Camp Connections – Goochland

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Camp Connections – Goochland

CAMP CONNECTIONS

WEEK 10: August 13 - 17

Wacky games at camp

From the Camp Director

WOW! Can you believe that summer has actually come to an end? Thank you SO much for spending the summer with us here at Camp Gooch. We have made lifelong memories this summer whether that was through archery, swimming, arts, field games, and more! The friendships we’ve made this summer are ones that I hope will last a lifetime. Have a wonderful school year and we hope to see you all next summer!

Reminders:

Have you registered for our after school programs at Byrd, Randolph, and Goochland Elementary School?

Program Highlight

This week, our campers opened our Goochland Community Board Meeting with some camp songs led by our CILT, Harmony, and followed with our prayer before breakfast!

Counselors of the Week

LIT Highlight

LITs have stepped up to the plate this week by leading obstacle courses and set up for our Nerf Wars. LITs from other locations have joined us this week at our pool in the afternoon!

Camper Ranks

We are proud to say that more than half of our campers have excelled in their swim skills! Shout out and a huge thank you to our aquatics team for working so hard to ensure our campers were able to learn how to swim this summer.

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

Each week, a great counselor is deemed the “COW”. Shout out to our leadership staff, Sheldon and Rosa, for helping make camp possible this summer. They showed up each and everyday ready to have fun, support our staff, run program, and keep everyone safe! Thank you both for bringing different skills to the table for us to have a great summer! We couldn’t have done it without you.

Next Week Highlights

HAVE A WONDERFUL START TO THE SCHOOL YEAR!

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Week 7: July 23 - 27

Campers smiles on gaga pit

From the Camp Director

Hello Camp Gooch families! Although we’ve spent majority of our week inside due to the weather, we have been having an awesome week. See below for highlights from this week! As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.

Reminders

Closed toe shoes are a must for our fun activities each day! Please be sure to avoid sandals for our camp days.

Program Highlight

Open programming has been a favorite of our campers! This is an opportunity for campers to decide on the activities they’re participating in while working in their rank booklets. We’ve become pros at making slime and doing gymnastics.

Campers celebrate Christmas in July

LIT Highlight

This week, Goochland’s LITs kept it cool and went to Ice Zone! It went along well with our Christmas in July theme this week. We’ve also discovered that our LITs are the best at making our multipurpose room look sparkly and clean!

Camper Ranks

This week we’ve been mostly focused on arts and gymnastics! We’ve made Christmas cards, slime, and are doing great with our balancing and flips.

Counselor of the Week 7

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

Each week, a great counselor is deemed the “COW”. Shout out to our LIT counselor, Ms. Faith! She works each day to provide leadership development with our middle schoolers and has worked hard to figure out what each of her campers talents are. She’s been a team player all summer and we’ve loved having her on our team!

Next Week Highlights

Next Week’s theme is “Through the Decades!” Don’t forget to dress up on Wacky Wednesday.

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Week 6: July 16 - 20

Campers enjoy time inside on a hot day

From the Camp Director

Hello Camp Gooch families! Thank you so much to everyone that came out to our talent show last week. We had a BLAST and hope you did too seeing your children’s many talents. This week, we’ve been searching for hidden treasure – arrgh matey!

Reminders

Don’t forget when you’re packing extra snacks and lunch each day to leave all products containing nuts at home!

CEO Tim Joyce visits Camp Gooch

Program Highlight

Our CEO, Tim Joyce, came out for a day of camp! Our campers welcomed him into their talent show practices and afternoon activities. TJ loves to watch our summer swim lessons and archery practice!

LIT Highlight

Our LITs have started leading activities to our younger groups! One of their favorites so far has been Mingle, Mingle – ask them to explain the game to you! We have been pleased to see their progress in leadership abilities and willingness to step up to be role models for our younger campers.

Camper Ranks

We are loving our open free time where campers get to choose the activities they want to rank up in each week. We’ve got something for everybody! From archery, to nature, arts, and more.

Counselors lead the group in songs

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

Shout out to our Kindergarten and 1st grade counselor, Ms. Ava! With one of our largest huddles, she continuously keeps a positive attitude and has superior patience. She’s our camp fashionista and we are so happy to have her on our team this summer.

Next Week Highlights

Next Week’s theme is “Christmas in July” – don’t forget to dress up on Wacky Wednesday!


Week 5: July 9 - 13

Camper swims in the pool at Camp Gooch.

From the Camp Director

Hello Camp Gooch families! It has been a hot summer, but we are staying hydrated and cool at Camp Gooch all summer long.

Reminders

Don’t forget – while flip flops and sandals are a summer fashion statement, in order for all children to be able to participate in our many camp activities, closed toe shoes are necessary!

Archery time at Camp Gooch.

Program Highlight

Our counselors have been working hard to provide us fun afternoons of free choice programming where we get to choose the activities we go to! Nature, Arts, and Archery are camp favorites so far.

LIT Highlight

This week, Goochland’s LITs will be attending our first LIT meet up on Thursday! During this time, we will get the opportunity to work on our leadership skills while having fun with our camps’ LITs!

Camper Ranks

We are thoroughly impressed with how quickly our campers are moving up in ranks in archery this week! It’s almost time to bring out the slingshots.

Counselor of the Week for Week 5 at Camp Gooch

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

Each week, a great counselor is deemed the “COW”. Shout out to our 2nd and 3rd grade counselor, Ms. Bri! All of her peers agree that she’s a great leader to the rest our team that has an infectious excitement about camp. She consistently provides feedback and support to others, while consistently being energetic and loving her camp kids.

Next Week Highlights

Next Week’s theme is “Arggggh, Matey!” Don’t forget to dress up on Wacky Wednesday.


Week 3: June 25 - 29

Group time at Camp Gooch

From the Camp Director

Hello Camp Gooch families! We have been off to a busy and fun filled start to the summer. Our camp team thanks you for giving us the opportunity to have the best summer yet with your children!

Reminders:

  • Don’t forget – we will not be open next week on July 4th! Have a safe and fun holiday.

Program Highlight

Swim lessons are one of our favorite parts of the day! We’ve been off to an awesome start and continue to progress in our skills. We always look forward to Fridays when we get the chance to show off these skills during our free swim with our counselors!

Campers enjoy some pool time learning to swim.

LIT Highlight

This week, Goochland’s LITs had a blast on our field trip to Skateland. One of our very own even won the limbo contest! We’ve been impressed with their leadership skills and are excited to see them progress this summer.

Camper Ranks

Campers are working hard towards their ranks, filling up their bead necklaces, and are excited to start archery next week!

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

Each week, a great counselor is deemed the “COW”. Shout out to our 4th and 5th grade counselor, Ms. Sarah! All of her peers agree that she’s a team player and always looking out for everyone else to ensure the best camp experience. She will always greet you with a smile and positive attitude. We are grateful to have her back on our team for this summer!

Camp Gooch is full of games and activities, including some indoor time when it’s hot.

Next Week Highlights

Next Week’s theme is “Stars, Stripes, and Sparkle” Don’t forget to dress up on Wacky Wednesday.

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