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Camp Marimeta for Girls

Terry’s Time: Happiness Is an Activity, Not a Place

“I’m not happy”…how many times do we hear this from everyone we work with, from our friends, from our children.  If only this or that would happen I would or could be happy.  

We forget so often that happiness is a matter of choice.  Bertrand Russell, a British philosopher said,”Happiness is an achievement rather then a gift…an achievement that requires effort both inward and outward.”  It’s the decision to intentionally choose a frame of mind and behaviors that will lead you to that happiness.  Marimeta wants to foster positive sentiments, such as compassion, peace of mind and especially gratitude.  We want and need to take the time to work on our happiness.

Camp Marimeta develops the skills that are needed to lead a happy life.  There are few better remedies to unhappiness than close friendships, which we cultivate daily.  We place likeminded campers together that work on being nice to each other and respect each others’ differences.  We want our campers to be their true self and choose friends they are proud to know and people they admire.  We don’t want the girls to compare themselves to anyone else.  Our campers know that they should never stop trying to be the very best version of themselves.  We ask them to give it their all in whatever they are doing.  

We ask our campers to be grateful for the wonderful opportunities they have in their life.  Our activitiy days are now called G-day (gratitude) and K-day (kindness).  We encourage them to take a moment and reflect on who has gone out of their way to do something kind for them and what they may have done for someone in need.  Choose to help others when you’re able. See the following link for a wonderful experiment about this. http://sfglobe.com/?id=1820&src=appfb_1820. When you make a positve impact in someones’ life , you also make a positve impact in your own life. Our bead necklaces are also a way to acknowledge gratitude.  Campers and counselors alike are able to give gratitude beads to people whom have helped them in someway to feel empowered, encouraged them to conquer a fear, give them a voice, lend a helping hand or just for giving a much needed smile.

IMG_8951We have all heard of the person whose smile brightens the whole room. A smile may seem simple but that too is a choice.  A real smile makes you and everyone around you feel better.  The simple act of smiling pumps endorphins through your body which actually makes you happier.  So we ask campers to smile and say good morning to each other on the way to the dining room.  

Spend time outdoors.  Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think Inc, says spending at least 20 minutes outside on a nice day not only boosts positive mood, but broadens thinking & improves working memory .  A study at the University of Sussex found participants were substantially happier outdoors in a natural environment.  With schools cutting back on outdoor activities and our society struggling to let our children run around the neighborhood, camp is invaluable for our futures well being.  Happiness is found in the flow…a state in which your mind becomes absorbed in a meaningful task that challenges our ability.  

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Our campers at Marimeta learn to be more forgiving. We foster forgivness of self and others.  We all make mistakes and work hard at not building a case against any one particular person.  Girls and drama seem to go together so we work on not getting involved with drama that doesn’t effect us.  We start by being honest with ourselves and everyone else, this makes life less complicated.  Everyday is a new beginning so we let go of the past and create our own happiness today. 

The choice is yours.  I choose happiness.  Will you join me?

May your week be full of fun, sunshine and most of all laughter.

Love,

Terry

 

 

Team Thursday!

Hi, I’m Dani and I am honored to be chosen as the Overall Captain of the Red Team. Although Red and White has only just begun, the Red Team is off to a great start. To kick off Red and White, we played the T-shirt Relay. The T-shirt relay is a fun, yet efficient way to pass out the Red and White t-shirts. I sat beside a large box of red t-shirts and passed each one to my left. The goal of the relay is to complete this in the quickest time. The reds finished merely seconds before the whites, which made it both competitive and fun.Yesterday, due to the warm weather, we played Red and White Water Relays! My little team competed against Kate’s little team. We competed against each other in a variety of events. For example, we did a water relay in which a member of your team had to run into  the lake holding a cup and then run back out to dump the water into a pitcher. The winner of this relay was determined based off of who completed this the fastest. Luckily, my red little team finished this event first! It was both exciting and fun! After an eventful afternoon of Water Relays, we had our first practice in preparation for The Sing.The Sing, is one of the largest Red and White events. In the simplest of terms, the sing consists of four songs: a peppy song, a slow song, a team song, and a theme song. All of the aforementioned songs are sung as a team in unison. Also, the red Senior Cabin girls are working to make an individual costume for each camper! We can’t wait to finish making all of the costumes for each of your girls! Sing practice was a blast and I know The Sing will be too. I couldn’t be happier with my team and I can expect that the rest of the session will be just as great if not better!
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Hi!  My name is Lexi and I’m the Overall Captain of the White Team!  I am having so much fun with the White team girls during all the games!  The Peanut Hunt is one I love!  3,000 Red and White mints were thrown all over the campgrounds.  The White co-captains and I ran around camp collecting mints for our team, while the rest of the girls were surrounding the mints.  They couldn’t talk, the only way they could get our attention was to scream cah-caw.  It’s so funny and I had a great time!  We collected over 1,500 mints and even won the game!  We also played a game that’s one of my personal favorites- Capture the Flag.  The team is divided into different positions: flag guard, jail guard, runner, and defense.  I’m a runner and your daughter did a phenomenal job as a (fill in the blank.)  Our team and the Red-team both did so well and I hope everyone had as much fun as I did!  There was a tie so we had a tie-breaker round where the Whites captured the flag and won!  Yay!  As if camp couldn’t get any better, we had grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch today!  Yum!  Can’t wait to play more games!  Your daughters are so spirited and I’m having so much fun getting to know them all!

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What’s Up Wednesday

Wazzzzzzup?  This Wednesday is a special one indeed…indeed it is.  Tonight is 5 year night at camp Marimeta.

What is 5 year night?  5 year night is a special “initiation” ceremony for new 5 year campers and counselors into the 5 year club.  Each new 5 year camper is given their jacket by 6 year and up campers and staff.

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This year we had 25 new jackets to give out.  It was a beautiful ceremony.  After the ceremony all of the new 5 year campers and all 6 and up campers and staff get to go to Denoyers for a party.  There is lots of fried food and even more fun.

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This year we also have 11 counselors and lodgies that are 10 years or more.  Sandy, Terry, Jacqui, Lillie, Mari, Nicola, Jessie, Abi, Dana, Alyssa, and Sophi have all been at camp for more than 10 years.  How lucky are we that we have such loyal and amazing staff!  We hope that everyone can get the opportunity to come to camp for 10 years.

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This week we have had a special event every night.  Monday night we had Wayne Faust come to camp.  Wayne puts on a concert for us.  You may remember him from his youtube video we put up last year, and there will be a new video of this year up soon.

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Tuesday night was Miss Marimeta.  This is where cabins are given a contestant (a boy) and have to make their contestant into the most beautiful girl.  The male staff at Marimeta and some boys from Menominee helped us have our Miss Marimeta pageant.  It was a really close race for the winner, but in the end only one could win the grand prize.  Rebecca (Frankie) won Miss Congeniality for her charisma and personality.  And for the second time in a row Miss Soyna (Sony) won the grand prize.  It was a hysterical evening.

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We have so much more fun things planned for the last two weeks of camp.

Marimeta Moral Monday

Do the right thing, even when no one is watching

We had the most amazing example of this the first week of second four.  During safety day, the campers bring their town day money to bank.  One camper comes running in, very upset.  This camper had $60 in her pocket, and the money had fallen out.

The camper was told to retrace her steps and to check other pairs of shorts, maybe she put the money in the wrong one.  While the camper was looking, the lodge asked around to see if anyone had seen the money.  Five minutes before, a camper named Sami N. had turned in the $60 she found in the middle of the field.

It would have been very easy for Sami to come to the lodge and say that the money was her own.  It would have been easy for Sami to put the money in her pocket and not tell anyone about it.  But, Sami did the right thing, she turned the money in.  Sami is just one example of the many Marimeta girls that follow the Marimeta morals.

There is a Fray song that says, “Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.”  Most people know what the right thing to do is, but choose to not do it because it is hard or because it isn’t “cool.”  We try to teach the girls that doing the right thing is always the correct choice.  This is a moral that they will use every single day of their lives.  In school it might be easier to copy off of someone’s paper, but it is wrong.  If you are playing soccer inside the house and accidentally break something, it might be easier to blame it on the dog, but it is wrong.

We hope all of the campers strive to be like Sami N. and do the right thing…even if no one is watching.

TERRY’S TIME…CREATIVITY

When we think about education mathematics, humanities, language are the first on our list and the arts usually fall into the bottom.  However, when you read about top executives or talk to business heads they say creativity is the crucial skill for the 21st century.  IBM found that creativity was considered to be the number one leadership trait for the future. People in leadership positions must be creative and become creative problem solvers.  Fortune 500 companies say “we need people who can be innovative , who can think differently.”IMG_9634

Camp Marimeta  rewards our girls for their creative process and innovation.  Most of our special events and evening activities have a special section just for creativity.  Creativity is what make your life fun.  It’s what lets yourself soar and try and figure out a new and better way to do something.  Creativity is really a function of everything we do.  Everybody has an enormous creative capacity and Marimeta works hard to pull these traits out of all our campers.  One of the greatest skills we promote and teach is collaboration and the exchange of ideas.  We don’t want campers to be frightened by being wrong.  We give them permission to make mistakes.  They can experiment and try without judgement.  Our aim is to encourage campers to innovate and to experiment.  We do not give them all the answers but give the the supplies they need to work out the answer or even better, imagine a new scenario.

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The skills we teach at Camp Marimeta for girls are many times intangable, they go beyond learning to play soccer or getting up on skis.   Campers at Marimeta learn about empathy, public speaking, patience and problem solving in inventive ways.  We attempt to strenghten their imagination by giving them new and challenging programs and activity each year.  The girls also look forward to many of the annual special events to try out their novel idea that they have been brain-storming.  These annual skits require a genuine creative process involving critical thinking as well as imaginitive insight and fresh ideas especially for our older campers because they have done them before.  These are the events the lodge can’t what for because of the unusual, unconventional and sometimes avant guarde ideas our camper come up with.

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May your week be full of fun, sunshine and most of all laughter.

Love,

Terry

Dara’s Campfire Speech

On Friday night we always have campfires.  This campfire’s theme was “What will you take home from camp?”  Cabins 8 and 9 were in charge of the campfire and it was a great one.  There was one speech that especially stood out.  Dara, a first year camper, wrote this amazing speech.  The last line of the speech she didn’t write down, she memorized and it should say, Marimeta doesn’t just give its campers skills for home, Marimeta gives its campers skills for life.  Great Job Dara!IMG_5775

Flashback Friday!

What goes around comes around.  Keep your circle positive.  Congratulations to our overall Red and White Captains…Lexi and Dani…BFF since their first years here!  Lexi Dani#flashbackfriday

Meal Ticket

Dear Mom and Dad,

Hey! I don’t even know where to begin! The last couple days of camp have been jam packed with fun! To start, the weather here is beautiful! It’s “G Day” (G for Gratitude) for activities, so I have High Ropes, Swimming, Arts and Crafts, Skiing, and Aerobics! In my ski class, I want to learn how to wakeboard, so I may give that a shot today – keep you posted! For lunch, we just had a new meal at camp called “Jacked Up Potato Bar.” Everyone got their own baked potato, and we got to fill it with all these yummy topping. It was the perfect meal after a super busy morning at camp!

OMG! Last night, the craziest thing happened! Red and White, our second four all-camp team competition, was announced in the coolest way! The counselors told us we were all going to bed early, and then ten minutes later the song “Light it Up” by came on over the loud speaker and woke us all up! We all started screaming, and our counselors started chanting, “Light up the night with Red and White!” Then, we all ran to the Rec Hall. It was all decorated with white lights and bags that were lit up with each of our names written on them! It was so pretty! The Lodge then explained to us that we were surprising Senior Cabin and had to be super quiet. We all waited silently in the Rec Hall until Senior Cabin ran through the doors, after they came back from go-karting! It was one of the best nights at camp ever!!!! Since it was a late night, we got to have a sleep-in this morning! Lucky us!

If you can’t tell by my letter, I am so happy I am here. The sun is shining, Red and White is under way, my Olympic team is as competitive as ever, and my cabin has been getting along so well! Did I mention, I love my counselors? Anyways, thank you so much for sending me to the best place ever! I feel so lucky, and I cannot wait for the next couple weeks!

Love,
Your Happy Camper