Thursday, August 19, 2010

Another busy day at Camp Kon-O-Kwee

Earlier this summer, we partnered with the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh to send at-risk youth to Camp Kon-O-Kwee, where they would get to experience the outdoors in a safe, fun, and educational environment.

Together with our guests, we raised $10,000 to fund this special opportunity for local children. So, what’s a day typical day like at Camp Kon-O-Kwee? Well, it’s pretty awesome! Camp counselor Rick D. sent us this summary of just one day at the camp. We’re exhausted just reading about it! Thanks for your help and support. This experience will make a big difference in the lives of these kids!

Camp Kon-O-Kwee Daily Update: August 3, 2010

Whew! What a day! Campers wolfed down their French toast this morning and got an early start on their activities…

The Aardvarks went on an epic hike to the highest point on camp – Eagle’s Nest. This brave group of adventurers walked along the banks of the Connoquenessing and then straight up the mountainside to an outcropping that gives them a true birds-eye view of the whole camp!

The Barracudas spent their morning with some Firefly time and the indoor climbing barn, testing their skills on many of the 12 fixed routes that range in height from 15 to 40 feet off the ground and in the bouldering room to try their hand at traversing.

The Copperheads spent some of their morning at the air rifle range, practicing their accuracy with a bb gun – bottles and cans were flying all morning long! They also used their Firefly to check out the Trail of Courage obstacle course

The Dalmatians and the Elephants squeezed in the climbing wall AND the air rifle range in the morning… what a blast they had ringing the bell at the top of the rock wall!

Everyone was ready for the all beef hot dogs, pasta salad, carrot sticks and watermelon by the time lunch finally rolled around. After lunch everyone took advantage of a well-deserved rest hour before heading down to the pool for swim time! After swimming, the groups that had not yet visited the climbing barn and the air rifle range made their stops while the Dalmatians made their trek to the top of Fombell at Eagle’s Nest.

The campers enjoyed the chicken fajitas and a much needed break at dinner before they set off for some ultimate frisbee and ga-ga before gathering for their evening activities. Before dark, the Aardvarks, Barracudas and Copperheads played a popular camp game known as Capture the Camper/Capture the Counselor… think hide and seek on steroids! The Dalmatians and the Elephants had a fantastic time participating in Counselor Switch where they got to help the male counselors dress like the female counselors and vice versa. At the end they all get together to show their stuff on the runway as the campers voted for their favorite duo!

It was another great day at Camp Kon-O-Kwee! Campers were in bed shortly after their evening snack, resting up for another great day to come.
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