Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Busy Week

The busy summer camping season is upon us here at Camp Magruder. Last week our summer staff gathered here on site to learn the many job tasks they will be doing this summer. We worked long hours, but had a fantastic week. We discovered a leak in the water trampoline which has been under repair this week. Hopefully the patch will hold and it will be back in business this afternoon.

The weekend brought us Latino Family Camp (a new camp) and the return of Grand Camp 1. The weather started out rainy, but the sun came out and we were able to enjoy a delightful afternoon outdoors. Campfires on Saturday night were outdoors and our campers enjoyed s'mores and banana boats.

We kept ourselved busy with a 1-2 grade camp, Beach Adenture Camp (3-5th grade), Celebrating Arts (6-8 grade), and M.A.D.D. Camp (9-12 grade) this week. The 1-2 grade camp was new this year and was designed to be a 3 night 4 day experience. The campers had a fantastic time wave jumping, hiking to the tide pools, swimming, boating, playing on the beach, making arts and crafts, singing, and making s'mores.

Beach Adventure campers have spent time swimming, boating, working in the garden, hiking to the tide pools and the sand dune, wave jumping, and even had time to show hospitality to the summer staff by inviting them to eat lunch at their table today. The campers in this camp have fallen in love with a game called Predator Prey (basically hide and seek) and beg to play it all the time.

Celebrating Arts Camp has been busy swimming, boating, wave jumping, singing, preparing music and drama for the parent presentation on Friday, playing extreme field games, and participating in a photo scavengar hunt around camp. Tonight they plan on having s'mores down on the beach and a themed dinner.

M.A.D.D. Camp has been hard at work participating in music, art, dance, drama, and tech. for their production this year. The production is open to the public and will be Friday, June 29, at 7 pm. They've also been playing extreme field games, making delicious treats, participating in small group team building, swimming, boating, and enjoying dressing up for themed dinners.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Memorial Day Family Camp Kicks Off Our Summer Season

Memorial Day weekend is the official start to all things summer related around here. The scenic railroad that runs trains out of Garibaldi begins its scheduled daily trips, people start flooding local campgrounds, and we count down the final days until summer staff training (11 days) and the busy camping season that follows (17 days). Take a look at some of the photos from Memorial Day Family Camp and see some of the ways that we are preparing for the busy season ahead.

We made a train of our own to return the six rowboats to their proper docking location for the summer. Before this, they were flipped upside down on the shore of the swim area to prevent them from filling with water in all the spring rains.

Repairs were made to the oar lock socket in the lifeguard boat and new oar locks were added to the lifeguard oars. Over the Memorial Day weekend repairs were tested and appear to be ready for the summer. An interesting thing to note is that the repairs and lifeguard were tested not by our campers and guests, but the children of people who work and live here at camp.

The row boats are in need of a good washing before the season starts. The yellow grime at the back of the boat is actually a build up of pollen that collected in them when they were on the shore of the swim area this spring. The pollen doesn't seem to deter happy campers from boating during Memorial Day Family Camp.

The boathouse is getting put back in order after the winter months of being used as an indoor storage facility. Arts and crafts supplies are being ordered, stocked in the cupboards, and put to the test by talented young artists.

We are continually but pleasantly surprised by all the signs of new life around Camp Magruder. There are countless birds busy building nests in the anticipation of the additions to their families just as we are anticipating the additions and return of our camp family this summer.

There are plenty of opportunities to register for our summer camping programs or volunteer your gifts and talents in service with us. We can't wait to see you this summer.