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A Busy Few Days

Posted by on July 25, 2017

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 and 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!

Saturday was filled with Visiting Day preparations, packing, and the camp performance of Seussical the Musical. We were all so impressed with the amazing talent on the stage this summer! We wrapped up our final day of first session with our weekly cookout, campfire, and havdallah as we said goodbye to our first session friends.

On Sunday, we welcomed parents and relatives of our first and full session campers to Camp Micah for Visiting Day 2017.  The picture perfect weather enabled families to take full advantage of all Camp Micah has to offer. We were thrilled to see several families enjoying the wonderful adaptation of Seussical The Musical at Uncle Milts, kayaking across Peabody Pond at the waterfront, and taking on the Micah Ninja Warrior Course hoping to reach the top of the warped wall.  Everyone who joined us on Visiting Day was incredibly impressed by the amazing lunch and drool-worthy table of fresh fruit and desserts our kitchen staff prepared for us! 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 filling dinner, campers settled in for the night at the annual Micah Movieplex with some freshly popped popcorn.

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 unique records around camp. It was both inspiring and humorous to witness some of the ideas our campers came up with. One Prowler girl managed to put on over 40 t-shirts, one on top of the other. The office was serenaded by the sweet sounds of a camper playing his brass instrument for nearly an hour. Three Summit girls continuously spun fidget spinners for…way too long.

Today 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 dinner together followed by clever musical introductions made by our Unit and Team Leaders, as well as, our upper administration. On Tuesday and Wednesday, campers will go 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.

Until then, campers are cozied up in their bunks tonight and ready to drift off to sleep.

Sweet dreams from Bridgton and Sebago!

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!