Posts Tagged ‘summer camp activities’

What I Learned From a Summer at Camp Starlight

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

My mom has this ritual of asking me, every day, about what I learned that day. Sometimes I shrug and say “I don’t know,” and other times I spit out interesting facts about blue whales or Egyptian pyramids or volcanoes that I learned that day at school. So in the car the day I got home from a summer at Camp Starlight, I wasn’t surprised when she asked me what I had learned while being away. She was surprised, however, at my response.

 

I told her that I learned a lot of new skills that I would never have experienced if I had stayed home. I learned how to play lacrosse and sail. I learned to fish and learned a lot of crazy songs that have been stuck in my head all summer. I learned how to get from one side of camp to the other in the shortest amount of time, I learned how to make the perfect S’more, and even learned how to paint. I was exposed to so many new opportunities and experiences, that I felt like I was learning something new every day!

 

But in the first few days at home, I kept thinking about other things I learned while I was at camp. Things that were more about character than skill. Things that will help me in life more than knowing the perfect ratio of chocolate to marshmallow ratio on a S’more. When Jessi and I had that big disagreement, our counselors walked us through a communication plan that left both of us feeling heard, understood and we walked away with our issue totally resolved. I learned how to recognize when someone was feeling left out or lonely, and quickly invited them to sit, play or hang out with me. I learned a lot about how to interact with different people and learned to appreciate differences in people without judgment. At the end of the summer, I realized that sometimes I was so focused on the quantity of friends that I have, that I wasn’t focused on the quality. After spending a summer at camp, I learned the importance of having a handful of true friends who are there for you no matter what, who accept you for who you are, and who are honest and real with you.

 

I learned quickly that I’m a naturally messy and unorganized person, but that keeping my stuff picked up and clean in areas that I share with others is a sign of respect, and learned quickly to live in close proximity with other people and respecting boundaries and personal space. I learned to compromise, to be flexible, and how to manage my time.

 

I learned that I can, in fact, function without my cell phone and that not everything I do has to be documented through a “selfie.” I learned that without a cell phone glued to my side, I could focus more on the actual experience rather than getting the perfect shot, choosing the best filter, and then waiting impatiently for my friends to “like” and “comment” on the picture through social media.

 

I didn’t overwhelm my dear ‘ol mom with all of these things that I learned, and instead just gave her little stories here and there to demonstrate all of the new things I had learned at camp. Sometimes, she was the one telling me about the difference that she noticed in me, things that I had learned that made an obvious difference in my attitude and character. She noticed I was more patient with my little sister, more helpful to her and my dad, I was a better team player for my soccer team, and as school rolled around, she noticed I was focusing more on my grades.

 

I learned a lot at Camp Starlight. Some of the things are basic skills that are fun to know, while others are foundational qualities that I really feel with set me up for better relationships and experiences for the rest of my life. I’m thankful that going to camp was such a fun and natural way to learn so many new things.

The Importance of “Rest Hour”

Monday, December 19th, 2016

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Fact: At camp, you are “go, go go.” From the moment you wake up, your schedule is packed with things to do. Some days you’re out at the lake all day, other days you are singing, dancing, acting, crafting and creating from the moment you open your eyes until you fall asleep. Your days are filled with fun and adventure, hanging out with new friends, eating delicious foods, trying new things and making life long memories. With days like these, it’s easy to understand why sometimes campers just need to rest. And as seriously as we take fun at camp, we are just as serious about rest. We know the importance of slowing down, taking a break and recharging, and all of our campers take part in “rest hour” each and every day.

 

When campers are constantly on the move, when they fly from activity to activity, they sometimes don’t have time to reflect on things they are seeing, doing and learning. A rest hour gives campers a chance to relax, read, listen to music, and sleep before getting back into the busyness of camp life. During this time, campers may want to write letters home, organize their cabin space, or have a conversation with a counselor that they didn’t have time for during the day. This intentional resting time is beneficial for a number of reasons.

 

Resting during the day is good for your body.  It gives you more energy and lets your body rest from all the activity during the day. Resting has also been shown to improve productivity and focus, which can really help campers who are involved in a wide variety of new tasks and skills.

 

Resting gives your mind time to let go of stress. It helps you with your patience and to reduce feelings of frustration. Campers need some time to just be alone with their thoughts and relax in their own space.

 

Camp counselors know the importance of rest hour, and although campers aren’t required to sleep during this time, counselors encourage campers to use this time to relax and unwind and help them become comfortable with alone time and silence. Campers learn that they don’t need to be entertained every second of every day, and learn to appreciate quiet time.

 

At camp, you’ll spend a lot of your day on the go. But give it two or three days, and you will be looking forward to rest hour as much as you are looking forward to sailing, soccer games, and s’mores around the campfire.

Humans of Camp Starlight

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

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Kaylene, lifeguard. “It’s [the lake] so beautiful, calming and relaxing. It’s really picture perfect.”

Photo of the Day

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

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Greetings from Camp Starlight

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

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7th Grade Girls Basketball

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

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Age: 7th Grade

Date: 7/10/16

Wayne County Update

Basketball vs. B’nai Brith

Great start to the season for the 7th grade girls basketball team. All the girls worked together as a team throughout the whole game and never gave up hope. The first half was a bit slow paced but with the help of Jordyn P., Starlight went up quickly. Hanna S. played great defense and had some great chemistry with teammate Hannah J. With the outcome of this first game, there is no doubt that the girls will be up for the challenge and ready to play their next matchup. Final Score 32-14.

Humans of Camp Starlight

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Humans of Starlight- Eloise“My job at camp is definitely the best. I get to see every camper, every activity, and every event. I get to see the whole camp’s summer story as it develops and capture the entire thing for everyone to remember for years to come. It’s a privilege.”

Ellie, Videographer

8th Grade Boys Basketball

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

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Age: 8th Grade

Date: 7/7/16

Wayne County Update

Basketball vs. Chen-A-Wanda

Starlight’s 8th grade boys basketball team won its first game of the season! The team started off very slow, ending the first quarter with a score of 11-8. During the second half, the team started to play better team basketball. In the second half, the whole team got involved. Lucas C. led the team with a triple-double of 11 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds. Sanford F. had 8 rebounds but did not have any points. Drew B. and Harry S. both contributed with 4 point. Additionally, Jack T. and Justin G. had 10 points. Great win for these boys. Final Score 52-37.

5th Grade Boys Baseball

Monday, July 25th, 2016

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Age: 5th Grade
Date: 7/14/16

Wayne County Update

5th Grade Boys Baseball Invitational

The 5th grade boys bounced back from a disappointing Wayne County game loss to win the 5th grade invitational tournament at Indian Head Camp! Starlight went undefeated in the tournament and won by the scores of 6-5, 10-1, and 4-1. It took all 14 players for Starlight to bring home the championship. Sloan S., Owen G., and Sam F. had big offensive days. Eli J. and Brett B. also contributed immensely at the plate.

Girls 10th + 11th Grade Softball

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

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Age: 10th/11th Grade

Date: 7/19/16

Wayne County Update

Softball vs. Nesher

Tuesday was a great day for the 10th/11th grade softball team! Sami B. had an amazing game on the pitching mound. She pitched a shutout and recorded 8 strike outs. She also went 3 for 4 at the plate. Gari B. played great defense behind the plate. Additionally, Gari B. had 5 RBIs. Furthermore, Lauren B. played phenomenally at first base, providing some stunning defensive plays. She also went 3 for 4, with a great hit down the third base line. Morgan S. had a significant presence at third base. She made a great tag to end the 4th inning. Overall, all of the girls played a great game. Final Score 6-0.