One of the nicest times of the summer, is getting to share what we do at Crestwood with our camp families. This is the time of the year when Pre-School and Kindergarten visiting are in full swing. We hope everyone had as nice a time visiting us as we had having you.
Picture Day should bring a smile to your face but another reason to be happy this past Monday was seeing everyone dressed in their Crestwood gear. Spirit is high and pure joy is all around as we take pictures and create memories.
Crestwood Trip & Travel
This past week many of our older camp groups had the opportunity to go on some exciting trips. Our Mohawks and Hopis visited Dorney Park, while our Chiefs and Senecas cooled off at Splish Splash. The Kiowas and Wings had the opportunity to go to Adventureland. Our Teen Adventure campers spent 4 days in Boston, while our Teen Travel program ventured way north to Toronto and Niagara Falls for a 5 day excursion.
The day that many of us wait for arrived at Crestwood last Wednesday. The day that we can all dress super silly is always a fun time. Socks and shoes did not match, hairstyles were outrageous, underwear could be seen on the heads of campers, and lots of smiles could be seen on faces.
Our Special Event this past Friday were interactive performances by an educational theater company called Mainstages. Our pre-school and kindergarten students were presented with a show called, “The Adventures of Captain Crestwood.” During the show Captain Crestwood encountered numerous opportunities to perform good deeds that emphasized the impact an individual can have on others and his or her community. Many of our Super Six values that we have at Crestwood were featured in the performance. Our older campers participated in a high energy Game Show. The event featured lots of trivia, cheering, dancing, and a bunch of very entertaining physical challenges.
Get in the Game
Last Thursday our Dome was turned into a huge game room. We increased the size and fun factor of many classic games. Our campers enjoyed giant versions of Twister, Operation, Connect Four, Tic-Tac-Toe, Darts, and even Angry Birds.
Chippewas Empty Pocket Relays
One of the most entertaining events to watch or be a part of is the Empty Pockets Relay. During this event, our 1st grade girls and their staff are challenged to find objects from their possessions that they have in front of them. Simple things like hair brushes to more challenging items like a feather might be called.
Pre-School Color Clash
Our pre-school campers got into the action of Color Week recently in our Club House. The Shawnees and Papawnees were presented with the task of sorting hundreds of pictures by color. Campers were asked to pick up pictures and place them on the matching color of the “Color Train”. Campers were then asked to organize the pictures according to categories. The categories included, foods, clothing, animals, and things people ride in or on. Our youngest campers did a wonderful job sorting, while we reinforced the concept of being respectful of those around us.
The Endeavor Program
In their first summer at Crestwood, the NEW Endeavor program has hit the ground running and having a great time. Our program has been designed for campers to succeed in a structured, nurturing and predictable environment. We offer 3 to 1 staff ratios for children 8 and older. This specialized program is thoughtfully developed and run by highly trained professionals. This translates into a devoted staff who supports campers to thrive throughout the summer and carry over new skills into their everyday lives. Do you know a child who would benefit from a supportive camp program that is specially designed to meet their current needs? We would be happy to help your child be successful in a traditional camp setting. Feel free to call the Endeavor staff anytime. Our email is crestwoodendeavor@gmail..com or call program director Nancy Hollander at 516-445-0045.
WEEK 2 - NEWSLETTER
Crestwood Spirit Day
One thing we all share every day at camp is our love for Crestwood. This past Wednesday, we all got to show that love and dress in green and white, for Crestwood Spirit Day.
In 2016 there will be a summer Olympics in Rio and this past Friday, there was a summer Olympics at Crestwood. Each of our groups were placed on one of four teams. These teams included, Team Mark H, Team Mark T, Team Jeff, and Team Splash (our mascot). All of our campers participated in amusing activities, where they had the opportunity to earn points towards one of the four teams. The activities either simulated real Olympic events, or were just simply fun. The Torch Carry, The Hurdles, Noodle Hockey, and lots of entertaining relay races rounded out the events. Congratulations to Team Jeff who took home the gold medal for a 1st place finish at our Olympics. Team Jeff was followed by Mark T in 2nd, Team Splash in 3rd, and Team Mark H in 4th.
Group Cheer Contest
Our Group Cheer Contest concluded this week with some amazing demonstrations of spirit. Thank you to all our campers who cheered, chanted, and danced in our contest. A second thank you also goes out to all of our staff, for teaching their groups a cheer. Congratulations to our three winners: The Hogans, The B Hunters, and The Hopis.
Cage Ball Craze
Cage Ball is a modified game of Volleyball played with a large beach ball that requires high amounts of teamwork to be successful. Some of our older campers took to the volleyball court this week and got into the craze of Cage Ball.
Part of Spirit Week this past Thursday was Banner Day. This was a day where groups created a banner with each campers name on it. Groups then proudly showcased their banner as they walked around the grounds of Crestwood. Each banner was then hung in their bunk to be displayed for the rest of the summer.
Navaho Rock Star Day
Things were “rocking” in the Navahos this past Monday when our third grade girls had their unique day to dress like rock stars.
This past week in the Dome some classic games came to life. Campers participated in games that are usually played on a board, while seated at a table. Instead of being seated at a table, campers were on scooters, grabbing balloons with baskets, and knocking down targets on ships. All these actions took place during our games of HungryHungry Humans and Battleship Ball.
This past Tuesday many of our groups participated in different variations of Tic-Tac-Toe. Some groups participated in a cooperative relay where teams were asked to drop their game pieces in one of nine hula-hoops, that were setup like a Tic-Tac-Toe Board. The object of the relay was to get three in a row, but required a team effort to be successful.
Crestwood Super 6 - Pics of Six - Acceptance
We love this Acceptance picture of the B Navahos!
Papawnee 3s know all about Acceptance!
At Crestwood, we have some very talented people who work in our specialty areas. To provide the most professional and quality instruction, we have partnered with many top quality programs in the area. Many of these specialists also make positive contributions to our surrounding communities. Here are just some of our specialists who work with our campers on a daily basis
Gymnastics Staff – Terrence from Hot Shots Gymnastics in Plainview
Tennis – Brad & Ian from Bethpage Park Tennis Center
Karate – Sensei Jason from Bustos Martial Arts in Plainview
Dance – Bari & Elizabeth from The Dance Arts Centre in Port Washington
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