Our apologies for the late arrival of yesterday’s blog post! We promise it’s worth the wait, we had A LOT going on yesterday!
There’s a scene from Alice in Wonderland we like to live by here at camp, and it goes like this…
Alice laughs at the Queen and explains, “There’s no use trying, one can’t believe impossible things.”
And the Queen responds, “Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Well, for the 4th week of our July camp sessions, we put our creative heads and big hearts to work and believed in so many impossible things before our last day together even started, and guess what? We pulled them all off.
First up, we loaded the bus bright and early this morning for breakfast on the beach.
We started with coffee, hot cocoa, and tea.
And of course, Back Door Donuts!
We also had (not pictured) eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, waffles, and lots of fruit. Thanks to our wonderful kitchen team (not all are pictured here) for bringing us the BEST meal of the week at our favorite beach spot!!!
It was such a beautiful morning that we stayed on the beach a while after finishing breakfast to soak up the sun on the last day of the session.
We came back to camp for some time to lay around before the big night ahead.
Ruby made dinner plans with THE Emma Watson!
The evening schedule read “Studio Night,” but some of us were really missing one of the most special camp traditions, The Play, so we decided to shoot for the moon and produce a play with ~24 hours of preparation. We stayed up all night prepping the script, painting a backdrop, and designing costumes.
The show must go on!
We kept the hype circle tradition alive to get us excited for our big performance of “The Curse of the Brown Pearls.”
Holly got the crowd fired up with BINGO.
As the story goes, the year was 1815 and Captain Brownbeard (Myles) and his crew were prowling the high seas attempting to reverse the curse of the Bristol Throne…
Kiera Knightly, the Lady Bowl Painter, daughter of Admiral Plunger, is spotted floating next to the ship and the pirates pull her aboard to perform CPR. She’s wearing a peculiar necklace that the pirates steal from her to try to reverse the curse of the Bristol Throne.
Turns out, Admiral Plunger is Captain Brownbeard’s worst enemy, and stole the peculiar necklace from him many moons ago. According to the captain, the necklace is the only thing that can reverse the curse.
Jack led us through a sea shanty.
Scott was SO bummed he couldn’t come to camp this summer and participate in the play, so Bailey visited him to bring the play to him! They made a virtual appearance to sing “Into the Unknown” from Frozen 2.
JoJo hosted a night aboard a gambling boat. The pirates fight her for her money, but they realize she’s so good that they elect her to be their new captain and Seth renamed the group “JoJo’s Army.”
JoJo’s Army encounters a number of obstacles on their way to Uffish, where they must return the necklace to the Bristol Throne. George played the Kraken and fought all of the pirates, but ultimately the Kracken perished in the battle.
In the end, JoJo’s army brings the necklace to the Bristol Throne and reverses the curse of the Brown Pearls and get back to being Big and Bad in Pittsburgh.
We closed the show in the only way we know how, a dance party to “Pump it Up” by the EDM legend, Endor.
What an unforgettable night!
We were so sad to wake up this morning knowing that all of our friends are leaving camp today. All of us here at camp are “empty shells of human beings incapable of expressing adequate emotions,” as Kelsey accurately described. We’re already planning for all the fun times we’ll share together next summer! Thanks for following along…4 weeks down, 4 weeks to go!