Camp Connections – Goochland

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Camp Connections – Goochland

CAMP CONNECTIONS

Week 9: August 5 - 9

From the Camp Director

Week 9 is our Wet and Wild Week here at Camp Goochland! We have swim lessons, water games, and a slip and slide galore! That’t not all that’s happening in Camp Gooch, we are stacking plastic egg towers for amazing STEM and Team building exercises. We cooked our own s’mores, and played a giant Camp Wide Scavenger Hunt. Join us next week, for our last week of Camp Goochland as we go Beyond with Books and learn about some amazing stories! This week we also had our Final Family Night of the Season a Pool Party!

Have a great weekend!

Reminders

  • Pool Party August 8 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Goochland Pool
  • Week 10 Participants, Wednesday is “DRESS UP AS YOUR FAVORITE STORY BOOK CHARACTER” Day! Please still provide Closed Toe Shoes, and Bathing Suits.

Campers enjoy a camp treat of s’mores

LIT Highlight

Hello Parents! This week our LITs attended two amazing Outdoor Parks and participated in awesome Outdoor Play! On Tuesday they attended  Dorey Park and Thursday they went swimming at Pocahontas State Park! They had an absolute blast!

“COW” (Counselor/Camper of the Week)

This Past Week we celebrated Mr. Bruce as our Counselor of the Week! He is an awesome asset to our team, and we will miss him for Week 10 of Camp as he returns to school!

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Week 7: July 22 - 26

Counselors getting dunked with cold water

From the Camp Director

We have had a magical time at Camp Goochland with our weekly theme of Knights, Wizards, and Princesses. We have made wands, with our Fairy Godmother and Art Specialist , Learned how to shoot arrows like Robin Hood, and Told jokes with the Court Jester. We also competed to carry the magical spirit stick and find the shrunken T-Rex! Join us next week where we learn all about OUR AMAZING PETS!

We will explore all the amazing things that animals can do, such as Act as Therapy pets , be rescuers in dangerous situations, as well as be our wonderful companions!

Sincerely, Your Camp Directors!

Reminders

  • Pool Party August 8 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Goochland Pool
  • Please have your camper arrive in bathing suits EVERYDAY
  • Please be sure that your camper is wearing tennis shoes, has a water bottle, and their bead necklaces!
  • We have also started a new tradition of a hidden Dinosaur around Camp Goochland, Please encourage your campers to be on the lookout!

Counselors dressed in their themed costumes

LIT Highlight

Hello Parents! This week our LITs went on one field trip and a “stay-cation”. We had a rainy Tuesday and went to see “Captain Underpants” the movie. On Thursday we got to enjoy a private pool party right here in our own outdoor pool at Goochland YMCA!

C.O.W. (Counselor/Camper of the Week)

Last week we celebrated our two amazing Specialist our Art Specialist Abby and Archery Specialist Lindsay! Thanks Ladies for sharpening our awesome skills!

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Week 6: July 15 - 19

Counselor gets doused in cold water at camp

From the Camp Director

Week 6 has been a roaring good time down here at Camp Goochland. We have designed jerseys in the Art Pavilion, Played new sports from Golf to Noodle Hockey, and even met with the Amazing Family of Justin Verlander (pitcher of the Houston Astros Baseball Team). We also found a competitive side of our camp teams as we competed in spirit challenges all week! Next week we are switching modes and going medieval with our theme: Wizards, Knights, and Princesses! Join us for an awesome adventure. 

Sincerely, Your Camp Directors!

Reminders

  • Pool Party August 8 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Goochland Pool 
  • Please have your camper arrive in bathing suits EVERYDAY
  • Please be sure that your camper is wearing tennis shoes, has a water bottle, and their bead necklaces!
  • We have also started a new tradition of a hidden Dinosaur around Camp Goochland, Please encourage your campers to be on the lookout!

Gaga pit at Camp Goochland

LIT Highlight

Hello Parents! This week our LITs have been on two awesome field trips! The first to Pocahontas State Park for Swimming and then to Byrd Park to participate in a service project. Our LITs have been fantastic this week, and have also started doing Junior Lifeguard training with the pool staff! 

C.O.W. (Counselor and Camper of the Week)

Last week we recognized George as our Counselor of the Week (COW) and had two amazing campers recognized as our amazing Campers of the Week, and thus the tradition continues as the camper douse the counselor with water, mmmm Refreshing!

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Week 4: July 8 - 12

Counselor and campers pose after they have wrapped their counselor in toilet paper

FROM THE DIRECTOR

Week 5 of Camp Goochland is a real baryard blast! With a weekly theme of “Barnyard Palooza”, you already know we will be getting our hands dirty! Campers have created Nature Journals, Paper Mache, Binoculars, and Friendship Bracelets. We Learned how animals eat their food (ask our kids about that awesome skit!) and has an all out barn raising!

Have a great weekend!

REMINDERS

  • Family Night is August 8. Pool Party at Camp Goochland 6 – 7:30 pm
  • Please remember to have your camper bring their bead necklaces EVERYDAY so that they can store the beads they earn!

CAMPER RANKS

Campers had the opportunity to participate in choice programming this week at Camp Goochland! While at their first choice activity, campers worked on the YMCA of Greater Richmond rank booklets to improve skills and advance to their next rank level! Everyone had a blast while learning new skills in their favorite activity area. We have Soccer, Basketball, Slip and Slide, Art, Science, and Archery just to name a few!

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Week 2: June 17 - 21

Camper shows his creation made at camp

FROM THE DIRECTOR

Week 2 of Camp Goochland is rockin’ and rollin’! With a weekly theme of “Double Dare Slime Time”, you already know we will be getting our hands dirty! Campers have created slime, dough ornaments, and mud paintings throughout the week. Archery also began this week, as well as Ranks programming, where campers can choose an activity to learn more about certain skills and move up through the Ranks! We have loved having you all at camp and look forward to more fun in the weeks to come!

Have a great weekend!

-Your Camp Directors”

Counselor helps a camper with a project

REMINDERS

  • Family Night Cookout, Thursday, June 27 Location: Pavillion
  • Please remember to have your camper bring their bead necklaces EVERYDAY so that they can store the beads they earn!

CAMPER RANKS

Campers had the opportunity to participate in choice programming this week at Camp Goochland! While at their first choice activity, campers worked on the YMCA of Greater Richmond rank booklets to improve skills and advance to their next rank level! Everyone had a blast while learning new skills in their favorite activity area.

Week 2 Camper and Counselor of the Week


Week 1: June 10 - 14

Campers at Camp Goochland playing a game with pool noodles and beach ball

From the Camp Director

First week of summer camp has been a blast for campers and counselors alike!  Campers are already forming new friendships as well as strengthening bonds made in years past.  While it started a bit rainy, our ENTHUSIASM brought out the sun and we could not be more excited!

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely, Your Camp Directors!

Reminders

-Camp Cookout Thursday, June 20, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
-Please have your camper arrive in bathing suits EVERYDAY
-Please be sure that your camper is wearing tennis shoes, has a water bottle, and their bead necklaces!

Camp Goochland LIT participant gives a thumbs up

LIT Highlight

Hello Parents! This week our LITs have come in with enough ENTHUSIASM to go around.  They have begun working on the Leadership Development workshops along with their counselors.  Starting next week, they will have their Tuesday and Thursday morning Field Trips, where they will get to spend time with LITs from other YMCAs!

Counselor at Camp Goochland shows off their hula hoop skills

COW (Counselor/Camper of the Week)

Each week of camp we will be choosing a Counselor, and two Campers (one boy and one girl) of the week, who have shown their caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and of course ENTHUSIASM throughout their time at camp.  Stay tuned for next week when we will have our first recipients of this most coveted award!