This morning, campers rose and shone to the sound of the big camp bell. After brushing teeth and packing their day-packs, many campers met on the lawn for “go-getters”: an optional opportunity for to do some exercise, often through a game, first thing in the morning. Today, the CITs (counselors in training) lead a game called “everyone’s it”: a twist on the game of tag.
Everyone made their way to the non-denominational chapel for our opening of the day. Today we played a game involving a diverse group of beanie babies to warm up, then sat down with a partner and shared qualities of our stuffed animals we relate to. Following today’s theme of trust, we discussed with our partners people in our lives that we trust, and what qualities make a person trustworthy.
After our first breakfast at camp, campers split off on the basketball court to play four-square, tetherball, gaga-ball, or just chat or even read on the bleachers. When our cruisers returned from cleaning the tables, half of the group split up and took a short walk in the woods to the high ropes course. While tightening harnesses and shaking heads to test the fit of our helmets, the campers began an unprompted conversation about how trust plays into ropes courses and belaying. “You have to trust the people belaying you. I’d trust you to belay me,” one camper said to a K4PB staff member leading a belay team.
Meanwhile, the other half of the group was at the low ropes course, where they weaved around ropes tied to trees while everyone held on a pool noodle. The group debriefed this activity by discussing how they worked as a team and how they could improve their cohesion as a team.
After lunch, the two groups switched challenges courses. Everyone met up as a team at the waterfront for swimming time where campers chose between swimming in the lake, paddle-boarding, and kayaking—very refreshing activities on such a hot day! The Kids4Peace campers joined the larger camp for a game of camper leader hunt. Leaders and staff hid around camp and campers look for them and receive points for finding them—as long as they could remember their names. Kids4Peace also attended an evening reflection service lead by other campers at the chapel in the evening, and participated in several minutes of silence with the entire community. We then followed beams of flashlights back to our rooms to get rested for another busy day.