Friday, August 18, 2000
RecCom Summer Fun
As it does every summer, the Carlisle Recreation Commission's summer camp again has offered many campers, from kindergarten to eighth grade, a fabulous time. Involving an unprecedented number of campers (approximately 125 per week), the program has thrived under the hard work and organization of its dedicated adult organizers. Not to forget the numerous others: counselors, lifeguards, instructors, aides, and of course, most importantly, the campers, all of whom have helped make the program the best it has been in years according to camp director, Jan Deyoe. The camp is divided into two separate programs—one for kids entering kindergarten through fourth grade, and the other for older kids entering fourth through eighth grade. Both of these programs run in parallel for six weeks (in three two-week sessions), ending on the fourth of August.
Centered at the Carlisle School, the camp for the younger kids uses several classrooms in the Wilkins Building, the plaza, the tennis courts, the playground (the Carlisle Castle) and the basement and back lawn of the First Religious Society. Campers enjoy indoor and outdoor games with their counselors, ranging from "Simon Says" and ping-pong to chaotic games of "Capture the Flag" and tag. In addition to having some free time to play around with friends and the counselors while eating snacks, the kids also go to planned activities namely culture, arts and crafts, tennis and swimming. Culture, a new addition to this year's program, involves learning about foreign countries. Conducted by people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, this activity includes playing games native to the country, listening to pop music from the country, eating various foods, learning about tourist attractions and some basic vocabulary. In addition, the children can also take home some nifty crafts they have made at the camp and hone their skills in swimming and tennis. But then again, I do not want to make this all sound too serious, because in the end all that matters is that everyone is having fun.
The camp for older kids offers a much wider range of exciting activities over the six weeks, including basketball, biking, street hockey, baseball, horse riding, canoeing, golf, archery, softball and video production. A lot of kids entering eighth grade, approaching the minimum working age of 14, also opt to become CIT's (Counselors in Training) helping and following groups around, learning first aid and CPR, and in general being shown the ropes.
Camp Carlisle, as always, continues to give campers a great time, CIT's an opportunity, and counselors and staff, well, let's just say a lot more than simply a paycheck. Personally speaking, having been part of this great experience as a counselor for second and third graders, I honestly enjoyed working with the campers and always looked forward to the next day of camp. . .at least after I got out of bed with the help of a very loud alarm. Besides, I have acquired a new-found appreciation and respect for my parents' role after spending only five hours each day with the kids at camp. Being a counselor truly is a very rewarding job knowing that you are a role model and someone young children look up to. Ultimately it is like being paid to have fun!
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