- Summer Camp
Girls Week 3 of MSSM Summer Camp began on July 30, 2017, with registration of 93 young ladies. 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. Those efforts have been extremely successful, and we applaud the efforts of those early development teams.
Camper registration was from 2:00 until 4:00 as they went from station to station in the gym, followed by unpacking and meeting Camp families and bidding adieu to home families until Saturday, August 5. From 3:15 until 4:45, swim tests were held in the pool to determine swimming skills of each camper. Family Group meetings were held with the campers and their counselors and mentors in order to become acquainted with one another and learn what is in store for them during the coming week of camp. Then they headed to the cafeteria for the MSSM Birthday Bash Dinner and Birthday cake. From 7 pm to 8:40 pm, the campers participated in MSSM Mayhem. Timed activities included a game of Cornhole, a sack race, Pictionary, Twister, Soccer and Basketball. 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 31, 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. Instructors introduced themselves to the campers at breakfast, and we are pleased that the instructors on board are: Daniel Haley, John Kiehn, Greg Hamlin, Larry Berz, Ryan McDonald, Erin Boggs, Nicole Karod, Chris Beckwith, Kaitlin Belanger and James Robertson. Class 1 (of 4) began at 8:30 until 9:40, followed by a 20 minute break. Class 2 began at 10 am until 11:10, followed immediately by Lunch, and a camp photo was taken on the lawn before class 3 began at 11:50 until 1:00 pm. A very welcome 20 minute afternoon break preceded Class 4 which ended at 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. Because the pool was unavailable today, many of the campers chose to do crafts, and a very crafty bunch they proved to be. Several others chose to take a nature walk. Nature walks are essential for becoming aware of the environment around us. Learn to appreciate the trees, flowers, insects, the sky and light. Keep your eyes, minds and hearts open to the very things (and people) that you may have been taking for granted. 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 this Monday night, the campers participated in an activity called BREAKOUT. It's a challenge for creating team work in order to solve clues to open locked boxes. It's not for the faint of heart. At 8:40, it's snack & Family meeting time followed by showering and sleeping, with lights out at 9:40.
Tuesday morning, August 1. “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Campers are asked to wear the ball cap of their favorite team. Afternoon activities today provide choices of swimming, crafts, soccer, cooking, outdoor games or a rock climbing adventure on a 37-foot-high wall. This activity is definitely one of the most challenging athletically and is well-attended and much-enjoyed.
Wednesday morning, August 2, 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, capture the flag, swimming, soccer, or cooking. Wednesday evening brings Movie Night in the gym, a great chance for a huge pajama party. Tonight's movie was the 2017 box office hit HIDDEN FIGURES. The campers unanimously chose this one. This movie coincides with the rocket science course that they are taking from Larry Berz. There is an excellent chance that some of these campers will be inspired to become more involved in space exploration, just as some past MSSM campers and students have. You GO Ladies!
Thursday morning, August 3, brings out the Superheroines to Save the Day! Thursday afternoon activities include choices of basketball, cooking, swimming, crafts, a nature walk or soccer. On Thursday evening, campers and staff interact in an activity called Monster Night. Let's say the Skeleton Monster asks a team of Superheroines questions about bones until they answer three correctly. Then the group proceeds to the next Monster, all the while attempting to be the first team to finish and win a reward.
Friday, August 4, 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.
Once all classes, activities and dinner are finished, all of the 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 Ladies. It has been a pleasure to meet and interact with all of you.
-Saturday morning brings breakfast and goodbyes. 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 and/or classmates from school. This week, one camper's younger brother showed great interest in becoming a camper himself next year during one or more of the boys weeks.
From this blogger’s observations, it is very clear that methods of teaching and learning, associations, friendships and memories made here at MSSM are character-building and rewarding.
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!! Discover and develop your identities. Your adventures have just begun. Please report back on your progress over the coming years.