Tennis at camp? Of course! In fact, it seems like the tennis courts are always busy at Rockbrook because, as a teen sleepaway camp, there are so many chances to play throughout the day. You can sign up for the camp tennis activity and have a lesson, get together with a friend and head down to the courts during the free time before lunch and/or dinner, or even get a bunch of teens together and play after dinner during the “twilight” free time. That’s our favorite time to play… the cool evening air, the colorful setting sun, the ease and fun of it all. With a session at sleepaway camp, you sure can play a lot of tennis!
Tennis always seems to be a popular sports activity at Rockbrook. Sure there are lessons and chances to have an instructor teach you more about how to be a better tennis player. Sure we have little tournaments (both singles and doubles) now and then. We can always improve our tennis skills like that. But we also play plenty of games, activities that while involving tennis are designed to be as fun (and sometimes silly) as possible.
One is called “Around the World” and it involves a group of children dividing and lining up on opposite baselines. A child from one side hits to the other side and after hitting, runs and gets in line on the other side. It’s kind of a rotation of players as everyone runs to the right around the court. The goal is to see how many people in a row can hit good shots back. You can imagine; it’s lots of action and lots of fun!
Here’s a great outdoor game for kids to try… Dizzy Lizzy. It’s actually a relay, a game where two or more teams race each other while completing some challenging task or overcoming some kind of obstacle. In this case, members of each team line up and one by one run a ways out to a baseball bat on the ground. There they have to put their forehead on the bat, and keeping the other end on the ground, spin around the bat a few times (usually 3, 4 or 5 times). Needless to say, this makes you quite dizzy, and then comes the most difficult part— running back to your team so the next person can go. It’s always pretty funny to see a dizzy person try to run in a straight line, and pretty fun to try it yourself! Next time you need a fun outdoor game for kids, give it a try!
What is that thing?! Well, the kids at camp have named it “The Toy,” but it’s basically an aqua ropes-course, a climbing structure made of wood and rope suspended over the water on one side of the Rockbrook lake. The most popular game kids play on it is really challenging— you try to reach the farthest of 5 rings (like the girl in the photo) as you go out hand-to-hand over the water. Of course, if you don’t make it, there’s a fun splash at the bottom! But if you do make it to the last ring, and only a few kids have, we announce your name in the dining hall and reward you with a special treat/prize. Do you know what the prize is? Let us know in the comments!
Something pretty great happened to me today, down at the lake in the mid-morning hours: I joined the 440 Club. In order to join this prestigious Rockbrook organization, you have to swim 100 laps across a certain distance in the lake, and once you complete those 100 laps (440 meters), you get to go to Dolly’s as a reward. Honestly, who wouldn’t attempt the 440 for a chance to go to Dolly’s? Which is why I was accompanied by about 7 other campers and 2 other counselors desperately trying to complete the 440 before the deadline tomorrow afternoon. Not only is it another one of those Rockbrook traditions that campers come back to each year, but it’s something to work hard for, something to accomplish, and it’s hard to understand how satisfying it feels to see those stars filled in on your personal 440 card unless you are actually completing the distance yourself. I spent some quality time with the lake today, which I haven’t done in awhile, and I now understand why tons of campers race down at the beginning of every free swim. Despite the cold water (which is very easy to get over) swimming down at the lake was probably the most fun I’ve had during free time since I came to camp. Wait a second, a trip to Dolly’s because I had so much fun in the lake today? I know what flavor of ice cream I’ll be ordering!
Pull on your tights, strap on your capes, and prepare to save the world- it’s Super Hero Day! Instead of concealing our secret identities in our usual disguises, we busted out as our alter egos and had a supper of super proportions. Tonight we’re flying into the Dining Hall for Auction Night!
This morning at Castle Rock, some campers showed their super hero strength as they climbed to the top. It rained this afternoon, but we hope to get more girls up the rock face after it dries. Also, some out-of-camp trips are in the works. In the words of one of our favorite heroes, “To infinity, and BEYOND!”
Galloping hooves woke up Rockbrook this morning as we were warned “The British are coming!” Then everyone walked out to the hill in their pajamas for flag raising. After a few songs, we all gathered donning our red, white, and blue for breakfast.
We enjoyed another sunny afternoon that was perfect for lunch on the hill and Cabin Day. Each cabin decorated their own flag cake with red strawberries, white whipped topping, and blue… blueberries. Also, we strung streamers and inflated balloons to patriotically spiff up our cabins. Needless to say, they look beautiful! But back to Cabin Day.
Collectively, the Junior line took a trip to Dolly’s, Rockbrook’s favorite ice cream stop. I maintain that we are their best costumers. Back at camp, the rest of the cabins bonded via tye dye, hikes, plaques, and other campy activities. And now we all eagerly anticipate the devouring of our masterpieces. Happy Independence Day!
Yesterday, I was outside setting up tye-dye materials for class and I felt a raindrop on my head. The next thing I know, it starts pouring rain. All the outside activities met up in the dining hall to do rainy-day alternatives. It’s really not so fun getting rained out of your activity! In the dining hall, we had swimming, WHOA, Hodge Podge, and some horseback riding girls. The girls didn’t let the rain get to them at all. We all played games, colored, sang silly camp songs, and enjoyed the company of one another. I thought it was so awesome that none of these girls let the rain get their spirits down, and they had just as much fun in that dining hall as they would’ve if they were outside doing their normal activities.
Basketball! Dodgeball! Kickball! Four Square! Volleyball! And more versions of tag than you can count! There always seems to be some kind of gym sports camp game going on— counselors and campers running around and having fun in the Rockbrook gym. One of the best things to do is to make up a game. Take something you already know, like dodgeball for example, and then change it up somehow, like by having 3 or 4 teams instead of 2, or playing with a really huge ball, or having a “come back to life” ball. Gosh, the options are almost endless!
Most Sunday afternoons at camp, we have an all-camp activity, a game or event where all of the age groups get together and play. Here’s an example where we split everyone up into three different teams (pink, blue and green!) and had different relay races… egg and spoon, leap frog, fill the cup, three-legged race, dizzy lizzy, balloon-knees, and so many more. These are all great games that require some individual skill, but also plenty of cooperation among each team’s members. In the end, one team might “win,” but everyone has a fun time playing.