Red Pine Camp 2019 - by the Blue Sky learners
Red Pine Waterfront by Julia
Regatta by Jaden
we had a series of water games. We were split into two teams. Our first task was to come up with team names (The Poison Apples and The Blue Sky Barbarians) after choosing names, we were to paint our faces in a war-like way. Some of the designs were pretty crazy! After we painted ourselves we came up with a team cheer to the tune of a Disney song. After we were scored on all of that, we went to the Waterfront for our first challenge. We had to make the best sand castle in 8 minutes. Our next challenge was one where three people from each team had to get into the water and look for rocks that had been painted red, and after that we had a swimming race. Then, three learners from each team were chosen to direct and perform synchronized swimming routines. Then we played a game of Watermelon Ball with a real watermelon that had been covered in vaseline, and the last challenge was jumping off the docks and making the smallest, biggest, and fanciest jump. Normally we don’t have competitions at Blue Sky but we wanted to see what it would look like if we did, and I think we did a pretty good job of cheering each other on even if we were not on that team.
Red Pine Meals by Leo
Mindfulness and Yoga by Kiara
Campfire and Drum Circle by Will
Camp from Pikwagnagan First Nation to do a drum circle with us. We set up the benches in a circle while they set up their Grandmother Drum. Barry explained that only males can play the grandmother drum because it’s their job is to provide spiritual life whilst the females provide physical life. We all participated in a smudging ceremony. After that Barry and Rob sang and played the drum while Thomas and Alex drummed alongside them. The learners that played the Grandmother Drum rotated from drumming to dancing. Everyone that wasn’t on the drum was either dancing or playing a hand drum or both. Now back to you in the studio Shauna to talk about your favourite song, “I have been lucky enough to participate in a dozen drum circles with Barry Sarazin and even visit his community for a Pow Wow. By now, Barry has learned that my favourite song is The Wolf Song and we make sure to end our drum circles with this crowd-pleaser. In Algonquin, Barry sings the song of the wolves in the forest and we dance around the Grandmother Drum, waiting for our cue to howl like wolves. This song always gets everyone up, moving, laughing and howling. I love it.”
The last night we were there, there was nothing until Deagan said, “Let there be light!” and the fire roared to life. The first thing that happened was Norah had us do an activity where we looked for stuff we could see in the sparks. Then Deagan and Emi performed ”Aaron Burr, Sir” from the musical Hamilton when they were done Deagan and B sang “Down by the Bay” with the aide of all the learners. After the singing stopped, Thomas found a toad which he picked up to show us. Once the toad was safely returned, Kiara performed “The Martian Song” which is a repeat-after-me song, (which is a repeat-after-me song). Then, B lead us in an arctic-themed song and dance. When this was over Grace sang and guitared a song for us. Next we gathered close to the fire to do some acapella. Before we went back to our cabins to sleep, we said our favourite part of the trip and then recognized each other for things that happened over those four days.