The week began with a popular memory game called Keem. During this activity, the cabins are to memorize items that they see during a certain period of time. This week, the counselors put a special twist on the activity. The twist consisted of the counselors simulating a customs security checkpoint where travelers brought items that were “confiscated” when the travelers where trying to get through. As the campers left the station, they had smiling faces. They proceeded with to write down their memorized items within a two-minute time limit.
Typically, Varka is on Tuesdays here at camp. During our second Varka of the month, we had a “visiting” cabin come and join us for the competition. This “visiting” cabin was a group of nachalstvo that joined the campers in the competition. They were given the same materials to light and build their fire as each cabin. The twist given to the cabins; beat the nachalstvo cabin in lighting and boiling to receive extra points for the activity. One lucky cabin did beat the counselors and received bonus points for their hard work! The skits were fantastic and the soups were delicious.
As the temperature climbed during the week, the campers needed a day to lay back, relax, and enjoy the sun. So as part of the activities planned for the month, the camp had a surprise trip to Splash Land. The campers enjoyed the day splashing in the water, going down water slides and diving deep into the pool. When lunch time came around, hamburgers were served fresh from the grill to the campers as they enjoyed their evening. Excitement was present throughout the day and the energy was eccentric!
On Thursday, the campers had their second Beg themed with spies. Before the event the counselors told the story of a rogue agent who was leaking classified information from the headquarters. Cabins had to decipher codes, find hidden messages and figure out puzzles at various stations. This challenging yet fun activity was a great way to end the week.
But wait! There was one more activity that the campers were looking forward to, and this was the first dance. The whole camp couldn’t contain their excitement from the moment it was known that the dance was happening! As soon as the doors to the dance barn opened, the campers danced the night away listening to a variety of different genres of music. When the last song played during the dance, the campers were already counting down the days until the next dance.