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For all of you who are wondering, Hoot is doing well today at Blue Moon Raptors. He was quite exhausted and dehydrated after yesterday's adventure. Hoot accepted fluids and nourishment over the past 24 hours, and is now getting a little "feisty" which is a good sign. It does not appear that his wing was broken, but he still will need a few weeks to recuperate. Since all of his friends at camp will be gone by that time, we are planning to have the PreK Class at Hamden Hall help to give Hoot a proper send-off when he returns in September!
|THE GREAT HORNED OWL RESCUE|
We had a lot of excitement this morning at Camp Hornet when our counselors discovered a Great Horned Owl trapped in one of the soccer nets on the main field. With the discovery, our resuce began! After a phone call to the Hamden Police Department, Animal Control Officer Christopher Smith quickly responded to the scene and, assisted by our own Tom Bossie, worked together to free Hoot (every owl needs a unique name!) from the net. Once Hoot was free, he was quieted down by his rescuers and it appeared that one wing was damaged and that he suffered from dehydration. A second call went out and Rose Crisci responded from Blue Moon Raptors to take Hoot under her care. Rose is hopeful that, with a little rest and loving care, Hoot will be able to return in a few days and be released here at his habitat along the Mill River. Hoot and all of Camp Hornet would like to thank Officer Smith, Tom Bossie, and Rose Crisci for their help. Check out our photo gallery for a quick look at Hoot. Stay tuned for more photos tomorrow and a video of the rescuers in action!
|AVAST YE MATIES - THAR BE PIRATES ABOARD!|
It's one of the most exciting weeks of the summer at Camp Hornet - PIRATE WEEK! This year we were visited by the notorious buccaneer - Captain Mike! (Captain Jack Sparrow was out to sea on the Black Pearl). Captain Mike needed help from all of the campers as he continued the search for his missing treasure map. Fortunately, with their vast knowledge of everything about Camp Hornet, our campers were able to follow a series of very tricky clues and discovered the bottle containing Captain Mike's treasure map. With map in hand, everyone then set out in search of the treasure and soon discovered a chest filled with gold and pirate plunder. Our last day was capped off with the annual "Pirate Games" - the olympics for true pirates! We were swabbing decks, hauling in lines, and having a rousing good time! Catch some of the pirate action in our photo gallery!
|RED, WHITE, AND BLUE - IT'S 4TH OF JULY WEEK|
Camp Hornet celebrated a Red, White, and Blue 4th of July Week with a visit from our special friends at the Hamden Fire Department. Campers were excited to see the RED firetruck and had a great time as the firemen explained everything about the pumper and being a FIREMAN. We also had some wonderful Red, White, and Blue Arts & Crafts with the highlight being our flags made out of popcicle sticks! Take a look at our photo gallery to catch some of the fun and excitement!
|GAGA IS HERE!|
No - Lady Gaga is not giving a concert of famous camp songs or helping our campers with her own brand of unique Arts & Crafts! The game of GaGa is here and taking Camp Hornet by storm! What, you ask, is GaGa? No one is quite sure as to where the game started, but it became extremely popular in Israel and has spread throughout summer camps and schools in the U.S. The name, Ga Ga, is Israeli for "hit hit" and describes the basic concept of this unique form of dodgeball. GaGa is played in a "pit". Our new GaGa pit at Hamden Hall is in the shape of an octagon with walls that are 30" high and 8' long. The object is to strike the GaGa ball with your open hand - no punching or kicking - and attempt to hit your opponents below the waist. If they are hit, they are out! If you hit the ball out of the pit - you are out! The game starts with everyone in the pit with their hands on a wall. The ball is bounced twice in the middle, with everyone yelling Ga for each bounce, and then the fun begins. GaGa is fast paced and can be played by all ages - counselors included! The game goes quick until the last person remains, then just as quick, everyone jumps back in and the next game begins!
We would like to thank the Hamden Hall Parents Association for providing the funding for our first GaGa pit. Our pit is portable and, at the end of the summer, it will be moved to Hamden Hall to be used as one of the activities in our lower school physical education program. We would also like to thank Richard Charimonte, grandfather of Hamden Hall students Austin and Michael DiMartino, for all of his time and expertise in constructing our pit. Check out our Summer Camp Gallery for photos of the construction and our first games!
|Camp Hornet Heads to the Beach!|
On Thursday, June 27th, Camp Hornet continues with "Beach Week" and will be off to Lighthouse Park to have a ton of fun in the sand and the sun! Campers will be searching for marine life along the shore, using their nets to find "little" fish, and keeping cool while enjoying the splash pad!
|Camp Hornet is off to Brooksvale Park|
Camp Hornet is traveling today to Brooksvale Park in Hamden. Campers are looking forward to a hike in the woods, visiting with the animals, and playing games in the "BIG" field!