Our Best Day Yet!

We are past the midpoint of our week and it certainly wasn’t a boring day! The morning consisted of classes about Armenian language and cooking mantuh. It was just before lunch that the cabins learned who their teammates would be for the third annual Hye Camp Dunlapian Games! With team names consisting of Lahmajun, Kebab, Koufte, Boreg and Baklava (among others), they sat at lunch with their new teamates to discuss strategy. Over version of the olympics consisted of 12 teams competing in challenges such as three-legged race, archery challenge, wheelbarrow race and canoe challenge. It was a tough and competitive series of events, but in the end Team Dolma finished victorious. After the games officially ended with all teams giving it their all, there was some much needed cooling off by jumping into the lake!

Everyone headed back for a little relaxation before getting ready for chapel and dinner. We then got ready for the grooviest night of camp: The Homeland Pride Dance. Everyone dressed up and danced all night until they ran out of energy and called it a night. Needless to say it was an action packed day and night….and that’s why we’ll put the dance pictures online on Thursday ;-)

Lakeside, Tigers, and Stargazing...Oh My!

We had the best day today!  Tuesday started off like every other day until we had the coolest experience in our morning classes.  The owners of Cat Haven, a local wildlife sanctuary, stopped by and taught us all about the work they do to protect our wildlife.  Then we had the pleasure of meeting their newest Bengal Tiger cub, Apollo. It was something we’ll never forget! In the afternoon we had our regular fun and also started signing up for the sports tournaments in volleyball, basketball, tavloo, and ping pong.  After dinner we had a karaoke and game night followed by stargazing at the sport court. It was a beautiful night to admire our surroundings and learn more about the stars. Once again we are all tucked in and anticipating all the fun we’ll be having tomorrow night at the dance!

Day Two was Too Good to be True!

Our first full day of camp flew by!  The day kicked off bright and early with fishing at the Cheesh Pond.  Our morning classes included Folk Music, Q&A with our Chaplain, Der Yeghishe Ksatchikyan, and ice breakers to get to know our new camp friends better.  Then we had fun in the sun swimming, canoeing and playing sports. After dinner it was time for our camp photo where we pretended to be howling coyoooooootes.  Campfire featured a visit from Boghos Zilch and an inflatable sumo wrestling suit dance off. The sun has set on another spectacular day and we are all so happy to be at Hye Camp, our home away from home.

Day One was Wonderful!

The first day of Week 4 was a success!  The campers all spent time getting to know their counselors and cabinmates.  We all learned about the camp rules and some of the fun activities planned for us during our camp orientation.  Then after chapel we enjoyed a hamburger dinner. As night fell we all continued to get to know one another during the annual ice cream social.  We finished up the night with campfire where each cabin performed a skit to introduce themselves to the rest of the camp. Now everyone is tucked in their cabins and resting up for what will surely be another exciting day at Hye Camp!  Until next time enjoy these cabin photos from our first day:

 

The Week 4 Buses Have Arrived

Week 4 of Hye Camp is officially underway!  Everyone has arrived safely and is getting settled into their cabins.  We are looking forward to a fun evening filled with our annual ice cream social and campfire.  Stay tuned for more updates throughout the week including photos of some of our favorite camp activities!