Saginaw Campers playing lacrosse

Second half has begun!

We were so sad to say goodbye to our first session campers last weekend, but we hope they all are having a great rest of their summer. The next day, we welcomed all of our second session campers and they are settling into their new homes nicely. It feels like they have been here all summer!

This week, our oldest campers, Hill One and the Aides, went on their second “mystery trip” of the summer. They traveled to Wildwood, New Jersey and went to SplashZone, a water park located on the boardwalk. These campers had a blast going down the slides, challenging themselves on the FloRider, and walking around the boardwalk. Our Inter division went on their annual rafting trip this week. The rapids were high and fast-moving with all of the rain we have gotten, and we could not have asked for more perfect weather conditions for the day. The sun was beaming, the sky was clear, and all of the campers had a blast. That trip was definitely one of the many highlights from this summer!

As a camp, we celebrated Camp Kindness Day on Tuesday, July 24th. Our amazing campers wrote letters to sick children wishing them speedy recoveries and giving them encouragement. We also had a special Starbucks morning for our staff to give them a little pick-me-up for the day. Other randoms acts of kindness helped make the day really positive for all campers and staff.

Our Inter division also went bowling this week, which was a new trip for 2018. (What a busy week for the Inters!) The Junior Boys went on their second overnight camping trip of the summer. They made s’mores, told stories, hung around the campfire, and played lots of games led by Mark. The Junior Girls are currently working on an art project that is going to be displayed in camp. We are also looking forward to Big Sister/Little Sister and Big Brother/Little Brother day tomorrow. Younger campers will spend the day with an older camper, playing games, beautifying camp, and just hanging out getting to know each other.

This weekend is also our annual Weekend Club, where potential campers – going into 1st grade through 4th grades – can come and spend the weekend with us to get a taste of camp life. They will be participating in a “normal camp day” while getting to see why we all love Saginaw so much.

We also have a feeling BIG things are coming in week 6. Our campers have been making predictions of when Color War will break — we know it is coming soon!

GO NAVY!

Navy for the win!

College days officially came to a close last night at our “Graduation Ceremony.” The camp was divided into two teams; the Army Black Knights versus the Navy Midshipmen. We began with a rope burn that was one of our fastest yet. The Army team got a strong lead, breaking their rope in under 13 minutes! Throughout the past two days, all campers competed in athletic events, such as hockey, volleyball, soccer, basketball, flag football, and softball games, as well as track meets, swim meets, fishing contests, spelling bees, and more.

We had a great coed medley, where each camper was placed at a different activity and once they completed their task, a Senior runner from their team ran to the next activity for that group of campers to start. Some of these activities included a relay race, foul shot competitions, piggy back races in the pool, water balloon volleyball, overhead/under-leg relay, and many, many more. At the end of the final event, campers lined up to complete the secret challenge that was presented to them once their whole team was in attendance. The teams went back and forth with the lead the entire time, but Navy took the win in the end.

During the Graduation Ceremony last night, all of the Junior campers on each team created a cheer and presented it to the entire camp. The cheers were judged on clarity, unity, choreography and creativity. Both teams were awesome. Some of our Inter campers had the opportunity to create a pennant that represented their teams – and they both looked amazing. The pennants were judged on design, aesthetic, presentation, and professionalism. These pennants will be hung up around camp for years to come so all can remember this amazing College Days. Our Senior campers had the opportunity to create a mascot that also represented their teams. Each team nominated a member of their team as the mascot, and they were painted from head to toe. These mascots were judged on resourcefulness and creativity. It was very hard to pick between the Black Knight and the Midshipman.

Throughout the entire competition, we loved seeing all of our campers decked out in their team colors, cheering loudly and showing off all of that Saginaw spirit.

This week we are looking forward to our Dorney Park trip, Inter Camp Games against Camp Nock-a-Mixon, and Visiting Day!

Welcome to Camp 2018!

FINALLY! Sunday, June 24th…the day we have been waiting for ALL year, has come! All of our buses pulled in and all of our smiling campers arrived safe and sound. Immediately, campers were taken to their bunks to explore their new homes for the next few weeks. Campers hugged old friends and greeted new ones – soon not even being able to tell them apart.

The first week was packed with great activities. One of the favorites is our new Aerial Course, filled with high ropes and obstacles. One of our junior campers currently holds the course’s record by completing the entire course in under 3 minutes! On the first night, campers enjoyed being welcomed to camp with our annual Opening Night Show, where our Old Timers (campers who have camped here for 5 or more years) were honored with bright yellow shirts they have been repping around camp ever since. All divisions also had an opening campfire where s’mores were made, stories were shared, songs were sung, and lots of fun was had.

Some other evening activities that have taken place so far have been a whole camp dance, a flag football tournament (where the prize was a team trip to Dairy Queen), a bunk lip sync competition, an inflatable night filled with moon bounces and games galore, out-of-camp skating and movie trips, and even a Junior Boys overnight at our outdoor overnight site. On July 3rd, the entire camp went to the Aberdeen Ironbirds baseball game. Although we left the game early due to a rain delay, the campers enjoyed their time there with their hot dogs, ice cream, and new Ironbirds apparel. Our 11th grade campers went on their mystery trip where they went out to dinner and bowling.

Leagues have also started, where each camper is placed on a team to play sports daily against other teams in their divisions. It’s always fun to watch the campers play in some healthy competition against their friends. With a bit of a heat wave passing through camp, we have made sure to keep our campers cool with extra pool time and lots of water activities. Our Big Sister, Little Sister and Big Brother, Little Brother program has also begun. The campers in the Junior and Inter divisions are matched with a Senior camper and get to spend the entire day together. The pairs will play games, decorate camp, get some sweet treats, and spend the 4th of July together. We are now in the middle of College Days, where the camp is divided into two teams and is competing in different events against one another. The campers are having a great time – Go Army! Go Navy!

Here’s to another successful start to a Saginaw summer!

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