Archive for July, 2014

Whiz Kids July 30, 2014

Put on your lab coats! Whiz Kids are exploring the world of science by observing objects, doing experiments and experiencing new things in this exciting enrichment program.

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This week the Whiz Kids searched for fingerprints in their classroom using microscopes and baby powder. This is similar to how detectives work to find fingerprints at a crime scene! The campers found the experiment to be a challenge, but greatly enjoyed finding the fingerprints. It takes patience and concentration and the campers did a fantastic job.

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Campers also participated in a session on constellations to discuss what they are, what they are called and where in the sky you can find them. Students made constellation scopes that projected a constellation on the wall with a flashlight. Each camper chose a constellation and drew it on a piece of black paper, then poked holes into the paper where the stars of the constellation would be location to allow light to shine through. The paper is then connected to the scope with a flashlight running through it. In the dark you can see small dots which form the camper’s chosen constellation. It was a simple project, but one that helped each camper understand the constellations and what they mean!

Art Explosion Week: Art Party July 17, 2014

Your campers have been busy! It is Art Explosion Week at Hi-Hills Day Camp and everyone is having a blast with all the fun activities this week offers.

Our Art Party was a new, two-day event that gave campers a chance to learn about court room art. We welcomed a special guest, Mr. Ted Michalowski, an artist who does federal court drawings. He is called in by news teams to sit in on federal court cases to visually document what is going on and the images are then used on television for news reports. Ted started the session by explaining to campers what his job is and why it is important before showcasing some of his artwork. The campers were intrigued and wanted to see him in action, so that is what they got!

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Bunk counselors participated by putting on a mock trial. A crime was stated and roles were given out for each counselor to play. There was the case of the stolen saxophone as well as the Blue and Green team “unfair point trial.” As the counselors put on the skit, campers were given the job of acting as the jury and watched the scene unfold. Ted then went to the wall and drew the scene. He drew each counselor in-character as well as any special actions that were performed. He drew fast and large and the kids were so amazed with what he was producing. Ted explained to the campers that it was important to represent the characters as who they are, but also to capture a moment quickly. The campers were so excited and were amazed at what Ted could do.

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The next day, the campers were given the chance to try court drawing themselves. Ted gave each camper a pen and watercolor and taught them what to look for when drawing another person. Ted commonly uses watercolor in his paintings because it is fast and gives him the ability to quickly add details and perspective to a standard line drawing. Every camper was very engaged in the activity and created beautiful art.

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Even our Kinder Campers joined in on the fun as Ted helped the young campers with their own drawing activities. They were all very engaged and happy that Ted showed them how to draw their friends!

Thank you to TT, the Activity Leader for Arts & Crafts, all counselors who participated and Ted Michalowski for teaching the campers about this unique form of art!

Archery at Hi-Hills July 10, 2014

Archery at Hi-Hills has been a great success thus far. All campers have learned proper shooting form, safety rules and techniques according to the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) model. Our campers are using state-of-the-art Genesis bows and learning Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) style without sights. The most important thing that we want campers to learn is how to arch correctly and accurately.

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As the weeks have passed, campers have improved on their shots and understand what they need to do to get the best one. Each age group shoots at different distances, but we are moving to a point where the kids are ready to move back and take more difficult shots. We have also been having some fun in our color team competitions by shooting for points. The specific game changes each week, with different tasks and targets. This week, the targets are zombies and a small plastic ball suspended on a fishing string.

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Some campers are very interested and excited about archery, so much so that they have participated in archery club. In club, campers get a chance to improve their technique and try more difficult shots that they would not get a chance to do in their bunks. Campers participating in club are becoming more accurate and confident shooters and are excited to participate every day.

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CITs are also learning the safety instructions of archery and how to manage and run an archery range. Each Counselor in Training was given the chance to manage the field, with safety as the number one priority.

For more information about what we are teaching campers, visit state.nj.us/dep/fgw/nasp_video.htm and naspschools.org.