Star Trek! They’re filming Star Trek in the campground!
“Look again, Maxx,” the Star Trek Captain said.
Oh pooey! I got all excited for a minute there. It’s just Sammie, dressed up like a Star Trek character. She got me good that time.
Soooooo . . . if Star Trek hasn’t invaded the campground, it must be . . .
Sci Fi Weekend!
And here’s some more alien visitors!
Saturday was filled with lots and lots of fun . . .
There was Arts and Crafts in the rec hall! Our little campers made alien masks and their very own alien sidekicks!
Brooke led everyone in Space Games at the playing field, then they shot off water balloons, too. After lunch, the teens gathered to make jewelry, while other kids ran around the campground gathering items on the Alien Scavenger Hunt list.
The biggest hit of the day, was the Slime Eating contest . . .
What IS that stuff???
Heeeeey! Wait a minute . . . that looks like . . .
Jello! It IS jello.
I knew it all the time.
We wrapped the day up with a hayride around the campground. Always my favorite part of a Saturday!
I wish I had more pictures to show you . . . but Tami was off at the Wildlife Park talking with all her readers and stuff about wildlife and books and things like that. But Brooke and Sammie saved the day with the pictures above! Thanks you two!
I couldn’t wait! More trick or treating! More arts and crafts! More water balloon slingshot . . .
What do I hear on the roof? It isn’t Santa, he already came this summer.
It’s the pitter-patter of . . .
rain drops! Oh no!
Tami, Debbie and Brooke are gonna cancel Halloween!! My little campers will be deva . . . deva . . . sad!
I raced down the stairs and across the driveway and . . .
Wait a minute! That doesn’t look like a cancellation sign, does it??
I almost forgot! We never cancellation our recreation! Never, ever!
But . . . would my little campers come out and play?
I never should of doubted them!
We did bubble play on the porch . . . that was fun!
And we built haunted houses in the rec hall . . .
And ghostly decorations too!
It was a great start to our weekend! And that was only Friday . . .
Saturday dawned bright and sunny again. Tami said she ordered it special for all our campers. That was awfully nice of her.
The kids made site markers to hand out to all the families giving out candy . . . “Make 132 of them!” I said.
“Now, Maxx,” Tami warned. “It isn’t all about the candy you know.”
Ha! I’d believe that when I saw it.
At the Ghostly Boo Parade, Brooke handed out some cool whistles! Parents thought they were soooo amazing, they thanked Tami over and over and over again and tried to give them back.
Look how my friends are soooo ready for the trick or treating!
But we still had lots to do before then! There were Halloween Relay games on the playing field, the water balloon slingshot and oh no! We’ve been invaded by mummies!!!
Mummies kind of freak me out a little. I’ll just hop on over to . . .
what? Fang spitting!!
Who would want to spit fangs!???
It turns out, lots of my little campers do! That kinda-sorta looks like fun. These campers were spitting fang-seeds over and over and over and no one was yelling at them!
In fact, they were getting ribbons for the best seed spitting distances!
The Haunted Hayride was a lot of fun too!
Our local Girl Scout Troop was camping with us this weekend. They stopped by to say hi to me and get a group photo. Awwwww!
I love all my Poland Spring campers!
6:30pm couldn’t come fast enough, though! Everyone was ready to trick or treat!!!!
We were all ready! But Tami said it was only 6:23pm. “We have to wait until 6:30pm, Maxx. No starting until the witching hour.”
Tami is such a rule-type person. Sheesh.
More and more campers kept arriving and arriving . . .
“6:25pm!” Tami called.
“My bucket is empty!” this little guy said.
“Mine too!” cried another.
“No worries,” I told them. “We’ll start soon!”
“6:27pm!” Tami called.
Whew! The words I’d been waiting to hear!
“Gather ’round my little campers!!” Tami called.
She gave out her super safety rules, told the campers to be back at the store for the costume party at 7:15 sharp . . . and then she finally said . . .
“Go and trick or treat!!!”
And off they went!
At 7:15 I wandered back to the office and there, right in front of my eyes, was a carnival party set up for us!! It was so cool!! And I wasn’t the only one to think so . . .
As I walked around, checking out everyone’s Halloween bags, errrrr, ummm, I mean, asking everyone how they were doing . . . I realized that it wasn’t all about the candy for each and every one of my little campers.
For some, it was all about the Monster Mash Snack . . .
And for others, it was all about the prizes at the games . . .
And for still others, it was the thrill of the games themselves.
As always, we couldn’t run all our games without our fabulous teen and Girl Scout volunteers!
You all rock!! It wouldn’t be the same without you . . .
Now excuse me, I have to go find a certain Storm Trooper and see if I can get him to come back this weekend for Sci Fi!
When I stepped out of the woods on Saturday morning, I thought I’d gone back in time!
Right there in our very own office circle, was a pair of traditional blacksmiths!
While Rick and Jen worked, everyone walking by was a lord or lady, king or queen!!
What the heck was going on? Did I go back in time?
Wait. What if there’s stocks? Or gallows? You know, sometimes, I’m kind of a naughty moose, playing tricks on Tami and stuff. And I heard the Knights back then didn’t mess around. My cute little face and impressive antlers weren’t going to get me out of trouble here . .. .
Waaaaaait a minute! There’s a truck at the gate! And Ben in the golf cart!!
I didn’t go back in time! It’s Medieval Weekend!!!!
The blacksmiths were working hard hand-forging some cool iron work samples. I snuck a peek at their wares . . .
Fire pokers . . . key rings . . . plant hangers and even some roses!
These were Jen’s samples on her key ring. Aren’t they cool!!??
and here’s Tami’s favorite . . . a snake!!
I started looking around and WOW, did we have a ton of stuff going on!
There was a porridge eating contest . . .
Tami never lets me do that, she says it’d take too much scrubbin’ to get the oatmeal out of my fur!
But I wished I’d made it to jousting! These kids are brave!
The viking ship races looked awesome, too. I love all the boats!
they were so clever!
And at Arts and Crafts, we made swords and shields and crowns!
Doesn’t everyone look king-ly? And at the hayride, we were all given whistles. Our parents and grandparents thought that was the greatest thing ever! You know, because of all the noise we could make.
On Saturday night, Hope and her crew from Wind Over Wings arrived with their raptors . . . nature-geek Tami LOOOOOOOOVES them. Really!
This is Pippin, a Saw-Whet Owl . . .
and Tansy, an Eastern Screech Owl. These two were shown around the room to everyone who attended.
Hope and the other Wind Over Wings Staff, told us each raptor’s story. They can’t be released back into the wild because of limitations in flight or sight.
In the case of Queen Solomon, the Great Horned Owl, she can’t be released because she became humanized after being rescued and raised by a human.
Did you know that if you find a baby bird, you CAN put it back in its nest, or close to it, and their parents will still feed them? We didn’t know that – but we’re glad we do now!
Tami fell in love with Zachariah the first time he visited. She ended up putting a raven named Bo in her third Cooper and Packrat adventure, Mystery of the Missing Fox, after learning how smart they can be.
They are problem solvers and love to play, too!
Hope showed us how an eagle feather makes a sound when you swish it through the air.
But an owl’s feathers do not make a peep . . .
That’s so they can be stealthy and silent while hunting.
What a fun weekend! I learned so much and had a good time, too!
Thank you, Poland Spring Campers, for coming out to play! Visit us again soon!
Tami has gotten it into her head that we all need to clear our minds and calm our souls on Thursdays, right before the busy weekends. She added Yoga to the activity list! I told her I wasn’t too sure about this . . . What if my antlers get all tangled up?
But she said, “Try it! You might like it!”
So I watched my little campers for a bit . . .
and they seemed to be having fun with it, so I tried it too!
And you know what? It was kind of fun!
Our recreation schedule was full, full, full last weekend. We had all our usual stuff, seven or eight things a day! But since it was the Fourth of July, we had some extra special activities, too. Like our Red, White and Blue Bike parade . . .
Tami and I couldn’t believe our eyes, when we saw all the bikes roll up!
Our campers went above and beyond this year!
Even our littlest campers.
It was so much fun, you’ll have to check out the videos on Facebook.
On Saturday we had field games . . .
And the water balloon slingshot, too.
I turned around once, to find Brooke throwing a bucket of water on my little campers! “Hey!” I told her, “you can’t pick on my friends that way!”
but they all lined up to let her throw some more! I have some crazy friends!
The watermelon eating contest is always a huge hit!
Debbie cut up two big watermelons for it!
They ate . . .
and they ate . . .
And they ate! It sure looked yummy! Tami never lets me join in though. She says I’ll get my fur all sticky. Sheesh.
Sunday night, Bob Nixon magician extraordinaire, performed some amazing feats of magic for us . . .
And then he showed us his feet . . .
Monday night’s candy bar bingo was one of our biggest ever!
Such wide smiles on these winners . . .
And Look! We made mini catapults at Wacky Science on Tuesday! That was pretty cool.
We had scavenger hunts . . .
And so very much more! Too much to post in just one little blog post.
But if I had to pick one favorite thing from the whole Fourth of July week . . . just one thing . . .
I’d have to choose the Fourth of July Pots and Pans Parade . . .
they were loud and proud!!
We had such an awesome time last week, and we hope all our campers did, too.
Now it’s time to run the Jolly Roger up the flag pole and get ready for the crew of pirates who are due to arrive tomorrow . . .
I showed up at the house to talk to her about all this snow, and how it’s piling up, and will it ever melt?!
But she just said, “Uh huh. Uh huh.” She never even looked up from her computer. I peeked over her shoulder and saw her editing photos of eagles on the nest.
That figures! It must be April. She always does this when the our eagles nest . . . from now until those chicks hatch, it’ll be the eagles did this and the eagles did that . . .
For example, last week she came back from her trek in the woods, all smiling and giddy. She’d come from the lake and as usual, the eagle was sitting on the nest. She took a few pictures and had turned to head home when she heard a ruckus. When she turned back, she saw a juvenile eagle soar into view, the second adult eagle not far behind . . .
At first, she thought the juvenile was after the nest, perhaps the eggs, but when she looked more closely at the photos, the adult had something in its talons.
The juvenile was after the food.
The second adult came back to the nest and together the two adults warned the juvenile off, as it soared over their heads.
Eventually, the juvenile moved on and the adults settled down again.
Once the danger had passed, Tami said the the second adult took to the air, it’s lunch still in its talons.
I’m not sure I’d want to tangle with those eagles!
Then on April 1st, we had a giant April Fool’s snow storm, 13 inches of heavy wet snow. Tami and I trudged to the lake, worried about the eagles . . . and this is what we saw.
Under all that snow, lies our eagle, with her eggs tucked under her. I thought she’d be cold, but Tami said she suspected the snow acted like an insulation of sorts, keeping her and the eggs warm.
The next morning, when the sun came out, Tami and I went down again. She took this photo from the shoreline across from site 23, at 1,000 feet away, hoping to see down into the nest. At the time, she didn’t see anything but snow.
But once she cropped it . . . see? See the white head?
From our shoreline at 500 feet, this was the image Tami captured. That poor eagle!
But by 3 o’clock in the afternoon, everything was back to normal!
Be prepared, Tami’s gonna post a bunch of eagle photos from now until we open. They’ll be no stopping her, I’m afraid. But as soon as you all get back here to camp, we can distract her with Clean Up Weekend and Spring Special Weekend photos. There’s so many of you camping with us this Spring! We’re going to kick off the season with a bang!
Knights in shining armor started arriving to help protect Poland Spring Campground right after Tami hung the banners.
Tami said she felt safer with them camping with us.
Debbie and Brooke took all their favorite activities from last year’s Medieval and Fairy Tales weekends and put them together in one awesome package! Hammer Throw Games (Bocci), Bubble Play and a Fairy and Gnome hunt. We made Viking Ships at arts and crafts and sailed them in the lake.
And that was only Friday.
Early on Saturday, all our little campers went to Arts and Crafts to make shields, scepters and medieval crowns.
Oh, they were amazing!
And then it was time to practice how to be a knight . . .
We played leap frog . . .
And three legged races . . .
And we jousted too!
We shot off water balloons, had a scavenger hunt and ate porridge!
At the hayride, everyone came in their finest court dress!
Princesses and knights alike!
And Saturday night, we were very honored to have Hope and Carol from Wind Over Wings!!
A crowd gathered on our playing field.
They brought us Tansy the Screech Owl . . . who was hit by a car and lost an eye.
Kai the American Kestrel who was also rescued after being hit by a car. She can no longer fly.
And Cessna. Red Shouldered Hawks aren’t usually calm in captivity, but after being injured, her caregivers noticed that Cessna was. She recuperated from her injuries nicely, but her wing feathers didn’t grow back. Like the other raptors, she now helps Hope and Carol and the rest of the Wind Over Wings staff, in their quest to form a connection between us and wildlife.
And last but not least – Skywalker graced us with his presence.
Such a gorgeous raptor. A stunning Golden Eagle.
His story is inspiring . . . uplifting . . . and emotional. Tami sheds a few tears every time she hears it.
Yay!!! David is our hero!! He fixed this blog!! There was some kind of crazy glitch in the WordPress’s update that kept Tami from uploading pictures . . . and if you know Tami – you know she can’t post on her blog without pictures.
Lots of pictures.
A gazillion-trillion pictures.
(And by the way – Tami tried for weeks and weeks to figure out what was wrong. David googled it and had it fixed in half and hour. Sheesh! )
Now I can show off all the cool things we’re doing here at Poland Spring Campground!
Fourth of July Weekend was a B – L – A – S – T!!!
The best one ever! (Tami says I say that every year – but I don’t think that’s true, do you?)
We had so many new campers and returning campers . . .
Young campers . ..
and . . .
Did you think I was going to say “Old” campers? Pishaw!
I was going to say NOISY campers!
But that’s because Tami and Debbie and Brooke handed out noisemakers for our Yankee Doodle Parade!
If you wore red, white and blue on you or your bike . ..
you got a noisy prize!!
And Tami told us all, right before we headed out – “Wake up all the campers out there! Let them know it’s time to have fun!”
So we did.
That was one of the biggest Yankee Doodle Parades we ever, ever had!!
There were so many people, Tami had to take a pana . . . pana . . . romana . . .
a really, really, really long picture – on her phone – to get everyone in!
There was so much to do . . . bocci, bubble play, prize bingo and Arts and Crafts at the Lake!
We made rockets and shooting star wands.
We even played Colonial Kid Games, like marbles
And the fun continued into Saturday too! There was Arts and Crafts to make Yankee Doodle Hats and Drums for the parade. We made jewelry, shot water balloons in the playing field, and had a scavenger hunt.
But the Watermelon Eating contest was my favorite!
Fourth of July Weekend is one of my favorites!
There’s always so much to do!
Now I have to run – because tomorrow is Sunday, and Sunday always starts with Storytime . . . and at Storytime, there’s always great books!
My camping friends surprised me with a birthday party!
The rec hall was packed full!
Everyone helped me blow out the candles on my cake . . . but they re-lit! Twice! That Tami! She put trick candles on the cake. Always keep both eyes on her.
I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday party! It’s always so much more fun, celebrating with friends.
We had a Bouncy House Weekend right after that, and I wished we’d gotten pictures, but Tami was away at her godson’s wedding and I couldn’t find her camera! Guess I should’ve asked for one for my birthday.
And just yesterday we celebrated Father’s Day Weekend by making lanterns, slinging water balloons, making giant bubbles, playing bocci and riding on the hayride!
The hayride is where I get to meet all my little campers right in front of the office. We have a blast high-fiving, playing, hugging, and joking around.
Right up until they get on the hay wagon for a ride around the camp. That’s when the fun stops, ’cause Tami won’t let me drive the truck, or ride on the wagon. “You’ll knock somebody off with those antlers of yours,” she always says.
But we DO get to take a group photo!
Next weekend is Medieval Weekend! Did you know we have all kinds of cool themes, like Pirate, Fiesta, Halloween One, Halloween Too, Fairy Tale, and Superhero Weekend too!? Hurry! Make your reservations!