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Week Five has arrived! Yikes the summer is going by so fast. But not before another group of amazing people grace the presence of Dream Day! This week began with a thrilling whale watch which turned out had the greatest number of whale sitings ever! More special memories were made at game night which ended with every camper, staff member and parent having their face painted with glimmering butterflies.   It was a night filled with laughter and fun for everyone. In the mornings fishing and boating were enjoyed by all. Families bravely conquered their fear of canoeing and first time fishermen and fisherwomen were catching fish by the dozens! We were all very impressed. Our Hollywood theme party was a blast as kids got glamorous and decorated and walked the red carpet. They also helped make a action packed cowboy movie, and of course had yummy a pie eating contest! The children loved Beach day as they built sand castles, buried counselors in the sand, had water wheel chair rides and played thrilling games with frisbees. At the last campfire children got rewarded for shooting a bulls-eye in archery, by getting to throw pies at Chris, the archery instructor! Kids leapt at the opportunity to get involved at campfire and performed a few skits that were truly adorable. The staff closed the evening around the campfire singing Seasons of Love, as requested by a camper leaving everyone tearing up. However, the tears have not even begun to fall as the last week approaches and we will have to say our final goodbyes to this amazing summer at Nan-Ke-Rafe

After Cape and Islands Week, everyone was excited to have a full camp of families for Week 4! A rainy Sunday pushed our campfire inside, but our spirits certainly weren’t dampened as the rest of the week blossomed into great summer days. The campers made Egyptian necklaces and boo-boo bunnies in arts and crafts, along with new crafts such as paper plate campfires and foam stamps. We had a lot of young ones holding their own in kayaks this week, becoming a favorite activity for many at fishing and boating. The highlight of our week, as per usual, was our theme party, which transported camp into the Wild, Wild West! Campers participated in relay races, a gold rush thwarted by infamous bandit Billy Steele (our very own Seth Olsen), and other games such as Pin the Badge on the Cowboy. It was truly a sight to see the parents compete against each other in the potato sack races! Accommodating to the beautiful weather, we switched our beach day to Wednesday, enjoying the surf, sand, and burying of counselors a day early. On Thursday night, the Board of Trustees treated the whole camp to a delicious dinner and attended the week’s final campfire where the Harwich Quilters’ Club surprised all of the eight families with gifts of individualized quilts for each one. After a final rendition of the Cup Song with all the campers who learned it, we ate our s’mores and said our goodbyes, feeling a little sad but full of happy memories to carry with us through the year. Each week of camp is a little reminder of how many amazing people there are in the world; people who rise to the challenge and become superhuman to take care of their Dream Day child and family. The parents and kids of Dream Day Week 4 became an inspiration to all of us to be the best people we can be and help others in ways we never thought we’d be strong enough to. We exit Week 4 feeling empowered, ready to take on the next group of campers and whatever challenges come our way!

Camp Tales #2

Week two started off with quite the excitement. On Monday’s whale watch the campers saw 7 whales; the last humpback spotted by one of our youngsters! Every morning was filled with more fun than the last. At waterfront campers were catching fish and saying a happy hello to our camp’s mascots Urtle the turtle and Tom the turkey! The campers explored their artistic talents— tie-dying their favorite shirts, making friendship bracelets for themselves and their new friends, and a whole bunch of other colorful crafts! The beach wheelchairs proved to be a camp favorite when we visited Flax pond, and essentially important for so many of our campers. The kids giggled as they bobbed up and down in the chairs adorably refusing to ever leave the water even after an hour of swimming. While at the pond beautiful Sand castles were made, intense rounds of Marco polo were played, as the campers bonded with their families, the staff members, and each other. Game night, carnival, firebirds games and our very own luau sparked excitement in the children throughout the week. Hannah Montana, Selena Gomez and even Darius Rucker’s music could be heard as our campers bravely belted out their favorite songs during Karaoke. Smiles were contagious as our campers got their faces painted, as well as during other activities such as limbo, bingo, paint the counselor, and a pie-eating contest and even a water balloon toss! At the closing campfire laughter was heard as the staff sang songs and put on skits including one about a party in which Miley Cyrus, Spiderman, and Dory from Finding Nemo were in attendance. After the campfire skits were over there were some more s’mores; as well as reminiscing about the week’s memories until it was time to say goodnight. Friday morning we said our goodbyes   to the week two campers and began to prepare ourselves for week 3: day camp at Dream Day! 

 Written by [awesome staffer] Jenny 

An Evening for your Senses – this Saturday from 4-7pm atCape Cod Museum of Art – featuring a spectacular panel of author guests: Elin HilderbrandHeidi Jon SchmidtSally Cabot/Sally Gunning, Nan Rossiter, Linda Conti, Don Davidson/Olaf Nordstrom, Carol McCleary, and Wendy Shreve. 

Join us to sample fine wine surrounded by beautiful art, and meet some incredible Cape Cod authors. 

$10/at the door

Complementary hors d’oervres provided by Oliver’s, Yarmouth Port.

After several months of anticipation, the 2013 dream day staff arrived at nan-ke-rafe, ready to rock! Most of us staff members spent the cold winter months looking for new craft ideas hilarious skits we could perform, and singing the moose juice song to ourselves as we counted down the days til Dream Day! When our first group of families arrived on Sunday we could hardly contain our excitement, not even the long stretch of rain we had could get our spirits down. We had a great first campfire in the dining hall where we initiated our new staff members with some icky sticky skits that involved spaghetti in hair and bananas in armpits. The week was filled with turtle races, archery competitions, and some super intense pie eating contests including the staff , kids and even some excited parents. Some spiderman moves were seen as many of our campers flew across the boulder wall demonstrating their strength and perseverance. Laughter could be heard around Nickerson park during all of our activities, especially paint the counselor, which left a few of our staff members looking like the newest additions to the blue man group! Flax pond and Crosby landing offered some much needed cool down time later in the week when the sun came out and our beach wheel chairs were a huge hit! At our final campfire, our campers blew us away with their acting talent and even brought the staff to tears with a surprise thank you skit. Although we were sad to see the first week families go, we know the memories we had will last forever and that the friendships forged between the families are sure to last a life time. We are so excited to welcome a new crowd for session 2!

written by [rockin nurse!] Emily

We are in the thick of it right now: pouring through applications, setting up camp service days, interviewing staff, and more!

Families – there is still time to send in your applications! Send it our way VERY soon. And remember, we tend to have an active waiting list, so even if the week you are interested in is presently full – hold tight. There just may be an opening soon. 

Volunteers – May is a GREAT time to reach out to us. April finds us busy placing families and finalizing staff. 

 

 

Think Summer!

It is application time! We are now accepting applications for summer 2013 – click here to download your application today: http://dreamdayoncapecod.wordpress.com/about/families/

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