BREWSTER DAY CAMP           Newsletter               August 4, 2014                      Vol. 29  Issue 16
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This camper shows pride in her 1st place swim meet ACHIEVEMENT at our away meet at Cape Cod Sea Camps.

Down at BASE (Boating And Sailing Experience) these campers demonstrate their sailing prowess in two of our camp Sunfish in Nickerson State Park.
BDC THIS WEEK  #7: August 4 - August 8, 2014  

SPECIAL EVENT: Carnival Day is this Friday morning only. This is a very special day at camp; campers create and run the carnival with and for each other!

EXTRAS: There is still room in some of these: Semi Private Swim, Tennis, Golf, Horseback Riding, Sailing School, SUP. Inquire at the BDC Office!

SWIM MEETS: At HOME on Wednesday, BDC vs. Orleans Recreation. Come join us at the BDC pool on Wednesday from 1:00-2:30! BDC is also AWAY at Camp Windgate Kirkland on Wednesday from 9:15-1:00! Look for permission slips to be sent home with interested campers.

ARCHERY TOURNAMENT: This Thursday, from 12:45-3:45, BDC will be attending an Archery tournament at Cape Cod Sea Camps. Keep an eye out for permission slips early this week.

YCP THEME: Fantasy


FAMILY SWIM: Our environmentally friendly pool is open and life-guarded free of charge M-F 5:00-6:30 daily. Call our office if the weather is dicey...we will let you know if the pool is open.  

: All Camp Assembly at Sailors Hill 8:50-9:30 for k-8th grade and Young Children's Program at Mariners Hill 9:30-10:00.

Friday AFTERNOON: The BDC Player's Performance is at Admirals Hill Assembly 3:15 followed by a Popsicle. 
~ John F. Kennedy            

ANIMAL FIND of the WEEK: This GREEN FROG was found in the camp bathhouse and brought down to WOW.  Campers got to visit him all week before he was returned to the Frog Pond in Nickerson State Park. Thanks for visiting BDC, Mr. Frog.

Experience Golf at BDC this summer!

Every THURSDAY afternoon, Sailor's & Admiral's Hill campers may spend their first choice period having a semi-private golf lesson.

Lessons are offered at the Captain's Golf Course in Brewster, for $40 per week.

Add the lesson by contacting the Camp Office.

The Olympic Games are full of ACHIEVEMENTS, even here at BDC. In this event, campers raced each other to see which team could ACHIEVE the fastest time in the soapy watermelon race.

BDC uses colored beads to reward camper ACHIEVEMENTS for K-4th grade campers.  At the end of the summer, campers can look through all of their beads and be reminded of the amazing things they accomplished at BDC!

What an ACHIEVEMENT! These Mariners Hill boys worked together to create a fort on the hill that they could all enjoy!

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Hello BDC Family and Friends,

Each day, I walk around camp watching and listening to campers and counselors. As we enter Week #7 (of our eight week program) I am struck by the joyous sounds of ACHIEVEMENT.

This is what I hear: 
               "You can do it!"
               "Sure, let's make that happen."
               "I am so excited for you!"
               "How did you do that?!"
               "Look what I did!"
               "Can you show me how?"
               "Do I have time to do that now?"
               "That was the best I have ever done!"
               "I can teach you. Let's go!"
               "Look at me!"
               "Let's go together and we can help each other."

...and here is my absolute favorite so far...I AM ALIVE!"

Sometimes ACHIEVEMENT is accompanied by ribbons, or beads, or a trophy. Other times it is simply recognized with an encouraging word, a pat on the back, or a kind smile. I think, however, that the most rewarding form of ACHIEVEMENT is when we recognize our own accomplishment. In these instances, we forgo the external trappings of ACHIEVEMENT and we simply feel ALIVE!

As we enter the final ten days of BDC'14, I hope that we are all basking in your own brand of ACHIEVEMENT as well as the accomplishments of those around you!

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Milisa 'misa' Galazzi, Director
Brewster Day Camp    

Admirals Hill campers wear special metal tag necklaces to document their ACHIEVEMENTS at camp. As they master activities, they earn letters (BDC). The end goal is to master all of the camp activities in the AHAA program (Admirals Hill Activity Achievement). When campers master every activity they earn the Uber AHAA which means they get thier name and year engraved on the Uber AHAA Trophy which lives at camp. This camper has mastered all but two activities and is hoping to achieve his Uber AHAA by the end of the summer!

We are eager to run a trial of an afternoon Hello & Go. If you would like to do the reverse of your morning speedy drop off, you can now ACCOMPLISH the same in the afternoon! Here is how this will work: If you would like your child to meet you at your car in the afternoon at the Hello & Go, please tell your child to go DIRECTLY from Afternoon Assembly to the BDC Office. We will have a Director waiting with the Hello & Go campers and help them get into your car. In order for this to work, your camper MUST GO DIRECTLY FROM ASSEMBLY TO THE OFFICE. (This means that they will not play any of the games after assembly.) We will assess this new system and let you know in next week's eWAVES how it is going.... 

Hitting a bulls eye at Archery is one of the greatest ACHIEVEMENTS for many campers.
General BDC Reminders

Even on cloudy days, it is important to remain vigilant about hydrating! Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you are with us here at BDC, we have you covered with spring water coolers, located around campus! Or bring a water bottle from home and use it!
Winning Olympic Day is a huge ACHIEVEMENT! Pictured above is Botswana, the winning team, with the Olympic Day Trophy!

If you wish to pick up your child early from camp, please remember to call or stop by the Camp Office prior to 12:00 noon to let us know. Please help us keep camp running smoothly...THANKS.
These Admirals Hill campers can feel very proud of their ACHIEVEMENTS: they were the winners of the Olympic Day Triathalon.  This picture was taken moments after they finished running a 400 yard sprint, doing jumping jacks and sit ups, and swimming 150 meters in the pool! IMPRESSIVE! 


Thank you in advance for keeping our busy parking lot safe for children and families. You are always welcome to park in the church lot next door to camp during drop off and pick up and use the BDC path near the Art Tent for easy access to the our campus.


-Always follow the directions of the BDC Parking Attendants wearing orange vests.


- PLEASE: Refrain from using your cell phone when you enter our parking lot so that your full attention is on driving, parking, and helping your children. We are a cell phone FREE campus beginning at the incoming driveway!


-Use the white shelled Safe Path (through the trees) to stay away from cars near the BDC Office as you walk to and from the outgoing driveway lower parking lot. 


-Turn off your car when you exit your car to pick up your campers.


-While in the parking lot, children MUST remain with the adult who is picking them up/dropping them off (not playing with rocks in the lot, etc.)


- We are a smoke free campus. Please refrain from smoking in your car while in our lot.



for helping BDC keep our parking lot SAFE!  

Every day, a Sailors Hill camper who has shown great ACHIEVEMENTS and good spirit is named the BDC Boatswain for the day. He or she carries the Boatswain whistle all day and ring has the honor of ringing the bell to start the morning and afternoon assemblies. This camper is clearly proud of his ACHIEVEMENT!

BDC's Art Head is looking for old nature, National Geographic, and Glamour magazines. Please drop them off at the camp office.

From the BDC Family to YOUR Family,
we are wishing you...