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Friday, August 26, 2011

Bed Stuy Camp- Day 5

The final day of camp... today's big highlight was making solar ovens. The kids made ovens out of pizza boxes and then cooked s'mores in them during recess. It ended up being a really cool craft.

We really had a wonderful week of camp in Brooklyn. Huge thanks to all the PVs who came to pitch in and make it happen. We wouldn't have been able to pull it off without your help! Also, a big thanks to our local young women and young man, who came faithfully each day and helped the camp run. Most importantly they were wonderful mentors to the kids. In all we had 38 kids enjoy "Space Camp" with 8 local mentors.

We enjoyed a wonderful week, experienced an earthquake together and rallied on the last day to clean up and pack up quickly so all could get a head start in leaving the city ahead of Hurricane Irene. For all PVs in her path, stay safe!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bed Stuy Camp - Day 4

After such a beautiful week, today we had our first bit of rain. Unfortunately with the rain the kids had to stay inside today for all of the camp day. The volunteers were great though, as they improvised and had a little "recess time" in the hallway and caught up on crafts that were missed earlier in the week because of the earthquake. The kids continued to have a great time and keep asking for another week of camp!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bed Stuy Camp - Day 3

Another great day at camp today. We really could not have asked for better weather than we have had this week. Sunny skies, a slight breeze...it has been beautiful.

We had another great day with the kids. Today the kids learned about the moon. All the activities focused on learning about the moon and it's place in space. The campers have been very attentive and a lot of fun to be around. We also have a wonderful group of junior counselors who ventured over from Monserrate to help with this new camp.

Enjoy some pictures from today...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bed Stuy Camp - Day 2

What an exciting day! We started the day and everything was running smoothly and we even picked up several new kids. And then...... the earthquake hit. Two classes were in the building and felt the sway, while the younger kids were out in the parking lot having their "recess time." We were asked to leave the building and stay outside until further instructed. While we were waiting on the sidewalk, an impromptu game of the magicball broke out on the sidewalk, harkening back to the early dates of the PVs in Bretz. After some time, it was decided that we shouldn't go back in case there was an aftershock. So, we spent the last hour of camp out in the parking lot skipping rope, playing with chalk, blowing bubbles, etc. Again, we were very impressed with everyone's ability to adjust and be flexible with the changes. After the kids went home, all the PVs headed over to the Alligator Lounge for pizza. Yummy, yummy!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Bed Stuy Camp - Day 1

We started a new era today, as we began our first day of camp at St. John the Baptist church in Brooklyn. We were very pleased to have five of the young women from WEB join with eight PVs to run the camp. We were also pleased with the turnout of the camp with 22 kids in attendence. For being in a brand new place we feel like we have a great foundation to build upon.

After camp we headed up north to the Bronx to meet up PV's who live in the Bronx, Yonkers, West Chester area at Rory Dolan's. As always is was great to get together, catch up and enjoy the company of fellow PVs.

We will be uploading pictures and updating daily as the camp conintues. Enjoy!

Friday, August 5, 2011