- Summer Camp
Girls Week 1 - MSSM Summer Camp began on July 16, 2017, with registration of 88 young ladies, four of whom are from China and Macau. 2017 is the 20th Anniversary of MSSM Summer Camp which began in 1997 as a camp for recruitment of young ladies into the student population of MSSM. It is unique to note that a returning female instructor for the 3 girls weeks is a 1999 graduate of MSSM, and she started as a MSSM Summer Camp Counselor in 1998, and later helped to establish the Boys Week camps. She has served at the Summer Camps for 15 years and as an instructor for 10 of those years. In 2017, she is offering courses as follows: LET’S MAKE A “MATH”TERPIECE and ACTION ORIGAMI. Imagine how surprised she was to find that one of her students this week is the daughter of one of her MSSM classmates. From this blogger’s observations, it's very clear that associations, friendships and memories made here at MSSM are lifelong.
Once the campers were all settled into their rooms and their parents had departed until next Saturday morning, the campers met with their counselors and mentors in their Family groups. Then they headed to the cafeteria for the MSSM Birthday Bash Dinner and Birthday cake, followed by introduction of their course instructors. For the next three weeks, we are pleased that we have on board: Daniel Haley, John Kiehn, Alex Hennings, Larry Berz, Ryan McDonald, Erin Boggs, Nicole Karod, Chris Beckwith, Kaitlin Belanger and James Robertson.
From 7 pm to 8:40 pm, the campers participated in MSSM Family Olympics Mayhem. Activities included a game of Cornhole, Human Wheelbarrow, a maze game, a potato sack race, Frisbee, Pictionary, a water transfer game and a blindfolded seek and find game. After that, the girls were ready for snacks, showers and sleep. Lights out at 9:40 no doubt found many of them already sleeping, dreaming of the adventures ahead of them.
Monday morning, Mission Monday, July 17, the girls wear their new Camp T-Shirts all day. The daily schedule began with Rise & Shine at 7:30 am and Breakfast at 7:50 am. Class 1 (of 4) began at 8:30 until 9:40, followed by a 20 minute break and a camp photo was taken on the lawn. Class 2 began at 10 am until 11:10, followed immediately by Lunch. Class 3 began at 11:50 until 1:00 pm, followed by a 20 minute afternoon break. Class 4 was from 1:20 until 2:30 when many yawns were being yawned, and the instructors and campers alike were relieved that the bell had rung on their first day of classes. Let the fun begin!
A pick-me-up snack is taken from 2:30 until 2:50 when campers begin their afternoon activity choices. Monday Choice 1 from 2:50 until 4 pm is crafts or swimming or ultimate Frisbee or cooking or geocaching/nature walk. Monday Choice 2 begins at 4:10 until 5:20 when Dinner time rolls around once again. At 6 pm, quiet time and board games keep the campers busy until 7 pm when the evening program begins. On Monday nights, the campers participate in a challenging game of BREAKOUT — designed by one of our own multi-talented instructors. At 8:40, it's snack & Family meeting time followed by showering and sleeping, with lights out at 9:40.
Tuesday morning, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, July 18, campers are asked to wear the ball cap of their favorite team. Activities today provide choices of swimming, crafts, soccer, cooking, outdoor games, or a slippery slope of water games. Tuesday evening the campers participate in Skit-in-Bag and really show off their creativity.
Wednesday morning, July 19, Wacky Wednesday — a chance for everyone to choose their wackiest wardrobe for some great laughs. Activities after classes are over for the day include choices of crafts, rock climbing, capture the flag, swimming, soccer, or cooking. Wednesday evening brings Movie Night in the gym, a great chance for a huge pajama party.
Thursday morning brings out the Superheroines to Save the Day! Thursday afternoon activities include choices of basketball, swimming, crafts, a nature walk or soccer. On Thursday evening, campers and staff interact in an activity called Monster Night. Let's say the Pajama Monster asks a team of Superheroines questions until they answer three correctly. Then the group proceeds to the next Monster, all the while attempting to be the first team to finish.
Friday is Formal Friday, and everyone is asked to wear their dress up clothes as there is a Celebration of Learning program from 2:50 until 5:20. The students present what they have learned and what excited them during their week at camp. All campers begin their packing process before attending the Friday night Talent Show. We have many talented young ladies with us this week. Thank you for participating and showing us your special talents.
Class schedules remain the same each day of the week, but afternoon activity choices are different throughout the week, and evening programs also vary. There is never a dull moment at MSSM Summer Camp!
Saturday morning brings breakfast and goodbyes. Some of this week’s campers will also attend next week. We hope that all of the girls have enjoyed being here and that we will see many of them again next year. Maybe they will even bring their younger sisters!
Always remember: IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT!
Just as this blog was about to go to press, the most amazing thing happened, and it is important that you all hear about it. Today a former female graduate of MSSM came to Mr. Berz’ LIFT OFF classes to tell the campers of her personal adventures and aspirations for the future. She is Lil Costello of Milo, Maine, a four-year student and graduate of MSSM in 2015. She was interested in space travel by her great-grandfather at an early age, and in the 6th grade, she attended the Challenger Learning Center. Lil joined the Air Force and began basic training at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, as a Cadet in June of 2015, right after graduation from MSSM. Upon graduation from the USAFA in 2019, Lil will have attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. She plans to continue her military career with more training and will become an Astronaut Pilot by the time she is 35-40 years of age.
Also, be sure to learn more about Jessica Meir, Caribou, ME, native “preparing for possible space station mission” per the Bangor Daily News article today, July 21, 2017.
Always remember: IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN DO IT, and MSSM Summer Camp is a great place to begin turning your dreams into reality. You GO Ladies!!