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First Session Color War

Posted by on July 8, 2016

Today we dove right into our second day of color war with gusto! Campers entered the dining hall to find it had been decorated overnight in a sea of blue and gold.  Throughout the day, campers participated in a wide array of mental and physical challenges.  Critters enjoyed a game entitled “Capture the Walad,” which was a fun take on capture the flag replacing flags with cups of freshly cut watermelon…YUM!  Prowlers worked on their communication skills by trying to solve riddles in order to figure out the secret code allowing them to unlock themselves from the tennis court.  Timbers enjoyed an intense game of ultimate charades while the Summits competed in an epic soccer battle.  Lunchtime erupted with team cheers and color war continued with an afternoon filled with more athletic competitions and the much anticipated annual Scavenger Hunt.  After a final tally, GOLD is in the lead, but both teams showed great sportsmanship, teamwork, and communication skills throughout our first session color war.  A big congratulations to our fantastic Summit captains and co-captains. They led their teams beautifully! We were so proud of our Micah community. All of the points earned during our first session Color War roll over into second session where we’ll pick up right where we left off. Now we are off to catch up on some much needed rest.  Zzzzzzzzz

 

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Color War is Here!

Posted by on July 7, 2016

Camp was abuzz this morning in anticipation of our annual “4th” of July Carnival! As campers made their way to the softball field this morning, they were excited to see giant water slides, inflatables, a dunk tank, a mechanical bull, crafts, activities, special carnival snacks, and more! Everyone had a wonderful time celebrating our country’s birthday.

After rest hour, the camp gathered at the flagpoles for what they thought was the start of an all-camp activity called USA vs. The World: Micalympics. To (nearly) everyone’s surprise, it was instead an alien invasion taking place at Uncle Milt’s Performing Arts Center that drew everyone’s attention away from the Micalympics rules being explained. The camp rushed into the theater to see a “crashed” UFO on the stage and our CIT aliens engaged in an epic battle with the Color War Committee. The CITs declared that Color War had begun, blue and gold split up into teams, and off they went!

After the Summit Captains and Co-Captains had been chosen, the teams participated in the tug-o-war before dinner. The evening activity for tonight was a hilarious game of Family Feud where all ages got to participate by sending up contestants to attempt to guess the correct survey questions. Everyone had so much fun and is looking forward to tomorrow’s unit activities, events, and the annual Scavenger Hunt!

Good luck BLUE and GOLD!

 

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Happy Birthday, America!

Posted by on July 6, 2016

Last night, campers piled into the Dining Hall dressed in their 4th of July best!  We saw every combination of red, white, and blue t-shirts, headbands, shorts, bandanas, and socks and even enjoyed a special guest appearance from Lady Liberty herself! Everyone enjoyed the fun- filled patriotic themed Hoe Down dinner equipped with all the fixings!  The giant sized ribs, cornbread, fried chicken, and green beans were a BIG and messy hit!  Before the meal, Mark shared an inspiring video clip entitled: LOVE HAS NO LABELS challenging us all to think about what it means to be truly patriotic.  Throughout the remainder of the meal, campers and staff joined together to sing festive songs about America and freedom. Not to be outdone by the theme dinner, Unit Leaders planned exciting 4th of July inspired activities throughout the evening for campers to enjoy as well.  The celebration continues as everyone is eagerly anticipating our upcoming annual 4th of July carnival happening tomorrow. This culminating event of our festive few days is always a camp favorite.

Today, camp was abuzz with inter-camp excitement!  We had soccer, basketball, kickball, and hockey competitions happening both here at Micah and away at other local camps.  It was exciting to witness campers cheering on and supporting all of the athletes participating in these events. Fun Fact: After five long years, Camp Micah revived its popular street hockey tournament. The 15U boys made it to the finals and were victorious against Bridgton Sports Camp with a 3-0 win. Our 11U Boys Kickball team was victorious as well against Camp Wigwam after a four-round tournament.  WAY TO GO MICAH!

Campers are now off to bed dreaming about the big carnival kicking off after breakfast tomorrow morning.  Sweet Dreams!

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Sunday, Funday!

Posted by on July 4, 2016

We woke up this morning to another beautiful, sunny day in Bridgton. G14 took advantage of this glorious weather and went on a bunk hike to Emerald Pool in North Fryeburg, ME. The entire bunk participated in this bonding experience and everyone had a great time.

The rest of us enjoyed a return to regular activities after a restful Shabbat. It was exciting to watch our Prowlers learning to pick and roll at basketball, our Timbers completing some high ropes challenges, and our Critters taking a chance on waterskies down at Peabody Pond. Everywhere you looked, campers were engaged and smiling, all while practicing important skills at their activities.

The energy and excitement of the dining hall at dinner was infectious and carried through to evening activities. Our Prowler girls were especially spirited in their own rendition of Extreme Makeover: Counselor Edition. “Celebrity” judges saw many creative costumes and heard witty bios about each counselor model. Be sure to ask them about “Sassy Susan” and “Simba from Outer Space” when you talk to them next.

We can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings as we ring in the Fourth of July with a special patriotic “Hoe Down” themed dinner, complete with ribs and cornbread. Happy Birthday, America!

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Shavua Tov

Posted by on July 3, 2016

As we said goodbye to Shabbat at our weekly havdallah ceremony at campfire tonight, we’re all thankful for an amazing week and looking forward to another great one ahead. Today was spent relaxing, reflecting, learning, and playing as we celebrated Shabbat the Micah way.

Our Shabbat theme of the week is courage and all around camp, kids were learning about the topic in their own ways. From learning about this week’s Torah portion and the courageous spies that scoped out the land of milk and honey, to discussing the courageous leadership of Malala Yousafzai, all the campers connected to the theme of the week on their own level. Other highlights of the day included our special weekly Shabbat buffet breakfast, free time at the pool and Micah Ninja Warrior Course, and special activities with our Camp Sisters and Spazzaweewee Brothers.

We’re all looking forward to the week ahead!

 

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