Happy last day of July! It's hard to believe that we are beginning our last week of EFS Summer Camp. Discovery Camp began the day at the pool. We are so proud to see the swimming skills that many of our campers have developed over this summer. In Science our Discovery Campers are making their own structures with string and sticks. In Music they are writing their own songs while using fun instruments. OnStage! campers went to Delaware Park for a picnic lunch and then a behind the scenes tour at Shakespeare in the Park. Backyard Games Sports camp played Kan Jam, Ladder Ball, and Corn Hole this morning. Then they went for an afternoon at Wilkeson Pointe for some games there. Paper Roller Coasters and Art camp began a new session. Art studied Jackson Pollock, Modigliani, and Picasso in preparation for their trip to the Albright Knox tomorrow. Wilderness Campers are preparing to leave for Letchworth State Park tomorrow morning.
We can't believe that this year's EFS Summer Camp is almost over. Today was a fantastic summer day! Discovery 6 went to the Outer Harbor Playground. They enjoyed a picnic lunch and some play time. We all enjoyed our last Discovery Showcase this afternoon. Wilderness camp spent the afternoon on a long hike before spending the night in tents at Elmwood Franklin. Camp Invention displayed their projects in a science fair setting. Coding Camp had a campus wide Coding Scavenger Hunt. We hope everyone has a great weekend and we'll see you bright and early Monday morning.
The animals were back at camp today! Discovery 3, 4, 5 were treated to some special time with a hedgehog, turtle, ball python, and black-throated monitor. Due to this morning's prediction of thunderstorms, we decided to keep Discovery 7 at camp this afternoon, and then of course the sun came out. It was a great day at the ballpark for Field Sports and Coding camp. They had a fabulous time at this afternoon's Bisons game. Camp Invention is busy putting some finishing touches on many of their projects and this afternoon they constructed straw roller coasters. Wilderness Campers wrote their own campfire stories in preparation for tomorrow night's tent sleepover. All Discovery Campers had music and movement classes today in preparation of tomorrow's Discovery Showcase at 3:15 in the theatre. We hope to see many of you there.
Discovery camp turned into a jungle today! Discovery 6 and 7 had special visitors from Buffalo Animal Adventure. After learning about the rainforest, they visited with a Polynesian pygmy pig, cockroach, Blue-tongued skink, boa, and more! Campers were so excited to meet new friends today! Discovery 5 had a great afternoon at the Outer Harbor Playground. They enjoyed a picnic lunch and played with their friends. Wilderness Explorers cooked pies over the fire. They also went kayaking this afternoon. Field Sports played lacrosse out on the field today. Coding enjoyed some free time at the pool, and came back to camp to continue to work on a special coding version of the Amazing Race! Camp Invention was hard at work all day on their creations. Today they worked on creating a switch board. We can't wait to see what they come up with! Its hard to believe it's already Wednesday!
Discovery Campers are loving Rainforest Adventure Week. They are busy making wooden snakes, animal masks, and rainsticks. Discovery 5, 6, and 7 headed off to the pool this morning, happy that the pool is inside! Discovery 3 and 4 went down to the Outer Harbor playground. Camp Invention is busy taking apart old machines and electronics and working on new creations. Today some work was done with robots and fidget spinners. Coding Camp is on computers working with programs such as Scratch, Code.org, and Code Academy. Wilderness camp learned knife safety this morning and practiced whittling in the afternoon. OnStage! campers received their roles for Alice in Wonderland, and rehearsals are now in full swing.
Everyone was happy and excited to be back for week 5! A new OnStage! session began this morning as campers now have 10 camp days to audition, choreograph, rehearse and perform Alice in Wonderland. Wilderness Explorers began a new session of eager campers ready to head off to Letchworth State Park next week. Coding camp began with a great experiment of making a peanut butter and fluff/ jelly sandwiches. As camper wrote what they thought were exact, step-by-step directions, they soon found out the "bugs" in their steps. This afternoon it was off to the computer lab. Camp Invention began with a creative brainstorming activity and then they were off to Home Depot to each purchase the supplies they each thought they needed for their inventions. We are excited to see what they create this week.
The end of Week 4 came much too quickly! Discovery Campers enjoyed Cooking week immensely! Today they worked together to bake banana bread. Everyday campers loved working together with their aprons on. Young Authors finished the week with a full board of cool words! Water sports had a great field trip at the Buffalo Yacht Club. They received a lesson before getting out on the water on a sailboat. We were all jealous back at camp when they sent us some awesome pictures! We were all treated to our second OnStage! show of this summer. Into the Woods was performed by 50 campers this afternoon. We are always in awe of the talent on our stage. Congratulations on a fantastic show! See everyone next week!
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.