Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Hello from the Adirondacks! We have been very busy this week with the challenge hike up Mount Marcy, Camper's Day, where the boys run camp as counselors, teachers, and directors, and preparing for our departure on Saturday morning.
Today at Camp, we will welcome back Fr. Jack and Mr. Lovallo. They will be here to joing in our celebration of St. Ignatius day, tomorrow.
Our departure from Camp will be on Saturday morning around 9 a.m. The boys should arrive at Nativity on Saturday afternoon around 3 p.m., depending on traffic conditions.
While we are all looking forward to seeing you, our families, again, we will be enjoying our last few days at camp!
See you all soon!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Esta semana pude pasar más tiempo con los estudiantes de Nativity acá en el Camp Monserrate. De nuevo, estoy impresionada con que bien que esta todo acá en el campamento. Los estudiantes, están acostumbrados a la rutina, y ahora unas cosas divertidas vienen para darles un premio por sus trabajos todas estas semanas. Este fin de semana, vienen varios alumnos de la escuela de Nativity, incluyendo muchos quien trabajaron en el campamento en anos pasados. También viene Father Jack de nuevo. Es la competición del “Iron Man” y algunos de los estudiantes van a ir a mirar la carrera con los alumnos. También vamos a tener un fogón con los estudiantes de Saint Ignatius (otra escuela de Nativity en el Bronx, donde yo trabajo también) el sábado de noche. En la semana que viene, algunos de los estudiantes van a subir una montana que se llama “Marcy,” y es la montana más grande en todo el estado de New York. Y, si siguen bien las cosas, los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de estar en cargo del campamento un día, en una tradición que se llama “Campers’ Day.” Con todas estas actividades, es fácil estar entusiasmado, aun que son cuatro semanas sin sus familias, Playstations, camas, y la comidas conocidas.
Esta semana, pude hablar con algunos estudiantes, y por lo general, veo que todos quieren mejorar su comportamiento y se sienten cómodos con los demás y los counselors de Camp Monserrate. Mr. Staysniak, Mr. Arte, y C.J. están siempre pendientes de los estudiantes y se pasan hablando con ellos durante el día para ver si hay problema o queja.
Los estudiantes en todos los grupos fueron a un lago donde pudieron nadar y saltar de una roca. Ayer fui con Cabin 4 y fue muy divertido, varios saltaron de la roca, nadamos, almorzamos juntos y algunos participaron en una clase de yoga que di en el bosque, mirando al lago.
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Friday, July 17, 2009
On Monday, the Pride, from Cabin 1, took on Cascade Mountain. They had great weather and made good time going up and down the mountain. Here is a picture of the group after they finished their hike and had returned to the bottom. Look at those happy hikers!
Monday also brought a visit from our school principal, Mr. Lovallo. While he was here to check up on how the camp is running, he brought an awesome surprise of baseballs and bats. Thanks Mr. Lovallo!
On Tuesday, Cabin 2, the Spark, hiked Cascade again. While they did not bring the camera along, their reports from the mountain were great. We can only imagine what views they had from the top!
Wednesday was a special day at camp. Steven Collado, a seventh grader in Cabin 2, celebrated his birthday for the second time at camp. As is the tradition, he got a delicious cake from Val, a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday from the entire camp, and even offered a "happy birthday dance" to everyone as a thank you. Happy 12th Birthday Steven!
While Steven was dancing his birthday away at camp, Cabin 3, the Odyssey, was hard at work on Mount St. Regis. They got an almost perfect day for their hike and they reported that the mountain had terrific views on all sides.
Cabin 4, the Hustle, went for their hike on Thursday. They must have been persuaded by all the positive feedback they heard from Cabin 3 about Mt. St. Regis, because they chose to hike St. Regis too! Even though there was a rainy start to the day, the cabin pushed forward with the hike and was rewarded with a hazy but sunny day.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Following in the footsteps of Cabin 3, the Hustle in Cabin 4 decided to hike the same trail that leads to Haystack but go even further up to the peak of Mt. McKenzie. While this mountain doesn't offer a true "peak" of open rock and great views, there are small lookout points that provide nice peeks of Lake Placid.
To end the week, the Unexpected in Cabin 5 took Mr. Arte along in their trip up Noonmark Mt. The clear weather was said to have contributed to a great team-building experience for the cabin.
Monday, July 6, 2009
During Sunday Talk, Mr. Staysniak awarded the first two Camper of the Week awards to James Mai and David Bernard. In the eyes of their counselors and the camp staff, these two eigth graders showed an exceptional desire to be open to growth during this first week of camp. Congratulations to these two - they are making the right choices to have a successful camp season.
The Camp Monserrate Scavenger hunt took place on Sunday afternoon. The entire camp took the afternoon to work in teams of three to find as many items on the scavenger hunt list as possible. Different items on the list received different amounts of points. Many of the boys went for the "big point" items like frogs, tadpoles, and even fish! Here are the boys enjoying the muddy outdoors as they look for something to capture.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
On Friday, the a rain shower kept out of the pool during our normal afternoon pool period. Instead of letting the bad weather put them in a sour mood, the boys excitedly took part in a paper airplane building contest. In teams of three, one boy from each grade, the boys had five sheets of paper to make a plane that had to fly at least 25ft. Of the five planes that flew the required distance of 25ft., a winner was decided by throwing the best planes at the same time and seeing which plane went the farthest. The winning team of Joelve Rodriguez, Jeremy Jimenez, and Gio Perez, threw their plane almost 50ft! Here is a picture of the five best plans being thrown by one of the team members.
While we were enjoying our contest indoors, Cabin 5 attacked Ampersand mountain. Despite some rather windy and rainy conditions, they reached the top of the mountain and were even home in time for dinner!
We welcomed three guests from Nativity to camp this weekend: Fr. Jack, Br. Jerry, and Ms. O'Leary, a new teacher at NMC. It is always a thrill for the boys to share the experience of camp with those who come to stay with us. Sadly, with the arrival of new guests, we said goodbye to Ms. Laguarda, our school psychologist, yoga instructor, and full-time hiker (four mountains in four days, WOW!). Luckily for us, she will be back to camp later this month. Check out Ms. Laguarda the hiker in action with Cabin 4 - they conquered Cascade Mountain on a foggy Thursday.
Our Fourth of July was rather rainy and chilly, but the weather did break long enough for seven campers to pass the intermediate swim test. The entire camp was there to cheer them on and many people reported that the cheers could be heard all the way down the pool path, back at camp!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Cabin 4 conquered Cascade Mountain today, which is one of the 50 highest peaks in the Adirondak region. The total length of the hike is about 5 miles, and the elevation is 4,098 feet. It was a bit rainy and foggy at the top, which made it feel like the campers were (in their words) "inside a cloud."
The other cabins had a great day in the pool and doing group activities, and we all enjoyed delicious chicken "cordon bleu" (Val-style) for a hard-earned dinner.
The cabins are working on picking the names and related identities that they want for themselves as they finish up their first week of camp. Mr. Staysniak, Mr. Arte, and C.J have been reminding us all to keep the values of this year's camp in mind as we choose who we want to be this summer and onwards. So far, the cabins have been working well together and we have been impressed to see new leaders emerging within the Nativity community.
The weather has been a bit funky so far, with sun and clouds in the morning turning to clouds and rain in the afternoon. However, despite this un-July-like weather, the camp has not let this weather dampen the overall mood. On the few occasions that rain has forced us to stay in the main hall, the cabins have spent time learning about eachother playing trust building activities.
We have been swimming twice a day and spending as much time outside as possible. Capture the flag, dodgeball, and even softball have been some of the choices for afternoon group activity thus far.
When the sun finally gets here to stay, we will be ready!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Hoy fui con los del “Cabin 3” a una montana que se llama “Rooster Comb.” No fue tan difícil como el de ayer (“Blueberry Mountain”), pero fue igual de lindo cuando llegamos arriba a comer los sándwiches y disfrutar la vista.
Los del octavo grado ayudaron mucho a los menores a subir la montaña—Brian llevo agua de 5 personas, Luis hacia cuentos, Fernando sabia toda la ruta y nos contaba cuanto nos quedaba, y James tenia siempre buen humor.
Sergio nos hico reír en pila, porque siempre se metía en los charcos de agua y también camino un rato con 10 kilos de rocas, para tratar de ganar el derecho a tomar la primera ducha. Kenny y Siree andaban siempre con buen humor y disfrutando, y Aldo, aun que tuvo dificultad a la subida, bajó casi corriendo y riéndose muchísimo.
Los del sexto grado—Rafael, Christian, y Christian, eran expertos desde el principio, sin problema y disfrutando. Aun ayudaron a los otros, llevando cosas extras como camperas para la lluvia, que nunca vino, porque tuvimos siempre mucho sol.
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