Today was another great day of Big Weekend. Just after breakfast the 6 teams had rallies to work on their Songs and Formations. The coaches of each team were asked to write a song parody about the many virtues of their team, and to poke fun at the foibles of the others. Our eldest campers, who live in buildings called Hut 6 and Juniper, had the task of teaching these songs to the rest of their teams. It's part of their learning to be effective leaders in our community. After practicing their songs for a while the campers then began to work on their formations. Each team was tasked with telling a story about their cartoon movie characters by using their team members' bodies to form shapes, letters, and even animated characters. Some teams had their campers wear 3 and 4 layers of different colored t-shirts, removing them at strategic times to help tell their story. This was a truly collaborative project, and everyone on the team had the opportunity to give their input.
Before performing their Songs and Formations the teams still had a day of games to play. There were standard sports in the morning -- softball, basketball and volleyball, and less traditional ones in the afternoon. This was when we played Quiddich, Human Foosball, Blindfolded Soccer (on their knees, not running!) and 3-Legged Soccer. All of these games were designed to help our campers worked on their 21st century skills -- important life skills like team building and collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, and creativity. And while they definitely were working on these important skills, for them, it was just a really fun day playing somewhat goofy games.
At Songs and Formations the teams showed off all that they had been working on over the past few days. The kids totally sang their hearts out. The creativity and ingenuity on display was not to be believed. Some chose to re-write the lyrics to current pop songs while others used songs from the movie soundtracks of their characters. The teams had choreographed dance moves and individual campers had funny lines that made the entire community giggle. Our counselors and campers are so clever. As a community we had so much fun laughing together and enjoying the displays created by each team. What an amazing special event for our very happy campers!
The scores going into this final event were close, so it truly was anyone's game to win. When Jacki announced who won the highest marks for both the Song and Formation no one was quite sure who had won. She totalled up the points and announced the winners, and for about 30 seconds the members of that team cheered and jumped around in celebration. And then it was over and everyone headed back to the bunks with their arms around each other.
Now it is late, and once again our campers are all asleep. In the morning we will be fully into week #4 of the summer. This week our campers will be climbing mountains, paddle boarding on the ocean, canoeing, heading to the beach, safely leaping off of cliffs, playing in tournaments for football, softball, archery, tennis, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and more. Our senior campers will put on a broadway-style musical that they have spent almost a month preparing for. And those are just the big things on the calendar. They'll also be continuing to become more independent, resilient, flexible, and cooperative with one another. I look forward to sharing with you the many incredibly moments that happen this week at our summer camp in NH.