Swimming, sailing, arts and crafts, drama, tennis, basketball, Arts, Individual , and Team Majors, team competitions, council rings, extravaganzas, service projects… First Session is in full swing at Kiniya, and we want to highlight two events from this past week.
The first event, from our program area, is obviously our annual July 4th celebration. This year saw the continuation of some traditional favorites, including an early-morning “wake-up” with Director Marnie and Leadership Director Bethany, our campus parade featuring festive vehicles and horses, morning relay races including dizzy izzies, because no July 4th is complete without dizzy izzies, and our annual July 4th Carnival in the afternoon. New events on the calendar this year included the 1st running of the Kari McKinley Memorial 1K and 2K road race around our campus, as well as the evening varietal “Kiniya’s Got Talent,” which showcased the diversity of singing, dancing, and comedy that defines our campus. It was a beautiful, sunny day, made even brighter by the active participation, energetic spirit, and camaraderie of this great group of campers, leaders, and staff.
The second event springs from our motto of “The Other Fellow First.” This week, the Junior Division put to work our motto by spending Friday afternoon making cards and tissue paper flowers for the children and families of the Ronald McDonald House in Burlington. The girls learned about the mission of the Ronald McDonald House and the importance of supporting the greater community outside of camp. We began the project by showing the girls a video of experiences told by children who have been helped by the Ronald McDonald House. The girls spent the better half of the afternoon writing encouraging notes and drawing cheerful pictures. Some common phrases included “have faith in yourself”, “Camp Dudley at Kiniya cares”, “you’re in our thoughts”, and “you’re an inspiration to us.” While the girls were participating in the project, we overheard many conversations revolving around previous service experiences and the importance of reaching out to surrounding communities.
In an effort to brighten the rooms of the families at the RMH, the girls beautifully crafted tissue paper flowers. The girls felt extremely fulfilled and proud after making the cards and flowers, and we only hope these gifts bring as much joy to the children at the RMH. The leaders in Junior Division could not be more proud of the girls and touched by their kind words. We made a short video for the families at the RMH to watch upon receiving the gifts, which we have shared with you below.
Until next time…