Hello all! This is our very first blog post of the 2012 camp season! It is a lovely gray Monday morning in Sitka and the Sheldon Jackson Campus is alive with the sound of 220 middle school campers enjoying their classes! It’s so exciting to see camp coming to life again this summer. We can definitely feel the excitement of our campers!
The next few days will be a hectic time for campers, counselors and faculty. These group of middle schoolers are definitely in for a handful. For those of you who don’t know how our daily schedule works, let me give you a basic outline:
6:45 – 7:45: Breakfast. We all eat breakfast together in the cafeteria before our first classes. This can range from hot breakfast, toast and oatmeal or cereal. For us counselors and faculty, we like to start the day off with a hot cup of coffee.
8:00 – 9:10: Period 1.
9:20 – 10:35: Period 2.
10:45 – 12:00: Period 3.
12:00 – 1:00: Lunch.
1:00 – 2:15: Period 4.
2:15 – 3:40: Period 5.
3:50: Check in.
4:00 – 5:30: Recreation. During this time campers have a chance to do a number of activities organized by our counseling staff. These activities can include soccer, a capella choir, exploring downtown Sitka and many more! This is also a time for campers to get to know students outside of their classes and hallways.
5:30 – 6:30: Another wonderful meal spent together prepared by our wonderful dining staff.
6:45: Check in.
7:00 – 8:00: Art Share/Evening Performance. For the first week of camp, our Art Shares will be used to introduce our staff and faculty at SFAC. For example, since last night was our first night, we used our Art Share tonight to introduce our counseling staff and we did some skits to familiarize campers with the rules. The second half of the evening was spent doing team building exercises (aka: ice breakers) to welcome everyone to camp and hopefully spark some new, exciting friendships. There is a different Art Share each night, and I will keep an ongoing schedule of Art Shares at the end of each blog post.
8:00 – 9:00: Quiet time. This time is similar to rec time. This is a time for students to do some quiet activities to start to relax after a day of camp. These activities range from quiet reading time to working on a puzzle.
9:00: Hall Meetings. Each hall meets individually so our counseling staff can update their campers about Art Shares and class information. This is also a time for counselors and campers to get to know each other and touch bases about their experiences at camp.
9:30: Lights out.
And then we repeat the next day! Probably with a little more coffee for our staff and faculty.
As I said before, last night’s Art Share was a counselor welcome to camp. After getting all our campers registered and moved onto campus, we were ready to kick the middle school session off with a bang!
Tonight’s Art Share will be our Faculty Showcase. Each member of our fabulous faculty will have an opportunity to introduce themselves and share a bit about what they do and what they’re going to be teaching at camp.
Tomorrow’s Art Share is our counseling staff showcase. We will all be performing or presenting work of our own.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We are looking forward to sharing this awesome experience with your kids; they bring so much energy to camp, it’s difficult to not be excited for the next two weeks!