Well, we are wrapping up our sixth week of day camp already. It seems absolutely amazing how quickly the summer is flying by. There have been a lot of great activities in the last six weeks and plenty more to come in the next four.
I don’t get to spend a lot of time with the kids myself, they are largely with Dustin and Nicole, but we do spend an hour a day together and so I have gotten to know a lot of the regulars and they are a pretty fun group. I never cease to be amazed by the number of ways kids can find to amuse themselves. It also seems to happen in trends. They will completely engrossed in an activity for a week or so and then move on to something new. There has been a Memory Match fad, a checkers fad, a cats craddle fad and an Uno fad. I find this also gives me a chance to brush up on playing some of the games I loved as a kid. In fact I am genuinely disappointed now that no one wants to play connect four anymore. Other fads passed away, like this one and I am not in the least sorry. I have never been a fan of Twister.
The big surprise came one day when one of the kids asked me to show them how to play chess. I admit I am a little rusty, I stopped playing when I was 14 so it had been a while, but I figured it couldn’t be too hard to remember and I was playing against a complete novice so I agreed. Now it has spread like wildfire and there is a race everyday after lunch to get to the board. Some of the rules get glossed over, some new ones get made up and the focus seems to be more on getting as many pieces as possible rather than getting to checkmate, but the kids love it. It even tends to attract a crowd of watchers. I used to offer advice when I could but stopped when I realised that it usually turned out badly. I have never been good a strategy, which is why I stopped playing in the first place. I think the kids are better on their own. Occasionally they ask me to play and I end up losing because I start off going easy on them and then get careless and dig myself a huge hole. At least, that is what I tell myself.