Third Time’s the Charm – Session 3, Inaugural Summer 2014
By Sam Kazer, Communications Specialist
Here at URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, everything is awesome. By third session our staff have mastered their specialties in their chugim (electives) and our workshops have been refined to give campers more room for creativity and exploration. We started our morning, the first day of our 3rd session, by chanting, “We’re ready for the kids!” Although 3rd Session is the smallest session this summer, we know that it is going to be just as awesome as our first two sessions.
Campers and their families started to arrive just before 10 AM this morning to drop off their luggage at the boys and girls dorms, Ramon and Rosie. In between helping unloading campers, staff could be seen dancing and singing outside the dorms, funneling their excitement into other productive, energetic forms! After luggage drop, campers headed to check-in to get their first photo at Sci-Tech taken at our prop-filled photo booth and to meet with our camp administrator to officially start camp!
Following check-in, campers and their families returned to the dorms to unpack and to say their final goodbyes for the next 12 days. With parents gone, campers started to get to know their hall mates, playing board games like Apples to Apples and participating in some ice breakers. Lunch outside on the lawn provided a change of scenery and a chance to meet many other campers with some camp wide activities like a Rock-Paper-Scissors challenge and “the Great Wind Blows.”
Next, each hall made rotations through the Sci-Tech Fair where campers made art by manipulating the surface tension of milk with soap and food coloring and discovered how to trick their brains into misreading their senses. After a quick camp tour, campers were divided up into their workshops in order to get a glimpse at the projects they will be tackling and people they will be teaming up with during the session.
Needing some time to unwind, campers and their counselors returned to their halls in order to write their hall Brit (agreement), play some games, and take showers. Camp re-united at 6:30 PM for dinner in our wonderful dining hall maintained by Governors Academy. After dinner and a spirited song session complete with “Why does the Sun Shine,” chugim (electives) were announced and campers ranked their choices for the first week of activities.
To finish the evening, all of camp participated in our last first opening ceremonies of our inaugural summer. Each hall had the honor of being wrapped by both our Sci-Tech Torah and our traditional camp Torah. Surrounded by knowledge, new friends, and mentors, campers received blessings from Camp Director, Greg Kellner, and huddled together for hands in and a cheer unique to each hall.
With opening ceremony complete, campers began to return to their halls for short activities that gave them a chance to reflect on the day and on what they are excited for during the session. For our youngest campers, lights out came at 9:00 PM and for our oldest, at 9:45 PM.
We are so excited to have our last batch of chalutzim (pioneers) here for our inaugural summer at URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy!