Archive for June, 2015

Camp Pride at Hi-Hills June 24, 2015

Welcome to your Best Summer Ever! Hi-Hills has officially kicked off Summer 2015, and we are thrilled to announce this week’s theme: Camp Pride! Throughout the week campers have been orienting themselves with all things Hi-Hills. On Monday, bunks met up to get to know one another and worked together to create a bunk name and bunk cheer. They will be showcasing their bunk pride at Friday’s Council Ring. During performing arts, campers learned the Hi-Hills song. For this week’s dress up day, we will all be donning our favorite camp t-shirts! We can’t wait to see all the Hi-Hills spirit!

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One of the best ways we embody camp pride here at Hi-Hills is through the #BeBetter Movement. Founded by our Assistant Director of Summer and Auxiliary Programs, Nicole Spiotta, the #BeBetter Movement integrates camp spirit with character growth. Each week, both bunk and speciality counselors recognize campers who go above and beyond to accomplish goals by awarding them with a dog tag. Campers can be commended for making good choices, trying out new activities, conquering fears and welcoming new friends. The movement encourages four focal points: Be You, Be Creative, Be Challenged, and Be Strong. The #BeBetter Movement is not just limited to campers; even counselors and staff can be recognized for outstanding achievements throughout the week. As a result, we practice camp pride and spirit by also encouraging self-improvement and development.

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We look forward to wrapping up a fabulous Week #1 at Hi-Hills. Check back Friday for the Hi-Hills Herald and weekly photo gallery.

Summer Fun 2015 Week #2 Recap June 19, 2015

Week #2 of Summer Fun at Hi-Hills Day Camp ended on an incredible note! This week our campers’ schedules were jam-packed with various outdoor activities including low ropes, swim, sport court, tennis, archery and fishing. Indoors, campers relaxed in the game room, created masterpieces in pottery and arts and crafts, and of course played a good old game of gaga. Check out the highlights below!

Garden:

This week, each bunk trekked over to the garden, where Mrs. Prosen led campers through the beds to pick radishes, lettuce and strawberries to take home. What a treat!

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Rain:

Here at Summer Fun, we never let the rain dampen our fun! With the game room loaded with board games, including jumbo chess and checkers, and Lego Land stacked with Legos to build and create, our campers certainly kept their spirits high. On Thursday, low ropes moved to Bruckner Hall, where Mr. Walsh and Missy led team-building exercises. In addition, the Athletic Center was converted into volleyball, tennis and badminton courts.

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Go-Carts:

New to Summer Fun and Hi-Hills this year, the go-carts have already become a camp favorite. Campers raced around our circuit, and practiced safety at all times.

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Arts and Crafts:

Our Summer Fun arts and crafts/pottery specialist, Savannah, prepared exciting projects this week. With finger puppets, puffy paint creations, and mushroom bobble-head pottery work, our campers definitely brought out their inner artists.

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Performing Arts:

Taylor, our performing arts specialist, played an advanced charade game called Celebrity with several bunks, where campers acted out characters and famous people that they know. They also learned a theater warm-up and Hi-Hills favorite game called Zip Zap Zop. Campers showcased their skills during Friday’s talent show. From skits to songs to artwork, this week’s talent show was entertaining all around.

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Although Summer Fun has come to an end, we are all excited for the start of Traditional Day Camp at Hi-Hills on Monday, June 22! Thank you for a great week we hope you enjoyed Summer Fun just as much as we did!

Summer Fun 2015 Week #1 Recap June 12, 2015

What a fantastic start to Summer 2015! Week #1 of Summer Fun at Hi-Hills Day Camp was better than anyone could have imagined. The Home Winds addition allowed campers to enjoy archery and fishing. Bingo included fun and exciting prizes like the infamous Rubber Chicken! The weather stayed in our favor so that all outdoor activities, including swim and tennis, were enjoyed by our campers. Bunks participated in low ropes where they put their balance to the test. Campers worked on Father’s Day presents at pottery and practiced for the talent show during performing arts. We also explored the GSB Garden and picked strawberries at the Community Strawberry Festival.

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Week #1 wrapped up in true Summer Fun fashion with gaga games, talent show performances and an all-camp dance party! We can’t wait for next week!