Labor Day Weekend ~ 2017

 

I know, I know,

I KNOW!

I’m late with this post.

Sigh.  That’s because I get so sad every time look at the Labor Day photos.

It was the last recreation schedule for 2017.  But my little campers didn’t let that get them down. They came prepared to celebrate!

 

They wore their red, white and blue holiday best!

Especially for the Pots and Pans parade on Saturday.  They decorated bikes, and wagons and helmets and each other!

I got to carry the flag in the Pots and Pans parade!

(I looooooove carrying the flag)

I think Ben’s a little jealous that I have that special job.

Debbie gave out whistles and we made tons and tons of noise with our friends!

As we wound our way around the campground, we were telling everyone to “Come out and play!”

How could they sleep in when there was so much to do??  All our favorite activities were jammed into one fun filled weekend.

“What activities?” you say?

I thought you’d never ask!  We had bocci, a scavenger hunt, water balloon slingshot, bubble play, adult bingo, candy bar bingo, a tie dye activity . . .

and we made our own lanterns, too.

There were lots of ribbons to be won, some of my little campers have been collecting them for years and years.

And of course we had a hayride!  We waved our flags and sang songs . . .

Then on Sunday, I woke up to rain.

“Oh no!” I thought. “What will my little campers do??”  I ran to the rec hall and found them making lobsters and lobster buoys!

Aren’t they awesome??

I shouldn’t have worried, because Debbie knows just what to do. She kept all the kids inside the rec hall to play games like bowling and minute to win-its, and have snacks and hang out.

Sadly, there was no recreation on Monday, but Tami and David host a special  dinner just for seasonal campers to thank them for staying with us this year . . .

Lobster and steak, with pot luck appetizers, dishes and desserts.

Yum!

Wait a minuuuuuuuute . . . those aren’t the lobsters my little campers made, are they??

It’s always such a nice way to end the summer . . .

just the way it started . . . with good company!

Sci Fi Weekend ~ 2017

 

What?  Look!  That shirt!  Those ears!

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???

Ewwwww!

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!

Halloween Too ~ 2017

What could be better than Halloween in August??

Halloween Too, in August!

You heard me right. A second Halloween!

I couldn’t wait! More trick or treating! More arts and crafts! More water balloon slingshot . . .

Uh oh!

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!

Cool!

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.

 

“6:30pm!!!”

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 . . .

Spider Rings
Balloon Prize from the Balloon Walk

And for still others, it was the thrill of the games themselves.

Quarter Toss
Sponge Toss

Fishing for Spider Rings
Tattoos
Balloon Walk

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!

Until next time!

 

Halloween One ~ 2017!!!

Finally! Halloween had arrived!  My favorite weekend of the whole camping season!

Well, I guess they’re all my favorites . . . but Halloween has candy!

I rushed to find Debbie and Brooke!  I couldn’t wait to get started.  Friday afternoon, my little campers  met Debbie at the lake for a Nature Walk. They  gathered all kinds of nature-y things to make Lake Monsters in the picnic area. Then they had a Ghostly Cow Hunt and Teen/Adult Bingo after supper.   Last on the list for the day was a Light Parade . . .

Wait . . . what?  No trick or treating!!  “What’s up with that!?” I asked Debbie.

“It’s only Friday, Maxx.” Debbie explained. “Tomorrow you trick or treat.”

Visions of jack-o-lantern buckets full of candy danced through my dreams that night. And I woke bright and early and showed up at the office ready to go campsite to campsite . . .

Wait. What? Arts and Crafts!?

“Well, yes,” Debbie explained again, as the kids made Ghostly Site Markers. “There’s more than just trick or treating fun you know.”

“Fine,” I said. “Let’s hurry up and do them so we can get to the good stuff.”

Debbie pet my antlers and laughed.  “Oh, we will, we will.”

I have to admit, the Pots and Pans parade brought out a ton of kids!  And they were ready to make some noise, and show off the costumes they were going to wear later . . .

Look at all those pots and pans!  If you want to hear their noise, go to our Facebook Page.  They sure were loud!  I think they were as ready as I was to get to Trick or Treating!

After the water ballon slingshot , Frankenstein came to visit! 

He lives!!!

Wait . . . he doesn’t really live. But this family DID build him at the Frankenstein building activity. Isn’t he cool?

Jewelry making and a Halloween Scavenger Hunt were on the activity list next.   “When is trick or treating!!!!” I cried.

“We didn’t have the Witch’s Stew eating contest yet,” Brooke told me. “Patience, little moose.  All these campers are looking forward to it.”

Whoa. That’s a lot of hungry campers.  But . . . witch’s stew?

Yuck!!

Eye of Newt?   Fangs of bat?  Bones of gnomes.

Shudder!

“How about spaghetti by Debbie?” Brooke whispered.  “Try not to scare the little campers with that wild imagination of yours!”

Oh! Spaghetti!  I can do that.

And it seems all my camper friends like spaghetti, too!!!

And while I loooooove spaghetti, it still wasn’t trick or treating!

I want candy!

“Hayride time first,” David told me.

I don’t argue with David.

Hayride time it is.

So Sammie and I went out to meet and greet all our little campers who were getting on the hayride.  And you know what?

All they could talk about was trick or treating, too!

Finally … after supper . . . Tami and Debbie and Brooke started running around, gathering up supplies for the costume party. So I wandered out of the store before they could put me to work and  . . .

Hunters!!

And policemen!  And escapees!!!!  Yikes!

 

Were they after me?

Oh!  I had to laugh at myself.  They weren’t real hunters!  Or policemen. (I wasn’t sure about the escapees though)  My imagination was running away with me again!

They were trick or treaters!

They had finally arrived!

ALL 95 of them!  (Give or take a couple)

Don’t they look awesome!?

“Can we start now? Huh? Can we? Pleeeeease?” I asked.

“Not yet,” Tami shushed me. “I need some pictures first.”

I thought she meant of me . . . but nooooooo . . .

She started taking selfies with MY campers!!  Sheesh.

Finally, she decided to get the show on the road. Tami got up on her soapbox to give the annual safety rules.

Then she got a group photo (’cause she’s so proud of all the costumes!)

Then she sent us out to gather as much candy as we could!

Okay, those weren’t her exact words. I think she told us to go have fun and be safe or something.

But the day wasn’t over yet!  Oh no!  Next we had a costume party at the lake!

Some penguin named Brooke drove me to the lake in the golf cart.

There was cookie decorating . . .

A tic-tac-toe toss game . . .

A knock-the-pins-down game . . .

A balloon race with water guns . . .

Tattoos . . .

Pin the nose on the jack-o-lantern

And a ring toss!

And a Ghost Bean Bag toss, too!

We think all our little ghosts, goblins, and minecrafters had a great time!

 

 

We couldn’t have done it without our teen volunteers, though!

Thank you, everyone!

And Hunter, too!

We have the best campers, ever!

Super Hero Weekend ~ 2017

One of the things I like best about Super Hero Weekend – is that I get to meet so very many heroes all over the campground!!

At arts and crafts they made headbands, masks and arm cuffs to hide their  true identities!

There were some super villains among us too!

After doing all the usual mild-mannered, regular camper stuff Friday and Saturday morning, like super seed spitting, scavenger hunt, and bubble play,  we gathered on the playground to show off our super hero skills!

We zig-zagged our way across the playing field!

We were stylish!

We demonstrated great team work . . .

showed off our agility by crawling through small spaces . . .

And we soared through the air . . .

Okay, okay. Maybe we didn’t soar!  But we ran like the wind!

And we were very good at making distractions so the bad guys would be, you know, distracted and stuff from their evil-doings.

And Tami said we were super good at staring off into nothing-ness – like a true super hero.

Oh no!  Villainous villains!

We took out our super secret weapon . . .

the water balloon launcher!

Do they look a little scared?  Hmmmm . . .

Our Super Heroes are the best!

They play kazoos!

And they can count to three!

And they love hayrides, too.

On Saturday night, Almodarr and Angelique amazed us with their magic!

They did this thing, where they twisted that round circle with the spiral design and we had to stare at it and stare at it and stare at it . . . then Angelique said, “Now look at my nose-”

And I swear she shimmered – like she almost went invisible!  Other kids said her head got bigger.

And then there was the time Angelique started pulling ribbons from what I thought was an empty canister . . . .

and she kept pulling . . . and pulling . . . and pulling!

Finally, they came to the end! Whew!  I was beginning to wonder where we’d put all of that ribbon!  Hmmmm – maybe Debbie and Brooke coulda used it for next year’s super hero costumes.

The Steelgraves put on a great show!  Thank you Almodarr and Angelique!  We can’t wait to see what you come up with next year!

Santa in July!

This morning, Tami found me swimming in the lake.

“Maxwell, you have one job and one job only, to report on the recreation. You’re two blog posts behind and Super Hero Weekend starts tomorrow. When are you going to write them?”

“I can’t hear you,” I told her, while doing the back stroke. “I have water in my ears.”

“If you don’t get them done today, you’ll be grounded for the weekend. No Super Hero Weekend for you.”

No Super Hero weekend? I jumped out of the lake. “I’ll have them done today,” I told her. “No need for grounding.”

“Pictures and all?” she asked.

“Pictures and all . . . ”

So I did the post for Pirate Weekend.  And that took a lot longer than I remembered!  Since Tami doesn’t read the blog, I’m just gonna dump all my Christmas photos right here for you all to look at so I can go to Moosey Yoga, okay?  This deadline has me stressed!

Edited to add:  Apparently Tami DOES read the blog.  So I had to go back and tell you all what we did all weekend . . . . sheesh! She’s such a mean boss!

All week long my little campers and I waited for Christmas. Not the usual Christmas, but Christmas in July!

We had story time and arts and crafts every day. We made ice cream, told scary stories by the campfire, played kickball and held bubbles.

We even made Santa water sleighs and had a sink the ship contest at the lake!

When the big day finally came, there was so much to do! Arts and Crafts, Reindeer Races, snow balloon games and even a Santa Dress Up game!

These guys fooled me for a bit . . . I thought Santa had come early! But then I realized they may have had the Santa suits, but they were a little short to be the Big Guy.

This guy fooled me too!  He’s tall enough to be Santa, and was on a roof, but he didn’t have the Santa suit.

Everybody decorated! It was so Christmasy!

By 6:30 Saturday night, everyone was so excited!! Especially me! When Santa arrived, I was jumping up and down!

This kid, played it cool though.

Santa handed out treats,

while everyone played Christmas games at the party.

And just to be clear, they all won prizes. This little camper was the only lucky duck to get a cool rock like this one.

There was cookie decorating too . . .

And I think those cookies were a big hit!!

There were sooooo many people!

Santa told Tami there were 90 little campers in all .  . . 90!  Whoa!

I’m not sure how many adults there were, but they liked meeting Santa too.

And did you know, Santa brought a couple of friends with him?  The Grinch . . .

And Frosty!   It was so good to see them.

But I had to keep both eyes on that Grinch . . . he almost stole Christmas again!!!

Tami said she loved our Christmas party, because it was all about putting smiles on the kids faces, like this little guy who’s wearing the Santa hat he made at Arts and Crafts.

At the very end, Santa handed out gifts to all the good little campers. I don’t mind telling you,  I was a little worried.

Okay, A LOT worried!

But I did get a present!  So I must have been good, right??  Just like my friends, here.

And the best part about Christmas in July???

 

We only have to wait six months to have it all again!!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Ahoy Maties!!

Arrrrr!   We be over-run with pirates back on the 8th !!!

  

And they be led by our own, Captn’ Brooke!

The whole crew invaded Story Time, Bocci, bingo, a treasure hunt and bubble play too!

I went over to watch the bubble making and I wasn’t gonna try it, but my little campers made it look like so much fun!

The big campers too . . . .

I just couldn’t resist!

I like it! I like bubble play!  I think I’ll go every week from now on!

Some of my little  pirates made Fairy Houses, too!

And Captain Brooke . .. she made us all walk the plank!

in style!

And THAT was only Friday.

Saturday was full of different fun and games.  After making eye patches and parrots at Arts and Crafts,

   

and playing landlubber games in the field, we had a Cannon Shooting Contest!

Nooooooo, not a real cannon silly!  Safety-First Tami would never let us do that!

First, we take a water balloon,

and then we put it in the slingshot . . .

and we pull back . . . far, far, back . . .

and we launch!   The first three to catch a balloon unbroken . . .

Gets a free ice cream certificate!

Some of my little campers made some awesome jewelry.

They worked really, really hard on it.

I wish I could make jewelry, but, you know . . . I don’t have thumbs. Or fingers.

The pirate games were a blast!

We played Pin the Pirate on the treasure map . . .

And a game where we had to wear a hook on our hands . . .

The big event of the weekend was Mad Science ~ what an awesome show!

It was all about energy . . .

He was very funny!

He shot off an Angry Bird!!  With a slingshot!

I love Pirate Weekend!  Everyone goes around saying “Ahoy Maties!” and “Arrrrr!”

And they tell a lot of pirate jokes too . . . . like, “What’s a pirate’s favorite letter?”

Did you guess R?  You’re wrong!

It’s C!  Get it?  C? The sea?

Never mind.

 

Fourth of July 2017

Oh, I am so embarrassed!

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 . . .

Don’t ask.

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 . . .

Arrrrrrr!  We be ready for ya!

Chinese New Year 2017

You know, sometimes, I feel like an orphaned Moose! Tami has been spending more time trying to get photos of these goslings,

than she has taking pictures of me! Aren’t I cuter than a gosling?

What do  you mean “um, no” ?

Luckily, there were tons of her friends who got photos for us.  ‘Cause Chinese New Year was chuck full of fun!

We had arts and crafts where we made hats and fans . . .

and there was jewelry making, hayrides, field games, a waterballon slingshot, nickle bingo, story time . . .

and a noodle eating contest! Yum!

Debbie and Tami tried to trick my little campers with a finger trap!

You know what?  My little campers are too smart for her! They figured it right out.

With Tami being so distracted and all, I thought maybe I’d finally get a chance to swim in the pool.  So I snuck in the gate . . . tiptoed inside .. . and right away, I heard Tami call me name!  She’s got, like, eyes in the back of her head or something!

I tried to hide . . .

but she saw me!

Tami put her hands on her hips and tapped a foot. Uh-oh.

“Maaaaaaxx, tell me what the pool rules are,” she asked.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah,” I grumbled. “I know. No moose in the pool!”

Sigh.

A little while later, I saw one of my camper friends hopping in a puddle!

And I thought . .. “hey! That’s better than not getting in the water at all!”

Tami warned me, “Maaaaaxx, don’t get your sneakers wet!”

You know what?  I jumped right in!  Both feet! You can see me do it on our Facebook page! Tami wasn’t too happy with me.  But all my little campers thought it was awesome!

Come visit us!  We have free recreation every day all day!  And if that isn’t enough to convince you .  . . . .

we have ice cream at our snack shack, too!

 

Ice Cream Social and Maxx’s Birthday!

We always have two big ice cream events in the Spring!

Tami just <3 <3 <3’s  ice cream!!

But not as much as me!

All through Saturday May 20th,  my little campers played wiffle ball, shot off water balloons with the slingshot, played bocce . .. and at every event, they all asked each other what they were bringing for a topping to share . . .

It turned out to be the best topping smorgasbord ever!  Sooooo many campers came . . . I think they love ice cream as much as Tami does!

More than me!!

Okay, I think this young man loves it more than all of us combined!!

I always love to see what kinds of sundaes my little campers create . . .

Will they load up with lots of red toppings?

Or do they like blue??

This young lady sure is enjoying her sundae!

On June 3rd, we celebrated a very, very special birthday . . .

Mine!!!

What a fun day that was!

We played birthday games,

shot off water balloons, and my little campers made cards and party hats at Arts and Crafts.

I had no idea they were planning a party though!  I was totally in the dark!

Tami told me Brooke needed to see me in the Rec Hall,

so I wandered on down . . .

What I didn’t know, is that there was  lookout behind the tree . . .

And a camper at the lights .  . .

when they saw me coming, they hushed up, shut off the lights, and waited . . .

and when I walked through the door, they yelled ~

“Surprise!”

I couldn’t believe it!

We blew out the candles on my cake together,

ate some cake and ice cream . . .

and my little campers gave me their cards.

They were all so thoughtful and full of heart!

I’ll treasure them forever and ever and ever!!

Thank you, Poland Spring Campers, for a fabulous birthday!  You’re the best!