This July, we completed our 13th summer of Take2 Camp! Here's a glimpse of what we did:
Our elementary campers learned how to "Fix it, Flex it, and Go with the Flow". They practiced problem solving personal roadblocks using strategies like goal-setting and plan-making. During week three, they employed tools for teamwork to build elaborate structures out of recycled materials. One team created an entire town with landmarks that paid homage to each member. During our last week, campers and counselors showed off their camp song skills on the bus ride to the Adventure Park ropes course. New campers tried new challenges, like the True Blue zipline and the log bridge; returning campers cheered them on as they tackled their own goals! Our campers made it look easy—an outward sign of the hard work, solidarity, and bravery that went into this culminating trip.
The middle school crew of 11 campers cultivated an impressive resume of successful excursions, including: The National Archives, the International Spy Museum, Good Stuff Eatery, the National Zoo, Pinstripes, Pizza Paradiso, the Natural History Museum. We also celebrated our fourth year with Rachel Garmon as our improv instructor! She taught our group how to go out into the community with a flexible mindset (in improv: “yes and…” mindset) and think creatively with games like Taxi Cab, where the cab driver must take on the same character traits as each new "passenger" who enters (video on Instagram: Take2Camp). This game had us laughing until our stomachs hurt, and we discovered some pretty incredible performance talent among campers and counselors. At the end of camp, we took to Union Station for our annual scavenger hunt. A picture of our campers posing with "someone wearing orange" is below. Walking around in a moose hat, I had the honor of delivering the "lightning round," where we discovered that all three of our teams could name at least 22 (out of 27) Red Line metro stations in less than a minute. Incredible!
Perhaps the most important takeaway is that many friendships developed this summer. Many of these connections would not have been possible without your contribution, which enabled us to provide tuition assistance to all of our qualifying applicants. Thank you for supporting Take2. We hope your summer was as fantastic as ours was.
Adventure Park trip