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Intercamps, Hiking, and Spoon Game…Oh My!

Posted by on July 27, 2016

It was an incredibly busy day here at Micah! We woke up to gorgeous weather and everyone was ready to start another fantastic day. Amidst all of our regularly scheduled activities, groups of campers traveled to neighboring camps for 12U boys soccer, 13U girls basketball, and 15U girls tennis. If that wasn’t enough, we also welcomed a 15U boys soccer team to Micah to host an intercamp of our own. We tallied up a lot more wins for Micah today as our victories continued! Tonight, after dinner, B15 and G14 traveled to Bridgton Sports Camp for our annual night basketball game. It’s always such fun to have the Micah cheering section echoing throughout their gym for this special evening activity. For the first time in four years, Micah brought home a huge win!! Go blue and gold!

Today we welcomed back a group of passionate hikers from a three day trip to Mt. Katahdin – Baxter State Park, the highest mountain in the state of Maine. These 6 campers had an amazing experience and we’re so proud of them for reaching the summit of such a difficult climb!

Second session brought with it the start of The Spoon Game here at Micah. This silly game has been going on for about five days now and we’re down to our final 20 competitors! We’ll be declaring winners soon!

 

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Jam Packed Monday

Posted by on July 26, 2016

The absolute highlight of today was the 3-on-3 basketball tournament that Micah hosted. Several camps from around the area descended upon us early in the morning to take part in this exciting annual event. The morning was filled with cheering, music, and fun as we rooted for our home teams. Micah was victorious in both the 15U Boys and 15U Girls events! We’re seriously running out of room on the mantel above the fireplace in the Dining Hall with all of these trophies!

After a busy afternoon of activities, the entire camp gathered in Uncle Milt’s Performing Arts Center for the second session Talent Show! We were dazzled and amazed by the campers and staff who performed tonight. The photos from tonight’s performances will be posted tomorrow but below is a sneak peek!

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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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