Camp Connections – Monacan

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Camp Connections – Monacan

Camp Connections

Week 8: August 5 - 9

Camper enjoys time on a swing at camp

Note from the Director

What an awesome week we are having here at Camp Monacan. This week we are bringing out our inner farmer by learning how to make homemade butter and visiting Maymont’s Animal Farm. We have had a blast, as always, getting to go and learn about archery at Shady Grove and our campers are thriving during our daily swim lessons. We always love hearing about your campers experience, please let us know how it has been going!

Reminders:

  • Because we do not provide lunch, please bring a hearty lunch at two snacks for your camper
  • Campers need to bring a bathing suit, towel, bag for wet belongings, goggles and extra clothes (if needed).
  • Campers MUST be in closed toed tennis shoes everyday.
  • Please have campers at camp by 8:30 a.m. everyday- this will help ensure they can go on the field trip.
  • Campers should not bring outside toys, electronics, or purses. Books from home are great.

Camper float night in the pool

Program Highlights

I want to send out a huge shout out to everyone that came to our first float night! We had an AMAZAING time serving ice cream and watching all of our families get to the pool, relax on a floatie, or play a water game.

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

We had two counselors of the week last week: Ms. Bria and Ms. Khadejah! Both of these amazing ladies are truly incredible! They bring so much joy and positive energy to camp every day and their campers light up every time they walk in the door. They care so much about each camper and always go above and beyond to make sure that every camper feels seen, heard, and appreciated. We are so thankful to have them on our team!

Campers play basketball

Next Week Highlights:

Next week’s theme is Animation Domination!

Are you a Disney fan or a Cartoon Network fan? Are you just like us where you can’t choose one animation to love because you love them all? Join us for a week of celebrating cartoons and animations!

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Week 5: July 15 - 19

Campers roller skating

Message from the Director

The weeks are FLYING by! We are halfway through the summer and have already made lasting friendships, skills, and memories. Thank you for joining us on this adventure! This week, we are keeping it fresh with a new theme every day- Alex Trebek style! So far, campers have spun “The Wheel of Themes” to choose fun themes and coordinating activities such as, Camping and Circus. Whether your camper is coming home as a Nature Specialist or a Circus Clown, I hope that they continue to boast about all the fun they are having at camp! As always, we love hearing how your camp experience is going, please continue to communicate with me and the rest of our amazing staff.

Reminders:

  • Because we do not provide lunch, please bring a hearty lunch at two snacks for your camper
  • Campers need to bring a bathing suit, towel, bag for wet belongings, goggles and extra clothes (if needed).
  • Campers MUST be in closed toed tennis shoes everyday.
  • Please have campers at camp by 8:30 a.m. everyday- this will help ensure they can go on the field trip.
  • Campers should not bring outside toys, electronics, or purses. Books from home are great.

Camper hula hoops at Camp Monacan

Program Highlights

Our Huddle 6 is learning how to play squash! Four days a week, the kids go and learn from the Downtown Squash Coordinator and are loving it. Right now, they are learning the basics and will soon be playing full length games of squash. How exciting!

Camper Ranks

This will be our last week for the following Ranks: Basketball and Nature & Science. We should have plenty of camper reach our expert level this week. We have been blown away with the camper’s willingness to learn and grow through choice programming.

Our campers are strong!

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

Last weeks Counselor of the week was Mr. Keon! He is an amazing counselor who always has so much energy and enthusiasm for camp each and every day. Way to go Mr. Keon!!

Our Camper of the week was Brodie. This camper is such a joy to be around and is truly everyone’s best friend. His positive attitude rubs off on everyone around him. He is a leader in his huddle and always kind to everyone he interacts with. You are incredible Brodie, keep up the great work!

Next Week’s Highlights

Our Theme next week is “Camp Monacan’s Got Talent!”  Let your inner performer shine at Camp Monacan’s very own Talent Week. Find your moment in the spotlight with activities like a lip-sync challenge, dance off, improv skits, and talent show.

Camp Monacan’s Talent Show: Thursday July 25, 5 – 7 p.m.

Field Trip Schedule:
Tuesday – Shady Grove YMCA
Wednesday – Huddles 1-3 Bowtie Cinema: The Lion King & Huddles 4-6.5 Park
Thursday – Trips Swap

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Week 4: July 8 - 12

From the Director

Wow, what an amazing week here at camp! We have seen each and every child turn into superhero’s and show us their powers of: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and maybe even some super speed and strength! I am loving every second of getting to know you and your family. As always, please let me know how camp is going for you and your child.  I always have an open door and listening ear. See you all next week!

Reminders:

  • Have your campers checked in NO LATER than 8:30am. This is to ensure safe travels for field trips!
  • Please send your child with a full lunch and 2 snacks every day. J
  • Do not send products with Tree Nuts in it- we have campers with severe allergies
  • All campers should be wearing closed toed tennis shoes everyday
  • LABEL LABEL LABEL all camper belongings.
  • Please pack a water bottle with your camper

Program Highlights

We have really enjoyed making superhero cookies, catapults and making it rain in a Jar. We also loved going to Skate-a-Way on Wednesday and Thursday this week- It was a blast getting to watch these kiddos on skates.

Ranks

We are getting so close to having some of campers complete the rank of their choice. We are still working on Basketball, Creative Arts, MAD, and Nature & Camping.

Next Week

Camp Monacan’s theme for the week is: Wheel of Themes. Campers will spin the wheel each day to determine what the next day theme will be!

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Week 3: July 1 - 5

Field trip for campers at Camp Monacan

Message from the Director

What a successful week three here at Camp Monacan! We have explored what it means to be a scientist, created a lot of fun/messy experiments, and had a blast at the Science Museum of Virginia. Camp is truly an amazing time for your kids to learn new things and step outside of the box. I hope that everyday they are excited to tell you what they were up to all day long. I love hearing from you about how your camp experience is going- please continue to communicate with me and the rest of the team here.

Campers check out items on a field trip

Reminders:

  • Please make sure that all of your campers belongings are labeled.
  • Campers need to bring a bathing suit, towel, bag for wet belongings, goggles and extra clothes (if needed).
  • Campers MUST be in closed toed tennis shoes everyday.
  • Please have campers at camp by 8:30 a.m. everyday- this will help ensure they can go on the field trip.
  • Do not send campers with toys from home. Books from home are okay.

Program Highlights

This week was all about a Spirit Off (huddle’s will compete with each other to see who has the most camp spirit). Throughout the day, you could here huddle’s chant there names as loud as they could or even a dance off/hulu hoop competition thrown in for good measure. It has been super awesome seeing huddle’s grow together as a team and show group spirit.

Camper Ranks

We are still working on our Basketball, Nature & Science, Creative Arts, and Arts and Crafts Ranks. Some of our campers are quickly moving up and will be considered “masters” at a specific rank. How Exciting!

Counselor of the Week 3

C.OW. (Camper and Counselor of the Week)

Congrats to both of these AMAZING ladies!
Camper of the week: Sylvia
Counselor of the week: Cierra

Riverboat at Camp

Next Weeks Highlights

Theme: Superhero Campicon What makes a hero a hero? Learn about character and how to love others even when it’s hard. “A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the size of his heart.” Hercules)
Wacky Wednesday: Campers can dress up in there huddle colors and dress as wacky and fun as possible
Friday- Dress up as your favorite Superhero
All of us here are looking forward to another great week of camp, see you there!
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Week 2: June 24 - 28

Campers enjoy play time outside of the YMCA

Message from the Director

It has been a successful week two here at camp, it seems like the time is just flying by! This week’s theme was; treasure hunter. We had a blast looking for buried treasure (with pudding and skittles), going on a Y scavenger hunt, and playing a lot of ships and sailors (an awesome group game). 

It has been a joy getting to know you and your children! Please don’t hesitate to contact me to ask questions or if you just want to let me know how your child is doing in camp. 

Program Highlight

This week we have had so many campers face their fears and get into the water during swim lessons. It is incredible the amount they can learn and grow in just one week. Campers are also bringing so much ENTHUSIASM to camp each and every day, it is contagious and so exciting to see them shine during opening/closing ceremony.

Reminders

  • NO CAMP on July 4.  We’ll see you on Friday, July 5.
  • All campers must be signed in by 8:30 a.m every day! This will ensure they enjoy a full day at camp as well as get here on time for the field trip. We leave promptly at 9:15 a.m., Tuesday- Thursday.
  • Rides in: 7 – 8 a.m. Tuesday – Friday

    Camper and Counselor of the Week 2

  • Rides out: 5 – 6 p.m. Monday- Thursday
  • All campers should bring at least two snacks and a full and hearty lunch

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

Camper of the week: Jaiden is an incredible young man who exhibits excitement and kindness into everything he does- we all were so excited to present him the first camper of the week title.
Counselor of the Week: Alexis is an INCREDIBLE counselor here at Camp Monacan. She is always willing to go the extra mile and do anything for her huddle and team mates. She is always a positive role model and a joy to anyone she interacts with.

Campers playing a game at Camp Monacan

Ranks

We started our ranks program last week and we all had such a great time. The Ranks that campers worked on were basketball, Nature and Science, MAD, and Creative Arts. This week we will be switching out our creative arts rank for soccer!

Next Week

Our theme next week is Mad Scientist.  Ge ready to create fun experiments, go to the Virginia Science Museum, and maybe even make some oopy-goopy slime!

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Week 1: June 17 - 21

Campers on a field trip

Message from the Director

Can you believe that the first week of camp has come and gone?! We have had an absolute blast this week and I know that the whole team here has loved getting to know your kids. From learning new chants and cheers, making finger puppets, and exploring Maymont Nature Center, we have had a full and exciting time. I am looking forward to the next nine week and helping your children build lasting relationships, achieve new goals, and foster a sense of belonging.

Campers play on the modern merry-go-round

Program Highlight

The kids had such an amazing time during swimming lessons this week! We had campers start with such a fear of the water to leaving on Wednesday SO excited to learn new skills. It has been amazing watching your kids concerning their fears or learning new skills in the pool.

Reminders

  • All campers must be signed in by 8:30 a.m every day! This will ensure they enjoy a full day at camp as well as get here on time for the field trip. We leave promptly at 9:15 a.m., Tuesday- Thursday.
  • Rides in: 7 a.m.- 8 a.m. Tuesday – Friday
  • Rides out: 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday- Thursday
  • All campers should bring at least two snacks and a full and hearty lunch

Campers at opening ceremony

Ranks

Ranks are designed to allow your child to specialize in activities. This is a choice activity, which means that they are able to have free choice in what they would like to do. Some Ranks that we will be teaching are: Flag Football, MAD (music, arts, and drama), Arts & Crafts, Basketball, and much more!

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