A Glance at Week #4

On Monday, we had the big hike. As a camp, we walked 8 miles. After we completed the first leg of the hike, campers had the opportunity to walk an extra 4 miles. The whole camp is excited to receive a hiking badge on the last day of camp.

Tuesday was a jam packed day. Campers participated in slip-n-slide kickball, varka, and keem. During slip-n-slide kickball, campers were slipping and sliding to each base. For varka, counselors set up a carnival game where the smallest camper in each cabin had to throw a ball in a bucket that had a certain advantage assigned to it. For example, some of the cabins won help from counselors and extra sticks, cabin leaders played a game where they had to get to the center of a tootsie pop without using their hands. 

For keem, campers played a game of "spot the difference." 4 of the counselors dressed up, showed themselves, changed subtle things about their outfits, then showed themselves again. The goal was for the campers to be able to utilize their recollection of memory for the very last keem.

On Wednesday, campers woke up early to complete the mile swim. Some campers swam 1/2, 1 mile, and up to 3 miles!! After the swim, counselors held a camp wide Olympics! There was a potato sack race, a hula hoop game, and many more. At the "closing ceremony", each team was given a candy bar medal based on their ranking. In the end everyone was a winner! 

On Thursday, counselors scheduled the final the final beg. Unfortunately due to weather, campers couldn't participate. To replace beg, cabins competed in "burn the rope." in this activity, cabins must build fires high enough to burn through a rope that is tied across their fire pit. At night, we had a special event called "Русский Ужин." Campers dressed up for a amazing meal consisting of traditional Russian food such as stuffed cabbage rolls, pelmeni, shashlik (kebab), and drinks like kvas were served. The counselors served the camp while wearing traditional Russian attire.

On Friday, the winning cabins went to town to enjoy an afternoon away from camp. They had pizza, ice cream, and watched a movie. At night, campers had lots of fun at the final dance. Though campers were sad to say goodbye to their friends, they had a lot of fun dancing the night away in the barn! 

A Glance at Week #3

After another fun hike the day before, cabins competed in another "keem" activity on Monday. This week, the counselors dressed in all black and taped glow sticks on their backs to form different shapes. Cabins had to memorize the shapes and who was wearing each one. Though it was difficult, the campers had fun watching the light show!

On Tuesday, cabins competed in another "beg". The theme was mystery and the cabins had to figure out what happened to a missing camper. They had interviews with his cabin mates, counselors, kitchen ladies, and even his girlfriend! They discovered that he had been thrown out of camp because he put gumballs in the borscht!!

 

On Thursday, the counselors aided the cabins by lighting their fires for them in Varka. Once each cabin had their fire lit, they had to boil their water and make a soup. This week, every cabin made a super tasty soup that had the counselors begging for more!

At last came Friday, the campers were excited to be a part of the third week "Ball." This year the cabin leaders had planned out a "Club Luxe" theme in which they renovated the barn into a dance club for the campers. As soon as anyone set foot into the barn they were amazed at how awesome the decorations were for this event! The dancing lasted all night long! the kitchen even made a delicious treat for all of the clubs "visitors."

With the week coming to an end there was just one more day until the Vladimirovo festival. Campers had been working hard all week long in preparation for the major event. Their energy levels were high and they were excited to be able to perform for their families and friends. But less did the campers know that they would be pulled away from their practices during the day for a while. The counselors had surprised them with a shaving cream war by the lake. There were two sides (Boys vs Girls) and at the end of it all everyone was covered in so much foam! from afar it looked like everyone was wearing white t-shirts. The best part about all of this is that they all had big smiles on their faces the whole time!

This past Sunday, we celebrated Vladimirovo Day with a ceremonial parade followed by the Vladimirovo Program. Campers performed two dances choreographed by one of our very own cabin leader Yulia Kornikova. Mladshie (campers 12 and under) danced to a Russian song called "Я за то люблю Ивана." Starshie (campers 13 and over) performed a gypsy dance to the song "Мaхнатый шмель." Finally, the cabin leaders and nachalstvo choreographed a march to “Shagom Marsh” by Lube. After the program, campers spent some free time with their parents and relatives swimming in the lake and picnicking on camp grounds. Despite the heat wave campers and parents all enjoyed a fun filled Sunday at Lost Lake.

A Glance at Week #2

On Monday we had keem. It was “kupaniye” themed, so counselors dressed in their swimsuits and splashed around with different pool toys such as beach balls and noodles. Campers were very enthusiastic about this keem because they love swimming time in the lake!

On Tuesday, we had an army themed beg. Cabins had to go through “boot camps,” think of creative battle strategies, and had to recall basic first aid they have learned during their scouting classes. Although they were very wet and muddy afterward, campers were met by a cold refreshing watermelon snack when they got back to the cafeteria.

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Thursday was varka day. For this week’s twist, the counselors hid each cabin’s flag. After they found their flags, they were given an “advantage,” which they picked from a hat. For example, a cabin could have received an extra match, pre-made tinder, or help from a counselor. Cabins competed fiercely, but they worked together to make the day a fun one.

On Saturday, we had another bonfire (kostyor). All of the campers had presented skits that their cabins created for the event. The night was full of laughter and joy as everyone was enjoying a nice relaxing evening. 

Friday Night Means "Tansi" Night!!!

At last it was time for the Friday dance. All of the campers dressed up for a fun night of dancing, laughing, and singing in the barn. Underneath the disco ball, the campers listened to popular music from today, Russian pop music, and some "oldies." Campers also enjoyed a refreshing snack of Popsicles! Even after the dance was over, campers were still humming and dancing in their cabins. They are SUPER excited for the future dances to come!

ORPR Camp Slides into Splash Land

As part of the activities that were planned for this second week of camp the counselors had planned a surprise trip for the camp on Thursday. The night before they announced to the cabin leaders that they will be going on a trip to Splash Land. The campers had found out about the trip in the morning and were excited for the rest of the day! The amount of energy was at an all time high, as the day consisted of non-stop fun activities. 

A Glance at Week #1

It was a pleasure to welcome all the parents and campers who were able to come out and help us kick off the 2016 camp session! After a wonderful opening ceremony on Saturday, campers are already adjusting to camp life and are making new friends. 

On the first night of camp we planned a bonfire. Cabins prepared skits and presented them to other campers to show a display of their cabin spirit. Campers also joined in with their cabin leaders and counselors in the singing of traditional Russian folk songs. Counselors also prepared an original song called "Eating Kasha with Me," which was about making new friends and eating kasha (oatmeal). Three days later, campers are still singing and humming the very catchy chorus!

On Monday, cabins competed in a game called Keem. In this game, cabins must memorize items they see during a certain period of time. The counselors put a special twist on this weeks Keem; cabins had to memorize items they saw flying about their heads! All of the cabin members laid down on the ground side-by-side, and items were tossed over them. They had to memorize each item thoroughly so that they could write it down. Each cabin was very successful and they had lots of fun!

Later in the day, campers dressed in all black clothing for night games. This week, they broke into 2 teams and played a camp-wide game of "capture the flag". The game consisted of two rounds in which campers put their tactical skills to use in an attempt to win the game for their respective teams.

As a tribute to the USA on the 4th of July, the counselors held a red, white, and blue outfit contest! girl campers wore face paint, American flag headbands and earrings, as well as patriotic colored knee-highs! The boys also tried matching the color scheme by wearing festive clothing. To end the day, the entire camp sat on the beach to watch a very dazzling fireworks show. Campers enjoyed a tasty cake-pop to complete a wonderful day of celebrating our country's freedom!

On Tuesday, cabins had a fun time outdoors in an activity called Varka. Varka is a very competitive activity where each cabin must build and light their own campfire. When they have their fire going, they must make a soup for lunch. They must then present their soups to the counselors with a creative skit. For Varka this week; the counselors dressed up as chefs from different countries and held a jelly-bean taste test. If the cabin guessed the jelly-bean flavor correctly, they were awarded an extra match to assist in their fire lighting.

On Thursday, cabins competed in yet another major camp activity called "Beg". Beg is a scavenger hunt in the woods where cabins have to find hidden items. For example, they might see something as small as a battery on a log or as big as a hat on a tree branch. Cabins also stop at stations made by the counselors in which they participate in various activities. This week, counselors dressed up and had the campers slide down mudslides, splash around in the water, and play real-life fruit ninja! After Beg, the campers were caked with mud and enjoyed a fresh watermelon snack.

To end the week on a high note, the entire camp gathered in the cafeteria to watch a movie. The room was rearranged in a movie theater style layout. Campers watched the movie "Zootopia" and a tasty snack as well!

Overall, the first week was very successful. Campers have made many friends and wonderful memories. As everyone continues to bond even closer, the excitement is becoming even greater in anticipation for the next 3 weeks of activities and fun!

Welcome to the New Site!!

We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new Camp Website! We hope that you like our new design, which was created to make it easier to navigate through our information. Our goal is to keep our Camp family in the loop of any Camp related information during the Camp session and throughout the year. The first step to all of this was the creation of a new website! Starting this summer, we plan on using various social media platforms to keep you in touch with any news updates related to Camp as a way to bring our community even closer.

We will be updating this blog on a regular basis to show you what goes on during our camp session, so that you too can immerse yourself into the Camp that we all know and love!

The ORPR Camp Blog is just one of our many social media outlets that we plan to use this year. We encourage you to also check out the other pages we have:

Organization Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/orprcamp/ 

Community Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/orprcamp/

Camp Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/orpr_camp/

With the camp session around the corner, please be ready to become more in tune with our organization!