Camp Connections – Saponi

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Camp Connections – Saponi

Camp Connections

Week 5: July 15 - 19

A camper prepares to make a putt

From the Director

Nintendo Land being our theme this week, beat the heat by playing some awesome video game themed activities. Huddles 1 through 8 beat the heat by staying in our own back yard with The Game Truck. Our LIT Campers headed over to Windy Hill and Putt Putt, hitting some major mini golf!  Family night, Camp Carnival was a blast! It was so nice seeing all our Awesome Campers.

Reminders

  • Please use the Rides In and Rides Out lines. Anytime before 4:15, please feel free to pull up and get out of your vehicle for pickup. There is NO PICKUP from 4:15 – 4:30 as we gear up for Rides Out. From 4:30 – 6 p.m., we will solely be doing Rides-Out lines. We will not do indoor pickups after 4:15 p.m.
  • Please make every attempt to apply your child’s first application of sunscreen prior to their arrival at camp.
  • It is so helpful to have water bottles labeled with your child’s name
  • Please look in Lost and found for any items your campers may have left behind. Lost and Found will be emptied by the end of the day on Mondays.

Campers show off their dress-up day outfits in superhero attire.

Program Highlight

On Wednesday, we had our Wacky Wednesday dress up at camp. We had lots of Marios and Luigis with a shy guy and Yoshi in there as well. All the campers and staff looked amazing.  We have had more Campers in Huddles 3 – 10 have completed their Red Star Rank in the activities; which include archery, marksmanship, soccer, flag football, basketball, nature and drama. Demonstrating their skills in an activity helps them move up in Ranks. Some Campers have achieved Rank 1 and now working on Rank 2, and 3!

LIT Highlight

LITs had a great time Putt Putting this week. They worked with our Midlothian Full Time staff to help do some service projects around our facility like helping with swim lessons for our younger campers and helping with the flower beds at the pool!

Campers pose for a Camp Saponi group picture

COW (Counselor of the Week)

Way to GO Ms. Sierra, for being the Winner of the “COW” for week 4! SUPER GREAT!

Next Week Highlights

Next week’s theme is Crowns and Capes. Join the quest and play with honor as our huddles complete to see who will rule Camp Saponi!

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Week 4: July 8 - 12

Campers in their safari gear

From the Camp Director

What a thrilling time we had this week with our theme Welcome to the Jungle. Huddles 1 through 8 got to explore the Metro Richmond Zoo getting to see all the animals, in the beautiful weather we have had. Our LIT Campers had a LIT Meet Up at Pocahontas State Park where they got to get together with LIT’s from other YMCA Camps! New friendship bounds are being made with our new friends that joined us this week, and what an exciting time we had ending our week with our fun Friday activity and Wednesday dress up day!

Reminders:

  • Please use the Rides In and Rides Out lines. Anytime before 4:15, please feel free to pull up and get out of your vehicle for pickup. There is NO PICKUP from 4:15 – 4:30 p.m. as we gear up for Rides Out. From 4:30 – 6 p.m., we will solely be doing Rides-Out lines. We will not do indoor pickups after 4:15.
  • Please have your campers wear their swim suit to camp. Each group’s swim time is in the morning and this helps to ensure that they will be able to start swimming on time.
  • Please make every attempt to apply your child’s first application of sunscreen prior to their arrival at camp.
  • It is so helpful to have water bottles labeled with your child’s name
  • Please look in lost and found for any items your campers may have left behind. Lost and Found will be emptied by the end of the day on Mondays.

Campers feed a giraffe at a petting zoo

Program Highlight

More of our Campers in Huddles 3-10 have completed their Red Star Rank in the activities; which include archery, marksmanship, soccer, flag football, basketball, nature and drama. Demonstrating their skills in an activity helps them move up in Ranks. Some Campers have achieved Rank 1 and now working on Rank 2, and 3!

LIT Highlight

LITs participated in a scavenger hunt across Pocahontas State Park, and during one of their Leadership gatherings, they talked about their failures and successes.

A counselor shows off his tiger outfit

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

Congratulations to Ms. Ellery, for being the Winner of the “COW” for week 3! Super Great Job!

Next Week Highlights

Next week’s theme is NintendoLand!  On Thursday, July 18 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, our Family Night will be our Camp Carnival!  We look forward to having you join us! Wacky Wednesday Dress as your favourite Nintendo character.

Come be your own Nintendo!

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Week 3: July 1 - 5

Campers see farm animals on a field trip

From the Camp Director

This week we had wonderful holiday cheer with our theme of You’re a Firework! Huddles 1 through 8 got to go to the Maymont Park, spending time walking the beautiful scenery and petting animals! Everyone had a fun time building friendships and making new friends in the process. We ended our week strong with our fun Friday activity! Nothing cooler than a slip and slide down the hill on a Friday!

Reminders

  • Please have your campers bring a morning snack every morning.
  • Please make every attempt to apply your child’s first application of sunscreen prior to their arrival at camp.
  • It is so helpful to have water bottles labeled with your child’s name
  • Please look in Lost and found for any items your campers may have left behind.

Camper shoots a basketball

Program Highlight

Campers in Huddles 3-10 have been working hard completing their ranks in the activities that interest them. Activities include archery, marksmanship, soccer, flag football, basketball, nature and drama. If a camper can demonstrate their skills in a rank they will achieve rank 1 and can be on their way to rank 2! Our heat schedule was in affect this week to keep us cool.

LIT Highlight

LITs have been stretching their minds on ways to be better communicators. We can always work on being clear, correct tone, and how to be professional communicators online as well.

Counselor of the Week 3

COW (Counselor of the Week)

Ms. Ariana was the Winner of the “COW” for week 2! She is AWESOME! Way to GO!

Next Week Highlights

Next week’s theme is Welcome to the Jungle! We can’t wait to see what zoo we will have on Wacky Wednesday Dress up Day!

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Week 2: June 24 - 28

Girls at Camp Saponi play basketball

From the Camp Director

This week was out of this world with our theme Mission Impossible Super Spy Week! Huddles 1 through 8 enjoyed spending some time jumping at Launch trampoline Park, while our LITs put their laser skills to work at Lazer quest and quick escape routes at Ice Zone! Everyone had a wonderful time building their friendships and making new friends in the process. We ended our week strong with our fun Friday activity!

Reminders:

  • Camp Saponi will be closed on Thursday, July 4.
  • It is so helpful to have water bottles labeled with your child’s name.
  • Lost and Found will be cleared weekly and donated Wednesday morning for the previous week
  • Please make every attempt to apply your child’s first application of sunscreen and bug spray prior to their arrival at camp.

Three boys pose for a picture at Camp Saponi

Program Highlight

All Day Campers were excited to be able to jump for joy at Launch, LITs went to Lazer Quest and Ice Zone during the week. We have also been working on our secret spy skills for our family night this Thursday evening.

LIT Highlight

LITs worked on how to manage the stress they may have day to day and made stress balls.

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

Each week, a great counselor is deemed the “COW”.  This week’s winner is Miss Nia!  Congratulations!

Next Week Highlights

Next week’s theme is You’re a Firework!  We’ll have an action-packed week for the holiday.  Remember to wear something to celebrate in Red White and Blue next Wednesday!

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Week 1: June 17 - 21

Smiling campers side on the side of the pool deck

From the Camp Director

We are so excited to start off our summer season with Camp Saponi’s ToonTown. We had so many smiling faces, old and new, making friends and great huddle comradery. We had a super sweet cartoon dress up day on Wednesday and we beat the heat and thunderstorms bowling and our LITs went to IceZone on Friday. We had an A-W-E-S-O-M-E scavenger hunt for huddle coloured puzzle pieces for our Fun Friday!

Reminders:

  • Please label water bottles with your child’s name.
  • Please pack a morning snack every morning! It’s important for our campers to fuel up before a great day at camp with a healthy snack like an apple, nutrigrain bar, or a cereal bar. 
  • Please make every attempt to apply your child’s first application of sunscreen prior to their arrival at camp.

A Camp Saponi camper shoots a bow and arrow

Program Highlight

Campers in Huddles 3-10 started working on ranking up in activities. Activities include archery, marksmanship, soccer, flag football, basketball, nature and drama. If a camper can demonstrate their skills in a rank they will achieve rank 1! Many of our campers are well on their way to earning their red star rank for achieving rank 1 in 5 activities.

LIT Highlight

LITs are starting their LEADERS IN TRAINING curriculum with week working on the value of teamwork!

“COW” (Counselor of the Week)

Each week, a great counselor is deemed the “COW”. We’ll show their picture here!

 

Next Week Highlights

  • Next week’s theme is Mission Impossible: Super Spy Week! 
  • We will have our first Family night from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Thursday June 28. Campers and families will go through our Secret Spy training!
  • Remember to come dressed as a secret spy or ninja next Wednesday!

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