Monday, September 27, 2010

Camp: Health Day

After starting off my day by making sure that breakfast would be ready and in ample supply and attempting to find someone who has keys who could open the doors to a classroom (I actually searched most of the morning with no success), the camp day officially started off with a yoga class. The girls LOVED it. At first I heard a few "this is hard," or "this hurts," or "I don't understands," but after a while they got really, really into it and everyone's breathing was in unison and girls were even copying the posters up so they could practice positions at home. Since today is health day we had an extended yoga lesson, but each day we start or day with a little yoga practice so it will be interesting to see if they still really enjoy some downward facing dog in a sweaty room while it's really hot!

When yoga finished we did another art activity: name signs for everyone's room. Each girl got a piece of paper to create a design with their name to put on their dorm room door. They absolutely love coloring. Some of the markers are already running dry because pressing really hard and achieving color saturation are very important points of everyone's art project. Fortunately, I have couple hundred crayons too so when the markers are done the art can continue. I think that if we created a camp devoted solely to yoga and art we would have hit a homerun!

During the late morning and early afternoon we held a couple of sessions of personal health and the health of one's surrounding area. These didn't quite go over as well as arts and crafts and yoga. The active, hands on activities are the crowd pleasers. After a couple hours of stalling with art, play doh, and writing in journals because it was too hot to go outside, we finally started the afternoon's main event: Olympics.

Needless to say, the girls absolutely loved the Olympics. We had a long jump, water balloons, don't drop the balloon with regular balloons, a relay game with mangoes on a spoon, limbo, and tug of war. A good time was had by all. The girls were really in to the games and really competitive which made it really fun. Little do they know that when we have the awards ceremony tomorrow night they get prizes and fireworks! And for those of you interested I'm still afraid of balloons and really hate it when they pop!

Tonight we were supposed to watch one of the movies I spent half a day trying to find. Interesting story... the "Finding Nemo" I found ended up being "Shark Tales," and "Little Mermaid," ended up being "Little Mermaid II." No big deal right? Wrong. They were also all in English. Luckily I had stolen a Tom and Jerry DVD from Ahmed, but it wasn't actually Tom and Jerry it was a weird Peter Pan cartoon. Fail. Anyway Tamar wants me to return to the DVD guy in Thies and demand my money back. When that doesn't happen I have been advised to break the DVDs and throw them at him. I probably wont take it to this extreme, but I am very angry that I didn't get to watch Finding Nemo in French.


  1. PCV's are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! You guys are doing a great job!!

  2. I think you have re-invented Bikram Yoga... Keep up the good work!

  3. Alyssa,

    Ditto, it sounds like a great time was had by all. Take Tamar, as the muscle when you return the DVD's.


  4. Alyssa,

    It sounds like the camp is a great success and you put a lot of hard work into making it such a great event. Good job my dear! I'm really proud of you.

    I too, hate when balloons pop. Be strong.