Over here at CYY, we are SO excited to be launching into another year of camp. We have some old faces joining us as well as many new shining stars joining our team. This week, we are focusing on confidence and showing off the amazing talents we possess. Not only that, but we are learning to acknowledge and appreciate the talents of our friends. All six of our classes: Friendship, Discovery, Games, PLAY, Yak Academy, Cooking, and ChitChat aim to teach us something about using our communication skills by exploring and sharing our many talents.
This week in Projects, campers from the Yellow, Blue, and Red team will show off their talents in a crafty way. It's important to remember that talents can be just about anything, big or small. They can be as simple as something we really like to do! Later this week in Projects, campers will read a story called Giraffes Can't Dance which shows the struggle of a giraffe who feels left out because he can't dance like the rest of his jungle friends. However, he learns that sometimes when you’re different, you just need a different song! Campers will then make their own animal puppets and put on a puppet show! They will finish out the week by having their very own "talent show" to show and tell about their own special talents. Just as we are all unique individuals, so are our talents!
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WEEK 1: Super Yak's Got Talent
Kicking Week 1 off with a BANG
In Friendship class, Ms. Emily and her talented campers from the Yellow, Blue, and Red team are focusing on the special skills they possess. They will read a book called The Secrets of Ninja School and will be working on activities inspired by the story that showcase their awesome ninja skills. At the end of the week, they will have an awards ceremony where every camper will have a chance to celebrate completing ninja training and present their special skill to the class. NINJATASTIC!
To start the week off, in ChitChat, campers from the Green, Orange, and Silver team learned a fun new way to introduce themselves using their own special, individual motions! Together with Ms.Kathy, they read a story about a talent show to keep their thinking-minds churning on what talents they have to offer. As the week progresses, they will discover ways that they are talented by playing some fun new games. They will also be working on a special project to help them remember all of the cool things their friends can do! This is something we encourage families to ask about at home!
PLAY class is such a blast! Campers from our Buddies team, as well as the Yellow, Red, and Blue team got to join in on activities like an obstacle course, dance-off, parachute play, freeze tag and crab soccer just to name a few! We hope campers leave PLAY class at the end of the week understanding the true meaning of sportsmanship and having had a fantastic time!
Another one of our classes at camp is Games. Campers from the Green, Orange, and Silver team attend this class. Games is mainly held outside (as weather permits) and consists of fun moving exercises to get the blood pumping and HAVE FUN. Through these activities we hope to facilitate team bonding as well as work on skills like following directions, keeping calm bodies until the game begins, and being good sports. These are all talents that we hope our campers will be experts in by the end of this week. We'll leave it to Ms. Michelle to help make that happen!
This week in Yak Academy, campers from the Green, Orange, and Silver team are becoming Magicians and Masters of Mystery. They are learning some old fashioned sleight-of-hand tricks as well as mixing their magical powers with some greenscreen technology to aid them in their sorcery. Throughout the week, they are making their own magical tools of the trade. On Friday, they will put on a greenscreen magic show! Campers have been working together to perform some amazing tricks that leave every audience dumbfounded.
Well, that's a wrap folks. After a week of sharing our talents and being completely amazed by those of our friends, we are ready to move on to week 2. Some of the talents we saw this week were dancing, gymnastics, comedy, and playing the bongos. We were so impressed and can't wait for four more weeks of talent sharing. Camp couldn't have started off any better. Friendships blossomed and communications skills bloomed all thanks to the hard work and commitments of our campers and staff. What a great crowd!