Monthly Archives:July 2014

Wow, what an eventful few days

Posted by on July 18, 2014

Last night out Summits returned from their respective trips.  The Upper Summits spent 3 days and two nights in Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, ME.  It was a great trip and the campers had a blast.  Some of the highlights included seeing “The Great Maine Lumber Jack Show”, a show that demonstrates all of the skills of traditional and modern lumberjacking.  As in true Micah fashion our campers exhibited a lot of spirit that infected the entire crowd.  The next day we (and I say we because I went on the trip) woke up to rain but that didn’t deter us from doing some Sea Kayaking where we saw seals, bald eagles, starfish, and a whole slew of other wildlife.  We concluded the day with a trip through Acadia National Park and a stop at Thunder Hole, a true work of natures art.  The last day was spent having a late wake-up followed by Breakfast in Bar Harbor that included a bit of shopping.

Not to be left out, out 9th graders went on a 2 day whitewater rafting trip through Moxie Outdoor Adventures along the Kennebec  River.  Day one was spent doing a little bit of Kayaking followed by some outdoor games and swimming.  Dinner that night was a choice of steak, chicken, or Veggie burgers.  Needlees to say, they all thought the food was amazing.  Day two brought out the adventures in everyone with some whitewater rafting.  The campers screamed with excitement as they tackled some class 2 and 3 rapids.  There were several stops for swimming and lunch.  I’m also pretty sure the entire 9th grade wore a moxie shirt this morning.

Tonight was our first session play, Frozen.  It was such a pleasure to see our campers perform after all of the hard work they had put in.  Each one of them was amazing and we may have a few budding broadway stars on our hands.  I also have to give a big round of applause to Alex Brodsky and the entire drama staff.  They turned a movie that had never been done as a play into a play.  They spent tireless hours making sure our campers had everything they needed.  Congrats to all and we hope you will come and see the performance on Visiting day.

It’s hard to believe first session is almost over.  It has gone way to fast but it has also been way too much fun (I can’t believe I get to do this for a living).  We look forward to seeing many of you on Sunday for Visiting Day!

Northern Exposure

Posted by on July 16, 2014

Micah in Israel 2014 has continued its trip up in northern Israel. Not only has the North been a place of a safety for the group, but it has also provided us with the most fun and exciting aspects of our trip so far! The thrill for this week kicked off during our festive Havdalah service which was filled with music and dancing and Drew Ginsburg impressing members of the Israeli Navy with his back flips.

Earlier this week, we participated in our own Alyn Hospital Charity Bike Ride, decked out in some fancy cycling shirts. The ride was a blast with beautiful views and chances to stop to eat fresh tomatoes as well as swim in the Jordan River. The event was a great success as the group raised over $2,000 and with the donation window open for the next year, we hope to see that number increase even more to help the kids of Alyn Hospital.

The fun continued in the form food as we went to a chocolate factory making our own delicious treats, leaving the factory with more chocolate that we could ever eat (mostly because we had to eat it before it melted in the heat). The next morning, we continued satisfying our taste buds in a healthier way when we went berry picking! Berry picking was a huge hit with everyone eating blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and mulberries until we couldn’t any more. Our bellies were pleased and our hands were stained with the dark juices of the fresh berries.

Other highlights of the week so far have consisted of some fantastic hikes in the Golan Heights and a relaxing morning at a spa. The excitement continues tomorrow with the much anticipated, ARMY DAY! Details about tomorrow will definitely be expressed in the next post!

Until next time,

Seidy and the rest of MII ‘14

Another Intercamp Victory!

Posted by on July 16, 2014

It seemed a little quiet around here today as our 9th and 10th graders are all out of camp on their overnight trips. The Upper Timbers were more than happy to take their place as the leaders of camp for the day! The morning started out a bit wet and we ran a modified rainy day schedule which included a full cast rehearsal for our upcoming performance of Frozen, games and entertainment in the Dining Hall, a special clipboard project for the Girls’ Area, music, video, and more!

The afternoon cleared up a bit and we were able to squeeze in one activity period (and an intercamp soccer game) before the rain washed us out once again. Our U13 boys soccer team played Camp Wigwam and came away with a 3-2 victory. Goals were scored by Jake, Borja, and Alec! We were lucky enough to enjoy our very first Camp Micah Clinic Concert where some of our talented camper musicians dazzled us with their skills.

After a delicious pizza dinner, campers participated in an array of evening activities, including teambuilding at the Ropes Course, silly putty making, “Get to Know Your Counselors” game show for the Timbers, a scavenger hunt, and “Cupcake Wars!” A gorgeous sunset brought this perfect camp day to an end.

We’re all looking forward to Trip Day tomorrow. Don’t forget it’s late wake up and breakfast is at 9am before all campers leave camp for the day!

 

Another Beautiful Day in Downtown Bridgton & Sebago

Posted by on July 15, 2014

Camp seemed a little empty today as our Upper Summits left for their 3-day overnight trip. For a minute, the Dining Hall was eerily quiet. It didn’t last long, however, as the rest of camp quickly jumped up to cheer with competing chants of “WE RUN THIS CAMP” and the very first “G14 ‘15” cheer.

It was a great day down at the waterfront, perfect for waterskiing, tubing, and playing on the inflatables in our free swim area. The U13 girls hosted a basketball game against Fernwood Cove and after a hard fought battle, we came away with yet another victory!

After an exhausting week full of excitement, surprises, and celebrations, we decided it would serve everyone well to have a relaxing bunk night and an early bedtime. We let the photo staff take a break from their typical routine of running all around camping taking pictures of evening activities so that they could participate in their own bunk’s activities. We hope that all campers and staff will be well rested as we head into the final week of first session.

Tomorrow morning, our Lower Summits leave on their 2-day overnight trip and then camp will really be quiet…Although the Timbers sitting next to me (who helped write this blog post) assure me this won’t be the case. Goodnight from Bridgton and Sebago!

Sincerely,

Sam Gragg, David, and Eli

 

Happy 50th Mark

Posted by on July 13, 2014

He was 35 when people first pulled through the gates of Camp Micah and today he turned 50!  Even though he has the energy of a 25 year old, Mark received his AARP card in the mail today.  In all seriousness, today is one of the most anticipated days of the summer.  As a camp, we got to celebrate Mark’s birthday.  The day started with our annual Shabbat breakfast buffet and was followed by the camp doing various social action projects all around camp.  We completed 50 Mitzvot in honor of Mark. Some of the highlights included landscaping the area around Mark’s house, making dog biscuits for the local animal shelter, and making friendships bracelets for pediatric cancer patients.

After our Batman themed lunch and a birthday cake made in the shape of Mark’s head, we were treated to a performance by Audiobody.  Audiobody is a thrilling high-tech comedy show complete with electronic music, light, contortionism, juggling, and general awesomeness.  The camp had a blast and especially loved when Mark was called up to perform!

Tonight we had our weekly cookout, followed by Campfire.  The acts were great and the Micah Update was hilarious as usual.  To close, we would like to once again wish Mark a happy 50th and we can’t wait to spend the next 50 years with him!