Camp Connections – Red Feather

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Camp Connections – Red Feather

Camp Connections

Week 9: August 12 - 16

Campers smile for a picture

From the Camp Director

Our campers are making excellent progress during their swim lessons! I have watched the campers improve their strokes and become more comfortable in the water. We are so lucky to have such wonderful aquatics staff who work with our campers daily. 

Reminders:

  • Next week: Camp is full to max capacity. 
  • Refrain from sending toys, cards and electronics to camp. We have plenty activities each day to keep the campers busy.
  • We are a peanut free program. Please refrain from sending food with peanuts or made in a facility with nuts. 
  • Registration for before and after school care is now open. Reserve your spot online!

Three boy campers pose for a quick picture

Program Highlight

Wednesday morning, we had an impromptu camp wide dance contest and fitness challenges. Campers got up on stage and showed off their dance moves. Counselors even got up there and showed off some moves! The excitement could be heard all the way up to the building. Campers showed off their fitness skills with pushups, burpees, and jumping jacks!

LIT Highlight

Unlimited arcade games at Swaders Sports Park. Every campers dream come true!! 

Good friends at camp

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

Anaya was the “COW” of week 8.  Anaya worked with the Bobcats this summer. Anaya loved working with her huddle and formed close bonds with each of her campers. She was always flexible and came to camp with a smile each day. Thank you, Anaya for making a difference this summer! 

Next Week Highlights

  • LIT Field Trips: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Wacky Wednesday Dress Up Contest
  • B.I.G Big Game: Friday morning: Please dress your camper in their huddle color. 
  • End of camp party: Friday
  • Magic Show: Friday afternoon

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Week 8: August 5 - 9

Camper parks the kayak on the beach

From the Camp Director

Camp Icon saw tons of superheroes this week! Lots of campers dressed up on wacky Wednesday. We saw Batgirl, Superwomen, Captain America and Super Mario! We are excited for our family night: Superhero Academy on Thursday evening! We hope you can join us. Dress in your favorite costume!

Reminders:

  • Registration for the following week closes on Thursdays at midnight. 
  • Refrain from sending toys, cards and electronics to camp. We have plenty activities each day to keep the campers busy.
  • We are a peanut free program. Please refrain from sending food with peanuts or made in a facility with nuts. 
  • Registration for before and after school care is now open. Reserve your spot online!

Counselor shows off her “icon” look for the camp theme

Program Highlight

Friendships are strengthening. Many campers are building tight relationships with others. It is our hope these friendships will last a lifetime.  Each day we are reminding our campers to display our core values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility. Each afternoon at closing council we award 1 camper a bead who displays these traits. 

LIT Highlight

LIT’s took part in two active field trips this week. They loved bowling against each other and competing in a fun game of laser tag. They showed skills in bowling with many strikes and spares! 

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

Kam was award the “COW” for week 7! Kam is a veteran counselor with the Bobcats. Kam is so patient and full of enthusiasm each day. Kam always has the best songs and teaches them to his huddle. The campers simply adore him! He is such an asset to our program. Congrats Kam!!

Costume Contest Winner

“Super Luke” came ready to rock on Wednesday! Luke, your costume was out of this world! Way to go Super Luke! You always bring the camp spirit!

Next Week Highlights

  • LIT Field Trips: Tuesday and Thursdays
  • Wacky Wednesday Dress Up Contest
  • B.I.G Big Game: Friday morning: Please dress your camper in their huddle color. Bobcats, Wolves, Bears, Eagles, Gators, Owls

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Week 7: July 29 - August 2

Campers play in the beach sand at the lake

From the Camp Director

Can you believe it’s already August! Just 3 weeks left of camp! We are having a blast with our campers this summer. It’s been a pleasure getting to know each personality of each camper and see the progress they are making during ranks programming. Many campers are trying new activities for the first time.  Boating and marksmanship continues to be a fan favorite. 

Reminders:

  • Swimming is part of our daily schedule. It is encouraged that each camper participates in swim lessons Monday – Thursday. Friday is an open swim day.
  • Refrain from sending toys, cards and electronics to camp. We have plenty activities each day to keep the campers busy.
  • Save the Date: August 8 at 5:30 p.m. for our Family Night

Camper shows off the fish she caught at camp

Program Highlight

Many fish have been caught this week! They are biting. Campers are all smiles when they feel a bite and reel in the fish! Campers are learning about various parts of fishing rods in ranks programming. Many campers have mastered casting. 

LIT Highlight

LITS participated in a field trip with the Geek Squad from Best Buy. They learned about technology, while building self-confidence and sparking creativity. They acted as junior agents checking out some of the newest technology. 

Camper hold worms in their hand for fishing

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

The “COW” of the week for week 6 was Graciela. Graciela works with the Eagles! She has such a great personality and loves participating with the campers during sports. She has a positive attitude and is truly the best teammate. Congrats Graciela!! She is heading off to VCU in the fall!

Costume Contest Winner

Lola was the Wacky Wednesday Costume Contest winner! During Space Race week, we invited campers to dress as astronauts, aliens, rocket ships, anything related to outer space. Lola dressed as a Princess Alien!

Next Week Highlights

  • August 5 – 9 Camp-I-Con
  • Wacky Wednesday Dress Up Contest
  • B.I.G Big Game: Friday morning: Please dress your camper in their huddle color. Bobcats, Wolves, Bears, Eagles, Gators, Owls

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Week 6: July 22 - 26

Campers smile during a foos-ball game

From the Camp Director

The weather has cooled down which has allowed us to get outside more this week. Yeah!! Campers are working towards completing their achievement ranks in nature, music and drama, creative arts, archery, boating and sports. We are so excited to have welcomed numerous new campers at Red Feather. 

Reminders:

  • Friday, July 26, campers should come to camp in a WHITE SHIRT that will get stained with paint during color wars
  • Swimming is part of our daily schedule. It is encouraged that each camper participates in swim lessons Monday – Thursday. Friday is an open swim day.
  • Refrain from sending toys, cards and electronics to camp. We have plenty activities each day to keep the campers busy.
  • Save the Date: August 8 at 5:30 p.m. for our Family Night

Program Highlight

Campers are gearing up for our B.I.G game on Friday. We are having a color war in the morning. (Wear white shirt) In creative arts, campers worked together to create a paint splash banner. Campers were happy to resume ranks programming as the temperatures have cooled off a bit. 

Campers play a round of pool to beat the heat!

LIT Highlight

LIT’s continue to form friendships and bonds with each other at Red Feather. LIT’s enjoyed staying out of the rain on Tuesday at the movies, where they watched Aladdin. LIT’s assisted camp leadership with camp clean up. Thank you LIT’s for showing teamwork, responsibility and pitching in to help keep camp clean. 

 “COW” (Counselor of the Week)

The “COW” for week 5 was Kelly. This is Kelly’s 1st year at Red Feather and she is making an impact every day. Kelly is a counselor for the Eagles and always brings tons of energy and camp spirit. Kelly is always leading her huddle in an exciting group game. Thank you Kelly, for making a difference in our campers lives!

Costume Contest Winner

Camilla was the winner of the wacky Wednesday costume contest. Camilla dressed as a blue wolf to support her huddle the Wolves. Awesome job Camilla dressing as a wolf!!

Next Week Highlights

  • July 29-August 2: Space Race
  • Wacky Wednesday: Dress up as astronauts, spaceships, moon/stars, aliens or the milky way. Get creative and participate in our contest!
  • LIT’s: Geek Squad field trip Wednesday and Thursday
  • B.I.G Big Game: Friday morning: Please dress your camper in their huddle color. Bobcats, Wolves, Bears, Eagles, Gators, Owls
  • CAMPERS will get dirty with paint on FRIDAY. Please dress them in clothing that can get stained with paint. 

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Week 5: July 15 - 19

Campers smile as they show art projects

From the Camp Director

Imagine we are half way through the summer! What an awesome first half it has been. We have been keeping cool this week with indoor activities. Campers have made bracelets, paintings, worked on target shooting and played numerous group games in the gym. We have some future engineers in our camp! Campers showed of their building skills with some incredible lego structures.

A friendly reminder that a lunch and snack are required each day. This also includes a refillable water bottle.

Reminders:

  • Please provide a water bottle, bathing suit, towel, and a nut free morning snack and lunch daily.
  • Swimming is part of our daily schedule. It is encouraged that each camper participates in swim lessons Monday – Thursday. Friday is an open swim day.
  • Check our lost and found box located near the pickup/drop off line. We have numerous items that will be donated to Goodwill each Friday.
  • Refrain from sending toys, cards and electronics to camp. We have plenty activities each day to keep the campers busy.

Campers at Camp Red Feather show off the fish they caught

Program Highlight

We brought the shooting range indoors this week! Campers participated in nerf war activities during marksmanship. They tested their aim at targets and knocking over cups. They also had a blast with the indoor slingshot activities.

LIT Highlight

LIT’s have been staying cool indoors, but they have been heating up the basketball court. Campers have been working on their jump shots and crossover skills with extended sports time.

Two girl campers smile

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

The “COW” for week 4 was LJ. LJ is a counselor with the Wolves, but also jumps in where ever he is needed. LJ brings so much energy and enthusiasm to camp each day. He is a role model to all the campers and is always engaged with the children. LJ can be seen around camp proudly carrying the Wolves famously decorated walking stick! Way to go LJ, we are so happy your part of the Red Feather team.

Costume Contest Winner

Camilla was this week’s winner of the Costume Contest! She dressed as a Mermaid. Camilla always shows camp spirit with her costumes. Way to go Camilla!

Next Week Highlights

  • Join us next week for Color Wars.
  • Wacky Wednesday: Dress up for the Wacky Wednesday Dress up Contest in your most colorful outfits you can imagine!
  • For next Friday’s B-I-G BIG Game, we will have a camp wide Color War. Your child with be assigned a team color later next week. (Will be different than huddle color)

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Week 4: July 8 - 12

Two campers show off their amazing pirate costumes.

From the Camp Director

Ahoy Matey! Campers enjoyed the week swabbing the deck and walking the plank. The treasure is still out hidden in camp!! (Golden plunger) They rode in the Jolly Roger during boating, with all hands on deck. Our pirates and fairies will participate in a boat challenge on Friday morning during the B.I.G game. A friendly reminder that a lunch and snack are required each day. This also includes a refillable water bottle.

Reminders:

  • Please provide a water bottle, bathing suit, towel, and a nut free morning snack and lunch daily.
  • Swimming is part of our daily schedule. It is encouraged that each camper participates in swim lessons Monday – Thursday. Friday is an open swim day.
  • Please check our lost and found box located near the pickup/drop off line. We have numerous items that will be donated to Goodwill each Friday.

Pirate week costume at Camp Red Feather

Program Highlight

Wacky Wednesday day was a huge success! So many campers participated in the pirate and fairy dress up contest. We enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm, camp spirit and creativity. Campers loved making ‘loot” in creative arts and making their own pirate ship crafts.

LIT Highlight

LIT’s worked together to come up with a new song for the spirit stick competition.  LIT’s showed some competitive spirit while bowling on one of the weekly field trips. Next week’s field trips are on Tuesday (Ice Zone) and Thursday (Jumpology). Bus will leave at 12:30 and return by 3:30.

Counselor of the Week 4

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

The “COW” for week 3 was Kamryn. Kamryn is a counselor for the Gators, one of our LIT huddles. Kamryn displays all 4 of the YMCA’s core values each day. She has formed amazing relationships with her campers and is a respected addition to the staff at Red Feather. Thanks for being a leader Kamryn!! Congratulations !

Costume Contest Winner

Jakari and Trevell were the winners of our pirate costume contest. Check out the pirate swag. We love your camp spirit!!

Next Week Highlights

  • Join us next week for Under the Sea.
  • Wacky Wednesday: Dress up for the Wacky Wednesday contest as a creature from the ocean. This can be a fish, dolphin, whale, turtle, etc or any character that lives in under the sea.
  • For next Friday’s B-I-G BIG Game, campers will participate in water games and activities. Be sure to send your child to camp IN THERE BATHING SUIT. They will need a change of clothes for the afternoon.
  • FAMILY CAMP NIGHT: Thursday, July 18, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Come out and participate in camp activities with your family!

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Week 3: July 1 - 5

Two campers show off their crafts from camp

From the Camp Director

We saw lots of Red, White and Blue this week! From painting fireworks, making flags, and 4th of July lanterns, campers were busy being creative. The fish are still biting and one LIT camper caught a 5-inch bass. Lots of cheers are heard down at the lake when someone reels in a catch! In archery, campers competed against a friend in tic tac toe archery. The campers had a blast with this new fun activity.

Reminders:

  • Drop off in the morning begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 8:45 a.m. Pick-up at the drive-thru begins at 4:30 p.m. Don’t forget your ID!
  • If you arrive before or after the drop off lane hours, please come to the Youth Center to sign your camper in or out.
  • Please provide a water bottle, bathing suit, towel, and a nut free morning snack and hearty lunch daily.
  • Swimming is part of our daily schedule. It is encouraged that each camper participates in swim lessons Monday – Thursday. Friday is an open swim day.

Two female campers smile with their spirit sticks

Program Highlight

A-W-E-S-O-M-E Awesome Awesome totally, whoop whoop!! Campers are learning many camp songs and bringing camp spirit to opening and closing council. Has your campers huddle won the spirit stick? Be sure to ask them! Each day we recognize 1 camper who displays our core values of respect, caring, honesty and responsibility. These campers are recognized at closing council and are given a character bead! Congratulations to our campers who have earned this special award.

Counselor of the Week 3

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

Yanna was name the “COW” for week 2. Yanna is a counselor for the Bears. She takes pride being a counselor at Red Feather. Yanna loves to get her huddle pumped up each day, share songs, and her love of sports with them. Yanna is loved by all her campers! Great job Yanna!!

Camper learn water safety in an inflatable raft

Costume Contest Winner

Xavier was this week’s winner of the costume contest. He rocked the red, white and blue! Xavier also graced us with some cool dance moves up on stage at opening council. Congratulations Xavier!!

Next Week Highlights

Ahoy Matey! We are looking forward to a week of water fun and pirate activities and crafts. On Friday, we will have a boat challenge in the lake for the B.I.G Game! Don’t forget to wear your huddle colors.

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Week 2: June 24 - 28

Group of Chester campers in life jackets pose for a smiling picture

From the Camp Director

We’re looking forward to our Family Night this Friday!  With very hot temperatures ahead of us, please remember to pack your camper a refillable water bottle. We take numerous water breaks during the day to keep each camper hydrated.

Reminders:

  • On Mondays, please expect an additional 10 minutes for rides-in and rides-out as our new campers and parents learn the processes of camp. Drop off in the morning begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 8:45 a.m. Pick-up at the drive-thru begins at 4:30 p.m.
  • Please provide a water bottle, bathing suit, towel, and a nut free morning snack and lunch daily.
  • Swimming is part of our daily schedule. It is encouraged that each camper  participate in swim lessons Monday – Thursday. Friday is an open swim day.
  • Please check our lost and found box located near the pickup/drop off line. We have numerous items that will be donated to Goodwill each Friday.

Chester camper shows off a fish she caught

Program Highlight

The fish have been biting!  We have had a few campers get lucky enough to catch a fish in our lake. Campers have been learning safety procedures involving fishing and the proper way to cast and reel in their lines.  We are completely in love with the brand new pier that was constructed by a group of volunteers from Troup 2185 for an Eagle Scout Project. Be sure to check it out; it is beautiful!!

LIT Highlight

LIT’s had the opportunity to go roller skating at Skate land this week. LIT’s have been embracing the chance to showcase their leadership skills around camp. They are serving as role models for our younger campers and they have set the bar high! Good job Gators and Owls!

Camper Ranks

Ranks programming is in full swing. Campers are working each day at earning rank achievements. Boating is a very popular choice! Campers have also been practicing their aim during shooting sports: archery and slingshots. A few highlights in creative arts this week were: campers made a Chinese money tree, a paper plate panda, and an African necklace.

Counselor of the Week

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

The “COW” for week 1 was Whitley! Whitley is a veteran staff who worked camp last year. She currently works with the Bears and brings patience, a positive attitude and outstanding communication skills to camp. Whitley has great rapport with the campers and comes to work each day with a smile! Whitley is a team player and we are so happy she is on the Red Feather team!!  Thank you, Whitley for your hard work each day and making a difference in our community.

Costume Contest Winner

Many campers participated in the Wacky Wednesday Costume Contest!! Campers represented different places around the world. Some as far as Ireland, England, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Bermuda and the Bahamas! It was so much fun seeing all the various outfits from around the world. Remember, each Wednesday is dress up day, focused around the weekly theme.

Luke shows off his Mexican outfit

Luke, one of our Bobcats was the winner of the contest. He is shown wearing items that are from Mexico. Love your maracas Luke!!

Next Week Highlights

  • Join us next week for Stars and Stripes Week. We will celebrate the birth of the United States and Independence Day!
  • Wacky Wednesday: Show spirit by dressing in red, white and blue! Get creative and wacky, the more the merrier. Campers who participate in the contest will show off their costumes on stage at opening council.
  • For next Friday’s B-I-G BIG Game, We will celebrate America’s past time with a baseball game and picnic. Don’t forget to wear your huddle colors to support your team!

A friendly reminder: there is NO CAMP ON JULY 4!

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Week 1: June 17 - 21

Camps in lifejackets prepare for canoeing

From the Camp Director

We have had an exciting kick-off to week one. Our campers are building bonds with each other, counselors, and leadership staff. We have had the pleasure of getting to learn all about our campers this week and see their passions grow in Archery, Creative Arts, Sports, Music & Drama, Boating, and Swim lessons. Parents, please feel free to provide feedback, ask questions, and address any concerns about camp with us!

Reminders:

  • On Mondays, please expect an additional 10 minutes for rides-in and rides-out as our new campers and parents learn the processes of camp. Drop off in the morning begins at 7:00 am and ends at 8:45 am. Pick up at the drive thru begins at 4:30 pm.
  • Please provide a water bottle, bathing suit, towel, and a nut free morning snack and lunch daily.
  • We also would love to remind parents to remind their campers to bring their bead necklaces daily. 
  • Please check our lost and found box located near the pickup/drop off line. We have numerous items that will be donated to Goodwill each Friday. 

LITs enjoy mini golf

Program Highlight

We have had an amazing first week at Camp Red Feather! We are extremely proud of how excited our campers have been and have loved getting positive feedback from both campers and parents. One of our biggest highlights of the week has been opening and closing council when our campers have gotten to show us just how spirited they are with huddles chants, spirit competitions, and camp songs.

LIT Highlight

The Gators showed spirit and were awarded the Spirit Stick during opening ceremony on Wednesday. They are coming together as a huddle and taking on any new activities with a positive attitude. Way to go Gators!!

Camper Ranks

Campers are working hard towards their ranks for the first week. Please speak to your camper about the achievement ranks they have received during the first week. 

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

Each week, a great counselor is deemed the “COW”. We’ll show their picture here! Next Friday we will post the “COW” for week 1.  

Counselor and camper show off their costumes

Costume Contest Winner

Jayden in his “Dino Day” costume, is this week’s costume winner. He is accompanied by Arielle, one of our counselors, dressed as a Park Ranger. 

Next Week Highlights

We are SUPER excited for next week’s theme of Around the World in 5 Days! We have had so much fun this week with our Jurassic Camp Theme, especially on our costume day!

We can’t wait to see what fun costumes kids wear for our Around the World-themed week next Wednesday! Think Country flags, sports jerseys, anything purchased from another country, we would love to see!

For next Friday’s B-I-G BIG Game, World Cup Soccer is coming to camp.

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