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Camp Starlight Olympics: Blue Girls Day 2

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

For the second day of Olympics, the girls of Happy Blue Day proved even stronger than on the first day, amping up all the energy and spirit for the games. The Juniors served up some tough competition for the Grand Stand Whites on the tennis courts and battled in the sand during a tough game of Newcombe on the volleyball courts. The sand of beach volleyball and the nets of the tennis courts were also well defended by the Lower Inters, bringing just as much intensity as the Juniors. Running bases with ease, the Upper Inters glided through pitches on the softball diamond and took their coordination skills to the test for the soccer shootouts. The Lower Debs also put their soccer skills to the test for an exciting game of soccer against the white team. Upper Debs dribbled effortlessly around the Grand Stand Whites in basketball and slammed some pitches for a game of softball. Defending Happy Blue Day with ferocity, the Seniors raced around the field in soccer and competed in the boating meet with power and spirit. All the girls proved their dedication to their team and made their coaches and counselors proud when sporting the color blue with pride.

Camp Starlight Olympics: White Boys Day 2

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

The Grand Stand White boys spent the large majority of the morning in the water with Lower Camp having a blast in the boating meet and the Upper Camp battling it out in their swim meet. Happy Blue Day came out of the dock looking to make up for yesterday’s swim meet, but Grand Stand White came back in the second half of the race to win it. After the Grand Stand White dried off from their wet morning, the divisions split up for more individualized competition. The Upper Inters and Juniors made incredible comebacks in Gaga in order to sweep Happy Blue Day and the Lower Inters faced off for a fun game of baseball. The Seniors showed off their skills in intense games of lacrosse and ultimate frisbee, packing a punch for the blue team. Taking example from the Seniors, the Lower Plebes also showed off their athleticism in games of flag football while the Upper Plebes took to the bases for a powerful game of baseball. The boys all cheered due to high morale of a successful second day of Olympics. The boy’s positive attitude and eagerness to compete led to victories in each division, furthering the euphoric atmosphere within the Grand Stand White team.

Camp Starlight Olympics: White Girls Day 1

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

The first morning of the 2017 Olympics started with the Lower Camp boating meet, the Juniors and Inters swam with confidence and pride for their team. The Grand Stand White came out on top in other divisions as well. As the morning continued, the Lower Debs served up some strength in tennis, ran through the bases for a great game of softball and made a great impact in the sand for beach volleyball. Following suit, the Upper Debs also defended the nets in tennis and played their white hearts out in a game of soccer. Taking note from Upper Camp, the Inters of Lower Camp played hard in games of Gaga, tennis and knockout. Not to forget to mention that the Juniors rocked it out at soccer in the afternoon. The Seniors really showed camp what it means to be a part of the Grand Stand Whites with nailbiting games of softball, volleyball, soccer shots and flag football, these girls brought an intense amount of energy and inspired all of Grand Stand White to work hard and push it to the limits for Olympics. The girls started Olympics with a bang and there is more to come from this team of white spirit.

It’s a Junior Life for Me On Junior Day

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

“It’s a Junior’s Life For Me” was a popular phrase said by every Junior on the ever anticipated Junior Day this summer. A pirate themed day, all the Juniors had the entirety of Camp Starlight to themselves to have fun as pirates and play to overtake Camp Starlight as their treasure. Junior Day is a day devoted to the fun of the Juniors where they can play all over camp and not worry about anything except discovering as much buried treasure as possible. Diving into the waterfront to unearth treasure, whipping up edible treasure in the Farmhouse and searching for clues from sea creatures in the swamp, Juniors embraced their inner pirate for a day full of fun under the sun. The Juniors sport bandanas and eye patches to fully embrace the pirate role, enjoying a day of activities that are just for themselves. Camp Starlight hosts these themed days for the Juniors to show their appreciation for the youngest division because of all the bright energy they bring to camp. The Juniors are the first to laugh and to raise their hand to participate in an evening activity, their energy is something that everyone at Camp Starlight loves to feed off of and embrace. The atmosphere of camp is so positive when the Juniors are around to giggle and have fun with the other campers and counselors. Junior Day is a great event that highlights the positivity and fun of the Juniors and inspires everyone at camp to see everyday as fun as they do. Because of their spirit and love for summer camp, the Juniors inspire others to say “It’s a Junior Life For Me.”

Camp Starlight Olympics: White Boys Day 1

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Going into the first events, boy’s camp was electrified. The energy in the air was palpable as were the thundering chants coming from each team. Taking great inspiration from the generals, the Grand Stand Whites were ready to tackle the first events of Olympics. The Seniors started out strong with a heated game of baseball, stealing bases and showing pride for their team. Showing just as much passion as the Seniors, the Juniors and Inters of Lower Camp participated in a swim meet, speeding through the water to snag as many points possible for the Grand Stand Whites. Lower Camp showed more strength in the Junior’s fierce games of boxball and basketball and the Inters passionate games of lacrosse and ultimate frisbee. Also proving their power in the water, the Lower Plebes played a tough game of water polo to then later bring the heat to dry land for a great game of soccer. The Upper Plebes rocked out a game of soccer and practically sent the blue team packing in a game of knockout. All the boys pushed themselves for the Grand Stand Whites and began Olympics with enough passion to outburn the Olympic torch itself.

Camp Starlight Olympics: Blue Girls Day 1

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

With a sea of blue dominating campus, the Happy Blue Day girl’s team made a great breakthrough for the start of Olympics. With cheers to the left and chants to the right, Happy Blue Day was full of spirit and ready to come out on top for this year’s Olympics. Each division from happy Blue Day competed against the Grand Stand Whites to rack up as many points possible. Starting the opening day with a great blue bang, the Lower Camp girls competed in a boating meet in the morning, slicing through the lake water with all the blue spirit to win. On the other side of camp, the Seniors were taking total control of the field by playing a great game of flag football and blowing out the competition for the soccer shootout. The Upper Debs put their blue hearts out onto the field during an exciting game of soccer and fought against the white team with passion on the tennis courts, serving up some serious trouble. Thrashing around in the sand, the Lower Debs smacked down in beach volleyball, bringing a fierceness so blue that the girls couldn’t be stopped. Their spirit shined brighter than any amount of glitter splattered on their faces when they battered up for softball. Taking it to the streets, the Inter girls showed off their skills for street games and practically knocked out the whites in a great blue game of knockout. Each girl played with pride for Happy Blue Day, celebrating all their accomplishments for the first day of Olympics with cheers and chants that bonded the blood of the blue team even deeper. It’s a great start for the girls in the Olympics, and the thunder of Happy Blue Day has only begun.

Counselors Help Campers Overcome Challenges

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Counselors help campers overcome many challenges they face in sports and activities when they are at camp, it’s their goal to help campers achieve their own goals. Counselors encourage campers to keep practicing their overhand serve in beach volleyball, to continue going over their scales in piano and trying their best to get the right angle for a picture in Digital Photography. Even though counselors give a helping hand in activities that are a part of summer camp, they also help campers strive to overcome very unique challenges. A Lower Senior boy names Jason came to camp with the goal of solving a Rubik’s cube in under sixty seconds. Before camp, he had only been able to solve it in a minute and a half, but when he met his counselors, he received the moral support to overcome his challenge. Shaving forty five seconds from his fastest solving time, Jason had been motivated by his counselors to practice every day, having them time him and mix up the puzzle for him to solve. Even though the Rubik’s cube is a small puzzle, Jason’s counselors transformed the puzzle into an impressive feat for Jason to master, pushing him to not only overcome his original goal of solving under a minute, but to go further and solve it under forty five seconds. The counselors could have congratulated Jason as soon as he reached his goal but they decided to take it a step further because they saw his potential and wanted him to realize his own potential as well. The counselors motivating their camper to be their best in something unrelated to a sport’s team or an activity they are apart of for summer camp shows how they help campers succeed outside of summer camp too. This small act of encouragement portrays how at Camp Starlight all campers are pushed to see their true potential in whatever they are passionate in.

Camp Starlight Celebrates 71st Anniversary

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Since its founding in 1947, Camp Starlight has been a home away from home for campers, counselors and staff from all over the world. For all these years, Camp Starlight has been bringing people together from every and any place imaginable and this year is the celebration of Camp Starlight’s 71st anniversary. Looking back at all the memories Camp Starlight has helped inspire and create, a great celebration for all of camp took place around the flagpole, the quintessential point of camp. Gathered around the flagpole, the place where every morning starts and evening begins, all of camp sits together to enjoy a giant cook out to celebrate the history of Camp Starlight. Mustard is spread along foot long hotdogs and blue and white sprinkled cupcakes rest in the hand of every camper, everyone is enjoying the company of an all camp cookout. With all the great food, the entirety of camp looks back at how far Camp Starlight has come since its beginning in 1947, recognizing so much can change for the better in 71 years for a summer camp. Even though so much has changed, Camp Starlight has never changed its message and goals of making campers happy and enjoy a summer like no other. Buildings have come and gone, activities have been added and special traditions have been tacked on to the growing history of Camp Starlight, but one thing has truly remained the same, and that is the ability to make campers who come to Camp Starlight experience an amazing summer and smile every day they are here. Helping campers smile, laugh, overcome challenges and learn new things, Camp Starlight has been able to transform every camper’s summer into a magical experience and that is something to truly celebrate today, tomorrow and in the future.

National Friendship Day

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

It’s National Friendship Day and campers at Camp Starlight know how special it is to celebrate the friendships they have formed at summer camp. Campers know that summer camp is a magical place like no other, there are an infinite amount of different things to do so there are just as many ways to make memories and build friendships. When you spend an entire summer with the same people living in your bunk, friendships form just as naturally as the flowers bloom. Friendships at Camp Starlight are so special for that reason, campers spend quality time with others in large quantities of time, transforming friendships in positive ways. Campers are always able to rely on their friends to support them when things get tough or when they feel homesick, their friends are there to help them fall asleep at night or pull them back up to get back into the game. They also support each other when things are going in the right direction, cheering them on as they are winning the game or performing on stage, these friendships battle the bad and the good for the sake of each other’s happiness. Campers know they have friends to back them up and encourage them to do their best. Additionally, with the amount of silly, ridiculous and outrageously fun activities campers get to experience, campers are able to deepen the bonds of friendships when experiencing these activities together. They are able to make every moment turn into a memory because it’s with their friends. When campers look back at every sporting event during Olympics, every dance performed for Spirit of Starlight or every challenge that was overcome during relay races, they look back at who was standing next to them, laughing and smiling along with all the ongoing fun. These special memories are why friendships at Camp Starlight should be celebrated, they will stand the test of time and last forever in each other’s memories.

Ceramics and Woodworking Brings Camp to Home

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

When campers come to Camp Starlight they always brings pieces of home with them, packing pictures, stuffed animals, blankets and all sorts of objects that remind them of home and make them feel safe. Campers bring pieces of home to camp because of how much they love home and want to remember it, so when campers return home, they also want to bring pieces back that will remind them of the summer. Camp Starlight is a special place to stay for an entire summer but two months at summer camp is a shorter amount of time than ten months spent at home. To hold on to those summer memories, campers bring back handmade crafts from ceramics and woodworking to their home so they can always have a part of Starlight with them. At ceramics and woodworking, campers get to build all sorts of crafts of all different sizes that symbolize their time spent at summer camp. At woodworking, campers can create welcome home signs, key holders and even mailboxes to install in their homes and when campers make these items from scratch, it makes them even more special. The hard work put into sawing and nailing the bits of wood together makes the craft much more meaningful for the camper and the new home it will stay in. At ceramics, campers will mold bowls, cups and all sorts of sculptures for their homes, glazing with detail and precision to make the item that much more beautiful. For campers to make their own art with their own hands is remarkable, not to mention that it is art that functions in their home. All these crafts the campers create for their homes is a special way for campers to keep the spirit of Camp Starlight at home with their families, crafts that will last long after a camper’s last summer.