Today was the first full day of camp and we had a blast! The campers woke up bright and early at 7:00am. Morning classes included a nature walk, Armenian history, ice breakers, and Bible study where Der Sarkis spoke to us about the peer pressure we face every day in our lives.
After lunch, the campers had some free time to hang out with friends and get ready for afternoon activities. The campers participated in volleyball, arts & crafts, basketball, archery, canoeing, swimming, and field activities. It was a warm day today but the campers used their Hye Camp water bottles to stay hydrated!
Everyone got ready for chapel where our Primate, Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, shared with the campers how special they are to him and the Diocese, as well as the significance of the camp program. He stressed the importance of becoming closer to God and how Hye Camp is a beautiful vehicle to help achieve that.
We kicked off our evening activities with our camp picture, which the campers will bring home with them at the end of the week. This is a Hye Camp tradition, one we all cherish each year and enjoy looking back on to recall fond memories and lasting friendships.
Campfire was the perfect end to this day. We enjoyed skits from the campers and staff and sung songs including Boom Chicka Boom, The Moose Song, and the Hye Camp original ballad, And Now We Are Friends. As we write this, the campers are in their bunks recollecting on the fun they had today and making plans for tomorrow, just as many of you did at their age.
To the next 50!