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Exciting Trips and Plunging Dips

Posted by on July 19, 2017

The Lower Summits headed out of camp after breakfast this morning to embark on their own exciting white water rafting trip. In their absence, our Timbers jumped at the opportunity to sit at the empty Summit tables during meals and assume the leadership position over camp (at least for the next couple of days!)

The rest of today seemed to “zip” by in a flash as several campers got the opportunity to brave our Aqua Zip Line down by the waterfront.  This challenge requires campers to hook into a belay system and then climb a tree.  After reaching the top and getting clipped onto the line, campers jump off the edge of the platform and zip across Peabody Pond before splash landing into the water.  Their squeals of delight are infectious!

Our Fiber Arts program is gearing up for their annual trip to visit a nearby Alpaca Farm where they will see first-hand where the fibers they have been using to create art come from.  During this visit, they will witness wool being sheered, get to know the animals a little bit better, and deepen their understanding of the materials used in Fiber Arts.

This afternoon, our 13U boys baseball inter-camp vs. wigwam took place.   It was a heated game and Micah came back from behind in the final inning to win the game with a 10-9 victory.  GO MICAH!

Tomorrow morning, our Critters, Prowlers, and Timbers will embark on their own day trips to local attractions. As our Summits return from their overnight adventures tomorrow night, we look forward to all being back at camp together.

Goodnight Bridgton and Sebago!

Shabbat, Seeds, and Summits

Posted by on July 17, 2017

We had a busy weekend at Camp Micah! On Friday, we hosted our annual 3v3 Basketball tournament. For everyone who doesn’t know about the 3v3 tournament, we play four games at the same time on our two basketball courts (one half court per game), the games only go up to 11 points, and we have 4 different divisions. Our 12U girls, 12U boys, 15U girls, and 15U boys play games against other camps’ teams of the same division. We fought hard in all divisions, but we succeeded in one division over all others. Our 15U girls, led by Courtney, Heather, Skylar, and Kendall, pulled through with an impressive victory over the other four camps in their division. They even won a few of the games 11-0! As always, we were very proud of our Micah girls on Friday!

After our big win on Friday afternoon, we all settled in for Shabbat. Our chef prepared a delicious brisket dinner, and the rabbi told another poignant story to emphasize the importance of courage, both at camp and outside of camp. The “slogan” of the story was “it’s not a wall, it’s just a hurdle.” Of course, everyone got a small ladder toy to remind them that anything is possible with hard work, persistence, and resilience.

In honor of Mark’s (belated) birthday, we participated in a day of mitzvot. Campers participated in several special projects all around camp. Some of the projects included: making blankets for Project Linus, making dog biscuits and toys for a local animal shelter, baking cookies for a homeless shelter, and making puzzles and cards for ill children in a local hospital. This day has become an annual tradition as camp’s birthday present to Mark and to the greater Bridgton area.

Last but not least, today (Sunday) we sent our Upper Summits to a nearby camp called Seeds of Peace. Seeds of Peace is a camp that develops international leaders who come from areas of conflict. The camp fosters cultural discussion and has children of similar lines of conflict (for example, Israelis and Arabs) live together, work together, and discuss key issues. Our Micah campers got to socialize with them, and play both soccer and basketball on their Sports Day. They each came away with some new songs and cheers, a brand new Seeds of Peace t-shirt, and a once in a lifetime experience.

As everyone returned from their time away from camp, we gathered together in the Dining Hall for a delicious lasagna dinner. As a surprise for a B15 camper who reached an amazing milestone of hiking 400 miles over his career at camp, Ken Wadness (Hiking Team Leader) presented Jeremy with a watch and a giant mountain shaped cake. The Dining Hall erupted in cheers of “400 miles” and “we love Jeremy.”

 

 

W-I-N-N-E-R-S!

Posted by on July 14, 2017

Even though the day started out a bit damp and dreary, we still managed to have a great time. After breakfast, 10 excited campers set out for Portland, Maine and the 13th Annual Maine Summer Camps Spelling Bee. Our 15U and 12U teams, along with their coaches, practiced their skills for the hour long drive. They had their game faces on as they entered the arena. After some spelling warm up exercises, they were mentally limber and ready to tackle any word thrown their way. The preparation proved effective for our 12U team, who came away with the first place title and a trophy to add to our overflowing mantle over the Dining Hall fireplace. The 15U team, sadly, did not make the finals but cheered on our brilliant younger spellers.

After dinner, the entire camp made their way down to Uncle Milt’s Performing Arts Center to watch the first session Talent Show. Choreographed dances, rubix cube solving, and musical performances entertained the masses. The night ended with a Summit & CIT band that played some rock and roll…Mark is checking with their agent to see if they are available for Saturday morning’s weekly jazz brunch.

 

Ninjas, Trip Day, and Mark’s Birthday!

Posted by on July 13, 2017

Yesterday, we welcomed three celebrity guests to Micah! American Ninja Warriors Jon “the Giant” Alexis, Jr., Jesse “Flex” Labrek, and Chris DiGangi were at Micah for the day. They spent time working with campers at our own Ninja Warrior course, as well as our Ropes Course. We all stayed in the Dining Hall a little longer than usual after lunch to watch some clips of the previous night’s episode of American Ninja Warrior, where all three of our guests were competing for a chance to qualify for the next round. The Dining Hall erupted in cheers as each of them were seen on the big screen. They took some time to answer questions from campers and staff, sign autographs, and pose for pictures. We’re always so grateful when our Ninja friends come by to visit and to inspire our campers with their strength and determination. We’ll be following their progress throughout this season of the show!

Today marked our first official trip day of the season.  After our annual Dunkin Donut breakfast in honor of Mark’s birthday, campers slathered on sunscreen, filled up their water bottles, and piled onto buses to enjoy some fun outside of camp. Summits headed to Portland for some local sightseeing and shopping followed by bowling. Timbers enjoyed some fun in the sun at Scarborough Beach while our Prowlers channeled their inner daredevil and experienced hill tubing and mini golf at Seacoast Adventure.  Critters had loads of “fun” at Funtown where they enjoyed rides, games, and some yummy treats!  Everyone had a blast and came back recharged and ready to celebrate our favorite director, Mark Lipof’s, birthday.

For tonight’s special birthday entertainment, campers enjoyed the talents of Ronny Romm, a seasoned hypnotist, following our black and white hypnotic theme dinner. Staff and campers’ bellies were aching from all the laughter as they watched counselors, CITs, and Summits entranced by Ronny. It was certainly a night we won’t forget!

Goodnight Bridgton and Sebago!

 

Peace, Love, and Micah

Posted by on July 12, 2017

There has been SO much going on around camp for the past few days! Bear with us as we recap some of the excitement…

It was a little quieter around camp at the end of last week because we had a few different trips out. Our 12U boys went to Kamp Kohut to play baseball and our 16U boys went to Indian Acres to play in their annual soccer tournament. We also sent some of our most enthusiastic hikers into the woods for an overnight hiking and camping adventure with our stellar hiking staff.

The overnight hiking trip is something campers look forward to every summer. Campers enjoyed scenic views as they climbed Tumbledown Mountain in New Hampshire and then enjoyed a delicious lasagna dinner. After spending a cozy night sleeping in a cabin, they shared a delicious pancake breakfast and then continued on their journey for a refreshing swim. The hikers came back to camp just in time for dinner with exciting tales to share with their bunkmates about their recent adventures.

Also this week, campers had the opportunity to meet with Rabbi Lipof in her cabin during Rest Hour. During this much needed down time, campers can sign up to visit the Rabbi with their bunks. Rabbi Lipof provides enriching conversation and, of course, yummy homemade treats.

Friday night, we were able to enjoy a beautiful Shabbat service sitting on our new chapel benches under the setting sun.  Rabbi Lipof told a captivating story about how problematic gossiping can be and related it to when a single frog croaking in a pond can sound like a hundred frogs.  Of course, campers left the service with a fun frog memento to serve as a reminder that: “one ribbit, two ribbits, three ribbits, four…..gossip is RIBBIT so ribbit no more!”

On Sunday after lunch, campers retreated back to their cabins for a little rest and relaxation with their bunks.  About 40 minutes into Rest Hour, campers were incredibly surprised to hear the blaring sound of 60’s music coming through their bunk speakers.  This was quickly followed by a booming voice asking all campers to meet on the baseball field for Micahstock 2017.  As campers ran from their bunks, fully decked in gold and blue, towards the baseball field, they were met by friendly protesters (our CITs) holding signs and chanting, “Make Color, Not War!”  The CITs pulled off an epic Color War break inspired by Woodstock.  After quickly voting for team captains, blue and gold teams competed in an intense battle of tug o’ war.  Team chants and cheers echoed through camp as our first session color war had officially commenced!

After a day and a half of heated competition (including the annual swim/track meets, scavenger hunt, and a new game called The Vinyl Countdown), it was announced that the BLUE team has the lead by the narrowest margin in Micah history. When second session Color War breaks, it’s anyone’s game!