Camp Amicus is an overnight and daycamp program for children and teens with learning disabilities and/or ADHD operated by Foothills Academy Society. On their blog, you will find the different activities done by the students.
We sure got lucky this week with our rescheduling. Since the smoke last week was so uncomfortable, we rescheduled our Thursday trip to Cobbs to today—and what a great day it was! After our morning Zones of Regulations check in and doing De-escalating Conflict for our Social Skill, we got on the bus and headed east to the Adventure Park.
Cobbs has a variety of excellent and fun activities to keep campers busy. These include, but are not limited to, archery tag, glow in the dark mini golf, a tractor ride, pedal carts, a giant slide and (my absolute favourite part!) a wallaby petting zoo. It’s so cute seeing the kids feeding and cuddling these little fellas and experiencing such an interesting and adorable little animal. They can even hold them in little fabric bags so the wallabies can curl up on their laps.
After a hot and very fun day, it was time to head back to Foothills. We got the kids back on the bus and went back to the school so we could do Steps in the Right Direction and our afternoon Zones check in.
Tomorrow holds even more adventure! We’re taking the kids to Calaway Park for the day to enjoy the rides and the sunshine. Excited for that! Pippin
It was a tad smoky today but we were still able to go full steam ahead and take the campers to Calaway Park. We started off with our morning Zones check in and a camp wide game. A few campers, due to the smoke, spent the day with Beans and Comet at the Science Cente, and I hear they had a very fun time and an excellent day in their small group. The rest of us boarded the bus and headed out on the highway.
Meanwhile, at Calaway, it was a lovely day to be enjoying the amusement park and the campers had a blast going from one ride to the next. It was crazy to see kids brave the spinning, upsidedown, and fast moving rides and very nice to join them on the slower, more leisurely rides. All in all, it was a fantastic day and I saw lots of happy and smiling faces.
Tomorrow is the last day of camp. We have a camp wide game, a Social Skill that explores Compliments, Clubs, Kangaroo Kourt, and the Awards Ceremony. At said ceremony, campers will be able to watch this session’s slideshow and look back on the last two weeks of fun and adventure.
It was a great last day for all of us! We began with a morning Zones check in and a camp wide game. In honour of Pokémon Day, we played a Pokémon themed game in the style of a scavenger hunt that our head counsellors orchestrated. For today’s Social Skill, we talked about Compliments and the value of giving appreciation to others. After that, we had our Clubs (art club followed through with the Pokémon theme) before having a bit of free time before lunch.
After lunch was the famed Kangaroo Kourt. Campers have been submitting accusations against counsellors for the past week in hopes that they would be slimed. After much debate, it was deemed that Data was guilty for crimes against camp and he was taken out to the playground to be publicly slimed. For the rest of the day, his beard and hair were full of glitter.
In honour of the last day of Day Camp 2 (and the summer), we had our Awards Ceremony this afternoon. Every camper was given an individual award from their counsellors and had the opportunity to give Steps in the Right Direction in front of family and friends. The POLARIS program was also spoken of and the teens of this session were given their awards as well. We finished off with the slideshow and Kathleen gave information on Fall programming and year-round options for campers who aren’t quite ready to let go of camp. We ended the day with a rousing game of dodgeball and campers were sent home after many hugs and goodbyes.
Well my friends, it has been an honour to bring you the daily blog and photographs this summer. Remember that the slideshows of each week are available for you to view, and nothing would make me happier than to know you’re viewing them with the campers who starred in them. I hope that you had as much fun keeping up with all the goings-ons and activities as I did writing about them, and wish you an excellent year and many fond memories with the wonderful kids that I had the pleasure of spending time with over the last two months.
It’s so nice to have some clearer skies and sunshine today. To start off our week, we did our Zones check in and played a camp wide game. After having a snack and making daily goals, our Social Skill of the day was Friendships. We talked about the types of friendships, interactions that campers can have with friends, acquaintances, and family, and how to identify good and bad friends. After that we had clubs, including sports club, art club, and music club, then had some free time and lunch. A few campers took advantage of the better weather and had their lunch outside.
Today’s Choice programming included cooking, fort building, and humantracker. The humantracker game was all around and in the school and campers had a great time with such a wide playing field. For fort building, campers used mats and tarps in the gym to make incredible structures which they furnished with bean bag chairs for maximum comfort. In cooking, campers got to explore options for healthy snacks by making strawberries with small chocolate designs on them as well as delicious kale chips.
Once Choice came to an end, we did our Steps in the Right Direction and afternoon Zones check in. Campers are going to be wanting their swim suits tomorrow as we’ll be heading to Southland Leisure Centre after a camp wide game, Social Skill, and lunch.
We had a very fun (and, at times, relaxing) day of camp today. We started with a Zones check in and then played camp wide game, which was Parachute Hungry Hungry Hippos, then had a snack and made our daily goals. For Social Skills, we did Exiting Conversations. One group even got to be ninjas and do a scavenger hunt around the school, and then perform scenarios on good and bad ways of exiting conversations. Campers then split into clubs, then had some free time. Since the smoke was a bit better today, campers were allowed to spend free time outside. Afterwards, we had lunch.
We had Choice programming for the afternoon! Campers chose between spa, board game café, and gym games. The board games were a nice way to relax and socialize, and the spa had a variety of face masks, nail painting stations, and relaxing music. Gym games involved floor hockey, soccer, and much more!
To finish off the day, we did our Steps in the Right Direction and our afternoon Zones check in. Since the smoke is supposed to clear up this weekend, we’re very excited to do our field trips to Cobbs, Calaway Park, and Southland Leisure Centre next week.
This morning we started our day with a Zones check in before playing a camp wide game of Humantracker. This game involved teams of campers, with one team being the trackers, traveling around camp with their counsellors and tagging everyone who wasn’t a tracker. Whoever hadn’t been tagged when time ran out was the winner. After that we had a snack and made our daily goals, then went into our Social Skill.
Today’s Social Skill was Blowing Off Steam. Campers split into the two head counsellor groups and did a few activities, such as exercise or meditation, to help them when they’re stressed. The also made homemade stress balls, which are a great fidget tool. Afterwards we went into clubs, in which campers can be part of sports club, music club, or art club. Once we were done we had some free time before having lunch.
We went to Flying Squirrel today! Campers got to spend the afternoon bouncing, climbing, and playing trampoline dodgeball. We loaded up the bus after plenty of fun, headed back to Foothills, and did our Steps in the Right Direction. After our afternoon Zones check in, campers headed home.
There’s plenty to be excited about tomorrow. Our Social Skill is team work, we have clubs, and we have Choice programming. Campers have been advised to bring a spare pair of clothes because we’ll be doing some water activities to keep cool. It’s supposed to be a hot one!
It was a great day to be a camper at Camp Amicus. After the usual Zones check in, we played a camp wide game. Today, our lovely Belle put together a real life game of Pokémon Go! Campers got to go around the gym capturing and evolving their Pokémon and doing tasks to earn Pokéballs. The best part was that campers got to keep the Pokémon they caught as bling for their braids. After that, we had a snack and made our goals before we moved into our Social Skill of Entering and Having a Conversation.
We had clubs today so campers split up into sports club, art club, and music club. After that we had some free time before having lunch. For the afternoon we did our Choice programs, with tie-dye, baking, and gym games being available for campers to choose from. To finish off the day we did Steps in the Right Direction and an afternoon Zones check in before campers made their way home.
It’s another smoky one tomorrow so we’ve postponed our field trip to Cobbs for Wednesday of next week. Instead, tomorrow we’ll have a camp wide game, clubs, Social Skills, and Choice programs.
It’s a smoky day today so we spent the day indoors, but that didn’t affect the amount of fun we had! After our morning Zones check in, we did a camp wide game. Much to the surprise of the campers, it was a big surprise birthday party for everyone at camp complete with musical chairs, piñatas, and pin the nose on the clown. We had a quick snack and made our goals and then split into our two head counsellor groups for Social Skills.
Today we did team work. One group used the challenge course that was set up in the camp room and had to figure out how to work as a group to get from one side to the other. The second group worked in small teams in the gym for a while before coming together to spell out “CAMP AMICUS” with their bodies in the gym.
We continued with clubs after that. Campers split into sports club, music club, and art club. Afterwards we had some free time before having lunch. The afternoon included another round of Choice programming, with today’s Choices being bath bombs and lava lamps, stained glass art, and tag games. The bath bombs had little surprises inside (dinosaurs!), the stained glass art was beautiful, and the tag games involved a game of Humantracker with the whole school as the playing field.
As the day came to a close, we did Steps in the Right Direction and had our afternoon Zones check in. Tomorrow, due to the smoke, we’ve postponed Cobbs and will be staying at the school. Instead, we’ll be following our Friday schedule. We have a camp wide game, Social Skills, clubs, and Choice programs.
We had an excellent first day of our second Day Camp session today. We started off with introducing campers to our Zones of Regulation, which involves the identification of emotions with one of four colours. This allows campers to quickly identify which colour, one or more, is relevant to their current emotions and gives them a quick and efficient method of expressing their mood and emotions. After that we played a camp wide game, had a snack, and made our daily goals. By making goals, campers are encouraged to try new things and challenge their comfort zones on a daily basis.
For today’s Social Skills, we did a continuation of our Zones of Regulation. Campers did a variety of activities and crafts so as to understand which emotions represent which colours. Once we had a good understanding, we made our braids and name buttons, had some free time, and then had lunch.
This afternoon we had Choice programming. This allow campers to choose two of three activities to participate in for the afternoon, with today’s Choices being gardening, bottle rockets, and coding. After a fun afternoon of picking carrots, shooting rockets into space, and designing computer games, campers met back up for Steps in the Right Direction. This allows campers to express gratitude to other campers and counsellors, and counsellors to campers, by giving stickers. The stickers represent a good deed, or a kind word or gesture, or overcoming a challenge or obstacle. We then did our afternoon Zones check in before campers headed home.
Tomorrow is Flying Squirrel day! We’ll be spending the morning at Foothills with a new Social Skill, a camp wide game, and clubs before having lunch and heading to the Flying Squirrel trampoline park.
It was pirate day at camp and we had an excellent day of activities. After Zones check in, we did a treasure hunt for camp wide game. Campers travelled to four different activities, using their maps as a guide, and completed pirate-themed quests and challenges so as to attain gems. Once they had all four gems, they could present them to their head counsellor where the “X” marked the spot and receive their treasure. Every camper got a tiny message in a bottle that they could tie to their braid. We then had a snack before transitioning to our Social Skill.
Even our Social Skills were nautical today. Campers assessed problems and identified the size of various problems through a series of activities, with one group even using a big pool of water. Some campers wore the eye patches that they got from camp wide game so they could feel like pirates. Afterwards we did Clubs, had a bit of free time, and then had lunch.
Since it was the last day of this session, we had Kangaroo Kourt today. For the last two weeks, campers have been submitting accusations against counsellors. These accusations have included “being too nice” or “doing a dab” or even “being too full of beans”. It was determined that Beans was the most guilty of crimes against camp and, despite one camper defending her passionately, Beans ended up being slimed with sparkly blue water. We then played a game in which campers had to react to commands given by their captain (today that was Chinook) that were all pirate themed as well. One of the eight commands were, “run to the right, hit the deck!” and campers had to lay flat on the ground to the right of Chinook. Another was “forward, octopus!” and campers had to lay on their backs in front of Chinook with their arms and legs wiggling in the air like an octopus. Eventually, one camper stood above the rest as the winner and first mate. Once that was done, we played Where’s Fred before getting ready for family and friends to arrive.
For today’s Awards Ceremony and Slideshow we were joined by camper families and the POLARIS program. Quack did a presentation in which she spoke about camp, the POLARIS program, Fall programming, and more. We also watched the slideshow (made by yours truly) and did Steps in the Right Direction before heading out to dodgeball or the picnic benches. We even had a fire pit to make s’mores and a sprinkler to run through to keep cool. It was truly a wonderful day!