Campers celebrate August 'holidays'
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Fri., Aug. 12, 2011
“Christmas in July” is not a new concept, but few have heard of Easter, Halloween, or Thanksgiving in August. Vernon Parks and Recreation campers recently celebrated “Holiday Week” at Center 375, and enjoyed the change of pace.
On Wednesday, Aug. 17, campers were busy playing a large-scale version of tag, when the Easter Bunny hopped onto the field, and delivered candy. The kids had also colored Easter eggs that day. Camp counselors even switched off wearing the costume, to keep the kids unsure as to whether it was the “real” Easter Bunny.
Thursday, the group came dressed as princesses, creatures and superheroes to celebrate Halloween, and held a costume fashion show.
All week, the campers most looked forward to Friday, when lunch was a Thanksgiving feast, including turkey and all the trimmings, prepared by camp counselors and their families. The children also played “pin the feather on the turkey” and a version of “capture the flag,” called “capture the turkey.” Half of the campers were Pilgrims, and the other half were dressed as native Americans.
Thursday, the group was visited by members of the U.S. Coast Guard, and campers were able to tour a rescue boat.
Karen Montminy, director of the camp, said that last year, the camp also celebrated holidays for a week, but this year was far more elaborate.
“Sometimes summer camp gets to be the same old thing,” said head counselor Joe Rispoli. “You've got to spice it up a bit. It makes it more fun for us, too, so it works for both parties, and it's a lot of fun.”