Day Three Tuesday of Carnival Week

Rain rain…

Up here at CYC it has been a bit chilly and we have seen some scattered showers but not even the rain can dampen our spirits. The day got off without a hitch and at nine o’clock campers hurried across camp from breakfast to the Chapel of the North American Martyrs where staff led them in some praise and worship songs and taught them about another saint and another of CYC’s five Cs (today’s was courage). After that we had cabin activities as usual and some guided ministry time. By eleven o’clock we were all ready for a break and the weather cooperated nicely not raining until just after the first break time.

The rest of the day was a bit more overcast.

This afternoon cast something of a shadow over some of our outdoor activities. A few downpours prevented campers on the throwing field from trying out our slingshots those in swimming from taking a dip and our boaters from setting sail. Not to worry though! Our sly and clever counselors were able to substitute boat construction (for a race that will take place between two counselors later in the week) for canoeing board games for archery and an egg drop challenge for those who had been planning to swim (campers were given materials and a time limit to make a concoction that would cushion an egg’s fall from the Sweeney balcony). This afternoon brought out even more creativity and counselor’s could be found teaching swing dancing classes coordinating paper airplane contests and offering lessons on sign language.

Rain can keep us inside here at CYC but that’s about all. Fun and innovative activities await campers here always rain or shine!

An improvised drumline…

During first break something of a fiasco broke out. Campers and staff were seen gathering around a few benches in front of the art barn. They were mesmerized by the beats of the unofficial CYC drumline. A few buckets and some carefully cut dowels were all this group needed by way of instruments and for a full twenty minutes campers took turns joining staff in the percussion section. A few even surprised us with their very own solos.

Dancing the night away…

Right now campers are in Sweeney Up listening to tunes and bustin’ a move. The dance party usually held on Wednesday night has been moved up to Tuesday in order to give the weather a chance to clear up before we attempt to cook some s’mores over our all camp bonfire.

What’s the best part about a dance party in Sweeney?

Well there’s the new disco ball (which was dedicated earlier this week to Justin Giles — a counselor who worked at CYC in 2009 and 2010) the special CYC group dances (in addition to the Electric Slide and the Cupid Shuffle campers are able to dance to the Pizza Hut song and our own version of Taylor Swift’s Our Song) and of course the snacks we all get afterwards.

The rest of the week is looking great. Campers are looking forward Carnival games scavenger hunts and hopefully s’mores and a campfire tomorrow night!

"To me, CYC is a place where I can really be myself and make new friends. At CYC, I feel safe and happy. The counselors at camp have inspired me. I feel closer to God since my experience at CYC." - Anna

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