Thursday, August 18, 2016

Lydia and Ryan Summer Campin 2

Ryan and Lydia did some summer camps this year!!  Ryan always does band camp and Lydia always does Drama camp, but this year they were able to do something different.  Drama camp happened to be held the same week as the family went to Myrtle Beach so Lydia had to forego that one.  She has been doing the Blue Ridge Community College theater programs so it was not a big deal to miss.  Ryan did band camp again this summer, but he wanted to go to Brethren Woods Camp with his friends Kemper and Kendall.

In lieu of Drama Camp, Lydia did culinary camp at one of our local high schools.  Not only did she get to bake a TON of goodies, but she got to bring samples home!!  They were wonderful!!  The high school did about 30 different camps that kids could sign up and participate.  After the week of baking pizza dough, homemade rolls, cake, cookies, banana bread and so many other goodies, they had a little end of the week ceremony.  Lydia's camp didn't do a skit like some of the camps, but we were able to look at some pictures that her instructor took and the camp posted on a display board.


 During their week, her camp took a field trip to a locally owned Italian restaurant.  There, they made their own pizza and then ate lunch there while eating their pizza.  Lydia really enjoyed this one!
I asked her instructor to send me copies of the pictures that Lydia is in, but she never did.  These are pictures of the pictures that I took of Lydia's week.
 Everyone had to take their turn washing dishes.
 A cake they made and she brought home the leftovers!
 Making the sugar cookies--homemade!!
After viewing the pictures, she was able to take me to the classroom where her camp me each day.
 This was her group's kitchen station.  Lydia in her kitchen!!
These are the sugar cookies that she made.  She was able to bring them home.  She made one for each member of the family and for her cousins as well.  They were visiting part of the week she was at camp.  The week was great and she loved it!  The notebook is something she got to bring home as well.  It has a print out of all the recipes they made through the week.  She has made several of them since.

Emily was not offered a camp this year because I was really hoping she was going to do a golf camp.  As it turns out, she has no interest in golf what so ever.  By the time I accepted this, it was too late to sign her up in a camp.  So, Emily was able to spend some time with friends, with her mother and brush up on her swimming that week.  Grammy's Bible School was going on that same week and my nieces, Adella and Penny were at Grammy's house that week to be able to go to Bible School.  Two of those days, Emily and I helped out Grammy by keeping Adella and Penny for the day (and overnight once) so Grammy could go help our family friends.

We took advantage of the days and took the girls on Emily's "mini camp."  Geocaching, walking through the park on a VERY hot day, playing on the playground, going to the dog park and hitting the weekly, summer, dollar movie.  It was a fun time!!





We have promised Emily a real camp next year.  :)

Lydia and Ryan Summer Campin

Ryan and Lydia did some summer camps this year!!  Ryan always does band camp and Lydia always does Drama camp, but this year they were able to do something different.  Drama camp happened to be held the same week as the family went to Myrtle Beach so Lydia had to forego that one.  She has been doing the Blue Ridge Community College theater programs so it was not a big deal to miss.  Ryan did band camp again this summer, but he wanted to go to Brethren Woods Camp with his friends Kemper and Kendall.

Brethren Woods was a week long camp in which he could not have any communication with home for the entire week.  If an emergency had happened, they would have contacted us, but otherwise--no communication.  He was very excited to do this until it got closer to time.  He became nervous and decided he didn't want to go after all.  His friends Kendall and Kemper had been in previous years and had done the day camp, the three night camp and the week long camp the year before.  While they were a bit nervous as well, I think Ryan topped the chart in nervous.

I dropped him off on Sunday, July 17 at 6:00.  We hiked up the very long, steep hill, to the location of his cabin.  The place he would be staying for the next week.  The camp was laid out with beds lined up on both sides of the tent/cabin.  It had wooden floors and a wooden roof with a screen that went around the perimeter.  No AC and it was July.  He took several tank tops in order to keep from melting.  :)  His camp director was name Alan and was a vetran.  He was a college age young man who had been a counselor at Brethren Woods for several different years.  He made me feel very comfortable to leave my child with him.  In the cabin/tent on the other side of their camping area, was where the same age girls camped.  Their counselor was named Lydia so right away I knew Ryan would feel at home.  :)


Ryan, Kendall, Kemper
The day we dropped them off at camp.  They are in front of their cabin/tent.  Their camp fire area is to the left of Kemper and they are actually on the side of a mountain.

We had no idea, but Brethren Woods Camp has a Facebook page!  They posted pictures!!  When we realized this, we were so excited!  We would pull it up every day!  They also allowed us to email Ryan so that the email could be printed out and given to him at dinner each day. We emailed him several times, but didn't do it every day. Didn't want to do too much.  He indicated that he liked getting the notes so that was good.  The following are some of the pictures that they posted.  At the time we had no idea what was going on and it was so good to be able to see him and know that he was ok.


These were some of the first pictures we saw.  They apparently set up a huge tarp and made it into a water slide.  It looks like they had a ton of fun!!  This is Ryan coming down the water slide. 
This is Kemper making his slide
 
 Kendall and his sunglasses making their mark on the tarp.
 
This is Antoinne Washington.  Antoinne was a boy that Ryan went to school with until 3rd or 4th grade.  Then he moved. He has been coming to this camp for several years.  It was so great seeing him and Ryan being able to catch up with him!!  Until they were in 2nd grade, they thought they were cousins.  :)

 
 Waiting in line to play another water game.

One of the things he was so looking forward to was horseback riding.  They took the campers to a neighboring camp to use their horses and helmets and gear.  They had someone take them on a walking trail ride. Ryan loved this!!  We loved seeing the pictures, but were so confused as to why he had on a bright pink helmet.  :)  We figured it was because of his ENORMOUS head and that was the only one that could fit him.  :)  It does make it easier to spot him in all the pictures that were taken during the day.





Ryan made some new friends at camp.  They kept in touch for a little while, but that ended up fading off.  One of the greatest friendships and neatest people he met was Devor.  Devor was part of the deaf camp that was just down the hill from Ryan's camp site.  This group of kids really impressed Ryan and they taught him sign language.  He had the whole alphabet down and many different words.  

This is the deaf camp.  Devor is the one in the back with the black shirt on and orange shoe laces.  
Mike and I went together to pick up Ryan.  Can't remember where they were, but his sisters were not with us.  So it was just the two of us getting him.  We got to watch the closing ceremony and the little camp skits that each camp did.  Click on the link below and you will see the youtube video of Ryan's camp's skit.  It was really cute!  Love the end with Ryan and Antoinne.  

After we left camp we asked Ryan where he wanted to get dinner.  He had some really great food throughout the week, but he was excited to eat at Pizza Hut!!  It was nice that it was just the three of us.  Sorry we didn't get you too Mike.  He was on the other side of the table.  Ryan's only request before eating--going home to get a shower first.  He sure did stink!!!  :)