I can’t believe tomorrow will start the month of December! Time is just flying back, and within a week we’ll have less than 200 days until we kick of summer 2017! It’s been an exciting fall, and there some fun announcements we’ll be sharing soon about facility updates around camp! We’ve also been interview a lot of fantastic returning staff members and of course meeting our awesome new campers!! Here are some of the new faces coming to Canadensis for the first time this year!
Meet Devyn! She lives in Maple Glen, PA and is a current 2nd grader who will be a new Lower Junior Girl at camp this summer. She sometimes goes by the nickname “Devy”. We had a lot of fun hanging out a few days after Halloween (which explains her fun multi-color hair!) and she is so excited for camp! Here’s what you need to know about this cool, funny and happy new camper: After school she likes to play on the computer (she showed me some great slideshows she makes with photos!) and this summer she’s thinking about taking fishing, art, soccer, cheerleading and swim team electives. Her favorite food is mac & cheese, she loves the color turquoise, and her favorite animal is a puppy! Her favorite TV show is “Thundermans”, she rocks out to Taylor Swift and she was really excited to see the movie “Trolls”. She really loves to play soccer, hang out on the playground and enjoys reading the “Diary of a Whimpy Kid” books.
Devyn’s big sister Jordyn is heading back to camp for her 3rd summer (WOW! How’d that happen so quickly?!). She’s currently in 4th Grade and will be a Lower Inter Girl – she’s in touch with so many camp friends and is ready to make the upcoming summer her best yet!
Meet Emerson! She lives in Penn Valley, PA and is a current 3rd grader who will be a new Upper Junior Girl at camp this summer. She often goes by the nickname “Eme”. I got to crash a “girls night” with her and her mom while her dad and younger sister were at a basketball game (after I left she had a movie date with mom) and she is so ready for sleepaway camp! Here’s what you need to know about this funny, happy and joyful new camper: After school she likes to read, play with her sister and have a snack. This summer she’s going to use her elective periods to do more soccer, tennis. dance, lacrosse, swimming and gymnastics! Her favorite food is noodles & red sauce, she loves the color purple, and her favorite animal is a dog! Her favorite TV show is “Lab Rats”, she rocks out to the song “Closer” and her favorite movies are “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Goonies”. She really loves to play soccer, create art and build legos. She cheers for the Michigan State teams, and she’ll have a tough choice each time she visits the canteen because she equally loves Kit Kats and Skittles!
Meet Julia! She lives in Harrisburg, PA and is a current 2nd grader who will be a new Lower Junior Girl at camp this summer. She sometimes goes by the nickname “Jules” or “JJ Superstar”! We had such a fun home visit (she made me a Passport full of fun activities!) and I really enjoyed having lunch with her whole family! She has two younger sisters and as we went around doing activities I got to see her play piano, we played barbies, read a book and rode bikes! She’s very excited to join her cousin Max at camp. She can be a little shy, so let me tell you everything you need to know about this funny, happy and creative new camper: After school she likes to draw or ride her bike and she’s looking forward to doing art and drama electives at camp. Her favorite food is pasta with butter, she loves the color blue, and her favorite animal is a dolphin! Her favorite TV shows are “Liv & Maddie”, “Casey Undercover”, “Sam & Cat” and she told me about the show “Bunk’d”…I had no idea there was a new camp show on Disney Channel!! She likes to play tennis, dance, root for the Yankees, and read the “Captain Underpants” books. She’s not afraid to be up on stage, and she has a lot of drama experience. Between all her after school activities, she also finds time to play basketball, go to dance lessons and attend Hebrew School.
Meet Ella! She lives in Penn Valley, PA and is a current 3rd grader who will be a new Upper Junior Girl at camp this summer. She sometimes goes by the nickname “El”. We had a lot of fun hanging out on “National Camp T-Shirt Day”, so she tossed on her newest camp shirt to snap this photo! Her mom loved going to camp, and now Ella is ready! Here’s what you need to know about this brave, fun, happy and nice new camper: After school she likes to play outside with her dog (by the way, her dog is super cute!!) and she takes her gymnastics very seriously! This summer she’s thinking about taking climbing wall, windsurfing and gymnastics electives. Her favorite food is pasta, she loves the color blue, and her favorite animal is a toss up between a dog or a cheetah! Her favorite TV show is “Bunk’d”, she rocks out to Taylor Swift and her favorite movie is “Teen Beach Movie 2”. Her favorite hobby is rock climbing and she’s really good…she might be doing competitions soon! She cheers for the Philadelphia Eagles, she loves snacking on “Kit Kats” and her favorite book is “Gold Medal Winter”.
Meet Zachary! He lives in Blue Bell, PA and is a current 3rd grader who will be a new Upper Junior Boy at camp this summer. He often goes by the nickname “Zach”. On the night I came over, his little brother was at a sleepover so I got to spend a long time hanging out with him, and he gave me a great tour of his house…I’ve never seen such an impressive lego collection! Here’s what you need to know about this cool and awesome new camper: After school he likes to play video games (he considers himself a “gamer”!) and this summer he’s thinking about taking lego, lake boats and fishing electives. His favorite foods are steak, pizza and shrimp (I agree…but sadly no shrimp at camp!) His favorite color is orange, and his favorite animal is an eagle! His favorite TV show is “Thundermans”, and he gets down to the song “Starboy” and I hope we’ll be seeing his dance moves at our morning line up dance parties! He cheers for the Philadelphia Eagles, loves snacking on Milky Way candy bars and reading the “Diary of a Whimpy Kid” books. By the way, it was amazing how well his parents know him…they guessed ALL of his answers, but they didn’t know that his favorite movie is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”!
Meet Alexander! He lives in New York City on the UES and is a current 3rd grader who will be a new Upper Junior Boy at camp this summer. We hung out the day after Thanksgiving and played some “Battleship” which was really fun. He had just moved to a new apartment and gave me a tour of his room, he sleeps on the bottom bunk and has a younger brother who sleeps on the top. Here’s what you need to know about this kind, funny and energetic new camper: After school he likes to go to taekwondo lessons and this summer he’s very excited to spend time in woodworking so he’ll definitely be signing up for elective periods up there! His favorite food is penne pasta, he loves the color red and snacking on Sour Patch Kids. His favorite animal is a dog and he likes the song “Rockin Robin”. He tunes into the “Dan TDM” YouTube Channel, which gives you inside tips on Minecraft. He’s currently reading the “Dinosaur Boy” book, and his favorite movie right now is “Astro Boy”.
Meet Rylie! She lives in New York City on the UWS and is a current 2nd grader who will be a new Lower Junior Girl at camp this summer. She sometimes goes by the nickname “RyRy”! We also hung out on “Black Friday” and her older brother Jonah was at a basketball game so she showed me a video they had recorded (Jonah will be spending his 3rd summer at camp, and will be a Freshman Boy!). Let me tell you everything you need to know about this crazy, silly and ncie new camper: After school she likes to go to “Play House” and also play house with her friends. Her favorite food is sushi, she loves the color orange (and wants to paint her new room that color!), and her favorite animals are elephants, horses, cats and dogs! Her favorite TV show is “Liv & Maddie” and she’s a little bit like both characters! She crazy about playing soccer and doing gymnastics and she’s a big fan of the NY Red Bulls, NY Yankees and the NY Giants. She loves M&Ms, the song “Shake It Off”, reading the “Diary of a Whimpy Kid Books” and he favorite movie is Zootopia…although she was going to see a movie with cousins after our home visit so she may a new favorite!!
My husband Dave and I also had a movie date after my home visit with Rylie. We went to see “Moana” with new 2nd grade camper Sydney (on the left in the picture above). Full disclosure…Sydney’s mom is my friend so this wasn’t “official” camp business! But, when we got in the theater, Jonah (on the right in the picture above) was one row in front of us! Jonah will be spending his 4th summer at camp, and he’ll be living on Senior Boys Side with Dave this year – so great to see him!
After the movie, we met Sydney’s brother Aiden (far left, also a new 2nd grade camper!) for some Mexican food and at the table next to us was another Canadensis family!! Julia was rocking her favorite Canadensis t-shirt and she is looking forward to an upcoming bunk reunion! We can’t wait to have her back for her 3rd summer as an Upper Inter, and this year she’s bringing younger brother Ryan (far right, also a new 2nd grade camper). It was wonderful to have so many unexpected Canadensis Reunions while we were in NYC!
On our way back home to Philadelphia, we stopped by Brian’s house to spend a little time with his growing family. It was so good to see his older daughter Emerson and get to play!! She just became a big sister last week, we loved getting to meet Rylie Blu…I’m admit to being a baby hog so we got a lot of good snuggle time…and it was hard to let her go!! Congratulations Brian & Jaime – so happy to welcome Rylie to the Canadensis family!