Dancing in Camp Starlight is very popular mostly amongst the girl’s side of camp. We have very confident dance teachers and there skills vary in many styles of dancing ranging from Hip Hop to Contemporary Dance. Camp Starlight again hosted the Girls Dancing Competition, Camps included Chen-a-Wanda, Tioga, Lohikan, Lake Byrn Mawr, Blue Ridge, Poyntelle, Island Lake, Chestnut Lake Camp and of course Camp Starlight. The dancing was situated in our very own pavilion by the waterfront. The standard of dancing in the Solo, Duo and Group dancing very much impressed the four Judges, one of which was are very own head of dance, Carly.
Archive for August, 2010
By Sami (Upper Senior Girl)
As an annual tradition, the Senior Girls participate in Powder Puff Football. This event gives these girls a chance to play a friendly yet intense game of flag football. The Upper Seniors usually play the full game because it’s their final year, while the Lower Seniors cheer for their team. This year we were split into four teams; blue, black, pink and purple. This is one of my favorite activities to play during the summer because it gives all the girls a chance to be competitive while still having a great time.
My favorite sport is basketball. I am on the Wayne County basketball team. This summer I have learned to do better lay-ups. I played one game and I scored seven baskets. I am very good at basketball. My favorite coaches are Chad and J.D.
By Evan Y.
A dream, a wish I make each year,
Is to go to a place warm and dear.
A magical place where friendships stay,
A place where I can just get away.
A beautiful lake for swimming and fun,
A magical place where I’m in the sun.
Activities and events will be planned,
A true friend that will hold my hand,
A place where fun and laughter isn’t rare.
Smiles that just light up the place,
Coming back each year and seeing a familiar face.
A second home but no parents in sight,
Fifty days and forty nine nights.
Boating, swimming, arts and crafts,
Many more activities and laughs.
Olympics, competitions, Wayne county too,
A song to sing…can’t smile without you.
Good food and matzah ball soup,
A guy who sings about a fly that poops.
Meeting new friends and memories that won’t fade.
Projects and crafts that I made.
After my wish I went to bed that night,
But I realized it wasn’t a dram or a wish…
It was Camp Starlight…
A great photo by Senior Zach!
White Wonder and Blue Crunch took over Camp Starlight for five days of intense but friendly competition during the 2010 Camp Starlight Olympics. White Generals Nikki Jones and Zach Malis, along with Blue Generals Lois O’Neil and Patrick Zisko led their teams in one of the closest Olympics ever to take place at Camp Starlight. The teams virtually split day-to-day athletic competitions while the White dominated the Upper Senior Rope Burn and Apache Relay with both the girls and boys teams coming up with the win. An exciting sing resulted in a win for Blue and, going into the final day of competition, less than 300 points separated the two girls teams while the boys were virtually tied with only two (YES that’s 2!) points benefitting one team over the other.
Such evenly matched teams not only set the stage for some great competition, but highlighted what Olympics at Camp Starlight are all about; working together as a unit to encourage each other in exhibiting the very best of what has been learned during the summer and making every point count through sportsmanship, spirit, and camaraderie. Olympic contests are not merely about athleticism, but approaching challenges with dignity and diligence. That the scores were so close in the 2010 Olympics is a testament to the fact that both teams were winners in understanding that every person and every action counts and that a contest isn’t won or lost until the final whistle blows!
As one enters Starlight’s revered Dining Room, bunk plaques, created by campers new and old since 1947, swarm the ceiling. Bunk plaques are a time honored tradition at Camp Starlight. The words, the designs, and the feelings inscribed help campers appreciate the traditions and camaraderie that came before them. The memories that campers mark on these plaques showcase unity, adding upon the foundation of the plaques.
Bunk plaques allow campers to pay reverence to the tradition and realize how these plaques shape Starlight’s past, present, and future. As campers look across the Dining Room ceiling, they travel through time via plaques of different decades, representing the rich history of our camp. One realizes that although Starlight has changed, bunk plaques have remained a constant tradition that began in 1947 and pays homage to the camp founders. Seeing the plaques helps current campers understand how Starlight has shaped the lives of those who came before them.
Each bunk plaque has a different story to tell. There is an array of plaques each with a different story, a different set of campers, and a different memory. Although some plaques make little or no sense to those who view them in retrospect, they seal a place in history for some of mine and my bunkmates’ most defining camp moments. In order to create these plaques, campers have to come together as a unified bunk to capture the most significant moments. The time campers spend creating the message, painting the interface, and presenting their plaque are some of their final moments of the summer together. When campers depart from Starlight every summer, they leave a part of the laughter, the smiles, and the tears they shared with their bunk plaques. This is part of the thematic glue that holds this community together, and that campers old and new have come to cherish. The Dining Room, which is the center of Starlight’s campus, is the home for these plaques. They are a way to insure that, as time flies by and campers grow from Juniors to Upper Seniors, their time at Starlight will never end. The flame they’ve ignited due to their intricate role in our community can never die. Campers and counselors live on forever at Starlight, and they can always call this place their second home because a part of who they are will always be present in Starlight’s Dining Room.
Year after year at Camp Starlight, Miss Starlight takes place. Every bunk on girls’ side is assigned a male counselor to compete in the beauty pageant. During “free play” they have about forty-five minutes to dress up their boy counselor as a girl and prepare him to compete in Miss Starlight. As soon as the pageant begins, the models walk down the runway. Then, they perform a dance all together. The best eight models are chosen to show their talent. Then, the top three are chosen to answer questions. Finally, a person is crowned Miss Starlight. We think Miss Starlight is hilarious and entertaining to everyone at camp, including the Miss Starlight contestants.
By Kendall and Emily
This Photo of the Day was taken by Jackie, an upper senior girl. The picture was taken on the floor in the carriage house. The use of the angle makes it an interesting photo. Great job Jackie!
Sunday July 18th, the Junior boys and girls put on a fantastic musical version of the famous Disney film Pinocchio! Everyone turned in great performances under the direction of Musical Director Denis Van Parys and, of course, the ever popular, legendary Director of the Starlight Playhouse, Jeff Moss. Well done, Junior Girls and Boys!