Summer Camp 2018 is officially over! Thank you everyone for a fantastic summer. We know that many happy summer memories were made. We had so much fun swimming, camping, cooking, performing, making crafts, and playing. We are already looking forward to and planning for Summer Camp 2019! See you soon.
Happy Thursday! We are so happy that our Wilderness campers have returned from Allegany. On the way back they stopped at Thunder Rocks for one last hike. OnStage! had their first official dress rehearsal of Mary Poppins, Jr. Tomorrow's show is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! Discovery 5 went off to Tifft Nature Preserve. In Science today Discovery campers learned about the yo-yo and Mr. Will shared his many tricks. In music today campers learned how things in the kitchen can be made into instruments. Get ready parents for some spoon drumsticks. Our From Scratch campers made homemade ravioli today. This afternoon they made shortcake for strawberry shortcakes. That camp is delicious! Camp Invention had a marshmallow catapult challenge today. See everyone tomorrow for our last day of camp this summer!
We had another fun filled day of camp today! This morning Discovery campers worked on diving, and played a game of sharks and minnows in the pool. Mad Scientist week is in full swing for Discovery campers. Today in science, campers made elephant toothpaste! They mixed ingredients together to watch a surprising reaction! Discovery 7 had a great afternoon at Tifft Nature Preserve. While on their tour, they worked in teams to complete a scavenger hunt! Discovery 3 and 4, and the 6's made their own ice cream, which they enjoyed for snack. Court Sports continued their themed week with an afternoon playing tennis in Delaware Park. From Scratch made their own homemade ravioli today. OnStage! had a lighting, combat and craft masterclass today. Camp Invention created towers out of marshmallows and pasta. Their challenge was to create the tallest freestanding structure. It's hard to believe we are halfway through the last week of camp! The fun continues tomorrow!
Where did July go?? Our last Wilderness camp group left this morning for Allegany. We hope they have great weather and make wonderful memories! Camp Invention campers had an egg drop challenge this morning. Campers worked together to devise the best and safest carriers for their eggs. We did have one group whose egg did not break when it hit the sidewalk! This afternoon campers went off to the Buffalo Foundry to enjoy time in their makerspace. From Scratch chefs made fruit popsicles this morning. This afternoon they made homemade strawberry and blueberry jam. When they needed something to eat their jam with, campers decided to make homemade bread. In music Discovery campers learned more about the orchestra and learned more songs about animal sounds. In science today they used magnets to discover if there really is iron in the breakfast cereal that they eat. Discovery 6 campers went to Tift Nature Preserve for a tour and to explore the trails. Court Sports campers spent time at the pool this morning and played flickerball and kickball.
Happy Monday everyone! Discovery campers went off to the pool this morning. We are so happy with the progress that our campers have made in the water this summer. In science today campers made rainbow rain. From Scratch, chefs went right into the kitchen this morning and made a corn and bean salsa. They made their own tortilla chips to eat it with! This afternoon they went to pick blueberries. We can't wait to see what creations they make with their crop. Wilderness campers learned how to whittle today. They are so excited to leave for Allegany in the morning. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather. Camp Invention began their day with a free standing straw tower competition. They worked this afternoon on the creative process by brainstorming ways to fix a specific problem. They also accepted the challenge put forth by court sport campers to a game of Stones. Court sport campers also worked on their basketball skills today. Karla Vandenberg, local actress, opera singer, and educator spoke to our OnStage! campers today about using theater to establish real life connections and understanding. She spoke about the many reasons to be able to work creatively throughout your life, and campers got up on their feet to play the game, "Walk a Mile in My Shoes". It was a great day!
We cannot believe that today is the end of Week 5. This morning Discovery 3 & 4 went to the Aquarium. They saw the sea lion show, some penguins, and found Nemo! Discovery campers grew crystals in Science. Discovery 7 campers had a talent show this afternoon and made jellyfish with salt and food coloring. Discovery 6 worked on their Under the Sea arts and crafts. Farm to Table baked their lasagnas and
OnStage! worked on choreography today and had a Master Class with Ben Porcari of Empire Visual Effects. Mr. Porcari gave a presentation on digital media and the arts, including animation and digital effects. He also showed clips of some of his work in the digital effects industry. Water Sports went fishing. Wilderness campers spent the day in Sardinia hiking and swimming before their overnight campout at EFS tonight. Trash'n Fash'n put on a fabulous fashion show for staff and families today. Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone Monday morning for our last week of 2018 Summer Camp.
The sun is out again, and the fun continues. Discovery 5 campers went to the Aquarium this afternoon. They had a great time seeing the sea lions and all of the unique fish. Water Sports campers took the kayaks out this afternoon for a great day on the water. Before that they played water polo in the pool this morning. Farm to Table campers made lemon bars, and this afternoon began to make squash lasagna. Discovery 3 & 4 used their hands to make ink prints of fish. In Science Discovery campers made rainbow cupcakes. Wilderness spent the day cooking over the campfire, making hot chocolate and soup in the kelly kettles and bannock pizzas, cinnamon rolls, cheese sticks, and campers' creations.
The morning rain and possible thunderstorms forced us to move a couple outdoor field trips today. We have rescheduled the Water Sports kayaking trip to Thursday afternoon, and moved their fishing trip to Friday afternoon. Discovery 7 campers were disappointed that they were unable to go on the pedal boats at Canalside today, but they had a fantastic time bowling at Classic Lanes! Discovery 3 & 4 and Discovery 6 worked in the camp kitchen today making graham cracker oceans. Discovery 3 & 4 finished their paper plate aquariums. Discovery 5 learned about static electricity in science. They played Just Dance and ended their day with yoga. Discovery 6 finished their fish puppets and made fortune tellers. Wilderness did some team and partner building activities. Trash'n Fash'n finished their outfits and brainstormed ideas for their fashion show. They spent the afternoon redesigning t-shirts. Farm to Table made nectarine caprese salads and zucchini and berry muffins. OnStage! practiced monologues, had dance and music class, and continued to work on costumes and sets. Water Sports had a parachute waterballon toss, 3 legged race with sprinklers, and they played water bomb tag. Not even the rainstorms can ruin the fun at Elmwood franklin Summer Camp!
The fun continues here at EFS Summer Camp. Trash'n Fash'n campers continued work on their garments. Some even began to make dresses. They made pillows from their Goodwill clothing and they learned how to use a sewing machine. Farm to Table campers made homemade lemonade popsicles. They made cucumber and blueberry salad with feta cheese. and veggie roll-ups. Discovery campers made shakers in music, and in gym campers played with the parachute. Discovery 5 made jellyfish and played Find the Hidden Treasure. Discovery 6 went to Canalside and rode the water bikes. In science they did an experiemnt called "Egg in a Bottle". Water Sports campers played Drip, Drip, Drop (the water version of Duck, Duck, Goose). They had water relay races, water ballon batting practice, and played capture the flag. Wilderness campers went off fishing this afternoon. OnStage! campers were all pleased and excited to receive their roles for Mary Poppins, Jr. We are anticipating rain for tomorrow, so some of our outdoor field trips may need to be changed. Please watch your email to learn of changes tomorrow morning.
Happy Week 5! Today began with OnStage! auditions for Mary Poppins, Jr. Farm to Table campers went off to Agle Farm Market for a tour and to pick up some supplies for the week. Trash'n Fash'n also went shopping for supplies, but they went to the Goodwill store. Wilderness campers began a new session today. They learned how to make a fire, a very important skill before they are off to Allegany next week. Campers took part in the burning rope competition. Discovery campers began their days at the pool. Discovery 7 did dancing and yoga this morning. In sports they played Island. Discovery 5 and 6 made fish puppets. In Science today Discovery campers explored fire. Water Sports campers had a water balloon toss, played gaga and fun in the sprinklers.