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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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Mark’s Rockin’ 52nd Birthday

Posted by on July 12, 2016

When your camp director turns 52, there is only one way to celebrate: Rocking out in Uncle Milt’s! This year, Rock Star Camp joined us to help make Mark’s birthday an even more special day. Each grade level on both sides of camp picked a favorite song, and Rock Star Camp helped to transform these songs into real, live, rock performances. We had an awesome time and the pictures from this event are amazing! We also had a “Ready to Rock” theme dinner for the birthday boy, and camper and staff costumes were on point.

In other news, Camp Micah hosted its annual swim meet this morning, with 5 local camps joining us to compete. Micah reigned victorious in the girls meet! We also sent our oldest campers to Nashoba North for their annual 15U soccer tournament for both boys and girls. Congratulations to all Micah participants on a job well done!

Tomorrow, we send off our Summits for their annual big trips. We can’t wait to see pictures and hear stories from their adventures! Goodnight from downtown Bridgton and Sebago!


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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Posted by on July 11, 2016

Today we woke up to a soggy Sunday morning, but that didn’t stop us from having fun, fun, fun!  Rainy day activities took place in several indoor locations and included Happily Ever After (a skit creation competition), Lego Challenge, Parody Party, Bingo, Sing Down, and more! Those campers participating in the play even got some extra time to rehearse as a whole cast.  Be sure to come see Camp Micah’s rendition of The Little Mermaid on Visiting Day…we hear it’s going to be fin-tastic!  The weather also made it a great day for campers to finish up some exciting projects that they have been working on throughout first session, including handmade jewelry in Metalsmithing, silk screening t-shirts in Fiber Arts, and finishing up bunk plaques.

In the afternoon, campers went wild with excitement during lunch as Shari announced that bunks would be participating in the much anticipated game of CRIBS for their afternoon activity.  This year’s theme was “COLOR WAR BREAKS YOU HOPE TO SEE HAPPEN ONE DAY.”  Campers were thrilled to share their creative bunk transformations to fit this theme.  We saw a wide variety of ideas and the Color War Committee took copious notes. The big reveal for the winner of CRIBS will happen at the end of first session.

Campers finished out this rainy Sunday with unit activities and will go to bed tonight with visions of sunny days dancing in their heads. Tomorrow is a big day, as we will be hosting our annual Swim Meet for neighboring camps and celebrating Mark’s birthday in style (a day early!), so stay tuned for a full rundown of the exciting events tomorrow night!


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Mark’s Mitzvah Morning

Posted by on July 10, 2016

It’s been a memorable and mitzvah-filled Shabbat here at Micah. Last night, we gathered in the outdoor chapel for our weekly Erev Shabbat service. We sang, we danced, and we reflected on the past week. Rabbi Lipof taught us a valuable lesson of letting go of the past and forgiving those around us.

On Saturday, we took part in our annual Mark’s Mitzvah Morning. In honor of his upcoming birthday, the entire camp participated in mitzvah projects to better the community. Together, we baked 600 cookies for a local soup kitchen and the Bridgton Police and Fire Departments. Campers made beautiful custom puzzles and cards for sick children at the Bridgton Hospital. We made dog biscuits for a local animal shelter, soup jars and coloring books to donate, and more. Mark was honored to have so much good done for the world in his honor. We’re all looking forward to celebrating his birthday throughout the coming week!

This afternoon, campers were entertained by their peers at our much anticipated Talent Show! We had to pick our chins up off the floor as we were dazzled by surprise talents! As the day came to a close with our weekly cookout and campfire (although wet this week), it’s hard to believe that just a week from tonight, we’ll be saying goodnight to our first session friends for the last time this summer.


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