Game On

One of the best parts of Summer Games is the many new experiences the kids get to participate in. Not for points, these activities are included to make the kind of summer memories summer camps are famous for.

One such activity this week was Jungle Ghost Night, a repeat of last years popular fright fest in which the older boys and girls watch a scary movie, then walk into the jungle for a campfire, some spooky stories and a late night cook out.

An average photo from a phone during a break in the Jungle Ghost Night action

An average photo from a phone during a break in the Jungle Ghost Night action

This years events took the fun to a new level in which we hid “ghosts” in the woods and even buried a staff member in the sand for more than an hour so he could rise from the dead at just the right moment during a story. Few claimed they weren’t at least a little afraid, but everyone made it back safely and happily.

Team Elephant celebrating one of their many Food Frenzy victories!

Team Elephant celebrating one of their many Food Frenzy victories!

Another hit this week was Food Frenzy; an eating-themed night with nine games played for points. Events included such classic kid favorites as Banana Surgery, Long Spoon Porridge Eating, Bobbing for Mangoes, Bubble Gum Sculpture, Speed Soda Drinking, and many more. The grand finale was a Mystery Blender Taste-Off where ingredients were mixed and teams needed to identify the flavors.

Bobbing for mangoes!

Bobbing for mangoes!

Dried Fish and Coke was a particularly elusive culinary puzzle to solve, but the kids were up to the challenge. Stomachs were put to the test, but everyone went to bed happy…and full!

Sunny's bubble-gum sculpture taking shape

Sunny’s bubble-gum sculpture taking shape

Jimika sucking it up in a Food Frenzy battle!

Jimika sucking it up in a Food Frenzy battle!

In addition, we’ve had  daily clues to solve, soccer matches and the ever-popular Night Games that lasted until sunrise at 5:30 AM. We can tell you the pool was both cold and beautiful at the time of the morning. Here is a little video of the kids in the pool:

Our favorite small moment from the past week was a stray comment made by little Jyoti during her first ever American Football game. While all the bigger kids were running at top speeds, trying to score the area’s first touchdowns, Jyoti wondered how best to play defense.

“We can disturb them, Uncle?” she asked John with a mischievous smile. He said she could. “Good. Then I will throw flowers on their heads,” she said. And off she went.

Time is going fast but there’s lots more to come.Thanks for all your continued support and stay tuned for Summer Games fun.

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About the Author:

John is a returning volunteer to the mission, he first came to the mission in 2010 with his family, then came alone in 2014 and finally with his daughter in 2015. He is a nine time Emmy Award winning TV producer and author of the book "Wide Open World". You can find out more about John on www.JohnMarshall.com

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