Party like it's 1997 dance
At flagpole tonight, the Stallions who are aging out took down the American flag and also the MCBC flag. After 20 years, the Missouri Children's Burn Camp flag is being retired and a new Midwest Children's Burn Camp flag will be raised in 2017. All the campers signed the old MCBC flag at the dance.
The Stallion campers who are aging out also created a beautiful, new Midwest Children's Burn Camp sign with the help of Counselor Axe that will sit at the intersection of the boys and girls village, so everyone at camp can see and enjoy it.
We had our closing campfire at Inspiration Point. Counselors were honored for their years of service and given gifts. At the twig ceremony, counselors and campers had the chance to dedicate a twig to someone and toss it in to the fire. Many twigs were dedicated to family, friends and MCBC counselors and campers.
At the dance, Merry Mary was back to paint faces and tattoos on campers. Everyone danced and sang along to songs from 1997 and today. Counselors taught campers the Macarena and campers taught counselors how to hit the quan.
We've had a wonderful week at MCBC full of fun, friends, family and memories. We can't wait to come back for our 21st summer in 2017!
Saturday Fun at MCBC
Publish Date: Jun 4, 2016
Today is our last full day at MCBC and we are making the most of it by spending as much time together in the sun as possible.
Campers are splashing in the pool, tubing in the lake and the Ponies are taking on the zipline. Everyone is finishing up their tie dye shirts at arts and crafts so they can take them home tomorrow when we leave camp.
Last night was our talent show, and boy do these campers have talent! From dancing, to singing, to skits, the campers and counselors had everyone entertained. The counselors continued the tradition of lip sync battles from last year. In keeping with the "party like it's 1997 theme", we heard from Britney Spears, the Spice Girls, Destiny's Child, the Men in Black and the Backstreet boys.
The Lake Area Firefighters Local 3987 continued their tradition of providing the refreshments. Campers loved getting sno-cones and popcorn for the show.
A Very Merry Unbirthday 2016
Publish Date: Jun 3, 2016
Today's quote of the day comes from Maya Angelou. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” The word of the day is achieve.
The AT&T Pioneers came to join us for our very merry unbirthday lunch. Today at MCBC it is everyone's birthday! We sat in tables based on our birthday months. Of course there was cake and ice cream for dessert, and Counselor Pickle's son led camp in a round of "Happy Birthday." Today is also visitor's day, so there were many familiar faces at lunch including past campers and counselors.
Campers were thrilled to open up their birthday presents from the AT&T Pioneers. Girls couldn't wait for rest hour to paint their fingernails with their new nailpolish. The Pony boys already had their new aviator shades on and were already reading their new books before they were even out of the dining hall. The AT&T Pioneers also presented BRSG with a donation to help fund burn camp. The very merry unbirthday is a very special day at MCBC!
Glow Stick Run
Publish Date: Jun 2, 2016
At evening flagpole, campers and staff told stories of how campers embodied the quote of the day through the day's activities.
"The most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval." - Denis Waitley
Camper Kat talked about how she is afraid of heights, but she faced her fears today and climbed up the ladder to the tightrope Fifth Element and walked across it as long as she could. Group leader Jim talked about how impressed he was when the Ponies took the initiative to set up all the tables in the whole dining room for dinner.
Counselor Steve talked about how impressed he was that every Pony camper got to the top of at least one element at high ropes. He also praised Pony campers Draven and Alex for being the first Ponies he's ever seen climb the challenges on the Fifth Element, such as the tight rope walk. D-Rod came up to talk about how Counselor Big Shawn caught his first fish, touched it and as per MCBC tradition, kissed it.
After dinner was the annual MCBC cake eating contest. Counselor Big Shawn tried a new technique that resulted in his entire face getting covered in frosting. Counselor Lauren kept up a good pace, but in the end, it was Counselor Pickle who was again victorious.
For evening activity, we had a glow stick run. Five stations were set up around camp and after campers completed an activity, they got a glow stick. They got to play a giant game of memory, where they had to find the two cards with stars. There was also a karaoke station down at Inspiration Point and yoga down on the beach as the sunset. There were frozen Powerade ice cubes at the hydration station and D-Rod's boot camp with fun relay games. Every was glowing on the walk back to the cabins, from both the glow sticks and all the fun they'd had.
Morning in the sun
Publish Date: Jun 2, 2016
This morning after breakfast, the Ponies swam and splashed in the pool. They worked together tip Counselor Pickle off his raft to dunk him in the water.
The Mustang campers finished up their wooden games at Arts and Crafts and also got to tie dye T-shirts. There's going to be some very colorful T-shirts walking around camp soon!
Stallion campers went climbing at high ropes. They climbed the rock wall, cargo net and Jacob's Ladder. Stallions Claire and Angellica took on the Jacob's Ladder together, with Claire encouraging Angellica to climb as high as possibly could. Campers also crossed a tight rope high up in the air by using ropes to keep their balance.
Stallion campers also got to play a giant game of human-sized Foosball against each other.
The Ponies also to try got high ropes. Pony camper Ceclia climbed all the way up the ladder to the first rope on the tight rope walk!
Campers also got to have nature with Ms. Susana today. They got to go on a nature walk all around camp to see various plants and animals.
Pool Party At MCBC
Publish Date: Jun 1, 2016
At flagpole today, campers and counselors told stories from the day that related to the quote of the day.
“The most creative act you will ever undertake is the act of creating yourself.”- Deepak Chopra
Mustang Camper Lei Lei got up to tell how her cabinmate Lexi went tubing today, even though she was a little scared at first. Counselor Galen brought up Stallion camper Logan, who was wearing a fire helmet, to tell how he conquered his fear of heights and went off the zipline. Counselor TP talked about how Mustang camper Nathan, who just arrived yesterday, tried tubing and even managed to stand up on the tube! Counselor Megan described how Pony camper Lily spent her whole swim period working to improve her swimming to move up a level. Stallions Kay Kay and Gabby talked about how cabinmate D'Angela went off the zipline blind folded, despite note liking heights.
Mustang Cameron premiered his new energizer dance with the help of Ms. Susana. He has been hard at work creating it since the Bowling Party!
After dinner, everyone headed to the pool for the pool party. The CITs arranged a biggest splash contest. The final two contenders were Stallion Dusty and Mustang Abry. Although Dusty's cannonball rocked the pool waters, it was Abry's dab whilst jumping in that won it for her.
Pirate ships, Racing Boats and Wake-boarding
We had an exciting afternoon at MCBC!
After lunch, a pirate ship pulled into the cove. Campers were amazed to see the ship floating in the water. They got to explore the ship, which was captained by a pirate! A big thanks to the Jolly Rogers Grub and Grog restaurant for coming out!
The campers were also treated to a wakeboarding show from Kirby’s School of Wake. The campers got to watch Kriby perform tricks on his wakeboard, such as jumping out of the water and over the waves. After the show, campers got to talk to Kirby about the sport and ask questions. He took the time to talk specifically with Stallion campers who were very interested in the sport.
In addition, Jim and Jennifer Watson came out with their son Mitchell to show campers their race boat. The boat, Wicked 212, will compete in the Lake Race next weekend. The boat is driven by teamwork. It takes two people, Jim and his son Mitchell, who is just 17 years old, to drive the boat. The boat cruised by camp at a cool 100 miles per hour. You could hear the boat coming long before you saw it!
Fishing, Kayaking and Archery fun
Publish Date: Jun 1, 2016
This morning after breakfast, camp danced to "Jai Ho" to ensure everyone was fully awake for the mornings' activities.
The Ponies headed down to the lake to try their hand at fishing. A bunch of fish were caught; each camper caught multiple fish! Camper Cecelia caught a very big fish by using a smaller sunfish she had caught previously. A giant catfish was also caught and Camper Draven was brave enough to pick it up!
The Stallions headed down to archery and hit multiple bullseyes! Later on, they set up balloons and a pop pop sound could be heard as the campers hit balloon after ballon with arrows.
The Mustangs got to go tubing and splash around in the lake on paddleboards and kayaks.
Publish Date: May 31, 2016
The Pony and Mustang campers got to eat dinner outside Tuesday night at the Amphitheater. After everyone had finished, we had Carnival Night!
There were all sorts of awesome activities to do. There was a giant game of Twister and tic-tac-toe where you had to throw bean bags into hula hoops. Campers also got the chance to have their faces painted by Merry Mary. Campers chose to have dolphins and butterflies painted on their faces, while other chose to be made up into cats, skeletons and clowns.
After the face paint, campers dug into trunks of dress-up clothes to create their outfits. We had our own MCBC leprechaun when Pony camper Draven created an ensemble entirely out of green clothing. Bright wigs and giant shoes were brought out to complete colorful clown costumes.
There was also a glitter tattoo station where campers could get sparkely spider, smiley face and heart tattoos. Everyone sparkled as they danced to camp favorites like "Jump On it" and "Waving Flag" before heading off for a good night's sleep.
Afternoon fun in the Sun
Publish Date: May 31, 2016
Clean cabin awards were announced after lunch and the winners were the girls of G5 and the boys of B3 for not only their clean cabins, but awesome decorations, too.
This afternoon, the Stallion campers got to take one the low ropes team building course. The oldest group of Stallions flew through the tightrope walk. The Stallion boys found a creative way to get a cup of water over the rope swing obstacle and the Stallion girls worked together to put together a structure from memory they only got to see a picture of for 6 seconds.
The Mustangs got to work in the arts and crafts shed hammering and gluing the wooden pieces together for the game they are making. They also kayaked and paddleboarded in the lake while other campers decided just to splash and dive in the lake.
The Ponies were super excited for everyone's favorite camp activity- tubing! Everyone was very proud of third-year Pony camper Mike for being brave enough to get on the tube and try it out for the first time!
First full day of fun
Publish Date: May 31, 2016
Today, the Honor Guard raised the flag for our first full day of fun at Midwest Children's Burn Camp.
Uncle Larry dusted off the official Book of Larry, which came all the way from the World Headquarters of MCBC in the Heights of Maryland. Everyone "oohed" and "ahhed" as Uncle Larry held up the book. From it, he read the quote of the day.
"The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."- Charles DuBois
Campers are encouraged to look for ways to be better throughout the day as they try new activities and stretch out of their comfort zones to grow.
The Ponies and Mustang campers spent the morning at low ropes doing various team-building activities. They stood on a giant maze and worked together to maneuver a ball through a giant maze. The campers stood together on long giant skis and using ropes, were able to walk forward on the skis. Campers also swung from tire to tire and crossed a tightrope with the help of their cabin-mates who acted as spotters.
The Stallions had a chance to show off their cooking skills at Top Chef. There was an appetizer, main course and dessert round. The campers were judged on the taste and presentation of their dishes. They created peppers stuffed with chili, banana crumble, s'mores crumble and a kiwi and chocolate appetizer. They food both smelled and looked delicious!
First Night Back at MCBC
Publish Date: May 30, 2016
We are so excited to be back at camp!
After dinner of hamburgers, we played ice breaker games. One game was follow the leader, where one camper stands in the middle of the circle and dances, while everyone else follows their movements. Pony camper Lily got things started with some fun dance moves!
A rain shower moved our opening campfire indoors to the dining hall. Keeping in the "Party Like it's 1997 theme," the female MCBC counselors introduced themselves with Spice Girls "Wannabe" playing while the male counselors introduced themselves to the tune of "Men in Black." The A-team Sabra staff also introduced themselves to various 90s songs. MCBC counselors put on the camp-favorite "Falling Rock" skit as well, which featured Falling Rock falling, a lot.
The night ended with an all-camp dance to the camp favorite "The World's Greatest" with everyone up and singing and dancing together before heading to bed for a full day of activities tomorrow.
The 20th summer of MCBC begins!
As the buses pulled up with our MCBC campers, staff headed outside with posters declaring MCBC "the world's greatest camp" as well as signs welcoming the Pony, Mustang and Stallion campers. Lining the steps, counselors cheered, high-fived and hugged new and returning campers.
Counselors cried out in disbelief at how tall the campers have gotten over the past year. Many familiar BRSG faces rode the buses up as chaperones, including two former campers who aged out last year. A big thanks to the Rocky Mount and Lake Ozark firefighters who helped all the campers' luggage make it to the cabins!
Everyone took their swim test this afternoon in the pool after a lunch of spaghetti and meatballs.
Mustang Jaclyn proudly declared "I had a yellow band, but then Counselor Pickle helped me learn to swim, so now I have green!"
Many swimming lessons, games of basketball and floating on inner tubes took place as campers and counselors caught up and got to know each other. This evening there will be an opening campfire and ice-breaker games.