August 7-11 found the Hamby Road ASB camp filled with delightful young “ninas” and their wonderful mentors. This year more than 85 people were involved in making the summer camp experience another one to remember. Leadership teams chose 4 Mexican cities from 4 different regions to celebrate – Loreto, Oaxaca, Isla Mujeres and Chihuahua. The overarching theme for the camp was “Celebrating Change” – recognizing that all campers were about to experience some kind of change in the coming year.. from changes in schools, classrooms, teachers to changes in family structure, health, finances, friends, homes and more.
The Loreto group kicked off the week celebrating changes and growth in friendship by focusing on the thought from Ecclesiastes “For everything there is a season.” The entire camp loved their rendition of “Let’s Make a Deal” called “Let’s Make a Friend” during the lesson “Discovery Time” and later enjoyed the annual tradition of personalizing their camp t-shirts.
Tuesday’s events were led by the Oaxaca team. Dawning their red attire, the led the day focused on respect by contemplating the quote from Maya Angelou “I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.” (After September’s earthquake off of the coast of Mexico – I hope that this is true for the victims of this tragedy.)Wednesday’s group leaders were from Ilsa Mujeres – near Cancun. This group, adorned by the bluecolor of the azure seas, celebrated change by adopting a positive attitude. Their quote for the day was by Haruki Murakami – “When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
Thursday was brought to us by the team from Chihuahua. The darling team of “sunny senioritas” shared two themes with us related to dealing with/celebrating change: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Luke 6 and “Hospitality is not about inviting people into your perfect home, it’s all about inviting them into your imperfect heart.” Edie Wadsworth
The music was inspiring and fun (especially thanks to JoAnna) and we even learned a couple of Spanish songs too!
The food was amazing thanks to our terrific food team. We are so grateful to the local stores who donated an assortment of goodies for us: Market of Choice, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Cash ‘N Carry, Abertsons, Safeway, Tortillaria Reyes. Muchas gracias to all of you!!!
In less than 5 days more than 75 participants and volunteers will gather for ASB’s 12th annual camp. Fabulous Fiesta is the 2017 theme with each of the four Mexican “City groups” preparing to “celebrate change”. From games to an amazing array of Mexican food, to songs and Zumba to crafts and more – it is sure to be another camp to remember. Camp Little Buddies should plan to arrive at 12:00 noon on Monday Aug 7th. Preregistration is required. Questions? Text or call Char at 541 390-3046 for more information!
We were so blessed to have Katie Campbell on staff as an intern and camp leader this summer. Look at this amazing banner for Team Brazil that she designed and painted for camp. This woman represents ASB in all kinds of ways – shining from the inside out!
So grateful to the Roundhouse Foundation of Sisters, OR for their sponsorship of our ASB “Go for the Gold” summer day camp. Our Buddies will have an AWESOME week thanks to their generous sponsorship! We love you Roundhouse!
The leaders of ASB’s annual summer camp remain dedicated to creating an atmosphere of fun for all of our girls. We are still accepting campers at this time. Tuition is free so sign up soon! Email email@example.com
for more info or text Char at 541 390-3046.
Information to print or download:
2016 ASB Camp Invitation – Click to open flyer describing camp
2016 ASB CAMP Permission Slip – Click to open 4th-8th grade student permission slip
2016 ASB CAMP BIG BUDDY TEEN Permission Slip – Click to open high school student permission slip.
Find the ASB team tomorrow, July 4th, at the booth near the permanent restrooms in Drake Park selling red, white and blue halos, face painting, hair color strips and more! Help us raise $$ to sponsor more girls for camp! Or – learn more about volunteering for summer camp, the school year programs or sign your child up for summer camp!
Our first planning session for the Go For The Gold Olympics-themed summer camp will take place at 9:00 am, June 24th at Hamby House – 62595 Hamby Road (across from Buckingham Elementary). Friday’s group will start planning for activities, decor and the general fun of camp, but will also focus on empowering all leaders to shine like the stars they are. Bring your thinking caps and your own unique experiences to help us get started on this creative process. Your attendance will contribute to the momentum of a fun-filled camp this year!
Some folks have asked what our featured musicals are for Theatrical Spectacular. So – here is the line up…Our opening number will be “Be Our Guest” from Beauty & the Beast presented by the entire camp cast. During the week campers are divided up into 4 “casts” – each group preparing a musical number from one of these 4 productions: Lion King (Hakuna Matata), Sound of Music (My Favorite Things), Rent (Seasons of Love) and D___ Yankees (You Got to Have Heart). Girls can choose to perform as a cast member singing and dancing or assist with the production by preparing costumes, sets, props or other stage management duties. The entire cast of camp will perform the closing number – “Tomorrow” from Annie. Get your Kleenex ready!
Each cast of Big Buddies is in charge of planning and leading one day’s activities. These include ice breaker games, choice of snack foods, devotional lesson (emphasizing values/virtues presented in the songs or musical), group singing, dance/movement to the musical number and crafts. This year the crafts are typically props or sets that will be used for the Thursday evening performance. ASB teens have been working together for the past six weeks to prepare a spectacular camp for all involved!
Camp runs from 1:00 -5:00 on Mon & Tue and 1:00-7:30 on Wed and Thurs. Check in/registration starts at 12:00 noon on Monday Aug 3. Dinner will be served to all campers on both Wed & Thur evenings. Weather permitting, the cast will have a fun campfire Wednesday night after our “dress rehearsal”.
Parents and family members are invited to watch our entertaining performance. Please plan on arriving by 6:30 pm so the show can start promptly.
Remember – you don’t have to be a professional-level singer or dancer to be a part of camp. There is something for everybody so join us and make this summer one truly worth remembering!
Less than 2 weeks and we will be greeting the many girls for summer camp 2015. So far we have almost 60 people registered including girls from 4th grade on through high school and college. Musical numbers include songs from Beauty and the Beast, Oliver, Lion King, Sound of Music, Yankees, Rent and Annie. Our teen and college “cast members” have been working hard all month preparing to bring a wide variety of games, crafts, music, drama and dance to the “stage” called “Camp Spectacular“.
If you have been wondering whether you should send your child to camp – it’s not too late. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if we still have space for your child.
Here are comments from a couple of parents of ASBers who have come to love our camp experience! Hope we get to meet your daughter this summer at camp!
Over the five years my child has gone to After School Buddies Camp, she has had the opportunity to learn, plan, and play with girls of many different ages and backgrounds. It has helped her better understand herself and others. She enjoys it because she renews friendships from past camps and makes new friends.
“As a single father, I am grateful and thankful for the After School Buddies program and summer camp that my daughter has had the privilege to be apart of for the last few years. The encouragement, self-esteem and confidence that has been instilled in her from the adults to the big Buddies is absolutely priceless. Every year my daughter looks forward to the summer camp that is put on for the girls and this year is no exception. I have no doubt the friendships that my daughter has made will be lifelong. I highly recommend this program for any girls regardless of their situation. Char and the staff at ASB are absolutely top notch and I couldn’t be any more pleased.”