: Day 2-3
Our first full day of camp was absolutely fantastic! Everyone showed up at breakfast decked out in their best “Fiesta Day” attire. The amount of sombreros that were bagel danced for was impressive. For those of you who don’t know, if you forget something or lose something around camp and someone finds it, you have to “bagel dance” for them before you can get it back.
Our mornings are broken into three rotations: arts and crafts, swimming, and adventure. During arts and crafts we made maracas & papel picado. Adventure time was spent at The Black Hole Slide, which is always a camper favorite. After lunch and songs, we rested and then jumped right back into our afternoon activities. Highlights included a Camp Kesem IU favorite game: Biff & Medic. The “Biffs” have flour filled pantyhose and try to tag the campers while they run around to different stations with their units to try and complete tasks. Once tagged, campers have to throw their hand in the air and wait until a medic comes and “saves” them. We also had the Princeton Fire Department come visit us. We got some extra excitement when the fire department received an actual call and had to turn on their flashing lights and head out. Luckily, it was a false alarm and they came back for a little bit!
Things got a little wild at CKIU on Tuesday because it was Jungle Day! At arts and crafts, each unit got to decorate popsicle stick frames and at the end of the week, they will all get them back with a photo of their unit inside. The true highlight of the morning was the water zip line. From first hand experience, I can tell you that that thing is ridiculously fun. We also had our first full rotation of swim time (Day 1 was mainly just swim tests) so everyone got to enjoy the Blob, the Rock-It, and the huge inflatable water slide.
In the afternoon, all of camp got together for a Jungle Safari – each unit was given a water gun filled with colored water and had to go on safari around camp to find all of the “animals” (aka counselors) that were hiding around the campsite. The BEST part of the day though came when we had our special guest. I’m sure you’ve heard his name from your campers or even from counselors – the one, the only, JUNGLE JOHN! His show, as always, was a blast for both kids and counselors alike.
Camp really has been running smoothly and all of the campers are having a great time playing games, singing songs, seeing old friends, and making new friends. I can’t wait to see what kind of fun is in store for the rest of the week!