I AM SORRY FOR NOT WRITING A BLOG FOR SO LONG! I HAS BEEN A SUPER BUSY WEEK AND I HAVEN'T HAD TIME TO DO IT! I SHALL TELL YOU ABOUT THE WHOLE WEEK NOW!
Ok - so this is the last week of camp and it has been super great but also very sad. It went super fast as well.
Not only did we have the usual fun activites such as water skiing on the lake, tubing, zip line etc we had a whole lot of different things that were done to celebrate the last week of camp!
1. The Haunted Mansion - On the Sunday after colourwar at line up the girls of the mansion house ( the three senior bunks) thought it was going to be just another normal day here at Camp Kweebec - they were very wrong.We were told with only a couple of hours to spare that today was " haunted mansion day" - That is, the mansion house ( which is where we live) needed to be transformed into a huge haunted house - with fake spiders, roaming henchmen, witches, zombies and much more. Supposedly this happens every year and the younger bunks start the day with a trick or treat session followed by this haunted house. We ran around furiously attempting to create a somewhat realistic haunted house with little supplies.
That meant covering all the windows with plastic garbage bags to block out the light - useing fans with streamers on them to tickle whoever was around. Torches came in handy when we wanted to make spooky shadows and last but not least we made ourselves up to scare the kids as they came through from room to room. I was lucky enough to be in the Bathroom story so I was able to get really dressed up ( in a white T-Shirt, with red paint as blood all down the front white makeup and teased hair!)
It was a blast to do! We took some great photos - and then for the next three hours I had to stand in the freezing cold shower and scream. I lost my voice after the third round of kids I think! Our story made almost all the younger kids scream ( and most of them cried!!) After a tireing few hours we retired to the bunks and spent the rest of the night trying to get the makeup off!!
2. Carnival - In the last week there was one night where they have a carnival at the camp. It was so much fun! Each of the senior bunks were given a stall to run a long with hiring some professional games/rides for the kids to go on. Bunk Radcliffe ( my bunk) got the marrige booth which was an absolute hoot to run. Some of the other stalls included a kissing booth - where if you kissed someone you received a hershey kiss, western union booth where you could write secret messages to people, the lollypop booth, facepainting, shave a balloon and much more. There was a huge jumping castle, a giant slide, a water dunk ride. There was even fairy floss, and icecream truck and prezels! All very american and all very nice! I had a great time going around and taking photos - I got married twice and dunk someone in the water once. Over all it was a great way to round up the summer and everyone had a brillliant time!
3. Packing - We had a really sad day where we just packed on thursday. Not even kidding. The girls started packing at 10 am and didn't finish until 4 ish! They have so much stuff! That night was very fun though, it was caberet!
4. Caberet is basically the Summer Camp's "formal" the girls make a HUGE effort to look good and many of them get dressed shipped in from hope so they don't crease them all summer. At 4 pm, the girls all started beauty hour and basically painted nails, curled hair, showered, shaved, put on makeup, took it back off again etc etc for 3 hours until they were told to go down to the formal dining area for the meal. All my girls did look beautiful, so did all the American Counsilers, however us internationals where a little different, it was a bit hard to look your best when you're living out of a backpack! But we tried our best.
The caberet started with a meal outside, the theme was golden globes, so on all the tables were little golden globe statues which was very cool. They had fariy lights in the trees and it was a very nice warm night so overall it look beautiful! We all ate - the food was pretty gross, but the kids liked it, again chips, fried chicken, pizza bagels, ceaser salad, hot dogs and BBQ chicken. and after we were stuffed to the brim we headed to the dance floor! IT WAS CRAZY there were about 7 professional dancers to entertain the kids and teach them cool moves, but of course as teenagers are, most of my girls ran stright to their boyfriends to "hook up" and it wasn't long until the dance floor was deserted, except for the 35 or so international staff members - always the ones to last to the end!
We danced with the pros for ages, they were brillant, shuffling, moon walk, robot, you name it these guys could do it! They taught us how to " duggie," do the shopping trolley and the lawnmower - all very good move if you are wanting to pick up!
But sooner or later, we had to come back into the real world and remember that we were responsible for about 15 kids and went on a crazy hunt to find them . This is a lot harder than it seems because camp is BIG, really big. but we eventually found them all and headed to a now very empty bunk for a second last night with the girls
5. Bohama Mama - Today was a great day. Not even kidding, it was a tribute to all the councilers at camp. We got to sleep in ( just the staff, not the kids) and after a late wake up call we got ushered into the dance studio and had fresh bagels and fruit for breakfast! Dream come true!
Then it was time for Bohama Mama day, where all of girls camp headed down to the pool for a party. It started with each bunk singing a song about their fantastic councilers, and in my song, they paid me out for always talking about Tim. Then after some serious tanning and swimming time we went up to the rec hall and had a philly treat called water ice and wrote notes to each other. It was very sweet but a little sad at the same time!
Last night Celebrations - It came to the last night and everyone was already very sad. The night started with an awards session, that WENT ON FOR EVER - but after this was an event called " Three, Five, Ten" which was very beautiful. The international staff all got a tiki torch to hold and we all walked down to the old lake. From a distance it was so beautiful to see all of the little flames sparkling in the pitch black of camp. They got a lot of candels and put them in floatable trays and put millions of them in the water. The camp headed down and sat beside the lake, and one by one, some people made speeches. It was so sad to hear all these people who have been there for years saying goodbye for a year! It was very special!
A banquet was held after this - where the whole camp went into the dining hall and ate ALL the leftovers from camp - SO delish!
More later but that is an update for now!