Hye Camp Week 2 Day 1 – Sunday’s Daily Hye Life Blog

Hello Camp Fans! We’re here and kicking off another great week at camp.  Our theme this year is “Blast from the Past’ celebrating 50 years of Armenian Church Camp within the Diocese.  This year we’ll be publishing a daily blog with pictures of what’s happening at your Church Camp.  Think of it as the current day electronic version of the daily printed Hye Life that we used to have at Camp Sugar Pine.  The blog will contain some of the many pictures we are taking of our campers and their doings, with all of the pictures being made available after camp ends.


The Camp Staff arrived this morning and began preparations for arrival of our campers in the afternoon, including practicing their welcoming act!  We’ve got an action packed week ahead of us filled with learning, games & sports, arts & crafts, nature hikes, and fellowship.

Around 1:30 PM, the first of three buses arrived today, one from the San Francisco Bay Area and later two from the Los Angeles area.  In addition to California, we also have campers from Nevada and Arizona as well.

Campers checked in with the Camp Staff, received their cabin assignments, checked in with our Camp Nurse, and then proceeded over to Camper Hill.  At 2:00 PM Camper Hill was opened and our campers moved their stuff into the cabins – after seeing how their counselors had decorated their cabins.  During the afternoon free time, counselors worked with their campers to develop their Cabin Cheer.

Shortly after 4:00 PM we had our fire drill, and then proceeded to the arbor for orientation and chapel.

After chapel, and a little free time playing games, we had dinner consisting of cheeseburgers, potato wedges, corn, salad, and fruit.  Afterwards we had an ice cream social on the deck combined with taking most of the cabin pictures.  The rest of the cabin pictures will be taken Monday after dinner.

At campfire, with the drought and high fire danger, we still had a very nice simulated campfire.  Each cabin presented their Cabin Cheer, as well as some skits and singing songs, including “Back in the Hye Life Again” to the music of Steve Winwood’s “Back in the High Life Again.”

Our Monday morning starts at 6:00 AM for the Sports Staff and those campers wanting to go fishing.  For everyone else it’s up at 7:00 AM, Chapel at 7:30 AM, followed by breakfast at 8:00 AM.

Stay tuned for more news from Camp Hye Sierra, where we are celebrating 50 years of Armenian Church camping in California’s Sierra Mountains.