Day Two- Keeping Traditions and Creating Memories

After resting from traveling aTeam Challengend the excitement of the first day of camp, we started day two- our first full day of camp.

We started off the day with “Morning Words,” a tradition where campers get to share their favorite aspects and memories from previous or current camp  and reflect on their relationship with this space. Kamran Partovi, a returning counselor, and Nadia Maher, one of our fourteen graduating campers, discussed the theme of the day which was “Who Am I?” and set us off on a positive tone.

Team Activity

Campers participated in a team building challenge.  Various stations were set up around the quad and at each station, campers attempted the activity with a few people giving directions while the others stayed silent. These games consisted of various materials and the objectives were to work together to find a solution. It was great to see campers begin to come out of their shells and show their leadership strengths and energetic personalities. Leaders emerged during the activity and they showed their different leadership styles. During this activity, campers saw the power that everyone’s collective opinion can bring to a space. The challenge tested the campers critical thinking and observation skills and demonstrated that finding solutions was a group effort. It also was a fun way to work together with the other teams of facilitators and rotations.  

In the afternoon, we had a camp wide meditation session which helped reset the camper’s energy after a morning of high heat and an intense morning activity.

Group chant

After a long day of organizing, planning, and anticipation from the rest of community, the campers finally unveiled their group names and skits for the camp. The group names and skits are a long time camp tradition that fosters a sense of team spirit. The team names are always something the campers enjoy coming up with. This year our various team names are Amoo Khabaloo, DJ Kabob,Yakh Breakers, The Headspacers, Barg Be Ostokhoon, Bitarbiat & Boujee, Bad & Jujeh, and the Hameeshehs.

Group Bonding

Finally, we ended our first full day with another camp tradition where some campers performed music, sang songs, and raps during our first jam session of the 2017 camp. What a talented bunch of youth! Can’t wait for the next one.

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