Camp was full of fun and exciting activities today planned by our unit heads and special programming director! Oldest unit had an exciting game of capture the flag on the sports field after ‘Golden Broom’ cabin clean up. Two cabins were paired up and then played against the other two oldest cabins. One team wore red pennies and the other wore green pennies to help teams differentiate each other. It was a playful game of two hand touch and the winners made it all the way to the flag and back without getting touched.
Middle unit planned an afternoon of water Olympics! Cabins got in their bathing suits and met on the sports field for 2 hours of water related games! The cabins started out played Drip, Drip, Drop, a version of ‘Duck, duck, goose,’ where the players use a sponge to drip until they find who they want to tag and then they squeeze the sponge out on top of them. Then the campers played a couple water relay games and then ended with a water balloon toss which eventually turned into a water balloon fight.
After dinner, campers headed down to the barn for the Swift Carnival! There were games from mini golf to bowling and a photo booth to a friendship booth. There were a couple performances through the night, one by support staff rapping about camp and another by campers who went to the dance class during camper’s choice and learned a choreographed dance by support staff members, Ellie and Allison.
Campers went back to their cabins and had flashlight pass, this is where campers pass a flashlight around and when the flashlight gets to them they have a chance to share a favorite moment or activity from their time up at camp.
The next morning campers were served a healthy breakfast of yogurt and cereal and then packed up their bags to say goodbye to their cabins. Each camper enjoyed a packed lunch on the bus and were accompanied by a counselor and support staff member to help with their journey back home.
Session 1 Camp Recap
Leaving home can be hard for both the campers and their parents but the amount one gains from the experience of camp is worth more than one may ever know. Campers enjoyed a home cooked meal 3 times a day and slept in cabins with 11 to 14 other people. This week campers learned about Japanese culture while making dessert sushi, they worked on controlling their emotions with stress relieving activities like Play-Doh, they learned team building activities at the ropes course and the Rock Wall, and did science experiences with creating a parachute to keep an egg from breaking! Campers made new friends and became closer with old ones. The values that are taught at Camp Swift can be brought home and used during their everyday lives. Staff and counselors look forward to seeing campers at after school programs and other youth activities the organization puts on throughout the year. To learn more, follow our blog or read more on the about page!
Grilled Cheese Day!
The Camp Swift staff was up early to prepare the morning’s pancakes and fruit! Youngest unit was off to the lake for a morning of hiking and canoeing with our support staff. While others were running around, a few of our girls cabins were pampered at their spa day. They did honey oatmeal face masks, got their nails painted, and meditated to some relaxing music.
On the theme of mind and body, our Special Programs Director, Hillary Lorsch, and our Director of Fun, Scott Lorsch, taught a Yoga class as an extra ‘Campers Choice’ activity! Campers learned both strengthening poses and slow breathing exercises.
Campers had a chance to get dressed up and painted for Grilled Cheese Day! As campers lined up outside the lodge for lunch, counselors led them in grilled cheese cheers to make sure they were really ready for some grilled cheese! We can’t forget grilled cheese’s partner in crime, tomato soup! Each cabin enjoyed a bowl of homemade tomato soup to go with their warm and gooey grilled cheese sandwiches.
Oldest boys had a water balloon fight on the volleyball court during their game of battleship and youngest boys got messy painting their counselors!
Youngest and Middle Unit went on their overnight and enjoyed grilled hot dogs, sliced oranges, celery, and chips of their choice. After their evening hike, youngest unit went back to their cabins for bed and middle unit had the chance to sleep under the stars on the sports field.
Oldest unit learned about the 7 Natural World Wonders for their evening program and played games from ship to shore to tic-tac-toe.
Meet our Camp Swift Session 1 2017 Unit Heads!
Matt Wall, the Youngest Unit Head, was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. After volunteering as a Camp Swift counselor for 4 years, working at URJ Kutz Camp in New York for 4 years, and taking the roll as an RA at the University of Arizona for 3 years, Matt decided he was ready to take on the role as a Camp Swift Unit Head. Matt’s favorite camp activities are teaching campers how to swim at the pool and Grilled Cheese Day! Matt is a certified lifeguard and hopes to one day bring people together through his love of sports.
Jenny Swift, the Middle Unit Head, is a fourth year student at Cornell University. Jenny started volunteering at Camp Swift in High School and once her passion grew for the camp, she decided she needed to do more! Jenny can be found helping campers achieve their goal at the rock wall or planning team building activities for her unit. After she finishes university, Jenny hopes to continue a career in non-profit work.
Mindi Zudekoff is making her way to 6 years of volunteering with Swift Youth Foundation. Mindi is spending the session as the Oldest Unit Head and is currently in her last year at the University of Arizona and plans to make her way to Law School. Canoeing is one of her favorite Camp Swift activities as well as teaching campers about the world of science.
Be Kind Day!
Saturday morning at Camp Swift started with a delicious egg and turkey bacon breakfast with home fries for all the campers prepared by Chef Zane! Zane was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and grew his passion for food while being taught in the kitchen by his grandmother. Zane’s grandmother told him to do everything with love and that’s exactly what he does today for our Camp Swift family.
Camp Swift surprised the campers with a special appearance from the Be Kind Crew. Throughout the whole day, the Be Kind Crew put together activities and programs for the campers in between their regularly scheduled activities. The Be Kind Crews mission is to connect students through hip hop, spoken words, and positive interaction. Their message is what ‘to,’ instead of what ‘not’ to do. The campers had the chance to learn how to be kind through dance and communication with their peers. At the end of the evening, all of camp got together for a group Be Kind dance off! The campers were able to ‘Be Enthusiastic’ and ‘Be Supportive’ during this fun and energetic day!
For lunch campers enjoyed homemade pizza, fruit, and salad! The lodge (cafeteria) broke out into a Wavin’ Flag dance party before rest hour! Wavin’ Flag by K’NAAN is a camp favorite for the inspirational lyrics about growing up to be strong and free.
In the afternoon, youngest unit had an exciting two hour program playing minute to win it games. From the challenging event of placing an Oreo on their foreheads and sliding it down their face to be eaten without dropping to trying to get penny’s out pantyhose using only one hand.
Oldest unit and a middle unit cabin headed out to the lake for canoeing and hiking today! Canoeing allowed the cabins to practice teamwork and trust as well as gave them a chance to learn a new sport in the outdoors.
After a long day of hiking, dancing, climbing, drawing, and more, campers filled their stomachs with tacos then after the evening Be Kind program, they went back to their cabin for a good night’s rest!
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