Campers end summer with a BBQ and songs

By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Mon., Aug. 19, 2013
Fire Chief Edward Richards, Lt. Pat Carifa, Lt. Brian Ellis and firefighter Chris Ellis cook hot dogs for campers and their families on Aug. 9. Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

In order to celebrate another successful camp season, on Aug. 9 the Educational Resources for Children (ERfC) invited campers and their families to the End of Summer BBQ. Though weather wanted to stand in the way, the heavy rains and flash flooding held off long enough for local firemen to cook hot dogs and gather everyone inside JFK Middle School.

After volunteers from Enfield Loves and Fishes and AW Hastings served food and beverages, campers, relatives and counselors gathered for performances and awards. “It was a great time and the kids had a really good time,” said ERfC volunteer and community relations coordinator Amanda Mendez.

The day camp was held for six weeks and offered arts and crafts, water, science, nature and sports activities. As part of arts and crafts each week, children were divided into groups by age and grade to have the opportunity to develop their performing arts skills. At the end of each week, campers would perform for relatives, counselors and fellow campers.

There was also a theme each week. For the week of the BBQ, the theme was Pop songs, which allowed campers to choose a song they enjoyed and create a performance. At the BBQ, one child performed “We Will Rock You” on the flute, others sang and danced to a new song called “Radio Active” by Imagine Dragons, and one group performed Michael Jackson's “Thriller” dance.

There was also a special performance by the staff. The group gathered songs from the '60s through the 2000's and showed the evolution of dance throughout the decades.

Aside from performing, the ERfC recognized outstanding campers who displayed the ability to be kind to peers, help staff, include others and other good behavior. At the end of the summer gathering, the camp also awarded a camper of the summer.

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