Hello Dear Opequon Families and Caregivers!
What a great week to start off our second session of the summer! Campers and counselors went out on their overnight trips (C.I.s) and returned with many tales of adventure and friendship. We are currently in the midst of our first round of workshops for the session, and looking forward to seeing campers show off what they’ve been up to in our art walk on Monday afternoon. We’ve enjoyed some sweet times around the fire circle, a flurry of creative activity in the art pavilion, some rowdy, fun games like GaGaGa, and of course, lots and lots of singing.
On our first night of the session we gathered around the fire, sang some beautiful songs together, then reflected on the query, “How do you know who you are?” Campers shared some incredibly wise and beautiful messages.
We had one full fun day in camp all together before sending each unit out on their C.I.s (out of camp trips). Unit 3/4 rock-climbed at Crescent Rocks and then hiked to a campsite on the Niles property along the beautiful Shenandoah River. Unit 3 canoed down the Antietam Creek and then hiked along the C&O Canal Tow Path to historic Harper’s Ferry. Unit 2 hiked from Snicker’s Gap along the Appalachian Trail and then did service at the Friends Wilderness Center before continuing along the AT. Unit 1 went on a local hiking trip, stopping by a farm near camp for a night and then visiting the historic Hopewell Meeting House where they stayed over before heading back to camp.
On Thursday, we welcomed back all of the campers and gathered around the campfire so they could share their tales from the trail. We spent Friday in camp doing some unit activities and coming back together as a whole, then dove into our first set of three day workshops on Saturday. We have an exciting variety of workshops this week, including pottery, improv, paper making/bookbinding, tarot, storytelling, badminton, and mural painting/pollinator science. All the workshops are very busy learning, creating, and playing.
On Friday night, we had some special guests join us for evening activity. Kira and Mizhikia (Edwin) Young (otherwise known as the Yellow Thunder Singers who can be found here: www.facebook.com/yellowthunder.singers), along with their son Connor who is an Opequon camper, brought their family drum and generously shared with us about their heritage and culture. They sang songs around their family drum, answering camper questions in between and leading everyone in dancing. Some campers even got the honor of playing the family drum!
In a couple days, we will enjoy a super fun special day called O.D.W.A.D. (One Day Workshop Adventure Day). We have two O.D.W.A.D.s a summer so they’re a rare and fun occurrence. Each one has a theme and campers sign up for their choice of groups each of which offers a different array of awesome activities. One group will be venturing out of camp to go rock climbing! That same day, our graduating campers will head out of camp on their grad trip. We can’t wait to hear all about it and celebrate their time at camp with a graduation ceremony on the last night of the session.
We look forward to another week of fantastic workshops, exciting afternoon activities and fun all-camp evening activities! Yay camp!
Love and Light from the Ridge,
The OQC Staff