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by: Jamie Flesher
Ever wonder what happens at a summer camp when it’s pouring down rain? Swimming is out. Boating is out. Most of the outdoor sports can’t be played. To us it seemed like a strange day to be visiting camp but it turns out that the “rainy day schedule” is a day loaded with new activities, dry bus rides to move campers around, and lots of bonding time laughing together in their cabins, keeping each other dry.
That day I was scheduled to visit Day camp in the Park to check out the new dance program that was added just this year. The program is being run by Rockland All-Star Dance Team Director and owner of Vicki’s Dance Studio, Vicki Giannetti and her staff.
The counselors and campers were all waiting for 1st period to start in the large cafeteria instead of on the giant outdoor hill like they do on a dry day.
I kept hearing the counselors and specialists talking about being on the “rainy day schedule.” I couldn’t help myself so I inquired as to what that meant. The answer is one of the reasons why we love Day Camp in the Park so much.
At the beginning of the season, during counselor orientation, all Senior Counselors and Specialists are given what is called a “rainy day schedule”. This means what to do in the event of rain has been planned in advance. There is no scrambling by the staff to figure out what to do or how to move their campers. There is no question as to where everyone is going to go or where anyone is supposed to be. This has already been worked out and counselors just need to follow this special “rainy day schedule” instead of their regular schedule. It is modified to include indoor activities, specialty activities like movies and popcorn, arcades, indoor athletic games, and longer periods which gives buses time to move the campers around.
Coincidentally, dance is actually held in one of the largest indoor cabins so today was a great day to be checking out the new dance program.
The 3 camp directors had been adamant that the new dance program put on by Vicki’s staff was a huge hit so far this summer and that every group was asking for extra time in the dance cabin. The Senior Dance Specialist, Meagan Collins, is super talented and one of the most fun people in the world. So much so that even I asked if I could please be in the camp talent show with one of Meagan’s hip hop dances (the answer was no). I watched as Vicki, Meagan, and dance program CITs Spencer Romani and Jordan Hyde worked with campers ranging in ages from 4 to 12.
The buses would pull up with the 4 year olds, who danced the limbo and played hula hoop games then transition right into 12 year old girls where the staff was prepared with more complex hip hop moves and real choreography and dance. What I did know is that every camper was having a blast…perfectly dry…even in the rain.
At one point I peaked my head out of the dance cabin to see where the 4 year olds were headed. They were covered in their rain gear, holding hands with their counselors and walking directly across the street to the art cabin to continue their day of fun.
By the end of the day, the sun was shining again and the kids were back in the pool. And not to be missed was some good ol’ fashioned puddle jumping. This is camp after all!