Aug 26

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Today was a great day for camp. The kids came a little late, most coming after lunch, but they came. The oldest group had another special day, with a special project. One of our volunteers different weaving projects with the kids. They were thoroughly entranced with their projects. The other two groups continued with their study of the arts. The middle group worked on their quilts and did english mad libs. The youngest group did a lot of one on one reading time.

This being Wednesday evening, it is a free evening for the volunteers. Everyone is headed out for a fun filled evening, some meeting up with old friends, others catching a comedy show and others settling for a relaxing evening out.

Aug 26

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Today was a great day for camp. The kids came a little late, most coming after lunch, but they came. The oldest group had another special day, with a special project. One of our volunteers different weaving projects with the kids. They were thoroughly entranced with their projects. The other two groups continued with their study of the arts. The middle group worked on their quilts and did english mad libs. The youngest group did a lot of one on one reading time.

This being Wednesday evening, it is a free evening for the volunteers. Everyone is headed out for a fun filled evening, some meeting up with old friends, others catching a comedy show and others settling for a relaxing evening out.

Aug 26

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Today was the field trip with the oldest age group. We took the group to the Museum of the City of New York, the same place we took the younger group last week, but did a different exhibit. The older group got a general introduction to the museum. The tour started with an excellent 25 minute video on the history of New York. Afterward, the guide talked about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, transportation throughout the city, the changes that took place in Manhattan and the history of toys in the city. The kids were excellent. They were very interactive and seemed to learn a lot. We were all quite impressed.

After camp we had a little bit of downtime and then it was time for dinner. Dinner was a simple, but very scrumptious meal of beans and rice, and salad. We moved pretty much right from dinner into reflection. We reflected on a Abraham Lincoln quote that was in the museum, “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” We took the quote and reflected on the kids in the camp and what they have done that should make their community proud of them.

The evening was capped off with a ice cream run to the grocery store. Klondike Bars, Bunny Tracks and Pistachio ice cream for all. Yum yum!

Aug 26

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Today was the field trip with the oldest age group. We took the group to the Museum of the City of New York, the same place we took the younger group last week, but did a different exhibit. The older group got a general introduction to the museum. The tour started with an excellent 25 minute video on the history of New York. Afterward, the guide talked about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, transportation throughout the city, the changes that took place in Manhattan and the history of toys in the city. The kids were excellent. They were very interactive and seemed to learn a lot. We were all quite impressed.

After camp we had a little bit of downtime and then it was time for dinner. Dinner was a simple, but very scrumptious meal of beans and rice, and salad. We moved pretty much right from dinner into reflection. We reflected on a Abraham Lincoln quote that was in the museum, “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” We took the quote and reflected on the kids in the camp and what they have done that should make their community proud of them.

The evening was capped off with a ice cream run to the grocery store. Klondike Bars, Bunny Tracks and Pistachio ice cream for all. Yum yum!

Aug 26

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Today was the field trip with the oldest age group. We took the group to the Museum of the City of New York, the same place we took the younger group last week, but did a different exhibit. The older group got a general introduction to the museum. The tour started with an excellent 25 minute video on the history of New York. Afterward, the guide talked about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, transportation throughout the city, the changes that took place in Manhattan and the history of toys in the city. The kids were excellent. They were very interactive and seemed to learn a lot. We were all quite impressed.

After camp we had a little bit of downtime and then it was time for dinner. Dinner was a simple, but very scrumptious meal of beans and rice, and salad. We moved pretty much right from dinner into reflection. We reflected on a Abraham Lincoln quote that was in the museum, “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” We took the quote and reflected on the kids in the camp and what they have done that should make their community proud of them.

The evening was capped off with a ice cream run to the grocery store. Klondike Bars, Bunny Tracks and Pistachio ice cream for all. Yum yum!

Aug 24

Week 1 Pictures (in no particular order….)


On the way to the Museum of the City of New York. We love our camp shirts!


Friday night as a community, we went out to eat and then walked back across the Brooklyn Bridge. Even though it rained on and off during the evening, our walk across the bridge was dry.


A group of junior counselors getting together to plan the upcoming talent show that ends the camp each year.


Sidewalk chalk is always a hit out back on “recess”


More sidewalk chalk


A happy camper!


Hanging out in the back


A great shot of all the different activities that go on simultaneously in the parking lot.


Bubbles anyone?


The older group works on an assignment to recreate a Van Gogh painting


The front of the church where all the action happens


The group listening intently to the museum guide


The middle age group

Look at this double dutch

Lunch time at Peace Camp

The Brooklyn Bridge from South Street Seaport where we had the end of the week dinner celebration. There is a great group shot from here, if someone has it could you email it me?

Junior counselor and camper, Awwwww!

Setting up for lunch

Aug 24

Week 1 Pictures (in no particular order….)


On the way to the Museum of the City of New York. We love our camp shirts!


Friday night as a community, we went out to eat and then walked back across the Brooklyn Bridge. Even though it rained on and off during the evening, our walk across the bridge was dry.


A group of junior counselors getting together to plan the upcoming talent show that ends the camp each year.


Sidewalk chalk is always a hit out back on “recess”


More sidewalk chalk


A happy camper!


Hanging out in the back


A great shot of all the different activities that go on simultaneously in the parking lot.


Bubbles anyone?


The older group works on an assignment to recreate a Van Gogh painting


The front of the church where all the action happens


The group listening intently to the museum guide


The middle age group

Look at this double dutch

Lunch time at Peace Camp

The Brooklyn Bridge from South Street Seaport where we had the end of the week dinner celebration. There is a great group shot from here, if someone has it could you email it me?

Junior counselor and camper, Awwwww!

Setting up for lunch

Aug 24

Week 1 Pictures (in no particular order….)


On the way to the Museum of the City of New York. We love our camp shirts!


Friday night as a community, we went out to eat and then walked back across the Brooklyn Bridge. Even though it rained on and off during the evening, our walk across the bridge was dry.


A group of junior counselors getting together to plan the upcoming talent show that ends the camp each year.


Sidewalk chalk is always a hit out back on “recess”


More sidewalk chalk


A happy camper!


Hanging out in the back


A great shot of all the different activities that go on simultaneously in the parking lot.


Bubbles anyone?


The older group works on an assignment to recreate a Van Gogh painting


The front of the church where all the action happens


The group listening intently to the museum guide


The middle age group

Look at this double dutch

Lunch time at Peace Camp

The Brooklyn Bridge from South Street Seaport where we had the end of the week dinner celebration. There is a great group shot from here, if someone has it could you email it me?

Junior counselor and camper, Awwwww!

Setting up for lunch

Aug 24

Monday, August 24, 2009

A new week, and the last week of the PV Summer Program. Where has the time gone? Today at camp we had a special treat for the oldest group of kids. An organization called City At Peace sent out a representative to do an activity with the kids and to recruit them to join their program. I won’t go into a lot of detail about the program, (you can check out their website at www.cpnational.org/ny) but they are an amazing group who work with teenagers from all five boroughs of NYC. They come together for a year and share their stories with each other and work on improving themselves through the arts and community service. One of our young women from TGIA, the young womens empowerment group, was part of the organization last year and we were so impressed we asked them to come out to camp. It was really a great day for the older kids.

The younger two groups had group as usual. The middle group focused on singing today as their art and the youngest group did a weaving project. Everyone seemed to be in a great mood when they left camp today.

Tonight for dinner we are had a veggie (fresh from the garden) and shrimp combo and baked potatoes. Yum, yum! After cleaning up we gathered in the community room for reflection. We each read a short prayer about a different animal that would have been on the ark. We then shared which animal you connected with or connected with your day of service. Very interesting and thought provoking.

City At Peace working with the oldest age group

The kids expressing themselves through movement as directed by City at Peace

Aug 24

Monday, August 24, 2009

A new week, and the last week of the PV Summer Program. Where has the time gone? Today at camp we had a special treat for the oldest group of kids. An organization called City At Peace sent out a representative to do an activity with the kids and to recruit them to join their program. I won’t go into a lot of detail about the program, (you can check out their website at www.cpnational.org/ny) but they are an amazing group who work with teenagers from all five boroughs of NYC. They come together for a year and share their stories with each other and work on improving themselves through the arts and community service. One of our young women from TGIA, the young womens empowerment group, was part of the organization last year and we were so impressed we asked them to come out to camp. It was really a great day for the older kids.

The younger two groups had group as usual. The middle group focused on singing today as their art and the youngest group did a weaving project. Everyone seemed to be in a great mood when they left camp today.

Tonight for dinner we are had a veggie (fresh from the garden) and shrimp combo and baked potatoes. Yum, yum! After cleaning up we gathered in the community room for reflection. We each read a short prayer about a different animal that would have been on the ark. We then shared which animal you connected with or connected with your day of service. Very interesting and thought provoking.

City At Peace working with the oldest age group

The kids expressing themselves through movement as directed by City at Peace