Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Camp Maine

Camp Maine consisted first and foremost of a planned and consistent schedule. I feel like the schedule provided structure for the kids (which my kids really need) and calm for the adults. We adults didn't have to scramble for something to occupy the kids, we just referenced the schedule. :)
As mentioned previously, Anna drew up our weekly schedule on posterboard which we then posted in a prominent place in our cottage.Every day went something like this: dress, breakfast, go to the park, morning activity, lunch, book time, rest time, afternoon activity, cocktail hour, dinner, wind down for bed, books and bed time.Morning and afternoon activities were pre-planned events such as: lobstering with Dan Remick, a trip to the Nubble Light, a trip to the library, craft time, beach time or the kid fave: Nonnie's Cooking School.
The chef in charge of Nonnie's Cooking School: Nonnie herself.Annie Atsaves, Robert and Esther crush some graham crackers for a crust on a S'more pie.S'more pie. Other recipes prepared included blueberry soup (Robert's favorite) and pasta (which fed the adults later.) Nonnie, have I forgotten any of the dishes you made? BTW, my kids are still talking about the sign on the kitchen wall at Nonnie's Cooking School. It reads, "Try it! You'll like it!"
My mom embroidered t-shirts for the campers (Robert, Esther, CC and Rebecca) and the head counselor.
As the campers completed different activities, they earned Camp Maine badges that I colored and ironed onto the back of their Camp Maine t-shirts. Here is the back of Robert's t-shirt. NCS stands for Nonnie's Cooking School, which they did twice.Anna and Esther are painting t-shirts here during craft time. Esther's shirt. Jen beads a necklace during another craft time. Who had more fun? The adults or the kids?
With the addition of the craft badge, the t-shirts ended up looking like this:
Grampy does a craft of his own with the kids. :)
Anything can be a Camp Maine activity- even chess!
One morning we visited the Old York Village museums including the oldest prison in the United States. Here, the kids stand in front of the first schoolhouse in York.

The best part of Camp Maine was gathering craft materials. We used some outdoor materials like pine needles to paint with. Wine corks worked well too. Some materials simply had to be purchased at a local craft store which caused the most significant discovery of the trip: There is a Michael's in nearby Portsmouth, New Hampshire! Maybe I could be a full-time Mainer. . . .

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