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Home Sweet (Summer) Home

Posted by on June 29, 2017

It’s been a whirlwind of nonstop action here at Micah since the moment campers hopped off the buses and began to settle into their cabins.  Not even an impromptu rain shower could dampen the mood of being reunited with old friends or thwart the excitement of meeting new ones for the very first time. In keeping with Micah’s first night tradition, our Unit Leaders and Team Leaders introduced themselves by singing silly songs and chanting motivating cheers.  The Upper Summits, the 10th grade camp leaders in B15 and G14, helped us to wind down the evening by leading us in “The Micah Song” before everyone headed back to their bunks for the rest of the night. They got to bond a little more before heading to bed. The head counselors made their ways around to the bunks to say goodnight and fill jars with the spare change that our campers and staff brought with them to camp to support the World of Change organization.

Today, during our first full day of camp, campers traveled around to a wide array of activities by bunk as they got to know the lay of the land. The Ninja Warrior Course remains a big hit and everyone stayed busy passing pucks at Street Hockey, kicking passes at soccer, shooting hoops at basketball, painting bunk plaques at art, and engaging in fun improv games at Uncle Milt’s Performing Arts Center.  Let’s not forget about play auditions today…they  went “Purrr-fectly.” Campers erupted in cheers in the Dining Hall when it  was announced that our first session play would be: Seussical the Musical!

With the start of individual schedules beginning this Friday, camp is abuzz with excitement and everyone is looking forward to an amazing summer ahead filled with new friendships, new adventures, and, of course , lots of fun in the sun!

Sweet Dreams from Bridgton and Sebago!

The Micah Update – Spring 2017 Newsletter

Posted by on May 31, 2017

We hope that all of our campers, parents, staff, and alumni enjoy reading all the latest news from the Micah community! Click the link below to view our latest newsletter. If you have something you’d like to share with everyone, email kate@campmicah.com so it can be included in our next newsletter!

Camp Micah Spring 2017 Newsletter

The Micah Update – Winter 2017 Newsletter

Posted by on February 6, 2017

We hope that all of our campers, parents, staff, and alumni enjoy reading all the latest news from the Micah community! Click the link below to view our latest newsletter. If you have something you’d like to share with everyone, email kate@campmicah.com so it can be included in our next newsletter!

Camp Micah Winter 2017 Newsletter

The Final Days

Posted by on August 10, 2016

The past few days of camp here in Maine have been spent enjoying our final scheduled activity days. Some campers participated in hikes on Sunday and Monday, others got to enjoy an out-of-camp outdoor rock climbing trip, or our annual photography trip to North Conway, NH. We even held the annual Micah Cup (a sailing race on Peabody Pond). Sunday night brought with it the final dance of the summer for the Timbers and Summits, and our CITs had their last trip out of camp for dinner and fun as a group.

On Monday night, the entire camp gathered in Uncle Milt’s for our second session play, Jewstice League – an original theatrical performance all about heroes. The largest cast in Micah history, over 100 campers, dazzled everyone with their talent, humor, and hard work.

Tuesday morning was filled with final individual schedules. The afternoon, on the other hand, was a wacky one! The 2016 Trading Block opened for campers and staff, participants in the second session Island Swim headed off on their swimming race at the waterfront, and the pool and Micah Ninja Warrior course were open for campers to enjoy. G14 surprised the camp by announcing their annual “Messy Monday” event (which was on a Tuesday). Campers headed to the football field to be covered in paint, bubbles, silly string, and more messiness. You’re welcome to parents that you didn’t have to be part of the clean up!

Tonight, the Summit campers and staff headed to the waterfront for a special beach cookout to celebrate the summer while the rest of the camp enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving-style dinner. Everyone is now snug in their beds before we wake up tomorrow for one last full day here at our home away from home.

Goodnight Bridgton & Sebago!

 

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Shabbat Shalom, Camp Micah!

Posted by on August 6, 2016

On Friday, campers awoke to beautiful temperatures and sunny skies.  After enjoying a hearty breakfast of fresh fruit and eggs, our Fiber Arts campers set off to an alpaca farm to spend a wonderful morning discovering where the art materials they have been using this summer actually come from!  We also sent some of our 13U athletes to a baseball intercamp against Kingswood where they were victorious with a 17-4 win.  Several other campers chose to take advantage of a hike heading out to Blueberry Mountain on this glorious day.  During this hiking adventure, campers cooled off by jumping into Rattlesnake Pool for a little fun in the sun before making their way back to Micah.

Campers who stayed back at Micah enjoyed their regular activities and challenged themselves to complete personal goals before leaving camp in just a few days.  Several campers worked hard to receive their waterfront bracelets which are earned by trying a wide variety of activities down at the waterfront including sailing, waterskiing, canoeing, and paddle boarding, just to name a few!  Other campers were busy practicing swimming skills during instructional swim in the hopes of moving up to the next swim level during their upcoming swim tests.  As Friday’s activities came to a close, our entire Micah community joined together to enjoy a delicious Shabbat meal and spent some time looking back and reflecting on the amazing summer we have been enjoying over the past 7 weeks.

Saturday morning brought with it our weekly Shabbat buffet breakfast and some extra sleep for our older campers. We also bid farewell to our Micah in Israel campers as they headed back to MA to reunite with their parents. The morning consisted of Open Choice, an optional hike up Baldpate, and Tikkuna Matata activities. Our Summit Girls go tto participate in a special activity this week. Thanks to a grant from Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) and The Miriam Fund, our rising 9th and 10th graders experienced a self-defense Krav Maga training session.

After Rest Hour, camp “families” got to spend their weekly time together with fun activities planned by the Head Counselors. This afternoon was our annual Arts Day, complete with jewelry making, caricature drawing, bookmark and pet rock making, drama games, music performances, and, to cap it all off, the second session Dance Show!

Campers are now heading up to our campfire site to enjoy the final campfire of the summer and to say goodbye to Shabbat with our last Havdalah ceremony. It feels like we were just getting the summer started with our first campfire of the season and, in the blink of an eye, we’ll be singing the Camp Micah Alma Mater for one of the last times tonight.

Shabbat Shalom and Sweet Dreams!

 

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