Today is the first full day of Camp Swift! For breakfast, the campers had delicious eggs, turkey bacon, hash browns, and fruit. After breakfast, campers returned to their cabins to get ready for Golden Broom. Golden Broom is a program that focuses on responsibility, teamwork, and goal-setting, where cabins compete to win the Golden Broom. In order to win, campers must work together to make their cabin as clean and organized as possible, while also showing creativity for the judges. As a bonus, it helps make sure that campers keep track of their belongings throughout camp.
Throughout camp, cabins participate in Shaboogie, a special Camp Swift program that teaches campers about the superpowers that are already inside them. Campers create their own superhero and participate in activities that showed campers how the superpowers they already have can help them achieve their goals in life. It is a program that campers love and often one of the most meaningful programs at Camp Swift.
While the campers were having fun all morning, staff members were busy preparing special cabin time programs like Water Olympics and Water Balloon Battleship. After a busy morning and lunch, campers had rest hour. Rest hour is a time when campers get to know each other and prepare for afternoon fun!
Throughout camp, campers get to go to a lake in Prescott and go canoeing! Groups will spend either a morning or an afternoon on the water, learning how to paddle and playing games. For many of our campers, this is the first time that they get to go canoeing, and an opportunity to build teamwork skills and their belief in themselves. The best part of canoeing is that campers build stronger relationships with their cabins! The oldest boys and girls and were out on the lake today.
The youngest unit had unit time in the afternoon, where they had Water Olympics! There were four events as part of the water Olympics, including water balloon toss, slip n’ slide, the frozen t-shirt game, and one top secret water sport!
For dinner, the campers will eat fajitas, except for middle unit. They get to eat under the stars at the overnight activity! Middle unit will gather around the fire pit for a dinner of grilled hot dog as well as veggies and s’mores bars.
The youngest unit’s night program is called The Riddler. It is a superhero themed program, which builds teamwork skills as well as problem solving skills. Youngest unit completes a series of riddles to save dessert from being taken by the Riddler! The oldest unit’s night program is called Infinity Stones, where campers work together to retrieve stones that represent the core values of Swift. Campers build relationships with their cabin through problem solving and believe in their own abilities more and more throughout the program. The campers even get to use their own superpowers to help collect the stones! As the first full day of camp wraps up, all campers and counselors are eager for what's to come tomorrow...the best day of camp for many...GRILLED CHEESE DAY! Don't forget to follow all the fun around lunch time tomorrow!
Thank you to guest author, John Owens, for this fantastic Day 2 recap! When John isn't writing stellar blog posts for the Grilled Cheese Gazette, you can most likely find him lending a helpful hand around Camp Swift. Thanks, John!
"Fun is just the start" at Swift Youth Foundation and first session of Camp Swift is off to a great start! The Support Staff kicked off this action packed week in Prescott, AZ around 12:30 PM on Thursday and from the moment these awesome adult volunteers arrived, food was being prepped, programs were being organized, and relationships were being formed.
Early Friday morning, Support Staff welcomed the 1st session counselors! Each counselor was introduced to their new unit and co-counselors for the session.
During orientation the counselors learned the lay of the land and had the opportunity to bond with their unit. Sari Stein, youngest unit head, challenged her counselors to work together across a path of ‘stones.’ Eric Slosky, middle unit head, played "Two Truths and a Lie" as a way to get to know the unit. Marc Goodman, oldest unit head, led his unit in a mindfulness activity and then played "Count to 10".
Every camper was assigned to a cabin and learned about their new super powers. For lunch, Chef Bubba and support staff prepped penne pasta with the choice of bolognaise or veggies. Campers also had the option to enjoy a salad and fruit. Activities began right after lunch, from meeting new friends to taking a trip to Keppies, the free clothing and necessity store. Once acclimated, cabins began programs at the ropes course, gaga pit, swimming pool, and art where campers made their own tie dye. At each program, staff works to bring in the idea of “perceived competence,” the ability to create a plan and execute it.
Before dinner, campers cheered their favorite camp songs and learned new ones. Youngest and middle unit enjoyed a burger bar in the lodge for dinner while oldest unit set-off for the overnight where they enjoyed hot dogs and s’mores under the stars. Youngest unit ended the night with the Infinity Stones evening program and middle unit took a trip through the Riddler program. Camp Swift’s staff goal for 1st session is making ordinary moments extraordinary (MOME), check back each evening during Camp Swift for just how we make the ordinary, EXTRA-ordinary!
Thank you to Hillary Lorsch, Support Staff extraordinaire and featured author of this "fresh-off-the-grill" Grilled Cheese Gazette blog post!
Yep, that’s all that it could take!
Just ask our teen leaders of Team Swift! Team Swift had the opportunity to prove just how much they’ve mastered the art of communication, overcoming difficulties, awareness, and working in a team through celebrating complementary skills and strengths. “How did they prove their savvy”, you ask?
By visiting MindSpark Tempe of course! With the looming fear of "live" zombies, Team Swift was prepared for the ultimate team building activity at the best, local escape room!
As you know, Team Swift provides an additional leadership opportunity for current Camp Swift counselors. The group has met twice a month during the school year to better equip its members with the skills necessary to pursue their goals for Swift Youth Foundation and beyond.
Members of Team Swift serve as ambassadors for the organization. They take on fundraising campaigns for Arizona Gives Day, engage in community outreach activities, and assist with program development. As a reward for their great efforts during Arizona Gives Day and to celebrate their great success developing their leadership skills, Team Swift chose the exciting MindSpark Escape Room for their culminating end of year celebration.
Through the generosity of MindSpark Tempe, Team Swift was able to have this experience completely free of charge. Valuing the work of Swift Youth Foundation, MindSpark Tempe was happy to extend this opportunity to our teen leaders and see if they really had what it takes to escape the room!
If you do plan on trying out this awesome activity, stop by the Swift office and pick up a coupon for $10 off your admission!
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