Monday started as it normally does, anticipation buzzing through the walls, and as the music started to get louder, the cars and buses carrying our favorite faces started to arrive. After an ever-enthusiastic flag ceremony, full of shouts, the activities commenced. Mad Science Monday commenced, and although it was messy, the Activity Building was full of fun. Lava lamps were being made by the participants as Mad Scientist Matt led another successful experiment.
The Youngest Unit, led by Claire Snyder, had a fun and creative time painting their own pots, which they plan to grow into beautiful plants to be taken home! For a change of pace this Monday, camp headed to the skating rink in the afternoon. Everyone enjoyed scooting around the rink to a fun sound track! The cool thing about skating is that everyone, of every ability were trying out something new together. If that isn’t a hallmark of camp, we don’t know what is.
Tuesday was a day for getting those creative juices flowing and setting the artistic tone for the rest of the week. ESP’s summer Lemonade Leaders were visiting. These young entrepreneurs spent the week at ESP getting trained to run a lemonade stand benefiting ESP’s programs. On Tuesday, the Leaders got to spend some time with the campers working on a hand painting project. Everyone was able to make their mark, and it was a special way for staff, campers, and volunteers to spend time together.
Wednesday was a particularly tasty day, because the Vocational Unit, led by Tyler King, supplied lunch for the rest of the camp! The menu, created and cooked by the unit, was full of pasta and garlic bread that satisfied everyone who ate it, and made everyone else who could smell it jealous! The care, patience and love that was put into the meal as meaningful as possible. Anna Carter, another Specialty Leader, led the activity of Wellness Wednesday- with boxing! Stretching beforehand to warm up all the muscles, Anna showed the positive benefits of social interaction and an aim towards a healthy lifestyle.
Sarah Anne Owens, leader of the Older Middle Unit, had an awesome day using her theme of Winter Wonderland to her advantage, and planned an activity of ‘Jack Frost Tag.’ More beautiful artwork was created this week, as campers decorated snowflakes with both paint and watercolors! The entire camp went back to Legion Pool and had an awesome time splashing around in the water and sun with their fellow friends.
Friday was another successful Friend and Fun Friday! Our weekly flag ceremony was one for the books. Though the heat was strong, the passion of our campers and staff were stronger, and that positive attitude flowed throughout the rest of the day! Friend Friday had many visitors, including our Week Two Sponsors: Athens Ford, Bulldog Kia, BankSouth and HR Strategies. Lunch was provided by the Cattlemen’s Association, and we are so thankful to all those who came out for the day!
Down in the park, water activities were the status-quo for the day, and thank goodness, because the Georgia sun was gracing everyone. There were water relays, an inflatable dinosaur sprinkler, a slip n’ slide, and a massive game of human foosball. After a little bit of dancing, the day ended with a refreshing hose down from the Oconee Fire Department!