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WEEK 8 RECAP
We plan all year for just 8 weeks. The 8 greatest weeks of the year. The 8 weeks every child anxiously awaits. And now that it is over, all of us miss the excitement, the fun, and the people that make Crestwood Day Camp so special. Of course, we all have the memories to keep us smiling until next summer arrives. Memories of friends, staff, accomplishments, new skills and life lessons learned. Here is our week 8 newsletter highlighting some of the events during our final days of the 2016 summer. Come back to our blog/news page during the year to rememeber all the great memories from the 2016 summer. In addition, follow us on Facebook.
The Green Ninjas and the White Knights engaged in three days of exciting and friendly competition. They battled on our fields, on our courts, and in our pools. The final moments of this year’s Crestwood Games featured dancing, musical chairs, and even Tugs of War, between our Generals and Captains. It also featured a full camp competition known as the “Ultimate Dance Off”. When every point was added, it was the White Knights that were victorious. Congratulations to both teams for your hard work and sportsmanship.
This past Friday, Soccer 3 was packed with inflatables and our kindergarten and pre-school campers had them all to themselves. This is a day that our Shawnee, Papawnee, and kindergarten campers are always “pumped up” to have on the Crestwood calendar.
Congratulations one last time to all participants of Crestwood’s Swim team as they had their final meet this past week. We’re hopeful our campers not only enjoyed participating on the team but realize the fantastic exercise one can get from swimming.
Some of our campers got to experience an off grounds golf trip earlier this week. Our campers had a great time expanding their skill and knowledge of a game that can be played for a lifetime.
Our Teens got to say “goodbye” in style with an incredible teen banquet at Aura in East Meadow. They danced the night away, ate a delicious dinner, and reminisced about all the fun trips and memories they made this summer.
Last Day – Group T-shirts & Banners
Among the many things that are customary at Crestwood, there are also a few last day traditions. The first tradition is that all campers receive a group t-shirt designed by their group staff. Campers and staff wore their shirts proudly as the final day at camp was upon us. A second tradition is for campers to receive a Crestwood banner. The idea is that all campers in the group will sign one another’s banner and the banner can be something that our campers can hold on to forever. Our final tradition is to give away the crazy hats that staff members wore throughout the summer. Congratulations to the thirty plus randomly selected campers, who were lucky enough take home a crazy hat.
It’s not often one can see dueling knights in armor on horses at Crestwood. It’s also not that common to see ninjas emerging from layers of smoke on our fields. But this is exactly what could be seen as Crestwood Games broke out in a big way this past Tuesday afternoon. Eventually the Knights and the Ninjas were about to battle for supremacy, when we requested the honor of settling the dispute with three days of friendly competition known as the Crestwood Games.
A day that is always very well received by our campers is the Water Carnival. This is the day that it becomes possible to walk on water as all or our pools are filled with inflatables to climb, slide, and ride.
Beauty and the Beast Shows
If you were able to “Be Our Guest” this past week for one of our two theater productions, you saw some absolutely amazing performers take to the Crestwood stage. Congratulations to our performers and a big “thank you” to all members of their family and our staff, who helped prepare them.
This past Friday we had the privilege of seeing a whole lot of talent on display during our 1st grade and up Talent Shows. Every group selects a song and rehearses a dance over the past few weeks. Congratulations to all our campers who had the courage to perform in front of their peers.
Always a huge hit with our youngest campers is the Goowins Balloowins show. During the performance different skits such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the Three Bears are acted out by children while they are wearing balloon costumes.
Campers who chose to participate did an amazing job swinging, hanging, and flipping upside down in our incredible Trapeze Show. We are so proud of how much they accomplished this summer.
Crazy Hat & Hair Day
It’s a daily tradition at Crestwood that campers leave the grounds to the sight of a staff member wearing a crazy hat. The tradition was started way back in the early days of Crestwood by founder, Norman Schnittman. Recently it was our campers turn to get in on the crazy hat fun. Thank you to all the campers and staff who were spirited enough to get a little crazy with their hair or headwear.
Final Pre-School & Kindergarten Shows
The rest of our pre-school and kindergarten campers were in the spotlight recently, as we finished the remainder of our shows. It is always great entertainment when our youngest campers are on stage.
Twinkle Twinkle Day
This was a different way of saying it was Twin Day this past Wednesday. It’s always nice to come to camp knowing there is a twin or twins dressed the same way.
Hersey Park Trip
Our Senior Rec 6th & 7th graders went on their overnight trip last Wednesday that started at the “sweetest place on earth”. Their day was spent on fabulous rides and they also got to cool off on some water rides. The Chocolate World ride was a favorite since it ended with a sweet treat. On Thursday, they traveled to Indian Echo Cavern where they toured a very cool (literally) 52 degree cave.
Fishing Boat Trip
Our 4th & 5th graders got to go fishing aboard a charter boat in the bay at Captree State Park. Some of our campers caught fluke and sea robins, and one even caught a baby shark!
Super Teen Cruise
This past Sunday, our oldest campers (10th & 11th Graders) boarded the Carnival Imagination for an amazing 4 night Catalina & Baja Mexico Cruise. We are sure that they are having the time of their lives.
Navahos Survivor Challenge
This past Thursday our 3rd grade girls were put to the test with Survivor Games. Friendly competitions where at the end of the game there is a winner and a lot of “non-winners”. Games included Simon Sez, Four Corners, Heads or Tails, as well as Ships and Sailors.
On Monday, parents enjoyed watching their children in two of our pre-school shows. All of our little stars were fabulous and really enjoyed their stage time. Next week, Wednesday, August 17th, will be show time for the remaining pre-school groups which were originally scheduled for Tuesday, August 9th.
2017 Teen Itineraries – Our oldest campers in our Teen Adventure (6th & 7th grade), Teen Travel (8th - 10th grade), and Super Teen (10th & 11th grade) programs are having a great time this summer. Next year’s trip itineraries are now available on our web site. Click here to view.
Frisbee Dog Show
A very well received special event this past Friday was our Frisbee Dog Show. Campers had the privilege of watching a variety of different dogs run, jump, and of course catch frisbees in their mouths.
Pirate and Princess Week
~Pirate & Princess Dress up Day
At Crestwood we AAARRRGGGHHH always ready for a fun dress up day. Pirate and Princess Day was high up on the list of amusing days to be at camp. There were lot of hats, hooks, parrots and of course, tiaras and dresses.
~Ultimate Treasure Hunt
A big part of Pirate and Princess Day was an ultimate hunt for treasure. Groups were given a treasure map of clues that led them to a variety of different locations around camp. Once at the specific locations, campers had to complete a pirate challenge to earn a gold coin. Things like all campers receiving a pirate name, digging for gold, firing cannon balls at evil pirates, or attempting to open locked treasure chests, were all part of the event.
Our kindergarten campers got into the pirate spirit with some games of battleship. Campers had the double responsibility of protecting their “Pirate Ship” from getting sunk by cannon ball fire while attempting to sink other ships around them. Campers took turns performing special jobs that allowed them to leave their ship and venture out into the water to retrieve cannon balls.
This past Friday, our Shawnee and Papawnee campers enjoyed a staff performance of the book, “Giraffes Can’t Dance”. The book highlights a giraffe named Gerald who is not confident enough to dance in front of the other animals. In the end, Gerald turns out to be a fantastic dancer and is educated about individuality and being confident in oneself. Our show featured pre-school staff members performing a variety of dance styles including the Tango, Rock n’ Roll, Scottish Reel, and Cha Cha.
Rocketry & Fine Arts
This summer, campers who chose to be in the Rocketry or Fine Arts clubs got to create amazing masterpieces led by Jessica Goldberg, a NYC Art & Special Education Teacher. In Rocketry, each week, campers returned to build and decorate their rockets. This week, the finished rockets were launched in the air so campers got to watch their own creation soar. At Fine Arts, campers have been exploring their creative side with a wide variety of materials and projects including, plaster hands and masks, clay, ocean scenes, canvas painting, wire tree sculptures, and more!
Sports Pull-Out Clubs
Throughout the summer, interested campers had a great opportunity to supplement their regularly scheduled sports activities. Under the direction of our talented athletic coaches and staff, campers could choose specific sports pull-outs in soccer, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, or football.
This past Monday was the beginning of Challenge Week. Campers will be offered a variety of challenges to complete throughout the week. Some of the challenges include taking pictures in fun, creative, and perplexing ways or for our younger campers, completing “Eye Spy” challenges around the grounds of Crestwood.
Swim Meet #2
On Monday our swim team had their 2nd swim meet of the summer. This time it was at Pierce Day Camp. Everyone did a great job and a fun time was had by all.