“Hours of nervous preparation for minutes of first contact; I wouldn’t change a single part of it.” - Teacher William
Introduction and IcebreakingIn the days leading to the camp, the anticipation felt by our Marine Camp Teachers was nearly palpable. Five of our brightest teachers, under the sunny skies of Xiamen, examined and noted the potential of the campsite. For both camps, we featured five teachers, with a total of eight teachers (two teachers teaching both Marine and Nature camps). We selected teachers Suzanne, Cynthia, Rachelle, William, and Antonina for the Marine Camp. In addition to our teachers, the Marine Camp features aid from the Campus Co., which handled the dormitory situation of the students as well as supplementing games and assisted in translations.
Cheer SongThis was a fun cheer led by teacher Suzanne which involved every student announcing their name and interacting with each other. We heard simple names like Tom & Jerry, and unique names like King and black. Although some were shy, we had a few students anxious to say their names loud and clear, like Victory!
One-Foot Soccer!Picture this -- One foot, teachers as strikers or goalkeepers, and two rival teams in a small space, sitting closely. Smiles quickly went to competition as feet collided and socks were everywhere! One-Foot Soccer featured close contact between students and teachers as they worked together to shoot a ball into the goal using only one foot each. Oh, did we mention that everyone is sitting and can't move?
|Soccer team one featuring William & Nina|
|Soccer team two featuring Rachelle|
AlienA physical tag based game, alien involved slow movements and walking to secure a ball. This was all within a time limit based on the ringing of a bell. Once the bell was rung, anyone touching the ball holder could steal the ball and take a step towards their team. There was an element of silliness as students tried to remember who was on their team! In the end, teams didn't matter, it was more of a goal to try and win with anyone you could.
Freeze DanceA classic, freeze dance is exactly as you would imagine. When the music plays, your body moves! When the music stops, you have to freeze! It was a fun event that allowed students to enjoy their wackier sides and really let loose. We had William (yes, two Williams!) on the floor with his dance.
OctopusOctopus was an incredibly innovative game that featured a single student (the octopus) being selected to tag the other students (fish). On being tagged, the fish converted into seaweed which would try to grab other fish. With teachers and students lined up, we would race past to see if we could make it the other side. Fear wasn't allowed, as even the tiniest among us had to take down the horde of fish!
Wrapping Up The First Day
|Who will save the princess?|