Camp Connections – Swift Creek

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Camp Connections – Swift Creek

Camp Connections

Week 8: August 5 - 9

Campers do an airplane pose as they sing along to a camp song

From the Camp Director

Hollywood week here at Camp Swift Creek is jam packed full of fun! We hope that everyone joins us for our final Family Night of the summer- Camp Carnival! We will have a DUNK TANK and BOUNCE HOUSE for friends and family of all ages! It’ll be sure to be a blast, you won’t want to miss it this Thursday, August 8, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.!

Reminders:

  • Don’t forget to wear your huddle color on Friday! The huddle with the most participation has a chance to win the Spirit Stick!  Huddle 1 – Red, Huddle 2– Orange, Huddle 3 – Green, Huddle 4 – Blue, Huddle 5 – Purple, LITs – Yellow
  • Don’t forget to pack a NUT-FREE lunch and morning snack for your camper, as well as a water bottle. Labeling your camper’s items with their first and last name is always a good idea as it will help us get any lost items back to you faster!

Campers and Counselors wet from an outdoor water game

Program Highlight

Our wonderful swim instructors are helping our campers reach their swim level goals before the end of the summer! We’ve had a blast practicing our new skills, and even enjoy a fun game of water polo on “Water Polo Wednesday”! To check your camper’s swim progress, you can download the Player Space app and create an account using the same email you used to register your children for camp. For any questions concerning swimming, please contact our Aquatics Director Rob Britt at brittr@ymcarichmond.org

Campers earn their camp ranks certificates

LIT Highlight

This Tuesday, our LITs enjoyed a trip to Maymont Park to enjoy the beauty and exotic animals, and this Thursday, they will be travelling to Brandermill Woods Senior Home to distribute cards and smiles. This is one of our most highly anticipated trips this summer!

Next Week Highlights

Next week’s theme is Doubloon Lagoon! During this week celebrating water, we’ll be keeping cool and enjoying all sorts of water activities this week. On Wednesday, you can come dressed up as a mermaid, pirate, or sea creature!

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Week 7: July 29 - August 2

Campers had a change to meet and learn about a therapy dog at camp

Message from the Camp Director

We’ve had so much fun at camp so far this summer, and we hope you have too!

Reminders:

  • Don’t forget to wear your huddle color on Friday! The huddle with the most participation has a chance to win the Spirit Stick!  Huddle 1 – Red, Huddle 2– Orange, Huddle 3 – Green, Huddle 4 – Blue, Huddle 5 – Purple, LITs – Yellow
  • Don’t forget to pack a NUT-FREE lunch and morning snack for your camper, as well as a water bottle. Labeling your camper’s items with their first and last name is always a good idea as it will help us get any lost items back to you faster!

Program Highlight

On Monday, we had the exciting opportunity to have a therapy dog visit us at camp! She took a walk around camp visiting our campers, and even had some of our campers read their books to the dog, Nellie, during Read and Rest time. It was so exciting to have a therapy dog visit us and spread some calmness and relaxation!

Camp Swift Creek

LIT Highlight

This Tuesday, our LITs stayed on site at the Swift Creek Y, and played a game of Slip N Slide Kickball with the Midlothian LITs, and they had so much fun cooling off! Ask your LITs about this amazing twist on a class game!

Next Week Highlights

Next week’s theme is Hooray for Hollywood! We’ll celebrate rockstars, music, and movies, all week long, and especially on our Wacky Wednesday Costume Parade!

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Week 6: July 22 - 26

Campers show off their superhero costumes

From the Camp Director

It’s been quite a crazy week weather-wise here at Camp, but we’ve got the best group of campers around! The sun is coming out finally, and we’re excited to go back outdoors and enjoy the sunshine! We’ve officially started the second half of summer camp, we can’t believe that there’s only a month of summer left! We’ve loved seeing our campers showing off their best royal crowns and superhero capes this week. This Friday, we’ll be rescuing superheroes as our Fun Friday activity, trying to earn all 5 “Infinity Stones”!

Reminders:

  • Don’t forget to wear your huddle color on Friday! The huddle with the most participation has a chance to win the Spirit Stick!  Huddle 1 – Red, Huddle 2– Orange, Huddle 3 – Green, Huddle 4 – Blue, Huddle 5 – Purple, LITs – Yellow
  • Don’t forget to pack a NUT-FREE lunch and morning snack for your camper, as well as a water bottle. Labeling your camper’s items with their first and last name is always a good idea as it will help us get any lost items back to you faster!

Campers show off their newly earned camper ranks!

Program Highlight

Camp Swift Creek is full of talent this summer! Throughout the week, you’ll find campers performing, singing, dancing, and more in our Music and Drama (MAD) activity! During MAD with Ms. Deja, campers can take the stage and learn skits, songs, stage lingo, and CONFIDENCE! This activity is quickly becoming one of the favorites at camp, your campers won’t want to miss out!

LIT Highlight

This Tuesday, our LITs went to Ice Zone and loved getting out of the rain while bonding with their friends. This week is extra exciting as well, because our awesome LITs get to go on TWO fun field trips this week! The second fun trip will be on Thursday from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Maymont Park. We’re lucking out with some beautiful weather for the rest of the week, making it perfect for camp!

LITs enjoy a field trip to Ice Zone

Next Week Highlights

Next week’s theme is Color Wars- a camper favorite year after year!  Dress up as in as many bright colors as you can next Wednesday for our Wacky Wednesday Costume Parade!

Next Tuesday, July 30, our LITs will be cooling off by playing Slip and Slide kickball at our very own Swift Creek Family YMCA with the Midlothian YMCA LITs!  On Thursday, August 1, our LIT service trip is to the Richmond Animal League, helping to take care of the animals in the shelter.

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Week 5: July 15 - 19

Campers play a game of carpet ball

From the Camp Director

NintendoLand has definitely been one of our favorite weeks at Camp Swift Creek so far! Mario, Luigi, Kirby, or Princess Peach, our campers have shared their love of virtual worlds here at camp. We’re excited to have our second family night of the year on Thursday, July 18 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., weather permitting. This family night will be our Camp Carnival, full of your favorite classic carnival style games. We’d love to have you join us!

Reminders:

  • Don’t forget to wear your huddle color on Friday! The huddle with the most participation has a chance to win the Spirit Stick!  Huddle 1 – Red, Huddle 2– Orange, Huddle 3 – Green, Huddle 4 – Blue, Huddle 5 – Purple, LITs – Yellow
  • Don’t forget to pack a NUT-FREE lunch and morning snack for your camper, as well as a water bottle. Labeling your camper’s items with their first and last name is always a good idea as it will help us get any lost items back to you faster!

Two campers help each other through the spider’s web.

Program Highlight

Our Campers in huddles 3 – LIT are still working on earning their ranks in activity areas such as: soccer, flag football, basketball, creative arts, music and drama, archery, marksmanship, and nature! If a camper earns Rank 1 in each of these areas, they get to earn the highly coveted Red Star Rank! There are even more Star Ranks to earn as your camper conquers each activity area. We love seeing all the achievements being made here at camp!

LIT Highlight

This Tuesday, our LITs went to Windy Hill Sports Park with the Camp Saponi (Midlothian) LITS. They had a great day trying to beat the heat with fun and games, including mini golf and go-karts! This Thursday, our LITs will be going to Brandermill Woods Senior Living Facility to paint nails and give cards to the seniors in our community. They’re so excited to see our campers, and we can’t wait to make memories with them!

Campers celebrate their new camper ranks

Next Week Highlights

  • Next week’s theme is Crowns and Capes- where there’s something for princesses and superheroes alike. Dress up as your favorite hero or royalty next Wednesday for our Wacky Wednesday Costume Parade!
  • Next Tuesday, July 23, our LITs will be cooling off by going ice skating at Ice Zone! On Thursday, July 26, our LIT service trip is TBA, so stay tuned for more information on that!

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Week 4: July 8 - 12

Campers at Camp Swift Creek enjoy a game in the gaga pit

From the Camp Director

We have had so much fun pretending to be jungle explorer this week! We’ve seen so many of our campers getting into the spirit during Wednesday Dress Up and all of our specialist activities. The rest of the weeks of Camp Swift Creek are filling up fast, but if you’d like to join us, please remember to register online by midnight the Thursday before the upcoming week. We’d love to have you!

Reminders:

  • Don’t forget to wear your huddle color on Friday! The huddle with the most participation has a chance to win the Spirit Stick!  Huddle 1 – Red, Huddle 2– Orange, Huddle 3 – Green, Huddle 4 – Blue, Huddle 5 – Purple, LITs – Yellow
  • Don’t forget to pack a NUT-FREE lunch and morning snack for your camper, as well as a water bottle. Labeling your camper’s items with their first and last name is always a good idea as it will help us get any lost items back to you faster!

Program Highlight

Seen extra tall campers in bright orange shorts lately? Those are our CILTs, or Campers in Leadership Training! These 9th and 10th graders are in the second week of their first session of the summer, and we’ve loved having them help our younger campers while enjoying camp and learning leadership and teamwork at the same time. Our CILTs go on a field trip every Wednesday, and today they went to the Tuckahoe YMCA to use their Adventure Center rock wall and even clean it up! Thanks to our CILTs for our their service!

Campers worked hard to receive their new ranks this week at camp!

LIT Highlight

This Tuesday, our LITs went to Pocahontas State Park for a photo scavenger hunt with the Midlothian LITs. We’re especially excited to take our LITs to Woodlake United Methodist Church this Thursday for their service project where they will be helping tend their garden! The church is very excited to have our middle schoolers help out, and we are too! Photos to come!

Next Week Highlights

Next week’s theme is Nintendoland- where video games will come to life. Dress up as your favorite Nintendo or video game character on Wednesday!

Next Tuesday, July 16, our LITs are going to Windy Hill Sports Park, and on Thursday, July 18, our LITs will be serving seniors at Brandermill Woods Assisted Living Facilities.

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Week 3: July 1 - 5

Campers who earned their ranks

From the Camp Director

We have absolutely loved celebrating the USA this week at camp! We’ll miss our campers on the 4th, but we can’t wait to see them on Friday for a super fun Unit Day jam-packed with activities like Fruit Baseball, exploding watermelons, and Huddle versus Huddle competitions! And don’t miss out on any more weeks of camp this summer! The rest of the weeks of Camp Swift Creek are filling up fast, but if you’d like to join us, please remember to register online by midnight the Thursday before the upcoming week. We’d love to have you!

Reminders

  • Don’t forget to wear your huddle color on Friday! The huddle with the most participation has a chance to win the Spirit Stick!  Huddle 1 – Red, Huddle 2– Orange, Huddle 3 – Green, Huddle 4 – Blue, Huddle 5 – Purple, LITs – Yellow
  • Don’t forget to pack a NUT-FREE lunch and morning snack for your camper, as well as a water bottle. Labeling your camper’s items with their first and last name is always a good idea as it will help us get any lost items back to you faster!

Program Highlight

Wacky Wednesday Dress Up was full of red, white, and blue today as many of our campers participated in our weekly dress-up parade during Opening Council. Each camper who dresses up on Wednesday receives a gold spirit bead to add to their bead necklace! Let’s see if we can top this week as we dress up for Jungle Week during Week 4!

LIT Highlight

This Tuesday, our LITs went to Skateaway and enjoyed a break from the heat this week! Due to there not being camp this Thursday, the LITs won’t have a service trip this week. Enjoy celebrating Independence Day! Camp Swift Creek campers have been LOVING the signs painted for them last week by the LITs, and we appreciate their creativity and willingness to help our K-5th grade campers!

Next Week Highlights

Next week’s theme is Welcome to the Jungle, and for our dress up day, campers can come as a any kind of animal you’d find in the jungle, or even as a Safari Adventurer! We can’t wait to see how creative all of our campers are!

Next Tuesday, July 9th , our LITs are going to Pocahontas State Park for a photo scavenger hunt! On Thursday, July 11th, they will be traveling to Woodlake United Methodist Church to help tend and maintain their garden. Our community is excited to have the Swift Creek LITs involved!

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Week 2: June 24 - 28

Group camp activity at Camp Swift Creek

From the Camp Director

Week 2 is nearly gone, and we’re not letting the heat stop us! Campers are taking water breaks every 15-20 minutes, and making sure to stay in the shade as much as possible. We are excited for our first family night of the summer this week as well! Please join us this Thursday, June 26th at 6:30pm with your family, friends, and neighbors for Spy Training! Test out your skills and see how you would make it as a spy! It’s sure to be tons of fun, and you won’t want to miss it!

Reminders:

Don’t forget to wear your huddle color on Friday! The huddle with the most participation has a chance to win the Spirit Stick!  Huddle 1 – Red, Huddle 2– Orange, Huddle 3 – Green, Huddle 4 – Blue, Huddle 5 – Purple, LITs – Yellow

Don’t forget to pack a NUT-FREE lunch and morning snack for your camper, as well as a water bottle. Labeling your camper’s items with their first and last name is always a good idea as it will help us get any lost items back to you faster!

Cameras pose for a silly picture

Program Highlight

One of the best parts of Week 2 was Ninja Warrior games led by Mr. Daniel, our Sports Specialist. Campers challenged each other to potato sack races, jump rope contests, obstacle courses, and other safe challenges, similar to the TV show!

LIT Highlight

This Tuesday, our LITs went to Laser Quest with the LITs from the Midlothian Family YMCA. They were so well behaved, we are so proud of our middle schoolers! Thursday they will be participating in a service project here at the Y, creating and painting signs to be displayed in our camp pavilion for years to come!

Next Week Highlights

Next week’s theme is “You’re a Firework,” and our dress up day will be all things Red, White, and Blue! Come join us as we celebrate the USA and our unique and amazing campers! Please remember that there is NO CAMP ON JULY 4th.

Next Tuesday, June 25, out LITs are going to Skateaway off of Hull Street Road. Stay tuned for more details!

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Week 1: June 17 - 21

Campers “dabs” in the gaga pit

From the Camp Director

Our first week is nearly halfway done! Can you believe it? We’ve been learning chants and cheers, and getting back in to the summer camp routine! It has been so much fun to see our campers really get involved in our ToonTown week and dress up as their favorite character. Campers both veteran and brand new have been making new friends, learning new skills, and enjoying kicking off the summer at the best place to be – CAMP! We’re glad the rain has (mostly) held off so far this week, but don’t worry – we’re always closely monitoring the weather to keep our campers safe. Stay tuned to see all of the exciting things that Thursday and Friday of Week 1 will bring!

Counselor smiles at camps at picnic table

Reminders

  • Don’t forget to wear your huddle color on Friday! The huddle with the most participation has a chance to win the Spirit Stick!  Huddle 1 – Red, Huddle 2– Orange, Huddle 3 – Green, Huddle 4 – Blue, Huddle 5 – Purple, LITs – Yellow
  • Don’t forget to pack a NUT-FREE lunch and morning snack for your camper, as well as a water bottle. Labeling your camper’s items with their first and last name is always a good idea as it will help us get any lost items back to you faster!

Program Highlight

This week, we kicked off our new and improved Ranks programming! For 2 hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, our campers in Huddle 3-LIT get to choose which activity they would like to participate in. During these times, campers can choose between Nature, Archery, Marksmanship, Music and Drama, Creative Arts, Soccer, Basketball, and Flag Football! While at these activity areas, campers can practice their skills to level up in each area, earning Ranks 1-5! Campers earn a bead for each rank level they earn, keeping it from week to week and camp to camp!

LIT c ampers at Swift Creek enjoy a day of bowling

LIT Highlight

This Tuesday, our LITs went to bowl with the Midlothian YMCA LITs, and they had a blast getting to mingle and hang out with new friends! This Thursday, our LITs will be doing a service project at the Swift Creek Y, truly showing off their leadership skills and caring hearts!

Next Week Highlights

Our first family night is next week! Please join us next Thursday, June 27 at 6:30 pm for a family spy-training camp! Can you navigate swiftly around lasers and crack secret code? Find out with your family and friends next Thursday!

Counselor helps a camper with archery

Next week’s theme is Super Spy Camp, and our dress up day will be Detectives and Spies on Wednesday!

Next Tuesday, June 25, out LITs are going to Laser Quest. Stay tuned for more details!

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