After running and some stretching, we were comforted by delicious blueberry pancakes and sausages. Group B was called to do a play and they did wonderful, although the staff felt that it did not exceed their expectations, they accepted the decision and kept their faith alive. After some cleaning assignments, we had a Camp Council meeting.
There were two proposals and they were: to purchase a stereo system for Leadership Hall so we could benefit from the beats and rhythms of the music during some events and for future YLCers to use, and to move Laundry Day to an earlier date because several campers felt that their clothes were too dirty. The stereo system proposal got accepted, however, we had to wait and do some research about funding. On the other hand, another proposal got declined because the schedule was full.
After a refreshing snack, we played Camp Bowl; it is a game where the staff members ask us some random questions about current events and facts of everyday life. Group D won the event, with Group A going second, the third place went to Group C, and the last but not least, Group B. Then, We were dismissed to Leadership Hall for lunch. Group C did their play and the staff took a serious thought about it and had a 40-minute discussion about their play. The result? They felt that it did not meet their expectations. But, Group C accepted the fate and continued to develop a new play. After a satisfying meal of corn dogs, we went to our classes, with Group C doing Daily Drum/Yearbook, Group D working on Blog/Vlog, and Group A and Group B switching Outdoor Living Skills (OLS) class and Discovery class.
Later that afternoon, we had recreation. Most of the campers swam while a few others sat outside and chatted. A while later, it was dinnertime! Group D took the stage with their show before we had dinner. It went well but the staff decided it was not enough to award a thumbs-up. Group D learned what it takes to persevere and they gracefully accepted the loss. We had tasty cheese ravioli and some mixed vegetables for dinner. Group A performed their play after the dinner and the staff took a 45-minute debate whether to approve their name or not. The staff dramatically made a line, indicating that they had made their decision. As the members of Group A waited anxiously to find out, the staff gave a thumbs-up! Group A gave an ecstatic cheer and hugged every counselor in the building. Group A has a new group name - Casper!
During our evening program, we did a game called the Hideous Counselor game. It is an event that we decorate every counselor with oodles of ingredients in an effort to make them ugly and gross. The team with the most hideous counselor wins. All of counselors’ names were labeled on a piece of paper. Who got picked? Casper got Jesse Jones III, Group B got Maurice Abenchuchan Jr., Group C got Allie Rice, and Group D got Andrew Bottoms. Then, each of four groups decorated each of their counselors’ faces in an effort to win. We had materials for decorating and they were the following: M&M, peanut butter, cottons, color markers, wood sticks, feathers, and trash bag. The groups gave each counselor a nasty makeover. The result? Casper won first place, Team B went second, Team D placed third, and Team C finished fourth. “I thought it was fun. I was drenched in peanut butter! But, it was a funny experience for me, ” commented Andrew Bottoms. Jesse Jones then added, “Wow, I felt funny because I thought they would do something drastic to my head.”Allie Rice then quipped in, "Campers truly showed instant creativity by working together in mere five minutes.” “I felt energetic because they showed it all through this game,” replied by Maurice Abenchuchan Jr.
After the Hideous Counselor game, we went to the campfire. Casper created the fire successfully with two matches, much to everybody’s delight. Our counselors, Shannon Bertling and Larissa Clapp, shared their life stories and experiences. Larissa explained us the world of being a vegetarian, giving us her point of view of animals being abused and battered. By seeing animals being abused, she was in shock. She was determined to join the Humane Society to help animals that were ill-treated. Next, she explained to us different groups of vegetarians: flextarians, vegans, pesticitarians, and several others. We learned some horror stories about animals, and we looked at each other, thinking about all the pain animals have experienced.
Subsequently, Shannon Bertling greeted us with her experience travelling in Taipei, Taiwan for her media job. She gave several points that people care about deaf people in other countries, treating us Americans as if we were kings and queens. She emphasized the importance of giving respect to various cultures and their people. We really appreciated the speeches given by Larissa Clapp and Shannon Bertling.
Joshua Weinstock holding the white board while Bregitt Jimenez and James “Jimmy” Wilson watch.
Dolan Edney giving his opinion during a proposal.
During the Camp Bowl, Andrew Morrill answers a question while Bradley Chappell, Ryan Poindexter, and Hillary Peters watch. Andrew Bottoms, Samantha Bulewich, and Jesse Jones surveyed the contestants.
Christine Gerard looking on anxiously and Minwook Cho hoping that he got his answer correctly.
Renca Dunn introduced the crowd about the “Hideous Counselor” game.
Maurice Abenchuchan Jr. getting a makeover from the rest of Group B.