Halloween One 2015!

 

The Halloween decorations went up on Thursday the 13th,  and all the little campers were most excited!!

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Our usual Thursday recreation has Sandcastle building on the playground . . . .

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And boy-oh-boy, did they ‘go to town’ with their building!  Look at the details!  The American Flag . . . the roads . . .

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And is that a bridge??  Impressive!

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What a cute little city!

On Friday, after Storytime, Bocci, and Bubble Play, Debbie took the little campers to the lake for a Nature Walk.  Along the way, they picked up all kinds of nature items to make Lake Monsters for the Costume Party on Saturday.

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FINALLY, Saturday was here! The BIG DAY!  Kids stampeding all over the place!!

At Arts and Crafts, we made site markers so the campers could mark their sites if they were giving out candy. We made lots and lots and lots of them . . . .

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In hopes there’d be lots and lots and lots of campers TO give out candy.

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Then we made Frankensteins!

Eureka!!

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It’s Alive!!!

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Well, kinda-sorta alive!!!

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We shot water balloons, made jewelry, had an adult horseshoe tournament and joined the  scavenger hunt and THEN . . .

It was witch’s stew eating time!!!

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Tami just won’t let me do this, no matter how hard I try!!  I pleaded!  I begged!!  But she firmly said no!

I wonder why?

 

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We tried to have a Pumpkin Parade . . . we gathered .  . .

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But all of a sudden we heard rumbling and Tami cried, “Is that THUNDER????”  She and Debbie shooed us inside as fast as they could.  We played games instead and tried to guess the how many candy corns were in the jar.

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We kept one eye on the skies as the minutes ticked by . . . . 3 o’clock.  4 o’clock.  The skies cleared a bit and the sun peeked out.  5 o’clock.  6 o’clock.

6:30!!  Time for Tami to give the rules!!  And then she makes us pose for a group photo.

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Before she finally sends us out to trick or treat!!

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We got tons and tons of candy!!

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When we’d gone to every campsite that had a marker, we went down to the lake for a costume party and snacks.

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We all love having the party at the lake!

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There’s all kinds of cool games to play for prizes.  And Sammie gives Tattoos too!

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She said the magic spell, tapped the tattoo with her wand and Abracadabra!!  The perfect Tattoo!

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I was amazed!!!  Maybe this time, finally, after all these years, the tattoo would stick to my fur!!  I crossed my fingers to help the magic . . .

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But it didn’t work.  Sigh. One of my little campers gave me a ghost sticker though!  I love my little campers!

And their costumes!

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Before the party ended, I made sure to get myself a Halloween Frosting Stick and a glass of Tami’s special punch.

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Choosing the sprinkles is always the hardest decision!

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When I saw the sun setting over the lake, I was so sad. I didn’t want Halloween to end.  I wanted to hang out with my little campers for ever and ever.  And ever.  I scuffed my feet in the dirt when Tami told me it was time to go.

 

But a pretty girl came over to tell me Halloween wasn’t ending yet!!  We had a whole week of recreation ahead of us!

“And trick or treating?  Another party?” I asked.

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“We’ll do it all over again next Saturday”, she said, before giving me a kiss right on my nose.

Yes!!  Halloween again!!  I can’t wait!!

 

Fairy Tale Weekend

Sometimes, it takes a couple years for a theme weekend to catch on and become big. Not so with Fairy Tale Weekend!!! We started with Bubble Play, a Fairy & Gnome treasure hunt, and Cottage Building for the wee folk  . . .

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Some of our characters gave a shout out to a special friend of ours, who’s staying at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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How I loved meeting all the characters!

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Shrek and Fiona were a huge hit!!

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We made Magical Wands and Fairy Tale Character headbands at Arts and Crafts.  There were lots and lots of spells being tossed around the hay wagon, I tell you!  I was worried I’d get changed into a toad or something.

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And check out these knights in shining armor!!  Very impressive!  I’d let them guard my gate against fire breathing dragons any time!

 

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We had so many beautiful princesses too!

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And Noble Kings.  Doesn’t he look wise beyond his years?

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Here is Girl Scout Troop 1655 in Harpswell.  They worked hard selling cookies this year and earned a camping trip.  Maxwell Moose bragged to everyone he knew that they chose OUR campground to visit.   Thanks girls!!!

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Princess Megan was beautiful in all her finery!!

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Peter Pan came to visit too, with Tiger Lily, Wendy, Tinkerbell and a Lost Boy!!

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I finally got a chance to meet Shrek face to face!  He’s not a bad guy really, if you can get past that onion smell.  Tami was taking our picture for the big guy, when .  . .

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Fiona just had to go and photobomb us.

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Personally, I think she was a little jealous, since Shrek had just gotten a big ‘ol smooch from Paula.

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Here’s the whole Poland Spring Campground Fairy Tale crew!!  Thanks again for visiting us everyone!!

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This theme will be on the schedule for 2016 for sure!!

Fiesta 2015!!

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Fiesta Weekend was so much fun, Sammie and Debbie started dancing in the street!

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There was soooooooo much to do!  We played bocci, had a Penny Hunt, shot water balloons with the slingshot and made sombreros and maracas at Arts and Crafts!

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There was jewelry making, South of the Border field games, horseshoe tournament, scavenger hunt and a seed spitting contest.

You heard me!

A

SEED

SPITTING

CONTEST!!

Shhhhhhh – dont’ tell Tami.  She doesn’t like spitting. Especially when Moose spit.

But she does like hayrides with all her little campers dressed up in their sombreros

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aaaaaaaaand,

she loooooves Fiesta Parties!!!

Ours had all kinds of carnival games, and we got to try them all as many times as we wanted for the prizes . . .

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We shot darts at balloons . . .

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Got a tattoo from these lovely young ladies . . .

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My little campers and I tried to dance ping pong balls from a tissue box around our waist.

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I used every Moosey-dance move I had!

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I tried to ring-a-bottle, but when I wasn’t looking,  Justin covered them with his sombrero.  So when he wasn’t looking, I cheated. A little.

I know. I know.  Tami said the same thing. So then Justin and I did it the “right” way and I won!

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Hunter gave me the rules to the Stack-the-cans-on-the-plate-sitting-on-the-water game.  “You only have a minute!” He said.  “Ready . . . set . . . go!”

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What?  A minute??    Soooo much pressure!  I could only get three of them!

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One of our favorite carnival party snacks are the sopapias Debbie and Ron make.  Yum!!  I like mine with honey.

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Afterward, I tried to get in the bouncy house with my friend RJ . . .

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I asked really, really nicely.  But David said no for the tenth year in a row!!

He said my antlers were too big!

 

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Can you believe this guy????

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“Maxwell,” David said, “Your age group is breaking their pinata . . . go help them.”

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So I did!!

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Sadly, I was not the one to break it wide open, but one of my friends did!  And we all got bags of candy!!

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A huge Thank you to all our helpers! We couldn’t run the party without you!

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The Super Heroes of Poland Spring Campground

This year’s Super Hero Theme Weekend started like any other .  . . we had sandcastle building on the playground . . .

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and my little campers and I talked about what Super Heroes we wanted to be this year.

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The sandcastles were amazing!!

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We have all kinds of fun, everyday!  All day!  But we really had a wicked good time building boats and racing them in the pool!  We were supposed to go to the lake, but we decided to stay close to the rec hall on account of the thunder we heard in the distance.

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Friday night we had Candy Bar Bingo!  There were lots and lots of winners!

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Stand Up Bingo games are my favorite.

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On Saturday we made our Super Hero disguises . . . even Megan . . . Ahem . . . I mean, Super Megan, of course.

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Debbie and Super Megan helped us to make capes,

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And masks and arm bands too!

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Which we wore to Super Hero Tryouts.

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There were a lot of Super Hero Wanna-be’s!

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We learned to work as a team . . .

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run through obstacles . . .

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leap tall buildings . . .

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Everyone worked hard!  But we also had a lot of fun.

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And Debbie proclaimed us Official Poland Spring Campground Super Heroes!

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Suddenly, Tami got a call from Paula in the office!  Thor’s Hammer had been stolen by some really old, really evil guy and his gang.

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Did I mention how evil they were?

As they marched toward us, they gained more minions!!!

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And just like that, the line was drawn across the playing field.

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We bit our nails!

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Tami gave a really long pep talk about honor . . . and valor . . . and upholding the Poland Spring Campground Way!

And that was great and all, but when Debbie pulled out two crates of water balloons, and the slingshot, we gave a rousing cheer!

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It was the villains turn to look worried.

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The games were on!  We slung balloons . . .

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And they fought them off!

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We kept a close eye on the battle . . .

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Soon, I could see that we had them beaten!

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And Tami yelled, “Charge!! Get the Hammer!!”

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They knew they had lost.

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We saved the day for all the Poland Spring Campground campers!!

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Our Super Heroes are the bravest . . .

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Smartest!

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Strongest . . .

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most honorable Super Heroes in all the Universe!!

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Well done, Justice League, well done.

Ho Ho HO! Christmas In July!

 

Christmas is sooooo much fun!  And its even more fun in July!

Except for the waiting part.  Sigh.  That’s hard, really hard.

Debbie and Megan tried hard to keep us busy so we wouldn’t think about it so much.  We had a Bocci tournament, and a snowball hunt, made giant Bubbles, and played reindeer games in the field.

We had Arts and Crafts every day, too!  And we made lots of Christmas-y stuff to hang on our campsites to remind us Santa was coming.

Like Christmas Wreaths from pine cones . . .

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And Sleigh-boats at the lake ~

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so we could float them!  Then we had a contest to see who’s boat could hold the most presents!

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We made elf hats to wear to the Christmas Party

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And some Christmas jewelry too.

 

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We even had a Santa Decorating contest.  We decorated real live kids!

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And oh my goodness ~ I thought they were the Big Guy, himself! I thought Santa had come early!  Don’t they look good?

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But, after all that, we still had some waiting to do. So we had a hayride and sang Christmas Carols.

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I asked all my little camping friends if they’d been good this year. Turns out they all have.

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Good thing!  Because Santa was coming for a visit.  The REAL Santa!

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I was so excited to see him!

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We all hugged him . . .

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and told him what we wanted for Christmas.

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Then we played carnival games for prizes . . .

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And we got tattoos .  . . not the real kind, silly!  The fake kind . . .

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There was cookie decorating, too!

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And finally, when I thought my antlers were going to fall off from all waiting, Tami announced it was time for Santa to give out presents.

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We all listened carefully for our names . . .

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It was such an awesome weekend, we didn’t want it to end!!   One little guy stayed, waving goodbye and saying Thank You,  until Santa was just a speck in the driveway.

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See you soon, Santa!!  Only six more months till we meet again!

Pirate Weekend 2015

 

 

 

Shiver Me Timbers!  We were overrun by pirates!!

It’s taken Tami days and days to recuperate!

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So, okay, they didn’t pillage and plunder.  But they DID play a ton of games all over the campground.

They built fairy houses down by the lake . . .

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And then sank each other’s ships . . .

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They scavenged for the Scavenger Hunt, had two story times, and trained to be a pirate under the most horrible of conditions . . .

Swabbing the deck . . .

Swabbing the deck

Walking the plank . . .

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Walking the plank

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Walking the plank blindfolded AND

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getting squirted with water at the same time!

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Walking the plank and getting squirted with water by your MOM!

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And if all that wasn’t bad enough, then Debbie lined them up to throw water on them, like it was a hurricane or something!

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I turned to Megan to ask if I could sail on her ship, instead of Debbie’s, but Megan did it too!

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We played all kinds of pirate-y games . .  .

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and made sandcastles too!

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There was even some swordplay with the Poland Spring Captain!

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We had a right, fine Poland Spring Pirate Crew!  I’d set sail with them anytime!

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Fourth of July ~ 2015

Oh my goodness!

I was having so much fun with my little campers that I almost forgot to post news about our Fourth of July camping fun!

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Every one wants a picture with me!

 

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Sooooo much love!

There was so much to do.  We made jewelry, had a scavenger hunt, and a watermelon eating contest . . .

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There was also All American Relay Races, Bubble Play, Bocci and Story time . . . twice!

We sent water balloons soaring, had a hayride

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Our weekly Hayride group photo!

And at Arts and Crafts we got to make USA Rockets and Shooting Star Wands

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Aaaaaaand the next day, we made Yankee Doodle Hats and Drums

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There was a seed spitting contest too!

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Really, I don’t make this stuff up! There was soooo much to do!

But my very favorite activity . . .the one I couldn’t wait for . . . was our Pots and Pans Parade, featuring . . . ME!

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Oh, okay, it really featured all my little campers in their red, white and blue.  But I was there too!  And I got to hold the flag while the bikers rode, and the walkers beat their drums.

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Our campers are the most patriotic people I’ve ever seen!

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The Friday night feature was Candy Bar Bingo! This young lady is my new best friend!!

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And Sunday Night, BJ Hickman visited us!

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Every time I see him, he has something new . . . and he’s so funny!

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What a fun weekend!!  So glad you all could make it!

Medieval Weekend 2015

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What a great time I had with my little campers last weekend!  Our every day, ALL DAY, recreation program has begun.  And the activities are FREE!

FREE!

Last weekend we made boats, and raced them in the lake.

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We wanted to do it for hours and hours and hours . . .

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But there were lots of other things to do, too.  Like Hammer Throw, ice melting contest, penny hunt, scavenger hunt, bocci, story time, candy bar bingo and arts and crafts, to name a few.

My favorite, was making hats and shields, wands and swords!

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Everyone gathered at the office for our Saturday hayride. The local Ladies, Knights and Squires, joined us as well.

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For the most part, we all got along famously!

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Until I was challenged by a squire with a much fancier hat than I!

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He fought valiantly, and was besting me!  Before I knew it, jousting and sword play began happening all over the place!

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It was a difficult undertaking, but I finally managed to settle everyone down, so we could take a group photo of the Poland Spring townsfolk.

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I had so much fun!  I didn’t want it to end.

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I’m happy to say, Poland Spring Campground is full, full, full for Fourth of July Weekend, but there’s space left for Pirate Weekend . . . call today to reserve your site! We promise not to make you walk the plank.

Well, more than once, anyway.

 

June ’15 Happenings

June was quite a busy month!

My camping friends surprised me with a birthday party!

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The rec hall was packed full!

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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.

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I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday party!  It’s always so much more fun, celebrating with friends.

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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.

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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.

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But we DO get to take a group photo!

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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!

 

 

 

Mother’s Day 2015

 

Wow!  We’re very excited to have so very many families camping for our Spring Special!  It’s great to hear laughter streaming from the campsites and the pitter-patter of little feet on the playground.

I have some of the best camping kids! This crew picked up trash . . .

all on their own . . .

not looking for any reward.

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Tami couldn’t stop bragging about them!

We had some great recreation on Saturday; making Mother’s Day presents, playing horseshoes and other games.  On Sunday morning, we had a Free Mother’s Day Breakfast in the Rec Hall.  David had lots of little helpers!

 

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And some “big” helpers too.  Couldn’t have done it without you!

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A big shout out to all the camping Mom’s and their families . . .

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So glad you could all join us on your Special Day!

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