July 2018: Week 2
The second week of camp was full of such excitement it seemed to go by in a flash! Extra special activities included the “Fun Run”, where all participants felt a sense of accomplishment as they crossed the finish line and received their medals, our patriotic fourth of July parade, which was enjoyed by all of the units as they marched through the camp and waved to the many cheering parents, and the afternoon Indian dance assembly! Senior Camp competed in a giant game of Capture the Flag, and the GAC Cup, through which they learned answers to questions about many of the counselors. All of this was in addition to the daily specials, workshops, swimming, and activities!
This week, campers also learned more about one another and their counselors. They discovered who tells funny jokes, who can play the ukulele, and who is a great dancer. There were unit cheers and songs, and campers shared what they have in common with other campers. Friendships began to bloom.
One of the key words of Green Acres Camp is friendship, and counselors provide many opportunities for campers to learn how to make friends. Understanding how to share, learning how to have more than one friend, and developing trust are all skills that campers glean from daily experiences with their peers.
Parents also play a role in helping their child to nurture friendships. You may be interested in reading this article by Lena Aburdene Derhally, psychoanalyst and author of The Importance of Childhood Friendships and How to Nurture Them, which provides several suggestions for parents to help their children develop warm and positive friendships.
We are all familiar with the song lyrics, “Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold”.
We hope your child is talking about new friends that he/she has made at camp, and we encourage you to support them.
Green Acres: it’s the place to be!
Choose groups to clone to: