Camp Connections – Braveheart

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Camp Connections – Braveheart

Camp Connections

Week 9: August 12 - 16

Campers creating a nature craft

From the Camp Director

Our future leaders, put the Earth first this week! We planted flowers, made birdhouses, picked up trash, decorated a recycling box, and used recycled materials for creative arts! This week some selected campers participated in our annual back to school shopping trip at Target. Camper engaged in some quality time with volunteers and counselors as they tried on shoes and clothes.

Reminders:

  • Be sure to have your campers wear close-toed shoes, and pack a water bottle! Breakfast is between 8 – 9 a.m. and lunch begins from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

A smiling counselor and camper

Program Highlight

Campers have really progressed in their swimming skills this summer!  They’ve enjoyed free swim and celebrating their progress each week.  Stay cool campers and keep having FUN!

LIT Highlight

Our LITs went to Pocahontas State Park water park on Tuesday and rode on the water slides and swam in the pool. On Thursday, both Chickahomony and Northside LITs gathered for a service car wash at Northside Family YMCA and washed members cars as they pulled into the Y!

Fun games at camp!

Camper Ranks

Campers are working hard towards their ranks for the first week and filling up their necklaces.

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

Cheetah (5/6 yo) Miriam
Panthers (5/6yo) Thea
Jaguars (7 yo) Alex, Brennan
Leopards (8yo) Sean
Tigers (9yo) Catherine, Kenneth
Bears (10yo) Mykiah
Lions (LITs) Cordelia, Bishop
Cougars0 (CILTs)- Wrenn
Counselor – Ms. Alexis & Mr. Daivion

Next Week Highlights

Next Week’s theme is Hobbies!  We want to end summer bringing out the inner YOU and hobbies you enjoy outside of camp. Bring along your scrapbook, your digital camera, your martial arts or sports team uniform, and show us what you’re made of! If you don’t have a hobby, its never too late to start!

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Week 8: August 5 - 9

Counselors in a race

From the Camp Director

This week campers creatively designed and decorated a time machine while using all recycled materials! Small groups of 3-4 campers created their own time traveler. Family Night is Thursday, August 8th. It is camp awards night, we will highlight all campers achievements from this camp season. Fun Friday activities are giant bouncehouse, cotton candy machine, snow cone machine, and DIY photo frame!

Reminders:

  • Please send campers dressed in their swimsuits in the morning, we start lessons promptly at 9 am.
  • Be sure to have your campers wear close-toed shoes, and pack a water bottle! Breakfast is between 8 – 9 a.m. and lunch begins from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Please do not send campers in outside toys such as beyblades, cellphones, or LOL Dollz.
  • If you are sending your camper with a packed lunch, please send healthy food and snacks. We cannot microwave or refrigerate food/drinks.
  • If it is thunder storming during rides in/out, please prepare to come inside the building for drop off/pick up.

Archery at Camp Braveheart

Program Highlight

Gentle reminder that we will not have rides out on Thursday, August 8 due to Family Night. Please plan to come inside the building for dismissal or stay a while and attend the Award Ceremony. Light refreshments will be provided. Some of our counselors are returning to college next week on August 16, so please send your farewells and thank them for a job well done this summer working in our summer camp!

Next Week’s field trips

Tuesday 9 am – Pocahontas State Park
Thursday 9 am – Special Service Project

Campers of the Week 8

Camper Ranks

Music, Dance, Drama
Rank 1: Joseph, Aiden, Hugh, Khaleek, Jeremiah
Rank 2: Haven, Ebony, Zoey

Sports

Soccer:  Emmanuel, Jabari
Basketball: Rank 1: D’Angelo, Robert, Kennth, Sabian, Demari, Lillian
Rank 2: Haven, Jaiden, Stacy, Demarius

“COW” (Campers & Counselor of the Week)

Cheetahs (5/6 yo) Amari & Wyatt
Panthers (5/6yo) Clarke
Jaguars (7 yo) Emmerson & Lorenzo
Leopards (8yo) Dejahan & Sabriya
Tigers (9yo) Kenneth
Bears (10yo) Kyri
Lions (LITs) Jaylon & Makayla
Cougars (CILTs) Kennedi
Counselors of the Week 6 – Mr. Eli & Ms. Breyone

Next Week Highlights

Week 9 Theme: Young Environmentalists.  Discover more about the environment, or the world around you – from the air we breathe to the water we drink – and how YOU can make a difference!

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Week 7: July 29 - August 2

Campers show off a stunt at camp

From the Camp Director

This week was very edible! We were chef’s for a week and made pancakes, quesadillas, s’mores, snow cones, rice krispy treats, and pizza! Campers were very full and satisfied with the edible activities that we’ve planned for them!

Reminders:

  • Please send campers dressed in their swimsuits in the morning, we start lessons promptly at 9am.
  • Be sure to have your campers wear close-toed shoes, and pack a water bottle! Breakfast is between 8 – 9 a.m. and lunch begins from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Please do not send campers in outside toys such as beyblades, cellphones, or LOL Dollz.
  • If you are sending your camper with a packed lunch, please send healthy food and snacks. We cannot microwave or refrigerate food/drinks.
  • If it is thunder storming during rides in/out, please prepare to come inside the building for drop off/pick up.

Campers have fun in a three-legged race

Program Highlight

Please welcome our two program assistants-Kailliou and Breyone! They are both Execs from leaders club at the Northside Y. They have transitioned into leadership roles as program assistants that help assist counselors in huddles and have been doing an amazing job!

Next Week’s field trips

Tuesday 9 am – Kickball at Dorey Park
Thursday 9 am – Business Speaker
 

Camper Ranks

Music, Dance, Drama– Rank 1: Soliel & Zaltana Rank 2: Kyri, Mykiah, Lillian, Jasmin
Archery: Rank 1: Sabian, Kamaya
Sports: (Soccer): Phoenix Gibson

Campers take a break from a game to smile for a picture

“COW” (Campers & Counselor of the Week)

Cheetahs (5/6 yo) Michael & Skylar
Panthers (5/6yo) “JJ”
Jaguars (7 yo) Lawson & Olivia
Leopards (8yo) Maya
Tigers (9yo) Drmarius & D’Angelo
Bears (10yo) Kamaya & Dania
Lions (LITs) Maya & Mykelah
Cougars (CILTs) Damonte
Counselors of the Week 6 – Ms. India & Ms. Kyra

Next Week Highlights

Next week’s theme is “Camp Chef” Campers have S’mores fun! Campers will have the opportunity to experience easy, oven-free cooking each day. We’re bringing out our best camp recipes!

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Week 6: July 22 - 26

Campers are “wrapped” up in their game with paper ribbons

From the Camp Director

Just last week, the heat index reached 105 and it was HOT as early as 9am. We pulled out our heat advisory plans and camp kept rolling as best as we could. We enjoyed activities based on our theme of the week Mardi Gras. Campers made masks, bead necklaces, SLIME, decorated cookies and played fun group activities. Overall, the hot temperatures could not stop us from having a good time!

Reminders:

  • Be sure to have your campers wear close-toed shoes, and pack a water bottle! Breakfast is between 8 – 9 a.m. and lunch begins from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Please do not send campers in outside toys such as beyblades, cellphones, or LOL Dollz.
  • If you are sending your camper with a packed lunch, please send healthy food and snacks. We cannot microwave or refrigerate food/drinks.

Two very happy campers must be enjoying camp to smile this much!

Program Highlight

HUGE shoutout to ALL CAMPERS, directly from the aquatics team. You all have done an amazing job swimming and almost everyone have achieved another swim level! It’s so very hard choosing a “swimmer of the week” since you all are progressive swimmers.

LIT Highlight

This week, LITs enjoyed a fun movie theater trip to see The new Lion King! On Thursday, they went to Belle Isle to pick up trash around the park. This gave the teens a full-circle experience, being that they learned about keeping the environment clean last week. All Leaders-in-Training had the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a counselor! They helped out in program areas such as, archery, sports, music/dance/drama, and Rides Out!
Huge shoutout to Bishop, Mya, and Armand enthusiastically picking up trash at Belle Isle!

Group game at camp

Next Week’s field trips:

Tuesday 9 am – Roller Dome
Thursday 9 am – Belle Island

Camper Ranks

Music,Dance,Drama– Kyliah Taylor (Rank 1), Kamaya Jones (Rank 1) Creative Arts– Kyrese Taylor (Rank 1), Elyssa Jarret (Rank 1), Dejauan Harris (Rank 2), Jeremiah Brewer (Rank 2), Aiden Hamlin (Rank 1) Archery– Soleil Moody (Rank 1), Jude Sheppard (Rank 1)

Outdoor game with pool noodles at camp

“COW” (Campers & Counselor of the Week)

Cheetahs (5/6 yo) Virginia & Mason
Panthers (5/6yo) Makayla & Will
Jaguars (7 yo) Kasia & William
Leopards (8yo) Jayden & Robyn
Tigers (9yo) Kyrese
Bears (10yo) Mykiah
Lions (LITs) Asa, Kevin & Tanith
Cougars (CILTs) Kristina
Counselors of the Week 6 – Ms. Deja
Director Recognition: Isaiah Fife in LIT camp!! You have been doing such an amazing job listening and following directions, being helpful and participating in all camp activities! You are a true leader!

Next Week Highlights

Next week’s theme is “Camp Chef” Campers have S’mores fun! Campers will have the opportunity to experience easy, oven-free cooking each day. We’re bringing out our best camp recipes!
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Week 5: July 15 - 19

Campers dab in the gym

From the Camp Director

Summer is blazin’ and we are mid-way through camp! Our Family Night was a huge success with the amount of campers and families who participated and had a great time on the water slide and eating our grilled hotdogs and hamburgers!

Reminders:

Be sure to have your campers wear close-toed shoes, and pack a water bottle! Breakfast is between 8 – 9 a.m. and lunch begins from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m..

Camper aims her bow and arrow

Program Highlight

Super hot weather have forced us indoors and out of the blazing sun, but the camp spirit and energy has never left! Campers only used the playground during morning drop-off and were limited to archery lessons but Mardi-Gras week was in full action and campers had fun participating in crafts, teambuilding activities such as human knot, and musical chairs, and 3 of the ranks-creative arts, sports, and music/dance/drama.

Campers prepare to take a swim

LIT Highlight

Kids in Kayaks, LITs participated in a 4-day learning experience in the James River about water safety, to hiking in along the historic trails in Richmond, to racing to the finish lines in canoes!

Next Week’s field trips:

Tuesday 9 am – noon Putt Putt n Golf
Thursday 9 am – noon Children’s Museum

Camper Ranks

Swimmer of the Week– Ja’Maa Boyd, Kingston Brannon, Jamari Burton, Camryn Brascom

Music,Dance,Drama– Kyliah Taylor (Rank 1), Kamaya Jones (Rank 1)

Creative Arts– Kyrese Taylor (Rank 1), Elyssa Jarret (Rank 1), Dejauan Harris (Rank 2), Jeremiah Brewer (Rank 2), Aiden Hamlin (Rank 1)

Archery– Soleil Moody (Rank 1), Jude Sheppard (Rank 1)

“COW” (Camper & Counselor of the Week)

Cheetah (5/6 yo) Liam Blake
Panthers (5/6yo) Charlotte Menz-Erb
Jaguars (7 yo) Annella Hardiman & Kameron Mack
Leopards (8yo) Emmanuel Moore & Kamryn Shelton
Tigers (9yo) Aiden Hamlin
Bears (10yo) Jaiden Parker
Lions (LITs) Merrick McClain & Paige Horton
Cougars (CILTs) Malia Holtom

Counselors of the Week 5

Counselor – Mr. Hop & Ms. Destiny (LIT Counselors)

Director Recognition: Spencer Barnes & Ja’Maa Boyd for following the four core values all week, participation, and ENTHUSIASM!

Next Week Highlights

Next week’s theme is “Summer Splash Beach Bash!” Come beat the heat with us beach-style! It’s a wet and wild week at the Braveheart Beach! So, bring your bathing suit every day and get ready to make a splash!

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Week 4: July 8 - 12

Camper works on his boating skills in the pool

From the Camp Director

What a time to be at Camp!! Our Braveheart-ians have been working on their talents this week and cannot wait to showcase it to all campers, counselors, and families during our upcoming family night cookout on Thursday, while our LITs had a spectacular time kayaking in the James River!

Reminders:

  • Remind campers to wear their bead necklace everyday and be sure to have your campers wear close-toed shoes, and pack a water bottle daily!
  • Breakfast is between 8 – 9 am and lunch begins from 11 am – 12:30 pm.
  • Family Night Cookout is Thursday, July 11 from 5 – 6 p.m.! We encourage families to attend and experience camp energy and fun your campers endure throughout their day at camp. We will be grilling hot dogs, hambugers, and providing sides such as watermelon, corn, chips, and drinks!

Campers smiling and laughing during camp

LIT Highlight

LIT campers headed down Tredgar Island with the National Park Service to kayak in the James River! Campers had such an amazing experience and are so appreciative of the opportunity to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of Richmond, Virginia. They are taking on a 4 day experience, mastering kayaking one day at a time. Week 4 campers learned basic water safety skills, swim test, and boat recovery skills and also kayak in the James. Week 5 they will continue in lessons advancing to Ancarrow’s Landing & Huguenot Flatwater to practice skills from a short point A-B Trip!

Camper Ranks

Campers such as Jude, Demarius and Spencer have completed basketball rank 1 in sports and campers such as Zaltana and Stacy have passed rank 1 by showing their knowledge of primary and secondary colors and are working on rank 2 by creating an intermediate project by creating an art piece using  water-based paint colors, popsicle sticks, or portraits.

Campers earned their new ranks this week

“COW” (Camper/Counselor of the Week)

Cheetahs (5/6 yo) Virginia Clark
Panthers (5/6yo) Makayla Smith & Eli Doukas
Jaguars (7 yo) Sidney Bullard & Ellisa Marrs
Leopards (8yo) Robyn Pitchford & Robert Thornhill
Tigers (9yo) Haven Wilson
Bears (10yo) Camryn Brascom
Lions (LIT) Ella Metzler Lewis & Armand Serry
CILTS Tiana Gordon
Counselor – Ms. Brenna
Directors Recognition: Kamryn

Next Week Highlights

Step right up! Join us for carnival-filled activities Mardi Gras Style! You MUST visit the silly photo booth, jump in the bounce-house, play games, and HAVE FUN!

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Week 2: June 24 - 28

Craft time at Camp Braveheart

From the Camp Director

The weather has been on our side, with no rain and we hope to see more sun for next week to come! Campers are really enjoying being outside and playing group games such as kickball and gaga ball! There is no camp on July 4th! Everyone have a safe celebration!

Reminders:

Be sure to have your campers wear close-toed shoes, and pack a water bottle daily!  Breakfast is between 8 – 9 a.m. and lunch occurs from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

A happy counselor jumps for a picture

Program Highlight

Every Friday are Fun Fridays and this week was filled with giant game inflatables for all campers to play. Our LITs cleaned up Forest Hill Park on Thursday! We are working towards campers completing rank 1 in program areas such as: creative arts, archery, music/dance/drama, sports, and nature/gardening. Some campers have received camp beads to show their achievements in ranks and character development beads!

Jude & Avun (aka AJ) received the Director Bead for the week for their ENTHUSIASM and participation in camp!

Campers of the Week 2 at Camp Braveheart

LIT Highlight

Hanover Bowling Lanes on Tuesday, No camp on July 4th!

Be sure to wear your LIT camper shirt on Field Trip Days and bring your water bottle!

Camper Ranks

Campers are working hard towards their ranks for the second week and filling up their bead necklaces.

Kickball game at Camp Braveheart

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

Congratulations to our Campers and Counselors of the Week!
Cheetahs: Josiah
Panthers: Isaiah & Joel
Jaguars: Jasmine
Leopards: Sakiye
Tigers: Spencer, Aaris & Jayvon
Bears: Barney
Lions: Avun & Linda
And congratulations to our Counselor of the Week Miss Itavia!

Next Week Highlights

Theme: Party in the USA.  Join us as we celebrate our independence in a week filled with red, white, and blue as we jam to the songs of summer in this week filled of song, dance, and the best hits of 2019!

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Week 1: June 17 - 21

From the Camp Director

We’ve have some great fun already, and there’s much more to come this week and this summer!

Reminders:

Be sure to have your campers wear close-toed shoes, and pack a water bottle! Breakfast is between 8 – 9 am and lunch begins from 11 am-12:30.

Program Highlight

This week, our campers participated in the first EVER week of RANKS at Camp Braveheart! We are working towards campers completing rank 1 in program areas such as: creative arts, archery, music/dance/drama, sports, and nature/gardening.

LIT Highlight

“Laser Tag” field trip on Tuesday, “Pocahontas Boat Clean Up @ Pocahontas State Park”

Camper Ranks

Campers are working hard towards their ranks for the first week and filling up their necklaces.

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

Cheetah (5/6 yo) James Bowens & Wyatt Leveski
Panthers (5/6yo) Anna Lee & Kingston Brannon
Jaguars (7 yo) Jabari Hunt & Jamari Burton
Leopards (8yo) Amir Quarles & Jude Sheppard & Vontrell Williams
Tigers (9yo) Ja’Maa Boyd & Miles Page
Bears (10yo) Lillian Marseille
Counselor – Janae White

Next Week Highlights

Theme: Game Show Mania On your mark…. Get set…. Go! This week we compete in our favorite classic game shows and competitions!

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