2012 AMS Camp Report Part C

2012 AMS Camp Report Part C – (If you’ve just joined me, start at part A!)

On top of all of that we did a few other activities:

Kayaking. Let’s hear it for kind weather! Having cancelled last year due to disastrously stormy conditions, it was a thrill to take a walk and a paddle in the sunshine.  I always enjoy watching the bigger kids help organise the smaller ones – life jackets, paddles, canoes that are totally un-liftable for little people – as well as watching Miss Lindi get towed around / raced / generally terrorised by her students. Mr Guy set up some super-duper fish-eye lens camera doover-lacky that he could later turn into time lapse photography (all on his PHONE!) and then serenaded our gang on various instruments while they splashed about on Narrabeen Lake.

Games. Ladies and gentlemen, please give it up for Mr Jake. The King of the kids led staff and students (half the camp at a time) on a walk down to the oval where they ran themselves ragged with an assortment of outdoorsy games. A good time, a shower & a change of clothing was had by all…

Spooky Story Compositions: We sent half the camp to Mr Guy for a demo of a collection of spooky instruments. My personal fave was the ‘waterphone’, first used in the movie JAWS. We watched gobsmacked as Guy actually poured a bottle of water into the instrument… whoa! Our kids were grouped in little teams and sent off to write their own spooky story, and appoint a narrator. They then came back and chose instruments to underscore their narrative. Creative story +odd instruments = some very scary stories. Glad it was broad daylight. (Miss Sandi had the shivers!)

Dress-up Night!  It’s a long standing tradition – we pick a letter and dress up as anything starting with…. ‘B’. As ever, I was amazed at the creativity/simplicity/complexity of costuming! We had everything from Boxes to Beethoven, a B flat to a Battery. The staff were collectively ‘Bob the Builder’, Caleb was a Banana (nice photo on the AMS Facebook page) and Mr Guy and his 2 kids were a ‘Barbershop trio’, complete with an acapella 3 part song. Highlights were ‘The Beatles’ and ‘The Beliebers’ – both with impressive items to go with their costumes.

Sing-A-Long: Why is it that some of the most wonderful moments on camp are the un-timetabled ones? I guess the fact that Oscar & Caleb rarely stopped playing guitar & drums the entire time we were at camp made for an easy sing-a-long environment. (I swear Oscar sleeps with a guitar, or a piano accordion or something else strapped to his chest each night!) Mr Jake gave new life to pop songs by alternating between bass and (amplified!) mandolin and POLYPHONIC students were quick to jump on the piano (or anything else they could find) to join in the on-the-spot accompaniment of whatever happened to be the song of the second. Memorable moments were ‘Call me maybe’ with quite a few takers at the microphone. We all enjoyed singing a raucous version of ‘Hey Soul Sister’ , a lovely rendition of ‘I’m Yours’ and a heart warming re-run (live band this time) of the dress-up night ‘Beliebers’ singing ‘Baby’ – with lots of hand-made hearts held high…..sigh. These are the bits we can’t show in the concert, but we treasure none-the-less.

A Magic Show: Having moved our dress-up night to the first night of camp, I booked a friend & professional magician Stu Robinson for a show on the 2nd night. After dinner we sent everyone off to clean their teeth and come back in their PJs. We headed downstairs for a very entertaining end to our busy day. Stu got some of our students involved as volunteers…. very impressive and so much fun!

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