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Camp Oz Blog 2017

 Check back each day of Camp Oz for updates and photos!

See more photos from this week at Camp Oz!

 

 

Sunday, Day 1:


 

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Update from Camp:

Our first day of camp down in the books!  Check in went smoothly for all 125 campers.  The campers went with their cabin groups to get to know each other and the nurses, pharmacists, and Camp Oz staff went to work on making sure all the paperwork and medications were taken care of for each camper.  After unit groups wrapped up, we played an all camp game that got the campers excited for the week ahead. Then came opening night campfire where we all headed down to the amphitheater. It was great to see the campers being silly with each other, doing skits and hopefully feeling more comfortable with the week ahead. We are looking forward to a great, safe week!

-Nikki Baker, Camp Director

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Monday, Day 2:


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Update from Camp:

Hello Camp Oz Parents!  Our first full day was all about the sunshine and stayed nice and cool.  The campers started with breakfast and then off to their first and second activities of the day.  We had campers at archery, horses, swimming, and gnome homes.  We had lunch and then back to the cabins.  During rest hour we had our photographer come around and take each of the cabin photos - which I'll be sending out to each of you after camp.  Then it was time for the afternoon activities which included team building, outdoor cooking, sports, field games, rock climbing, and more!  After dinner we played Predator and Prey as our all camp game.  This has been a favorite of the campers year after year.  As I write this, each cabin is having their cabin campfires tonight to reflect on the day and have some fun before we get ready for bed.  Great first day of Oz and looking forward to rest of the week!

-Nikki Baker, Camp Director

 

 

 

Tuesday, Day 3:


 

Update from Camp:

Tuesday started off with some light rain and gloom so it was a bit of a challenge to get the campers up and at em'.  But the smell of breakfast helped with that.  By the time their first activity began the sun was out and shining - just perfect.  The waterfront got some new additions to the beach so Camp Oz were the first to get to play with them.  I would say that everyone loved the water slip and slide and inflatable gaga pit. We had a lot of firsts today:  a long time camper made it up to the bell at the top of the climbing tower, a new camper rode a horse for the first time, and a new camper met someone from her hometown that also has seizures - just to name a few.  It was amazing to hear those stories from campers and their nurses.  Tuesday evening was our 80's themed game night and dance party.  Seeing the campers dress up, all dance together and just have fun was pretty cool.  It was really neat to see all of our campers now in 2017, celebrate the past 34 years camp has been going on.  I don't know who had more fun - the campers or the staff!  After such an eventful night, the cabins headed to their cabins a little early and got ready for bed.  All in all a successful day!

-Nikki Baker, Camp Director

Wednesday, Day 4:


Update from Camp:

Wednesday morning was met with bright sunshine as we all headed into the dining hall to start the day.  Activities got into full swing afterwards and the campers were on the move.  It was so exciting to see the campers and their new found friendships after working together as a team the past couple of days.  After checking in on various activities throughout the day it was interesting to hear what were the campers favorites so far. The beach is definitely up there, as were horses and high ropes.  Sloppy joes were for lunch and they were a hit with campers.  We had a very productive rest hour, which means many of the campers actually got some sleep.  We were expecting a little storm in the afternoon and had plans for activities indoors but the weather held out and stayed sunny all day and into the evening.  Boofers was the all camp evening game which, if you asked me to explain it, I couldn't.  However the campers all got it and had a great time playing it.  After evening snack they all went back to have unit campfires and play some low key games before shower time.  After reflection of the day it was time for bed.  Another great day out at Camp Oz!

-Nikki Baker, Camp Director

 

 

 

Thursday, Day 5:


 

Update from Camp:

Even though Thursday morning greeted us with rainy and gloomy weather, it didn't stop anyone - campers and staff alike!  We changed some of the activities after breakfast due to the rain; some cabins decided to hang out in their cabins, play games, do crafts, talk, etc.  Some good, relaxing cabin time is always welcomed!  I was able to visit several of the cabins during this time and it was so fun just to laugh and join in their fun.  We have pretty amazing campers here this week.  Cabins also were preparing for their cabin skits tonight as well, which are always just hilarious. 

After dinner we all headed down to the big amphitheater that overlooks the St. Croix River for closing campfire. Cabin groups did their skits which showed just how creative the campers all are and they called up campers by how many years that have been coming to camp - so all first years went up, then second year, third year, etc.  They got to share a memory or their favorite thing about Camp Oz and throw a twig into the fire.  Hearing what the campers said was really incredible.  Some campers simply loved horses or gaga ball and others enjoyed meeting new friends.  Probably one of the most endearing ones were about how comfortable they felt here, and how they felt no judgment.  That is exactly the culture we want to create here at Camp Oz!

Tomorrow is the talent show which is always a blast.  It's been a wonderful week with many priceless memories for all and also with a few challenges which - it wouldn't be camp without them.  Please give us about a week and we'll have ALL camp photos on our Flickr site! And - SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

-Nikki Baker, Camp Director

 

 


 

 

 
 

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