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Week 6 – Songs, Stars and Stunning Tricks

This week as our final week of Lincoln Summer Camp 2017 and it culminated with our Annual Camp Show on Friday. But that wasn’t the only fun we had this week; we were still really busy in our specials. Here’s what we were up to:

Arts and Crafts  

What a summer it has been in Lincoln! I had so much fun being the art specialist this year and I’m going to miss everyone so much! This last week was probably my favorite week yet! All the campers got to make a walk of fame star since this week was red carpet themed! We put handprints on all of our stars and left our mark on summer 2017. Campers also used their time in arts and crafts this week to make props for their variety show performance. The campers got to show their true creativity this week and it was incredible. I can’t wait for next summer!!!

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Sports and Games 

For our last week Sports and Games we had soccer mania! Everyone played in soccer games. Pioneers played against the counselors, and Ramblers and Crusaders played in teams. Crusaders also played group vs group.

Pioneers also did T-ball, and Ramblers played softball in the last part of the week. Crusaders rounded up the week with a 3 on 3 basketball tournament.

It’s been a fun, active summer at Sports and Games! Until next year…

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Music and Drama 

Music and Drama this week was a fantastic storm of rehearsals for our variety show. Every group, from the Trailblazers down to the Pioneers, worked tirelessly to rehearse for their time on the stage. From dancing to Party in the USA to testing comedic acting skills, the campers gave excellent effort. Everyone, including the counselors and directors, were buzzing with excitement. Their hard work paid off Friday afternoon with a fantastic Variety Show – what a way to end the summer!!

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S.T.E.M. 

We had a great final week in STEM! Camp went by too quickly, but it was a great summer!

This week Pioneers learned about geometry by building different shapes using pattern blocks. Pioneers also explored the chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar by creating bubbling reactions!

Ramblers and Crusaders used Snap Circuits to learn about electrical circuits. Each circuit when built correctly will make sounds, play music, or light up! Campers had fun building and rebuilding different circuits.

Crusaders and Trailblazers made homemade ice cream in a bag! The science behind the ice cream is in the rock salt and ice mix used to freeze the ice cream. When the rock salt and ice mix, the freezing point of the ice is lowered and the ice cream is able to freeze from only 10-15 minutes of shaking!

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Archery

After six weeks our campers have become amateur archers.  We have had so much fun perfecting our form and our aim.  Our campers even enjoyed “arrow hunting” which involved cruising back and forth across the field searching in the grass, or mini trips into the woods.  We shot at further distances and tried swapping dominant hands and various bows.  So many campers went from being able to only shoot halfway across the field, to not only reaching the target but getting close to bulls eyes.  We had a great summer and can’t wait until next year.

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Storytime

At story this week we started off with The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch.  This silly story encourages children to be happy with who you are, and not worry about material things.  After reading this story we played a round of freeze tag which our campers are so fond of.  The second story we read this week was called The Red Carpet by Rex Parkin.  This story is about a mad chase in a town for a runaway red carpet.  This story made our campers think twice about what could truly have been happening.  After this book we got one last chance to hear our friends share stories of their own.  We can’t wait to see what may unfold next summer.

Epic Adventures 

On Monday afternoon, campers journeyed to the course to push themselves to the limit in our Epic American Ninja Warrior Challenge. Instead of the gym, campers found ropes hanging to get them from rooftop to rooftop, a mine field they had to navigate through and a rolling log they had to control. Campers also had to avoid water traps and climb their way to safely reach their destination. It was a challenging and exciting adventure for all!

Trips

Pioneers 

On their final outing of the summer, the Pioneers journeyed into Boston to explore and play at the Children’s Museum! Campers and counselors divided into small groups to travel through all the museum had to offer. Pioneers got to experience working on a construction site, flying on an airplane, and being at a television studio! They also interacted with exhibits that had them adventuring up rock walls, shooting hoops, climbing several stories, and making kid-sized bubbles! It was a super fun and interactive day for all!

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Ramblers

This week the Ramblers went to a Lincoln Summer Camp favorite, CoCo Key Water Resort!  Campers got to swim, slide, and play their way through the amazing water park.  Many of the Ramblers spent their time winding through the lazy river, while others faced their fears by going down the 4 2-story water slides!  Others challenged themselves on the water obstacle course, while others played around in the massive water structure, full of sprinklers, slides, and surprise waterfalls!  The Ramblers had a blast splashing around with their friends!

Crusaders

The Crusaders jumped on the bus Wednesday morning to journey up to New Hampshire to have a great day at a camp favorite – Canobie Lake Park. After a quick snack, campers and counselors split up to explore the park. Throughout the day campers tested their limits on crazy coasters like the Yankee Cannonball, Untamed, and the Corkscrew. They cooled down on water rides like the Log Flume and the Boston Tea Party. Some tried their luck at the arcade, while others still braved the Haunted Mine. It was a day filled with flips, spins, ups-downs-and-round-and-rounds – all in all, a perfect final field trip of the summer!

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Trailblazers

The Trailblazers began their week at Brownstone Adventure Park in Portland, CT. This old rock quarry has been transformed into an epic thrill spot, with 14 ziplines that sent campers from the tops of cliffs to the water down below, cliff dives that had campers facing their fears, water slides, giant inflatables, rock climbing and so much more. It was an awesome day with so much do. Check out some pictures below.

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When campers returned from this trip the fun was just getting started as it was time for the Annual Camp Overnight. Campers pitched tents, gathered firewood, and had a BBQ dinner.

After dinner we set off for the gym to compete in an American Ninja Warrior competition. Congrats to Kyle, Greyson, and Patrick for their first, second, and third place positions respectively. Then the campers got to play Flashlight Tag. As the sun went down they spread out all over campus to hide, as hunters sought to shine their lights on them. After an hour, only a few campers had not been found, and with the sound of the horn they returned to the campfire victoriously.

Back at the fire we roasted marshmallows, made s’mores, and of course told some scary stories before heading off to bed.

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The next morning campers enjoyed fresh baked bagels before packing up their tents and preparing for their next adventure to Boga Borg. At Bodo Borg they  found themselves swinging through the jungle, breaking out of prison, on a gameshow, crawling through a battlefield, and making their way through a haunted house, among other adventures. It was an awesome experience testing mind, body, and teamwork. They enjoyed a delicious taco bar lunch before heading back to camp. 

Finally on Thursday, campers headed out to Tree Top Adventures in Canton, MA. This adventure in the trees featured 8 different ropes courses, testing campers strength, planning, and motor skills as they looked to tackle each obstacle.

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Special Events 

Costume Contest 

Campers went all out to dress as their favorite book, movie and t.v characters. There were so many celebrities present at our morning council! It was a difficult choice and came down to a final three of Maleficent versus Michael Jackson versus The Incredibles. The Incredible siblings Chris and Marisa Kanki surged ahead to win our last contest of the summer.

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Camp Show 

For an extra special last day of camp, campers and counselors hit the stage for our annual Camp Show. This week was jammed packed with tons of creation and practice sessions. After lunch on Friday, we were ready to hit the stage. Group after group ran up the stage steps to show off all their hard work. We enjoyed having all of the family and friends join us to watch the campers’ stellar performances! 

Thank you all for a remarkable camp season.  We loved getting to know all your campers and had so much fun. We hope this summer was full of memories for them that will last a lifetime.

If you are missing something from this camp season our Lost and Found items will remain at the Parks and Recreation office until the end of the month, after which all unclaimed items will be donated to charity.

Finally, be on the lookout for a Feedback Survey about camp this year. We want to hear from you about what your campers loved, and what we might improve for next year!

Thanks Again,

Joe, Sarah and Audrey

Lincoln Summer Camp Directors


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Week 6 Trips

Week six will feature some old favorites and some new adventures for LSC! All Pioneers, Ramblers, and Crusaders: please remember to wear your camp shirt on Wednesday. They will be distributed tomorrow if your campers has not already received one this summer! Please be on the look out for the bright orange shirt.

Pioneers – Grades K & 1

200px-Boston_Children's_Museum.svg.pngOn this trip campers will travel to the Boston Children’s Museum. The Museum’s exhibits and programs emphasize hands-on engagement and learning through experience, employing play as a tool to spark the inherent creativity, curiosity, and imagination of children.  Designed for children, Museum exhibits focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health & fitness, and the arts. In addition to extensive child-centered exhibits, Museum educators develop numerous programs and activities that address literacy, performing arts, science and math, visual arts, cultures, and health and wellness. Learn more at http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/

Please keep in the mind the following for this trip:

  • Please pack your child a disposable lunch.
  • Campers should wear sneakers.

Ramblers – Grades 2 & 3

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On this trip campers will travel to Coco Key indoor water park. They will spend the day splashing in wave pools, sliding down slides, floating in rivers, and rushing through obstacle courses. Learn more at http://www.cocokeyboston.com/

 

Please keep the following in mind:

  • Campers need to pack a bathing suit and towel
  • Campers need to pack a disposable lunch and water bottle

Crusaders – Grades 4 & 5

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For this trip campers will travel to Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire, New England’s premier family amusement park with over 85 rides, games, live shows and attractions. They will spend their day flying down rides, like Boston Tea Party, Untamed, and Starblaster and splashing around in Castaway Island. To learn more about the attractions check out http://www.canobie.com/rides.php

 

For this trip please keep the following in mind:

  • Please pack a disposable lunch
  • No extra money is required but if your camper would like to play games or purchase snacks you may send it.
  • We will arrive back at camp at 4:00 pm for pick up.

Trailblazers – Grades 6,7, & 8 

brownstone-logo-4Tuesday, August 8th – On this trip campers will travel to Brownstone park in Portland, CT for a day of unforgettable adventures. Built in an old quarry, Brownstone offers a host of exciting adventures. They have 14 ziplines that land in the water, giant water slides, rock climbing, rope swings into the water, cliff jumping, snorkeling, and giant water inflatables. See more in the video below or by visiting https://brownstonepark.com/ 

 

Camp Overnight- When campers return to camp the fun is just beginning. They will learn how to pitch their own tents, start their own fires, before having a bbq dinner, an American Ninja Warrior Competition, Flashlight Tag across the campus, and of course S’mores and stories by the campfire.

Please keep in mind the following for this trip:

  • Campers need a Signed Waiver
  • You should have received a packing list and itinerary via email and will receive hard copies on Monday
  • Your camper needs a disposable lunch for Tuesday.

kommunikatör-sociala-medier-boda-borg-oxelosund.pngWednesday, August 9th–On this trip campers will be transported into a real-world gaming environment; an experience what they call Questing. Teams of 3-5 campers literally move through the Quests tackling a variety of mental and physical challenges. Success in the first challenge means entry into the next challenge and so on… Failure in any challenge means starting over or selecting another Quest. Boda Borg is Reality Gaming; that means real people, trying to physically survive there life-like Quests: no video games, no special equipment, no virtual reality…just eager Questers…just like real life. Find out more at http://bodaborg.com/

Please keep in the mind the following for this trip:

  • If your camper is going on this trip click here to fill out a waiver. It must be completed online before we go.
  • We are having a Taco Bar Lunch – complete with beef, chicken, Tofu, veggies, beans, cheese etc. If your child has an allergy you may pack your own lunch.
  • Pick Up will be at normal dismissal time: 3:00pm  
  • Closed toed shoes must be worn on this trip.


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Tree Top Adventures is an aerial forest high ropes course consisting of more than 130 platforms installed in the trees and connected by various configurations of cable, wood, and rope to form bridges and zip lines. Groups of bridges link together to form separate trails. Although every trail has zip lines on them, you will need to climb to get to them. There is much more fun than just zip lining to be had! There are 10 trails in total  and each trail has varying difficulty level ranging from beginner to expert. The experience is safe, fun and most importantly exciting!

Please keep in mind the following for this trip:

  • Closed toed shoes (sneakers) must be worn
  • If your camper is going on this trip click here to fill out a waiver. It must be completed online before we go.
  • Please send your camper with a disposable lunch.
  • Pick Up will be at normal dismissal time 3:00pm 


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Welcome to Week 6

Welcome New Families and Welcome Back Returners, we can’t believe we are entering the final week of camp!

This week our camp show returns as campers hit the red carpet.  Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • All campers should come to camp prepared to swim! This means wearing a bathing suit in the morning and packing a towel. All Pioneers, Ramblers and Crusaders have swim lessons in the morning so it saves changing time if they are already wearing their suits.
  • We will spend a great deal of time outdoors, so sunscreen is a must! Please have your camper come to camp with sunscreen already applied and with more sunscreen packed in their backpack for reapplication. Remember, if you would like counselors to be able to assist your camper, you will have needed to indicate that on campdoc.com or filled out the physical form, available here.
  • Campers need to be able to carry their belongings throughout the day. Please keep this in mind when selecting and packing a bag.
  • We are very active at camp! Closed toed shoes are a must for safe playing.
  • There is time for a morning snack and lunch at camp. These are NOT provided. Please pack your child with nonperishable items; we eat a picnic style lunch.
  • Campers will be provided with a camp t-shirt before Wednesday’s field trips if this is their first week at camp. If your camper is a returning camper they should have already received one.
  • Campers should arrive at camp with a full water bottle that can be refilled throughout the day.
  • We want to remind you that we have two options for arrival and dismissal. You may enter the drop off/pick up line and staff will help your child in and out of the car. If you need to get out of your vehicle for any reason including getting bags out of your car, helping a child get buckled into a car seat, or just to give your little one an extra hug goodbye, we ask that you please park in the lot next to the gym and walk you camper over. This means that many of our Pioneer Parents will probably need to park to ensure their campers can get strapped in and out of the car. This helps us keep our pickup and drop off line moving and prevents dangerous maneuvers from taking place in the line. A full description of our arrival and dismissal procedures can be seen here. Do note that Trailblazer Camp has a different drop off and pick up location.
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  • imgresThursday is Dress Up as your favorite TV, Movie or Book Character Day!  For a full calendar of events visit the home page. 

 

 

  • slice_PT_cheese.pngThursday is also Pizza Day! Pizza will be on sale for $2 for 1 slice and $3 for 2 slices.

 

  • images-1 This Friday is the Camp Show! Campers will be practicing and preparing all week for our annual extravaganza. The show will take place in the Brooks Auditorium at 1:00pm. We hope that you can join us. Also be on the lookout for flyers that will come home with your camper indicating how they might dress for the show.


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Week 5 – We Met Spies

Week 5 took Lincoln Summer Camp undercover as campers took part in all kinds of secret missions across their specials. Here’s what they were up to:

Music and Drama 

Music and Drama secretly made music and acted out skits this week! Pioneers and Ramblers practiced being spies with camouflage skills and secret hand signals. They tried to win by blending into their environment when playing Deer! Ramblers created their own secret agent names and tested out musical codes using the BoomWhacker instruments. Crusaders were sleuth as spies dancing around to find their targets. They acted out skits as Macgyver to save themselves from alien invasions, asteroids, locked rooms and lion’s dens. It was amazing how they managed to escape using only a few objects such as bubble gum, headphones, basketballs, hula hoops and Legos. Crusaders laughed up a storm reading lips during the Whisper Challenge. Trailblazers worked hard to stay still as they filmed their own mannequin challenge. We are looking forward to showcasing dancing and acting skills in our big end of camp variety show next week!

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Sports and Games 

This week at Sports and Games campers were involved in fun missions in spirit with the theme of the week, Camp Goes Undercover. Pioneers played iSpy tag, racing against the clock to spot crucial items around camp and go to it. They also played Pulse, another beat the clock game where they had to work together as a team to send a pulse (hand squeeze) and dribble a basketball to a bin before time ran out.

Ramblers and Crusaders also played Pulse, but aimed to get a successful basket in before running to the start of the line and sending the next Pulse. These two groups also played Mafia, but with a spy twist to keep in theme.

Crusaders also got to play softball and Manhunt for Crusaders choice this week. Next week we move on to Camp Hits the Red Carpet!

Arts and Crafts 

ATTENTION: The following information about the projects campers made this week is TOP SECRET!!!!!

The first mission the Pioneers and Ramblers completed this week in art class was to create a secret agent badge with their code name and their thumb print in invisible glow-in-the-dark ink! Their second mission was to make a pair of 3D-like glasses to help them fully go undercover.

The Crusaders began their week with some bracelet making using colored bendy wires. Their second project was pointillism- a painting technique where the artist uses the back of their paint brush to create a picture using only dots of paint, no lines. The end results were very cool and campers enjoyed the artistic challenge.

The Trailblazers got to touch up their heat sensitive mugs from last week. The mugs came out successful this time! Trailblazers who did not get to come to art this week will still have a chance next week to make a mug as well. We also made balloon bowls using yarn and glue.

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Archery

Week five brought more skills and improvement to Archery. We witnessed many more bullseyes and lots of fun! Our campers played Encore and Duck Duck Goose while waiting for their turn. With our Trailblazers, we lengthened the distance of the shot.  Our campers shot accurately and precisely at 50 yards.

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Storytime

During Story this week we started by reading Secret Agent Splat by Rob Scotton.  This silly story explored mystery and friendship.  Afterwards or campers “defused bombs” by squirting bath bombs with water shooters until they were dissolved. The second half of the week, we read Detective LaRue: Letters From The Investigation by Mark Teague.  This story was a bit longer and our campers guessed along the way about the possible culprits of the canary robberies.  Our campers have become more engaged in our books by commenting and asking questions.

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S.T.E.M. 

Week 5 was another exciting week in STEM filled with activities and experiments. The Pioneers started Secret Agent week by making drawings using invisible ink. The invisible ink was then revealed through a chemical reaction using grape juice and baking powder. Pioneers also made cloud dough this week, which is a mix of flour and baby oil to create a sticky dough they were able to build and play with!

Ramblers and Crusaders made Oobleck this week, a mix of corn starch and water to create an interesting material that acts as both a solid and a liquid. Both groups also competed in the Marshmallow Challenge, where they used spaghetti, string, and tape to build the tallest tower for their marshmallow.

Trailblazers learned about density this week by creating lava lamps using water bottles, vegetable oil, and water. The two liquids don’t mix due to their different densities, and because of this they become lava lamps!

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Epic Adventures 

This week at Epic Adventures campers had a blast cooling off from the heat starting Monday in our slip-n-slide relay race competition. On Tuesday, Ramblers and Pioneers got soaked playing fishy-fishy and a life size version of water balloon Battleship! Thursday was an bonanza of inflatables, with a moon bounce, bungee run, obstacle course and a joust where campers had an epic time racing and dueling with one another!

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Trips

We had another week of awesome field experiences all over New England. Here’s where our groups went:

Pioneers

This week the Pioneers swam on down to the New England Aquarium!  The Pioneers got to see so many different sea creatures, like Myrtle the Turtle, hammerhead sharks, jellyfish, and lots and lots of fish.  Campers also got to touch stingrays and baby sharks!  The Pioneers got to end their day by enjoying their lunch sitting by the water.  It was a very fun day!

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Ramblers

On Wednesday the Ramblers drove up to Methuen to have fun at Jay Gee’s Family Fun Center.  Campers divided into small groups to enjoy all that Jay Gees had to offer.  Campers got to go head-to-head in the bumper cars and practiced to be a part of the Red Sox at the batting cages.  The Ramblers also got to play a full round of mini golf, and had possibly the most fun whizzing around the track in the go karts!  Some of our campers were even tall enough to drive themselves (look out for them on the roads!).  After all this fun, campers were treated to a “small” Jay Gees’ ice cream!  It was the perfect ending to a hot and fun day!

Crusaders 

Crusaders traveled west on Wednesday for their most daring trip yet this summer! At Friendly Fire Paintball, they geared up, joined teams and got ready to take the field. Groups bonded together over having a common goal, limited supplies, and only basic knowledge of the course. Strategies abounded for campers as they figured out the best ways to stay safe and help their team win the game. After a full day, tired but happy campers gathered on the bus to travel back to camp.

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Trailblazers

The Trailblazers began their week at Patriot Place to go on an adventure at 5-Wits. Soe campers were thrust into an investigation to figure out whodunit in a crazy mystery, while others boarded the Nautilus for and adventure 20,000 leagues under the sea.

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After the adventure, campers headed next door to Splitsville Lanes for hours of bowling fun. The competition was fierce on some lanes, and camper Josh pulled out an amazing victory with 3 strikes in the 10th frame!

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On Wednesday, the Trailblazers set out for Six Flags New England. They had so much fun in the morning riding the big coasters, playing games, and getting into the superhero spirit. The rain did however catch up with us and cut the fun a little shorter than hoped, but the campers still had a great time.

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Finally on Friday the Trailblazers also set out to Friendly Fire Paintball in Upton, MA. They spent the day dodging, ducking, dipping, and diving, from flying paintballs on an amazing outdoor course. They played all kinds of games from Elimination Rounds, Redemption Rounds, and Even Apache Hammer Rounds.  They had a safe and awesome time.

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Special Events 

Costume Contest 

This week’s dress up theme was Kids’ Choice!  Kids were able to choose whatever they wanted to dress as!  We were treated to a wide array of costumes, from rock stars, to spies, to a half-and-half carton, to dressing as your counselor (with a homemade staff shirt!)!!  CHeck out some pictures below of our costume contest nominees, and our winners Chris (as a Rock Star) and Nick (as counselor David).

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Lincoln Live 

Friday was the grand conclusion to our 2017 Lincoln Live performances. We saw a wide array of acts from dancing, singing, gymnastics, martial arts and speed rubik cubing! We even had our very own counselor band perform a beautiful rendition of Counting Stars by One Republic.

 

We can’t wait for week 6 which will feature our yearly camp show! Stay tuned to the blog for updates on all the fun ahead.


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A Visit From the Middlesex District Attorney

Today our camp had a special visitor – Marian Ryan is the Middlesex District Attorney. Her job is to prosecute criminal cases in court to keep our community safe. A hallmark of DA Ryan’s administration has been her equal commitment to addressing crime through innovative prevention programs and non-traditional community partnerships. Today she joined us to present on summer safety. We learned how to keep ourselves and others safe around water, windows, fireworks, cars, and bikes. At the end, we played a round of Jeopardy to review what we learned. Everyone even got to leave with a Popsicle treat!

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