Saturday, February 18, 2017

Important News for 2017

Our theme this year is Outdoor Wise!  Our focus will be enjoying the great outdoors and using outdoor skills.  We’ll do traditional camp activities such as making s’mores, outdoor cooking, and pitching tents plus many other fun activities too!

This weird and wild winter has caused our planning team a bit of a headache because school has now run into our camp week.  We have looked at our options from every angle possible and have finally settled on a bit of an unusual schedule for camp this year.  Camp will run Tuesday, June 27th from 2:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. and then Wednesday, June 28th – Saturday, July 1st from 9:30-4:00.  We know this isn’t ideal for everyone but we believe it is the best option available.  Valley Day Camp is extremely important to us and we can’t fathom summer without it!

Important Dates to note:
  • June 27th – July 1st Valley Day Camp (details above)
  • June 24th – Camp Training Day MANDATORY for all PAs and PAITs, no exceptions
  • March 25th (in the evening) – Registration details and forms posted
  • March 11th – Applications for LIAs, PAITs, and PAs posted. These get mailed with registration after March 25th but we post them early to allow time for girls to complete them

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

More Photos to Share

Today I emailed a link to a parent survey to all parents of Valley Day Campers.  If you didn't receive the email please check your junk mail or send me an email and I will resend it to you.  We really value you feedback!

Monday, June 27, 2016

From the Bottom of My Heart

Your gift of a lifetime membership to Girl Scouts was a truly touching and heart warming gift.  Thank you so much!  It was such a wonderful surprise!  
Hmmm...I guess I'll never be able to retire since I'll be in for life now. ;)

Thank you to all of you who pitched in to make our camp a magnificent place to spend the week!  Every job is important, from setting up the first camp shelter, to loading the last box into the vans headed to storage, and the myriad of jobs in between.  We really couldn't do this with out our wonderful volunteers!  Thank you for showering them with cards on Friday.  It was a very fun surprise.

Thank you parents for sharing your daughters with us for the week! We know that the world is full of options and we are honored that you chose us.  Thanks for being patient in drop off and pick up, for sending large lunches, feeding big breakfasts, listening to a multitude of camp songs, for being on time, and learning new vocabulary words (boondoggle, BIFFY, fairy ring etc.).  We were sad to miss you the family barbeque that is when you get to really see camp and we can get to know you too.  We have our fingers crossed for dry barbecue weather for next year.

With Love, 

Stay Tuned

We are collecting photos from our staff and will continue to update the blog with some fun ones and will let you know when/how you can access more of them.

Have You Missed Me?

Did you lose me?  If so please us at so we can reconnect you.  We will keep the lost and found items until July 10th and then we will donate anything that hasn't been picked up.

More Fun From Friday

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Fun Friday

What is Friday like at Valley Day Camp?

Friday starts like any other day at Valley Day Camp.  First we have flag, today the ceremony was done by Unit D.  Then Pagemaster tells a couple of corny jokes.  What happens when it rains cats and dogs?  ...You might step on a poodle.  Then we all head our separate ways to do all the fabulous camp activities.  Today we had cooking, hiking, fire science, survival challenge, etc.  Next we eat lunch. 

Then we throw normal out the window.  After lunch we spend about an hour cleaning camp and packing things up.  Then the party gets started.  We kick it off when the PAs do their traditional Valley Day Camp skit.  They are all so glad to be Program Aides that there is nothing they would rather be, not farmers, carpenters, body builders, pizza makers, ninjas, pizza makers, ballerinas and so on.  After the skit we have a giant "free for all of fun".  Instead of being in our regular units or staying with your buddy we open a ton of activities and let the kids choose where they want to go and when they want to go there.  We had most of the science stations open plus tons of fun activities such as face painting, boondoggling, dress up, giant bubbles, parachutes, racing games (sack races, three legged races, etc.), tossing games (bean bags, balls, juggling, giant bowling, etc.), and more.  

After the party we all head to flag where it might start raining (well today it did anyway) we take a few minutes to reflect on our day, make an echo across the lake, and Pagemaster tells more corny jokes.  When can three giant dinosaurs hide under and umbrella and not get wet?  ...When it's not raining.  Then we head out to the parent pick up area to say good-bye to what many say is the best week of their summer.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Late Tonight

Due to cleaning up at camp tonight's blog post will be late.  I will try to have it up by 8:00...but no promises.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

No Thunder Thursday

We were very pleased that the meteorologists were wrong when they kept predicting thunderstorms for today.  We got through Thursday thunder-free!  We only got a teensy bit wet during the day.  We were thankful that the rain waited until pick up time to really arrive.

Rain or no rain it was a fabulous day at Valley Day Camp!  We enjoyed many, many fun and interesting activities.  At morning flag the whole camp played a rousing game of "whole body" Rock, Paper, Scissors.  Then at lunch time main camp was almost a ghost town because so many groups were either hiking around the lake or had gone on a picnic lunch at the far dock.  

It was a really great day!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Photo Sharing Site?

It turns out that the photo sharing site we were planning to use for camp isn't going to work out for us after all.

Do you have a photo site that you have experience with that you would highly recommend?

We are looking for a site which will:

  • let me upload tons of photos
  • let only people who have been invited (or have the password) access the photos
  • let people who we have given access to be able to download the photos (but not upload them)
  • let me organize the photos into folders or sections to make it easier for people to find their camper's unit
  • be user friendly for both the uploader and the downloader
If you have a recommendation please email us at

Wildly Wonderful Wednesday

What a wonderful day!  Everyone was able to participate in tons of really fun, really cool science stuff.  We started our day by making a Valley Day Camp echo.  We think they could hear us all the way to Safeway.  Then we went to tons of science stations and many other activities.  There are way too many to be able to list them all here.  When our units had free time they chose from a great variety of things to do.  You can see some of those pictured here.  Some of the activities are not pictured because A.) there is way too much to post it all B.) we're having too much fun to stop playing to grab our cameras and C.) some things we want to keep secret so we don't spoil the surprise for units who will do those activities later in the week.


Oh no, it looks like we wore them out!  Hopefully they will get to bed early tonight. :)