Tuesday and Wednesday at Timbercrest!

Good evening/morning/whenever you get to read this! 🙂

I just finished a stint in the kitchen. I think I picked the wrong night. Washing macaroni & cheese pans is not my favorite camp activity! 😉 The girls who are here: Sprucewood & our Core Campers seemed to really love our hot dogs/mac & cheese night! The Backpack, Pony, & Me girls are camping out in Pine Valley State Land where there are a bunch of horse trails. It used to be called Pineapple Junction, not too sure why there was a name change. Perhaps someone realized we can’t grow pineapple in New York State. 😉

Yesterday we said goodbye to our amazing first-of-the-week Core Campers, and we welcomed in a bunch more today! Core campers always meet with me some time during their first couple of hours so I can explain the schedule. Boy, were the girls excited to do the Buffalo Swim (a weekly tradition where our most skilled swimmers swim from the swim area across the lake, get out, go to the Totem Pole and touch it, get back in and swim back… all cheered on by the crowd on the shore) and swim they did. Though our non/intermediate swimmers cannot do the Buffalo Swim because it’s almost 1/2 mile across the lake and back…so they can cheer them on or they can try out our homemade slip-n-slide on the hill next to the lodge. I’m all about the slip-n-slide; it’s fun, and we use soap to make it more slippery–so everyone is actually clean when they’re done! Just a little camp magic that we use at Timbercrest.

Right now as I type, almost all of the camp is enjoying a s’mores buffet at the fire circle near my cabin. During campers’ choice they tried their hand at fire building, Battleship (throwing wet sponges over a tarp trying to hit their target), cup-stacking, and ball games at the basketball court. I just heard from our Backpack, Pony, & Me girls and all is well after a session on the horse trails. The trip up went very smoothly as well!

It’s been a long yet absolutely wonderful day here at Timbercrest as not only our session winds down, so does our season. Soon the campers will leave, but their memories of Timbercrest will stay with them throughout the year… and we can’t wait to have them back!

Yours in smiles/sunshine/and macaroni & cheese all over my shirt,

–Bloomer

Session 5 at Timbercrest

Hello there, all!

We have finally reached our last session at Camp Timbercrest…and what a “Wild & Wacky” week it will be!

Our resident and core campers came in last afternoon, all excited for the days to come!

Sprucewood, where our general and some core campers are living this week took their swim tests to find out where they were allowed to swim, if they could play on our water toy, or if they could use a kayak. The latter two water activities require at least a yellow cap. Later in the week (Wednesday afternoon to be exact), blue caps get a chance to do our traditional Buffalo Swim, where they get to swim across the lake! Strawberry Hill, where our horse campers are living this week, took their horse tests to determine their skill level and took their swim test yesterday (Monday).

Our Brownie Basics, Tie-Dye Takeover and Spa Timbercrest core campers are all here. After touring and swim tests, the Brownies and the Tie-Dye girls met with me to go over their schedules, meanwhile our Spa Timbercrest assimilated into Sprucewood, as they are staying there during the week! The coolest thing about our Spa Timbercrest girls? They are from Girl Guides from Ghana, a country in West Africa. They are here with their leader Janet, and they are just amazing! I have been gifted with a handmade keychain, a necklace, and a kerchief to wear–which I will do with pride! They turned our opening campfire into quite the event!!! I never thought it could get crazier, but these girls and their leader turned it up! You will find some photos and videos on our Flickr page.

Today our core campers made (depending on their program) worms & dirt, did aromatherapy and made lip balm, and tie-dyed everything including their hands! Everyone went swimming and most went on the water toy. The horse girls spent a lot of time at the barn this morning and this afternoon, finishing right before dinner–when it started to pour. I was able to see one of our seasoned staff, Dilly, go down the water toy along with my assistant camp director, Edge. That video will hopefully be up on Flickr as well!

Tonight’s “campers’ choice,” where our staff leads fun activities for the girls to choose from, will be inside tonight, but will still be amazing!

That’s all for today, see you tomorrow!

–Bloomer

P.S.: Girls can do amazing things with Girl Scouts all year long – click here to learn more! Plus, the first 50 people to renew for 2018 Camp by August 13th, 2017 will receive a 2018 Camp sweatshirt (2018 Camp re-registrations for this promotion can be done in person at camp by August 13, 2017). Also, create an account in WordPress and enable the browser notifications to get instant notifications about new camp blog posts even when you are not actively using WordPress.com.

And if you have any photos of camper drop-off or pick-up that you’d like to share, please email them to communications@gswny.org. Tell us your camper’s name, how many years they’ve been to camp, and which program they’re doing. Because these photos may be used for future marketing materials, please make sure you have parents’ permission for all girls featured in the photo.

Friday, Friday, Friday!

Good morning my friends!

The last day of our 4th session at Timbercrest has begun…with lots of rain and thunderstorms so Polar Bear Swim and horse chores were canceled this morning. The sun came out and was warm during breakfast and though it’s kind of cloudy right now, there is some sun peeking through as girls pack and clean their units.

This afternoon will be a fun-filled “Around the World” themed all-camp activity, where girls will be given passports and will look for counselors to have them “stamp” them with their names and given countries. The goal is to fill your passport! I think it will be quite fun, and I’m looking forward to “hiding!”

Severe thunderstorms are forecasted for late afternoon-evening, so we are taking each activity as it comes including all-camp swim, Friday Follies (our weekly talent show), the horse show (that starts at 6), and our parent program for every other camper (that starts at 7). If the weather becomes inclement, our horse show will be canceled and our parent program will move inside the lodge. No worries–it will still be an amazing last day for our campers!

Thanks for a wonderful week!

–Sally

P.S.: Girls can do amazing things with Girl Scouts all year long – click here to learn more! Plus, the first 50 people to renew for 2018 Camp by August 13th, 2017 will receive a 2018 Camp sweatshirt (2018 Camp re-registrations for this promotion can be done in person at camp by August 13, 2017). Also, create an account in WordPress and enable the browser notifications to get instant notifications about new camp blog posts even when you are not actively using WordPress.com.

Wednesday and Thursday at Timbercrest

Hello there, faithful readers!

Yesterday at Timbercrest was quite a day! We lucked out and other than the 5 a.m. thunderstorm, we were rain free. The clouds looked quite ominous at one point, but we didn’t have to cancel a thing. Sprucewood and Jackman’s Lodge had their cookouts last night so they didn’t have to worry about starting their fires. Sprucewood had hot dogs and hamburgers as their “appetizer” but then made macaroni & cheese in a dutch oven for the “main course.” They then made “smacos,” which is a twist on the traditional s’more, made with a flour tortilla, marshmallows, chocolate, and other things like pie filling. Then they’re made in pie irons. So delicious! Jackman’s made “spider dogs” which is a regular hot dog with the ends cut so they curl up when cooked over a fire. So fun!
Strawberry Hill were the only campers present for dinner and campers’ choice, so they had a major dance/dress-up party in the dining hall. There are pictures of that on our Flickr page.

Today our girls that signed up for 2-hour add-on horseback riding are finishing up at the barn. The Sprucewood girls went on the water toy right after breakfast before heading to the trading post and doing drama with their international counselor “Weasy.” Jackman’s is taking showers this morning and cleaning up from last night and will be doing some fun games before lunch. Our horseback riding girls in Strawberry Hill & Sprucewood will spend more time at the barn today as well. Tonight will be our final campfire for session 4. Hopefully it will be outside, but there are definitely thunderstorms on the way for the Southern Tier. Rain, rain, go away!

Have a most excellent day,

–Bloomer

P.S.: Girls can do amazing things with Girl Scouts all year long – click here to learn more! Plus, the first 50 people to renew for 2018 Camp by August 13th, 2017 will receive a 2018 Camp sweatshirt (2018 Camp re-registrations for this promotion can be done in person at camp by August 13, 2017). Also, create an account in WordPress and enable the browser notifications to get instant notifications about new camp blog posts even when you are not actively using WordPress.com.

And if you have any photos of camper drop-off or pick-up that you’d like to share, please email them to communications@gswny.org. Tell us your camper’s name, how many years they’ve been to camp, and which program they’re doing. Because these photos may be used for future marketing materials, please make sure you have parents’ permission for all girls featured in the photo.

Taco Tuesday at Timbercrest

Yesterday was one of those days here at Timbercrest where you can smell the taco meat in the air, you can smell the tortilla shells being warmed in the oven, and you know it’s Taco Tuesday!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

All of our units were very busy yesterday with only a little rain in the afternoon. Our Survivor Girl Core Campers checked on their solar still that they had built on Monday morning and they had collected a little water! We do think that the hole that was dug could’ve been a little deeper, but it was still neat to see. But on Tuesday they got to make an amazing shelter with Kumar, our cook. Kumar grew up here, his mother was cook for many many years. A shelter/fort that he built near the staff cabin is still mostly standing, almost 15 years later. So the girls ended up making a shelter that was big enough to hold everyone. The Galloping Girls Core Campers had another session of riding in the morning before departing, and the Duct Tape Art girls made EVERYTHING in duct tape… flowers, wallets, purses, and so much more.

Our CITs have completely immersed themselves in the daily routines of camp, finally moving into the head and foot positions in the dining hall. (Head is in charge of the table and serves the food. The foot distributes water and takes over the head’s duties if they need to leave the table.) They’ve had meetings with their CIT director, Seashell, and are planning a garden for their service project. Sprucewood has been doing all kinds of things such as arts & crafts, boating, and slip & slide while Strawberry Hill has been doing those things as well, but with some horseback riding time. The Brownies in both the riding program and the Brownie Bonanza have been loving life in Jackman’s Lodge, and having a ball during Campers’ Choice. They were super cute when we had a drill yesterday… our counselors set off running, and some of them followed suit before we could call for them to come back. It was very cute!

After the thunderstorms and rain last night/this morning, things may be damp but all activities will be going on as scheduled, especially this afternoon’s Buffalo Swim, where all blue caps will attempt to swim across the lake and back accompanied by lifeguards and other staff while everyone else who isn’t a blue cap stands on the shore and cheers them on! This tradition is a great thing to witness!

Have an excellent Wednesday! I’ll be back tomorrow for another update!

–Bloomer

 

P.S.: Girls can do amazing things with Girl Scouts all year long – click here to learn more! Plus, the first 50 people to renew for 2018 Camp by August 13th, 2017 will receive a 2018 Camp sweatshirt (2018 Camp re-registrations for this promotion can be done in person at camp by August 13, 2017). Also, create an account in WordPress and enable the browser notifications to get instant notifications about new camp blog posts even when you are not actively using WordPress.com.

Sunday & Monday at Timbercrest–Session 4

Hello there blog readers!

The last 24 hours have been super fun-filled and (good) crazy at Timbercrest! We are in our biggest week so far, and there is nothing like the sound and feel of a lot of campers and staff in the dining hall. Our campfire last night was its typical raucous occasion, with skits and songs done by all of our units. This week is “Around the World,” so many of the staff skits were world-themed. Of course it helps having 4 staff members from England and one from Poland! Our core campers came to campfire as well, which we always love to see.

Today (Monday) has been some day! Our core campers “Survivor Girls” made a solar still in our sports field, our “Galloping Girls” went on one awesome trail ride & lunch, our Brownies in Jackman’s Lodge have been the cutest little girls on the planet and had all kinds of fun in arts & crafts and swimming, and our oldest Fun in the Sun girls have had a great time boating and swimming as well. Tonight most of our girls will be indulging in s’mores buffets in their units, soon after “Camper’s Choice,” where a few staff give cool choices to participate in after dinner.

There will photos soon at our Flickr Link account, so keep an eye out! Please note that the photos displayed are random.

–Bloomer

P.S.: Girls can do amazing things with Girl Scouts all year long – click here to learn more! Plus, the first 50 people to renew for 2018 Camp by August 13th, 2017 will receive a 2018 Camp sweatshirt (2018 Camp re-registrations for this promotion can be done in person at camp by August 13, 2017). Also, create an account in WordPress and enable the browser notifications to get instant notifications about new camp blog posts even when you are not actively using WordPress.com.

P.P.S. If you have any photos of dropping off your camper that you’d like to share, we’re excited to see them! We’ll post them on social media, plus we’d love to possibly use them in future marketing materials. Send your camper pics to communications@gswny.org with your girl’s name and camp unit or program, plus if she a first-timer or a repeat camper.

Magnificent Monday & Cool Tuesday!

Good afternoon, blog readers!

This afternoon is a bit cool and rainy; but there are still a lot of great things going on at camp!

Last evening before dinner, I had SO much fun with the core camp Brownies that are here to make all kinds of crazy camp food! Yesterday they made edible campfires followed up with an epic tin-can ice cream session with me before dinner!

We made sure we had the equipment and the ingredients and I secured their taping. I added the rock salt. Then the girls measured, poured, duct taped, shook/pushed/bowled/kicked/danced/rolled it down the hill/giggled/laughed, and then they helped undo the tape. 6 year olds can do more than you think. #girlscouts#summercamp

 

Today, they will be making “worms & dirt” with me before they leave…myself and their leaders convinced them that we are using actual worms and actual dirt. Not, just gummy worms, pudding, and crushed up Oreos. 🙂 🙂

Those Brownies along with the Tack & Trails core campers will be checking out the archery range this morning as well. We are hoping the rain lets up a bit more so that the Tack & Trails girls can ride and the Brownies can also go swimming. We don’t want anyone to be too cold!

The rest of our campers will be doing a lot of arts & crafts and games today-patiently waiting for the rain to go away. 🙂

–Bloomer

P.S.: Girls can do amazing things with Girl Scouts all year long – click here to learn more! Plus, the first 50 people to renew for 2018 Camp by August 13th, 2017 will receive a 2018 Camp sweatshirt (2018 Camp re-registrations for this promotion can be done in person at camp by August 13, 2017). Also, create an account in WordPress and enable the browser notifications to get instant notifications about new camp blog posts even when you are not actively using WordPress.com.

P.P.S. If you have any photos of dropping off your camper that you’d like to share, we’re excited to see them! We’ll post them on social media, plus we’d love to possibly use them in future marketing materials. Send your camper pics to communications@gswny.org with your girl’s name and camp unit or program, plus if she a first-timer or a repeat camper.