Monthly Archives:July 2016

What a Week!

Posted by on July 23, 2016

A lot has been going on at camp since we said goodbye to our first session friends on Visiting Day! Second Session Changeover Day started off with a late wake-up and breakfast followed by our Micah Book of Records.  This unique tradition for full session campers is a day for breaking or setting silly records around camp. It was both hysterical and inspiring to witness some of the ideas our campers came up with – proving once again how creative and talented they are! (Picture campers holding hands without letting go and trying to eat their meals, trying to speak solely in Spanish for hours on end, sharing a tutu over your regular clothes with a buddy and choosing to be “stuck” together for the whole day, most consecutive times up the warped wall at The Micah Ninja Warrior Course, and fastest time up to the summit of Baldpate Mountain)

This past Monday, we welcomed all of our second session campers to Micah.  After hopping off the buses, new campers were welcomed into the Dining Hall amidst thunderous cheering, chanting, and clapping and quickly brought over to meet their new bunkmates. After initial introductions, everyone went back to their bunks to get to know each other a little better. The entire Micah community reconvened to enjoy a great dinner together followed by our Unit and Team Leaders introducing themselves with silly songs and all of the counselors sharing their unit’s spirit with a cheer.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, campers went around by bunks to get the lay of the land and a firsthand look at all the exciting opportunities Micah has to offer before finalizing their new activity schedules.  After participating in unique evening activities, ranging from making “goop” (an interesting scientific substance that is neither a liquid or a solid) to dancing the night away at a USA themed dance party, campers cozied up in bed and dreamed of what the next day’s first full day of activities held for them!

Camp was abuzz with activity on Thursday as all campers began their individualized schedules. That night, campers participated in Unit Activities and G8 got to sleep out at The Ladder (our own Micah campsite)! The next morning, we said goodbye to our oldest campers, G14 and B15, who spent the day at Seeds of Peace (seedsofpeace.org) participating in sports and learning about what this amazing organization does. The rest of camp enjoyed their Friday activities and looked forward to our weekly Erev Shabbat service.

On Friday night, Rabbi Lipof led a peaceful and reflective service…with a fair share of excitement, dancing, and fun! She told us all a story about remembering to sometimes stop, take a breath, relax, and breathe in Shabbat. Every camper received a small gift for them to remember this important message – their own small sand timer!

Saturday morning brought with it buffet breakfast and late sleep for our older campers. After our musical Boker Tov time in the chapel to learn a bit more about this week’s Torah portion, campers spent the rest of the day bettering themselves or the community at Tikkuna Matata, getting to know their Camp Sisters and Spazzaweewee Brothers a bit better, participating in unit activities, and enjoying some extra free time and bunk time. We’re all looking forward to the weekly cookout dinner, campfire, and Havdalah to end Shabbat this week!

 

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Reunited & It Feels So Good!

Posted by on July 18, 2016

It has been an incredible final few days of first session here at Camp Micah. On Friday night, we celebrated the final Shabbat of first session. It is always a bittersweet event, knowing we will say goodbye to so many friends in just two short days. In keeping with Micah tradition, the Dining Hall was decked out in blue gold, and campers wore their Friday night best. Many awards were given for All-Around Campers in each unit, as well as the Kavod Award. Congratulations to all recipients!

The day was a busy one at Micah, as we sent 30 campers to Frankenstein Cliffs for an all-day hike, and some of our art-savvy staff and children to the alpaca farm to experience the shearing process and further their understanding of fiber arts. There are so many diverse experiences to be had at Micah, and our campers all find ways to shine.

Saturday was filled with Visiting Day preparations, packing, a mini-Jimmy Fund Walk in preparation for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk in September, the Island Swim, and the camp performance of The Little Mermaid. We were all so impressed with the talent on the stage this summer! We wrapped up our final day of first session with our weekly cookout, campfire, and havdalah as we said goodbye to our first session friends.

Today, we welcomed parents and relatives of our first and full session campers to Camp Micah for Visiting Day 2016.  Even the unpredictable weather couldn’t keep us from having the time of our lives!  As soon as the sun peeked through those early morning ominous clouds, families took full advantage of all Camp Micah has to offer. We were thrilled to see several families enjoying the wonderful adaptation of The Little Mermaid at Uncle Milts while other families decided to take on the Micah Ninja Warrior Course hoping to tackle the Warped Wall.  Countless campers and loved ones had some serious fun in the sun at both our amazing waterfront and at the pool on this hot July day. Everyone joining us this Visiting Day was truly dazzled by an amazing lunch and drool-worthy table of fresh fruit and desserts! It was so touching to see the reaction on the faces of our campers and their parents as they were reunited for the first time in almost four weeks. After our final goodbyes and a yummy dinner, campers settled in for the night at the annual Micah Movieplex with some freshly popped popcorn.  We are all looking forward to welcoming the second session campers tomorrow and can’t wait to take full advantage of the next three and a half weeks left of camp!

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A Thursday to Remember

Posted by on July 15, 2016

Camp was bustling this morning as we kicked off the day with several intercamps across a wide variety of age groups.  The 13U Micah Boys welcomed Camp Wigwam for a friendly game of baseball while the 10U Micah Girls welcomed Forest Acres for a rousing game of kickball.  Our 10Ugirls were victorious with a 28 to 12 win for Micah.  In addition to these intercamps, we also sent off an excited group of coed campers to Portland to represent Micah in a Spelling Bee competition against other local Maine Camps.  Even though we didn’t bring home the trophy from the bee, we are still super P-R-O-U-D of our campers for representing us so well!

The big buzz overheard during activity periods around camp today is how excited campers are for our quickly approaching Visiting Day.  Campers have been hard at work finishing up projects and practicing new skills to share with their loved ones.

We can’t believe tomorrow is our final first session Shabbat.  We look forward to celebrating an amazing three and a half weeks with everyone during our first session Shabbat banquet, awards ceremony, and slideshow tomorrow night as well.  Be sure to rest up because only three more sleeps until Visiting Day!

 

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Trips Galore

Posted by on July 14, 2016

Today was Trip Day at Micah and our Critters, Prowlers, and Timbers all had amazing adventures around Maine! The Critters and Timbers went to Funtown (a local amusement park) and the Prowlers spent the day at Aquaboggan (a water park).

Tonight, some Lower Summit guest bloggers are here in the Programming Office to tell us all about their whitewater rafting trip!…

The Lower Summits returned to camp tonight after our overnight whitewater trip on the Kennebec River. On Tuesday, we arrived at our campsite and were excited to see that we got to spend the night in a half tent-half bunk structure. When we got to Moxie, we took a two-hour inflatable kayak trip down the river for a few miles. No need to worry but Jonah S., Dougie S., and Benji H. may have paddled by the exit point of the river and got a little extra time in their boats. Everyone got reunited!

Burgers and hot dogs were our delicious dinner choices. A lot of Lower Summits learned a new, vital life skill – skipping rocks! We had a campfire and s’mores, an impromptu talent show featuring “Twin Telepathy” with Heather G. and Courtney G. We played “The Jerk Song” and our own version of a Micah favorite: The Most Dangerous Game. Riley I. and Matt D. were the contestants and Riley lost – which means he had to jump in the river! Later that evening, the whole group decided to jump in too!

The next morning, we woke up to a delicious pancake breakfast. After breakfast, we got ready to go by putting on our helmets and lifejackets and took a short drive to where we were to enter the river. When we were in the water, the rapids went up to class 4. The biggest rapid was called “Magic Falls” – a class 4 rapid with an 8 foot decline. Everyone thought it was so much fun…maybe a little scary, but awesome. There were times that we could hop out of the boat for a swim and we loved bringing our Micah cheers to the boats. Some boats played a fun balancing game and rowed in circles. There seems to be a discrepancy about exactly how many miles the trip was but after somewhere between 8 – 13 miles, and 3 hours, it was time to come ashore. We went back to the campsite and had a scrumptious meal of steak, grilled chicken, and more. Some of us bought some cool new apparel at the shop. After lunch, we packed up and loaded the bus. We stopped for pizza and made it back to Micah in time to shower, help write tonight’s blog, and get a good night’s sleep.

Overall, the entire group bonded like never before. We got to experience the thrill and excitement of the rapids, and the tranquility and calmness of enjoying our beautiful surroundings. We participated in quintessential summer experiences – jumping in a lake and a river, playing cards and frisbee by the water’s edge, roasting marshmallows, singing around the campfire, rafting and swimming together, enjoying the view…and each other. Everyone thought the trip was amazing and are looking forward to next summer when we all get to lead camp as B15 and G14.

-Jeremy K., Riley I., Jenna E., Hanna S., Julia P., and Sarah S.

 

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Fun in the Sun

Posted by on July 13, 2016

After an epic rock concert in honor of Mark’s birthday last evening, campers were excited to wake up this morning to warm and sunny skies and resume their daily activities.   All around camp you could witness campers taking full advantage of everything our amazing facility has to offer! Campers participating in the play were hard at work perfecting their lines, singing melodies, and creating the scenery for The Little Mermaid in Uncle Milt’s Performing Arts Center.  Those who have basketball on their schedules were busy practicing new drills and playing in a few pickup games to put these new skills to the test.  Dancers worked on a top secret choreographed routine which will be divulged in the next week.  Archers were excited to find out that today they had giant blown up balloons on their targets as a fun new challenge to practice aim.  Our studio artists completed an amazing 3D animal sculpture project that will be on exhibit at the 302 Gallery on Visiting Day.  All in all, it was a busy day filled with lots of learning opportunities and a healthy dose of good old fashioned fun!

This afternoon we welcomed Camp Wildwood to play in a 10U Flag Football inter-camp. Although we were not victorious, Micah campers showed great effort and, most importantly, excellent sportsmanship.

After dinner, a rousing round of applause and cheering could be heard for miles following the announcement of tomorrow’s trip day locations by each Unit Leader.  Everyone then headed off to their evening activities eagerly anticipating the fun that will be had tomorrow on these exciting trips.

Only 5 more sleeps until Visiting Day!  Sweet dreams from Bridgton and Sebago!

 

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