2013 Camp Newsletter July 15, 2013 Volume 42, Issue 4 SUPERVISORY STAFF Camp Director: José V. Torres August Camp Director Marie Del Tejo Assistant Director: Nancy L. Torres Office Manager Ariana Ayala Woods Registrar: Luz A. Gomez Extended Day and Canteen Manager Lysa M. Gonzalez Facilities/Athletic Coordinator: Leslie Kohen Aquatic Coordinator: Caitlin Baer DIVISION COORDINATORS Mini-Act Lori Collman Preps Orissa Woods Voyagers Marie Del Tejo Pioneers & C.I.T.’s Nicholas Klinovzky REMINDERS: Unescorted Campers cannot arrive before 9:15A.M. For Safety, sneakers must be worn every day at ACT, water shoes are required for water activities. Send a water bottle so campers can fill up at the water stations. All campers must bring a lunch and water bottle on trip days. ACT Tshirts are a must on trips including XClub trips for Voyagers and Pioneers. WE’RE ALMOST READY FOR THE Toon Town Carnival! Between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, we will assemble over 35 games on the Pulpit Green, Front Drive, Playground, and ACT gyms. On Thursday at 10 a.m. performances by Mini-ACT, Prep groups, Discoverers, Trailblazers and Voyager X Club Members begin in the Front Gym. At 11:30 a.m., the whole camp assembles on the Pulpit for the ribbon cutting ceremony that announces the official opening of all the rides and games. Each camper starts with 15 ACT dollars that serve as tickets for games and rides. Campers can earn additional ACT dollars by successfully completing various challenges like trivia questions, exercises or special tasks by a coordinator or me. Campers should wear bathing suits and water shoes so they can happily participate in the festivities for both days. Safety/Responsibility Campers must stay with their buddies at all times while they explore the Carnival. Specialists will be strategically located around the grounds as monitors. There will be clear and carefully delineated boundaries, and we’ll hold group buddy checks throughout the day. In addition to enjoying the all the games and activities, all campers will have a shift working at their group’s booths. Campers learn that with freedom comes responsibility. Many a camper has grown up to become an entrepreneur after his/her ACT days are over. We sometimes say, “It all started at an ACT Carnival…” Try to come to ACT at 10 a.m. for a show on Thursday, July 19th or stop by during the Carnival from noon - 3 p.m. Thursday or from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday. You’re welcome to bring young friends. If you do, find me and I will give them ACT dollars so they can join the fun! Nancy Torres ACTion: Week three Page 2 of 6 Camp Newsletter This Week’s Events Monday July 15th 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Preps Theme Event: Toon Stations. Wednesday June 17th Prep Trip to Rockland Lake. Campers must wear bathing suites and ACT & Shirts. Bring lunch, sunscreen, hat, change of clothes. Leave at 9:45 A.M. Thursday July 18th Camper Assembly 10 a.m. Carnival 11:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Canteen is open for business. Coming up Tuesday, July 23rd: Circus Assembly 10 a.m. by the Bindlestiff Family Circus. Wednesday July 24th: Prep trip to Rye Playland leaves at 9:30 a.m. Please be at camp by 9:15 a.m. We will return at 5 P.M. Thursday July 25th: Voyager Trip to Mountain Creek. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Please be at camp by 9:15 a.m. We will return at 6 P.M. Friday July 26th: Prep Circus Event Location: Front Gym 10 A.M. Friday, July 26th 2:30 p.m. Voyager Circus Event and Closing Ceremony for July Summer Camp. Location: Back gym Camp closes at 4 p.m. - so staff can prepare for Session II. Friday, July 19th: 9:30 a.m. Group photos on the Pulpit. If you missed getting an individual portrait on July 5th you can send in form attached to this letter 10 a.m. Show for Preps’: “The Great Max Magic Show” 10:30 a.m. Show for Voyagers’: Banjo, the Clown Music and Magic Show.” Carnival: 11 A.M. -3 p.m. Canteen is open for business. Page 3 of 6 Camp Newsletter A Message From Lori Collman, Mini ACT Coordinator Week Three found Mini ACTers painting, cooking, exploring, singing and dancing in Toon Town. We’re gearing up for an exciting week preparing for carnival where each group presents two games for all ACT to play. Campers dress in hand made costumes related to their themes. We can’t wait to showcase our singing at the Toon Assembly Thursday at 10 a.m. in the ACT gym, then on to play the games with all of our friends for two days. Please speak to me if you can join your camper for part of Toon Town Carnival . Navigators: Lots of fun during this past week of Toon Town: made ice cream and homemade play dough and prepared to celebrate carnival chaos next week. Since the Navigator's theme is Winnie the Pooh, we will make Tigger's Tail and Eeyore's Ears in theme art. We will also play Animal Charades at lawn games and One Fish Two Fish in cooking. Most of all, we look forward to our 100 Acre Obstacle Course, Pin the Tail on Eeyore, and lots of fun games at the carnival. Emily, Maya and Fatima Investigators: We enjoyed an amazing week of laughter, fun, and connection. Our Carnival theme is Dr. Seuss, and we’re reading The Cat In The Hat, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and Green Eggs and Ham. Campers love to listen to stories and then complete sentences and rhyme words while we read. Campers are making Cat In The Hat hats and bow ties and will paint our banner and game station for Carnival. Ball toss is one game; one fish, two fish and water blast squirter is the other. We will practice and then perform a Cat in the Hat song. Gloria, Alex. Detectives: Next week the group uses our Lyle the Crocodile theme to prepare for Toon Town Carnival. Campers will create and then wear special crocodile hats during Carnival. Detectives plan to use their special artistic touches to paint and embellish signs for our games, “Knockin’ Rockin’ Croc” and “Catch the Croc.” At the Toon Assembly we will sing “Teasing Mr. Crocodile.” During our Morning Meetings, we learn about the American Crocodile. Ask your mini-actor these questions about crocs: How long do they live? Where do they live? What do they eat? How much does a full-grown croc weigh? It’s going to be a “crocking good time”.- Robin, Crystal and Diego Page 4 of 6 A Message From Orissa Wood, Prep Division Coordinator Last week was Toontastic! Campers began work on their carnival banners, costumes and games. Art specialists have been busy listening to campers’ ideas and incorporating them in their carnival projects. Costumes being created include platypus beaks for Perry; bows and ears for Mickey and Minnie; car shirts for the racers; scarves and vests for pirates; eyes for minions in Despicable Me; shirts for monsters; and bat capes to be worn at the Hotel Transylvania. Campers wear their costumes when they perform Thursday at 10 a.m., and then use many of the items to decorate their booths. The trip to Shepherd Lake was a great success. Campers and counselors were in the water from the moment we arrived but there was still time to hand knit, play softball, Frisbee, soccer and enjoy the jungle gym. During our theme event today, campers divide into groups for: ACT Toon Jeopardy, Toon cookie decorating, Super Hero GaGa, Toon Rockwall Challenge, Parachute games and Disney Wii Dance. Ask your camper what she/he did this afternoon. We continue to have a blast on Wednesday at Rockland Pool; then there’s The Toon Town Carnival Thursday and Friday. Camp Newsletter Lost and Found: Many items are not labeled with camper’s names. Please check the lost and found for clothes, water bottles and lunch boxes. Please Label Everything! Page 5 of 6 Camp Newsletter A Message From Marie Del Tejo, Voyager Division Coordinator Toon Town Games: Voyagers have been working with art specialists on backdrops for their Toon Booths. During Theme ACT, counselors help campers design costumes and work with them to develop and practice games. Each group has devised games that require skill and some luck so all campers can participate. Look at these diverse activities: Discoverers: Adventure Time Rainbow Unicorn Throw Adventure Obstacle Course Trailblazers: Wreck It Ralph Wedgits Building Challenge Lupo Wreck it Challenge Challengers: The Croods Crood Zoo Toss Bobble Head Ring Toss Travelers: DC Justice League: Justice League Maze: Col lect kryptonite to protect Superman Surveyors: Marvel Capt. America Destroys the Villain Spiderman/Black Widow Challenge Important Reminder about Columbia Pool time: Surveyors will be going to the Columbia Pool on Monday and Tuesday of this week and next week. Please have them wear bathing suits to camp and bring a towel and change of clothes. (It is not necessary to wear ACT t-shirts.) Voyagers should wear bathing suits Thursday and Friday to enjoy water rides. Week three: This week’s Voyager award for organizing opening and closing meetings goes to: The Challengers! Congratulations to all groups for great work. Page 6 of 6 Camp Newsletter A Message From Nick Klinovsky, Pioneer Division Coordinator Our camping trip last week was incredible! Pioneers were involved in many team building activities that required cooperation and thoughtful strategies. Pioneers and Surveyors participated in a plethora of games all around our Pirate theme. The Senior Pioneers had first place showings in the long distance relay and Pirate Trivia contest. The Junior Pioneers engineered a cardboard boat that was able to hold almost Two pounds of apples while under pirate attack at Stony Lake. Other games included the Pirate Spit, Cannon Fire(water balloon launching), Cannon Ball run, Walk the Plank, Test of Bravery and sack relays. The Tavern Party on our last night included games of chance, tattooing and a Pirate auction. try to knock down “Meg” in a game similar to Whack-A-Mole. Stay tuned for the X Club Newspaper which will list the final tally of loot and announce which crew became The King of Pirates. WATER SHOES are a must for all the water games at the Carnival. Coming up this week we prepare for our Toon Town Carnival. Another strong example of teamwork, groups have spent a great deal of time brainstorming the logistics of developing their carnival area as well as plan how they will effectively run their booths The Senior Pioneers will bring the family of “Family Guy” to life and are inviting carnival goers to test their reflexes as they Junior Pioneers 2 will focus on Space Jam characters, and have a Space Jam Free Throw contest booth, as well as a booth where players neutralize the “Monstars.” Junior Pioneers 1 will focus their attention on Tweety and Sylvester, and challenge visitors to their booths to games of skill using water blasters as well as a basketball type game that engages players in getting Tweety back to his cage. . SWIM AT COLUMBIA. Don’t forget Pioneers should wear suits to camp this Monday and Tuesday and next Monday and Tuesday for swim at Columbia.
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