It’s easy to see why campers love beach day so much! After a regular morning of majors and minors yesterday, the whole camp loaded onto six buses and headed to Avalon Beach. The campers are able to spend some time in the town, wandering through stores and buying sweet treats. They also hang out on the boardwalk, play in the arcade, and of course, soak up some sun on the beach. Campers laid in the sun, played in the waves, and a few made sand castles. It was a great way to spend the afternoon and we were all exhausted when we arrived back on camp.
Last night, we were extremely lucky to have the Nora Gibson Performance Project come perform for us. The three dancers presented The Trinity Project, which combines dances, lights, and music to create an ethereal experience. The performance was centered around the mystical nature of the number 3. After the incredible performance, campers had the opportunity to ask Nora Gibson and the other dances questions about choreography, inspiration, and the history of the project.
We had some great Bunk Activities last night, regardless of the rain. The campers and counselors in South had a scavenger hunt that included eating twizzlers, so that made campers very excited. Meanwhile, North headed to the theater to watch and perform skits that each bunk planned. Coop had a camp-wide scavenger hunt and Hill constructed cardboard boats and attempted to use them in the pool.
I love portraits. Always have. The old masters could capture a moment in the soul of a person. For me this was magic.
Over the past twenty-four years I have enjoyed the privilege of taking portraits of the campers and staff at Appel Farm. I use the word “privilege” advisedly. It takes a great deal of trust to look into the glass eye of a camera and be yourself. I am honored so many have done this. Then my job is simply to press the release.
It is our first Sunday of the second session and already there has been a lot of fun and excitement! Today, the CITs went to Camp Edge, a ropes course about 15 min. away from Appel Farm. They climbed obstacles and completed strategy games that helped them become closer as a team, and learn more about what it takes to be a counselor. It was a long day but everyone returned to camp wit ha smile on their faces.
We’ve finished the first week of Session 2! It’s been a very exciting week and it’s only going to get better. Classes are going extremely well and with only a week until the Mini-Session Showcase; all the classes are dedicated to learning and practicing. The stage make-up minors are having a blast creating fake wounds, while many campers are practicing the swimming skills in the pool.
It was really quiet at camp today, but that’s because everyone was on exciting trips! All the campers chose a trip to go on with one of their majors. The dancers got ballroom dance lessons, while the 2D visual artists (painting, drawing, etc.) headed to the Philadelphia Art Museum to see the special exhibit focused on Jerry Pickney. The theater and technical theater majors went to the Landis Theater and practiced stage make-up and played some fun theater games. Other trips included performing at a farmer’s market, swimming at Parvin State Park, and going to the Wheat
Last night, each department (music, sports & swim, video, dance, etc.) held workshops for our evening activity. Workshops are a great way for campers to learn something new about their majors and minors, or a time when campers can experience a department that they don’t have classes in. Some of the workshops offered last night were a low ropes course, building pan flutes, creating mandalas, making miniZines, and a live-action game of Clue. The campers loved being able to choose which workshop to go to and spending time creating art with their friends.