The fun at EFS Summer Camp never ends. We had Discovery 3, 4, and 5 out at Becker Farms when the torrential rains came. They arrived back at camp soaked through but with raspberries that they picked themselves! Young Authors had a fantastic trip today (inside) to the Western New York Book Arts Center. The rain was perfect for water sports! This morning they had some great relay races at the pool. Congratulations to Haley and Ella for winning the shallow end and deep end races respectively. Farm to Table was still able to go out to Zittels Farm for a tour. Wilderness Explorers returned from their great adventures in Allegany. OnStage! had a dress rehearsal this afternoon to prepare for tomorrow afternoon's show beginning at 2:30.
The report that we've received from Allegany is that our Wilderness Explorers are doing amazing. They love their camp sites, have already been swimming and hiking, and are loving being one with nature. Discovery Campers enjoyed making homemade individual pizzas. Discovery 6 went to Tops Cooking School today. They were also busy with crafts, singing, dancing, Spanish classes, and of course playing on the playground. Water Sports went off fishing this morning. Some campers caught some great catfish. Young Authors worked this morning to find a quotation to use on their field trip tomorrow. This afternoon they used google earth and worked on writing descriptive sentences to describe foreign places. OnStage! worked on their first run-through of the show. Farm to Table made some delicious berry cupcakes today with a fresh berry frosting. They also whipped up a lovely peach caprese salad, perfect for a hot summer day!
Cooking Week continues with Discovery Campers today. All campers made rice krispie treats and everyone enjoyed the sticky treat. Discovery 7 campers went off to Tops Cooking School. They enjoyed a guided tour of the store and cooked in the Tops kitchen. For their lunches, campers made salad in a bag, turkey and fruit kabobs, and parfaits. OnStage! campers also went off-site to... to the Woods! Campers enjoyed picnic lunches at Reinstein Woods and then spent time in costume and did some character development activities. Water Sports learned water polo at the pool today, and played a fantastic game. Young Authors spent time describing everyday objects metaphorically, made today's collection of cool words, and worked on some group writing. Farm to Table made breadcrumbs to use in making stuffed peppers and made their own version of "veggie sushi".
A note to all campers that unfortunately we cannot use the UB pool tomorrow due to a crisis drill that the university is having. We are disappointed, as the pool is always a highlight of our days at camp.
Happy Week 4 of EFS Summer Camp. Last week we were all about the dinosaurs, this week we are all about food! All Discovery groups started cooking week by designing their own aprons! Today all groups made individual fruit pizzas. Change of swim plans for just this week... Discovery 5, 6, and 7 will not swim on their field trip days. That means no swim for Discovery 7 on Tuesday, no swim for Discovery 6 on Wednesday, and no swim for Discovery 5 on Thursday.
Not only were our younger campers cooking today, but Farm to Table began this morning. Today they made homemade bread and butter. Young Authors wrote narration to GoPro videos. Water Sports began their day at the pool, had a water balloon toss, and played drip, drip, splash (water balloon duck, duck, goose). Wilderness Explorers were busy preparing to leave for Allegany tomorrow. We are all excited for their adventures.
Today is officially the halfway mark to EFS Summer Camp 2017! We've had a great three weeks, and today was no exception! Discovery groups enjoyed free swim Friday. This morning Discovery 3 and 4 spent time at Penn Dixie looking for fossils. We all enjoyed the Discovery Showcase this afternoon. Robotics, Trash'n Fash'n, and Color Challenge Sports all wrapped up their weeks. Trash'n Fash'n treated their parents to a true fashion show experience. Their creations were amazing! Congratulations to the Red Team who were awarded as the winning team of Color Challenge Sports. The points they accumulated for Good Sportsmanship took them right to the top. We hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! See you Monday!
Well, we started the day with some torrential rain. We sadly had to cancel the Discovery 5 trip to Penn Dixie. Luckily the Buffalo Museum of Science helped us out and allowed our group to come there and spend some quality time with Seymour the Mastodon and Stanley the Albertosaurus! Robotics camp had some amazing relay races. To quote their counselor, "pictures don't do the race justice". Trash'n Fash'n spent time today working on their unconventional fashion challenges. They drew designs on posterboard and filled their designs with toothpicks, straws, etc. Check out the pictures below! Wilderness Explorers also had to cancel their trip kayaking. They spent the day doing Olympic challenges. When it cleared up later they were able to make their mountain pies on the grill. OnStage! Counselors had to quickly change their playground/outside time today because of the wet conditions. Instead they showed campers a video of the very first OnStage! production ever, which just happened to be Into the Woods! OnStage! Campers (all 50 of them this week) thoroughly enjoyed watching the 12 performers who once upon a time put on the same play that they are currently working on! Sports played Gaga, Flickerball, and Sophia's Challenge (Camper invented game). They also climbed the Rock Wall. Please remember to join us tomorrow for the Discovery Showcase beginning at 3:15.
A little morning rain is not going to stop the fun at EFS Summer Camp! It's all about the dinosaurs in Discovery Camps! Today Discovery 3 and 4s painted their dinosaur fossils that they made yesterday. Discovery 7 camp is eagerly awaiting their larger clay dinosaurs to dry and are ready to paint. Discovery 5 Campers played a fun dinosaur and color matching game in Spanish class today. In Science they learned about different animal footprints. Discovery 6 Campers were off to Penn Dixie today for their fossil hunting time. Wilderness Campers went swimming this morning. Their team building initiative today was straw towers and they have begun writing their own campfire stories. They used kelly kettles on the campfire this afternoon to make hot chocolate and chicken noodle soup. Trash'n Fash'n worked on accessories today. They made felt flowers and headbands. Robotics camp had a tug-of-war tournament with their own robots. Congratulations to the Bots of Doom team who were the winners! This afternoon they had robot relay races. Color Challenge Sports went to Wilkeson Pointe this afternoon for some fun games and challenges. We are all eager to find out which color team has earned the most points by Friday.
What a great day at EFS Summer Camp! Discovery 5, 6, and 7 swam this morning. Discovery 3 and 4 made dinosaur fossils. Discovery 7 was off to Penn Dixie this afternoon to dig for real fossils. Discovery campers are busy learning songs and dances that they present in a Discovery Showcase for parents on Friday afternoon at 3:15. Robotics camp went down to the Central Library to visit the Launchpad and virtual reality exhibit. Each child wore virtual reality glasses and was able to explore a new game. The OnStage! show was cast yesterday and today campers eagerly received their scripts and parts. Now the fun begins! Wilderness camp learned pocketknife safety and practiced soap carving. This afternoon they whittled their own pens. Wilderness, Trash'n Fash'n and Sports Camp got together this afternoon and "hiked" up to the corner 7/11 store to partake in free slurpie day. Trash'n Fash'n campers have been busy working on their new creations in preparation for a fashion show they will be presenting to their parents on Friday afternoon. Sports campers played bennis and pillow polo. Summer fun is here at camp!
Welcome to Week 3 of EFS Summer Camp. Discovery is all about dinosaurs this week. Everyone is excited for their fossil digging field trip this week. Discovery 5, 6, and 7s swam this morning. They were very excited to have Miss Lindsey back at camp for movement classes! Discovery 3 and 4 made some dinosaur stamping pictures and played Collect the Treasure. In Science, Discovery campers learned about spider webs and made their own. OnStage! and Wilderness Explorers both began new sessions today. OnStage! held auditions for Into the Woods. This session of Wilderness Explorers began preparations to camp next week at Allegany State Park. Wilderness Explorer Campers, as well as all of EFS Summer Camp, congratulates Mr. Steve and his wife on the birth of their first son early this morning. Robotics camp started today with making their first battle-bots and had a challenge this afternoon. Color Challenge Sports made their color teams today and began the week of point collection through games and challenges. Trash'n Fash'n began this morning with a big shopping trip to the Goodwill Store to stock up on merchandise that they will use all week for their unique creations.
We had a big end to week 2 of EFS Summer Camp. Discovery groups were all treated to a free swim Friday. Discovery 3 & 4 spent the afternoon at Monkey See, Monkey Do for their Dr. Seuss activity. We have loved our opportunities to partner with Monkey See, Monkey Do this past week. If you haven't been to this amazing children's book store in Clarence, you should plan a visit soon. The jungle themed rooms are fabulous and there are often themed craft days for kids. You can have a birthday party there planned all around your child's favorite book. Our Discovery campers have all enjoyed their field trips this week. Unfortunately our From Scratch cooking camp field trip to Zittle's Farm had to be cancelled this morning due to heavy rain there. Campers were excited to spend more time cooking. They finished their peanut butter pie and made homemade truffles. This afternoon the campers were allowed to make their own creation using the ingredients provided. The highlight of our Red, White, and Seuss week was the OnStage! performance of Seussical, Jr. We are so proud of the 47 campers ages 8-14 who put on the entire musical with 8 days of preparation. It was a fantastic show enjoyed by campers of all ages!