Camper Malachi and Staff member Malcolm stand proudly with their personal farm piece

Camper Malachi and Staff member Malcolm stand proudly with their personal farm piece

The last two days of camp had everyone buzzing with anticipation and energy. And we had just the workshops to to help with that energy. On Wednesday, the campers had two options for the morning activities: Basketball or farming. Of course, the main lot went to brush up on their basketball skills. The rest of the students got a ride to Bard’s on site farm. And boy, did they harvest! All of the students (and even some staff) got down in the dirt to pick onions, squash, kale, and carrots.

Wednesday's Camper of the Day and Staff member Shaundraneka Gills

Wednesday’s Camper of the Day and Staff member Shaundraneka Gills

Afterwards, the students had their last day of workshops, presenting their poems to the class and learning how to manage their team’s money. Campers of the day were Tyler Hohensheldt and Victor Ruocco.

Thursday, the students came in ready to start their championship game! The morning workshop consisted of a chemistry workshop, which left the ground outside a bit messy. The groups then moved on the the gym for game play and gratitude. Some of the students wrote “thank you’s” to the donors who helped allow for the camp. The other group prepared to play semifinals. Then vice versa.

The older group of campers watch and cheer on the younger kids as they play their championship game!

The older group of campers watch and cheer on the younger kids as they play their championship game!

After a tense championship game, the day finally dwindled down to an end. The theme of the day was “Act right, play hard”, a great reminder for the students to have fun and not get caught up in winning or losing. And while the students showed pure happiness when their team won, they showed good teamwork at the end when they congratulated their opposing teams for a good game. Thursday’s Campers of the Day were Josh Wallace and Anthony Cora, while Leviticus Johnson took home Camper of the week for the second week! All in all, it was a great camp, with everyone in agreement to return for another!

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