Second Session 2019 has officially begun, and already it is shaping up to be a super fun and eventful week! Our wonderful Support Staff of adult volunteers arrived around lunchtime on Monday to start preparing Camp Swift for the campers’ arrival. They prepared all the activities and programs and set up the camp for the week.
After a bright and early start on Tuesday morning, the counselors finally arrived at camp! The unit heads introduced the counselors to their co-counselors and to the rest of their units. The counselors spent the rest of the day getting to know their fellow unit members and becoming familiar with the camp routine. Meanwhile, Eric Slosky, director of staff, made sure that everything was running smoothly. Kelsey Rendelman, director of special programs, organized all the preparations for Camp Swift’s unique and educational activities. And Scott Lorsch, director of fun, energized everyone with our daily dose of camp spirit.
Since 1980, Swift Youth Foundation has been providing youth with great experiences that teach them to reach their full potential, and this session of camp is no different. Wednesday morning, 142 happy and eager campers rolled into camp to the cheers of counselors and Support Staff alike! The campers quickly met their new cabin mates and counselors, and were introduced to the theme of camp: college! This year’s college theme was super exciting because everyone can follow the path to their full potential.
After a delicious lunch of Pasta Bolognese, campers shopped at Krazy Keppies, a free store fully stocked with clothes and other necessities to make sure campers have everything they need! Then, the cabins jumped straight into the rest of their day, which was packed with activities such as swimming, Ga-Ga ball, art, cooking, hiking, and scaling the rock wall. Each program not only tied-in to the college theme by emphasizing the path to reaching our potential, but also helped the cabins become close and make new friends.
At dinnertime, Youngest and Middle units lined up outside the lodge to cheer and sing camp songs, then they enjoyed a nutritious burger and taco dinner. Youngest unit competed in the Pentathlon program, and Middle unit played the Game of Life. Meanwhile, Oldest unit headed to the campfire for the Overnight, where they star-gazed and had a cook out of hot dogs and s’mores. Finally, the campers headed to bed to get some rest for another busy day tomorrow!
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