Every morning around eleven o’clock, it’s difficult to pass by the kitchen without stopping for a deep breath. That’s about the time, between the first and second morning activity periods, when the baker is pulling something sweet smelling out of the oven. This “Muffin Break” is the highlight of the day for some of us because it’s always a surprise about what flavor muffin, cupcake, or scone will be waiting at the window of the dining hall porch where the Hi-Up campers serve these treats, and because it’s so delicious every time. Lemon Poppy Seed, “Sprinkle,” Coconut Macaroon, and Chocolate Chip Cranberry flavors make regular appearances, but so do other more creative flavors like “Gelato Cornbread” and “Cinnamon Spice.” There’s nothing quite like a freshly baked, often still warm, homemade muffin on a misty cool morning.
Rehearsing for this session’s camp-wide musical, 101 Dalmatians, is keeping dozens of girls busy each afternoon these days. Looking toward the performance scheduled for next Wednesday, all the characters have been learning lines, practicing songs, and pulling together the details of this complicated production. The girls themselves are designing and making costumes and painting scenery. There are a lot of parts to play also, including a huge chorus of puppies. If your daughter will be performing in the play, you should receive an invitation by phone to attend the big performance. It is certain to be funny and cute.
This week the digital photography class is enjoying a project that includes making simple models of play-dough and photographing them through a series of slight movements. The resulting collection of still photographs can then be stitched together to make a simple movie using stop motion photography software. Learning the technical challenges of this technique doesn’t take too long, so the girls are coming up with some incredible stuff.
Toward the end of each meal one of the directors, usually Sarah, Charlotte, Sofie or Frampton, stands up to make a series of announcements. Each person has her own announcement song that the entire camp sings to start the announcements. Sarah’s song is different lyrics set to “Mickey,” the pop song by Toni Basil from the 80s, and Frampton’s is set to “Do you Know the Muffin Man?” After the announcement song, the ordinarily boisterous scene in the dining hall calms quickly so everyone can hear what’s happening. The announcements can be about upcoming trips or special events, brief “Lost and Found Fashion Shows” designed to return lost clothing items, special skits or songs performed by cabin groups, or even a quick joke (“How do you wake up Lady Gaga? You poke her face”). Today Frampton spontaneously shouted, “Three cheers if you love camp! Hip hip, Hooray!” It was absolutely thunderous!
It really is easy to be impressed by this group of girls at camp right now. They are so fully enjoying themselves, comfortable and happy. From the photo gallery you can get a sense of it, but there are smiling faces everywhere. This is special stuff.