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Tie-Dye Thursday

Posted by on July 29, 2016

This morning at flag, before enjoying the yummy egg sandwiches for breakfast, it was easy to decipher what day of the week it was based on everyone’s attire…HAPPY TIE-DYE THURSDAY, Camp Micah!

Campers spent today engrossed in activities.  They are eager to continue their progress on ongoing projects before second session comes to a close in just a few short weeks.  In metalsmithing, campers were putting the final finishing touches on gorgeous rings they have created out of copper and semi-precious stones.  In woodworking, a few ambitious Lower Summit girls are working on completing an Adirondack chair for their cabin next summer.  Eventually this chair will be signed by all the 2017 G14 girls and left as a gift to all future G14ers who will get to enjoy it in the years to come!

In other news, our Upper Timbers returned from their canoe trip along the Saco River late this afternoon.  Our rising 8th graders spent yesterday swimming and bonding with their grade and today they paddled 3 miles in canoes along the scenic Saco River.  It was great to have them back tonight for dinner and hear them telling other campers all about their recent adventures!

 

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Trip Day Fun

Posted by on July 28, 2016

After a late wake up, the camp gathered in the Dining Hall for a delicious waffle breakfast! Afterwards, units loaded their buses and vans and headed out for their adventures. The Critters put on their game faces as they competed in mini golf and then visited the Maine Wildlife Park. The Prowlers and Lower Timbers stayed cool on this hot day at Splashtown and Aquaboggan. Our Upper Timbers departed on their annual overnight canoe trip. The Summits cheered on the home team at the Portland Sea Dogs game and then spent the afternoon in the Old Port.

Tonight, our Lower Timbers and Summits danced the night away while the Critter Boys and Prowlers participate in unit activities and the Critter Girls got their turn to sleep at our campsite here on Micah’s grounds.

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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